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Central Planning Alert: XCEL’s Adding Generation, But State To Decide Source

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Why can’t XCEL and its customers decide where they get more power from?

Regulators to Decide Solar Power vs. Natural Gas

Created: 03/26/2014 5:35 AM KSTP.com 
By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota utility regulators are deciding between solar power and natural gas for providing additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state.

At issue is whether Xcel Energy’s customers would be best served by $250 million in solar power arrays proposed by Geronimo Energy of Edina or by adding generating units at power plants in Burnsville, Cannon Falls or Mankato.

They fail to mention how much adding natural gas generators would cost.

An administrative law judge concluded three months ago that Xcel Energy’s power needs aren’t growing so fast. He recommended Geronimo Energy’s plan to build about 20 solar arrays next to Xcel substations as the best deal.

I wonder if there is a conflict of interest with the law judge. Like he is either a biased environutter or has friends who stand to benefit from the state’s PUC picking the solar panel option.

It wouldn’t be the first time a bunko green energy company was given huge contracts. Remember Solyndra? 

A state commission picking winners and losers is not what freedom looks like.

Democrat Auditor Otto Derelict In Her Duties

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Our current State Auditor Rebecca Otto is derelict in her duties. Via Randy Gilbert’s campaign.

MNsure failures in Ramsey County: Where’s Otto?
An exclusive report by KSTP-TV about the continuing failures of the MNsure computer system and its impact on Ramsey County Financial Assistance Services and its applicants is disturbing and disappointing and has Minnesotans asking, “Where’s Otto?”

The Minnesota State Auditor has one primary job: keep a watchful eye on how $20 billion paid by hard working Minnesotans is spent at all levels of local government, including Ramsey County.

This oversight is critical to ensure the money taken from everyday folks is doing what it is supposed to do and is not misused or wasted.

Without explanation, current State Auditor Rebecca Otto has simply ignored the millions of dollars spent bycounty officials on MNSure, expenditures that all parties now admit have not produced anything near the intended value or results. Whether Otto’s refusal to monitor our resources is a result of a lack of experience or familiarity with the Auditor’s responsibilities, or because she is giving a pass to the people who fund her campaign, we know the lack of an oversight plan from the Auditor has hurt those the program was supposed to help. In the face of these problems, taxpayers and the uninsured have a right to ask, “Where’s Otto?”

Minnesota Deserves Better

State Auditor Candidate Randy Gilbert has been a practicing auditor in the private sector his entire career. He has also served the public as a three-term mayor of Long Lake – the sort of local government that the Auditor reviews for financial soundness. As Auditor, Randy knows an audit in the per-implementation phase may have prevented the chaos now facing Ramsey County and other counties across the state with implementing MNSure.

It isn’t often that the challenger in a race for office is more experienced – both inside and outside of government – than the incumbent. Yet in the race to maintain the fiscal integrity of Minnesota’s state and local government, only Randy Gilbert has the knowledge, experience, and independence to provide all Minnesotans the performance they deserve from their State Auditor.

We know every dollar wasted on a poorly run system is a dollar that could educate our youth, help those with real need, or provide tax relief to everyday Minnesotans. Disappointingly, the number of dollars wasted on a poorly run MNSure program with no oversight by the current State Auditor has grown to unprecedented levels.

So, the next time you see a story about the continuing failures of and resources wasted on MNSure across the state, ask yourself, “Where’s Otto?”

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Truth v. Honour ?????

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This.

I’m not so sure MNGOP Delegates are so receptive to the idea of the RGA handpicking our Governor candidate.

The fact is that Dayton is weak. He (or rather his ex-wife) bought the DFL control of the Legislature and they used that power to railroad their radical and destructive “progressive” agenda through. It was mired with mistakes and unintended consequences because Dayton and Democrats’ goals didn’t have to go through the normal deliberative process and scrutiny.

MNSure is the perfect example. Everyone knew it was going to fail, but they did it anyways.

