How You Win The Governor’s Race In MN

Beat the living  crap out of your opponent. Mark Dayton did just that to Jeff Johnson.

2014 Guv race chart

The MN CFB has a great report out. It includes side by sides for each House race as well. Party spending. PACs. Candidates. Major donors. Well worth the download. $34 million was spent on election in Minnesota in 2014. That excludes all Federal elections (US House & Senate)


MUST READ! Downey – Setting The Record Straight

Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey sent out this email this morning to clear up some distortions and mistruths that are flying fast and furiously in the Chair’s race.

Setting the record straight…

As you may know, there are now two new candidates who have jumped into the race for Party Chair just days before the election.  A full discussion of the issues is important, and I welcome all of it and attended many conventions and district meetings around the state to do just that.  But in the last few days before the election, accurate information will be important, so I am taking the opportunity here to clarify and correct the (mis)information that is now out there.

Party Debt

To be clear, the State Party still carries too much debt.  Fortunately, since January 1st we have reduced our debt by $110,000.

After a once in four years statewide campaign effort in 2014, 2015 is now the year to make progress on the debt, and donors have given me their commitment to help in that cause if I am re-elected Chair.  And after reducing the State Party’s costs and improving our revenue streams, we are in a strong position do so.

Some key figures:

  • Since its high of $2.2 million after the problems of 2011, Party debt is now just over $1.4 million.  It reached a low of just under $1.3 million in early 2014 before the strategic decision was made to give it all we had and put our financial resources into the election, starting with the state convention and then on to the primary campaigns, statewide victory program, early/absentee ballot program, and general election campaigns.
  • Compared to 2013, today our monthly operating costs including principle and interest on structured long term debt from 2011, have been reduced by $50,000 per month.
  • Our donor file has grown from 27,000 two years ago, to 41,000 today, and the average donation has doubled.

Some argue that spending aggressively on behalf of our candidates in 2014 was unwise.  But imagine if our strategy for 2014 was simply to pay down debt.  Would donors have given?  Would we have had a successful convention? Would our endorsed candidates have prevailed in the primaries? Would our races have been as close as they were?  Doubtful.

A political Party’s financial position is lowest right after a hard fought election.  The better time to judge our progress, however, is right before we go into the next one.


In the past two years as your Party Chair, I have very intentionally made the position increasingly accountable to the State Party’s Executive Committee and ultimately to you the delegates.

  • I embraced the new policy requiring the Chair to gain approval from the Executive Committee before entering any vendor contract greater than $25,000, and if for a non-budgeted area of spending, greater than $5,000.
  • In addition, I am the first Chair, and the only current elected officer, to be accountable to a job description and an annual review from the Personnel Committee as part of receiving a salary.
  • As Chair, I submit all new hires to the Personnel Committee for approval of the individual, the job description and compensation.
  • We have regularly scheduled State Executive Committee meetings on a monthly basis, increasing to bi-weekly during the last two months of the election cycle.  All strategic matters regarding operations, campaigns and spending are discussed.
  • Thanks to our Treasurer, Bron Scherer, the State Party is now running on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  This is the standard of Certified Public Accounting firms, and our internal accounting controls and segregation of duties are reviewed annually by an outside party.
  • The Party Chair reviews the financials and approves accounts payable on a weekly basis with the Treasurer, Executive Director, and Finance Director, but has no computer login and no role in the accounting, invoice entry or check writing functions.
  • Monthly Income Statements and Balance Sheets are presented to the State Executive Committee, and all supporting schedules are available to be reviewed with the Treasurer.
  • A 24-month budget is proposed by the Chair and approved by the State Executive Committee, and monthly financial statements now include budget to actual comparisons.
  • The State Party’s FEC and State CFB reporting has been brought in-house to gain cost savings and control, and in the past 24 months we have had only minor amendments to our reports and no fines.

While recent accusations try to claim otherwise, this new era of transparency and accountability is solid, professional, and serving the Party and its donors very well.

Recent proposals in the name of “transparency” to undo these hard fought improvements to the Party’s financial processes are misguided, and ironically come from those with a history of leaking strategic information.

I hope this provides some helpful context as you evaluate the important issues facing our Party.

I remain confident that the turnaround is over, and the comeback has begun.  Let’s stay the course, make the progress on the debt I am committed to as a priority and have the donor support for, and deliver on the plan to win everything in 2016!

Click here to view my website and my plan for the next two years

We have regained momentum, but we also have a lot of work to do, and it would be an honor to serve as your Party Chairman for another term.

Thank you for your service to the people of Minnesota!



