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DFL Ready To Pile Another $1.3 Billion of Taxes On Employers

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Don’t be fooled, the DFL’s minimum wage hike is not just a huge union kickback, but its also a tax hike on employers.

RF Flashback: Winkler & DFL Massive Minimum Wage Hike And Union Kickback?

They raise taxes. They increase red tape. They destroy the health insurance system. And now they are going to raise taxes on employers.

Why would anyone consider moving their business to Minnesota?

And how much more can current employers in Minnesota continue to take before they say enough is enough and close shop in Minnesota?

Must Read: Ortman’s Regrettable Statements

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Gary at Let Freedom Ring has some whopper quotes from Julianne Ortman on Obamacare.

“I’m not a full repeal person. I think the House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal it. The Senate is not going to repeal it. So if plan A is ‘Let’s do a repeal,’ we better start talking about Plan B. Because plan A got nowhere,” she said. Ortman said she would like to see Congress go “piece-by-piece through that new law and figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

Go read Gary’s full post. 

Seifert’s Kitchensink Strategy Returning?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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The shelf life of Marty Seifert’s pledge to not repeat his nasty and brutal negative campaign of 2010 lasted about 24 hours. Just Tuesday he claimed on Facebook that he wouldn’t attack other Republicans in the race. (emphasis mine)

Over the next few months, you will hear from me as I seek your endorsement to defeat Mark Dayton next November. My discussion of issues will take aim at the failed policies of Mark Dayton, not other GOP candidates.

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We need a candidate with a positive and uniting message who will offer the voters of Minnesota creative solutions. One who will offer new leadership under common sense government. I want to appeal to your hopes and dreams for a better future, not your fears.

And yesterday in the St. Cloud Times the old Marty “Kitchensink” Seifert started to rear its ugly little head.

Seifert told the Times that Thompson’s campaign fundraising — he had about $50,000 in the bank heading into 2014, with about $28,000 in unpaid debt — raises the question of whether he can match better-financed rivals in a potentially costly primary.

“There’s state reps that have more money than that, and I don’t know how you’re going to take Scott Honour out in a primary,” Seifert said. “As people want their endorsed candidate to be successful, they have to look at certain things, like name ID, resources and a statewide organization. And we have all three.”

So much for that positive, issues based uniting campaign.

I have also heard from people who have had Seifert say things about the other Republicans, or making statements that he is the only one who opposes or supports an issue when its a complete falsehood. He’s a crafty and polished politician who, in my opinion, is really good at telling people what they want to hear, and sanding off the truth confidently enough to people’s faces, that they believe it.

The 2010 Seifert campaign ran one of the most disturbing and brutal whisper campaign to spread lies and misleading messages about his opponent, and frankly I don’t think he has changed his ways.

If he wants to run a campaign focusing on the failures of Dayton’s policies, then he needs to stop lying to activists that he is the only one who opposes Common Core or has produced any type of plan. Heck Farnsworth has position papers out.

I’m tired of politicians who lie. If they lie to get elected, what makes you think they won’t lie once they get elected?

RF Flashback: Sunny With A Chance Of Scattered Kitchen Sinks

Team Thompson In Strong Position To Win Endorsement

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A memo from The Dave Thompson for Governor campaign showing they are in good standing for the Republican endorsement following last week’s Caucus Straw Poll. Via: Morning Take

MEMO

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Jon Seaton, Senior Advisor

RE: Caucus Analysis and State of Governor’s Race

Last Tuesday night, some 14,000 activists attended precinct caucuses across the state of Minnesota. Six candidates for governor appeared on the straw poll ballot.

While everyone acknowledges that straw polls are not necessarily predictive of future success, they are without question a good gauge of organizational strength and the extent to which a candidate’s message is resonating with the most active voters in our party.

In this case, the straw poll has added meaning given the fact that many of the participants have now been elected to their BPOU Conventions and will ultimately play a role in determining the Republican Party Endorsement at the State Convention in May.