There is no better poster child for an incompetent Democrat Governor then Mark Dayton, to imply that the Republican Governor’s Association is only going to take advantage of that if Scott Honour is the Republican candidate is just plain silly.

Minnesota Democrats Aim To Infringe On Your Civil Rights

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The notion of the Democrats being the party of tolerance and civil rights for all is one of the biggest running scams going in Minnesota politics. Their war against law abiding firearms owners is well documented, but they are taking a page out of the Obama administration’s IRS scandal and trying to force organizations that they disagree with politically to release the names of all donors while they secretly buy election after election with their Progressive organizations funded by a handful of billionaires and the labor unions.

Minnesota: Legislature Considering Ominous Bill Designed to Suppress Political Speech, Anti-Gun Legislation to Receive Committee Consideration

Your immediate action needed to stop suppression of political speech in Minnesota

House File 1944 and Senate File 1915, dangerous, politically motivated measures aimed at suppressing political speech by membership organizations such as the NRA, are moving quickly through the Minnesota legislature.  These fatally flawed bills pose a grave risk to freedom of speech in Minnesota and impose excessive regulatory burdens on political and commercial interests.  Additionally, this legislation would inhibit the NRA’s ability to provide candidate information at critical times before an election.  Your action is needed immediately – please contact your state Senator and Representative TODAY and demand their opposition to any legislation that inhibits your First Amendment freedom needed to protect your Second Amendment rights.  Contact information for state Senators can be found here.  Contact information for state Representatives can be found here.  Click here to find out who represents you.

HF 1944 and SF 1915 would require organizations like the NRA, who engage in political speech, to immediately disclose the names of many of their donors, including those who pay membership dues.  These bills are intended to suppress political speech by organizations such as the NRA and others who communicate with their members.  These bills are overly broad, vague and would chill election-related speech.

HF 1944 is eligible for House consideration AT ANY TIME.

SF 1915 is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Friday, March 21, at 12:00 noon.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this misguided legislation.  Committee members’ contact information can be found here.

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The state legislature is also considering several measures, House File 3067 and Senate File 2690, to impose additional regulations, serious penalties and red tape on permit holders who choose to carry their firearms while visiting the State Capitol Complex.  At this time, a law-abiding permit holder can carry in the State Capitol Complex as long as the permit holder has notified the Commissioner of Public Safety of their intent to do so in advance.

The additional superfluous proposed regulations would do nothing to improve the notification requirement or process, but instead would create traps for law-abiding permit holders.  This proposed legislation would go so far as to mandate an arbitrary “renewal” period for those permit holders who previously sought permission to carry on Capitol grounds, requiring that “within 30 days of the renewal date of a person’s permit to carry, the person shall renotify the commissioner of the person’s intent to carry,” or the permit holder could face a felony.

Anti-gun legislators have been attempting to ban the carrying of firearms in the state Capitol, and since they have continuously failed at instituting a ban, are setting traps for law-abiding permit holders who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights while petitioning their elected officials.  The carrying of firearms for self-defense by law-abiding permit holders is not a threat to security at the state Capitol.  It is an affront to law-abiding Minnesotans to insinuate that permit holders are dangerous criminals who should be feared while on Capitol grounds.  Minnesota gun owners should not have to choose between their own security and participation in the legislative process.

HF 3067 is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW, March 20, by the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this ill-conceived legislation.  Contact information for committee members can be found here.

SF 2690 is scheduled to be heard TOMORROW, March 20, by the Senate Judiciary Committee at 12:00 p.m.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE this dangerous legislation. Contact information for committee members can be found here.

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

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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.

DFL Ready To Pile Another $1.3 Billion of Taxes On Employers

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Don’t be fooled, the DFL’s minimum wage hike is not just a huge union kickback, but its also a tax hike on employers.

RF Flashback: Winkler & DFL Massive Minimum Wage Hike And Union Kickback?

They raise taxes. They increase red tape. They destroy the health insurance system. And now they are going to raise taxes on employers.

