Outnumbered: Lobbying Is Killing Our Republic

I actually know some lobbyist. Most of them are good people. Some do play a valuable role of educating people on issues. But like teenage boys, when you put too many of them together without adult supervision, bad things are bound to happen.

There are only 201 Legislators at the Minnesota Capitol. There’s another couple hundred staffers/assistants who work there to help the Legislators. There are thousands and thousands of lobbyists and shadow lobbyists (unregistered consultants & PR folks who do the same stuff as lobbyists but somehow avoid lobbyist filing requirements and regulations) who roam the Capitol, influence Legislators, and sell their various products/policies that range from good ideas all the way to Pandora’s box & snake oil.

We Republican activists, conservatives, Tea Partiers, Liberty, 2nd Amendment, center right, etc etc …. supporters all complain that you endorse someone in March for State House or Senate, and they end up “betraying” us by opposing something that we passed in our party platform or that they promised us during their delegate calling. We send these innocent Legislators to St. Paul and expect them to stay true when surrounded by thousands of people who get paid to get their way.

Don’t forget that on top of the lobbyists and shadow lobbyists, there are tens of thousands of state bureaucrats who also influence Legislators.

But after we endorsed them in the Spring every 2 or 4 years, did we stay in touch with our Republican Legislators? Or did we just expect them to work around our BPOU meeting schedule where we can grill them with a bunch of tough questions about what other Legislators are doing?

They are outnumbered at the Capitol by professional policy pushers for special interests. These people  are not there just trying to push a bad policy, they are there to educate (or spin) the good aspects of bills. They are professional salesman who get paid for results. Most of them wouldn’t be employed if they couldn’t convince people on why a policy should be passed. So they are good at making bad policies sound good. They gloss over bad aspects and hard sell the good points that a politician can use to get reelected.

Point?

If you see what is happening at the Capitol and what the Governor is demanding and are upset or worried, you need to stop complaining and start petitioning your legislators IN PERSON!

Find out who represents you. Call them on issues. Take a day off work and go down and talk to them.

If I had the time, I have always wanted to have a Republican Lobby Day. A day when we try to get all 15,000 people who attend Republican Precinct Caucus to show up at the Capitol and talk to their Legislators of both parties.

We, as a conservative movement, often fall victim to preaching to the choir, in that, we only try to hold our own (Republican Legislators) accountable. We have cases where our activists and figurehead/leaders who may have even had liberal DFL Reps for years, will make it their life’s mission to defeat someone else’s Republican Legislator who only has a 93% “votes with me” rating. Yet this person never bothers to go talk with their own DFL Representative who gets 90% of the votes wrong.

We always get upset when we send Republicans to St. Paul and they let us down, but have we bothered to go down there ourselves to keep them on our side? They see countless people every day trying to twist their arms to support policies we oppose.

Go find out who your Legislators are and go down tot he Capitol to visit them. Even if you have a DFLer!

 

MNGOP Turn Around

The Republican Party of Minnesota paid the final penalty from FEC for the blundering of former leadership.

According to the FEC, former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton would keep some invoices in his office, preventing them from being entered into the party’s accounting system.

Sutton has denied deliberating concealing the party’s debts. After he resigned in December 2011, invoices found in his office showed undisclosed debts from 2010 and 2011 totaling nearly $250,000.

The complaint was brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. An earlier complaint by the watchdog group resulted in a $170,000 fine against the Minnesota GOP.

 

There Aren’t Enough Republicans In MN That We Can Pick & Choose

I announced last night at the MNCD6 Republican meeting that I am seeking reelection as CD6 Treasurer and State Vice Chair. Being Treasurer is a thankless job no sane person should want. But I do enjoy it. I know, I’m an odd duck. Being on the State Executive Committee for the State Party is an honor. I’ve been working with so many great people and I hope to keep doing that.

We have a huge task as Republicans in 2016. We must put whatever happened internally behind us and come together. We must focus on what we agree on not what we don’t like about each other. If our policies are so right for Minnesota, we owe it to people to do whatever it takes to get Republicans elected so they can become law.

