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

~Ronald Reagan 

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Try Our Monday Happy Hour: Pints & Politics

Pints-and-Politics-1.jpgThe monthly social networking and happy hour event for Republicans called Pints & Politics is second only to the Minnesota State Fair as a great get-together.

The Southwest Metropolitan Pints & Politics will again be held on the second Monday, September 9, at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington.

This month we're delighted to welcome SD46 as an additional co-host, and hope to meet more Republicans from Golden Valley, Hopkins and Saint Louis Park, plus Plymouth and Medicine Lake.

We look forward to visits by Ryan Kulka, candidate for Bloomington mayor, and Al Noard and Susan Woodruff, candidates for Bloomington City Council. This will be a good opportunity to pick up lawn signs to show your support.

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MN GOP 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.

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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.

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Sen. David Osmek Looks Back at Difficult 2019 Session

For_Newsletter_David_Osmek_at_Dinner_Mtg.jpgSen. David Osmek characterized the 2019 legislative session as largely a holding action by the Republican senate against DFL efforts to raise taxes and grow government. Speaking to Senate District 49 program attendees on Tuesday evening, May 28, the Republican state senator from Mound expressed regret that some good legislation didn’t even get a hearing.

Gov. Walz signed Minnesota’s 2020-2021 biennial budget of $48.3 billion on May 30 after a 21-hour special session. The negotiations to get there covered a number of contentious issues, including increased taxes, growing state government control over health care, unrealistic energy mandates, and even a state model for K-12 sex education.

Sen. Osmek noted that the new budget did not include Gov. Walz’ 70% gas tax increase. But then, Osmek did not feel that the DFL really expected to get the gas tax increase. What they really wanted was to retain the 2% Healthcare Provider Tax.

The Provider Tax is imposed on medical professionals subject to regulation by the state, such as doctors, dentists, and nurse practitioners. It also must be paid by those that sell or repair hearing aids and prescription eyewear, or provide ambulance services. It increases Minnesota’s healthcare costs, as it is generally passed on to patients and to the state’s Medical Assistance program.

While the Provider Tax ultimately was reduced from 2% to 1.8%, Osmek believes that Gov. Walz achieved his real aim of eliminating the “sunset” provision, the requirement that the tax end on a specified date. This tax is also not earmarked to fund state health care benefits. Proceeds from this tax will go into the state’s general fund, providing a “slush fund” to cover future DFL desires.

To read more insights from Sen. Osmek, CLICK HERE
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