Is Center Right Profitable in Minnesota?

With the firing of Ben from The Up and At ‘Em Show for financial reasons, we are once again given evidence that conservative talk radio is not a sustainable endeavor in Minnesota. If you go up and down the dial, its left wing host after left wing host. Many of them have been in place for decades. But the lone beacon of weekday conservative radio, Twin Cities News Talk, has had failed show after failed show.

Hosts have come and gone, most great talkers who provide an invigorating debate on the issues with a perspective from the right. But the end results always seems to come down to an aspect of lack of funding.

Most people don’t acknowledge that news media, print, radio, and TV are in the business of making money. Well, most are. They are in the business of selling ads.

Clearly Clear Channel’s Minnesota cornerstone station of 1130AM is less than capable of bringing home the bacon. My question is: Is Minnesota really a deep blue state?

I’ve been denying that fact for years. I point out how the traditional media is far left of center and defends the failures and over reaches of the Democrats. My patent pending book name on the subject is “They Don’t Know Any Better”. But with what appears to be yet another lesson proving that right wing radio is not pulling in the ads, maybe I am wrong.

I remember the earliest days of Jack & Ben’s ventures into radio. I spent many a nights in a broom closet in a  Ramsey radio station with Jack and Ben. I consider them friends and am sorry to see them split up. I hope Ben lands on his feet. He’s an incredibly talented guy.

I also hope conservatives realize that being a passive activist through listening and preaching to the choir is not moving the needle. It doesn’t sell ads and it doesn’t grow the base.

Good luck Ben. I hope we can cross paths again soon.

Is conservative media going to wither and die? Time will tell. But I think its key for us all to think long and fast if we are working towards solving the problem of getting our message out to the people. Radio, online, and traditional media outlets are key to turning this movement’s election failures around. Many people point only towards candidates and the party for losing. But we have to analyze all aspects of our movement.

Are we doing everything right?

No blame intended towards Jack, Ben, Andrew, or other radio hosts. My point is simply that all aspects of the movement need to be looked at to see if they are helping.

Can we do right wing radio better? Finding a way to have it make money so more people can hear it? If we can reach more people through traditional media outlets, more people may not make the same voting mistakes.

AFSCME: To Protest And Smear

It won’t come as a shock to the politically involved, but Alliance for a Better Minnesota’s ad about Republican Governor candidate Jeff Johnson is full of lies and misleading statements.

Let’s not forget that ABM is just the slush fund and PR machine of the DFL in Minnesota. Its a consortium of labor unions and special interest groups who do the dirty work for the DFL of attacking ands sliming Republicans in elections.

The Chair of ABM’s PAC is Jon Grebner who is also listed as a political director of AFSCME. And WOW this union staffer Jon Grebner pulled in almost $90,000 in salary from the union in 2013.

KSTP Fact Checked ABM’s latest attack ad trying desperately to distract voters from stumbling upon Governor Dayton’s dismal record and it received a C-.

Big Protest – Unions Aim To Get Too Big To Fail Protection

The way I tell that election season has officially started is not the State Fair, or the TV ads start flying. Nope, I look for organized union protests like we saw at “fast food joints” yesterday.

I have no ill will towards any individual who is forced or chooses to carry their union card, but I do have to ask why you seek another master? I do believe the usefulness of a union has long since become irrelevant. With the advent of technological advances workplaces are safer and with the ever growing nanny state’s bureaucratic armies, compliance and oversight is taken care of.

The fact is, Big Labor unions are not concerned with the plight of their members, but rather on the health of the union itself. And they are spending big time to help push that “workers revolution” you may have read about in Marx’s utopia. And they are spending a boat load of their union members’ hard earned money (forcibly collected ‘dues’) on their radical mission.

The Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, is one of the biggest backers of the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and to unionize fast food workers. The union is heavily invested in the effort, having spent more than $38 million, directly and indirectly, in 2013 alone.

The union collects dues (IE: Taxes its members) in order to spend $38 million in a push to grow the union. They often pay people to “protest”. They also have staff and administrative and management costs that the members are forced to pay for. Doesn’t that seem like an unnecessary cost to the worker when the union is more interested in its own size, growth (dare I say profits) then the well being of the current member’s take home pay?

Don’t forget, unions take a cut out of every member’s paycheck up front. I just don’t understand why anyone who hates big business is so dang loyal to big labor. Forgot my belief that big labor has been over taken by marxists, and look at the fact that labor unions are becoming bureaucratic nightmares with leaders simply looking to maximize their salaries and profits while helping out their political allies in power.

Union leaders want to redistribute private business capital into the hands of their members through pay raises so the unions can collect more dues and elect more Democrats who will help install ….

 

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Minnesota’s Misplaced Priorities

While Minnesota Democrats are busy trying to create the perfect progressive utopia, there appears to be trouble brewing on many facets that are being ignored. Achievement gaps, crumbling infrastructure while spending billions on trains, under employment rates, anti-business red tape obstacles, high taxes, unsustainable spending projections and promises….. oh and what seems to be one of the most friendly environment to recruit terrorists for the global jihad against non-muslims.