No Republican is perfect and the only person who can represent you 100% of the time is yourself. Its time to forget who was on whose side in a previous endorsement battle. Its time to forgive, forget, and fight for votes.

There aren’t enough Republicans in Minnesota that we have the luxury to pick and choose who we want to work with. 

Republicans must reelect Congressman Emmer, hold the State House majority, and pick up the State Senate.

I look forward to another cycle of working to make CD6 the greatest CD in MN.

#bias “Reporter” Kisses NYC Mayor Before Interview

Watch the very beginning of this clip. A CNN “reporter” kisses the socialist NYC Mayor on the cheek on air before the interview.
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I think there was a bit of a longing glare in that Monica and Slick Willy in the rope line gaze…..

But the bigger point is, how can you expect fair and unbiased news coverage when that happens?

Is the reporter worshipping the subject? Is the reporter a fan of the Mayor’s radical policies? How can you tell if anyone is being told the truth?

Just because a city, state, or region votes like Marxists doesn’t mean all journalism and factual coverage can be lost. I’m a firm believer that if most people knew the truth about socialism and marxism, they’d reject it.

Common sense, reason, and logic will lead people away from liberalism but only if the media does their job to report the truth.

Like, there is no free lunch. That government isn’t an expert at everything. That Government often gets it wrong.

If Megan Kelly had kissed George Bush on the cheek before an interview, the left would go insane. Heck, when former Congresswoman Bachmann kissed Bush on the cheek at the SOTU the media went nuts.

What I am saying is that the media, like big Government, can’t be trusted. They are playing to their own self interests, and in many cases, helping their friends.

Another excuse is that the Minnesota media refused once again to educate the voters of Minnesota as to just how far left and radical the Democrat leaders in Minnesota are. No one knows the truth. No one knows that no matter the problem, the solution is new taxes, more regulation, and if that doesn’t work, blame Republicans for ignoring the problem even though they didn’t have the power to do anything.

Dayton: State Government Unwilling To Pay For A Core Duty

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Democrats unveil yet another slew of tax increases with Governor Dayton’s “Transportation” proposal. Don’t forget he just raised $3 Billion in taxes last session.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Everyone knows we have a transportation funding problem in Minnesota. For decades Government has failed to maintain and upgrade our transportation system to meet the needs of Minnesota. Now they are blaming taxpayers. No seriously, Minnesota has been one of the highest taxed states for decades with one of the highest state spending budgets per capita. But after decades drunken sailor Government spending, now Government is threatening taxpayers to pay more or else that bridge isn’t getting fixed.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

Its maddening. Transportation is a core function of Government but yet they refuse to pay for it. That’s right. Democrats claim Minnesotans aren’t paying their fair share when it comes to transportation. They claim its our fault highways are congested and bridges are crumbling. After all we aren’t riding those billion dollar trains or using the hundreds of millions of dollars in bike trails they have found money for.

$40 billion in State General Fund Spending and there is nothing for roads and bridges?

The honest truth is that the only way Governor is willing to actually pay for a better Minnesota is by wasting the record high amount of tax dollars already collected and forcing you to pay more.

Where has all the money gone the last 40 years?

Don’t lecture me that you wasted my money. Don’t lecture me about kicking the can down the road. I didn’t waste hundred and hundreds of billions of dollars the last few decades.

This is why you can’t rely on Government to provide you with things. unfortunately one thing we have to rely on Government to do, Government considers it to be the lowest priority.

Is Gov. Dayton Retiring Already?

During the 2014 campaign, Republicans were shunned for stating that Mark Dayton was not going to be able to finish his term and that Tina Smith was going to be Governor so the media should do some… you know… reporting on just how radical she is. Some of us were wagering on how long after the swearing in that Dayton would resign.

Anyone have less than a month?

Via today’s Morning Take from Blois Olson

TODAY:  Lt. Governor Tina Smith will attend a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet…Lt. Governor Smith also will meet with Governor Dayton, commissioners and staff throughout the day. At 10:00am, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission. At 12:30pm, the Lt. Governor will provide remarks at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Winter Meeting  In the evening, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a reception at the Governor’s Residence for members of the Minnesota Legislature.

