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Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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Truth v. Honour ?????

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

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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Keep Calm Nguyen Still Worth Supporting

March 7th, 2014

Well yesterday’s post and this FB comment spurred some action.

 I’ll caution that not everyone in the general electorate is as “free wheeling” and this could hurt Dennis. It all depends on how it is handled. Don’t forget that thanks toMarty Seifert two albeit, stupid, but harmless DUIs allowed Mark Dayton to become Governor. Never underestimate what you think is no big deal. Statewide races are not to be taken lightly. Strippers for Nguyen is not a good bumper sticker. That being said, this is a an opportunity and the new campaign team should be much more suited to deal with chaos than the ones who were in charge during the lackluster fundraising and “incident” at the club. But keep in mind, you will need people who don’t like strip clubs to vote for and more importantly – work for him. Let’s not get the bumper stickers I mentioned above printed up just yet

I received a call from Dennis Nguyen late last night. I also talked to someone on his campaign about the “brew haha”.

Let’s address this in parts and in as delicate a way as possible.

There was a shift in campaign leadership. That’s something that is very worth noting. Fundraising in 2013 was less then impressive. With out stating numbers, 2014 is going better then 2013. I am confidant that it will not be an issue.

The ability to mount a strong campaign for statewide offices is based on money and volunteers. If you can’t raise money, you’re handcuffed by the media bias. When its for an open seat, the media will just ignore the race and allow the voters to think the DFL is a socialist party. Nguyen will be one of the best funded candidates to seek Secretary of State from the right.

Now on the stripclub thing. I’ll keep the details of the night in question private out of respect for others involved. But let’s just say that there is not a pole named after Dennis at any stripclub.

This seems to be far more about someone finding a speck of dirt in a snowstorm than a trend. Nguyen is still someone to support.

If time allows, I want to address a broader point which is what I was getting to with the FB comment above. That is how libertarian activists and social conservatives are not meshing well. Its an issue that has popped its head up in a few local races and I am worried it is a trend that we should be more worried about then someone’s trip to a gentleman’s club on someone’s birthday.

I say if time allows, because my day is chalk full of the day job and volunteer calls. Maybe Sunday if I am lucky enough not to sleep all day again.

Are There Any Others? [Pause] No Seriously ARE THERE ANY OTHERS?!?!?!?!

March 6th, 2014

I’ve been brushing up on my parliamentarian skills lately. I did co-chair my BPOU convention on Saturday. For the most part, that meant I handed off the mic to the dozens of candidates running for statewide office or their surrogates.

One of those candidates was Dennis Nguyen who is currently running unopposed for Republican endorsement for the open Secretary of State race. I had seen his campaign and activities online for months, but until last week, not in person. A good speaker and conveys a good message of campaign strength, but!?!?!?!

Beyond the stripper issue, the campaign’s terrible judgement, and incredibly bad crisis management, there are other aspects of the Nguyen campaign that should be concerning.

Nguyen sold himself to activists and the legislators who endorsed him as someone would be able to fundraise, and also self fund his campaign, yet there has been little evidence of this so far. As of the end of 2013, Nguyen raised a mere $10,000, and loaned his campaign another $20,000.

When you add that to Nguyen’s opposition to photo ID, it’s hard to see a compelling reason for Nguyen’s continued candidacy.

Read the rest of Jeff’s blog post to find out about the (shakes head) strip club issue, but it appears that some of the promises of strong campaign being made are not panning out as Dennis claims. In other words, all hat no cattle.  This could open the door for someone like Mary Kiffmeyer to jump in late which is not a suitable alternative in my opinion.

The Party of family values really can do better. Well, we should do better.

Paging Kent Kaiser.

DFL Ready To Pile Another $1.3 Billion of Taxes On Employers

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?

Must Read: Ortman’s Regrettable Statements

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. 

Seifert’s Kitchensink Strategy Returning?

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

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.

Ventura Made Me The Republican I am Today

February 10th, 2014

More wisdom and reason from Walter Hudson in his latest podcast. I really really like him.

I agree with libertarian principles, but I ask: When everyone else who does – sits on a couch, has a real job, and doesn’t hold an election certificate, what difference does it make?

Hudson even brought up Jesse Ventura in this one. A man from who I bought snake oil from in 1998, and quickly learned the mistakes of trying to unilaterally change government. You unite both parties against you. I have been working as hard as possible (and allowed) to make up for that mistake. I’ve learned that perfection is the enemy of good enough and some candidates say what they have to to get elected, but never have the intentions or ability to follow through.

If Libertarians think the Independence Party of Minnesota is the perfect vehicle to implement their ideology, just wait til the DFL sees you as a threat instead of an ally. (Yes, they are loving the little food fights they see happening on the left keeping the GOP busy in circular firing squads while they are out there working and collecting data and convincing people to vote against their best interests.

Libertarians and the Shortcut Revolution

Short cut revolution: “avoiding the hard work of convincing people our ideas are right….” The hard work of retail politics. Messing around with the rules of a political party. Electing one man as President….

I hope many of the fence sitting libertarians take Hudson’s advice to heart. The country needs the “Liberty Movement” to succeed if it is to survive. Its easy to sit back and point fingers. Its really hard to win elections. Its really hard to win enough elections in order to hold majorities able to actually enact the reforms needed to save the country.

Stop fighting against Republicans over fractional ratings differences  on special interest scorecards when there are perfectly good Marxists with 100% voting records against Liberty and Freedom just sitting there going untouched. You will be surprised that if you simply, and respectfully, show up and engage a Republican office holder, that most of them can have their minds changed if you think they are too ‘establishment’. These people are surrounded by lobbyists and bureaucrats all day and only hear from the advocates for the nanystate. Show up and lobby your elected official at their office, not political party meeting.

No one candidate or party leader is going to save the country. It takes a majority. Running a fool’s errand to have a protest vote in a 3rd party temper tantrum is only going to help the Marxists continue to divide and conquer this nation, but its going to kill the only thing viable to prevent our demise.

 

To repeat: I want the Liberty Movement’s overall goal of getting America back to our Founding vision to succeed, but I don’t want to kill the only thing capable of making that happen, and that is the Republican party. Its the only thing capable of going up against the vast powers of the Democrat Party and all its Progressive allies.

Every time volunteers and elected officials spend hours at a GOP meeting arguing of details and scorecard ratings, they are wasting time that could be used doing the hard work of retail politics that will actually change the country. Its easier to show up at a meeting and demand politicians do your bidding, write angry Facebook posts about how some Republican upset you, or fantasize that a 3rd party candidate is going approach double digits in election returns to teach the Republicans a lesson.

Its another entirely for all our work and effort to actually go towards saving the country from the Progressive Marxists who want to destroy every shred of Liberty we have left. While their may be some who call themselves Republicans, there are a heck of a lot more Democrats who want to see the America that you and I love fail. To me, that’s a far bigger problem than having a perfectly pure Republican minority caucus.

Words of Wisdom From Walter Hudson

February 6th, 2014

This is a must listen podcast.

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