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WordPress just added this new cool poll feature so I had to try it out tonight.

 

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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“Eighteen months ago, we began with the simple concept that those who have been serving since 9/11 should have the same opportunity for a first class educational future as those who served during World War II. Today, we have accomplished that goal.”

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia spoke those words on June 26th after the Senate passed the 21st Century GI Bill that was part of the 162 billion war supplemental spending measure. The legislation passed 92-6 with 2 not voting. Today President Bush signed the measure into law and in a press release from the White House the President spins all the positives and thanks numerous people for their work. One line from the press release did raise my blood pressure.

“And I want to thank members who worked hard for the GI Bill expansion — especially Senators Webb and Warner, Graham, Burr, and McCain.”

Graham, Burr, and McCain? This is the same trio that opposed the 21st Century GI Bill and introduced legislation in an effort to sabotage Senator Webb’s bill. GOP presumptive nominee John McCain is now jumping on the bandwagon and trying to take credit despite the fact he was a vocal opponent and didn’t even bother to show up for both of the votes on this bill. McCain has proved that he is consistent in one way-having it both ways!

Ollie Ox at Bluestem Prairie has the press release from 1st District Congressman Tim Walz who has been consistent, vocal and hard working on veterans issues. In the statement he notes that over 20,000 men and women from Minnesota have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The Congressman also offers up the assistance of his Rochester, MN office (507-206-0643) for veterans that are experiencing difficulties with their benefits.

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

 

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DFL Senate candidate Al Franken stopped in Luverne last Thursday as part of his “Standing up for Minnesota Tour. He spoke at the Coffey Haus and toured the local ethanol plant. Lori Ehde from the Rock County Star Herald has the story here.

Thanks to the Star Herald for the video.

UPDATE: Here is link to the video page:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1398270246/bclid1600122511/bctid1610678233

Sorry for the inconvenience

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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Dana Yost reports in the Marshall Independent that Minnesota House of Representatives Minority Leader Marty Seifert, R-Marshall will have a challenger for the 21A seat in November. Al Kruse of Marshall made his announcement Friday that he woul been running against 12 year incumbent Marty Seifert.

From the paper:

Al Kruse of Marshall said Friday he is running against Seifert.

“We’re definitely an underdog,” Kruse said of his campaign, acknowledging Seifert’s 12 years of experience in the Legislature, and current status as House minority leader.

“He’s been in place for 12 years, but he ran on term limits. I don’t know what those term limits are, but I guess he hasn’t reached them.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

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Wellstone Action today announced a redesigned website. The new site incorporates a resource library for organizing tools, a blog, photo and video library, an alumni hub plus many of the old features including a training calendar for Camp Wellstone. Wellstone Action has been around since January of 2003 when it was founded to honor Paul and Sheila Wellstone.

From the website:

Wellstone Action is a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action’s mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.
 
I have had the opportunity to know a number of graduates of Camp Wellstone and have seen the positive results of their training. There is also a ton of information about campaigns and elections available on the site.
 
Here is a video that is featured on the banner of the home page and has some great clips (including one from 1984 at 4:49) of the late Senator Paul Wellstone.
 
Peace & solidarity
CHC
 

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Early Saturday morning, a minivan with Rock County DFL delegates set out to Albert Lea to attend the 1st CD convention. Despite the blustery winds and icy conditions on I-90 we arrived safely to join the other delegates from across the 1st CD to take care of business. Listening to speeches, electing officers, filling committee spots, etc. is par for the course for conventions. Tedious but necessary. The delegates to the national convention that were elected truly represent the makeup of the 1st CD. Of those chosen were party regulars, an 18 year old first time delegate, and a 75 year old delegate.

The best part of the day of course was the nomination of Tim Walz to represent the people of the 1st Congressional District. The congressman has done an outstanding job in his first term and has worked very hard to restore trust in the people we send to Washington D.C. I have been cynical and often disillusioned with our elected officials. Not so with Tim Walz. I am proud to claim him as my representative. His work ethic, openness, intelligence, values, and manner of speaking are just some of his attributes. He understands the challenges that I face. He understands my wants and my needs. He understands my dreams.

After several nominating speeches from delegates, Gwen Walz, the Congressman’s wife, gave a rousing introduction for her husband which really got the crowd pumped up. Prior to taking the stage, I was lucky enough to capture this moment with the Congressman getting last minute advice on his acceptance speech from his son, Gus.

His daughter Hope, joined him on stage while Gus worked the crowd. Congressman Walz gave a great speech and talked about building the largest grassroots campaign the 1st CD has ever seen. There is one thing about his message today that stuck with me. This campaign is not about Tim Walz.  It is about us taking our democracy back. It is about our hope for the future. It is about the people of the 1st CD. He is one of us and that is why we will send him back to Washington D.C.

 

 

Delegates conducting business

As always, you can find the latest news and views about Tim Walz and the 1st CD at A Bluestem Prairie.

 

Peace & solidarity,

CHC

 

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