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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Guests, events and debates

--posted by Tony Garcia on 2/07/2006

OK, as little as I like sharing the air time with anyone besides Marty & Tommy (cuz I have so much I want say and I want to hear all of it) I have set up a number of events in the coming months.

First of all, ANY candidate listed on the campaign scorecard here is welcome to have a fairly free 7-10 minute interview as part of our "Getting to know you" series. Who are you, why are you running, etc. While we are lobbing a few softballs there are of course some real questions. But we have been very fair to the DFL candidates that come on (Scotty Mortenson, will you vouch for us please?). So, contact us to set up a quick interview if you want one...GOP or DFL. Our latest was this past week with Mark Ritchie.

We are also looking to host a number of events with the various candidates. The next one is with all of the GOP candidates for the 6th Congressional Seat. This coming Sunday each of them will pose a question to the rest of the field. Listen to the candidates answer questions from each other.

We have also been setting up debates for the various races. Here is the status of those in studio debates:
6th District GOP...March 19, 1PM-3PM

...Bachmann--confirmed... called 7:30 PM, is not attending events because of surgery
...Esmay--confirmed...
...Knoblach--confirmed... no-showed
...Krinkie--confirmed... called on 3/17...has a funeral to attend
6th District DFL...April 2, 1PM-2PM

...Tinklenberg--confirmed... no-showed
...Wetterling--contacted, no response
DFL Senate...April 9, 1PM-2PM

...Bell--confirmed...
...Klobuchar--contacted 4x, no response...
GOP Senate...April 9, 2PM-3PM

...Kennedy--invited, attendance unknown... invited personally and no-showed
...Shudlick--confirmed...
...Uldrich--confirmed...
DFL Secretary of State...April 23, 1PM-2PM

...Ritchie--confirmed...
...Sande--confirmed...

Other races we are looking to host live on-air debates interviews for are the DFL Governor and now the DFL 6th. I have a feeling that the DFL 6th will not happen as we tried to get Tinklenberg to respond before and the resulting interview was, well, not what we expected. Here it is.

ONE LAST EVENT that I want to highlight is on Feb 26 from 1PM-3PM...the "Race to the Right Answer--No Politics Allowed Version" being broadcast live from JP's Grille & Bar in Sauk Rapids, MN. Bachmann (called at 7:30 PM on 2/25, can't attend due to schedule conflict, called 9:00 AM 2/25 to confrim and get directions, called 2/23 to confirm appearance), Esmay, and Knoblach (called 3PM 2/25 with schedule conflict, called personally on 2/22 to confirm appearance) (showed up for 1/2 AFTER posting on blog calling him to the carpet) Krinkie (called 2/19 with scheduling conflict) will be there to play trivia games. Did I mention no politics are allowed? Feel free to come out for this event and one other historical reason: Race to the Right's FIRST remote event.

********** UPDATE ********** 2/8/06 11:28 AM
Knoblach's campaign called me to confirm the debate and the JP's Grille & Bar event. The changes have been made in this posting.

********** UPDATE ********** 2/19/06
Krinkie's campaign sent an e-mail indicating they have bumped us from the schedule. This would be a confirmation that was verbally made while scheduling the event almost 5 weeks ago that is bumped 1 week prior to the event.

********** UPDATE ********** 2/22/06 1:59 PM
Tinklenberg's campaign called to confirm their participation in the debates.

********** UPDATE ********** 3/9/06 8:52PM
Uldrich confirmed his participation in the GOP Senate race debate.

********** UPDATE ********** 4/4/06 1:47PM
Updated the list (including no-shows) of debates.

********** UPDATE ********** 4/10/06 1:51PM
Updated the list to include Mark Kennedy's no-show.

4 Comments:

Blogger ludlowlaser said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog (ludlowlaser.blogspot.com), and i did have your link, and i'm a frequent visitor to your blog, i like it...when i re-did my blog i lost a lot of my links...

once again, thanks for the comments, visit often, and keep up the good work with this one!

February 09, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Jack Shepard said...

Amy's Klobuchar's 100% wrong for the US Senate!

She can not treat her employees correctly how can she represent Minnesota in the Senate with her record!

