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

~Ronald Reagan 


Primary Results: GOP Endorsed Candidates on Nov. Ballot

Elephant_Ballot_Box.jpgThe Republican-endorsed candidates, most of whom faced primary challengers, will all be on the November ballot. You may view the results at the Secretary of State website.

• U.S. Senator - Jim Newberger
• U. S. Senator (Special Election for Unexpired Term) - Karin Housley
• U.S. Representative, District 3 - Erik Paulsen
• Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom
• Attorney General - Doug Wardlow
• County Sheriff - Rich Stanek (voting for Sheriff is on the back of ballot)

These additional endorsed candidates for state-wide office will also be on the November ballot.

  • State Auditor - Pam Myhra
  • Secretary of State - John Howe

CLICK HERE to view the list on our website, along with links to candidate information.


Edina’s 4th of July Parade - Great Fun Even in Rain


Parade_2018_Video_Cover.jpgEdina hosted a Grand Old Parade on July 4th and we had fun even in the rain. Thanks to all who turned out.  

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Newberger, U.S. Congress candidate Jenn Zielinski, MN Secretary of State candidate John Howe and State Auditor candidate Pam Myhra joined us.

Enjoy some of the parade highlights - watch our VIDEO 



MN GOP State Convention Endorses Six State-wide Candidates

Small_convention_floor_Jeff_Johnson_speaking.jpgOver 2000 Minnesotans attended the Republican endorsing convention in Duluth that took place Friday afternoon & evening (June 1) and much of Saturday (June 2). The convention ran almost 15 hours of speeches, deliberations, and vote-counting, split roughly evenly between Friday evening and Saturday.

Jeff_Johnson_and_Donna_B.jpgThe most anticipated event was the Saturday afternoon endorsement for MN Governor. Jeff Johnson, former MN Representative and current Hennepin County Commissioner, went three ballots against Woodbury mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and Navy intelligence officer Phillip Parrish. Jeff Johnson won every Congressional District on both the 1st and 2nd ballots. By the third ballot, Johnson was 170 votes shy of the 60% threshold needed for endorsement. At that point, both Stephens and Parrish conceded, and Johnson won the endorsement to a standing ovation. His running mate for Lieutenant Governor, Donna Bergstrom from Duluth, is pictured above beside him at the convention.

Small_Day_1_Randy_Sutter_Wayne_Wenger__Max_Rymer_Doug_Seaton_Noah_Harber.jpgFormer governor Tim Pawlenty did not appear at the convention and did not contest the endorsement, but has stated his intention to go up against Johnson in the GOP primary August 14. Early voting for that primary opens June 29.

CLICK HERE to read about the additional 5 endorsing contests.


And CLICK HERE for more photos and to read about SD49's active delegation, 43 strong,  to the State Convention.


Legislative Update from Dario Anselmo – May 24

The Legislature adjourned on Sunday, May 21, marking a very productive two years at the Minnesota Capitol.

Small_size_Dario_Anselmo_Preferred_Photo_2017.jpgThe 2017-18 biennium included the largest tax cut in nearly two decades, the largest investment in roads and bridges in state history without a gas tax increase, major funding boosts for education, and reforms to lower health care costs and boost health care choices for Minnesota families.

This session, we worked to build on those successes passing a critical tax conformity package, more funding for our schools, measures to increase school safety, investments in our transportation infrastructure, and more. The legislation we sent to the governor’s desk before the session was adjourned included a tax/education bill, supplemental finance bill, bonding bill and pension bill.

Unfortunately, Governor Dayton has vetoed our tax/education and supplemental bill which included a number of important, bipartisan provisions that would have benefited Edina taxpayers and families. Some highlights included in vetoed bills:

• A tax conformity package that held 99.8 percent of tax filers harmless, conformed Minnesota to our federal tax code, and provided the first income tax rate cut in nearly two decades
• $225 million in available funds, including new money, to help schools facing budget shortfalls
• Reforms to address vulnerable adult and senior maltreatment and abuse

CLICK HERE to read more highlights of the vetoed bills, and learn what did get signed.


