Archive for the ‘MN Governor’ Category
From today’s Star Tribune Morning Hotdish email:
Free hotel room for Seifert fishing opener
Political watchers scoffed when GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert announced his own fishing opener outing this year to rival the governor’s annual fishing season kickoff. Traditionally, political reporters steer clear of the governor’s fishing opener extravaganza. But Seifert’s campaign is offering some unusual bait to get journalists to Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail County: a free hotel room and reception Friday night. “We know it’s a long drive,” said Seifert spokesman Andy Post. (Most political reporters would not accept free lodging from a campaign.) – Baird Helgeson
I’m guessing that Republican Delegates are not lining up to go fish with a candidate who isn’t going to respect their decision on the endorsement on the fishing opener.
From Blois Olson’s Morning Take.
THURSDAYTAKE: While the focus of Minnesota politics is wrapping up the legislative session, behind the scenes GOP candidates for Senate and Governor are feverishly working to prepare for the May 30th state convention in Rochester. In the gubernatorial race, the overly crowded GOP field presents the potential for very divisive and expensive August primary. Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have the edge for the endorsement, and with so many candidates there is a potential for “no endorsement” however that could be worse for Republicans chances against Dayton. Winning crowded primaries is exhausting, it wears out the volunteers, it takes time to re-unite the party and it drains the checkbook. While Marty Siefert starts TV ads tomorrow, and Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour look for running mates, incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton raises money and has a long summer of ads and organizing to prepare for whoever his GOP opponent will be. Dayton and the DFL are savoring this as an unexpected treat that will keep them focused on touting Dayton’s record rather than responding to a Republican opponent until August.
The strategy of Seifert, Zellers, and Honour of going to the Primary is the number one thing that will aid Dayton’s reelection chances.
Selfishly pushing off the focus on Dayton and the DFL’s record of failure and incompetence until mid August and instead trying to inflate their own egos is exactly the type of thing Democrats need to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The key to Republicans winning statewide is focusing voters’ attention on the DFL’s record and radical agenda, not allowing them to see a messy food fight between Republicans. The arrogance of some Republican candidates thus far to mislead and distort fellow Republicans’ records to gain an upper hand is going to spill over into a Primary contest and alienate critical swing voters from considering it a two party race.
My hope is that the Republicans assemble in Rochester and endorse a candidate so overwhelmingly that anyone selfish enough to run in the Primary is ignored sees their supporters abandon them because the real opponent is Dayton and his legions of leftwing political special interests and deep pocketed Progressives who are trying to destroy this state.
Go Team Thompson!
If anyone in the media or DFL ever complain about a Republican Governor giving a campaign speech anywhere in the Capital or in the State of the Union again, I’m going to blow a gasket after this piece of work from Mark Dayton last night. This was a campaign speech and Republicans should demand equal time from all media outlets who dutifully covered the DFL’s campaign agenda.
The State of the State speech is meant to lay out the goals for the session. Dayton could have submitted his goals for the 2014 session in writing or maybe that lady he doesn’t talk to could have read it for him. But no, he waited until the session was over. Til it was too late to actually accomplish anything, to lay out what exactly he does want.
And oh, forget the fact that the things that Minnesotans really want, like mining jobs, less red tape, and less camel’s nose under the tent Government intrusion, no, he left that out.
Its maddening that the media in this state attacks any Republican standing up for the shared principles of the hard working men and women of Minnesota, but allows these blunder head radicals to walk around preaching socialism with a straight face.
Julianne Ortman is waging a firebrand conservative campaign for the US Senate. She’s constantly claiming the high ground on conservative issue after issue, but her record doesn’t always back up her new found “principles” if you ask me.
Take our 2nd Amendment rights for instance, she claims to be the champion of gun rights, but she doesn’t own guns and refuses to even allow them in her home. Its hard to take her 2A bonafides seriously if she doesn’t walk the walk.
The US Senate is taking up the President’s $10.10 minimum wage hike today. Where does Julianne Ortman stand not he issue?
Q: What is your opinion on an increase in the minimum wage?
Ortman: Increasing the minimum wage will translate into fewer entry level positions and hours, and also higher costs. The increased costs of doing business get passed along to consumers and/or labor. There are better ways to encourage investment, stable hiring, and job growth.
She’s against raising the minimum wage because it would increase the cost of doing business.
Out of no where, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty waded back into the political fray and gave his opinion on the Minimum wage debate taking police.
“If you’re going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person, if we have the minimum wage, it should be reasonably adjusted from time to time,” said Pawlenty, now the CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a bank lobbying firm.
[Source: MinnPost Apr 30, 2014]
Many of you will remember that Pawlenty signed a Minimum Wage increase into law when he was Governor in 2005. Conveniently, Julianne Ortman was a State Senator in 2005 and voted on the increase.
