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Democrats Want You Addicted To Government

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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!

DFL Rolls Out Shiny Ball To Distract From MNSure Lies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After the utter incompetence and bald faced lies of Governor Dayton and the DFLers running MNSure was exposed over the weekend, they were desperate for something to distract Minnesotans with. Hey, why not a billion tax on employers and kick back to their union buds?

DFL leaders make deal to hike the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

Tied to inflation of course so they never have to actually vote for socialism again.

It is quite astonishing the scope of the coverup of the DFL’s mishandling of MNSure and the Obamacare rollout in Minnesota.

The economic impacts of the DFLs two years of unaccountability and Marxist agenda will be felt for a long long time.

This minimum wage increase is simply another form of redistribution. They don’t care about any of the ramifications.

Its a sad day for Minnesota and the Republic that these wolves are guarding the hen house and no one seems willing to shine a light on their corruptive abuses of power and disrespect for the citizens of Minnesota.

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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.

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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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?

Seifert’s Kitchensink Strategy Returning?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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The shelf life of Marty Seifert’s pledge to not repeat his nasty and brutal negative campaign of 2010 lasted about 24 hours. Just Tuesday he claimed on Facebook that he wouldn’t attack other Republicans in the race. (emphasis mine)

Over the next few months, you will hear from me as I seek your endorsement to defeat Mark Dayton next November. My discussion of issues will take aim at the failed policies of Mark Dayton, not other GOP candidates.

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We need a candidate with a positive and uniting message who will offer the voters of Minnesota creative solutions. One who will offer new leadership under common sense government. I want to appeal to your hopes and dreams for a better future, not your fears.

And yesterday in the St. Cloud Times the old Marty “Kitchensink” Seifert started to rear its ugly little head.

Seifert told the Times that Thompson’s campaign fundraising — he had about $50,000 in the bank heading into 2014, with about $28,000 in unpaid debt — raises the question of whether he can match better-financed rivals in a potentially costly primary.

“There’s state reps that have more money than that, and I don’t know how you’re going to take Scott Honour out in a primary,” Seifert said. “As people want their endorsed candidate to be successful, they have to look at certain things, like name ID, resources and a statewide organization. And we have all three.”

So much for that positive, issues based uniting campaign.

I have also heard from people who have had Seifert say things about the other Republicans, or making statements that he is the only one who opposes or supports an issue when its a complete falsehood. He’s a crafty and polished politician who, in my opinion, is really good at telling people what they want to hear, and sanding off the truth confidently enough to people’s faces, that they believe it.

The 2010 Seifert campaign ran one of the most disturbing and brutal whisper campaign to spread lies and misleading messages about his opponent, and frankly I don’t think he has changed his ways.

If he wants to run a campaign focusing on the failures of Dayton’s policies, then he needs to stop lying to activists that he is the only one who opposes Common Core or has produced any type of plan. Heck Farnsworth has position papers out.

I’m tired of politicians who lie. If they lie to get elected, what makes you think they won’t lie once they get elected?

RF Flashback: Sunny With A Chance Of Scattered Kitchen Sinks

Team Thompson In Strong Position To Win Endorsement

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A memo from The Dave Thompson for Governor campaign showing they are in good standing for the Republican endorsement following last week’s Caucus Straw Poll. Via: Morning Take

MEMO

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Jon Seaton, Senior Advisor

RE: Caucus Analysis and State of Governor’s Race

Last Tuesday night, some 14,000 activists attended precinct caucuses across the state of Minnesota. Six candidates for governor appeared on the straw poll ballot.

While everyone acknowledges that straw polls are not necessarily predictive of future success, they are without question a good gauge of organizational strength and the extent to which a candidate’s message is resonating with the most active voters in our party.

In this case, the straw poll has added meaning given the fact that many of the participants have now been elected to their BPOU Conventions and will ultimately play a role in determining the Republican Party Endorsement at the State Convention in May.

Having had a few days to analyze the results, we wanted to share with you some observations:

  • ?  Three candidates (Thompson, Johnson and Farnsworth) have pledged to abide by the Republican Party endorsement. Dave Thompson was the top vote-getter amongst these candidates.
  • ?  It is unclear whether or not delegates are aware that Marty Seifert has refused to abide by their endorsement; he did so in 2010 and his change in positions has not been well publicized.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert may attempt to spin his 2nd consecutive straw poll victory as a boost to his campaign, the facts tell a somewhat different story.

o Rep. Seifert’s claim that he just entered the race for governor in November rings hollow when one considers that he has been running for governor since 2009, and was actively seeking support for a 2014 as early as July of this year.

o Rep. Seifert may wish to downplay his 2009-2010 campaign, but regularly cites polls taken comparing him to Governor Dayton, back when he was a candidate 4 years ago.

o Rep. Seifert is actually moving in the wrong direction; in 2010, he garnered over 50% of the total straw poll vote in a 7-way race. In 2014, he dropped over 20 points to 28%, despite the presence of fewer candidates on the ballot.

? Meanwhile, Dave Thompson, appearing on a statewide ballot for the first time on Tuesday night, performed well in his base areas in the 2nd Congressional District, but also showed very strong support in other delegate rich BPOUs which will send the most delegates to State Convention.

o In Wright County, the state’s largest BPOU, Dave Thompson garnered twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, winning over 34% of the straw poll ballot.

o In Carver County, Dave Thompson again won big, besting Marty Seifert by over a 4:1 margin.

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o Dave Thompson also was the top vote getter, by a wide margin, in Senate Districts 31, 35, 37 and 39.

? So while both Marty Seifert and Dave Thompson both performed well in their “home turf,” Dave Thompson has expanded his base into new areas of the state, despite having never appeared on a statewide ballot before Tuesday night.

What Does This Mean?

  • ?  Dave Thompson and Marty Seifert have emerged as the top two candidates vying for the GOP Endorsement in May.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert received more straw poll votes on Tuesday, the makeup of the electorate and the distribution of delegates tilts the board slightly in Dave Thompson’s favor.

o For example, the aggregate total of the BPOU’s carried by Dave would translate to 937 delegates at the State Convention. The aggregate total of BPOU’s carried by Rep. Seifert would translate to 774 delegates.

o Rep. Seifert’s straw poll vote victory was driven by strong performances in Greater Minnesota. For example, his 92-vote win in Lyon County would translate to 11 delegates.

o Dave Thompson carried the 31st Senate District BPOU by 119 votes. This would translate to 40 delegates at state convention.

  • ?  Furthermore, only Dave Thompson has effectively expanded his support outside of his natural base.
  • ?  Add to that the downward trajectory of Marty Seifert’s performance from 2010 to 2014, compared with Dave Thompson’s status as a first-time statewide candidate, a picture emerges that shows Dave Thompson in prime position to capture the GOP Endorsement in May.The Road Ahead
  • ?  Dave Thompson’s strategy has never wavered: organize at the precinct and BPOU level, capture the GOP Endorsement in May, and continue to build a winning campaign organization, in partnership with the RPM, to win the Republican nomination in August.
  • ?  Marty Seifert now finds himself in a similar position to where he was in 2010: with a straw poll victory but structural deficiencies that put him at a disadvantage in the larger endorsement battle.
  • ?  In 2010, sensing his weakness, Marty Seifert engaged in a nasty, divisive campaign that did horrendous damage to the eventual Republican nominee.
  • ?  A positive campaign that refrains from personal attacks and gutter politics will serve our party well as we rally around our endorsed candidate following the State Party Convention in May.

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.

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.