Leitner Makes Compelling Case for “Going 4 the Heart”

Lonny_Leitner.jpgLonny Leitner spoke to a large contingent of local Republicans as the featured speaker at the SD49 program on May 22. He pointed out that Republicans too frequently think that our positions are intuitively obvious. Unfortunately, our intellectual analysis fails to work against the arguments of the Left. We need to start defending our positions from a moral and emotion-filled standpoint.

When it comes to mobilizing emotions, Democrats beat Republicans hands down. Year after year, Democrats accuse Republicans of

• Waging a war on women
• Not caring about minorities
• Inflicting pain on working Americans to benefit the wealthy

We know this is not true, yet we have not been effective in countering these attacks. We know that women today are more empowered, that the minority unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in years, and that working Americans are more optimistic about their futures. Yet these are impersonal and unpersuasive abstractions. We need to put a “human face” on our arguments. As David Horowitz said, “[We] need to stop talking like accountants and administrators and start speaking to the voters’ hearts.”

CLICK HERE to continue reading about how we have failed to convince and what we need to do better. 

April Dinner: Andy Cilek Advocates for Voters to have a Meaningful Voice

Andy_Cilek_2016_03.JPGSD49 Republicans who got together for our Dinner Meeting on April 24th were both treated to and encouraged by a spirited presentation from Andy Cilek, MVA’s Executive Director. Minnesota Voters Alliance, is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization of attorneys, located in St Paul whose primary mission is to use the courts to advance the cause of free and fair elections in Minnesota.

The presentation focused mainly on their most recent case, “Minnesota Voters Alliance v Mansky”, that concerns a Minnesota law that allows polling place officials to demand that potential voters remove any badge, button or insignia that shows a political message and prevent them from voting if they refuse. MVA has filed suit in Federal Court claiming that the law is grossly over-broad and allows partisan election officials to apply the prohibition unevenly and suppresses the 1st Amendment right of free speech, as well as even the right to vote itself. Lawyers for both sides of the issue presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this last February 28th. Recordings and videos of several of the Justices questions and reactions were part of the dinner meeting presentation.

The overall impression that was left on almost everyone who witnessed the arguments, including even many of the most liberal observers, was that the Court would very likely decide in favor of the MVA position, and declare that the Minnesota law is unconstitutional.
The remainder of Andy’s talk covered MVA’s ongoing legal crusade to open up the Minnesota election process to a more public examination of something that every adult Minnesotan knows is real, but the DFL and their allies in the news media have been stone-walling for decades: voter fraud!

The Minnesota law that provides for same-day voter registration allows anyone to vote who fills out a form. Their ballot is counted, along with everybody else’s, before any verification effort is made. Attendees at the dinner meeting were given statistics from the Federal Social Security Administration data base that is commonly used to verify the ID of voters registered in all 50 states. Statistics showed that almost 17% of voter IDs checked against the system could not be verified. In fact, 124 came back “Deceased”! And yet, the StarTribune’s editorial page, and every other liberal and Progressive voice, steadfastly insist that there is no voter fraud in Minnesota.

Last July MVA submitted a request to the Minnesota Secretary of State for public information on all Minnesota voters, and was refused. On August 10, 2017 MVA filed suit to force the release of the requested data and in their 1st hearing gained an initial victory when the Court refused the Secretary’s motion to dismiss MVA’s suit.

As one would fully expect, the evening was filled with questions and conversation about how vital and hopeful the work of MVA can be to the future of not only Minnesota, but to the cause of self-government and even America itself. America as “The last best hope of Earth” is over if we lose a pervasive and wide-spread faith in free and fair elections, and the idea that we all have a meaningful voice in making the laws that govern us.redbluedivider.png


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