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Must Read: Ortman’s Regrettable Statements

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Gary at Let Freedom Ring has some whopper quotes from Julianne Ortman on Obamacare.

“I’m not a full repeal person. I think the House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal it. The Senate is not going to repeal it. So if plan A is ‘Let’s do a repeal,’ we better start talking about Plan B. Because plan A got nowhere,” she said. Ortman said she would like to see Congress go “piece-by-piece through that new law and figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

Go read Gary’s full post. 

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.

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.

Franken Is In Trouble

Monday, January 6th, 2014

For those thinking there is no way Senator Al Franken can lose, here’s proof you are wrong. The Strib is already bending over backwards to mislead voters of his Progressive Agenda.

Did Al Franken really cast the ’60th vote’ for Obamacare?

He was in fact the 60th vote. The leftwing power grab of Democrats resulted in a Republican winning the special election in Massachusetts. This story is junk journalism and why we have so many empty suits and pantsuits in Washington.

We would not have Obamacare if not for Al Franken stealing the 2008 election recount.

Top Democrat Likens GOP Worthy Of Johnstown Charge

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When they run into something protecting Americans from their anti-American agenda – in this case the Constitution – they slander, libel, and lie about those who are protecting Americans’ rights. Obama’s new senior advisor proves Rules for Radicals is required reading for administration officials. 

In a profile published late Tuesday by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana.

“They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” said Podesta of what Obama’s White House team faces. Jonestown was the informal name of the settlement founded by Jones and his American followers.

Call Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and urge him to demand Podesta’s immediate firing.

Franken
Saint Paul Office      

60 East Plato Blvd
Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 221-1016

 

Klobuchar
WASHINGTON, DC

302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone: 202-224-3244

If Democrats really want to know why the country seems so divided, they need look no further than a mirror. This is just another example of top Democrats slandering and smearing people for simply having an opposing point of view.

Fraknen On Obamacare 2012: Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Fraknen Hearts Obamacare March 2012 via his official webpage.

I bet this quickly disappears. Fact check this media.

 

I tried to download before it does, but encountered an error. Someone may want to do so before Franken’s record runs into the fact is was all a lie.

Al Franken was the only reason Democrats forced this flawed law through.

“Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?”

Oh Al, some of us have been talking about the facts and truth of this law all along.

Klobuchar Approves Of Benghazi Coverup

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton washed her hands of any responsibility in the murders of 4 Americans and cover up by the Obama administration.

Don’t forget, that with in moments of the terrorist attack, the Obama administration put more into the political response then they did into a security response.

So what does Minnesota’s Senior Senator who was first elected to “ask tough questions” have to say?

Run Hillary, run!

Accountability is a 4 letter word to Democrats. Our nation is in chaos, and Democrats are looking to the next election, not solving the problems facing our nation.

Nolan: Obamacare Is Just The First Step…..

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Democrat Congressman Rick “I hate Washington” Nolan of CD8 must be feeling the heat of being out raised by Republican Stewart Mills. He is making media waves for saying President Obama needs to fire someone for the Obamacare disaster.

The local media of course is lapping it up. But what did Nolan do to help prevent the disaster? He took out his pom poms.

On March 23rd, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, providing coverage to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, allowing students to stay on their parents’ plans a little longer, saving senior citizens money by addressing the donut hole in Medicare, and guaranteeing that women pay the same as men for health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act – or “ObamaCare” – is the first step, not the last, in our nation’s quest for providing Americans with the assurance, security, and the peace of mind that accompanies quality, low-cost health care.

Enrollment for individuals and small businesses in the MNsure marketplace began October 1st.

So here’s what you need to know:

1. On October 1st, Minnesota launched MNsure, a health insurance marketplace for individuals who are uninsured or who need to find new coverage. MNsure is a one-stop shop where both individuals and small businesses can browse through health care plans to find the right coverage for themselves or for their employees.

2. You will get to choose your coverage by browsing through plans and costs side-by-side from health care providers that are now competing for your business. You can search for plans with specific features that match the health needs of both yourself and your family.

3. If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. And in fact, you’ll get a host of other built-in new consumer protections.

[Source http://nolan.house.gov/the-affordable-care-act Accessed 10/24/13]

If this disaster is just the first step, could it be that I was right and Obamacare wasn’t designed to work, but rather destroy the insurance industry requiring a complete government takeover AKA single-payer?

