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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.

 

 

More info 

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.

MNSure’s Unreasonable Search and Seizure – I Plead The 4th

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

There is a new trend in Government, data is collected and shared with law enforcement and the IRS. Don’t worry though, its “just in case” you break the law. Of course this runs amuck of the Constitution, but that document is completely ignored now by politicians and agents of Government.

4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

At the Federal level, the SAFE Act does a similar thing, including sending your finger prints and an FBI background check to the Department of Justice where it will be stored – just in case.

I saw a story on Drudge this morning about Maryland’s “marketplace” and how personal data is “protected” – more properly put – used to implicate you in a crime.

Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website’s privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.

The policy contains many standard statements about information automatically collected regarding Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary “cookies” used by the site, and website accessibility.  However, at least two conditions may give some users pause before proceeding.

The first is regarding personal information submitted with an application for those users who follow through on the sign up process all the way to the end.  The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace.  There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”

Obamacare is a Federal law requiring ‘marketplaces’ so chances are every state will be the same….. MNSure is Mark Dayton’s version of Obamacare, I wonder what it does with data. Via MNSure’s terms and conditions page (aka what you must agree with to comply with this federal mandate. (AKA involuntary search and seizure)

With whom may we share information?

We will only share information about you as needed and as allowed or required by law. We may share your information with agencies or persons who need the information to do their jobs, such as MNsure employees, investigators and auditors, community assistance partners you are working with, law enforcement officials, other state, federal and local governmental agencies, your health care insurer, agency, managed care organization or others who pay for your care, and anyone else authorized by law to receive the information

What happened to the 4th Amendment?

I know defenders of Obama will quickly point out that most websites include similar language, but Obamacare is a mandate. Its involuntary (unless you helped elect Obama and Democrats and are owed a political favor so are granted a waver).

I guess Nancy Pelosi was right, we Congress did have to pass the bill before we could read the bill.

Just a reminder to everyone: Senator Al Franken was the deciding vote in passing Obamacare. Upon completion of his successful theft of the 2008 election recount, he became the 60th vote in the US Senate giving Democrats the ability to break a GOP filibuster on this disastrous law.

From the INBOX: Is Krinkie Self Funding?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Via MPR

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie has put down a big marker on his congressional campaign in Minnesota’s 6th District.

He said Tuesday he has loaned his campaign $300,000, adding to the $40,000 he says he collected from donors since joining the race in July.

[…]

After expenses, Krinkie reports having at least $300,000 in the bank. The heating and cooling company owner says he dipped into personal funds to, in his words, “do what it takes to succeed.”

The latest FEC reporting quarter ended at midnight on September 30 and reports will be officially released on October 15. Krinkie announced after the quarter began. His opponents Tom Emmer, Sen. John Pederson, and Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah all announced under a month before the previous deadline giving them just weeks to fundraise before their first deadline.

Their previous quarter reports were as follows:

Emmer: $225,416

Pederson: $35,050

Sivarajah: $19,066

I’m Sure Another e-book Is On The Way Too

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

This is why I vented yesterday.

Republicans in Minnesota are more concerned with critique than rolling up their sleeves and working. From Blois Olson’s MorningTake.

EMMER: A blogger’s post about a web commercial for a contractor featuring CD6 GOP frontrunner Tom Emmer picked up steam locally and in Washington media circles Monday.  The video has Emmer giving an endorsement to the company, in front of an Emmer for Congress sign.  The coverage of the ad by Washington media could help other MN06 candidates who are trying to keep national groups from falling in behind Emmer.  Meanwhile, expect more questions about Emmer’s work as a lobbyist and on issues like national popular vote’ – to arise.  Some GOP insiders suggest there is Emmer fatigue, even though he’s still the favorite.

Its really easy to point fingers at mistakes. What’s really hard, is to do more than just complain and actually get someone elected. No not by burying the opponent in so much mud that the people hate everyone involved. But by taking one’s self perceived monopoly of campaign and political know how and turning it inward and not using it to cultivate areas of the state where Republicans have no presence, like say, CD4, and help polish up a candidate there to run against the entrenched socialist Betty McCollum?

I understand the hypocrisy of me lecturing insider attacks, but if you notice, I don’t do them much anymore. Because I learned how damaging they are. Do they work? Sure, but is it worth tearing apart the base of the party simply because you despise a particular someone or would prefer your friend won instead?

If the merits of your candidate are how much the other guy sucks, its not a good idea to be loud and proud with that notion. Last guy or gal standing is a piss poor strategy for politics. Nobody likes the lone survivor of a family feud.

