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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.

Has Seifert’s 15 Minutes of Relevance Already Ended?

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Sure, every reporter in Minnesota will talk to any Republican looking to muck up the process, but besides reporters, does anyone really care that now that he is back from his hiatus and thinks he is still relevant, any one else does?

From the people I have talked to, it sounds like the self proclaimed savior and mighty Seifert’s media blitz was easily trumped in Republican circles by the possible entrance of a person unknown outside the Capital inteligencia and umber lobbyist ranks with little to no legislative accomplishment Karin Housley.

 

Random Thoughts 12/3/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few quick links and some random thoughts.

  • This one is very disappointing.

    6th District candidate Krinkie avoids debates that aren’t free, public

    Disparaging the hard work of party activists and conservative groups is never a good idea or sign of strength. Despite claims to the contrary, I am not helping any one in this race. I want to see a fair endorsement where the best candidate wins. After that, its war and I feel if our battlefield is focused on a primary fight instead of voter outreach, ID, and aiming our rhetorical guns at the DFL its harming the cause. Do I have a preference  sure, maybe its colored by how the other candidates have treated me and fellow hard working volunteers over the years. You have to remember that running a bus over someone tends to leave a lasting impression. Is it influencing my duties at CD6? Nope, I’m trying to raise money and build up the organization to be a fully functioning Death Star. All I have said is that I hope rather than tear apart our own side for a race the DFL won’t even compete in this year, we should focus efforts in competitive areas or districts we have completely ignored for decades. The 6th District is the most successful CD in the state, outpacing every other district when it comes to sending Republicans to St. Paul, turnout for statewide races, and making calls into other CDs who either are not willing to or able to mount a ground game or grassroots movement to elect their own candidates. Yes I am biased due to being part of CD6 leadership, BUT I have worked side by side with people from every coalition who understand that work needs to be done while everyone else is pointing fingers. If not for the work of hundreds of CD6 activists and volunteers in 2012, Dayton and the DFL would have had larger Majorities in St. Paul. We won 31 of the 33 Legislative races touching CD6 and made GOTV calls into dozens of Legislative Districts across the state. CD6 is not the District others should be pointing fingers at, they should be emulating our success. But frankly, that means putting down the keyboard and showing up to work rather than sitting back and bitching. The 6th District is the key to winning statewide. If people from the 7 other CDs spend all their time pouring gasoline on this race to divide and conquer our army of volunteers, its going to harm the statewide candidates.

