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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Blue State Ball

After the Green Party winter conference I went to the Blue State Ball, hosted by AM 950, our local Air America affiliate. It may have been Blue, but there were a number of Greens there. We may disagree on tactics, but we are united in our utter abhorrence of Bush. Michael Cavlan, candidate for U.S. Senate, was among the Greens in attendance. Now that Patty Wetterling has dropped out of the race, Michael is the only peace candidate. Candidates Lourey and Rowley were there, and I spoke with the latter, the former woman of the year. ; ) I also had a chance to meet talk show hosts Wendy Wilde and Ed Schultz, and visited with Ed’s wife, whose name is also Wendy. In addition, I met Burt Burlowe, host of a new show, Spirit Radio. Burt’s email is berlowe@tcinternet.net. One idea I floated was to get Instant Runoff Voting passed in those states where Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature. Another subject that came up was 9/11. Help me get this straight. Was WTC7 demolished or did it collapse on its own? The owner said it was demolished.


At Wed Jan 25, 01:42:00 AM CST, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Did you ever see the guy who walks up and down Lake Street, with a sign that says "Democracy Radio 950AM?"

I'm waiting for Al Franken vs Norm Coleman. That's entertainment.

At Wed Jan 25, 04:57:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Is he wearing a sandwich board? I have an AM 950 bumper sticker now, next to my Green, Nader, and "Bush Knew" stickers.

Amy Klobuchar was on Al Franken today. She has a good sense of humor, sometimes a little biting I think. I'm still voting for Mike but if we had IRV she'd be my second choice.

At Sun Jan 29, 12:55:00 PM CST, Blogger Will Donovan said...

Keep an eye out for IRV in Hopkins. They are holding their extended public hearing in the Hopkins City Hall chambers the first tuesday in March. I attended the first hearing and the whole of the city council and mayor are in agreement with the implementation of IRV. Fran Hesch, ex-Hopkins city councilperson has been working on IRV in Hopkins for three years. It is inspiring to see her hard work and ideas coming into fruition!!!
Look for her (I hope) in the open seat race for state senate in D44 this year. Sen Kwelley is running for guv....

At Sun Jan 29, 06:50:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

That would be an encouraging start!

At Sun Feb 05, 09:26:00 PM CST, Blogger Sheryl said...

Well, look at it this way, yellow and blue make up green. And many democrats are yellow dogs in a blue states. Good to hear you are lingering in the blue camps, Tom.

At Fri Jul 07, 03:46:00 AM CDT, Blogger Progree said...

>> Did you ever see the guy who walks up and down Lake Street, with a sign that says "Democracy Radio 950AM?" <<

Yeah, that's me. There is no question that right wing hate radio (Rush Limbaugh and immitators) are responsible for turning the country to the right. Now we need to present the other side, and frankly far closer to the truth. Otherwise we will get smashed election after election until we are a right-wing hell-hole.

At Fri Jul 07, 04:05:00 AM CDT, Blogger Progree said...

And hell, while I'm at it. People ask why do you do this?

Answer besides what I've already said (enormous power of talk radio) -- its exercise.

I MUST do a minimal amount of exercise, such as walk 3 hours a week. So while I'm at it, why not carry a sign? So its a "freebie" to me -- if I don't do this, I have to come up with some other way to get my exercise.

And frankly the way I have chosen -- carrying the AM 950 sign, is by far the most fun option.

I also love urban neighborhoods. I love Minneapolis. I just wish I had more time than once a week to do this. I really look forward to it. Its always interesting. Can't wait for next week!

At Mon Jul 10, 08:55:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Thanks, progree.


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