In addition to the American rapper from Minneapolis recently killed in the bloody fighting inSyria, nearly a dozen former residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities have left their homes to take up arms with extremist rebel groups in the Middle Eastern nation, U.S. officials told ABC News.

Read the rest…

Hey MPR Fact Check This

If MPR’s Catherine Richert thinks Jeff Johnson stating facts is misleading, maybe she can take a peak into one of Al Franken’s fundraising emails dripping with misleading statements and flat out lies. Take this morning’s fear mongering for instance.

 

Dear Andrew,

I don’t have to tell you that Fundraising Email Threat Inflation is a real concern.

Of course, if I wanted to keep pace with the frantic tone of everything else in your inbox these days, I’d probably say thatFUNDRAISING EMAIL THREAT INFLATION IS STANDING OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR WITH A BUCKET OF LIGHTER FLUID AND A BOOK OF MATCHES RIGHT NOW!!!!!

But, here’s the thing: We don’t need to exaggerate what we’re up against in this campaign.

[…]

I’m sure you don’t need blinking lights and siren GIFs to understand what’s at stake here.

If we let our opponents have their way, they will turn Medicare into a voucher system. They will continue to reward companies for shipping jobs overseas. They will let the most radical voices on the far right block any action on immigration reform or climate change. They will shut down the government again the next time the Tea Party tells them to.

And if we don’t hit our fundraising goals, the Koch brothers and their allies will buy this Senate seat, just like they have in other parts of the country. My opponent has already turned a Koch check into an attack ad against me — and the special interest groups are targeting me, as well. And with the race already in single digits, according to two recent polls, we really do have no margin for error.

Come on MPR, prove to the public that you aren’t biased and in the bag for Democrats. I dare you to actually fact check this.

P.S.: No need to make the threat sound any scarier than it really is: The Koch brothers want to buy this election for my opponent so he can vote for their right-wing policies. I think that’s reason enough to take action:

I triple dog dare you Ms. Reichert.

13% Decide Fate of 27,000 – Home Care Workers Forced To Join Union

Mark Dayton and the DFL have made good on one of their (secret) campaign promises. They have successfully unionized home health care workers”. The name of the companies that the these new union members have organized against remains to be seen. But Dayton’s election machine called SEIU now has almost 27,000 new dues paying members.

But let’s analyze the results because the media loves to talk about low turnout in Republican Primaries.

Photo from twitter was source. Actual handwritten results.


Eligible 26977
Cast 5872
Spoiled 7
Blank 16
Yes 3543
No 2306

Of the 5872 votes cast, 60% did vote to unionize. But of the eligible voters only 13% wanted to unionize. Only 21.7% bothered to vote. Yep, that’s right, no threshold was required to decide the fate of 27,000 people.

Yes, forced unionization is determined by those who show up, but this just highlights how political this entire payback to a DFL special interest group was.

SEIU gets 27,000 new dues paying members. That’s a huge addition to the DFL election machine’s war chest and a sad state of how our Republic is run.

Let’s Talk About Turnout And Local Election Cowardice

Yesterday Minneapolis’ new Mayor Betsy Hodges released her first budget plan that includes a 2.4% increase. How can she be newly elected if the 2014 elections haven’t taken place? Because Minneapolis, like a host of other cities and school taxing districts hold their elections in the odd numbered years when turnout is dismal. They rely on this low turn out to pass tax increases and avoid higher Republican turn out in normal election years to elect liberal Democrats who tax and spend.

Let’s take a look at the Minneapolis numbers since 1968. (Available here pdf)

Presidential Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1968 258,030 N/A 194,694 75%
1972 269,086 N/A 198,045 74%
1976 255,493 38,760 201,135 68%
1980 249,437 45,092 201,189 68%
1984 254,198 36,318 200,238 69%
1988 235,212 36,967 185,329 68%
1992 232,250 39,156 186,438 69%
1996 209,079 30,784 163,110 68%
2000 212,604 46,627 175,191 68%
2004 238,848 48,611 201,672 70%
2008 240,022 50,505 208,973 72%
2012 214,003 50,668 215,804 81%
Average 70.83%
Federal, State County Year Turnout
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1970 227,745 N/A 153,299 67%
1974 243,583 12,400 127,206 50%
1978 237,026 19,057 153,975 60%
1982 244,076 26,003 168,025 62%
1986 231,980 10,934 112,632 46%
1990 225,048 22,074 150,476 61%
1994 219,550 14,863 127,165 54%
1998 227,894 26,103 141,540 62%
2002 219,834 32,869 155,464 62%
2006 226,585 28,907 149,318 66%
2010 227,024 24,985 140,363 56%
Average 58.73%
Off Year City Elections
Year Number Pre- registered Number of Election Day Registrations Number Voting Percent Voting
1979 240,743 7,955 114,079 46%
1981 235,544 8,533 108,329 44%
1983 241,624 2,789 61,312 25%
1985 241,727 2,178 54,541 22%
1987* 212,282 1,206 33,836 16%
1989 219,276 2,281 58,651 26%
1991* 224,792 513 12,670 6%
1993 222,101 8,501 104,626 45%
1995* 203,223 10,138 26,106 12%
1997 200,311 7,839 96,722 46%
1999* 204,363 706 23,323 11%
2001 217,802 5,976 89,927 40%
2005 229,593 5,579 70,987 30%
2009** 231,078 2,950 45,968 20%
2013** 233,351 6,634 80,099 33%
Average 28.13%
* School Board only election in years 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999
 **Ranked Choice Voting, no Primary

