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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-.
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 ….
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
The same people who refuse to repair that crumbling bridge your kid’s school bus crosses everyday because they say they just don’t have enough revenue coming in yet, wants to run your health care. Many of us pointed out the flawed funding formulas and unsustainability of unicorn farts and happy thoughts fueling the drive before and after the law was rushed through Congress without anyone even reading the bill, but we were scoffed at and told we were just mean bad people.
Well, it looks like the mean bad people were the ones lying to implement the hoax that is now Obamacare.
The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.
90% of the signups had to be bribed into doing so. Where does that bribe money come from people?
Premiums that normally would have cost $346 a month on average instead cost consumers just $82, with the federal government picking up the balance of the bill.
8 million Obamacare enrollees X $264 subsidized monthly premium (aka bribe) = $2,112,000,000 A MONTH
Oh the math gets far worse….
That total does not count the additional cost of providing coverage to millions of additional consumers who bought coverage in states that ran their own marketplaces, including California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York. About a third of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage this year used a state-run marketplace.
The fact is no one really knows.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the annual cost of subsidies will rise to $23 billion next year and $95 billion in 2024, although the budget office continued to project that all the law’s costs will be offset by additional revenue it raises and by cuts in other federal healthcare spending.
But hey, don’t worry, we’ll make up for it in other areas….
Which gets me back to that crumbling bridge they say they don’t have the money to fix.
Folks, someday, you will be that bridge that they can’t afford to fix if you allow Government to take over your health care system.
Its no secret that I can’t stand Marty Seifert and his antics. I haven’t tried to hide it because I think he displays everything that is wrong with politicians and is not worthy of holding let alone seeking public office. Before the convention in Rochester, I thought he was one of the most selfish candidates around who was willing to do and say anything to help himself no matter the effects on the Republican Party. After Rochester, I feel 150% proven right that Marty Seifert is a Despicable Republican.
After his 2010 endorsement loss, Seifert disappeared for the next 3 years. He only popped up again when his 2014 campaign needed to get started. His dishonest entry into the 2013 State Central Committee straw poll was just the beginning. He organized a write in campaign but claimed he had nothing to do with it. The hints of the same old Marty were clear to people like me.
As the 2014 endorsing campaign dragged out, the same old Seifert was back. Sure he claimed he was a new man and his old tactics were behind him. He blamed his 2010 negative campaign tactics on consultants and his absence from Party politics was due to his job. But he was still spreading lies and misleading Delegates about his opponents and his absence was clearly more about not bothering to help since his name wasn’t on the ballot in 2010 or 2012. His selfishness consumes him.
After witnessing Seifert’s 2014 campaign up to this convention, all of my reservations towards Seifert were confirmed and I still couldn’t stand him or imagine him as the endorsed Republican candidate for Governor. But somehow Seifert managed to make me hate him even more with what he did at the end of the convention.
I went into the convention a supporter of Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson. We fought a long and hard race over the last year. After the 3rd ballot it was clear that it could be a long day and we could have dragged it out so that there wouldn’t be an endorsement. But Team Thompson knew that was not going to be good for the party. We needed an endorsement and Jeff Johnson was worthy of it.
If you heard Sen. Osmek describe the back room happenings while waiting for the 3rd ballot results on Up and At ‘Em this morning, there was a roar in the Thompson War Room, and then Dave emerged with tears in his eyes. I was in that room. We cheered and thanked Dave, Michelle, and their families for fighting a good fight, but for also doing what was right for the party.
I immediately went up to a friend of mine on the Johnson campaign and said, “OK, get me a red shirt.” His eyes nearly popped out of his head and he barged into their war room and dug through boxes to find one for me. I threw it on and went out onto the floor as Dave Thompson took the stage. My headset off, tears in my eyes, it was now time for us to unite behind Johnson. It was time to do what was right for the party.
Dave Thompson gave a concession speech that made me realize that I had been helping the right guy to this point because in the end of the day it was never about Dave or Michelle, it was about us as a party. Thompson withdrew and endorsed Jeff Johnson.
But then Marty Seifert did something despicable.
On the third ballot, Seifert had about 27 percent of the vote. Instead of withdrawing as Thompson did, Seifert told the crowd he would be competing in the primary.
He also said his delegates were free to go home.
“Instead of dragging things out, taking your time, keeping you here, I am going to decide that my delegates can be released to go home and go get your sleep,” Seifert said.
Critics said the tactic was meant to shut down the convention without an endorsement.
“Out of respect for you, the delegates, I’m here to say, ‘that was uncalled for,’” said party chair Keith Downey minutes after Seifert made his speech.
Seifert did try to block the endorsement by telling his people to leave. I has Seifert staffers pass by me telling their supporters not to vote and to leave. You see, if the total number of ballots cast fell short of a certain number, even if Johnson did get 60% on the vote, it may have meant the endorsement wouldn’t stand.
Marty Seifert showed his true colors this weekend. Unlike the selfishness of Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour who didn’t even try to run an endorsement campaign and participate in the convention, Seifert did. For reasons I can’t imagine, some Delegates and local party leaders like him and remain loyal to him. Seifert’s ego and self absorption were at war with the Republican Party of Minnesota. Marty Seifert embodies everything that is wrong with politicians.
The selfish act of telling his supporters to leave and dragging out his speech to give them time to depart in an attempt to block the endorsement of Johnson was one of the most selfish and destructive things I’ve seen in my decade of party activity.
Well, Marty Seifert you lost and proved all of your critics right. Jeff Johnson is endorsed. All resources of the Party are now at his disposal, and in my opinion that includes local officers and events. Seifert’s selfish act raises serious concerns and problems that could result in divisions that could cost us Legislative and CD elections. Will he continue his selfish drive to make it all about himself risking the CD7 Race, picking up State House seats, and electing Mike McFadden over Franken by telling his supporters not to help the party? I’ve already heard he made a threat before the convention that if he didn’t win, he was going to prevent his volunteers from helping the party locally.
I shot this video of Sefiert at a BPOU meeting in April. Seifert tells local Party leaders what to do should he not receive the endorsement. Was he being honest or saying what they wanted to hear?