All Available MN Congressional 3Q Numbers

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Here is a compiled list of everything I could find via news reports and FEC filings.

* Incumbent – $ raised – $ COH= Cash on Hand – *** Debt owed of $XXXX

Sources: StribFEC; MPR; Minnpost

CD1

* Tim Walz (D) – $176,000 raised – $238,000 COH

Rep. Mike Benson (R): $28,158 raised – $14,7007 COH

Aaron Miller (R): ($40,000 loaned) – $16,127 – $54,714 COH

Jim Hagedorn (R): unavailable

CD2

* John Kline (R): $367,000 raised – $1,300,000 COH

David Gerson (R): $2,085 raised – $2,000 COH *** Debt owed of $91,176

Mike Obermueller (D): $72,757 raised – $119,453 COH *** Debt owed of $32,500

Thomas Craft (D): unavailable

Paula Overby (D): unavailable

CD3

* Erik Paulsen (R): $376,000 raised – $1,500,000 COH

CD4

* Betty McCollum (D): $99,219 raised – $89,076 COH

CD5

* Keith Ellison (D): $$309,000 raised – $186,248 COH

CD6

Open Republican seat

Tom Emmer (R): $152,400 raised – $274,836 COH

Sen. John Pederson (R): $51,607 raised – $40,001 COH

Phil Krinkie (R): ($300,000 loaned) – $38,243 raised – $314,880 COH

Rhonda Sivarajah (R): ($150,000 loaned) – $30,062 raised – $184,332 COH

Jim Read (D): unavailable

Judy Adams (D): unavailable

Joe Perske (D): unavailable

CD7

*Collin Peterson (D): $82,000 raised – $227,000 COH

CD8

* Rick Nolan (D): $129,472 raised – $261,059 COH *** Debt owed of $50,313

Stewart Mills (R): $243,826 raised – $243,442 COH

US Senate

* Al Franken (D): $2,000,000 raised – $3,900,000 COH

Mike McFadden (R): $700,000 raised – $1,200,000 COH

Julianne Ortman (R): $120,000 raised – unknown COH

Jim Abeler (R): unavailable

Chris Dahlberg (R): unavailable

MNSure’s Unreasonable Search and Seizure – I Plead The 4th

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

There is a new trend in Government, data is collected and shared with law enforcement and the IRS. Don’t worry though, its “just in case” you break the law. Of course this runs amuck of the Constitution, but that document is completely ignored now by politicians and agents of Government.

4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

At the Federal level, the SAFE Act does a similar thing, including sending your finger prints and an FBI background check to the Department of Justice where it will be stored – just in case.

I saw a story on Drudge this morning about Maryland’s “marketplace” and how personal data is “protected” – more properly put – used to implicate you in a crime.

Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website’s privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.

The policy contains many standard statements about information automatically collected regarding Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary “cookies” used by the site, and website accessibility.  However, at least two conditions may give some users pause before proceeding.

The first is regarding personal information submitted with an application for those users who follow through on the sign up process all the way to the end.  The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace.  There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”

Obamacare is a Federal law requiring ‘marketplaces’ so chances are every state will be the same….. MNSure is Mark Dayton’s version of Obamacare, I wonder what it does with data. Via MNSure’s terms and conditions page (aka what you must agree with to comply with this federal mandate. (AKA involuntary search and seizure)

With whom may we share information?

We will only share information about you as needed and as allowed or required by law. We may share your information with agencies or persons who need the information to do their jobs, such as MNsure employees, investigators and auditors, community assistance partners you are working with, law enforcement officials, other state, federal and local governmental agencies, your health care insurer, agency, managed care organization or others who pay for your care, and anyone else authorized by law to receive the information

What happened to the 4th Amendment?

I know defenders of Obama will quickly point out that most websites include similar language, but Obamacare is a mandate. Its involuntary (unless you helped elect Obama and Democrats and are owed a political favor so are granted a waver).

I guess Nancy Pelosi was right, we Congress did have to pass the bill before we could read the bill.

Just a reminder to everyone: Senator Al Franken was the deciding vote in passing Obamacare. Upon completion of his successful theft of the 2008 election recount, he became the 60th vote in the US Senate giving Democrats the ability to break a GOP filibuster on this disastrous law.