Election 2018 Results

From Patti Meier, Chair of Congressional District 3 Republicans,

The following is an excerpt of an email sent to the Republican Senate Districts and BPOUs in Congressional District 3 the day after Election Day:

“Election 2018 did not go our way. To those of you who put your heart and soul into the effort … THANK YOU. Your time and commitment was appreciated by our candidates.

“Congratulations to those candidates that won their MN House races and to those who were successful in local and school board contests.

“We took a big hit in CD3 and across the State. To our friends that lost THANK YOU for your personal sacrifices and your commitment to make our State and Country better for all of us.

“Now we need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. We need to organize and recommit ourselves to our beliefs and principles.

“Rest and reflect today and get ready to take our Victory lap in 2020.

“I again ask all of you to get involved in your Senate District.”

Thanks to the Republican-endorsed Candidates

State and National Candidates are frequently in the spotlight, garnering a lot of attention from the media and campaign volunteers. Local candidates do not generally get as much attention. They and their families sacrifice personal time and (this year, especially) encounter both the best and worst of commentary and actions from their fellow Minnesotans. We thank each of them for the service they have provided by running for office.

Voter turnout this year was very strong for a mid-term, over 85% in SD49. It was also marked by a significant turn-out of DFL voters. Five-term U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen came up short. Jennifer Zielinski ran valiantly in Congressional District 5 against the Minneapolis DFL machine.

Virtually all of the incumbent Republican MN House members in Hennepin County were defeated, including Sarah Anderson, Cindy Pugh, Jennifer Loon, and Dario Anselmo. As we go to press, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s race was still too close to call.
See the Secretary of State website for Election Results details by office and precinct.

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Bloomington: Big Construction Planned, Community Center Without YMCA

Stack_of_Dollar_Bills.jpgThe City of Bloomington hosted a series of Town Hall meetings in October, giving a "heads up" regarding major construction projects planned, both for significant repairs to existing structures, some replacement of current structures and the new (proposed) Community Center. Get ready to open your wallets, Bloomington tax payers! This is going to be expensive! We’ll all learn just how expensive at the Dec. 3 Council Meeting, where the preliminary city budget will be presented.

Cropped_CityofBloomington_Logo_2.jpgA new Community Center in Bloomington has been studied since 2016. An initiative earlier this year to use Bloomington School District property did not gain School Board approval. A new location for the proposed community center was presented during last month’s Town Halls. The city is now looking at the west side of Bloomington's Civic Plaza.

Although not mentioned at the early-October Town Hall meetings (but shown on the diagrams), the city announced plans to acquire the apartment buildings across the street west of the Civic Plaza to make room for the Community Center, plus parking facilities.

Then the Council announced on Nov. 2  the Oct 29 decision that the YMCA will no longer be partnering with the city for the Community Center. It’s unclear how the design will change and where the construction might proceed now.

A few side notes for context: 2019 is a mayoral and council election year. Bloomington’s current Mayor, Gene Winstead has lead city government for more than 20 years, since his appointment in 1995 as a Council Member-At-Large, beginning his current position as Mayor in 2000. Councilmen Tim Busse and Jack Baloga began serving in 2011/2012, all others joined the Council more recently. The $38 million Bloomington Civic Plaza construction began in 2001 and completed in 2003. Bloomington’s population is aging, and 40% of those attending the Oct. 18 Town Hall had lived in Bloomington more than 35 years.

Significant maintenance and construction that was deferred during the 2002-2015 economic downturn is past-due, and the city is trying to play catch-up.

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Oct Dinner Spotlights Political Correctness on Campus

The October Dinner Meeting first included short presentations by several current candidates, all of whom summarized their political philosophies and initiatives, and asked for the votes of those present. The speakers included: Jeff Johnson, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate; Dario Anselmo, current incumbent running for reelection to the Minnesota House (District 49A); and six candidates running for the Edina City Council: Ron Anderson, Stan Davis, Janet Kitui, Ray Meifert, and incumbents Kevin Staunton and Bob Stewart.

Laura_Anderson_(R)_and_Hannah_Keil_(L)_closeup_For_Newsletter.jpgThe main presentation featured Laura Anderson (on the right in the photo) and Hannah Keil (on the left)  -“The Elephants in the Room” -two young professional women who recently graduated (Minnesota State University – Mankato and University of Minnesota, Duluth respectively) and joined the workforce here in the Twin Cities.

