Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Bette Midler, Amy Klobuchar among others lauding mayor's words.
Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak was one of the many big-name Democrats to open up the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC Tuesday night. His speech made waves among Minnesota and Minneapolis pols and voters. What did you think of it?
Monday, August 27, 2012
Campaign sought to buy television ads.
Campaign staffers working for Chris Fields, the Republican running to unseat Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) in the November elections, decided to get their boss a fairly seasonal gift last week for Fields' Aug. 22 birthday. "What do you get the man who has everything?" asked an announcement posted on Field's website last week. Rather than gunning for a "new tie to replace that pink one we don’t like," Fields' staff opted for a fundraising drive, using the candidate's birthday to try to raise money for a new television commercial for the candidate. There's been no word from the campaign whether their 48-hour drive was successful. First Fields-Ellison Debate Scheduled? Ellison and Fields are planning to square off in their first debate this …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Last Minneapolis mayor to address DNC became a famous senator.
According to the Star-Tribune, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak is slated to address the 2012 Democratic National Convention next month in Charlotte, NC. The last Minneapolis mayor to address the DNC was Hubert H. Humphrey, in 1948. While the 2012 election is arguably less fraught with tension than that one—Democrats were debating whether or not to support civil rights, and worried sick that a progressive step would alienate white Southern voters—Humphrey's speech catapulted him to national fame, possibly helping HHH win a Senate seat later that year. While Rybak tossed cold water on that idea when Strib reporter Eric Roper brought it up ("To me, this will be the easiest job in the world, because the president's done so much and the contrast is…