Having had a few days to analyze the results, we wanted to share with you some observations:

  • ?  Three candidates (Thompson, Johnson and Farnsworth) have pledged to abide by the Republican Party endorsement. Dave Thompson was the top vote-getter amongst these candidates.
  • ?  It is unclear whether or not delegates are aware that Marty Seifert has refused to abide by their endorsement; he did so in 2010 and his change in positions has not been well publicized.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert may attempt to spin his 2nd consecutive straw poll victory as a boost to his campaign, the facts tell a somewhat different story.

o Rep. Seifert’s claim that he just entered the race for governor in November rings hollow when one considers that he has been running for governor since 2009, and was actively seeking support for a 2014 as early as July of this year.

o Rep. Seifert may wish to downplay his 2009-2010 campaign, but regularly cites polls taken comparing him to Governor Dayton, back when he was a candidate 4 years ago.

o Rep. Seifert is actually moving in the wrong direction; in 2010, he garnered over 50% of the total straw poll vote in a 7-way race. In 2014, he dropped over 20 points to 28%, despite the presence of fewer candidates on the ballot.

? Meanwhile, Dave Thompson, appearing on a statewide ballot for the first time on Tuesday night, performed well in his base areas in the 2nd Congressional District, but also showed very strong support in other delegate rich BPOUs which will send the most delegates to State Convention.

o In Wright County, the state’s largest BPOU, Dave Thompson garnered twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, winning over 34% of the straw poll ballot.

o In Carver County, Dave Thompson again won big, besting Marty Seifert by over a 4:1 margin.

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o Dave Thompson also was the top vote getter, by a wide margin, in Senate Districts 31, 35, 37 and 39.

? So while both Marty Seifert and Dave Thompson both performed well in their “home turf,” Dave Thompson has expanded his base into new areas of the state, despite having never appeared on a statewide ballot before Tuesday night.

What Does This Mean?

  • ?  Dave Thompson and Marty Seifert have emerged as the top two candidates vying for the GOP Endorsement in May.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert received more straw poll votes on Tuesday, the makeup of the electorate and the distribution of delegates tilts the board slightly in Dave Thompson’s favor.

o For example, the aggregate total of the BPOU’s carried by Dave would translate to 937 delegates at the State Convention. The aggregate total of BPOU’s carried by Rep. Seifert would translate to 774 delegates.

o Rep. Seifert’s straw poll vote victory was driven by strong performances in Greater Minnesota. For example, his 92-vote win in Lyon County would translate to 11 delegates.

o Dave Thompson carried the 31st Senate District BPOU by 119 votes. This would translate to 40 delegates at state convention.

  • ?  Furthermore, only Dave Thompson has effectively expanded his support outside of his natural base.
  • ?  Add to that the downward trajectory of Marty Seifert’s performance from 2010 to 2014, compared with Dave Thompson’s status as a first-time statewide candidate, a picture emerges that shows Dave Thompson in prime position to capture the GOP Endorsement in May.The Road Ahead
  • ?  Dave Thompson’s strategy has never wavered: organize at the precinct and BPOU level, capture the GOP Endorsement in May, and continue to build a winning campaign organization, in partnership with the RPM, to win the Republican nomination in August.
  • ?  Marty Seifert now finds himself in a similar position to where he was in 2010: with a straw poll victory but structural deficiencies that put him at a disadvantage in the larger endorsement battle.
  • ?  In 2010, sensing his weakness, Marty Seifert engaged in a nasty, divisive campaign that did horrendous damage to the eventual Republican nominee.
  • ?  A positive campaign that refrains from personal attacks and gutter politics will serve our party well as we rally around our endorsed candidate following the State Party Convention in May.

McFadden for US Senate

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I have been looking at the field of candidates for US Senate and decided to throw my support to Mike McFadden. I believe he gives us the best chance to defeat Al Franken.

US Senate races are not the same as Governor and Republican activists need to learn from past mistakes. You need someone who can reach out to a broad array of people and earn their trust and support. You have to not only attract the hard working activists, but you also have to be able to reach outside of Minnesota for the all important fundraising needed to run an expensive statewide campaign. McFadden’s impressive fundraising totals prove he can do that.