Amy Klobuchar talks unethically about Dr. Jack Shepard and Amy Klobuchar takes all the credit for the work of her staff and still treats her employees so bad that her own employees warn us not to support her! Dr. Jack Shepard says
Read the letter below from James Appleby President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938 bottom, says "As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment" Amy Klobuchar is someone that we do not wish to have as Hennepin County Attorney or give her the chance to "Create a hostile work environment by treating her staff as poorly in Washington as she treats her staff in Minnesota." says Dr. Jack Shepard
Dr. Jack Shepard announces that he will seek the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District of Minnesota in the September 12, 2006 Primary Election.
Dr. Jack Shepard's has been called; "an evangelist in the fight against global terrorism".
Dr. Jack Shepard says at this very critical time in our Nations History the next United States Congress urgently needs new Congressmen and Congresswomen with international experience especially whose with a very good first hand understanding of the Arab Countries in the Middle East.
Dr. Jack Shepard is on the record as saying that the only possible way to achieve a long lasting peace in the Middle East is necessary to win our war on Terrorism is through dialogue.
Dr. Jack Shepard, a self-described "Born-Again Republican" and Veteran American Service Officer.
For almost a quarter of a century Dr. Shepard has been based and working out of Rome, Italy as a Mideast Specialist.
Dr. Shepard hopes to be returning to his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota to run for the 4th Congressional District if he gets the support of the White House in his efforts to be the first Republican to win the 4th Congressional District in almost 60 years.
Dr. Shepard is just launching into the heart of his campaign; and “God Willing", says Shepard, the heart of his campaign will be the Arab World.
Dr. Shepard's campaign support to date has mainly come from the Hmong and Vietnamese communities in St. Paul.
They supported him after he promoted policies that would aid the Hmong refugees in the US and help to resettle the Hmong refugees in Thailand and Laos.
Dr. Shepard see his election to the US Congress as being urgently needed so he would be in a position to convince other US Congressman who do not really understand the urgency of fulfilling President Bush's vision of the states of Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace as the key to creating a democracy Iraq.
Dr. Shepard believes that Americans need to be informed about the Arab World. Dr. Shepard is seeking to strengthen his Arab ties and to promote Arab and Palestinian interests within the Bush Administration.
If elected, Dr. Shepard promises to go and do anything that the Bush Administration would ask of him to jump start the presently frozen Middle East Peace process. If elected he promises to relay the true needs of Arabs and Palestinians to the Bush Administration.
Dr. Shepard is seeking to hold a forum with top Arab leaders; by giving a voice to the Arab World. He hopes- as an impartial observer- to facilitate a neutral space where these leaders can safely explore what each can and would do to contribute to peace in Iraq and help with finally getting the Israeli’s and Palestinians to the peace table, and do what it takes to have President Bush’s Vision of the two states of Palestine and Israel living side by side in Peace as crowning accomplishment of the Bush Administration.
Dr. Shepard is on record as saying, “Until all the voices, values and priorities of all the Arab leaders are heard there will be no chance for resolving the pressing problems in the Mideast.
“My goal is to kick start major peace efforts with Arab Governments who deserve to be included in the decision-making. These leaders are close to the ground/people, very frustrated from having to watch things they do not like to see, and such, have many good ideas on how to fix things.”
“These are brilliant minds that have been sidelined, he adds. “The world doesn’t understand. Everybody thinks Arabs don’t want peace; they want peace. They are dying for it. They want everybody to roll up their sleeves and get back to work. It is (the despair of) everybody doing nothing that is contributing to all the killing.”
Dr. Shepard envisions a kind of expanded quartet (to address the peace process) includes Israel and Arab countries. Dr. Shepard says the forum will give an opportunity to the three major players
( Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran) to make a statement that will go right- via mass media- to the American voters, who can then make an informed decision regarding the snarl of questions the Mideast is increasingly raising. Dr. Shepard says Arab (and Muslim) leaders currently do not get that chance.
Dr. Shepard also says these are the countries we need the most to hear from, “These are the countries my government wants to have great relationship with but does not have a great relationship with.” For years Dr. Shepard has gone out of his way to visit and meet many high level Government officials from these countries.
Aside from facilitating a critical dialogue, Dr. Shepard’s emphasis is largely on economic reform. Dr. Shepard economic objectives for the Mideast include a Common Market- a Middle East Economic Union modelled on the European Economic Union. - Which would establish an economic free trade zone in a borderless Mideast. “Where in 5 years one could drive from Damascus to Jerusalem as easily as we can drive today from Berlin to Paris.”
Dr. Shepard says in the past other leaders in the Congress have not been at liberty to promote Palestinian interests in Congress or Arab leader’s voices; until President George W. Bush began to lead his vision of Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace “It was political suicide; now it is official American Government Policies. Dr. Shepard says President Bush should be getting even stronger support for his Middle East peace efforts from congress.
If elected to become the first republican Congressman from the 4th congressional District of Minnesota in almost 60 years; Dr. Shepard intends to lead an urgent effort to get a much greater involvement of the next US Congress in supporting President Bush’s Middle East peace plans.
If elected Dr. Shepard is going to get out the on the Congressional Floor and say, “If we are ever going to have peace in the Middle East we are know approaching a point of it is now or never, so Let’s do it, and do it NOW”
Dr. Shepard believes there is a place for him in Congress, “ Post 9-11”, Americans are seeking officials who know their way around the Middle East who can stress dialogue with the contacts that they have developed in the past years with the high level Government official in the Middle East counties. This is necessary if we are ever going to have peace in the Middle East. This is necessary to get Muslim countries to join us in our stabilization efforts in Iraq so our brave American Soldiers can come home; Mission accomplished.”
Dr. Shepard as a “Compassionate Liberal Republican” is committed to equality and justice and says that he wants to get more diversity within the Republican Party. “The Republican party controls the White House, the Senate and the Congress. To be a protestor is a waste of precious time. Dr. Shepard says, “To really make a real difference a person must join the Republican Party and work through the system to get your views heard.”
Dr. Shepard become a “Born Again Republican” a former lifelong Democrat he left the Democratic Party after encountering overt racism at the higher levels of the Democratic Party while being a Senior delegate from Democrats Aboard of Italy at the Global Democratic Convention and Regional Caucuses in 2000 held in Paris.
To Dr. Shepard’s and all the Black Delegates shock not one Black Delegate was chosen from all the Democrats Aboard delegates from any country in the whole world except America to be a delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 2000 which was held in Los Angeles to nominate the Democratic Candidate for President.
Long-time political associate and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Country Project Officer Dr. Charles Rutledge says he supports Dr. Shepard wholeheartedly .Dr, Rutledge said; “Dr. Shepard has a fine reputation with most Middle East Ambassadors; high ranking officials at FAO, WFP and all other United Nations Agencies headquartered in Rome, Italy.
