Friends of Dayton Raises Hit MNSure – Pathetic 12% Enrollment Rate Means Big Raises For MNSure Board

If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.

MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.

In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway

But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )

Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.

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Source: MN House GOP Research

Employee 2013 Compensation
(prorated full year)
2014 Compensation Change Change %
Barber, Carley $89,716 $99,532 $9,816 10.94%
Burns, Katherine $129,314 $151,940 $22,626 17.50%
Cammack, Martin Not Provided Not Provided
Campbell, Joseph - $103,737
Drinkwine, Jodi $70,798 $74,376 $3,578 5.05%
Fink, Krista Jean-Guinn $89,386 $103,381 $13,995 15.66%
Kehner, Carol Ann $131,534 $142,148 $10,614 8.07%
Kennedy, Jessica $83,874 $90,839 $6,965 8.30%
Minikel, Stephen $89,536 $118,715 $29,179 32.59%
Nyanjom, John $88,184 $96,197 $8,013 9.09%
Reich, John $119,186 $126,775 $7,589 6.37%
Turpin, Michael $118,630 $125,364 $6,734 5.68%
Van Sant, David $87,546 $93,730 $6,184 7.06%
Wessel, Christina - $96,451
Total $125,293

 

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.

Vote Early Minnesota!

Now that we have “no excuse absentee voting” anyone can vote in the Primary or General election with out the nuisance of going to your poll and actually interacting with the world around you…..

I just requested my absentee ballots and you should too. Please go here and find out how and share with your friends, family, and co-workers.

We can win back this state if we can get people to go back to voting. Its up to each and every one of us!

No seriously, don’t wait, don’t do it later. Request your absentee ballot and fill it out and send it back the day it arrives. No more excuses!
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Every vote counts and is needed to defeat Dayton, Franken, and retake the Minnesota house! 

(PS: Don’t be an idiot and waste your vote on some 3rd party protest thing. Remember Al Franken won by just 312 votes and Mark Dayton won by only 8000.)

Voting like a teenage prankster has consequences and we are all paying for it. 

Democrats Want You Addicted To Government

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!

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

No this is not an April Fools joke.

A pair of House proposals is being released to spend a combined $975 million on public works construction projects.

Rather than putting everything into one bill, House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she’ll introduce two on Tuesday. She says one will contain $850 million worth of proposed borrowing and the other will have $125 million in projects that would be paid in cash.

It’s an unusual tact, but one spurred on in part by the state’s surplus. Lawmakers plan to pay cash for some things to save on interest costs.

There’s also political intrigue. Borrowing bills require three-fifths majorities to pass. A cash bill would require only a simple majority.

By Capital Investment, DFLers mean, making sure their special interests get all the kick backs so they will work for Democrats to maintain control of the Capital.

Dayton & DFL’s $4.7 Billion Tax Increase

He’s the MMB’s document taking a look into the crystal ball in future budget forecasts.

Mind you, this is all predicated on the notion that nothing in the economy changes. Such as, there are no massive lawoffs and business relocations due to Obamacare, a Billion minimum wage (aka employee tax hike), or the other anti-business taxes like the warehouse tax or Worker’s comp tax Democrats have imposed.

It’s time to ramp up the effort to retake the MN House and win every statewide office folks, because if we don’t do something to stop the Democrats, no one will be able to afford living in Minnesota.

Saturday’s Straw Poll Was A Distraction

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.

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

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.

Daytoncare Has Its 1st Major Security Failure

Obamacare will go down in history as the worst piece of legislation ever. It was due to the ability of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to railroad the law through Congress with their 60th vote Al Franken that there was never any scrutiny, debate, or vetting of the practicality of the law. The same Government that can’t figure out how to maintain a transportation network, or realize the usefulness of the post office is somehow going to ‘fix” health insurance?

Well, in Minnesota progressives purchased similar majorities and the Governor’s office in 2012 and they not only agreed to rush a Minnesota exchange into place, they raised the bar on mandates and government intervention. That’s why I call the MNSure (Obamacare mandates state run exchange as opposed to Federal takeover) = Daytoncare.

He demanded it. He rushed it into place. He could have bothered reading this bill and realized that it was ripe with problems and shortcomings. But he doesn’t seem to read a lot of the bills he signs into law, so Minnesota citizens are now subject to human error that could expose their financial and private information to identity theft.

Republicans have warned about the chance for this, and here in Minnesota, we have our first case. 

An employee for the state’s new online health insurance exchange accidentally released confidential information on hundreds of insurance agents.

According to the Star Tribune, MNsure officials say the employee sent an email to an Apple Valley insurance broker’s office Thursday that contained Social Security numbers, addresses and other private information of more than 2,400 insurance agents.

An MNsure security manager called the insurance broker, Jim Koester, and had him delete the file from his computer hard drive. Koester tells the Star Tribune the incident raises questions about the security of MNsure client information.

Users of the exchange will need to provide confidential information to a federal hub where eligibility for public health programs or tax credits will be reviewed.

You hear ever week about how some government or financial network is breached and private data is stolen. We also have the news this week in Minnesota that other state databases are being abused and private information of Minnesotans is being misused by state workers.

Everything that an identity thief needs to destroy someone’s life is neatly packaged in a single database that was raced into operation with out any predecessors to at least improve upon. October 1st is the deadline for insurance companies to inform their existing customers about changes to their existing plans and the new rates. But here we are, 2 weeks from that deadline, and it seems that most insurance companies still don’t really know how the new health care mandates are really going to affect their operations.

If a private company was doing something like Daytoncare to their members or customers, Attorney General Lori Swanson would be slapping lawsuits on them and the local media would have choppers hovering over the Capital.

Have You Taken Advantage of the Political Contribution Refund Yet?

Did you know you can get reimbursed for your donation of up to $50 to the CD6 Republicans?

We have an ambitious plan to maximize our “redness” and carry the load for Minnesota Republicans. We have a great leadership team and some of the most motivated and effective grassroots volunteers in Minnesota, but we need your help to make sure we have the tools and resources to keep the Democrats on the ropes.

Consider a donation to CD6 Republicans as an investment in Minnesota’s future.

In the 2012 election, our volunteers made 275,000 GOTV contacts.

We won 30 of the 33 Legislative Districts covering CD6. No other CD came close to those results and our hard work prevented Governor Dayton and the Democrat controlled Legislature from having enough votes to pass a billion dollar bonding bill on a party line vote.

Mitt Romney won CD6 by the largest margin in Minnesota, both amendments easily passed in CD6, and we reelected Congresswoman Bachmann in spite of the media onslaught and national Democrat money that flowed into our District to defeat her.

In 2014 our goals are simple.

Win every Minnesota House race in CD6.

Keep Bachmann’s Congressional seat in Republican hands.

And provide enough votes for the statewide Republican candidates to make up for the dark blue areas of Minnesota like Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth so that we can celebrate Al Franken, Mark Dayton, and the other statewide Democrats defeats on election night.

I am the Treasurer and Finance Director for the CD6 Republicans, so this post is self-serving, but I promise your all that money spent in CD6 is going to be effectively spent. If Republican candidates are going to win statewide, the votes to do so will come from CD6. Please help us provide the tools and resources our volunteers need to do the Voter ID and other work to find those voters and get them out to the polls and save this state from the Democrats and their reckless and failed liberal agenda.

Please consider a donation to CD6 Republicans. As I said above, you can get reimbursed up to $50 so giving to us can be “free”.

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