We'd hoped to have our head cold clear up and write more substantial pieces today, as there's much analysis to be made, but we're still under the weather. Here's a collection of commentary from around the blogosphere. Over at DailyKos, Maura Satchell, of the Veterans and Military Families for Progress, promotes three veterans running for office, including Tim Walz. The pitch is all her personal iopinion and not a plug by CMFP:
Tim Walz MN-01
Congressman Walz brings sorely needed expertise in a number of areas to the House including China, Education, Military, Veterans, and Native American affairs to serve not only the first district of Minnesota but the entire country. Co-president of the 110th Congress’ freshman class, his colleagues recognized early on this retired National Guard CSM’s wisdom and earnest desire to restore America to its former glory.
Karl Rove drew a bullseye around Walz's district determining it one of the highest priority seats to recapture, and Tim is currently under attack by a well-funded group, Defense of Democracies. That lobbying organization can take unlimited amounts of money from corporations and is using the House's sundowning of Bush's illegal wiretapping program against the Congressman through fearmongering TV and radio ads throughout his district.
And yes, the Defense of
Telecoms Democracies group is running another round of ads in Minnesota's First, this time on radio. Walz's reponse is mentioned in CQ Weekly - Democrats’ War of Attrition. Closer to home, the Locust of Evil looks at a column in the Post Bulletin by a Randy Demmer supporter in It's the Lawyers Fault. . .
Blue Oregon notes NRCC targets 23 Dems + one open seat (guess where?). We'd posted yesterdya about the National Enquirer-like memo. A commenter at Blue Oregon says:
MN-1 is another district where I think they are wasting their time, Tim Walz is a hard and smart campaigner who defeated a longtime incumbent in 2006. He's not going down this year.
Since Walz has a battle to fight in the First, he's not expected to give to the party coffers. The St. Paul Pioneer Press's Party Animal look at the giving in Ponying up for parties.
Winona Radio reports about the Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act vote:
Minnesota First District Congressman Tim Walz says he is proud to have supported the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act which the House approved on Wednesday by a wide margin. Walz told Minnesota news media today it's all about creating fairness in the insurance industry and in coverage for persons with a mental illness or chemical dependency.....
The bill was several years in the making. It was first proposed by the late Senator Paul Wellstone about a decade ago. Walz said the House approved the measure with a veto-proof majority.
The Post Bulletin's Political Party blog looks at the Wellstone bill vote in Wellstone mental health bill divides Minnesota delegation. And finally, in the railroad contraversy that never goes away, the Post Bulletin reportsMayo submits safety proposals for railroad.