The two gave “up close and personal” accounts of their experiences as conservatives surviving in a vast ocean of “liberals and leftists” inhabiting their academic worlds, including professors, fellow students, and the bureaucracy. The audience learned real examples of bias against conservative thought that ranged from censorship to latent hostility to downright silliness, such as the “pronoun police.”

Laura and Hannah left the audience with a list of resources for further study of these subjects, along with a call to support truly open and free thought and civil discussion in institutions of higher learning, at every possible opportunity.

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Yard Sign Days - No Limits - Now Through November

All_the_signs_photo_credit_John_Alexander.jpgIt's OK now to put up ALL the candidate yard signs – no limits. And leave them until shortly after the November election, although you'll probably rotate them as you rake leaves this fall.

Per the MN Secretary of State website, state law regarding political campaign signs overrides local sign ordinances.  Local laws that otherwise limit the number of signs or how long they may be up cannot be enforced for a designated time during even-numbered years.

Resized_YardSignDay_photo_credit_David_Pasco.jpgWe distributed all the signs we had on-hand at our last several SD49 events, and don’t yet know whether we’ll have more by the Oct 23 dinner meeting. So if you still need an endorsed-candidate yard sign (or a few), please contact the candidate’s campaign - we’ve listed their websites HERE  - and be prepared to go to a local campaign office to pick them up.

photo credits: 6 signs John Alexander, 3 signs David Pasco

Sept Dinner Speakers Reject Identity Politics in Education

Resized_L-R_Chuck_Li_Jun_Yang_Sifang_Wu_Sheng_Zhong_Dongfeng_Qi.jpgMinnesota collects data on K-12 student performance, often by broad ethnic or racial origins in compliance with Federal guidelines. In the last decade, a study funded by the federal government concluded that the data should be “disaggregated”, broken into sub-populations on the assumption that resources should be focused on students of ethnic or racial groups that were under-performing.

On September 25, Chuck Li, President of the Chinese-American Alliance, (at left in photo) spoke at our dinner program. He told us why he and many other Chinese-Americans in Minnesota do not believe that ethnic identity should be the basis for setting school policies, assigning education resources, or defining student quotas.

He was joined by (L-R) Jun Yang, Sifang Wu, Sheng Zhong and Dongfeng Qi from Education Policy Observers. They described why they've transformed into activists since last year when the MN Legislature passed a bill for disaggregated reporting at a more detailed level and the Dept. of Education announced plans for pilot-implementations. They highlighted the evidence that focusing on ethnic identity avoids the real causes (30 factors in 8 categories)  of poor educational performance. They also noted the expected costs to MN Taxpayers (more than $75 million per year) and the lack of data-security / data-privacy tools and standards for school computer systems. These leave both parents and students at high potential risk for exposure of sensitive information.

These MN parents strongly believe the planned information collection risks dividing us along ethnic and racial lines and does not promote the common good. As reported in 2017, Minnesota has already proven to be really good at collecting some student data, just not the best at using it.


Educators May Exit Union Sept 24 – 30

Union_Contract_Wordcloud_credit_Michael_Van_Beek.jpgAre you considering resigning from your union? Kim Crockett wrote a helpful article for teachers and Education Service Professionals (ESP’s), posted at the Center of the American Experiment website. There’s a narrow one week each year window for these professionals to not-renew their union membership. That’s now – September 24 – 30.

Crockett acknowledges that making the decision has both emotional and practical considerations, and provides answers to frequently asked question such as alternative sources for liability insurance, assurance regarding pension protections (pensions are school, not union, benefits) and the specific steps needed to opt-out.

illustration credit: Michael Van Beek, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Bloomington Parade Was a Hot One


Thanks to everyone who walked in the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade with us Sept 15, or who cheered us from the curbside. John_Howe_Kirsten_Housley_small.jpegThe near-record 92-degree heat didn't slow down our energetic Republican-endorsed candidates who shared the street, moving from side to side to greet voters and kids alike: Kirsten Johnson for MN House 50A (pictured below on her motorcycle), Chad Anderson for MN House 50B (pictured below), Karin Housley for US Senate, and John Howe for Secretary of State (pictured together at right).

