Monday, December 29, 2003

Last call for 2003 campaign contributions
Each year the State of Minnesota will reimburse Minnesota residents for campaign contributions totalling up to $50! You can write a check to David Bly's campaign for up to $50, or $100 if you file a joint tax return, and get it all back in a few weeks!

When you donate to the David Bly Campaign, either with a credit card/PayPal (using our donation page), or by check, we will provide you with a receipt and the Minnesota Department of Revenue's Official Political Contribution Refund Form (PCR). Then all you have to do is fill out both forms and mail them to the Dept. of Revenue, and you don't have to wait until tax time! You can do it right away, and 4-8 weeks later, a check from the state will appear in your mailbox. Amazing!

2003 contributions must be received in 2003, so if you act NOW you can get this 2003 refund.


Please use our donation page to contribute via credit card/PayPal, or make checks payable to the David Bly Campaign, and note the new Campaign Headquarters address and phone:

The David Bly Campaign
402 Washington St. So.
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 664-0155


Thursday, December 18, 2003

Out to Lunch -- back soon!
From Carol Overland:
David's finishing his Masters, and as you can tell, he's taking a short break from blogging -- it's hard enough to complete a Masters, let alone do it while working full time, so this time out is well needed and deserved. That said, here's what's going on while he's working:

It's a birthday party for David Bly!

And to help celebrate:

Willie Murphy and his band are coming to Northfield.

When? Saturday January 10th at 8:00 p.m.
Where? The Northfield Country Club

$25 in advance, $35 at the door

For reservations, make an on-line Donation or send check, noting all names of those the reservation donation covers, to:

Willie Reservations
The David Bly Campaign
402 Washington St. So.
Northfield, MN 55057

Remember, the state refunds campaign contributions of up to $50 for individuals, $100 for those filing joint tax returns. Have you made your 2003 refundable donation? If not, now's the time. And in 2004 you get to do it again! This campaign contribution refund is available each year!

For more information: (507) 664-0155

Who's Willie Murphy?

What do people say about Willie?

Clearly, this former Bee and enduring idealist still has some sting left in him. "I have a strong anger about the way things are in the world," says Murphy. "I thrive on it, and I have a great emotional release for it in playing music." . . . He's particularly inspired by post-Modern theorist Frederic Jameson.

"He really challenges this notion that if you're gonna be a political artist that you should disguise it. I never bought that either."

. . . The longing for peace is palpable on the daydreamy "Just Wanna Be," or the heart-tugging "Open Letter (to a Politician)," a response to Reaganites declaring ideological victory over the ‘60s radicals.

-- Jim Meyer/ Mpls. Star Tribune

He is an intellectual and he applies intellectual principles to his music, but he doesn't let the beat and the pulse take a back seat to lyrical content. . . I think the lack of attention paid to his recordings and the paucity of work for his bands is indicative of the poet-in-his-own-land syndrome.

-- Dave Ray

Willie ha sempre riscosso un enorme successo, con un pubblico pienamente soddisfatto, non smette maide chiedere il bis.

-- Musicastrada -- Iniziative
Willie's touring Italy right now, but he'll be back!

Join us at the Northfield Country Club on January 10, 2003, 8:00 p.m.

Make Donation/Reservation online or by mail. For more info (507) 664-0155.


Sunday, December 07, 2003

Rock for Democracy at Javalive

Saturday December 6th I joined

Patti Fritz and

Jeremy Kalin of Young Progressives and many other good Democrats at the Javalive Coffee shop in Faribault for some great music presented by

Bonnie and the Clydes.

Young Progressives is an issues oriented group organized to engage young people in grass roots politics. In addition to working with this group Jeremy, who is from Lindstrom, Minnesota is running for the Minnesota House Seat 17B. He described the work they've been doing with a letter campaign to congress to over turn the FCC decision to make it easier for our media to be controlled by a few media outlets.

In addition to my regular job I have been busy working to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Education from St. Mary's University. So I have not been blogging as much as I had hoped.

Coming soon you will find blogs on Health Care/Insurance issues, Affordable Housing, Economic fairness, Education Finance and policy, and more about energy. I won't get to them right away, so I would welcome anything you might want to suggest. Either as a comment on one of these issues, something else you've read in this blog or an idea you want to suggest.

So feel free to click on the 'contact' button in the blue box to the left of this blog under my picture and send me something to ponder. I really do want to know what you are thinking.