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Democrats Want You Addicted To Government

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The DFL sent out a fundraising email this morning and in the very first sentence tells you all you need to know about the agenda of that left wing party.

50 million Americans currently rely on Medicare and that number is rising every year [...]

Democrats think more people dependent on Government is a good thing. That’s the fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans want people to be able to take care of themselves, Democrats want people to have no other choice but to rely on Government. Period!

Democrats Easily Tap Into “Seven Figure Checkbooks”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Another email from the left wing Agenda Project.

 

Hi Andy,

Nancy Pelosi and a few big thinking donors could save the Senate, pick up seats in the House, generate hundreds of millions of dollars of earned media for a progressive economic agenda, and fundamentally re-shape the national political narrative. But only if they move fast enough to seize the best investment opportunity in the political marketplace before it’s too late.

To learn how, read more HERE.

Jump to the story in Huffington Post describing just how easy it is for Democrats to call in the uber rich donors.

Pelosi — and maybe only Pelosi — can close the funding for this critical investment. In addition to being the highest-ranking female political leader in U.S. history; Pelosi is also one of the best fund raisers in the country. Better yet, her San Francisco district puts her smack in the middle of a Silicon Valley culture that understands thinking big and moving fast. The kind of money needed for the ballot initiative can’t be raised in $50-100K checks. There isn’t enough time. Instead a few savvy political investors — ones who are smart enough to recognize the unique leverage of this specific initiative and gutsy enough to be decisive — need to pull out their seven figure checkbooks.

The media narrative that the Republicans are the party of the rich is hogwash. Its time to remind Minnesota voters that a vote for any DFLer running for Congress is a vote for the radical Nancy Pelosi and her friends who like to buy elections and power with their “seven figure checkbooks”.

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.

Random Thoughts 12/3/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few quick links and some random thoughts.

  • This one is very disappointing.

    6th District candidate Krinkie avoids debates that aren’t free, public

    Disparaging the hard work of party activists and conservative groups is never a good idea or sign of strength. Despite claims to the contrary, I am not helping any one in this race. I want to see a fair endorsement where the best candidate wins. After that, its war and I feel if our battlefield is focused on a primary fight instead of voter outreach, ID, and aiming our rhetorical guns at the DFL its harming the cause. Do I have a preference  sure, maybe its colored by how the other candidates have treated me and fellow hard working volunteers over the years. You have to remember that running a bus over someone tends to leave a lasting impression. Is it influencing my duties at CD6? Nope, I’m trying to raise money and build up the organization to be a fully functioning Death Star. All I have said is that I hope rather than tear apart our own side for a race the DFL won’t even compete in this year, we should focus efforts in competitive areas or districts we have completely ignored for decades. The 6th District is the most successful CD in the state, outpacing every other district when it comes to sending Republicans to St. Paul, turnout for statewide races, and making calls into other CDs who either are not willing to or able to mount a ground game or grassroots movement to elect their own candidates. Yes I am biased due to being part of CD6 leadership, BUT I have worked side by side with people from every coalition who understand that work needs to be done while everyone else is pointing fingers. If not for the work of hundreds of CD6 activists and volunteers in 2012, Dayton and the DFL would have had larger Majorities in St. Paul. We won 31 of the 33 Legislative races touching CD6 and made GOTV calls into dozens of Legislative Districts across the state. CD6 is not the District others should be pointing fingers at, they should be emulating our success. But frankly, that means putting down the keyboard and showing up to work rather than sitting back and bitching. The 6th District is the key to winning statewide. If people from the 7 other CDs spend all their time pouring gasoline on this race to divide and conquer our army of volunteers, its going to harm the statewide candidates.