 

Sivarajah Indicates She Won’t Abide By Endorsement

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Rhonda Sivarajah sent out a fundraising email highlighting this article that mentions her candidacy for the 6th Congressional District race.

Facing a dwindling number of women in their ranks, House Republicans may be best served by adopting a strategy the party as a whole has shunned for cycles: playing in primaries.

Sounds to me like Sivaraja is not going to abide by the Republican endorsement.

Three months after its launch, the House GOP’s female candidate program — Project GROW — has pinpointed 13 strong female candidates in House races, and NRCC aides say they are recruiting more. But two-thirds of these female candidates face competitive primaries against one or more male candidates, so the NRCC won’t officially back their campaigns.

I have asked her before if she will abide and she couldn’t give me a straight yes answer.

The 6th District race currently has 4 Republicans running. Tom Emmer, Sivarajah, Phil Krinkie, & Sen. John Pedersen. Emmer is the only candidate who has definitively stated he will abide by the party endorsement.

The last thing Republicans in Minnesota need is a bloody primary fight right now. The Party is still in serious rebuilding mode and if we end up arguing with each other in the most conservative (aka an easy to win) District, instead of focussing our time, energy, and resources into picking up Democrat held seats…. we run the risk of helping to diminish the public image of our party even more.

When the public sees that Republicans can’t even stand a Republican candidate, how are we to expect them to consider that Republican come November? All eyes are on the GOP.

It will be a damn shame if this race turns as nasty as the 2010 Emmer/Seifert battle or the 2012 US Senate endorsement, but it seems that we may be going down that road again and with 3 candidates apparently promising to do it all the way up til August.

More over, I find it disappointing that someone will run for a party backed race, but refuse to take the advice of the party activists. To me, that smells like someone who won’t listen to the party activists once elected.

I am trying not to pick a side and trying to hold opinion on the candidates’ off the intertubes, but its getting harder and harder to bite my tongue. How about everyone put their egos aside and we think about the big picture. As in defeating Dayton, retaking the MN House, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Nolan, Walz, and starting to make a dent into Ellison & McCollum? Or are we going to put all our time and energy tearing apart each other in our safest District?

#makeDClisten No Training Included In Daytoncare – Killing Obamacare Is The Only Way To Protect Americans

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

What happens when a single party is allowed to exercise its ideology with out criticism, examination, or media scrutiny? Its called Obamacare and its crazy uncle Daytoncare (MNSure).

On October 1st, every Minnesotan will be required to participate in the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange that was mandated by Obamacare. What is the exchange and how will it affect the millions of existing contracts Minnesotans have with insurance providers is unclear just a week out from the launch.

What should really scare all Minnesotans is this from the Pioneer Press:

A week before the launch of Minnesota’s health exchange, no insurance agents, county workers or “navigators” have been fully trained and certified to help consumers enroll in coverage through the new system, state officials told legislators Tuesday.

In a week 6 million Minnesotans need to know just what the law passed thanks to Al Franken’s stolen election means to them and their family. Hundreds of thousands of employers have to know what this means to their business. Thousands of state and county employees are being forced to impliment the Federal mandate, yet none of them have even received information or training as to explain what Minnesotans can expect.

A lot of Republican strategists are scared of taking a bold stand and “risking” a shutdown over defunding Obamacare, but the fact is no one knows what Obamacare really is. Heck, Nancy Pelosi said the only way to know what was in the bill was to pass it. Three years later, even the bureaucrats tasked with carrying out the Federal mandate don’t know what was in the bill.

Well the law is supposed to be enacted in a week and no one knows what the law really does or what it means. No one has yet been trained to explain to Americans what it means to American families.

Not stopping Obamacare’s unknown affects on Americans’ health care is immoral, unAmerican, and unDemocratic.

Repeal the provision in Obamacare that allows for the Obama appointed Secretary of Health & Human Services to grant a waiver to groups or businesses and force mandate every single state, federal, county, and municipal employee to participate in the same laws that other Americans will be forced to.

If Obamacare is so dang good, then every single American should be mandated to participate. No one should be excluded. No one should be granted a waiver. And no one should be forced to participate in a government policy that no one has been trained to even explain to citizens.

Common sense says this was a mistake. Logic says this is insanity and political marksmanship and overreach. Honesty says this was the mother of all political mistakes ever made in Washington and something that at the very least needs more time to be examined and tested.

To allow Obamacare to be implemented at this point, with no proof of readiness, benefits, or affordability is grounds for recall, impeachment, and a psych eval for anyone unwilling to be honest and admit that its one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people.

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