She was acting Governor for the first term of Dayton, now she is just taking over it appears.

Another $2.3 Million For Roads & Bridges

I may have to start keeping track of all the waste I am finding that could be used for roads and bridges. Who knows if it would come in handy if *I* ever decided to run for something.

Zip Rail to Rochester outline starts up the track

[Source: Strib] Transportation agencies outlined potential routes and made the case for a controversial high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Rochester in a plan released Tuesday.

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The first phase of studies costs $2.3 million and has been paid for by the state and Olmsted County Regional Rail Authority. No other funding has been secured for the project, Pidaparthi said.

Nor should it receive the $2.3 million FOR FIRST PHASE OF STUDIES!!!!!!

No one in Government gets to tell me there just isn’t enough money to fix congestion with out taxes when Government is wasting money on studies for trains.

Bi-Partisan Taxation Without Representation – et tu Housley?

This one has smoke billowing out of my ears.

Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Because less accountability in education administration and management will solve the problem of a system designed a century ago that is refusing to adapt to the times…. or something.

FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through the maze to search out the problem.

Didn’t the state just spend billions a few years ago to green up school buildings or something?

A longstanding school funding law allows 25 Minnesota school districts to raise residents’ property taxes for maintenance funds without direct voter approval. The rest of the districts, including Forest Lake, don’t have that luxury. That’s led to a big gap in funding among districts for things like carpet replacement, security upgrades and heating and cooling modernization.

State Sen. Kevin Dahle wants to change that arrangement, extending the taxation power to districts statewide. He and other bill proponents call it a matter of fairness. Most of the 25 districts on the list are in the metro area. Some didn’t meet the list’s criteria but were added simply because legislators got them on.

But you could just remove the preferential treatment of the 25 to make it fair. After all, equality is akin to fairness we are often told in the media.

“It’s not fair. A building ages the same across the state,” said state Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican who represents Forest Lake and co-authored the Dahle bill.

I think Karin Housley is one of the most tone deaf Republican politicians I have seen. It was why a certain Republican Governor candidate was dead last on my list of choices. Probably a very nice person, but not a statewide ticket asset nor someone I would want speaking for me, when it comes to the left right debate in Minnesota.

Yes, Democrats like Sen. Dahle are going to come up with really bad ideas and find some emotional tear jerking way to make it sound like a good idea. Those that fall for the gimmick and remove accountability and strengthen the bureaucracy of the nanny state should be ashamed of themselves.

I know, rather pointed attack at Sen. Housley, but I would consider removing the right to be self governed an insult.  

State Of The Marxist Redistributionist In Chief

Barrack Obama is finally being honest with the American people and it is time for the media to stop protecting this Marxist.

[Source: MPR] President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will call for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and tax credits for the middle class, The Associated Press reports, citing anonymous senior administration officials.

This is wealth redistribution plain and simple. This is exactly what the Soviet Union and other Communist nations are based on. Taking money (property) away from people and businesses in order to ration it back out to the poor “working class”.

I wonder if Minnesota’s Congressional Democrats are going to continue to cozy up to Obama. After all, most of them pretend to be moderates while at home in the State. What the President is proposing is radical left wing policies.

A $28 Million Playground Trumps Roads n Bridges

$14 Million in state bonding funds that could have been used for roads and bridges.

The money to renovate and expand it is mostly raised. The preliminary drawings of fancy new exhibits and play space are cool and plentiful. But what begins this weekend at the Children’s Museum of Minnesota may be the most important piece of its $28 million reinvention.

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On Friday, museum officials will provide a sneak peek of those prototypes and announce that they are 82 percent of the way to their $28 million fundraising goal; $14 million has come from state bonding and about $9 million more from donors such as 3M, Best Buy and the city of St. Paul.

You can’t tell me there is no money for roads and bridges when you are spending money to add playground equipment to a museum.