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Al Franken To Hold Fundraiser Featuring Fellow Saturday Night Live Veterans

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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is set to reunite with some fellow Saturday Night Live veterans at a Democratic fundraiser this weekend in Los Angeles.

The event, taking place at the renowned House of Blues, will be hosted by Dan Aykroyd and his wife Donna, who are expected to be joined by former SNL regulars Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Proceeds from the first reception — which will cost between $2,400 and $4,800 a person — will go to “Franken MVPs,” a new PAC that splits donations between Franken’s personal 2014 Senate reelection campaign and other leadership PACs, the Tribune reports.

A less expensive event is also scheduled to take place later in the night, featuring the same notable guests from the entertainment and political world.

Sen. Franken also pulled some strings with his SNL connections last month, when he borrowed “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers for a Minneapolis fundraiser.

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Democrats Move Swiftly To Trash Pawlenty

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Minnesota  Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty

Huffington Post—Democrats moved swiftly on Thursday to frame potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty as a political creature cut from the same cloth as George W. Bush and the rest of the GOP.

Just hours after news broke that the Minnesota governor was setting the stage for a White House run with a new leadership PAC and a host of new advisers, officials at the Democratic National Committee peppered reporters with opposition research and acid-laced quotes. The committee’s press secretary, Hari Sevugan, accused Pawlenty of “recycling advisers from George W. Bush and relying on Washington insiders and lobbyists” to propel his political career.

The push continued late into the afternoon, when the DNC sent over copy of a new web video, in which it went through the list of T-Paw advisers, tying each one either to the Bush administration or the 2008 McCain campaign.

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Bachmann Refuses To Answer Question About Dead Census Worker

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) really didn’t want to answer a reporters question this weekend at the conservative How to Take Back America Conference in St. Louis. When asked about the brutal death of cancer survivor. part-time teacher and Census worker Bill Sparkman, Bachman refused to comment.

Sparkman was found on 9/12 in rural Kentucky tied to a tree. His ducktaped body was nude, except for his socks, and the words ‘FED’ were written across his chest with a felt tip marker. His Census badge was taped to the neck and upper chest area of his body. The FBI has been investigating whether the killing was related to his job as a Census worker. Killing a federal worker on the job or because of the job is a felony.

In the past, Bachmann claimed that filling out the Census would be the first steps to being put in an internment camp by the Obama administration. She even went as far as saying that she would not fill out her own census form. She has seemed to back off of that one, since that is obviously illegal.

According to David Weigel. reporter for the conservative newspaper, The Washington Independent :

After the speech, Bachmann had only a few minutes to sign autographs and collect a stack of CDs and books from fans who’d followed her into the lobby. I caught up to her as she headed outside and asked if she had any response to the murder of a Kentucky census worker, having noticed that the Census, a constant target for Bachmann, did not figure into her speech. Bachmann recoiled a little at the question and turned to enter her limo.

“Thank you so much!” she said.

You can find our previous diary about Sparkman’s death here

Bill Sparkman Was a 51-Year-Old Single Father Pursuing Teaching Degree

Bill Sparkman Was a 51-Year-Old Single Father Pursuing Teaching Degree

***Special Note: To anyone who would like to make a wild-eyed comment stating that I am blaming this poor man’s death on Michele Bachmann. Please just stop and read what is written. I am only reporting what she has said in the past about the Census, and that she was asked the question by a conservative reporter, and that she refused to answer. That’s it, period. Full stop.

As I have stated many times, until the FBI and local authorities make a final decision about the cause and motive of his death, its all speculation.

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Beaten, Robbed, a Victim of Hate: Charges say white assailants hurled racial epithets as they attacked two black men in Brooklyn Park

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Derrick Thomas showed the bruises and cuts inflicted this week in Brooklyn Park in a beating that authorities are treating as a hate crime. A neighbor called 911, and police arrested two suspects as they committed a second assault nearby.

Derrick Thomas showed the bruises and cuts inflicted this week in Brooklyn Park in a beating that authorities are treating as a hate crime. A neighbor called 911, and police arrested two suspects as they committed a second assault nearby.


