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Paula Overby: Another choice in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District– St Paul Pioneer Press

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    Something's missing in our democracy

    WE ARE MISSING A KEY ELEMENT OF DEMOCRACY---One of the candidates…   There has been an interesting pattern developing in the U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District campaign, where Paula Overby has been invited and each time has indicated willingness to attend sessions where voters are invited: Both Angie Craig and Jason Lewis agreed to participate in the Farmfest forum then withdrew when the participant list was released. Paula Overby was given 5 minutes to speak to thousands of participants. Angie Craig also refused the debate at St Olaf College organized by the League of Women Voters (a live stream event that would have reached thousands of voters). Neither Angie Craig nor Jason Lewis appeared for the Veterans’ forum, Neither Angie Craig nor Jason Lewis appeared at the Dakota County Chamber of Commerce forum, Neither Angie Craig nor Jason Lewis attended the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce forum where they have Kids Voting, Neither Angie Craig nor Jason Lewis attended the Lake City Chamber of Commerce forum (although Lewis did provide a statement that was read by someone else--- Minnesota House Representative Steve Drazkowski)   Angie Craig, Jason Lewis and Paula Overby were invited to screen with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. All three screened with the newspaper, but only Angie Craig and Jason Lewis were even mentioned in the Editorial screening. `   Many of you may have seen the Minnesota Public Television debate between Angie Craig, Jason Lewis, and Paula Overby. It was a reasoned debate that covered all of the major issues in the campaign because all of the people on the ballot were included in the debate. Oddly enough, Minnesota Public Radio did not include Paula Overby in their recent debate…   Contrast this with KSTP television debate between Angie Craig and Jason Lewis which occurred yesterday. You will notice one missing participant. Paula Overby, the Independent Party candidate, was told in advance by Tom Hauser that she would not be invited.   If any of your stations would like to invite Paula Overby to present her positions to the people who are actually voting for the U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District, you are more than welcome to contact her at:
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    Political Polarization

    The current dysfunction of the political process is rooted in a lack of open, candid discourse between candidates and the voting public. A study from Princeton University (September, 2014), Testing Theories of American Politics, concluded that the U.S. is no longer a republic. “The US has become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy.” My opponents have the support of powerful interests in the form of PAC's, Committees and Funds. I am the candidate who is solely funded by individual donations. As a result, I will represent you, the citizen; not the 40 or more PAC's that frame one of my opponents' campaign issues, or the many corporate sponsors who frame my other opponents' political positions. I have traveled all over the district listening to the issues that are important to you. Summarizing these issues they would include: consumer protection; protecting jobs; preventing excessive regulation; protecting people from unfair banking and credit practices; ensuring patient centered health care; eliminating predatory drug pricing; protecting commitments to our veterans; protecting voters from unfair campaign practices; and protecting senior care. Solutions already exist but we need to start putting people first. I pledge to you that I will make my office completely accessible to you as citizens, so I can have your issues and ideas to frame public policy in the United States House of Representatives. That’s what I can do to represent you fully in Congress…
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  • commented 2017-05-04 20:54:19 -0500
    Hey Paula – are you satisfied now? Your fracturing of the left wing vote got Jason Lewis elected, and directly contributed to the Republican repeal of the ACA. His idea is to stuff you back in the closet, which can’t be what you want for democracy. You can’t talk your way out of this. You agreed not to split the DFL vote a year ago, and then proceeded to do exactly that. This is a matter of personal responsibility toward this democratic principle you keep talking about, and you have failed. I hold you personally responsible for this.
  • commented 2016-10-30 15:09:01 -0500
    Reversing Citizens United won’t eliminate fundraising or expand voter’s choices. We could just enact legislation that operates alongside the status quo, for example, The Faie Elections Fund—a Whole New Ball Game, at www.thefairelectionsfund.com. Is our government worth $7.00 a year to you? @thefairelection