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Ellison Calls For Feedback On Obama's Speech

The 5th District DFLer put out a call for his constituents to tell him what they thought of Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

Calling it a way for Progressives to get their voice heard in Washington politics, Rep. Keith Ellison's campaign is asking constituents to send in their reactions to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.

“Rep. Ellison’s campaign wants to engage with voters and give them an opportunity to make their voices heard,” said campaign manager Will Hailer. 

Ellison is asking constituents to tweet him with their thoughts or submit comments using an online form.

For his part, Ellison praised the President's speech.

“President Obama delivered a vision tonight for an America in which, as my hero, Minnesotan Paul Wellstone said, ‘We all do better when we all do better,’” Rep. Ellison said in a written statement. “The President believes that everyone deserves a fair shake; that everyone deserves a shot at the American Dream; that everyone should pay their fair share, not just the middle class; and that we all do better when we all do better, not just the 1%."

Everett Pettiford, a Minneapolis native and 40-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, joined Ellison in the House chambers. Pettiford was the first black Business Representative and Financial Secretary for IBEW Local 292.

John Haluska February 01, 2012 at 02:00 PM
As for Mr. Fields' comment, on the one hand he seems to want the U. S. dismantled, and on the other he laments that it's not giving us the tools we need to succeed. Just what is it that you do want Mr. Fields?
John Haluska February 01, 2012 at 03:14 PM
As for the claim that the NLRB blocked a Boeing plant in South Carolina, that is false. Have a look at Politifact's review of this matter. Romney is lying as is the Radical Right media. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/oct/14/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-attack-barack-obama-over-boeing-plant-/
John Haluska February 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
And, as for the criticism of the auto industry bailout, GM and the other industry members who received loans from the US Treasury have payed them all back - early and with interest. And the US still has a major stake in GM which it is selling in the open market on a deliberate responsible bass so in order to protect the company, the tax payers and the industry. I know that factual information is not something the Radical Right cares to consider, but the fact is that GM is now the worlds largest automaker and the intervention by the US government saved it and untold thousands of jobs in GM and throughout the US in those companies that supply not only GM, but also the other US auto producers.
Dennis Gillespie February 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
John, I was not talking about the auto bail out, I was talking about Green Money that simply went to General Motors to develop the Chevy Volt. This money does not need to be repaid. The money we have in stocks in General Motors does not have to be repaid, but the stock has to get to $50 for us to sell the stock and break even, it is currently at $25. That is why it is call Gorvernment Motors. Obama was at I believe an Auto Show promoting General Motors, His car company. And if you do the Math that cost us $375,000 per unit sold and there answer is as more units are sold the cost will come down. What happens if in fact the Volt is scraped, like a lot of the other Green energy projects we have money in that have gone bankrupt
Kevin O'Donovan February 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
If you want to upset Conservatives, you tell them a lie. If you wish to upset the Obamanation, you tell them the truth. Conservatives want the Federal Government to function within the limits set forth in the Constitution of the U.S.,The Bill of Rights, and the concepts expressed in the Declaration of Independence. All other powers are reserved to the states and to individual citizens. Unfortunately some have found those documents to be inconvenient and have chosen to ignore them or redefine them.Things happens when words are stripped of their clear meaning ,we fail to communicate ideas honestly and simply. This promotes confusion, frustration, and in some cases rage. It almost always produces violence, and at times it has developed into periods of revolution. Is it "Fairness" to constantly redefine words or terms? This in my opinion reflects the true "State of the Union". This administration is taking us down the road to a totalitarian government. It is in the beginning a "soft totalitarianism" with plenty of smiles,misdirection, empty promises, bribes, and scapegoats. All of this is to disguise its vicious true nature. Once its power is complete it will be the end of this country as we know it. We can't afford to "Wait until you see the whites of their eyes". We have to remove them from power as completely as is possible, and reveal them for who they are, so they will never come to power again." The French Revolution in the U.S.A." Is it coming to a theater near you?

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