March Dinner Speaker Inspires

Co- Chair Randy Sutter opened the March Dinner meeting by introducing GOP candidates from our District: Tyler Keenan (House District 49B) and Dario Anselmo (House District 49A).  They gave overviews of their campaign programs, issues and asked participants for their support.  

UPDATE:  Tyler halted his campaign prior to the endorsing convention.  Max Rymer declared shortly before the April 9 convention and was endorsed for the MN House 49B race.



Randy introduced the main presenter, Andy Cilek, Executive Director of the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA).  Andy opened his comments by thanking the group for having him and said it felt good to see familiar faces. 

Andy reviewed the MVA and its focus on defending liberty by protecting the voting process.  

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Local Issue Focus - Child Care Providers Reject Union

On March 1, the results of another significant vote were announced.   Minnesota in-home child care providers overwhelmingly rejected union representation. 

 As Tom Steward wrote in a blog on the Center of the American Experiment website,

 “Despite more than a decade of organizing, card campaigns and expenditures, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 garnered 392 votes, compared to 1,014 for providers opposed to the union.”

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Local Issue Focus - Edina Grandview Development

Grandview is the part of Edina that stretches west from the City Hall across Highway 100 and along Vernon Avenue, encompassing the site of the former Edina Public Works facility.  Development of portions of the Grandview area of Edina has been under discussion for as long as eight years.  The Edina City Council took a significant step on March 2, voting 4-1 to approve special tax treatment to encourage development.  Mary Brindle was the lone vote against approval.

This vote came despite the reservations voiced earlier by some residents to the use of Tax-Increment Funding (TIF).  Before the vote, the Edina School Board also voiced concern.  The School Board sent a letter on March 1 questioning whether TIF is needed at all and listing reasons it could be harmful long-term to school-funding.

John Reinan, who has followed the Grandview issue for years, reported  in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on March 1:

  In a letter sent this week to Mayor Jim Hovland and the City Council, the school board questioned whether the 11-acre parcel in the heart of Edina really needs special tax treatment.

 ”The Edina schools want the city to redo its math on a financing proposal for the Grandview development district.”

 CLICK HERE to read the Star Tribune article

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Caucus Turnout Sets Records

A record-setting 2606 neighbors from SD49 came to the March 1 Caucus. This exceeded the prior record, set in 2008, by 27%!   

The MN GOP recognized the level of effort put in by our caucus leadership team by recommending us for media attention.  NBC Nightly News, CNN, KARE11, and FOX 9 television teams as well as radio and newspaper reporters added to the crowds of Republicans at our caucuses.Traffic_headed_to_Caucus.jpg

Your votes at caucus determined how many of Minnesota's presidential delegates will be bound to each presidential candidate at the National Convention.  Eighty-two (82) Republicans were elected as precinct officers in SD49, while 293 Delegates and 137 Alternates were elected to the SD49 convention on April 9th.   Thank you to everyone who stepped forward!  

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Results of Presidential Preference Poll

The following table shows how Republicans in precincts within Senate District 49 voted as compared with Minnesota Republicans as a whole:

                                  SD49           MN GOP

  • Marco Rubio       49%            36%                    

  • Donald Trump    18%            21%

  • Ted Cruz            16%            29%

  • John Kasich        13%            6%

  • Dr. Ben Carson   3%              7%

CLICK HERE to view the detailed results of the Presidential Preference Poll recorded on the Secretary of State site for the Republican and DFL caucuses. 

MN GOP Delegate Allocations

As a result of the GOP voting, Marco Rubio will be allocated 17 of Minnesota’s 38 delegates to the Republican National Convention.  Ted Cruz will be allocated 13 delegates, and Donald Trump will get 8 delegates.

 CLICK HERE to go to the MN GOP site to see how the delegate allocation occurred across the Congressional Districts.


