Absentee Ballot Board Republican Election Judges Needed

Minneapolis Elections is currently looking for Republicans to serve on the Absentee Ballot Board for the November 3, 2020 General Election. The Board is responsible for the processing and counting of returned absentee ballots received in Minneapolis--an especially demanding and important job this year.

The Board will be working approximately from Monday, October 19th through Tuesday, November 10. The Board will operate out of the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. Parking will be available at no charge.

Preference would be given to those who are NOT already working at polling locations on election day, so there's a consistent set of teams throughout .  Pay is $18.50 per hour, and expect to work Monday-Friday, 8:00 – 4:30, with some hours on weekends as well. Board members work in pairs, will be socially distanced and masked, with additional COVID safety procedures. Accuracy in counting and attention to detail are essential.

If you would be available for these dates and would like to work, please reply to tim.schwarz@pollchief.com NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPT 10.

Alan Shilepsky forwarded this, with the added message: “I implore Republicans and conservatives who have the availability and capacity to apply. We need members of both major parties involved to ensure voters are properly vetted for eligibility, and ballots are counted fairly.

The Founders vision recognized that factions can check factions. We can protect our DFL friends from a "near occasion of sin" by joining them in the ranks of election workers. Plus it can be fun, remunerative and get you out of the house! Or think of it as a civic service! We need you."   

By our calculation, those who are hired may earn more than $2500 for a month's work. You do not need to be a Minneapolis resident. More info is available at the city's website 


Volunteers Needed for Door to Door Visits Every Weekend

photo-of-a-white-door-with-a-hanging-wreath-and-welcome-1652394.jpgONLY YOU CAN TURN MINNESOTA RED!

The race to turn Minnesota red is close. The latest polling shows how close the race is. The most effective vote getting technique is door knocking—actually talking to voters. It is better than phone calling, lit dropping and advertising. We need volunteers to door knock! If you can’t door knock, please volunteer for one of the other activities.

Joe Thalman, candidate for HD 49B, and 15 volunteers received “Advantage Mobile” smart phone app training on Saturday August 29th. Tyler Dunn, the CD3 Victory 2000 Regional Director, presented the training. Following the training we door knocked at houses in Bloomington precincts 18, 21 and 28. All of the volunteers seemed surprised by the number of supportive voters.

Next Saturday September 12th, we will be door knocking in Bloomington, Minneotonka and Edina precincts. We will continue to walk and door knock 6 precincts each week through October 17th.

We need about 30 volunteers every week to contribute 2-3 hours each to door knock 6 precincts each week. We will be walking every precinct in SD49 and knocking on the doors of “swing” voters, i.e., the most likely voters that can swing the election to Republican victory. We prioritized the precincts in SD49 based on potential swing voter impact and we are door knocking the highest priority precincts first to ensure we maximize the efforts of our volunteers.

Each Saturday through October 31st, we will be meeting at 7600 Parklawn Dr Suite 108 in Edina. Use the Fidelity Bank entrance. For those who need the Advantage Mobile App training, meet at 9:30. For those volunteers who have completed Advantage training, meet at 10:00 to receive literature bags and assigned area.

For questions contact  SD49's Jim Bowen, (360) 927-8301, jbowen111@comcast.net


Online Questions Only for Upcoming Candidate Forums

Forum_Debate_Illustration.jpgSeveral forums for local candidates in Bloomington and Edina are scheduled within the next two weeks.

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum – Thursday, Sept 10, 9:00 – 10:30 am. Candidates will be seated in the Council Chambers at the Bloomington Civic Plaza. No audience on site. Event will be livestreamed on the Bloomington YouTube site.  To Register, visit www.Mplschamber.com/btt. Registrants will be sent a link to a Google form to use in submitting questions to be asked by the moderator.

