Absentee Voting at Minneapolis City Hall (www.mprnews.org).
by Tony Petrangelo
Jun 29, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Weekly Wrap 6-29

The Wrap™ was under the weather last week, so this weeks Wrap™ will include some of the items meant for last weeks. To add to the fun, I’ll refrain from distinguishing which items are from last week and which are from this week.

♣ You can vote in the primary election now via absentee ballot which you can acquire at the MNVotes website setup by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

♣ The Republican Party of Minnesota announced that they would continue to support their endorsed candidate for the state Supreme Court.

The Minnesota Republican Party’s executive board told delegates Friday that the party will continue to back state Supreme Court Candidate Michelle MacDonald despite awaiting trial for alleged drunken driving and resisting arrest, but acknowledged that the process leading to her nomination should be examined.

In other words, the process was flawed, but the MNGOP will stand by the product of that flawed process.

As fellow LeftMNer Steve has pointed out, it’s Michelle MacDonald’s abilities as a lawyer that make her endorsement a farce, moreso than her ability to drive while sober.

♣ Rachel Stassen-Berger over at the Strib has a rundown of all the money raised by the various Minnesota entities.

Governor’s race

Party committees

Outside groups

♣ Ads!

First up is a good spot by Al Franken:

Next comes a negative spot focusing on how Al Franken voted with Obama 100% of the time from something calling itself The Heartland Campaign Fund:

First of all, Obama isn’t in congress and he doesn’t cast votes. So, how can Franken vote with him 100% of the time. Also, the ad trouts out the stupid claim that because the debt limit was raised, Obama can spend whatever he wants. Except of course that all of that spending originates in congress. And, the ad is rather standard fare, lots of grainy images and stuff furiously moving around the screen just so that you don’t get bored in the thirty seconds it takes the ad to run.

American’s for Prosperity has a new radio spot (people still listen to the radio?):

“Palaces for Politicians.” Expect to be hearing a lot of that phrase over the next few months. If there’s is one thing we can be sure that the GOP will do, it’s using the same talking points over and over and over.

GOP Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Honour also released a radio ad:

Yea, what I said before about the talking points, this is Scott Honour’s first race and he’s already got the hang of using nothing but meaningless talking points.

♣ The Republican primary for house district 30B, currently occupied by David FitzSimmons, is shaping up to be the best cat fud race of the cycle:

The Wright County Republican Party has taken the unusual step of denying support to Eric Lucero, the Dayton City Council member who won the Minnesota House District 30B endorsement over incumbent Rep. David FitzSimmons in a contest that hearkened back to the 1980s culture wars of Republican politics.

Eric Lucero is the candidate endorsed by the MNGOP for the House 30B seat. Party Chair Keith Downey has already thrown down the gauntlet that all Republicans must support the endorsed candidate… or else. In this case, the Wright Country Republicans are not doing that. And why aren’t they doing that?

“The board is not very fond of Mr. Lucero,” said Eric Boone, event coordinator and board member of the Wright County GOP. “It stems from how he attacked David FitzSimmons.”

At the endorsing convention a pamphlet was passed around that pointed out all the big contributions that FitzSimmons had received from teh gayz. When FitzSimmons failed to receive the parties endorsement and decided not to run in the primary, he gave his remaining campaign funds to the Wright County GOP as well as others. Lucero approached the Wright County GOP last week about getting their support, i.e., their money, some of which is the very same money from teh gayz that Lucero attacked FitzSimmons for taking in the first place.

It is the best sort of Karma that the issue of gay marriage, which was famously used by the GOP for electoral reasons in 2004, is now causing so much division within the party.

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