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-.

Hey MPR Fact Check This

If MPR’s Catherine Richert thinks Jeff Johnson stating facts is misleading, maybe she can take a peak into one of Al Franken’s fundraising emails dripping with misleading statements and flat out lies. Take this morning’s fear mongering for instance.

 

Dear Andrew,

I don’t have to tell you that Fundraising Email Threat Inflation is a real concern.

Of course, if I wanted to keep pace with the frantic tone of everything else in your inbox these days, I’d probably say thatFUNDRAISING EMAIL THREAT INFLATION IS STANDING OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR WITH A BUCKET OF LIGHTER FLUID AND A BOOK OF MATCHES RIGHT NOW!!!!!

But, here’s the thing: We don’t need to exaggerate what we’re up against in this campaign.

[…]

I’m sure you don’t need blinking lights and siren GIFs to understand what’s at stake here.

If we let our opponents have their way, they will turn Medicare into a voucher system. They will continue to reward companies for shipping jobs overseas. They will let the most radical voices on the far right block any action on immigration reform or climate change. They will shut down the government again the next time the Tea Party tells them to.

And if we don’t hit our fundraising goals, the Koch brothers and their allies will buy this Senate seat, just like they have in other parts of the country. My opponent has already turned a Koch check into an attack ad against me — and the special interest groups are targeting me, as well. And with the race already in single digits, according to two recent polls, we really do have no margin for error.

Come on MPR, prove to the public that you aren’t biased and in the bag for Democrats. I dare you to actually fact check this.

P.S.: No need to make the threat sound any scarier than it really is: The Koch brothers want to buy this election for my opponent so he can vote for their right-wing policies. I think that’s reason enough to take action:

I triple dog dare you Ms. Reichert.

Fear Them Damn Gun Owners and Tea Baggers

But President Obama and Holder fear homegrown terrorists like the Tea Party and gun owners….

  • TWO SOURCES tell Fox News that Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Somali-American man from Minneapolis, died fighting with ISIS in Syria in the same battle that killed fellow American Douglas McAuthur McCain. [Source Fox News]

I’m sure we’ll be seeing another war on women ad blitz that was crafted on the 10th hole of some golf course soon before we start to take the growing threat of a true global terror war catching on in the American voter’s consciousness.

13% Decide Fate of 27,000 – Home Care Workers Forced To Join Union

Mark Dayton and the DFL have made good on one of their (secret) campaign promises. They have successfully unionized home health care workers”. The name of the companies that the these new union members have organized against remains to be seen. But Dayton’s election machine called SEIU now has almost 27,000 new dues paying members.

But let’s analyze the results because the media loves to talk about low turnout in Republican Primaries.

Photo from twitter was source. Actual handwritten results.


Eligible 26977
Cast 5872
Spoiled 7
Blank 16
Yes 3543
No 2306

Of the 5872 votes cast, 60% did vote to unionize. But of the eligible voters only 13% wanted to unionize. Only 21.7% bothered to vote. Yep, that’s right, no threshold was required to decide the fate of 27,000 people.

Yes, forced unionization is determined by those who show up, but this just highlights how political this entire payback to a DFL special interest group was.

SEIU gets 27,000 new dues paying members. That’s a huge addition to the DFL election machine’s war chest and a sad state of how our Republic is run.

Let’s Talk About Turnout And Local Election Cowardice

Yesterday Minneapolis’ new Mayor Betsy Hodges released her first budget plan that includes a 2.4% increase. How can she be newly elected if the 2014 elections haven’t taken place? Because Minneapolis, like a host of other cities and school taxing districts hold their elections in the odd numbered years when turnout is dismal. They rely on this low turn out to pass tax increases and avoid higher Republican turn out in normal election years to elect liberal Democrats who tax and spend.

Let’s take a look at the Minneapolis numbers since 1968. (Available here pdf)

Presidential Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1968 258,030 N/A 194,694 75%
1972 269,086 N/A 198,045 74%
1976 255,493 38,760 201,135 68%
1980 249,437 45,092 201,189 68%
1984 254,198 36,318 200,238 69%
1988 235,212 36,967 185,329 68%
1992 232,250 39,156 186,438 69%
1996 209,079 30,784 163,110 68%
2000 212,604 46,627 175,191 68%
2004 238,848 48,611 201,672 70%
2008 240,022 50,505 208,973 72%
2012 214,003 50,668 215,804 81%
Average 70.83%
Federal, State County Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1970 227,745 N/A 153,299 67%
1974 243,583 12,400 127,206 50%
1978 237,026 19,057 153,975 60%
1982 244,076 26,003 168,025 62%
1986 231,980 10,934 112,632 46%
1990 225,048 22,074 150,476 61%
1994 219,550 14,863 127,165 54%
1998 227,894 26,103 141,540 62%
2002 219,834 32,869 155,464 62%
2006 226,585 28,907 149,318 66%
2010 227,024 24,985 140,363 56%
Average 58.73%
Off Year City Elections
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1979 240,743 7,955 114,079 46%
1981 235,544 8,533 108,329 44%
1983 241,624 2,789 61,312 25%
1985 241,727 2,178 54,541 22%
1987* 212,282 1,206 33,836 16%
1989 219,276 2,281 58,651 26%
1991* 224,792 513 12,670 6%
1993 222,101 8,501 104,626 45%
1995* 203,223 10,138 26,106 12%
1997 200,311 7,839 96,722 46%
1999* 204,363 706 23,323 11%
2001 217,802 5,976 89,927 40%
2005 229,593 5,579 70,987 30%
2009** 231,078 2,950 45,968 20%
2013** 233,351 6,634 80,099 33%
Average 28.13%
* School Board only election in years 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999
 **Ranked Choice Voting, no Primary

The election for one of the largest and most powerful cities in Minnesota is held in the ultra low turnout off year election. Democrats don’t care about how the decision about who runs Minneapolis or other cities across Minnesota are hidden in off year elections. They also love how a lot of school districts put their tax levies in these off years when they know there will be low turnout.

There is a 30 to 40% drop in turnout from general elections to off year elections. Just over a quarter of registered voters decide the fate of Minneapolis.

If people think low turnout is supposed to be a statement of voter enthusiasm, why is there not outrage over the decision to hide municipal elections in off years when turnout is repeatedly so dismal?

The population of Minneapolis is about 400,000 but only 40,000 voted for the Mayor.  (give or take its really impossible to know now with Ranked Choice Voting, just look at these MN SOS website results and try to figure out how many votes Hodges actually got). 2013 Minneapolis turnout was just 33% with a total of 80,000 of the city’s voters bothering to show up and vote. In theory, Hodges received 50% of that 80,000.

Is a Mayor who receives just 10% of the population’s vote really worthy of dictating tax increases and setting spending priorities?

When Democrats care about low turnout in their own back yard, maybe I’ll take them seriously. Same for the media, when they highlight the dismal lack of support the mayor of Minneapolis really has, I’ll take them seriously when they crunch the numbers on Republican turnout out in a Primary.