Most respect and trust him. The only problem Dr. Shepard has encountered is, “People have always listened to Jack because he’s basically always right. The problem is, his ideas are a little too perfect for the world he’s working in. Most important the Republican Party does need people like Jack because he has great ideas and the Republican Party needs the involvement of like minded people like Jack to carry them out.”
Dr. Shepard is eagerly hoping to change his present position which he will not go into detail about but he says it’s similar to being a goodwill ambassador for America without a portfolio, to becoming the most junior Congressman from Minnesota but with maybe more Middle East Experience then any other Congressman or Congresswoman now serving in Congress.
Dr. Shepard is confident that he understands the frustrations and suffering that goes on worldwide so very unnecessarily that he hopes to stimulate a spiritual awakening by convincing people to once again learn love their neighbors. Dr. Shepard recently said, “I care and work for others, so you think that to call people names, to hate people or to even kill people will help individual causes; these people have forgotten that one day they will be all judged by God.” .
Many of you have let hate into our hearts. You use as justification where you were born and in what condition we are forced to live in. This hate has grown in your heart and now makes you think and say and do evil things.
I pray for you, that God opens your eyes and opens your ears and you remember that you are create by God and pray that he will makes you well and good. Again.
This you can do by treating others are equals, not hating others. You will be judged as you judge; you will be treated as you treat others please never forget this and we will maybe give our children a future better then it look now.
Too many of you show your hatred by name calling and hurting or even killing your neighbours; you know I am right.
Look at your life, what you do, where you are and where you wish to be.
You can only change that and help yourself by having a change of heart by start liking your neighbors, helping each other, begin to work together and live a normal life that GOD finds pleasing.
This begins by start to talking to your neighbours with normal language in a way that God would consider pleasing.
You must change to be a good person that Loves your neighbour, wishes to help your neighbor, do something’s constructive with your life. Make the world a better place then you found it...
May God Bless you with Love, and cleanse you heart of the hate you developed I do not know why; but who ever got you so mad and so unhappy with life you have to forgive them and you will feel better.
You still can join others and doing and SAYING things that please God.
May God Bless you by opening your eyes and opening your ears so you can hear and do what God finds pleasing.
May God Bless America with Peace and Happiness
Dr. Jack Shepard
this strike anybody as a shock? Klobuchar letter
The strong feelings of our membership compel the Executive Board of Local 2938 to write you regarding AFSCME’s contemplated endorsement of a candidate for the United States Senate. Our local represents the attorneys and legal professionals in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office who have worked under candidate Amy Klobuchar for seven years. Thus we are in the unique position of providing you with the most comprehensive information necessary to judge Ms. Klobuchar’s performance on the issues germane to our organization. Four years ago, this local asked Council 14 to withhold the endorsement from Amy Klobuchar. This request was ignored. We do not want that to happen again. The purpose of this letter is to tell you why Ms. Klobuchar continues to be wholly undeserving of AFSCME’s endorsement.
Throughout her tenure as Hennepin County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has demonstrated her disdain for the very employees that have placed her in the position to run for the office she now seeks. She has denigrated these lawyers both publicly and privately. She has refused to support their efforts to obtain a fair wage adjustment. She has taken credit for the hard work of her employees. She has severely damaged the morale of the office.
As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment. This has resulted in increased grievances from employees as well as informal disciplinary matters in which the union was asked to intervene on the employee’s behalf. Ms. Klobuchar’s hiring practices have further evidenced disdain for her own employees. Qualified personnel from her own and other public offices have been rejected because her priority has been to choose candidates who support her ambitions. In a dispute with county investigators, Ms. Klobuchar made no effort to keep these qualified team members in the office. She has even succeeded in diminishing the union ranks by promoting retirement among a group of employees, and then rehiring them as independent contractors.
In short, Amy Klobuchar is exactly the kind of candidate that AFSCME should oppose.As you are aware, Hennepin County attorneys were seeking a market increase during the last contract negotiation so their wages would be representative of the work they do, and competitive with the wages of attorneys in neighboring jurisdictions. Local 2938 sought Ms. Klobuchar’s assistance. For months, Ms. Klobuchar refused to support these efforts. Last October Ms. Klobuchar attended a fund raiser for Senate District 19. A former AFSCME member, Lori Schmidt, asked for her position on the market increase. Ms. Klobuchar did not offer any words of support. Instead, she ridiculed the request and characterized it as unreasonable and unfair.
Around this time, Ms. Klobuchar met with AFSCME leaders in an attempt to obtain AFSCME’s early support. They, too, questioned Ms. Klobuchar’s support for the attorneys’ wage adjustment, pointing out that new associates from her former law firm were receiving starting salaries greater than the non-supervisory attorneys in her office that were at the top of the pay scale. Ms. Klobuchar responded that such a comparison was irrelevant since none of the attorneys in her office were competent enough to work in her former firm. AFSCME correctly withheld an early endorsement. Ms. Klobuchar was finally forced to meet with our local 2938’s bargaining team in mid-November. She said she would support a “fair increase” but refused to define what she meant by a “fair increase.” She promised to assist us, but refused to do so publicly. She promised to support us “behind the scenes” by advocating for a fair market adjustment with county board members prior to our scheduled mediation. We understood Ms. Klobuchar’s comments as a promise that she would actively lobby the county board on our behalf. We do not believe Ms. Klobuchar kept her promise to AFSCME. In the end, her “behind the scenes” assistance was so tardy, weak and grudgingly given that only one member of the County Board clearly recalled having any contact from either her or her management team. Any perception that Ms. Klobuchar sincerely helped our members on this issue is incorrect. We fear that AFSCME will support Ms. Klobuchar based on her unfulfilled promise of assistance.
The fact that Ms. Klobuchar holds so little regard for her employees has not stopped her from taking credit for their work. She has used the publicity from the many successfully prosecuted criminal cases to give the public the false impression that she was actively involved in those cases. She was not. She presents herself as a dedicated public servant acutely concerned with the public’s safety when her only dedication is to her own self-promotion.
AFSCME represents thousands of working men and women that have dedicated themselves to fairness in the workplace. Council 5’s slogan is: “One strong unified voice for Minnesota workers.” Amy Klobuchar assumes she will receive AFSCME’s endorsement. She believes that AFSCME’s fear that a Republican will be elected will preclude any fair review of her labor record. This must not happen. AFSCME must hold Amy Klobuchar responsible for her shameful treatment of her employees. We, the members of Local 2938, demand that you deny Amy Klobuchar endorsement for the United States Senate.
Sincerely,
James Appleby
President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938
Posted by: Dr. Jack Shepard; Veteran America Service Officer announces he will run again for the GOP nomination

