Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

State GOP files complaint v Mayor Chris Coleman.

Letter from MN GOP to campaign finance board

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September 23, 2009

Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board
Attention: Gary Goldsmith, Executive Director
190 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1603

Dear Mr. Goldsmith:

We are writing to request an advisory opinion regarding the campaign expenditures of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

State statute 10A states: "'Candidate' means an individual who seeks nomination or election as a state constitutional officer, legislator, or judge. An individual is deemed to seek nomination or election if the individual has taken the action necessary under the law of this state to qualify for nomination or election, has received contributions or made expenditures in excess of $100, or has given implicit or explicit consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $100, for the purpose of bringing about the individual's nomination or election. A candidate remains a candidate until the candidate's principal campaign committee is dissolved as provided in section 10A.24."

Furthermore, state statute 10A.14 states: "The treasurer of a political committee, political fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit must register with the board by filing a statement of organization no later than 14 days after the committee, fund, or party unit has made a contribution, received contributions, or made expenditures in excess of $100, or by the end of the next business day after it has received a loan or contribution that must be reported under section 10A.20, subdivision 5, whichever is earlier."

Based upon our examination of expenditures from the Chris Coleman for Saint Paul Campaign Committee and recent news accounts, we believe there can be little question that Mayor Coleman's expenditures in pursuit of an all but announced gubernatorial bid have far exceeded $100 threshold for filing a campaign committee.

Given that $100 is the threshold limit established by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, we believe Mayor Coleman's expenditures deserve the scrutiny of the Board.

In addition, Mayor Coleman's Campaign Manager John Stiles has confirmed in several published reports that a potential run for governor by the mayor was likely discussed at multiple political events, including the Young Democrats of America Convention in Chicago, the Minnesota Building Trades Convention in Rochester, and the Minnesota Association of Justice Convention held at Alexandria's Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center. Stiles further "doesn't dispute" that a run for governor was discussed at political events in Rochester and Alexandria.

"Coleman campaign manager John Stiles said Coleman spent campaign money to address The Young Democrats of America Convention, the Minnesota Building Trades Convention and the State Convention of the Minnesota Association of Justice. ... Stiles said it's likely that Coleman discussed a probable run for governor in 2010 at the events..." (Tom Scheck, "Is Chris Coleman using mayoral campaign funds for 2010 planning?" Minnesota Public Radio, September 22, 2009)

"[Chris Coleman for Mayor Campaign Manager John] Stiles doesn't dispute that Coleman may have discussed a possible run for governor at events in Alexandria and Rochester." (Laura Yuen, "Challenger questions Chris Coleman's travel expenses," Minnesota Public Radio, September 22, 2009)

"Since March, the Chris Coleman for St. Paul Committee has reimbursed $1,932.95 in travel, hotel and meal expenses ranging from airline tickets to nights in Alexandria or meals in Rochester. John Stiles, Coleman's campaign manager, explained each of the expenses. Coleman spokesman and campaign worker Bob Hume, for example, traveled to Washington, D.C., in March to attend the National League of Cities convention. John Stiles, Coleman's campaign manager, explained each of the expenses. Coleman spokesman and campaign worker Bob Hume, for example, traveled to Washington, D.C., in March to attend the National League of Cities convention. 'That could have been official business,' Stiles said. 'We could have put it on the taxpayers, but he did some political work there...'" (Dave Orrick, "Challenger criticizes travels of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman," Pioneer Press, September 23, 2009)

"A number of the expenses were for Coleman's lodging or meals at similar conferences and conventions, such as the National Convention of Young Democrats of America in Chicago in late July or the Minnesota Association for Justice in Alexandria in mid-August." (Dave Orrick, "Challenger criticizes travels of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman," Pioneer Press, September 23, 2009)
We also offer to the Board the following information from the Chris Coleman for Saint Paul Committee report which we believe further demonstrates that Mayor Coleman's expenditures in pursuit of the governor's office have far exceeded the $100 limit set by the state.


3/12/09 Midwest Airlines $619.39
3/13/09 $107.88
7/23/09 Arrowwood Resort Deposit $200.00
7/30/09 Kahler Grand Hotel $452.98
7/30/09 Northwest Airlines $249.19
8/17/09 Arrowwood Resort Lodging $107.80


6/18/09 Congressional District 7 Dinner $60.00
7/29/09 Gilligan's Cove (Rochester) $13.00
7/30/09 Kahler Grand Grill $86.89
8/3/09 Granite City Brewery $35.82


4/14/09 Mileage for Stiles $90.00
7/27/09 Mileage for Stiles $60.00

Donations to DFL Units

2/7/09 Senate District 32 DFL $50.00
6/11/09 Rice County DFL $200.00

Please find a copy of Mayor Coleman's 2009 Saint Paul Campaign Committee report and copies of the above news articles included with this correspondence.

Thank you for attention to this matter.


Tony Sutton, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman
Michael Brodkorb, Republican Party of Minnesota Deputy Chairman

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sharon,Bill Challenge Denial of IRV 3Nov09Election

St. Paul Instant Run-Off Voting Question (2009)

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The St. Paul Instant Run-Off Voting Question is a ballot measure that will appear on the November 3,2009 ballot in Ramsey County for St. Paul voters.

The question will ask whether voters want to change the way they elect city officials.[1]

In instant-runoff voting, also called ranked-choice voting, voters will rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gains a majority, the candidate with the least amount of support is dropped and the second-place votes cast by supporters of that candidate are added to the remaining candidates. This same process continues until one candidate gains a majority.