SD 49 GOP Presidential Candidates’ Representatives Panel

With the Republican caucuses on March 1st getting closer, Senate District 49 Republican Party hosted a Dinner Program on February 23rd that featured a panel of Minnesota representatives for each of the five Presidential campaigns. Dinner_Feb_23_audience..jpgMore than 100 attendees listened intently as each panel member stated why they were passionate about their candidate and what was most compelling about the candidate’s life story.

There were further questions on streamlining government, controlling healthcare costs, dealing with foreign threats, and improving education outcomes.  The candidates’ representatives answered with sound conservative solutions with differing areas of emphasis.

The positions of the panel members are summarized below, in alphabetical order of the candidate’s name.  The candidates’ websites are also provided.

Now it’s time for each of us to complete our own homework, study the five candidates, and select the one who’ll get our personal vote at the March 1 Caucus.



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Candidate Forum at Metro Republican Women Annual Tea

Women from SD49 joined more than 100 women and men from the metro area at the February 13 Metro Republican Women Annual Lincoln Day Tea.  The substantial “high tea” meal with tea served in delicate heirloom cups was followed by a substantial discussion. 

Chris_Fields.JPGChris Fields, Deputy Chair of MN GOP, moderated a panel of representatives for the six Presidential candidates campaigning ahead of the Republican primary in South Carolina.  

Each representative was a passionate supporter of their candidate, and introduced both their own background and reasons for their support.   A few common threads:  Character, Integrity, Trust. We need a candidate who can win, across all voters.  The Republican Party is a big tent, as demonstrated by the diversity and depth of the initial large group of candidates and the six that were still campaigning.

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SD49 Republicans Enjoy MN GOP’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner

Over 600 Republicans from across Minnesota came together at The Depot in Minneapolis for the 2016 Lincoln Reagan Dinner, including about 20 members of the SD49 family.  The program began with a well-imagined “debate” between Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, which reminded us of the rich heritage we share as Republicans. 


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Chad Anderson Wins SD 50B Special Election!

Anderson_Win.jpgThe GOP-majority Minnesota House gained another Republican seat when voters in Bloomington elected Chad Anderson, a local real estate agent, over Democrat Andrew Carlson for the House District 50B seat.  A big thanks goes out to the SD 49 volunteers who answered our call to support our neighboring precinct and elect a strong Republican representative!

Chad Anderson is seen here on the right at his victory party.  With Chad is his wife, Annie, and her parents, MN Senator Dan Hall and his wife.

Anderson won 51.24 percent of the vote, compared to Carlson’s 48.66 percent.  The winning margin was 130 votes out of just over 5000 votes cast.

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SD 49 GOP January Dinner Meeting: A Special Evening with Erik Paulsen


Senate District 49 kicked off its first Dinner & Conversation get-together of 2016, hosting Erik Paulsen, our Congressman for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Barb Sutter introduced Rep. Paulsen by reviewing his service, and the attendees enthusiastically welcomed him.

Erik began by discussing progress on a number of issues to which he is personally committed. Recently he was able to work on behalf of local law enforcement by fighting the IRS’s attempt to tax survivor benefits of first responders. He also discussed the heartbreaking case of Deana, a 13-year-old girl from Brooklyn Park, who had been caught in the human trafficking trap.  He’s been able to author and push through legislation to help victims, as opposed to them being considered “criminals” by the justice system.  Erik has also worked to stop the medical device tax that has cost over 35,000 jobs. 

Rep. Paulsen highlighted the difficulty of working in Washington, where things are becoming ever more bureaucratic and regulated. One major difficulty has been a President who has used administrative authority to the point of subverting the Constitution. The Congressman believes that it’s more important than ever to work hard for gains, though they may not always be obvious. As an example, he cited the last spending bill, and the fact that domestic discretionary spending has reached its lowest point since 2008. While being the opposition party, providing needed oversight, the GOP also needs to be the party of proposals and solutions. He alluded to House Speaker Paul Ryan as a man of vision and as a very good communicator.   Paulsen believes that Ryan will be a new-generation leader who can attract new voters with a new direction and a clear agenda. 

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