League of Women Voters Edina Candidate Forum -- Thursday, Sept 10, 7:00 pm (Minnesota State House of Representatives). No audience on site. Event will be livestreamed on Edina TV, Comcast Channel 813 (HD) or 16 (standard definition); City of Edina website  or on Facebook (City of Edina MN); Rebroadcast on Edina TV, beginning the day after the forum; YouTube, beginning the day after the forum; and LWVE website , beginning the day after the forum. Members of the community, including students, may submit questions for the candidates by email to lwvedina@gmail.com.

League of Women Voters Bloomington Candidate Forum -- Tuesday, Sept 15, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (Minnesota State House of Representatives Districts 49B, 50A & 50B and MN Senate Districts 49 & 50). Expected that no audience will be allowed on site. Details and recordings of the event will be posted through the City of Bloomington website  and at League website. Questions about the event can be submitted by email to lwvbloomington@lwvmn.org.

League of Women Voters Edina Candidate Forum -- Thursday, Sept 17, 7:00 pm (City of Edina Mayor and City Council). No audience on site. Event will be livestreamed as outlined for the Edina LWV event on Sept 10. Members of the community, including students, may submit questions for the candidates by email to lwvedina@gmail.com.


Word of Kendall Qualls is Spreading

Logo_Garage_Logic_Podcast.jpgKendall Qualls may not have an ice cream truck with his name festooned on it like his opponent, but he has recently hit a greater pinnacle. He was interviewed on August 12 by former KSTP radio commentator and true St Paul institution, Joe Soucheray. Soucheray’s Garage Logic was a famous radio program for over 25 years, with his unique common-sense perspective on Twin Cities events and “names in the news”. He and his compatriots now hold forth on a commercial podcast.

Joe Soucheray was clearly impressed by Quall’s background and his personal views. As Joe notes, “Talk about pushing back, Qualls has been pushing back his entire life.” The Qualls segment begins at the 52:40 point of the podcast.


Eye-Witness Account of Unique Republican National Convention

By Barb Sutter, National Committewoman for Minnesota

Barb_Sutter_and_Max_Rymer.jpgI’ve been reflecting on the days of my first Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting, and our Convention in Charlotte. They were more than memorable, culminating with the nominations of Vice President Pence and President Trump for their second terms. Each of them brought the house down when they arrived at the Convention Center to the repeated chants of “FOUR MORE YEARS!”

Six people from every state and territory traveled to Charlotte — far fewer than when the Convention was originally planned. Minnesota was represented by Mike Lindell, the Chair of our Delegation; Jennifer Carnahan; outgoing Committee members Janet Beihoffer and Rick Rice; and CD 2 Chair Jeff Schuette and me, who were each Delegates and served on the Credentials Committee. It was Mike Lindell’s voice you heard announcing that Minnesota’s 10 votes were going to our next President, Donald J. Trump!

Like Minnesota, “COVID” had its grip on Charlotte. Many businesses in this beautiful city were closed, and many permanently. What a sad state of affairs when one observes what’s being done to this city — and our country — economically. On the other hand, we experienced the wonderful work of the Charlotte police, as they worked to keep us and the city safe. Yes, there were marches and protests, but none got terribly out of hand.

For us, it was a time of meeting and making new friends and connections; becoming more familiar with the workings of the RNC; and working to represent our state. Max Rymer and I (in photograph above) assumed our new positions as National Committeeman and National Committeewoman at the last meeting on the day before everyone departed Charlotte.

I do not take my new role as National Committeewoman for granted, and I intend to honor the commitments I made to you when you elected me.

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Alpha News Photographer Assaulted While Covering Minneapolis Protest

At least some people who believe that they have a right to protest racial inequality do not believe that others have a right to report on their actions.

On the evening of August 24, Rebecca Brannon, an independent photojournalist who contributes video and photo stories for Alpha News, was harassed and assaulted while covering a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Minneapolis.

Protester_who_assaulted_journalist.jpgWorking alone, she was recognized by several protesters. In a disturbing video posted by Alpha News, the protesters proceeded to shout profanities at her and followed her as she walked to her car. When Brannon pointed out that she also had a right to stand on the public sidewalk, one middle-age white woman (pictured at left) hit her, including at least twice with a construction cone that the woman picked up off the street.

