Bloomington Forums Give Insights Into Candidates

Republican candidates for Senate District 49, House District 49B, and the Republican incumbent in House District 50B responded to voters questions at the well-attended League of Women Voters forum on October 4.

49 Senate candidate Mike Lehmann emphasized the need for responsible government spending and to make the state more business friendly

49B House candidate Max Rymer stressed his intent to push efforts to improve problem solving in state government and to provide critical help to struggling people while empowering them to help themselves.

50B incumbent House member Chad Anderson pointed out that the promises for MNsure are not being met.  The problems are so significant that we need to start over in addressing health insurance needs in Minnesota.

To watch and  listen to our candidates as they addressed the forums, click on the following links for

 the Bloomington LWV Forum on October 4


the Bloomington PTSA on October 3 (introduction is about 2 minutes into recording, sound quality improves a lot a bit later).

Strong Turnout for District 49B Lit Drop

49B_October_Lit_Drop2.jpgAt least 40 volunteers came forward to support the campaign literature drop in House District 49B on October 15 and 16.  As a result, literature for President and Vice President candidates Donald Trump and Mike Pence, U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, MN Senate candidate Mike Lehmann, MN House candidate Max Robinson, and Hennepin County Commissioner candidate Maureen Scallen-Failor was delivered to over 2000 addresses.  In addition, a sample ballot with Republican-endorsed or recommended candidates was also distributed.  

Candidates Mike Lehmann and Max Rymer expressed their appreciation for the wonderful turnout.

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Trump Sign Vandalized in Bloomington

Sign_Vandalism1.JPGA Trump/Pence sign on Normandale Blvd in west Bloomington was vandalized last Saturday night, October 15.  Bras were hung from the sign before it was torched. Traffic on Normandale Blvd stopped and a police officer arrived to put out the fire.

Earlier, vandals had dumped salt on the hillside nearby, killing the grass in a crude attempt to spell out TRUMP.


In the war of ideas, some people come to the battle capable only of throwing juvenile spitballs.  Their disrespect for personal property and freedom of speech goes beyond deplorable.  Unfortunately, the illegality of their actions does not seem to trouble them. 

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Volunteer Help Wanted

We have many ways for volunteers to get involved during October, November, and beyond.  Please consider spending a few hours helping us support the success of our local candidates.


Literature Drop – Starting Saturday, October 15 - Walk your own neighborhood or other blocks within House District 49B, delivering local candidate literature to homes. Contact Randy Sutter CLICK HERE

Install Candidate Lawn Signs – Starting immediately – Put up candidate lawn signs in your yard and/or help erect them in local yards.  To secure sign(s) for your yard, contact the individual campaigns, as listed on the SD49 Home Page. CLICK HERE  To help install signs, contact Randy Sutter CLICK HERE

Welcome Republicans new to our area – Starting immediately – We have a listing of known Republicans who have recently moved into our area.  Knock on their door and tell them about us and the area.  Get their email address for our newsletter.  Contact Wayne Wenger

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Republicans Propose Reforms to MN Health Insurance Marketplace

Minnesota Republican House leaders and DFL state leaders held parallel press conferences on October 5 to discuss rising health care costs.  The Republican leaders identified solutions to address rising health care costs. Key among those was Matt Dean, Republican chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and the speaker at the SD 49 Dinner Program on October 25

The DFL leaders claimed the ballooning costs of MNsure are the fault of House Republicans. On the contrary, Democrats are solely responsible for MNsure.  When MNsure was initially brought forward by the DFL, Republican proposals for improvement were blocked and not a single Republican in the legislature ultimately voted for it.   Republican proposals put forward and passed by the House Republican Majority for improvement over the past two years have been held up.

Pictured below: House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin and Speaker Kurt Daudt were joined by MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee Co-Chair Greg Davids (left) and Health and Human Services Committee Chair Matt Dean (right) in highlighting Republican proposals to reduce the impact of rising health care costs.



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Trump Support Displayed in Bloomington

About 20-30 Trump for President supporters showed up under cool and overcast skies Thursday, October 6, to hoist banners, placards, and American flags at the pedestrian overpass of I494 near Nicollet Ave.  They gathered to exercise their free speech and bring some excitement to the Trump for President campaign in the South Metro area.

OverpassWithSigns.jpgAs the group grew in size, more posters and signs were proudly displayed to the afternoon rush hour commuters. Trump supporters cheered in delight as numerous semi-haulers blared their air horns, and pickup truck drivers chimed in with truck horns. Some car drivers waved, others expressed their disagreement with less polite hand gestures.


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Added SD49 Leaders Elected, Candidates & Local Issues Featured at Sept 27 Dinner

The Full Committee of Senate District 49 confirmed three new officers during the Dinner Program held on Tuesday, September 27. 

  • Faisal Deri, Eden Prairie, was confirmed as an Executive Committee Vice Chair
  • Steve Curry, Edina, was confirmed as Co-Chair of Edina Precinct 13
  • Matt Balafas, Edina, was confirmed as Co-Chair of Edina Precinct 01A

Following the confirmation of the new officers, the attendees heard from several speakers

  • Mike Lehmann (Candidate, Senate District 49), Dario Anselmo (Candidate, House District 49A), and Max Rymer (Candidate, House District49B)
  • Larry Frost (failure of the City of Bloomington to uphold the Conditional Use Permits granted to the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center)
  • John Swon (successful citizen push against approval of the addition of a Nordic Trail at Braemar Golf Course)
  • Donna Callender, Jennifer Janovy, and Mike Fischer (candidates for Edina City Council)

Viewing Guide for Recorded Max Rymer LWV Forum

We've created a time-indexed viewing guide for the recorded September 19 League of Women Voters Forum between Max Rymer and Paul Rosenthal.

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Viewing Guide for Recorded Dario Anselmo LWV Forum

We've created a time-indexed viewing guide for the recorded September 19 League of Women Voters Forum between Dario Anselmo and Ron Erhardt.

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Viewing Guide for Recorded Mike Lehmann LWV Forum

We've created a time-indexed viewing guide for the recorded League of Women Voters Forum September 6 between Mike Lehmann and Melisa Franzen.

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