Given her staunch conservative stance in 2014, surely State Senator Ortman voted against the minimum wage increase…..
Senate floor vote
May 3, 2005 (SF3)
Workers who make the minimum wage are in line for a $1 an hour raise in August, following a Minnesota Senate vote that affirmed a compromise approved by the House and supported by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The measure passed the Senate 44-22.
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 FOR
[Source: MPR Vote Tracker]
Ortman’s 2014 campaign sounds great. She is making herself sound like a conservative champion who will go into the trenches and fight liberalism with her last dying breath, but her record doesn’t back up her new found principles.
Her career rating from the Minnesota Legislative Evaluation Association is only 70%.
Here career rating from the Taxpoayer’s League of Minnesota is only 86%.
Does the 2014 US Senate campaign of Julianne Ortman sound like that of a rock solid conservative? Yes.
Does the record of State Senator Julianne Ortman look like that of a rock solid conservative champion? Nope.
Friends, be careful not to let a candidate tell you what you want to hear, deeds speak louder then words.
Exactly who does the DFL hang out with while throwing partisan bombs?
“What I am proposing is a political revolution in this country.” – US Sen. Bernie Sanders
The latest DFL fundraising email is just another example of pot meet kettle.
Our party is doing amazing work in Minnesota right now (of course I don’t want to diminish that!) but complacency is a dangerous side effect of success. We can’t let it become our downfall.
Right now, we are being attacked by the GOP on all sides.
Republicans will stop at nothing to take back the state legislature, and our DFL leaders are big targets for them. Mitch McConnell wants to buy Al Franken’s seat to help Republicans take control of the Senate. And Michele Bachmann is pushing for fellow Tea Partier Tom Emmer to replace her in the House as Bachmann 2.0.
We can’t let Republicans take control and reverse all the progress we’ve made. If we’re going to stop them, we need your help to meet our $15,000 goal by April 30. Will you give today?
Minnesota Republicans think they can win back the governor’s mansion and the state legislature this year, and we all know what will happen if they succeed: More government shutdowns and backward policies. They’ll do everything they can to repeal all the progress we’ve made on workers’ rights, women’s rights, voters’ rights and marriage equality. We can’t let that happen!
Governor Dayton and the rest of the DFL leadership need our help and they need it now. With help from DFLers like you, we stood up to the GOP in 2012 and won. Can I count on you again in 2014?
Thank you for helping me and the DFL show the Republicans that we won’t back down!
Rep. Keith Ellison
On Sunday Ellison held a Fundraiser with Sen. Bernie Sanders an open socialist who is calling for a political revolution in the United States.
It is time for the DFL to stop getting a free pass on just how radical and left wing they are. Their Congressional Delegation is among the most liberal. Their Legislative leaders are on the far left fringe of Minnesota Democrats, yet they are allowed to pretend to be main stream.
They seek to divide this country and silence any opposing thought, especially those that believe in liberty, freedom, private property, and personal responsibility. Oddly, the very things our Founders fought for over 200 years ago.
Progressive when it comes to politics has nothing to do with forward looking policies, they are aiming to take us backwards, to a society of calculated outcomes and socialism. It disgusts me that they are allowed to attack freedom loving people like Bachmann and Emmer while they are trying to shred the Constitution and redistribute the wealth of our nation and spread the misery around.
Here’s an email from Team Thompson
Whom do the Democrats fear?
Thank you so much for the outpouring of support for Team Thompson over the last several months. Because of your efforts, we are in a good position to win the endorsement on May 31, and take our campaign to all Minnesota voters. More and more people are coming on board as our message takes hold.
Almost 10 months ago we launched our campaign for governor. From day one my priorities have been to build grass roots support, win your endorsement, put together a good organization, and raise the resources to win this election and defeat Mark Dayton.
In the most competitive and crowded fundraising field in recent history, our campaign is proving it is gaining steam while others are losing momentum.
I am not a career politician. Unlike my opponents, my “Rolodex” does not contain a long list of political contributors built over years of running for office or holding Party positions. As a sitting Senator, I have been defending you at the Capitol since February 25. These responsibilities limit my time to campaign and fundraise. And finally, I have stayed true to my convictions by not participating in the Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program. Some people told me this was unwise, but I believe it is always best to do what you believe is right, even if it puts you to a bit of a political disadvantage.
Despite all of this, in the first quarter of 2014, our campaign raised $67,000.
We have proven that we can win the battle of ideas, we have put together a good organization, and we can raise money. We have proven that we have what it takes to win the endorsement, fend off any primary challengers, and defeat Governor Dayton in November.
Please take just a few minutes and listen to this radio segment known as “ask the liberal.”You will hear it from the horse’s mouth: Democrats in this state do not want to face Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson in the general election!
Thank you again for your support!
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!
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?
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.
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.