  • Not gonna lie, this one has me seriously considering my options.
    House candidate Fenton leaving state GOP postBut after you read this post, you and I will both agree, that I will never be able to stop the blog and be happy, let alone simply be the second fiddle who only plays during the chorus. But a boy can dream, can’t he? The facts I strongly believe the party needs a nuts and bolts operations person very badly. there are lots of well intentioned and capable people at HQ, but they lack experience and knowledge. The whole BPOU / CD convention window debacle is all the proof you need that stupid mistakes easily happen when no one understands why its a stupid idea. Money and fineness are better now, but the party  side of things is …. Maybe I’m wrong but we need a worker not a thinker or person looking to climb the ladder on their way to running for something else. Party first minded people. Not me first minded people are who should be considered to replace Kelly.
  • I am still shocked at the cover up of the Obamacare disaster among the laundry list of other scandals Obama has perpetrated. If this were a private company every socialist in the administration and Congress would be demanding public tarring and feathering of the people who were behind it. Nixon spied on the DNC and destroyed the tapes. For that he was demonized. Obama’s administration is spying on the American public, using the IRS to penalize right leaning groups, and he’s trampling on the Constitution like its a bag fun of spiders. How there is not serious impeachment demands being brought forth is beyond me. He is breaking his oath of office and lies on a daily basis, yet the media just …..
  • Paul Walker’s death in a fiery car crash should be used as a lesson on Hollywood and our society in general. No one thinks about their actions anymore. Walker’s main claim to fame, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has glorified the very same behavior that caused his own death. Illegal street racing and reckless driving. Every day on the roads, I see people texting & driving, pretending they are on a nascar track weaving in and out of traffic like they will win  a cash prize if they make it home first, or just plain not paying attention on the roads. People die daily due to careless driving. Everyone is so damn selfish that they don’t really care that having a text conversation while driving could end up killing some poor family or ruin someone’s life. Nope, that conversation matters. Nope, so what if they cut you off or swerve into your lane clipping your fender, its your problem to get your car fixed. There is no sense of common decency amongst us anymore. Nope, 2 rich people who could afford to go rent out a real race track and see how fast their car can really go, end up doing it on a real street and luckily only taking their own lives. Do I enjoy watching the F&F movies, most of them. But I understand the difference between the silver screen and the real world and have to drive along side people I think believed they really could drag around a giant vault with 2 cars……
  • And lastly, ah, the Vikings Stadium ground breaking is today. The deal is done and the iron is in place to begin the work, but we still don’t really know who is paying for it or how. The public contribution to the Wilf’s new palace is a mystery and riddle wrapped in a carefully botched series of statements from Mark Dayton. I get misguided crap for “being pro-stadium”. Look, I wish billionaires would build their own damn stadiums, but they don’t and this thing was going to happen. I supported having the stadium in Arden Hills, Heck, I thought as long as the voters got to vote on the sales tax increase, I supported the Anoka County plan way back when. I saw the stadium as a way of breaking the Minneapolis mafia’s monopoly. We are a metro area with several distinct destinations and attractions, not a monolithic hub urban utopia. We are funneling billions of dollars into a failed city experimenting with neo-socialist theology while people are being gunned down in gang wars and kids are failing out of schools at the worst rate in the nation. Yet Minnesota keeps rewarding these sham politicians with billions in new trains, stadiums, municipal welfare cloaked as LGA, and bailing them out on failed policy and promise one after the other. I supported building the Stadium in Arden Hills to hurt Minneapolis and force MNDOT and other leaders to understand their is life and growing populations north of Hwy 36. The key to killing off the LRT mass transit car hating tree hugging hippie utopian unicorn dream centrally planned society is to allow growth to expand outward, not force it inward where they rip up perfectly good parking lots to build subsidized restaurants and hotels that no one wants to go to because you can’t park or will get mugged trying to get there. The stadium was going to happen. There was no way to stop it. There wasn’t. Allowing it to happen in the absolute possible place politically with the absolute worst funding was foolish and certain politicians running for statewide office will soon realize having a few high profile lobbyists on speed dial amounts to about 1% approval ratings in GOP straw polls and such. People’s careers deserve to be destroyed for forcing this thing through so hastily and with out long term vision and seizing the opportunity to use this as a way of getting left leaning urbanites to support suburban growth and expansions.

Are You Going To The First CD6 Candidate Forum On Dec 14?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

If you don’t have your tickets yet, you better get them quick! All 4 candidates have confirmed. Sivarajah, Pederson, Krinkie, & Emmer.

We also have Congresswoman Bachmann & Congressman Sean Duffy speaking at this event.

And we’ll feed you.

All for $50. Get your tickets today. Space is limited!

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      Victory Dinner and CD6 Candidate Forum 2013

Saturday’s Straw Poll Was A Distraction

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Jeff Johnson and Jullianne Ortman won Saturday’s MNGOP State Central Committee straw polls for Governor and US Senate. They both put money and resources into getting a plurality of support from a captive audience which is one of the most issue ID’ed groups of people our there. But it was also a group that is 99.9% likely to show up and vote GOP next November. While being “the winner” doesn’t mean anything, poor showings must seriously be considered by those placing in the single digits.

There was somewhere just over 1000 potential votes, but only about 400 ballots were cast in each race. That’s dreadful turnout from a candidate’s perspective, for this specific group. The Delegates and Alternates to State Central are some of the most well known and active people in the party. Meaning they are easy to gauge on issues and very easy to have effortless campaign contact at normal BPOU meetings and events. AKA: It shouldn’t take ten of thousands of dollars to win a poll when they are the only ones who can vote in.

