Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quick Hits: Volume CXVII

- With the Presidential election a little more than one year away, the endorsements of candidates will start to trickle in.

Recently, Minnesota's most progressive congressman announced his preference.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Monday endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Ellison released a statement saying he’s backing Sanders because Sanders has “demonstrated a willingness to push for progressive ideas that will help American families and restore balance” to the nation’s economy.

When you think about it, it's not the least bit surprising that Ellison would support an avowed socialist. Remember a little more than two years ago when he told a gathering of Democrats that America is "not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it?I sure as heck do.

- In last year's American League wild card game, the Kansas City Royals trailed the Oakland Athletics 7-3 with one out in the bottom of the eighth. A mere five outs away from their season ending, the Royals scored 3 in the eighth and 1 in the ninth to tie it and send it to extra innings. The game extended into the 12th inning where Oakland took an 8-7 lead in top half. The Royals were still trailing by one with one out in the bottom of the 12th when they were able to push across 2 runs for the victory. They would not lose another game until Game 1 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. While they fought to the bitter end, the Royals wound up losing in seven games.

Fast forward to Monday where the Royals trailed the Houston Astros 2 games to 1 in the American League Division Series. Once again KC was on the brink on elimination, trailing 6-2 in the 8th inning at Houston. But similar to last season, the Royals wouldn't go quietly. Scoring 5 runs in the eighth and 2 runs in the 9th, KC survived with a 9-6 win, knotting the ALDS at two games apiece. The decisive Game 5 will take place Wednesday in Kansas City.

Oh, and this pretty much sums up the 8th and 9th innings for the Astros in Monday's game:


- It's official: "Minnesota's Mr. Right" is running for Congress.

Radio show host and conservative commentator Jason Lewis announced in a video that he is running to replace Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.

“Establishment politicians have created a boom and bust cycle with crony capitalism and easy money, while the average citizen is left to pick up the pieces,” Lewis said in his announcement video. “I’ve been talking about public policy for decades, now I’m ready to make it.”

Lewis currently resides in Woodbury, which is not in CD2. However, he is not legally required to reside in the Congressional District where he is seeking election. Regardless, DFL chair Ken Martin, when reacting to Lewis's announcement, was quick to point this out.

It’s nice to see so much interest in the second congressional district this election cycle, however Jason Lewis and his extreme priorities are out of sync for this district. Even the Republicans in CD 2 would be embarrassed by Lewis’ far-right views, not to mention the fact that he doesn’t even live in the South Metro. His radical views may play in Woodbury but they won’t resonate with families throughout the 2nd district.

Ummmm......hey Ken? You do realize that 35% of Woodbury is represented by a DFLer (Rep. JoAnn Ward) in the Minnesota House, right? Oh, and the entire city of Woodbury is represented by Susan Kent (yep, also a DFLer) in the MN Senate.



1 comment:

jerrye92002 said...

Hey, Ken Martin: You do realize that a far left wacko like you sees EVERYBODY as a right-wing extremist by comparison? I'm willing to bet there are far more people to your right than there are to your left.