Senator Al Franken is up for re-election and Republicans would love to replace him with one of their own. Good luck with that, because it won’t be easy. He has solid poll numbers (at about 50 percent) and he’s worked hard at his job, avoided the spotlight, and maintained a Very Serious demeanor instead of indulging his former Saturday Night Live wacky, zany side.
Oh, and he plans on sticking around.
Minnesota Republicans acknowledge he’ll be difficult to defeat. [...]
Another factor: Minnesota’s state Republican Party, while in better shape than it was a year ago, remains in disarray. The party still has a large level of debt, though it’s slowly paying it off, and Ron Paul backers hijacked the party’s conventions last spring and nominated one of their own over the establishment’s preferred candidate to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). That candidate, state Sen. Kurt Bills (R), won just 31 percent of the vote.
Michele Bachmann has been mentioned as a possible candidate. You can stop laughing now:
Multiple Republicans warned that a Bachmann campaign could be disastrous for them, since she’s popular with the base but not well liked statewide. The former presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite barely won reelection this year in the state’s most Republican district, and an October poll from the Democratic Public Policy Polling showed her favorability rating statewide at just 33 percent, with 55 holding unfavorable views of her.
Okay, you can start laughing again.
To see who the other possible candidates are, please click over.
A new book by discredited partisans is meant to rile GOP voter vigilantes.
Right-wingers are in a tizzy over excerpts from a new book by two of the GOP’s leading voter-fraud hucksters alleging that Minnesota’s Democratic Senator Al Franken would not have won a statewide recount in 2009 were it not for ex-felons voting illegally. [...]
The problem with this assertion—from a new book by The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and George W. Bush Justice Department attorney Hans von Spakovsky—is that it is not just factually wrong [...]
Bonnifield sent a questionnaire to every Minnesota county prosecutor and found not one allegation of voter fraud was prosecutable beyond the issues facing the ex-felons—there was no double voting, underage voting, voter impersonation, coercion of elderly or disabled voters, or non-citizen voting. [...]
In a state where 2.9 million people voted in November 2008, even if there were 243 illegal voters—and that includes people who have not yet been proven guilty—less than one-thousandth of 1 percent of the state’s electorate registered or voted illegally. [...]
But beyond arguments over voter ID, there is a bigger point. Republicans increasingly have been trying to tilt the rules surrounding all aspects of voting in recent elections—from restricting voter registration drives, to rules validating voter registration applications, to presenting more specific forms of ID to get a ballot, to toughening the rules for counting provisional ballots given to people who lack that ID, to suing afterwards if the vote count is close. All of these tactics are in play in the 2012 presidential election.
Beyond ignoring the facts, the implicit racism in this latest charge may be its most repugnant feature, as many felons are presumed not likely to be white.
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Thanks to the wonderful @ReasonVsFear for grabbing this video in which Senator Al Franken talks about Net Neutrality:
“Imagine a world where the corporations with the biggest checkbook can control what you see and how fast you access content on the Internet.”
“…A free and open Internet… that’s all we’re asking for.”
“Net Neutrality will protect the innovators… “
“…A free and open and equal Internet… It’s also about speech… [It's] what helped fuel the Arab Spring… it has become the soapbox of the 21st century… the printing press and the library of the 21st century…”
He addresses “misinformation” in the “debate” about Net Neutrality” at about 3:33 in the second video.
I ran out of time to post this yesterday, but saving net neutrality is no less important than the battles for democracy in Wisconsin and Michigan, because without it, you wouldn’t be receiving news about either of them:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) plans to introduce a bill that would make net neutrality violations a crime.
The Justice Department cannot take enforcement actions against cable and phone companies who block websites, according to experts and congressional Democrats. [...]
… Franken framed net neutrality as a fight against profit-driven corporations… “They’ll tell you that putting rules in place to preserve net neutrality as it exists today amounts to a ‘government takeover’ of the Internet, a talking point that deserves a place alongside ‘death panels’ and ‘Obama’s a Muslim’ in the pantheon of lies that aren’t just baldly false, but completely ridiculous,” he said.
Key words: “Block websites.” If you enjoy streaming Nicole Sandler or other shows like hers online, or visiting sites you trust to give you reliable information instead of, say, Fox, then you need to encourage others to do some reading up on this subject.
Franken wants to amend antitrust laws to “call violations of net neutrality out for what they are: anti-competitive actions by powerful media conglomerates that represent violations of our anti-trust laws.”
We’ve had enough corporate rule to last three lifetimes, and thankfully, we have Senator Al Franken to drive that point home.
I had to rub my eyes and do a double take. A few Democrats are growing spines, something more of them should be doing on a regular basis.
The topic: Abortion. The spines: Boxer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Franken, and Shaheen.
The newly empowered House Republicans are pushing ahead with a slate of anti-abortion legislation, and a few Senate Democrats have been fighting back hard for weeks.
Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Al Franken (Minn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) have promised recently to block the Republican agenda to limit abortion services and defund Planned Parenthood.
Asked by reporters Thursday if the Senate had the votes to defeat Pence’s battle against Planned Parenthood, Franken offered a one-word answer: “Yes.” [...]
Democrats are accusing Republicans of abandoning an election mandate to focus on jobs and the economy. [...]
“I think this legislation has awoken the sleeping giant of my generation,” [Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)] said. “It’s been complacent for so many years, taking the right to choose for granted, thinking it’s never under assault.”
Hey Boehner, where are the jobs?
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