Here are the results. [ Name Actual votes – % of votes (% of potential votes)

Governor:

Johnson 143 votes – 35% (14.3%)

Thompson 111 votes – 27% (11.1%)

Seifert 75 votes 18% (0.75%)

Farnsworth 31 votes – 18% (0.31%)

Honour 16 votes – 4% (0.16%)

US Senate:

Ortman 146 votes – 37% (14.6%)

McFadden 85 votes – 22% (0.85%)

Shudlick 50 votes – 13% (0.50%)

Dahlberg 49 votes – 12% (0.49)

Abeler 44 votes – 11% (0.44%)

Moreno 10 votes – 3% (0.1%)

The only surprising thing in the polling was that Marty Seifert is lying about not running a campaign. He is still delusional in thinking that Democrats wouldn’t have spent $20 million hammering away on him if he would have went on to challenge and beat Tom Emmer in a Primary. Sadly, many activists have been drinking that Seifert kool aid and share his that belief too.

This straw poll was a distraction.

Not for the broader party per say, but for the candidates. If they deviated from their plan for more than some speech prep and calling their supporters to show up, it was a waste of resources. I’m guessing a few campaigns spent several thousand dollars on signage and materials for this. Some probably also did some paid calling and polling. Glitzy ads, expensive signs, and massive turnout operations for a meaningless straw poll.

Any candidate who put a lot into this, in as much as it either kept them off the fundraising trail or they chose to spend a lot of money on this event, is a candidate who should be removed from serious consideration because they will easily make stupid decisions with their campaign.

The only number that a candidate should hang their hat on in 2013 is the end of the year fundraising report and most importantly – the cash on hand line.

Because both Franken and Dayton will crush their previous fundraising totals if needed. They have an endless supply of liberal elite and special interest money to pull from. Republicans have neither the war chest flood gates nor the election army that blinks on and off regardless of the name on the ballot. Democrats may slug it out in a primary, but their shots are aimed at whoever is the Republican. We are really good at tearing each other apart. So good that we dislike candidates and their supporters.

There are candidates from 2010 & 2012 who had the food fight for the sake of a food fight to prop themselves up when or keep someone else down. It was wasted effort that could have been used somewhere else to win an election.

 

But that is where Republican endorsement battles have led us.

So here’s my advice on how to avoid another 2010 scorched earth round of Congressional & Statewide endorsement food fights.

Republicans should not be easily swayed in these races.

 

US Senate: Fundraising is all that matters in this race in my opinion. I know I know, we can’t send another RINO to the Senate, but folks, a ball of yarn would vote better than Franken. Perfection is the enemy of good enough in this one. And good enough better not be easily disliked, untrustworthy, and divisive. A US Senator is just one vote, and the goal is 51 Republicans to take the majority. Anyone who can raise money and will vote for a Republican Majority Leader is good enough for me for US Senate if they can raise millions.

Governor: While fundraising is equally important, its not the only thing that matters. We don’t need to temper our principles or pander to the mushy middle out of fear of being labeled extreme. Whoever is the Republican candidate will be labeled extreme so why not pick an actual conservative? Any candidate who is rebranding Tom Horner’s ‘not too hot, not too cold’ crap is a windsock, not leader. The Governor is the Chief executive of Minnesota, not a public relations firm. If a candidate is afraid to defend our principles in public, just imagine what they will do behind closed doors when our principles need a politician who will fight for them. Oh and they need to be able to speak in public.

Congressional: – Due to my position on CD6, and the likelihood of me sneezing at the wrong time and it being seen as being unfair or to help a certain candidate – I will just say that don’t have a food fight for the sake of having a food fight. Pick a candidate who is well known and can raise money. If you are concerned that the only way your preferred candidate has a chance is if the others are held back…. there’s a chance your candidate isn’t as great as you think they are.

We cannot come out of the endorsements hating and not trusting each other. That is far more important than the name on the top of the ticket. Dividing and conquering the activist army or toppling local leadership is not the goal. Beating Democrats is. The CDs and BPOUs are the key to GOTV. They can’t be distracted and torn apart. They need to raise money and work on IDing general election voters, not arguing over who is the better Republican candidate.

Any Republican is better than a Democrat. That’s not a sell out line. Have a spirited debate on who is best, but don’t manipulate our side to dislike someone else on our side.