Minnesota Star Tribune/ Paul Walsh & Abby Simons—Derrick Thomas was on his bike with home in his sights, returning about 1 a.m. Wednesday from hanging out with his girlfriend and cousin in Brooklyn Park.

Before he knew to be terrified, Thomas, who has autism, found himself flying over his handlebars and writhing on his back on the concrete. Standing over him, he said, were three men armed with an ax, brass knuckles and a gun.

They beat and kicked the 18-year-old while screaming a racial epithet, and they ordered him to strip naked, he told police. Then they robbed him of everything he had, including his Air Jordans, blue jeans and shirt. Police said Thomas has a mental capacity of someone 8 to 10 years old.

“They were saying stuff like, ‘We hate the president; we’re gonna kill the president, his wife and his kids,'” Thomas recalled from his front stoop Friday, his left eye puffy and discolored. “They said every black person that comes through our park, we’re gonna kick their butt. We don’t like black people, period.”

Bryan Westerlund

Bryan Westerlund


The assault, and another on a second black man — Thomas’ uncle — just blocks away, led authorities Friday to file assault and robbery charges against Anthony P. Kilpela and Bryan C. Westerlund, both 21 and both white, of Minneapolis.
“We’re incensed,” said an angry Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who took the unusual step of calling a news conference about the charges from his living room while he was home ill.
Anthony Kilpela

Anthony Kilpela


“We will send the message that these kinds of hate crimes are not to be tolerated,” Freeman continued. “You do the racial thing, you’re gonna do more time, and we’ve asked for more time.”

The alleged comments about the Obamas drew the attention of the Secret Service, whose agents interviewed Thomas on Friday, according to his family.

“We will appropriately investigate, as we do all threats against the president,” said John Kirkwood, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Minneapolis field office. Such threats, Kirkwood said, are felonies.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Has Become a Tenther

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty


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Doesn’t the idea that Republican Governors can block health care reform in their state, sound really familiar? Oh, yes, they were going to block Stimulus money coming to their states too. That is, they wanted to ‘say they werent’t taking it’, but they really didn’t mind handing out those big ole checks.
Yes, I’m talking to you Governor Jindal.

Bobby Jindal holds a "check" sending stimulus dollars to Vernon Parrish in Louisiana.

This just illustrates what crazy-ass-backward times we are living in. When I was growing up, the politicians who got good things for their constituents were the politicians who stayed in office longest. Now with Republicans, the more their Governors turn down things (that are undoubtedly helpful to the voters), the more the base loves them. Its a very confusing time in politics, so I will defer to Amanda Terkel’s expertise in explaining this matter.

Amanda Terkel/ThinkProgress—Yesterday in a conference call with right-wing activists, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) joined the tenther movement by questioning whether federal health care reform is constitutional. When a caller asked, “I want to know if any of the governors are willing to invoke the 10th Amendment if the health care bill is passed,”

Pawlenty replied:

“Depending on what the federal government comes out with here, asserting the 10th Amendment might be viable option, but we don’t know the details. As one of the other callers said, we can’t really even get the president to outline what he does or doesn’t support in any detail. So we’ll have to see. I’d say that’s a possibility.

You’re starting to see more governors, including me, and specifically Gov. Perry from Texas, and most Republican governors express concern around these issues and get more aggressive about asserting and bringing up the 10th Amendment. So I think we could see hopefully a resurgence of those claims and maybe even lawsuits if need be.”

This tenther argument is increasingly gaining steam with the far right. State lawmakers in both Florida and Georgia have brought up legislation that would allow their states to opt-out of any federal health care system. Even federal lawmakers like Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are saying that health care reform may be unconstitutional.

Cont’d

Whenever I hear Republican’s talk about what is and what is not in the Constitution, and how we should use it to literally guide our nation’s policy. I always have to smile. If we went strictly by what was written by the Founders in 1776, as a woman, I would not be able to vote, but that point is moot, because my whole family would still be slaves.

So come on guys, lets all just admit that although the Founders gave us brilliant documents as a guideline, there are many things we are confronting in the 21st Century, that they could not even imagine.

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