Brannon continued to video record the actions of the protesters who were harassing her, until they stole her phone and tossed it into a fountain. The phone was destroyed, but the video recording was recovered from the phone’s memory card.

As Brannon said the next day, “No journalist should be subjected to harassment or violence by police, protesters or anyone.”

One would think that the Star Tribune would concur strongly that such treatment of Brannon in their backyard was intolerable; they’ve not reported or commented on the incident.


Help Wanted - Election Judges, Bloomington

The city of Bloomington still needs Republicans to serve as election judges.  Half-day shifts will be available.  Paid training, plus pay for hours worked. Please read about the role at the city website - CLICK HERE  - where you then may choose to complete an application.  You may also contact the City Clerk's office by phone 952-563-8729 or email voting@BloomingtonMN.gov for more information.

Republicans in other areas should reach out to their City Clerks to learn how to sign up for this essential election job.


Many Ways to Volunteer - Support Candidates

Now is the time to let our neighbors know who we support for Senator, Congressman, and state legislator.  There are many ways to volunteer and support candidates.

Jim Bowen is coordinating lawn sign locations and candidate outreach efforts. You can reach him at jbowen111@btw.emailnb.com. We can provide signs for Trump, Jason Lewis, Lacy Johnson, Kendall Qualls, and Joe Thalman. In Bloomington, we can put you in touch with a good source if you want “No to Ranked Choice Voting” signs.

Car_with_Qualls_sign.jpgJim will happily provide you with other volunteering opportunities. From home, you may write postcards in support of Kendall Qualls, or make phone calls. We have started door knocking, and we will be happy to have you join us on future weekends. We are also putting together a local phone bank if you'd like to join with other like-minded activists while making calls.

If you live in an area where you cannot put a lawn sign in your lawn, we may have an answer for you. Recently, a resident in a neighborhood where the HOA doesn’t allow political signs found a way to express his political leanings. He fixed Velcro to both sides of his back window to display his support of Kendall for Congress (right).


SD49 Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Since the SD49 Convention this spring was virtual, SD 49 took advantage of the Ice Cream Social to hand out volunteer recognition awards in person. 

Co-Chair Russ Burnison made the presentations, starting with Carol Brumwell as Volunteer of the Year.  He followed with Michael Barg, the first recipient of the Precinct Leader of the Year award.  The most significant volunteer recognition award, the SD49 Crystal Eagle, was given to Carol Kerr.

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Ice Cream & Politics Mixed Well on Aug 30

ice_cream_socia4_(2).jpgEnjoying a beautiful end-of-summer afternoon, close to 80 people turned out this past Sunday to meet candidates and Republican leaders, listen to political speeches, and enjoy ice cream.  While our audience was mainly from Bloomington and Edina, people from as far away as Blaine and Prior Lake came by.  it was a relaxing and fun gathering!

It was a great chance to hear from candidates running for legislative seats in Senate Districts 49 and 50, including Dean Mumbleau (SD50), Gary Heyer (HD50B), and Joe Thalman (HD49B).  Kendall Qualls, candidate for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District, was well-represented by his campaign manager, Thomas Knecht. Hennepin County District 6 Commissioner candidate Dario Anselmo also came.

Russ Burnison and Joel Quinnell, co-chairs of SD49, joined Kathy Kranz and Jim Lund, co-chairs of SD50, in greeting all of the attendees.  In addition, Republican National Committeewoman Barb Sutter and CD3 Chair Patty Meier enjoyed talking to the many people that they know.  Spencer Krier spoke on behalf of MN GOP in volunteering to help elect candidates this fall.

To add to the fair-like atmosphere, both the MN GOP and the 3rd Congressional District had clothing, buttons, and jewelry available for purchase.  Both appeared to do a brisk business.

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