  • Not gonna lie, this one has me seriously considering my options.
    House candidate Fenton leaving state GOP postBut after you read this post, you and I will both agree, that I will never be able to stop the blog and be happy, let alone simply be the second fiddle who only plays during the chorus. But a boy can dream, can’t he? The facts I strongly believe the party needs a nuts and bolts operations person very badly. there are lots of well intentioned and capable people at HQ, but they lack experience and knowledge. The whole BPOU / CD convention window debacle is all the proof you need that stupid mistakes easily happen when no one understands why its a stupid idea. Money and fineness are better now, but the party  side of things is …. Maybe I’m wrong but we need a worker not a thinker or person looking to climb the ladder on their way to running for something else. Party first minded people. Not me first minded people are who should be considered to replace Kelly.
  • I am still shocked at the cover up of the Obamacare disaster among the laundry list of other scandals Obama has perpetrated. If this were a private company every socialist in the administration and Congress would be demanding public tarring and feathering of the people who were behind it. Nixon spied on the DNC and destroyed the tapes. For that he was demonized. Obama’s administration is spying on the American public, using the IRS to penalize right leaning groups, and he’s trampling on the Constitution like its a bag fun of spiders. How there is not serious impeachment demands being brought forth is beyond me. He is breaking his oath of office and lies on a daily basis, yet the media just …..
  • Paul Walker’s death in a fiery car crash should be used as a lesson on Hollywood and our society in general. No one thinks about their actions anymore. Walker’s main claim to fame, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has glorified the very same behavior that caused his own death. Illegal street racing and reckless driving. Every day on the roads, I see people texting & driving, pretending they are on a nascar track weaving in and out of traffic like they will win  a cash prize if they make it home first, or just plain not paying attention on the roads. People die daily due to careless driving. Everyone is so damn selfish that they don’t really care that having a text conversation while driving could end up killing some poor family or ruin someone’s life. Nope, that conversation matters. Nope, so what if they cut you off or swerve into your lane clipping your fender, its your problem to get your car fixed. There is no sense of common decency amongst us anymore. Nope, 2 rich people who could afford to go rent out a real race track and see how fast their car can really go, end up doing it on a real street and luckily only taking their own lives. Do I enjoy watching the F&F movies, most of them. But I understand the difference between the silver screen and the real world and have to drive along side people I think believed they really could drag around a giant vault with 2 cars……
  • And lastly, ah, the Vikings Stadium ground breaking is today. The deal is done and the iron is in place to begin the work, but we still don’t really know who is paying for it or how. The public contribution to the Wilf’s new palace is a mystery and riddle wrapped in a carefully botched series of statements from Mark Dayton. I get misguided crap for “being pro-stadium”. Look, I wish billionaires would build their own damn stadiums, but they don’t and this thing was going to happen. I supported having the stadium in Arden Hills, Heck, I thought as long as the voters got to vote on the sales tax increase, I supported the Anoka County plan way back when. I saw the stadium as a way of breaking the Minneapolis mafia’s monopoly. We are a metro area with several distinct destinations and attractions, not a monolithic hub urban utopia. We are funneling billions of dollars into a failed city experimenting with neo-socialist theology while people are being gunned down in gang wars and kids are failing out of schools at the worst rate in the nation. Yet Minnesota keeps rewarding these sham politicians with billions in new trains, stadiums, municipal welfare cloaked as LGA, and bailing them out on failed policy and promise one after the other. I supported building the Stadium in Arden Hills to hurt Minneapolis and force MNDOT and other leaders to understand their is life and growing populations north of Hwy 36. The key to killing off the LRT mass transit car hating tree hugging hippie utopian unicorn dream centrally planned society is to allow growth to expand outward, not force it inward where they rip up perfectly good parking lots to build subsidized restaurants and hotels that no one wants to go to because you can’t park or will get mugged trying to get there. The stadium was going to happen. There was no way to stop it. There wasn’t. Allowing it to happen in the absolute possible place politically with the absolute worst funding was foolish and certain politicians running for statewide office will soon realize having a few high profile lobbyists on speed dial amounts to about 1% approval ratings in GOP straw polls and such. People’s careers deserve to be destroyed for forcing this thing through so hastily and with out long term vision and seizing the opportunity to use this as a way of getting left leaning urbanites to support suburban growth and expansions.

Hmmm: Video Of Seifert Praising Cap & Trade Now “Private”

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

I heard Jack & Ben talking about Marty Seifert today on Up and At ‘em and remembered how much I had written about Seifert during the 2010 campaign. Oh the memories. :( Like The Midwest Cap & Trade bill Seifert said was “a good bill” and urged his colleagues to support.

RF Flashback: Team Seifert Misleads – He Did Vote Green When It Was Cool

Seems someone has possibly done a little internet clean up of past digressions that would sink a Republican candidate in 2014 now that we have a much more informed and far less gullible Republican party electorate than we did in 2002 & 2006. The video of his passionate House floor speech is now marked “private”.

Possibly another indicator that Mr. Seifert didn’t make the decision to get into the race AFTER the recent straw poll and maybe, just maybe, he isn’t being entirely truthful.

Seifert Makes It Officially “Official” And Snubs Republican Activists

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Buried at the bottom of this story on Seifert’s announcing his run is a very disturbing point. (emphasis mine)

Only Johnson and Thompson have pledged to abide by the party endorsement. Seifert and the others are aiming for the primary election.