Supporters in colorful t-shirts, carrying signs and handing out stickers also helped boost recognition for our other endorsed candidates - US Representative Erik Paulsen, Jim Newberger for US Senate, Jeff Johnson for Governor, Doug Wardlow for Attorney General, Pam Myhra for Auditor, and Sheriff Rich Stanek.


Who's Funding Those Ads, Calls, Mailings?

Forming_a_PAC.jpgWhen a candidate's campaign puts out an ad, makes a call or sends a mailing, the "I approved this message" tag is clear. So who's funding all those other ads, calls and mailings? In a pair of informative articles, MinnPost has provided information about groups behind the political spending in Minnesota.

" ... one phenomenon is crystal-clear: there will be a tidal wave of political spending by outside groups hoping to influence key races for U.S. House and Senate.

Call it the “green wave,” if you like — and there’s no question it’ll be crashing down hard on Minnesota. The state is home to four top-tier House contests and a nationally-watched Senate race, making it one of the country’s biggest battlegrounds as Democrats and Republicans fight for control of Congress. It’s possible no single media market in the country will be saturated with more political communication than that of the Twin Cities, where TV and radio stations reach voters in virtually every competitive race.

Many of those ads will inform you that they’re paid for by a group you may not recognize: maybe their political bent will be clearly identified, like with the National Republican Congressional Committee; other times, they’ll have a generic name..."

To read the first MinnPost article, CLICK HERE  And to read their latest one with yet more groups for the list, CLICK HERE 

Paulsen Strong in First Debate

Erik_Paulsen_Hi_Res_Photo_small.jpgErik Paulsen and Dean Phillips faced off in the first debate of the cycle on Tuesday, August 21.

Congressman Paulsen touted his work on important issues, like tax reform, that are leading to great economic growth. Dean Phillips, on the other hand, avoided answering questions and spent his time talking about the gimmicks that are driving his campaign.

Major takeaways:

• Dean admitted that he supports sanctuary cities.
• Dean lied about providing healthcare to his employees after calling it a right. Dean said he's always provided healthcare to his employees. But just last year, he admitted that he doesn't provide healthcare for his employees because "it would cause him to lose money." 
• Dean said he wouldn't vote to repeal the tax cuts. But before it passed, he said he'd vote against it.
• Dean said he doesn't support new taxes. But last year, he supported a new carbon tax that would severely hurt the economy.

If you missed the debate you can read about it/watch it on the MPR News site .

Erik challenged Dean Phillips to real debates, where candidates will answer questions from the audience and where both sides will have their chance to be heard. Should Phillips agree to such debates, we will post the times and dates.

Door-knocking Essential in 2018 Republican Election Effort

By Jim Bowen, Precinct Co-Chair, Bloomington P-17

Starting early this election season, we are emphasizing “door knocking” over “literature dropping”. The simple reason is that actual human-to-human contact provides better election return results and can be the difference between winning and losing in close election races. There are expected to be a number of close races this year, so Republican volunteers have the opportunity to directly influence the results in these races.

Door_Knocking_Noah_and.jpgNoah Harber, pictured here with me on a beautiful summer Saturday, is one of 18 other SD49 Republicans that have been willing to devote time to knocking on doors in our senate district. Mike Barg, Sean Boylan, Nancy Carlson, Steve Curry, Kathleen Dick, Noah Harber, Tom and Linda Hulting, Dennis Hykes, Sheri Johnston, Ted Lockhart, Mike McNeeley, George Mueller, Al Muerhoff, Vince Riehm, Linda Steen, Randy Sutter, and Penny Walters have walked at least one stint for our endorsed candidates.
Several of these volunteers turned out in support of the Republican National Committee’s “Day of Action” on July 29. Aaron Waaraniemi, the RNC Field Director in Congressional District 3 (CD3) reported that “the state director of our field program and the Executive Director of the Minnesota Republican Party were very pleased and impressed with the work you all put in.”

“We set the new statewide 2018 record for voter contacts in a day.” CD3 was the single largest contributor, and SD49 turned out the most volunteers within CD3. “We can do great things when we have that many people giving even a couple hours over the course of a weekend.”

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