I’ve heard a few people I respect in Republican circles are eliminating McFadden from their list of who they will endorse because he won’t pledge to abide, and while I think that is important, they are eliminating the only person who can actually beat Franken.

Two or three other candidates in the US Senate race have pledged to abide and it does play oh so well with Delegates, but of those 3, only one, Chris Dahlberg, has released his fundraising numbers for 2013 ($103,00) and its barely enough to make it to the convention let alone beyond.

Sen. Ortman and Rep. Abeler have refused to release their fundraising totals publicly so Republican Precinct attendees can’t see how well or poorly they did. I am guessing Sen. Ortman’s decision to announce she will abide last week was an attempt to distract people away from how she is hiding what is likely – her dismal fundraising. The FEC reports will not be publicly available until February 15th, after the Precinct Caucus straw poll.

Mike McFadden has raised $1.7 million so far in his campaign. Our previous candidate didn’t come close to that in his entire campaign.

Friends and fellow Republicans, running effective US Senate races are 3 or 4 times more expensive then races for Governor. The media in Minnesota doesn’t report on what our left leaning and Progressive voting US Senators and Congressmen really do in Washington. They color the coverage to paint a rosy picture of the socialism that is plaguing this nation to aid the Democrats. We need a candidate with a campaign that can literally spread the word across the state through the airwaves and mailers. Its also going to take a huge staff and all these things require a lot of money.

Anyone who actually thinks that the eventual candidate will be able to raise $10,000,000 after the endorsement or Primary is bound to repeat the same mistakes we’ve done in election cycles before.

The McFadden campaign isn’t ignoring the endorsement like some of the Governor candidates are. He is trying to win the endorsement unlike them. But for Republicans to pose a serious threat to Al Franken, they have to be looking past May 31st.

I would not be supporting McFadden if he didn’t take the endorsement seriously.

I know some will be pointing out how I am supporting a Governor candidate who is pledging to abide (Dave Thompson), and that I am also pushing the importance of avoiding a bloody primary in the CD6 race. All I can tell you is that my decade plus involvement has shown me the complexities and importance of US Senate races. So much at stake, so much national influence, and so few chances to get it right. And when Minnesota gets it wrong, bad things happen. We can’t screw this up again.

Folks, I want Mike McFadden to win the endorsement. He is the best candidate on paper and by fundraising reports. He has the least baggage or voting record history that could alienate one portion of our base or the general voting public. He’s built a great campaign team and he is being honest.

McFadden is a great conservative candidate. He has a great life story, business experience, and the oh so critical fundraising prowess. I am not supporting McFadden simply because he can raise money, I am supporting him because he will do a great job representing me as a conservative Republican, and he has proven that he has what it takes to run a race that will defeat Al Franken.

Please join me in supporting Mike McFadden at your Precinct Caucus in the Republican Straw Poll.

Be It Resolved: 6406 Words Is Too Much

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Here is my suggested resolution to the Republican Party of Minnesota Platform. Long story short: Delete all and replace with the existing Statement of Principles. Simple, short, and still just as powerful. We got this to the State Convention in 2012, but we didn’t get it passed, instead we added 2000 more words to this document.

We need a simple and concise message.

Respectfully submitted.

Promote Economic Prosperity
We support lowering the tax burden, exercising spending restraint, and creating and maintaining a fair, honest and competitive business environment to promote economic prosperity and once again make Minnesota the economic engine of the Upper Midwest.

Preserve Civil Rights
We support defending the right to life, protecting religious, political and economic liberties, and respecting personal privacy and property to preserve civil rights and ensure that government treats all of its citizens equally under the law.

Educate our Children
We support the belief that parents are responsible for their children’s education and that parents, teachers and local school boards can make the best decisions about our children’s education.

