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~Ronald Reagan


SD49 Republicans Condemn Bombing of Islamic Center

We condemn the recent bombing of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center.  We are thankful that the damage was limited and that no one was hurt.   Nonetheless, we consider the attack senseless and reprehensible.  We urge anyone that has any information regarding this act to come forward.  We must ensure that nothing like this happens in our community again.



Republican Get-Together at the Gold Nugget on August 17th

Have you been looking for a way to get together with local Republicans and just talk?  Do you want an opportunity to casually network?  Pitchers & Politics might be just what you’ve been looking for! 

The Republicans in Senate Districts 44, 48, and 49 invite you to join us for a beer and a chat on Thursday evening, August 17.  Pitchers & Politics is a gathering of Republicans at the Gold Nugget, conveniently located at 14401 Excelsior Blvd in Minnetonka.  We’ll be in the back room from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. 

No speeches, no formal program, just casual conversation about vision and plans.  Come out to meet and share your ideas!

Please RSVP to help us plan for appetizers, just  CLICK HERE.


Large Turn-out for SD 49 & 50 Family Picnic

Over 100 people came out for our annual picnic to enjoy great food, listen to the speeches of several candidates & talk with them informally and also to share ideas with fellow Republicans.  We were joined by

The_Food_Line-500x454.JPG- Governor candidates Jeff Johnson, Matt Dean, and Keith Downey’s daughter, Sarah. 

- Attorney General candidates Harry Niska and Doug Wardlow

- MN House Rep. Dario Anselmo and former House Rep Chad Anderson

- MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, MN GOP Secretary Barb Sutter, and National Committeewoman Janet Beihoffer

- Bloomington city council member and candidate Eldon Spencer

- Minneapolis city council candidate Fadumo Yusuf

- Edina school board candidate Faisal Deri

- Bloomington city council candidate Larry Frost

- Bloomington school board candidate Beth Beebe

Thanks go out to volunteers like Russ and Trish Burnison, Dino and Matt Balafas, Dar Gray, Tom Hulting, Wayne and Carolyn Wenger, Mary Doughty, Barb Sutter, Louis Tiggas, Rick Davies, Mike Lehmann, Beth Beebe and those selfless souls on the preparation and serving line and helping with games.  You made this picnic an outstanding success.

CLICK Here to read more about the food and events and to see more pictures of the picnic.


Edina Considers Reviving 80 Year Old Rail Line

Edina is asking if it is time to look again at operating light rail commuter trains in the Dan Patch corridor.  If the citizens that turned out for the “community engagement forum” on July 25 were any indication, supporters in the standing-room-only crowd were decidedly in the minority.


The Dan Patch Line is essentially a single track that runs from Northfield to Savage.  It then crosses the Minnesota River into Bloomington and runs north along the east side of Hyland Park.  It continues north through Edina to St Louis Park, staying west of Highway 100. 

The information provided at the forum may be accessed by CLICKING HERE.  When reviewing the information, consider that

  • After a $400,000 study and considerable local opposition, local legislators did not support a light rail operation in this corridor in 2002.
  • Freight traffic will continue on this single line, and will likely increase.
  • To reduce costs from earlier estimates, the commuter trains would have to run on the same track, without an increase in right-of-way, over 14 same-grade road crossings, with unique cars that cannot operate on the other existing light rail tracks.

  • Edina needs the support of the cities of Bloomington, Savage, and St Louis Park to make going forward with a study realistic.  Several of the Bloomington city council candidates do not support this option now. 

Edina will continue to gather community feedback, with a follow-up meeting scheduled for September.  Edina residents are urged to let their city council members know of their concerns about pursuing the proposed $30,000 study. 

For more discussion about the Dan Patch corridor for commuter light rail, CLICK HERE.


Spring Conversation Answers “How are We Doing, With MN Legislative Majority?”


Great food in a beautiful, relaxed setting and excellent discussions with others from SD49 had all of the attendees prepared to hear from, and interact with, the panel at the Spring Conversation fundraiser May 12.

Our panel of three experts -- David Hann (former Minority Leader of the Senate), Kim Crockett (Executive Vice President, Center of the American Experiment), and Kurt Zellers (former Speaker of the House) - provided political and policy insights as they tackled the first set of key questions posed by moderator & SD49 GOP Co-Chair Randy Sutter:  We Republicans elected a majority in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature.  The session has a bit more than a week remaining.  How are we doing?  Have we accomplished enough to satisfy voters?  Will we be in a good position for the 2018 races?

The consensus was: given Democrat Governor Dayton’s negotiating style and veto promises (since fulfilled), this Legislative session’s results are likely to disappoint most voters. Voters had high expectations for changes and those won’t happen this session.  The negative effects on the next election could be less if the party does better in several areas.  These include: communicating the process barriers, setting better expectations, putting longer-term strategies in place, and celebrating the victories that were achieved.

To read more about the thought-provoking panel discussion, please CLICK HERE.



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