Frankly I’m not surprised. Seifert has been less than truthful on his campaign just starting. Numerous people have reported calls from Seifert stating that he was running for Governor BEFORE the State Central Straw Poll and claims that he had nothing to do with the write in campaign are false. I am also not surprised because of Seifert’s previous campaign decisions and lapses in ethical standards.

Character matters. If the rollout of the campaign rewrites history, what will the rest of it look like?

Career Politician & Fickle Republican Seifert To Announce Governor Run

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I am no fan of Marty Seifert. Long time readers of this blog will know that. Seifert’s behavior during his 2010 endorsement campaign and invisibility in Republican party activities since then are inexcusable. But like all career politicians, its all about him, not us.

Well, he is going to be making it all about him again and announcing another run for Governor tomorrow. We’re supposed to be grateful and stop everything and just realize he invented sliced bread. Because, he is that amazing or something. And don’t forget, Democrats wouldn’t have spent $15 million to win the Governor’s race. Nope, they would have taken one look at Seifert and bowed down to his awesomeness. Delusions of grandeur!

Here is something I wrote after Seifert smeared Tom Emmer in 2010.

Its A Really Big F..ing Deal – The Seifert Smear

Who needs ABM with friends like this?

 

Welcome to The Lunacracy – Roads And Bridges Decades Behind But Met Council Focusing On Century Ago Solutions

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Met Council has devolved from a regional infrastructure planning board, to a social engineering utopian’s dream where happy thoughts and totalitarian socialist theory thrives, and common sense, practical solutions, and fact based logic are deemed evil.

Every day, I like millions of other Minnesotans, sit in a see of tail lights from a transportation system that is decades behind, yet we see million dollar buses and billion dollar trains racing past us with more empty seats than occupied ones. Yet planners continue to divert money from roads and bridges to “transit”.

There have been 3 significant tax increases or adjustments that were dedicated to transportation in the last 10 years in Minnesota. But the impacts can only be seen, not felt.

In 2006, the MVST Amendment was passed thanks to Tim Pawlenty’s Vote Yes arm. This was the one that took an existing tax on vehicle sales and funneled “At least 60% to transit and no more than 40% to roads and bridges”. It was supposed to be all we needed to fix things.

In 2008, Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a gas tax hike was overridden with the help of 8 Republicans in the House and Senate. Democrats and their special interest groups who stood to benefit used the 35W bridge collapse to bully and intimidate Legislators and public opinion that this would also solve everything.

Also in 2008, the Legislature overrode the Constitution to allow Metro Counties to increase their local sales tax with out voter approval. Five of the 7 Counties did so, including my own Anoka County. (Which oddly has not repealed the tax increases despite having flipped the board’s political majority). This increased sales tax is used almost exclusively for mass transit.

During this same time, billions have gone in to commuter and light rail projects no one really needed, but a handful of social engineers really wanted. They aim to control people’s lives. They aim to remove choice from our daily lives. They hate the fact that 95% of Minnesotans don’t NEED them and their trains and their buses. They hate the fact that we can and will do what we want, go where we want, when we want and how we want to. Because, they know what is best for us. Its all about control.

Let me remind you again, our state highways and bridges are decades behind in design, capacity, and are in dangerously in neglect.  A bridge I drive on or under every single day is being held up by wood.

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

 

Billions of money have been spent over the last decade on transit. Some through direct visible tax increases and the construction of choo choo trains, but the social engineers have also been spending at will behind the scenes discarding perfectly good conventional diesel buses for new hybrid or clean diesel buses. All those park and ride expansions across the metro, and planning for BRT Bus Rapid Transit have all siphoned off perfectly good money that could have been used to repair bridges and expand clogged up highways.

But nope, the social engineers have determined cars are ‘so 20th Century’ and the future runs right back through the 19th Century or something. Rail and hamster habitat buses. Yes, that is our future in the vast and expanding metro area. A centralized urban hub that rejects market forces, and removes choice.