Keith Downey

Dayton Pushes Controversial Bonding Bill

While Legislators are bogged down on the budget impasse, Governor Dayton has thrown gas on the partisan fire by introducing a bonding bill.

Source: Strib

Gov. Mark Dayton will announced his $850-million bonding bill Tuesday, which is expected to fund construction projects and create jobs across the state.

Characterized as a jobs bill, the legislation comes even as leaders in the Republican-led House have said they don’t have plans on proposing a bonding bill this year. Bonding bills have to originate in the House, and as a result, the Senate may follow suit. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said late last month that he instructed Senate leaders to come up with options in case a bonding bill is produced.

Normally, Legislators spend the entire odd year of a session battling over projects for the bonding bill. Dayton is throwing this in to an already burdened budget year.

Its almost like he is trying to cause a shutdown by preventing a budget agreement from taking place.

April Fools ? – Meet MNGOP Chair Candidate Jungbauer

Sadly, I don’t think this is an April Fools Day joke. Source: Strib

Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey, who had been unopposed in his bid for a second two-year term, as of Tuesday has an opponent in former CD2 GOP chairman BIll Jungbauer.


Asked to name Republican elected officials he admires, Jungbauer said state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, and state Sens. Dave Thompson and Brandon Petersen. But he withheld similar praise for one of the party’s most prominent new leaders, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who has faced criticism from some on the party’s right flank.

“No comment,” Jungbauer said when asked his estimation of Daudt.

All 3 of those Legislators that Jungbauer says he admires are backing Keith Downey’s reelection. Sooooo……

For those that don’t know Mr. Jungbauer, here is a glimpse of what to expect if he should win as written by one of his friends from CD2.

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Democrat Cronyism – Met Council Chair Gets Double The Salary

No Democrat office holder gets to complain about anyone making too much money at their business after Governor Dayton doubled the pay of his chief of staff’s husband. Source: KSTP

The chairman of the Metropolitan Council’s salary has doubled even after lawmakers mothballed hefty raises for state commissioners.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Adam Duininck is making nearly $123,000 as the job moves to a full-time role. That’s twice as much as previous Metropolitan Council leaders.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s spokesman Matt Swenson says the governor has authority to make the job full time and pay Duininck as a full-time commissioner. Dayton says it should be a full-time gig.

But Republicans are crying foul. They say Duininck’s raise violates a deal from earlier this year that reversed major salary increases for members of Dayton’s cabinet.

Top legislative leaders from both parties told the AP they believed Duininck’s salary would stay at about $60,000 under legislation freezing the salary hikes.


MN Media Rushing To Democrat’s Aid On Budget Bloat

If this MinnPost headline doesn’t expose the bias in Minnesota political reporting, I don’t know what does.

Senate budget seeks to bridge gulf between Dayton and GOP
By Briana Bierschbach | 03/27/15




In the negotiations to craft Minnesota’s next two-year budget, Democrats in control of the state Senate are casting themselves as the wise old sages of state government.

That was the dominant theme of a Friday morning press conference revealing the DFLers blueprint for a $42.7 billion budget, which will cut taxes less than Republicans in control of the House want and spend less than Gov. Mark Dayton wants. With a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus to spend, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said the key ingredient in their budget is pumping $250 million into the state’s budget reserve to help provide a buffer from future budget deficits.

It is true there is a large gap between what Governor Dayton has proposed and what House Republicans have proposed. The problem is that the Senate Democrat proposal is not a compromise as implied.

House GOP: $39.95 Billion

Senate Dem: $42.27 Billion

Dem Dayton: $42.79 Billion

Are the Senate Democrats really being reasonable? I mean does their offer that is almost as much as Dayton’s really a grand compromise?

I mean MinnPost even included a graphic from MMB that clearly shows the Senate Democrats’ proposal is almost exactly the same as Dayton’s. And the image is an interactive one on MinnPost’s site that displays the proposed budget amount for each one if clicked on.



People on the right often complain why Republicans can’t win and why Minnesotans are so likely to vote Democrats. I contend that they don’t know any better. The way the news in Minnesota is presented is biased towards supporting the liberal policies of Democrats.

The facts of the matter is spending is growing at out of control increases every budget cycle. Democrats are actually trying to claim that the proposed Republican tax cuts could lead to future budget deficits…. But they ignore how the massive spending increases would do exactly that same thing.

Democrats want to spend the surplus. That’s the headline. That’s the story here. But instead, the media in Minnesota is devoted to spinning the Democrat lies and misleading voters.

Dayton’s Free Pre-School Push Scam

Here’s a glimpse at where the rubber meets the road in Governor Dayton’s latest union kickback initiative: All day pre-school. Source: ABC Newspapers

“Space and staffing are probably the big changes that would need to be made,” she said.