Previous attempts for IRV

In July 2008, under the threat of a lawsuit, the St. Paul City Council on voted against putting the Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV) question on the November 2008 ballot. During this time, IRV was deemed a controversial method, and city council members said it would probably violate the state's constitution.[2]

The St. Paul city attorney's office offered their opinion on IRV in a 10 page opinion, laying out an argument that stated the voting method would more than likely violate the Minnesota Constitution. Council members approved a separate resolution that called for the question to be put on the ballot if instant-runoff voting is found to be acceptable constitutional.[3]


  1. Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul voters to get instant runoff question in November", June 24, 2009
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul instant-runoff voting question to stay off ballot", July 2, 2008
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul advised not to consider instant-runoff election system", June 18, 2008

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Norm Coleman_Bell Palsys

Overtime_2008Election by Jason Hoppin


Overtime: Chapter 2, Part 1: 'Things are going to get really ugly' in Franken vs Coleman, said elections manager
As an anxious state wondered who its next senator would be, the campaigns armed themselves to the teeth with lawyers and a desire to punch their opponents recount chances 'in the nose."

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The candidates weren't the only ones giving speeches the morning after Election Day.

While Norm Coleman tried to claim victory with a 725-vote lead, an attempt to put a capstone on one of Minnesota's longest and toughest election fights, Al Franken stressed patience. Figuring out who won, he said, could take time.

Joe Mansky, Ramsey County's elections manager, laid out the road ahead.

A veteran of dozens of recounts, Mansky gathered his staff around a table in the back of the county elections office. Adjacent to them was a door, behind which were locked the county's ballots.

"Look, things are going to get really ugly," Mansky began. "But the important thing is not to take it personally. The attorneys are going to be here,


Like most officials in the secretary of state's office on Election Day, Gary Poser stayed at the office until 3 a.m. Poser, the state elections director, had known by then that there would be a recount. Office staffers waited hopefully for late returns from St. Louis County, but the results weren't enough to push the tally outside the 0.5 percent margin that triggers a recount.

Poser went home to Forest Lake and spent the next 2 1/2 hours lying on his bed before heading back to St. Paul. He did not sleep.

There was much work to be done before the recount could begin, but on Nov. 5 the office was optimistic — it had executed a smooth judicial recount following the September primary election.

"Because we had just done a recount, we were all feeling very confident. 'Oh, another recount! No problem!' " Secretary of State Mark Ritchie recalled.

"It didn't dawn on me what was about to happen, you know? It was just, 'OK, we have the procedure, and we do the procedure.' "

The razor-thin Senate margin shocked everyone, almost as if someone flipped a coin and it landed on its edge. Though recounts are usually uneventful, the virtual dead heat and the high stakes of the Senate race would change the rules of the game.

Following Ritchie's 2006 election, the office scrapped predecessor Mary Kiffmeyer's recount plan, which would have moved every ballot to St. Paul and locked them in the National Guard Armory on Cedar Street. The plan would have been expensive — up to $2 million — and the new regime worried that if that many ballots were transported, some would get lost.

It was time to put a new plan into action, but some loose ends lingered. Not all the precincts were in.

The Iron Range city of Buhl counted its election results by hand. Most of the state's 4,192 precincts use computers to transmit results, but in some places the results still have to be phoned in. Buhl was one of those, an arcane trifle in an otherwise excellent election system. The two judges called it a night but forgot something.

"One thought the other one called, and neither one had," said Paul Tynjala, St. Louis County director of elections.

With the balance of power in the Senate at stake, everyone waited for Buhl. The Duluth News Tribune captured the mood in a headline: "While Buhl slept, the nation waited."

In any other election year, the situation in Buhl would hardly have been noticed. But with a margin so close, the small imperfections that plague any election were magnified. It was also a sign of things to come.

Once counted, the heavily Democratic city bolstered Franken by 191 votes. Even as he claimed victory, Coleman's lead was sliding out from under him.


Meanwhile, the campaigns started building their legal teams.

Franken turned to former Minnesota U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug, a onetime Senate candidate himself with strong ties to Minnesota Democrats, and Marc Elias, a Washington, D.C., lawyer with strong ties to the national Democratic Party, including a stint as counsel for the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.

Another partner at Elias' Perkins Coie law firm, Kevin Hamilton, also joined the Franken team. Hamilton had played a key role in a 2004 Washington state gubernatorial recount in which the Democrat — the apparent loser on Election Day — eventually won the race.

Coleman initially turned to another former Minnesota U.S. attorney, Republican Tom Heffelfinger. But Heffelfinger's involvement ended quickly because he was in the middle of writing a report for the city of St. Paul about police tactics during the Republican National Convention. Democratic-Farmer-Labor St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman asked him to relinquish the recount, which he did.

Instead, Norm Coleman hired two veterans of Minnesota politics: Tony Trimble, a working-class kid from northern Minnesota educated at an elite New England boarding school, and Fritz Knaak, a self-described country lawyer from White Bear Township.

Both candidates had prepared for a recount to some degree: Coleman had alerted Trimble to the possibility about a week before Election Day, and Franken's campaign manager had actually drawn up a recount plan. But prior to the election, neither candidate bothered calling the secretary of state's office to discuss just how a recount would be conducted.

They were about to learn.



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