April 10, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Jack Shepard said...

How did Rep. Betty Mc Collum earn a -7 rating?

email me at middle.east@flashnet.it

Dr. Jack Shepard announces that he will seek the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District of Minnesota in the September 12, 2006 Primary Election.


Dr. Jack Shepard's has been called; "an evangelist in the fight against global terrorism".
Dr. Jack Shepard says at this very critical time in our Nations History the next United States Congress urgently needs new Congressmen and Congresswomen with international experience especially whose with a very good first hand understanding of the Arab Countries in the Middle East.


Dr. Jack Shepard is on the record as saying that the only possible way to achieve a long lasting peace in the Middle East is necessary to win our war on Terrorism is through dialogue.


Dr. Jack Shepard, a self-described "Born-Again Republican" and Veteran American Service Officer.

For almost a quarter of a century Dr. Shepard has been based and working out of Rome, Italy as a Mideast Specialist.

Dr. Shepard hopes to be returning to his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota to run for the 4th Congressional District if he gets the support of the White House in his efforts to be the first Republican to win the 4th Congressional District in almost 60 years.

Dr. Jack Shepard, please visit www.shepardusgov.com to learn more about me.

April 10, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

Click on the scoreboard pictures and there you will find a list of posts that affected the scoreboard ratings in some manner. Everyone's changes are descirbed through the various posts.

April 10, 2006  

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