How You Win The Governor’s Race In MN

Beat the living  crap out of your opponent. Mark Dayton did just that to Jeff Johnson.

2014 Guv race chart

The MN CFB has a great report out. It includes side by sides for each House race as well. Party spending. PACs. Candidates. Major donors. Well worth the download. $34 million was spent on election in Minnesota in 2014. That excludes all Federal elections (US House & Senate)

 

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.

Keep Calm Nguyen Still Worth Supporting

Well yesterday’s post and this FB comment spurred some action.

 I’ll caution that not everyone in the general electorate is as “free wheeling” and this could hurt Dennis. It all depends on how it is handled. Don’t forget that thanks toMarty Seifert two albeit, stupid, but harmless DUIs allowed Mark Dayton to become Governor. Never underestimate what you think is no big deal. Statewide races are not to be taken lightly. Strippers for Nguyen is not a good bumper sticker. That being said, this is a an opportunity and the new campaign team should be much more suited to deal with chaos than the ones who were in charge during the lackluster fundraising and “incident” at the club. But keep in mind, you will need people who don’t like strip clubs to vote for and more importantly – work for him. Let’s not get the bumper stickers I mentioned above printed up just yet

I received a call from Dennis Nguyen late last night. I also talked to someone on his campaign about the “brew haha”.

Let’s address this in parts and in as delicate a way as possible.

There was a shift in campaign leadership. That’s something that is very worth noting. Fundraising in 2013 was less then impressive. With out stating numbers, 2014 is going better then 2013. I am confidant that it will not be an issue.

The ability to mount a strong campaign for statewide offices is based on money and volunteers. If you can’t raise money, you’re handcuffed by the media bias. When its for an open seat, the media will just ignore the race and allow the voters to think the DFL is a socialist party. Nguyen will be one of the best funded candidates to seek Secretary of State from the right.

Now on the stripclub thing. I’ll keep the details of the night in question private out of respect for others involved. But let’s just say that there is not a pole named after Dennis at any stripclub.

This seems to be far more about someone finding a speck of dirt in a snowstorm than a trend. Nguyen is still someone to support.

If time allows, I want to address a broader point which is what I was getting to with the FB comment above. That is how libertarian activists and social conservatives are not meshing well. Its an issue that has popped its head up in a few local races and I am worried it is a trend that we should be more worried about then someone’s trip to a gentleman’s club on someone’s birthday.

I say if time allows, because my day is chalk full of the day job and volunteer calls. Maybe Sunday if I am lucky enough not to sleep all day again.

Are There Any Others? [Pause] No Seriously ARE THERE ANY OTHERS?!?!?!?!

I’ve been brushing up on my parliamentarian skills lately. I did co-chair my BPOU convention on Saturday. For the most part, that meant I handed off the mic to the dozens of candidates running for statewide office or their surrogates.

One of those candidates was Dennis Nguyen who is currently running unopposed for Republican endorsement for the open Secretary of State race. I had seen his campaign and activities online for months, but until last week, not in person. A good speaker and conveys a good message of campaign strength, but!?!?!?!

Beyond the stripper issue, the campaign’s terrible judgement, and incredibly bad crisis management, there are other aspects of the Nguyen campaign that should be concerning.

Nguyen sold himself to activists and the legislators who endorsed him as someone would be able to fundraise, and also self fund his campaign, yet there has been little evidence of this so far. As of the end of 2013, Nguyen raised a mere $10,000, and loaned his campaign another $20,000.

When you add that to Nguyen’s opposition to photo ID, it’s hard to see a compelling reason for Nguyen’s continued candidacy.

Read the rest of Jeff’s blog post to find out about the (shakes head) strip club issue, but it appears that some of the promises of strong campaign being made are not panning out as Dennis claims. In other words, all hat no cattle.  This could open the door for someone like Mary Kiffmeyer to jump in late which is not a suitable alternative in my opinion.

The Party of family values really can do better. Well, we should do better.

Paging Kent Kaiser.

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.

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.

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