Space is at a premium in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Currently, Anoka-Hennepin provides preschool programming for 1,250 kids, about two-thirds of those 4-year-olds. With programming lasting only two to three hours on a given day, the district can use one classroom for multiple groups of students, which full-day preschool does not allow.

Almost 2,875 4-year-olds live in the district this year, according to census data. If the district maintains a similar number of 4-year-olds in 2016 and two-thirds of those kids enroll in pre-K, that means Anoka-Hennepin has to make space for almost 1,900 4-year-olds. Staffing at a 20:1 ratio would require 95 classrooms.

“While we welcome being able to support early learners, there are some significant space considerations that would have to be figured out,” Kerr said.

Currently, preschool classes are held in various elementary schools, the Educational Learning Center and strip malls across the district.

Dayton’s current funding source is one time surplus money and as the Anoka Hennepin administrators point out, it likely won’t even cover all the costs to actually implement this unneeded mandate. Where the funds will come from at the local level to cover the costs of finding more classrooms and facilities is unclear. So is where the funding will be found for future budget cycles.

Didn’t we just add all-day kindergarten? How much did that added mandate stress school district budgets? But more importantly, is it paying off?

If you ask me, this was just another payback for the unions by Dayton in return for them working so hard on his reelection.

Legislation Happens At The Capitol Not Your BPOU Meeting

Some people think its impossible to hold their Legislator accountable and feel they have no other option but to complain to others about that online or at a Party meeting. They attend a meeting or two or three and get something in their party’s platform or agenda, but low and behold, it doesn’t miraculously become law and that person determines they are disenfranchised and encourage others to be as outraged as they are……

They rail against the party and Legislators as a whole because their idea didn’t become law even though that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of that Constitutional Governance works….

Look, I am not trying to mock people, I am trying to educate people on how to be effective. I see so much disinformation and people stoking faux controversies online I had to speak up. I’m mocking to get your attention so that you will allow yourself to be educated in how to get things done. That is after all why most of us are involved in politics isn’t it? To get better laws passed?

If you want to change legislation, the place to do that is not at your BPOU meetings. Its at the Capitol. That’s where they write and vote on legislation.

I  challenge you all to contact your Legislator on a regular basis. They even encourage it.  Its not that hard. 

How do I contact my legislator? How do I let a representative or senator know how I feel about an issue?

You can call, email, or write a letter to your legislator’s office. Email is most effective if it is not a blanket mailing to all members. When sending an email, remember to include your name, postal address and phone number.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

Find out who represents you

They even go on to give your helpful Do’s & Don’ts. Like:

“Don’t threaten legislators”

Have you contacted your Legislators lately? Whether or not you have a Democrat or Republican representing you? Because the foot soldiers of Marxism are bombarding ALL Legislators with hundreds of contacts daily to grow Government and erode freedoms and liberties.

No seriously, go visit the Capitol and talk to your Legislators at their job where they do the work you want to influence. They even give you directions and tell you where you can park…

There are thousands of lobbyists and special interests who already know all of this and show up every single day to badger Legislators into passing or opposing laws. The 201 Legislators at the Capitol are outnumbered by those lobbyists and special interests.

Maybe before you devote all your time and energy into being outraged online  and planning a monthly meeting to encourage others to be as outraged as you…. Maybe you could try to calmly contact your Legislators and talk to them.

Contact information: Representatives | Senators

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Minnesota Aims To License Illegals To Drive, What Could Go Wrong

01-how-about-no-bearWhen people break a fundamental law, why would they care to follow all the others? Source: PiPress

Advocates of a push to grant driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally packed a Minnesota House hearing Wednesday, at times breaking into tears as supporters explained how the change would affect them.

The move has support from a broad coalition of businesses, religious leaders and law enforcement officials who say it will make roads safer as more people take driver’s safety tests and buy car insurance. But some argue giving licenses to those without legal resident status will make it easier for them to commit voter fraud.

Ana Serrano told the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee that the move would help her parents, who immigrated from Mexico years ago. They rely on her older brother to drive them around Willmar because they can’t legally obtain driver’s licenses.

State Rep. Rod Hamilton, who’s carrying a bill to make the change, said he initially was skeptical of the idea. But the Mountain Lake Republican said the he since has realized the effect on public safety the move would have.

Public safety officials also think no one should own guns, fence in their yards, and that they should be able to listen to phone calls and read emails with out a warrant….

I can’t begin to describe how maddening it is that any Republicans are supporting this red carpet for voter fraud and amnesty. . .