CD6 Victory Dinner & Candidate Forum with Sean Duffy

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

You are cordially invited to the

2013 Victory Dinner & 6th CD Candidate Forum

Saturday December 14th, 2013

South Hall at the Courtyards of Andover
13545 Martin Street
Andover, MN 55304

Program

5:00 PM Private Sponsor Reception & Photo Line
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM Dinner
6:15 PM Program: 6th CD Candidate Forum, Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin

 

6th CD Candidate Forum Moderator:

Dan “The Ox” Ochsner

from Hot Talk with the OX

Special guests include:

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
State Representative Peggy Scott
State Senator Branden Petersen

Hosted by:

Representative David FitzSimmons
Senator Branden Petersen
Representative Peggy Scott
Representative Tim Sanders
Senator Michelle Benson
Representative Linda Runbeck
Beverly Aplikowski

Tickets:

Individuals: $50
Table Sponsors (8): $400
Event Sponsors: $500+ – Private reception, photos, and advertised

 

RSVP by November 30, 2013

To purchase tickets online

Prepared and paid for by the MNCD6 Republican Federal Committee. www.mncd6gop.com Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

 

 

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All Available MN Congressional 3Q Numbers

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Here is a compiled list of everything I could find via news reports and FEC filings.

* Incumbent – $ raised – $ COH= Cash on Hand – *** Debt owed of $XXXX

Sources: StribFEC; MPR; Minnpost

CD1

* Tim Walz (D) – $176,000 raised – $238,000 COH

Rep. Mike Benson (R): $28,158 raised – $14,7007 COH

Aaron Miller (R): ($40,000 loaned) – $16,127 – $54,714 COH

Jim Hagedorn (R): unavailable

CD2

* John Kline (R): $367,000 raised – $1,300,000 COH

David Gerson (R): $2,085 raised – $2,000 COH *** Debt owed of $91,176

Mike Obermueller (D): $72,757 raised – $119,453 COH *** Debt owed of $32,500

Thomas Craft (D): unavailable

Paula Overby (D): unavailable

CD3

* Erik Paulsen (R): $376,000 raised – $1,500,000 COH

CD4

* Betty McCollum (D): $99,219 raised – $89,076 COH

CD5

* Keith Ellison (D): $$309,000 raised – $186,248 COH

CD6

Open Republican seat

Tom Emmer (R): $152,400 raised – $274,836 COH

Sen. John Pederson (R): $51,607 raised – $40,001 COH

Phil Krinkie (R): ($300,000 loaned) – $38,243 raised – $314,880 COH

Rhonda Sivarajah (R): ($150,000 loaned) – $30,062 raised – $184,332 COH

Jim Read (D): unavailable

Judy Adams (D): unavailable

Joe Perske (D): unavailable

CD7

*Collin Peterson (D): $82,000 raised – $227,000 COH

CD8

* Rick Nolan (D): $129,472 raised – $261,059 COH *** Debt owed of $50,313

Stewart Mills (R): $243,826 raised – $243,442 COH

US Senate

* Al Franken (D): $2,000,000 raised – $3,900,000 COH

Mike McFadden (R): $700,000 raised – $1,200,000 COH

Julianne Ortman (R): $120,000 raised – unknown COH

Jim Abeler (R): unavailable

Chris Dahlberg (R): unavailable

CD6 3rd Quarter Numbers

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Numbers are kinda in via this Strib article.

Emmer:

Emmer, who ran for governor in 2010, brought in $150,000 in the last three months and has $275,000 cash on hand, according to his campaign. Tuesday is the final deadline to report third quarter fundraising figures to the Federal Election Commission.

“It is very humbling when you look at the fact that we have over 1,400 individual donors,” Emmer said. “I’m looking forward to having another good quarter in the fourth quarter….It’s going to be a good quarter.”

Pederson:

John Pederson, a Republican state senator from St. Cloud, raised $51,600 since the end of June and has $40,000 cash left, according to the finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Krinkie:

Phil Krinkie, a former state representative who ran for GOP endorsement when Bachmann swept to victory, said last week that he put $300,000 of his own money into the race. He had also raised about $40,000.

Sivarajah:

The fourth Republican candidate in the race, Anoka County commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, said on Tuesday that she loaned her campaign $150,000 in the last three months. Her campaign said that at the end of last month she had $184,332 cash on hand.

In terms of true money raised from donors, the candidates rank as follows. Via actual FEC reports which are now available this evening.

1) Emmer – $152,420 Source

2) Pederson – $51,607 Source

3) Krinkie – $38,243 Source

4) Sivarajah – $30,062 Source

Pederson’s 3Q Fundraising: $60,000

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Last night I posted  on Phil Krinkie’s 3Q fundraising total of $40,000 in donations and $300,000 that he loaned to his campaign. Today the St. Cloud Times has Sen. John Pederson’s 3rd quarter numbers.

Republican congressional candidate John Pederson says his campaign raised about $60,000 in the third quarter of 2013.

[...]

Pederson told the Times on Monday that his campaign had about $45,000 on hand at the close of the third quarter, which came last week.

I will keep my eye out to see if we get Sivarajah or Emmer’s numbers before they become available on October 15.

For those wondering, if we learn of a candidate’s numbers prior to October 15, its because they tell someone AKA leak them. There is often a strategy involved in if, how, and when you do this.