Met Council Eyes Half Cent Sales Tax Hike For Transit

The head of the Metropolitan Council supports a half-cent sales tax hike in the seven-county metro to help fund transportation needs.

Met Council Chair Susan Haigh says the increase would help fund much-needed transportation needs as the State struggles to keep up with transportation demands. Haigh, and other transportation officials, say the gas tax is not enough to keep transportation projects properly funded over the next several decades.

This all comes at a time when the Met Council is expanding bus rapid transit (BRT) across the Twin Cities.

It is maddening to have unelected bureaucrats with zero accountability propose tax increases for the sole purpose of pleasing their Orwellian dreams which are neither based in reality or the Constitution. Every damn day I am forced to drive through bottlenecks and on crumbling bridges, all the while dodging half empty buses racing up the shoulders like maniacs.

I frequently pass by boondoggles like the Hiawatha LRT & Northstar Commuter rail. Failed experiments only propped up by hundreds of millions in operating subsidies. Traffic is worse from these to projects, and the next version of rats in the maze MNDOT/Met Council is building – Central Corridor – has destroyed a historic artery that used to connect Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns.

I am taxed, I am regulated, but I am not being served. Its infuriating. Its depressing. Its unAmerican.

I am being ruled over by my Government, whether elected or not. Its almost like the redcoats won and someone from a different society and country and continent is deciding what is best for me and all against my will.

 

Dayton & DFL’s $4.7 Billion Tax Increase

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

He’s the MMB’s document taking a look into the crystal ball in future budget forecasts.

Mind you, this is all predicated on the notion that nothing in the economy changes. Such as, there are no massive lawoffs and business relocations due to Obamacare, a Billion minimum wage (aka employee tax hike), or the other anti-business taxes like the warehouse tax or Worker’s comp tax Democrats have imposed.

It’s time to ramp up the effort to retake the MN House and win every statewide office folks, because if we don’t do something to stop the Democrats, no one will be able to afford living in Minnesota.

Saturday’s Straw Poll Was A Distraction

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Jeff Johnson and Jullianne Ortman won Saturday’s MNGOP State Central Committee straw polls for Governor and US Senate. They both put money and resources into getting a plurality of support from a captive audience which is one of the most issue ID’ed groups of people our there. But it was also a group that is 99.9% likely to show up and vote GOP next November. While being “the winner” doesn’t mean anything, poor showings must seriously be considered by those placing in the single digits.

There was somewhere just over 1000 potential votes, but only about 400 ballots were cast in each race. That’s dreadful turnout from a candidate’s perspective, for this specific group. The Delegates and Alternates to State Central are some of the most well known and active people in the party. Meaning they are easy to gauge on issues and very easy to have effortless campaign contact at normal BPOU meetings and events. AKA: It shouldn’t take ten of thousands of dollars to win a poll when they are the only ones who can vote in.

Here are the results. [ Name Actual votes – % of votes (% of potential votes)

Governor:

Johnson 143 votes – 35% (14.3%)

Thompson 111 votes – 27% (11.1%)

Seifert 75 votes 18% (0.75%)

Farnsworth 31 votes – 18% (0.31%)

Honour 16 votes – 4% (0.16%)

US Senate:

Ortman 146 votes – 37% (14.6%)

McFadden 85 votes – 22% (0.85%)

Shudlick 50 votes – 13% (0.50%)

Dahlberg 49 votes – 12% (0.49)

Abeler 44 votes – 11% (0.44%)

Moreno 10 votes – 3% (0.1%)

The only surprising thing in the polling was that Marty Seifert is lying about not running a campaign. He is still delusional in thinking that Democrats wouldn’t have spent $20 million hammering away on him if he would have went on to challenge and beat Tom Emmer in a Primary. Sadly, many activists have been drinking that Seifert kool aid and share his that belief too.

This straw poll was a distraction.

