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Oct 29th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 29, 2010

Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota

One year ago today, I endorsed Independent Tom Horner as the best choice for governor of Minnesota.


Two Years Ago — October 29, 2009

New York Times Bachmann Fluff

In 2006, newly elected Representative Michele Bachmann talked with a reporter while an aide, Andy Parrish, held her purse. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)

Two years ago today, on October 29, 2009, I reported that the New York Times published a poorly researched, superficial, misleading, mostly puff piece on U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, titled “A G.O.P. agitator not named Palin” (Oct. 14, 2009).


Three Years Ago — October 29, 2008

St. Cloud Times Voter Guide

Three years ago today, on October 29, 2008 — the 11th day of my write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I posted my candidate information from the St. Cloud Times Voter Guide (excerpt reproduced below).

What should America’s diplomatic and military strategy be in the Middle East?

Diplomatically, America should have a vigorous strategy of building coalitions with allies and engaging adversaries in tough diplomacy by punishing behaviors that threaten U.S. national security interests and rewarding behaviors that promote U.S. interests in the region — in other words, the proven carrot-and-stick approach to international politics.

We should have a strong military presence in the region to deter adversaries from threatening vital U.S. security interests in the Middle East and to protect our allies; however, our military footprint should be as small as possible to avoid any perception of the U.S. as an occupying power, which breeds hostility and undermines U.S. national security.

In Iraq, we should reduce our military presence in an orderly manner that does not jeopardize recent security gains or enable Iran to exploit the complex national security predicament created by the removal of Saddam Hussein. …

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