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Radical Leftwing Congressman Who Hangs Out With Socialist….

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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.

Democrats Fear Team Thompson

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Here’s an email from Team Thompson

Whom do the Democrats fear?

Dear Delegate:

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!

Dave

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.