Not for the broader party per say, but for the candidates. If they deviated from their plan for more than some speech prep and calling their supporters to show up, it was a waste of resources. I’m guessing a few campaigns spent several thousand dollars on signage and materials for this. Some probably also did some paid calling and polling. Glitzy ads, expensive signs, and massive turnout operations for a meaningless straw poll.

Any candidate who put a lot into this, in as much as it either kept them off the fundraising trail or they chose to spend a lot of money on this event, is a candidate who should be removed from serious consideration because they will easily make stupid decisions with their campaign.

The only number that a candidate should hang their hat on in 2013 is the end of the year fundraising report and most importantly – the cash on hand line.

Because both Franken and Dayton will crush their previous fundraising totals if needed. They have an endless supply of liberal elite and special interest money to pull from. Republicans have neither the war chest flood gates nor the election army that blinks on and off regardless of the name on the ballot. Democrats may slug it out in a primary, but their shots are aimed at whoever is the Republican. We are really good at tearing each other apart. So good that we dislike candidates and their supporters.

There are candidates from 2010 & 2012 who had the food fight for the sake of a food fight to prop themselves up when or keep someone else down. It was wasted effort that could have been used somewhere else to win an election.

 

But that is where Republican endorsement battles have led us.

So here’s my advice on how to avoid another 2010 scorched earth round of Congressional & Statewide endorsement food fights.

Republicans should not be easily swayed in these races.

 

US Senate: Fundraising is all that matters in this race in my opinion. I know I know, we can’t send another RINO to the Senate, but folks, a ball of yarn would vote better than Franken. Perfection is the enemy of good enough in this one. And good enough better not be easily disliked, untrustworthy, and divisive. A US Senator is just one vote, and the goal is 51 Republicans to take the majority. Anyone who can raise money and will vote for a Republican Majority Leader is good enough for me for US Senate if they can raise millions.

Governor: While fundraising is equally important, its not the only thing that matters. We don’t need to temper our principles or pander to the mushy middle out of fear of being labeled extreme. Whoever is the Republican candidate will be labeled extreme so why not pick an actual conservative? Any candidate who is rebranding Tom Horner’s ‘not too hot, not too cold’ crap is a windsock, not leader. The Governor is the Chief executive of Minnesota, not a public relations firm. If a candidate is afraid to defend our principles in public, just imagine what they will do behind closed doors when our principles need a politician who will fight for them. Oh and they need to be able to speak in public.

Congressional: – Due to my position on CD6, and the likelihood of me sneezing at the wrong time and it being seen as being unfair or to help a certain candidate – I will just say that don’t have a food fight for the sake of having a food fight. Pick a candidate who is well known and can raise money. If you are concerned that the only way your preferred candidate has a chance is if the others are held back…. there’s a chance your candidate isn’t as great as you think they are.

We cannot come out of the endorsements hating and not trusting each other. That is far more important than the name on the top of the ticket. Dividing and conquering the activist army or toppling local leadership is not the goal. Beating Democrats is. The CDs and BPOUs are the key to GOTV. They can’t be distracted and torn apart. They need to raise money and work on IDing general election voters, not arguing over who is the better Republican candidate.

Any Republican is better than a Democrat. That’s not a sell out line. Have a spirited debate on who is best, but don’t manipulate our side to dislike someone else on our side.

Weekend Depressing News – MN Is 47th Worst State On Taxes

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Oh yeah, Democrat policies are no obstacle to business. If the taxes don’t kill your desire to run a business in Minnesota, there is also the ever growing mountain of red tape and mandates that will make you wonder why you bother.

2014 State Business Tax Climate Index 

The 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in this year’s Index are:

41. Maryland
42. Connecticut
43. Wisconsin
44. North Carolina
45. Vermont
46. Rhode Island
47. Minnesota
48. California
49. New Jersey
50. New York

If this doesn’t ruin your weekend, you must work for the Government.

Every day I learn of another tax or mandate that my business has to now deal with. This state is in for some serious problems if Dayton and Democrats aren’t run out of office once and for all.