The election for one of the largest and most powerful cities in Minnesota is held in the ultra low turnout off year election. Democrats don’t care about how the decision about who runs Minneapolis or other cities across Minnesota are hidden in off year elections. They also love how a lot of school districts put their tax levies in these off years when they know there will be low turnout.

There is a 30 to 40% drop in turnout from general elections to off year elections. Just over a quarter of registered voters decide the fate of Minneapolis.

If people think low turnout is supposed to be a statement of voter enthusiasm, why is there not outrage over the decision to hide municipal elections in off years when turnout is repeatedly so dismal?

The population of Minneapolis is about 400,000 but only 40,000 voted for the Mayor.  (give or take its really impossible to know now with Ranked Choice Voting, just look at these MN SOS website results and try to figure out how many votes Hodges actually got). 2013 Minneapolis turnout was just 33% with a total of 80,000 of the city’s voters bothering to show up and vote. In theory, Hodges received 50% of that 80,000.

Is a Mayor who receives just 10% of the population’s vote really worthy of dictating tax increases and setting spending priorities?

When Democrats care about low turnout in their own back yard, maybe I’ll take them seriously. Same for the media, when they highlight the dismal lack of support the mayor of Minneapolis really has, I’ll take them seriously when they crunch the numbers on Republican turnout out in a Primary.

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn – Post Primary Caviling

cavil |?kav?l| verb [ no obj.] make petty or unnecessary objections:

I’m fairly confident some people were rooting for Jeff Johnson to lose last night. Not because they supported another candidate in the Republican Governor Primary, but because they wanted to see the Republican Party and its grassroots activist driven endorsing process to fail.

Jeff Johnson won, and some people are trying to paint “low turnout” on the GOP side as proof the endorsing system is still a failure. The media is also glomming on to this as a way to help undermine Johnson’s chances against DFL Governor Mark ‘Give Me A Minute So I Can Change My Mind’ Dayton in November.

All the focus on failure is on Republican turnout.

2010 GOP
Candidate Totals
OLE’ SAVIOR AND TODD “ELVIS” ANDERSON 4396
LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8598
BOB CARNEY JR AND WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY 9856
TOM EMMER AND ANNETTE T. MEEKS 107558
Total 130408
2014 GOP 
 Candidate  Totals
  MARTY SEIFERT AND PAM MYHRA 38798
  KURT ZELLERS AND DEAN SIMPSON 43991
  MERRILL ANDERSON AND MARK ANDERSON 7008
  JEFF JOHNSON AND BILL KUISLE 55813
  SCOTT HONOUR AND KARIN HOUSLEY 38331
Total 183941

Wait, the GOP turned out 53,000 more voters than in 2010.

I think why you see some people trying to paint the narrative of GOP voter apathy is because DFL apathy has reached toxic levels.

2010 DFL
Candidate Totals
MARGARET ANDERSON KELLIHER AND JOHN GUNYOU 175767
PETER IDUSOGIE AND LADY JAYNE FONTAINE 3123
MATT ENTENZA AND ROBYNE ROBINSON 80509
MARK DAYTON AND YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON 182738
Total 442137
2014 DFL  Totals
  BILL DAHN AND JAMES VIGLIOTTI 4896
  LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8529
  MARK DAYTON AND TINA SMITH 177737
Total 191162

The DFL saw a 251,000 drop off in voter turnout and barely drew more voters than the GOP in 2014.

If voter and most importantly DFL activists and supporters were proud of the work that Dayton and DFL leaders have accomplished in the last 4 years, there would not have been such a huge drop in turnout. We are talking over 50% drop off in turnout. Don’t forget, Dayton won with only 43% in the 2010 General election. An election that as also plagued with low turnout of only 55% overall. AKA: Dayton actually only had 25% of eligible voters want him to be Governor.

RF Flashback: Mr. 25% Governor Dayton- La La La La La La La

The bottom line: Republican turnout was higher than 2010, DFL turnout was down over 50% from 2010.

While Republican turnout was lower then I’d like, the overall numbers reveal to me that the DFL has a huge enthusiasm problem and I sure like Johnson’s chances.