Star Tribune Publishes Timeline of Twin City Riots

The Star Tribune graphic article, “The siege, evacuation and destruction of a Minneapolis police station”, is a well-researched timeline of how to lose control of public order to mob violence, and the destruction that results.  The authors rightly describe it as “an event unprecedented in modern American history.”

The following is a brief summary.  The whole article is well-worth reading.

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Protesters outside the Third Precinct as it burns. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez.

Mon, May 25, 8:25 pm – George Floyd loses consciousness

Tues, May 26, 5 pm – Protesters march from Cup Foods to the Third Precinct

Tues, May 26, after 5 pm – Protesters break windows on the building and vandalize squad cars.  Police fire tear gas and less-lethal projectiles.

Wed, May 27, 2 pm – Gov Tim Walz thanks the protesters, “It’s how people express their pain, process tragedy and work to create change.”

Wed, May 27, 6:23 pm – The looting of the nearby Target store prompts Chief Medaria Arradondo to call Mayor Jacob Frey to request assistance from the National Guard.

Wed, May 27, 6:29 pm – Frey calls Walz and requests assistance from the Minnesota National Guard.  Frey said Walz “did not say yes.  He said he would consider it.”

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Film & Candidates Event Sold Out

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Over 80 people turned out Sunday night, August 2, to meet and hear from several Republican candidates at a large in-person event that has become rare this political season.

Senate District 49 Republicans hired the Mann Cinema 6 theater in Hopkins for the evening. Following their physical distancing and face mask guidelines, participants were able to personally encounter the candidates and experience a special viewing of the Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla film, No Safe Spaces.

For_Newsletter_Jeff_Jiang_and_Brad_Aho_at_Aug_2_event.jpgUS Senate candidate Jason Lewis (on the right above), Congressional candidate Kendall Qualls (pictured above with his wife, Sheila), Hennepin County District 6 candidate Brad Aho, State Senate candidate Jeff Jiang (Eden Prairie) (both in photo at right), and State House candidates Eric Wessels (pictured below) (Eden Prairie) and Joe Thalman (pictured 2nd from right, above)(Bloomington/Edina) were personally on hand. All were able to greet attendees as they entered the theater and then spoke before the beginning of the film. Ramone Nichol represented the Trump and Lacy Johnson campaigns.

The candidate speeches and the film’s message combined for a powerful impact. SD49 Republicans would welcome feedback from attendees on this event. Should it be repeated? Any ideas for improvement? Given the attendance at this special event, we’ll consider another Candidates & Film event in September. Check out future editions of the newsletter for more details.

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More photos are below.

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Protecting Your Vote - Additional Action

MVA and MN GOP File Petition Demanding Rochester Comply with Election Judge Law

Vote_ballot_box_cube.jpgOn Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA), Republican Party of Minnesota (RPM), State Representative Duane Quam, and several election judges have filed a petition for a Writ of Mandamus against Olmsted County in Olmsted County District Court to order them to follow the laws regarding appointments to the absentee ballot boards for this November's elections.

The petition filed in Olmsted County follows one filed on July 15 with the St. Louis County District Court regarding the City of Duluth and one filed on July 2 regarding the City of Minneapolis. Like Duluth and Minneapolis, the City of Rochester has used city clerk employees for years to do the critical function of examining absentee ballot envelopes and deciding which ones are to be rejected and which are accepted.

Minnesota law, however, requires the ballot board to be comprised of election judges from lists submitted by the major political parties. The petition contends that both cities ignore the law, use insiders to accept and reject ballots, and avoid any outside scrutiny over its handling of mailed-in ballots.

In a parallel development, the City of Minneapolis has filed a motion to the Minnesota Supreme Court to consolidate all four of our cases. The high court is expected to soon assign a judge, presumably from Ramsey County, or even a retired judge, to hear the case in an expedited manner.

For more details about the MVA and MN GOP petitions, read our article “MVA and MN GOP Demand Compliance with Election Judge Law” posted July 20 on our website.


