Just in case, you think we have been finding better ways to bide our time, rather than putting out screeds or diatribes about political issues; our hiatus is now come to a close. We’re back and ready to provide our unique perspective on politics. Now just in case you missed it with just a couple of tweets, we surprisingly, facilitated the departure of Dennis Nguyen from the Secretary of States’ race. We also assisted someone to reassess their thoughts regarding another statewide office, but that occurred far more covertly.
Now, it is never our intent to scare someone out of an electoral contest. We don’t carry that kind of weight. If you have read critical opines, by some less than pedantic Republican blogs, you will see we have received payments for our opinions on political matters to the tune of $40,000. So what. We also have previously received thousands of $$ from the Republican Party of Minnesota, Republican candidates, Democratic candidates, the Independence Party of Minnesota and even Green Party candidates.
If receipt of money is a crime then we’re completely and totally guilty and does money influence our opinions, no not at all. We here at Checks & Balances have a long and storied political history. Publisher Shawn Towle, is a fail candidate for office seeking a Senate seat in 1992. Oh shock he also was a member of the DFL Constitution and Bylaws Commission up until 1998. Gasp.
So Jay Kohls, if you ever want to do that interview you were working so hard on, for your Republican bent television station we can stop calling. Checks & Balances is not an advocacy group, lobbying interest or any other entity in violation of House or Senate Rules.
If there is biased information found in opinion, it is because it is opinion. If the is political analysis found in Checks & Balances it’s because there is political analysis in Checks & Balances.
Now, no one will ever believe a company owned by Stanley Hubbard, run by Stanley Hubbard, Jr remains uninfluenced by the boss come on who are you kidding. When either of the Stanley’s write checks, we know it’s really just a loan, because there will be campaign ads running KSTP News or radio later on. When one of the Hubbard’s endorses a candidate, like Rep. Kurt Zellars (R-34B, Maple Grove) or is the campaign finance chair for Chris Dahlberg (R), we know there is not possibly any influence on the news coverage.
Because if there is even the remote possibility or even likelihood then KSTP should just forgo accepting any campaign advertisement and run the ads for free. Just, do Minnesota a public service, and save campaigns money. This way the Hubbards and Ginny Morris won’t need to write some many checks.