MN Taxpayers Paying $240,000 per New Capitol Parking Spot To Improve The “View”

facepalm4crI feel sick. $7.2 Million to replace a surface lot with an underground ramp, with only 30 spaces…..

At that meeting, Bakk advocated for the underground garage, saying continued use of the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of the Capitol would mar the view from both the Capitol and the new Senate Office Building.

Bakk on Wednesday said that “I want to landscape up to the building. If we do not build (the underground garage), we will have a surface parking lot there. That is not the visual I want.”

But they can’t afford to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Capitol renovations, plus the new state of the art Senate Office building, plus this surprise las minute binding bill’s new parking ramp, is a half a billion dollars for part time legislators….

As I said, I feel sick.

MN Taxpayers Building China An Aircraft Factory In Duluth

facepalm4crYou read that right.

Cirrus Aircraft was sold to China in 2011.

During the dizzying frenzy of last minute budget deals, a mysterious mini-bonding $100 million bonding bill appeared and deep down in it was a $4 million request from the city of Duluth to help build a new factory for Cirrus Aircraft. Duluth taxpayers are on the hook for $6 million already. 

Oh but don’t worry, “its just a loan”… Actually, yes, do worry.

Cirrus will not need to repay some of the loan if Cirrus hits goals set by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

That’s $10 million in taxpayer money for a Chinese owned company’s factory that sells planes with a starting price just under half a million dollars. 

Guess who happens to be the State Senator who represents the Duluth Airport. None other than DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk….

But we can’t find money to fix our roads and bridges…..

 

Bombshell New Report Confirms That The DFL Is The Real Party Of the Rich

From Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Candidate Handbook (pdf).

(Page 18) Special source limits

Finally, there is a limit on the total amount that a candidate’s committee can receive from certain types of donors. This limit is called the “special source limit”. The donors included in this limit are often called “special sources”, and include political committees and funds, lobbyists, and associations not registered with the Board. Contributions from large donors no longer count toward the special source limit.

[…]

Office

Aggregate special source limits for the 2015-2016 election cycle segment

Governor/Lt. Gov.

$313,000

Attorney General

$41,700

Secretary of State, State Auditor

$20,900

State Senate

$18,000

State Representative

$12,500

But they used to. A Federal Judge struck down the law for the 2014 election cycle. A damning new report from Institute for Justice shines a spotlight on which 2014 Minnesota Governor candidate benefitted the most, Democrat Mark Dayton or Republican Jeff Johnson.

(Source: MPR Blog: Capitol View) According to the group’s analysis, one or both candidates in half of Minnesota’s legislative and statewide races benefited from the rule’s suspension. That includes Gov. Mark Dayton, who raised $744,000 more than he would have under the old rules. His opponent Republican Jeff Johnson raised $25,000 more than he would have under the old rules.

That means major donors, as in people who can write checks for over $500 to $1,000 overwhelmingly supported Mark Dayton in the 2014 election.

That flies contrary to every single thing the DFL and Minnesota media portray about political contributors. Spread this one far and wide folks because the data backs up critics of this left wing talking point that the GOP is the party of the rich. 

Many of us have long since believed that the party of the rich is the DFL. They are supported by a bunch rich people who have theirs already, which is why they don’t mind the massive tax increases and regulatory burdens that make it nearly impossible for the average business owner to ever make it, let alone try to employ people in this state. (IE: really support the middle class.)

The MPR blog post headline shrieks of more of the same old usual bias we’ve come to expect. After all, it was a blog post by Catherine Richert. The numbers in the report show that Mark Dayton had a HUGE advantage due to the law change. In fact Dayton quadrupled what he could have received from this group of citizens under old rules.

Dayton major donor contributions in 2014. Newly allowed: $744,000 + Old limit: $313,000 = $1,057,000 total major donors.

Johnson major donor contributions in 2014. Newly allowed: $25,000 + Old limit: $313,000 = $338,000 total major donors.

Dayton raised $759,000 more dollars from wealthy donors than Jeff Johnson.

 

Can We Finally Put That Whole ‘The GOP Is The Party Of The Rich’ Meme To Bed Yet?

Democrats outspend Republicans 2 to 1 in the 2014 elections. Folks, and members of the media, that money has to come from somewhere. Source: PiPress

The party, in the midst of a decadelong shutout from statewide offices, spent $8.6 million to end the state and federal election drought last year. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party spent $15 million and kept the GOP from picking off any statewide or congressional incumbents. State campaign finance reports were made public Tuesday.

The DFL slush fund, Alliance for a Better Minnesota alone spent $5.3 million.

Here’s another fun little benefit to being a DFLer running for office. Source: MN CFB AFSCME 2014 Year End

AFSME CFB revenue report 2014 screencap

 

Your DFL supporting attack groups get to claim $1 million in unitemized contributions and no one blinks.

The party of the rich and shadow money is the Democrat Party, not the Republicans. Its time for the press to stop repeating the DFL lies.

New Look For RF & What’s Next For Me?

New theme here at RF. Probably going to be making a few more changes not to mention get back into writing. I’ve really missed writing.

I’m also doing some deep soul searching into my own political involvement. Looking back at the last couple years, what I did, what I was unable to do, and what is next for me.

As I start the next chapter of my life as a husband, its time to evaluate whether or not its wise to commit to a unpaid volunteer role that is a full time commitment.

Maybe its time for me to run for something – higher party spot or maybe its time to put my name on a lawn sign of my own.

I don’t know. All I know is that I am tired of the status quo, cronies failing upward, and carrying so much damn water for the cause while others around me don’t lift a finger.

As 2014 winds up and 2015 begins, a new chapter of the MNGOP will begin. The question is, will it have me to kick around and take advantage of anymore?

Obama’s Election Day Message: You Can’t Possibly Run Your Own Life

Via the DNC, President Obama sends out this GOTV email this election day morning.

If you don’t vote today, you’re letting someone else decide the future for you.

You’re letting someone else pick a reality that will shape your life for two years. Today is just that simple.

So don’t let it happen, Andy.

Confirm your polling place, and make sure you and your friends and family are the ones deciding the future:

http://my.democrats.org/Lookup

Barack Obama

The President of the United States used to be known as the leader of the free world, but President Obama’s message to his supporters is one of dependence and a lack of faith that these Americans can possibly manage their own lives with out the tethers of the nanny state.

 

AFSCME: To Protest And Smear

It won’t come as a shock to the politically involved, but Alliance for a Better Minnesota’s ad about Republican Governor candidate Jeff Johnson is full of lies and misleading statements.

Let’s not forget that ABM is just the slush fund and PR machine of the DFL in Minnesota. Its a consortium of labor unions and special interest groups who do the dirty work for the DFL of attacking ands sliming Republicans in elections.

The Chair of ABM’s PAC is Jon Grebner who is also listed as a political director of AFSCME. And WOW this union staffer Jon Grebner pulled in almost $90,000 in salary from the union in 2013.

KSTP Fact Checked ABM’s latest attack ad trying desperately to distract voters from stumbling upon Governor Dayton’s dismal record and it received a C-.