Post Card Campaign Successful - Seeking More Help

writing_a_letter_sketch.jpgThe 2020 campaigns are picking up steam! After a request for help in a previous newsletter, SD49 volunteers stepped up and wrote almost 400 post cards supporting Kendall Qualls, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Congressional District 3. Over 4,500 postcards were sent out across the Congressional District.

The post cards are a good way of gaining name recognition in our current limited face-to-face environment. The campaign is renewing the postcard initiative. The first effort was so successful in increasing name recognition, as well as obtaining volunteers and donations, they want to continue the postcard writing effort.

We can help Kendall with six volunteers willing to spend the time to write 60 post cards each. This will likely need 6 - 10 hours of your time.  Stamped post cards, suggested wording, and pre-printed address labels will be provided to volunteers

Contact SD49's Jim Bowen jbowen111@comcast.net C: (360) 927-8301 to volunteer.


Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) on Bloomington November Ballot

Bloomington_City_Council_Distanced_Meeting_photo.jpgLike so many other Bloomington government meetings the past four months, the City Council decided that it was not appropriate to get together in person in an open public meeting on Monday evening, July 27.

Apparently, it was appropriate to use a video teleconference meeting with no public testimony to move forward on a proposal to fundamentally change the way that city elections should be held from primary/general elections (where a candidate with the most votes progresses or wins)  to Ranked Choice Voting.

The City Council voted 6-1 to put the question to Bloomington voters on this November’s ballot.


• Despite the fact that this is not an emergency issue appropriately decided while live public forums are not permitted
• Despite the fact that the Charter Commission had voted not to recommend placing the RCV question on the ballot
• Despite the fact that public testimony on the subject conducted by the City Council and the Charter Commission over the past four months had been held virtually, some conducted late at night or marred by the failure of citizens to be recognized or to master the technology of speaking on-line.
• Despite the fact that opponents to RCV will need to reach out to the public when group meetings of more than 25 people are either highly discouraged or banned outright.

An indication of how completely the city has considered the matter was the response of the city representative at the council meeting, agreeing that a considerable amount of money could be saved if the primary during the off-year municipal elections was eliminated. No mention was made that yet more money could be saved if the municipal elections were moved to even-years when state and national elections are held.

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Anonymous Complaints Against Sen. Scott Jensen Dismissed

Sen._Scott_Jensen__MD.jpgLet’s celebrate a win for freedom of expression over cowardly attacks by the intolerant cancel culture,

In an article published on July 28, AlphaNews reported that the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has dismissed two anonymous complaints filed against Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska) over his comments on the coronavirus pandemic.

Jensen, a practicing physician, faced backlash in April when he said that a CDC guidance granted doctors the authority to include “suspected or likely” cases of COVID-19 on death certificates. Jensen said the document, which was sent to him by the Minnesota Department of Health, suggested that he could include a diagnosis of COVID-19 on death certificates even if there were no official lab results confirming the diagnosis. Dr. Jensen highlighted that this was in direct conflict with the official "ICD-10" medical records reporting standards.

As reported in our newsletter and posted  on the SD49GOP.com website, the Republican senator said the Board of Medical Practice was investigating two allegations against him, including the spread of misinformation and providing Minnesotans with reckless advice by comparing COVID-19 to the flu.

Sen. Jensen noted that he was forced to respond to allegations from anonymous accusers whom he could not face.

The Board completed its investigation on July 27 and dismissed the allegations.

“We are all entitled to our own reasoning. In a nation built on free speech, this right must be protected. But instead, today we are seeing an unprecedented intolerance for contrarian viewpoints,” Jensen said in a statement.

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Native American Group Objects to LT Gov Flanagan’s Position on Columbus Statue

Bergstrom.jpgDuring the afternoon of June 10, a group of protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.  John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said that officials were aware of the plan to remove the statue.  And yet no action was taken to block the protesters from dragging it down. 

That evening, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was recorded saying, “I can’t say I’m sad the statue of Christopher Columbus is gone. I’m not.”  A descendent of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Flanagan has written that to her, the statue of Columbus was “a constant reminder that our systems were not built by or for Native people or people of color, but in many cases, to exclude, erase, and eliminate us.”

