Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

~Ronald Reagan 


Fall Conversation Nov. 22 Examines Metro Congressional Races

Fall_Conversation.jpg2020 will be a monumental year in politics in Minnesota. The Presidential race is garnering the most attention, but Congressional races could well prove pivotal in determining the future direction of the country. What will it take for Republican candidates for Congress to successfully run in the Minneapolis metropolitan area?

Our annual “Fall Conversation” will take place on Friday, November 22. It will probe the challenges and opportunities in running for Congress in our area. Kendall Qualls and Lacy Johnson will give us their thoughts and answer our questions. Both are seeking endorsement in their Congressional districts, and both bring inspiring life stories and motivating enthusiasm to their campaigns. Max Rymer will return as our moderator.

Our “Fall Conversation” fundraiser includes a social hour starting at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 22 at the Edina Country Club. Doors open at 6:15 pm. CLICK HERE to buy tickets for this event and be a part of the Conversation.

redbluedividerOct 22 Program: Willis Krumholz of AlphaNews

Krumholz2.jpgWe are pleased to have Willis Krumholz as our featured speaker for our monthly program on October 22. Krumholz will be speaking on his analysis of the health of the global, U.S., and Minnesota economies and his projections for 2020. He will explore what the state of the economy might mean for the upcoming elections and provide his advice on how our candidates should pitch their campaigns.

Willis is a fellow at Defense Priorities. He holds a JD and MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas, and works in the financial services industry.

We might know him better through the writings and videos he has done for AlphaNews. Just recently, he has written about the Minnesota couple that won a court judgment supporting religious liberty, about the St. Paul schools settlement involving racial quotas in school discipline, and about the question of corruption between the U of M, a foundation, and the DFL.

Join us on October 22 in the Fellowship Hall of the Calvary Lutheran Church, 6817 Antrim Rd, Edina, MN 55439. We start at 6:00 pm with an opportunity to greet one another. At 6:30 pm, we will make available to those that signed up in advance a light meal, dessert, and a beverage. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.  CLICK HERE to tell us you plan to attend.


Sept 24 Dinner Meeting: Edina School Board Candidates Forum


Senate District 49 Republicans hosted a forum on Tuesday evening, September 24 featuring 3 of the candidates vying for three slots on the Edina School Board. 

The forum was open to the public. The president of the Edina teachers’ union and members of Edina Indivisible were in attendance. The audience and the participants agreed that the forum had been conducted fairly and impartially.Notable, several attendees expressed their surprise that their submitted questions actually got asked. This forum proved to be a credible complement to other local “meet-the-candidates” opportunities and will be continued in future election cycles

 CLICK HERE to read more about the candidates who chose to participate and for a video of the forum.


Fun at the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade


The parade-watchers for the 2019 Bloomington Heritage Days Parade were generous with their smiles and we heard numerous “go Trump” calls. And the children were delightful as they each politely said "Thank you" for the candy  & stickers handed out by our SD49 GOP group. 

THANK YOU to every person who walked with us.  A special THANKS to our organizers, the drivers who donated use of their convertibles and the driver of a Spyder motorcycle. A "WELL DONE" to the team of volunteers who wrestled the inflatable elephant into place. And HUGE thank you to US Congressional candidates Lacy Johnson (seeking endorsement in 2020 for CD5) and Kendall Qualls (seeking endorsement in 2020 for CD3) for joining our unit and greeting Bloomington residents along the parade route.

CLICK HERE to see more parade photos.


MNGOP at India Fest - a Colorful Celebration of Indian-American Heritage

Indiafest_2019.jpgIndian-Americans from the Twin Cities and beyond came to the grounds of the State Capital in Saint Paul on Saturday, August 10, for India Fest 2019. The India Association of Minnesota organizes this annual event in the late summer. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy the culture, the food, and the heritage of the Indian subcontinent.

Republicans were there to engage the great people who attended. The Republican National Committee sponsored the GOP Booth. Esther Lu, the Trump Victory Director of Asian Pacific Engagement, flew in from Washington DC to be part of the team. Debjyoti “DD” Dwivedy (CD3 Vice Chair, and now candidate for Eden Prairie School Board, 2nd from right in the picture) and Barbara Sutter (MN GOP Secretary, on left in the picture) were principal organizers of volunteers at the MN GOP booth.

Republican legislators who addressed the huge crowd and answered questions of visitors to the booth included Sen Roger Chamberlain, Sen Eric Pratt, Sen Dan Hall, Sen Paul T. Anderson, Rep Kristin Robbins, & Rep Eric Lucero (in the center of the picture). MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan also stopped by midday.

Several dedicated volunteers who helped out during the day at the booth deserve mention: CD4 Chair Mikki Murray (3rd from right in the picture), CD6 Chair Bobby Benson, MN GOP Data Director Yen Lu, Sifang Wu (Asian Americans of MN Chair), Nikhil Joshi (second from left in the picture), Johnson Madamu (on right in the picture), Bharat Chowdhury, Jen Zielinski, and Randy Sutter (SD49 Past Co-Chair).redbluedivider

SD49 - SD 50 Picnic was Fun & Informative

SD50_at_Picnic_for_Newsletter.jpgTom_and_Rick_Famous_Roasted_Sweet_Corn_for_Newsletter.jpgThe weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the conversations were lively at Sunday's (August 4) SD49-SD50 Family Picnic. More than 80 Republicans from Edina, Bloomington, Richfield and neighboring areas enjoyed the shaded setting for the event at Bush Lake Park.

Ryan_Kulka_at_picnic_for_Newsletter.jpgWe also heard brief, informative and inspiring messages from our distinguished guests: 
Sarah Patzloff (Edina School Board), MN Sen. David Osmek, Patti Meier (Chair, CD3), MN Rep. Greg Boe, Rob Barrett (US Senate Candidate), Kendall Qualls (US Congressional Candidate), and Ryan Kulka (Bloomington Mayor Candidate)

Thanks to the volunteers who organized the event, prepared the food, and made this a memorable afternoon.

CLICK HERE to read what our guests had to say, and to see more picnic photos.


Thanks for Walking With Us – 2019 Edina July 4 Parade

For_Newsletter_Banner_Carriers_2019.jpgMore than 50 enthusiastic Republicans of all ages walked together for the Edina July 4 Parade. 

We carried signs supporting our causes.  We handed out candy, smiles, and wishes for  “Happy Fourth”.  And came away eager to share the experience again next year.  

Thanks to everyone who walked with us.  And to the many, many well-wishers who cheered and applauded us from the parade route.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from the day.redbluedivider.png


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