Why would anyone consider moving their business to Minnesota?

And how much more can current employers in Minnesota continue to take before they say enough is enough and close shop in Minnesota?

McFadden for US Senate

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I have been looking at the field of candidates for US Senate and decided to throw my support to Mike McFadden. I believe he gives us the best chance to defeat Al Franken.

US Senate races are not the same as Governor and Republican activists need to learn from past mistakes. You need someone who can reach out to a broad array of people and earn their trust and support. You have to not only attract the hard working activists, but you also have to be able to reach outside of Minnesota for the all important fundraising needed to run an expensive statewide campaign. McFadden’s impressive fundraising totals prove he can do that.

I’ve heard a few people I respect in Republican circles are eliminating McFadden from their list of who they will endorse because he won’t pledge to abide, and while I think that is important, they are eliminating the only person who can actually beat Franken.

Two or three other candidates in the US Senate race have pledged to abide and it does play oh so well with Delegates, but of those 3, only one, Chris Dahlberg, has released his fundraising numbers for 2013 ($103,00) and its barely enough to make it to the convention let alone beyond.

Sen. Ortman and Rep. Abeler have refused to release their fundraising totals publicly so Republican Precinct attendees can’t see how well or poorly they did. I am guessing Sen. Ortman’s decision to announce she will abide last week was an attempt to distract people away from how she is hiding what is likely – her dismal fundraising. The FEC reports will not be publicly available until February 15th, after the Precinct Caucus straw poll.

Mike McFadden has raised $1.7 million so far in his campaign. Our previous candidate didn’t come close to that in his entire campaign.

Friends and fellow Republicans, running effective US Senate races are 3 or 4 times more expensive then races for Governor. The media in Minnesota doesn’t report on what our left leaning and Progressive voting US Senators and Congressmen really do in Washington. They color the coverage to paint a rosy picture of the socialism that is plaguing this nation to aid the Democrats. We need a candidate with a campaign that can literally spread the word across the state through the airwaves and mailers. Its also going to take a huge staff and all these things require a lot of money.

Anyone who actually thinks that the eventual candidate will be able to raise $10,000,000 after the endorsement or Primary is bound to repeat the same mistakes we’ve done in election cycles before.

The McFadden campaign isn’t ignoring the endorsement like some of the Governor candidates are. He is trying to win the endorsement unlike them. But for Republicans to pose a serious threat to Al Franken, they have to be looking past May 31st.

I would not be supporting McFadden if he didn’t take the endorsement seriously.

I know some will be pointing out how I am supporting a Governor candidate who is pledging to abide (Dave Thompson), and that I am also pushing the importance of avoiding a bloody primary in the CD6 race. All I can tell you is that my decade plus involvement has shown me the complexities and importance of US Senate races. So much at stake, so much national influence, and so few chances to get it right. And when Minnesota gets it wrong, bad things happen. We can’t screw this up again.

Folks, I want Mike McFadden to win the endorsement. He is the best candidate on paper and by fundraising reports. He has the least baggage or voting record history that could alienate one portion of our base or the general voting public. He’s built a great campaign team and he is being honest.

McFadden is a great conservative candidate. He has a great life story, business experience, and the oh so critical fundraising prowess. I am not supporting McFadden simply because he can raise money, I am supporting him because he will do a great job representing me as a conservative Republican, and he has proven that he has what it takes to run a race that will defeat Al Franken.

Please join me in supporting Mike McFadden at your Precinct Caucus in the Republican Straw Poll.

Thompson – Benson 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Media outlets are reporting that Dave Thompson will announce Sen. Michelle Bensonof Ham Lake as his Lt. Governor candidate this morning.

Sen. Benson is one of the most trustworthy and principled politicians I have ever seen. She is well respected and the hardest working candidate I have ever seen. This is a great pick by Thompson.

I was already leaning Thompson since he is the most consistent conservative in the race, but the addition of Benson makes this a dream ticket.