Strengthen our Families and Communities
We recognize the blessings that God has bestowed on this great Nation. We also recognize the sanctity of human life and the central role of the traditional family in our society. We work to defend those values in order to strengthen our families and communities.

Protect Public Safety
We believe that the most fundamental function of government is to keep citizens and our property secure.

Strengthen the Rule of Law
We support limiting the power of attorneys and frivolous lawsuits, increasing the responsibility of the jury, protecting judicial elections and holding judges accountable to strengthen the rule of law and prevent abuse of our legal system.

Enjoy and Protect our Natural Resources
We believe that proper stewardship of our natural resources and agricultural lands is best achieved through sound science and adherence to constitutionally guaranteed property rights.

Make Government Smaller and Better
We support keeping government functions in state, local or private hands, electing honest and responsive legislative bodies and advocating for fair election processes to make government smaller and better.

Defend America at Home and Abroad
We believe that we can maintain peace by having a strong national defense, securing our borders and by encouraging all people to seek freedom, democracy and free enterprise. “

That clearly sums up what it means to be a Republican.

Here it is in PDF form that you can print off and submit on Tuesday.

AAARF platform resolution 2014

Thompson – Benson 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Media outlets are reporting that Dave Thompson will announce Sen. Michelle Bensonof Ham Lake as his Lt. Governor candidate this morning.

Sen. Benson is one of the most trustworthy and principled politicians I have ever seen. She is well respected and the hardest working candidate I have ever seen. This is a great pick by Thompson.

I was already leaning Thompson since he is the most consistent conservative in the race, but the addition of Benson makes this a dream ticket.

Obamacare Designed To Bail Out Insurance Co’s Not Reduce Costs

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Another dirty little secret of Democrat’s Health Care Reform agenda: Insurance Company Bailouts

The name of the law is The Affordable Care Act, but in its details are provisions for skyrocketing insurance costs.

 Indeed, it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to funnel $1,071,000,000,000.00 (that’s $1.071 trillion) over the next decade (2014 to 2023) from American taxpayers,through Washington, to health insurance companies.

This whole thing is about destroying the “private” insurance market requiring a full blown Government takeover and implementation of a single payer system.

This isn’t about a website’s failure, failed rollout, or deadlines. This is about the radical agenda of Progressive Democrats and their desire to nationalize our health care.

Not one single line of the thousands of pages of the law or its rule making code for Obamacare or its state run spinoffs do anything to actually lower health care costs.

Franken Is In Trouble

Monday, January 6th, 2014

For those thinking there is no way Senator Al Franken can lose, here’s proof you are wrong. The Strib is already bending over backwards to mislead voters of his Progressive Agenda.

Did Al Franken really cast the ’60th vote’ for Obamacare?

He was in fact the 60th vote. The leftwing power grab of Democrats resulted in a Republican winning the special election in Massachusetts. This story is junk journalism and why we have so many empty suits and pantsuits in Washington.

We would not have Obamacare if not for Al Franken stealing the 2008 election recount.

CD6 Race: Pederson Out

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Republican State Sen. John Pederson has announced he is withdrawing from the CD6 race.

Via email:

I have decided to end my candidacy for U.S. Congress.

This decision weighed heavily on me and my family, and was made after much reflection and consideration. The priorities in my life have always been my faith, family and friends, my co-workers, and the wider community. It has become apparent to me that I cannot continue this campaign and still balance my other priorities in life. Because of this conflict I have decided to withdraw my name from the race.

I would like to thank you for your unwavering support of my campaign. This decision is a personal choice, and is in no way a reflection upon the countless contributors and volunteers who have helped me these past six months.

I assure you that I will continue to serve Senate District 14 in Minnesota’s state legislature. My congressional campaign’s focus has always been about uniting all citizens to put our country on a path to prosperity. Our message of the merits of hard work and fiscal responsibility is one I believe still resonates with the majority of Minnesotans, and I promise to continue working for those values in state office.

Thank you for your steadfast support. Your help has been an inspiration to me and my family. I wish you good health and many blessings as we welcome in the New Year.