Minnesota’s 2018 Republican Lt Gov candidate Donna Bergstrom (pictured above left), an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, has recently responded:

“Peggy Flanagan is one of the Governor’s top advisors, and yet she disdains proper protocols. It is deeply disheartening that she displays a complete lack of regard for law and order and excuses anarchy. Those are not values of a traditional Ojibwe woman.  A true Ojibwe woman would know that the seven Grandfather teachings require her to be better than this.”

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MVA and MN GOP Demand Compliance with Election Judge Law

ballot_box.jpgOn July 15, the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA), the Minnesota GOP, State Senate Candidate Donna Bergstrom, and several election judges filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus asking the St. Louis County District Court to order the City of Duluth to follow the law for appointing members to the absentee ballot review board for this November's elections.

A similar lawsuit was filed on July 2 against the City of Minneapolis.  Like Minneapolis, Duluth has used city clerk employees for years to do the critical function of examining absentee ballot envelopes and deciding which ones are to be rejected and which are accepted.

Minnesota law, however, requires the ballot board to be comprised of election judges from lists submitted by the major political parties. The petition contends that both cities ignore the law, use insiders to accept and reject ballots, and avoid any outside scrutiny over its handling of mailed-in ballots.

In an article published by AlphaNews on June 25Willis Krumholz wrote that Minnesota’s Democratic Secretary of State, Steven Simon, essentially removed the requirement for “party balance” through a rule change to the statute that allows appointed bureaucrats to do the accepting and rejecting behind closed doors.

MNGOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan stated, “Steve Simon’s policies have enabled jurisdictions throughout the state to do much the same as Duluth. As the state’s chief election official, he bears major responsibility for this systemic failure to protect mail-in ballots from potential mistreatment.”

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Kendall Qualls Issues Statement on Tax Policy

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Kendall Qualls, Republican candidate for US Congress in the 3rd Congressional District, has made it clear that he supports tax policies that are equitable, support families, and support business activities. 

The next Congress will be challenged with tough decisions regarding the funding of critical government operations despite soaring borrowing for COVID-19  relief payments.  Qualls has made it clear that his priorities are

  • Improving the Child Tax Credit
  • Eliminating the Marriage Penalty
  • Supporting Small Businesses
  • Encouraging Innovation

In a released statement posted on his website, Kendall stated

As someone who has spent nearly 30 years in the private sector and healthcare industry, I know the importance of an efficient and effective tax system. I’ve also seen the effect of overburdensome tax policies that hurt businesses and stifle innovation – even if those policies are well intentioned.”

Kendall Qualls has faced critical spending decisions over much of his corporate career and in his family life.  As you look forward to the November election, consider who you would want to spend your tax dollars.


Social Media Training for Republicans July 28

Social_Media_Cloud_drawing.jpgSD49 and American Majority are sponsoring “Social Media Training 101” for Republicans on Tuesday July 28th at 7:00 pm. Sign up for this video-teleconference if you want to understand the basics of how you can use Facebook and Twitter to help Republican candidates and the party.

Effective political social media influence goes well beyond “liking” a Facebook Post by your favorite candidate. Do you want to be more effective? Have you wondered how to get started effectively using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, in politics?

Here is your chance to learn more about social media. You will learn how to communicate your views using simple techniques and free tools to increase dramatically your impact. You too can be a social media “influencer”.

We have all heard that the left has an advantage through use of social media to reach voters. As a result, SD49 set a goal of increasing our “social media literacy” this campaign season. Jennifer DeJournett of American Majority will present an enlightening and entertaining overview on effectively using social media. This social media virtual training will cover topics such as:

• How to set up social media accounts
• why social media is critical in today’s political world
• how to be effective on social media
• Facebook groups
• Best practices
• Twitter tips

Please register here  and you will receive instructions for joining this virtual training session.
For questions contact SD49's Jim Bowen jbowen111@comcast.net C: (360) 927-8301



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