Obamacare Designed To Bail Out Insurance Co’s Not Reduce Costs

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Another dirty little secret of Democrat’s Health Care Reform agenda: Insurance Company Bailouts

The name of the law is The Affordable Care Act, but in its details are provisions for skyrocketing insurance costs.

 Indeed, it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to funnel $1,071,000,000,000.00 (that’s $1.071 trillion) over the next decade (2014 to 2023) from American taxpayers,through Washington, to health insurance companies.

This whole thing is about destroying the “private” insurance market requiring a full blown Government takeover and implementation of a single payer system.

This isn’t about a website’s failure, failed rollout, or deadlines. This is about the radical agenda of Progressive Democrats and their desire to nationalize our health care.

Not one single line of the thousands of pages of the law or its rule making code for Obamacare or its state run spinoffs do anything to actually lower health care costs.

Johnson: Trust Me I Won’t Do That Again

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Jeff Johnson is a really nice guy and has been a reliable Republican vote as a Legislator. His service helping others uncover the depths of fiscal mismanagement at the MNGOP is admirable. He has also done good work – even if a bit too corny to be taken seriously – as the lone center right vote on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

All that being said, he is not the best candidate Republicans can put forth to face Mark Dayton and the Democrats. I remember back to the 2012 Republican State Convention and the “Get Over It Speech”. Clearly pandering to the majority of Liberty Delegates and laying the ground work for this Governor campaign.

He has been far from a Liberal Republican you couldn’t count on, but he has also not exactly been a Libertarian stalwart, something I figured this coalition would figure out quickly. After all, they have disqualified some good candidates over a single vote in the past.

Like most candidates who have held public office before, Johnson has a voting record. As a member of the Legislator, he took some tough votes in favor on Tim Pawlenty’s budgets that included spending increases as well as “fees” as well as ‘yeah’s’ some pretty ugly bonding bills.

The new Jeff Johnson sounds great. Electable conservative. Build bridges amongst the various coalition of the party. Don’t be too ideological to alienate that oh so fickle purple GOP block from CD3 and the business community that backed closet liberal Tom Horner. But I have learned to judge a politician not by the words coming out of his mouth today, but rather by the words coming out of their mouths when it mattered before. Trust, but verify – if you will.

We have also recently learned of one of Johnson’s votes on the Hennepin County Commission giving the Sheriff’s Department the same sort of tools of the trade that the NSA has been using to spy on American’s. Its called Kingfish and allows the Sherriff’s Department to exploit cellular devices. He is now saying it was a mistake, but he didn’t just make an uninformed vote, he went to bat for the program. 

In March 2010, the Hennepin County Board tabled a request by Sheriff Stanek to spend $426,150 to acquire Kingfish. Johnson voted against tabling the motion, with the Star Tribune reporting ”Commissioner Jeff Johnson said he was convinced it was an important and useful law enforcement tool that wouldn’t violate privacy rights.” Johnson was absent the day funding was finally approved. Johnson later wrote in a blog post that he was able to ask question about KingFish to Stanek’s office and was “…quite comfortable with the answers” he received in response. The record is clear: Johnson supported the implementation of KingFish.

It sure seems to me that Johnson’s record shows him to be more opportunistic than principled. He reminds me a lot of Tim Pawlenty. When we had the Republican House in 2004 & 2005 dragging him to the right, Pawlenty was “with us”, but when Democrats took over, he was pushed around by Democrats.

In my opinion, consistency is a good test of a candidate’s principles. Its easy to oppose something after you have huge public backlash. Its easy to say a few words or phrases to a group of people that you know want to hear.

Look, I see Johnson as more of an opportunist. There are times that Republicans would be wise to chose a candidate like him, but now is not that time. With the radical agenda of the left and their all out war on free markets and their desire to fundamentally transform our nation and sate, Republicans need a consistent conservative who we don’t have to worry about turning into a windsock.

Another politician’s mea culpa comes to mind.