Large Turn-out for Southwest Metro Holiday Party

For_website_holiday_party_3.jpgRepublicans came in from Plymouth and Brooklyn Park to join the regulars in the southwest metropolitan area for a special Pints & Politics-turned-Holiday Party on December 9.

The Club Room at Poor Richards Commonhouse was festively decked out for the occasion. Upwards of 90 people came to enjoy this special year-end event.

Several notables attended, including US Senate candidate Rob Barnett, Congressional Candidate Kendall Qualls, and MN Senate candidate Jeff Jiang. They were joined by MN GOP Secretary Barb Sutter, Republican National Committeeman Rick Rice, and Congressional District 3 Chairwoman Patti Meier.

For_website_holiday_party_musicians.jpgLive instrumental entertainment by Mark Vandermyde (of Fuzzy Math) on keyboards and Keith Friede on bass guitar provided a special touch of class to the evening.

If we missed seeing you at this merry gathering, we hope that your holidays are wonderful. We wish you a happy new year and look forward to having you join us at a future Pints & Politics!

(More photos below)

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Video and Photos from Fall Conversation 2019

For_website_Lacy_Johnson-CD-5_Republican_Candidate.jpgMany of those attending the Fall Conversation told us how much more hope they have for our For_website_Kendall_Qualls-CD-3_Republican_Candidate.jpg2020 success after hearing from the impressive Republican candidates for US Congress – Lacy Johnson (pictured at left) seeking endorsement for CD5 and Kendall Qualls (pictured at right), seeking endorsement for CD3. These candidates believe that Republicans should stand strong in support of the American values of freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility. They made a number of other points in an impressive discussion that lasted over an hour, guided by moderator Max Rymer. We highlighted a few of those in our recent article on our website. 

Watch the 70 minute video (lightly edited to remove pauses and keep it reasonable length) and you’ll quickly be able to get a sense of these two great candidates yourself. And from the photos below it’s clear how enjoyable an evening is when sharing views and opinions with fellow area Republicans. Plan now to attend the November “Conversation” next Fall.


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Party Colors: The History of Red/Blue

Flag_Elephant_Ballot_Box.jpgA bit of colorful trivia: How did Republicans get assigned red on political maps? This article “When Republicans Were Blue and Democrats Were Red” from Smithsonian Magazine traces some of the history. 

And did anyone else think politics when they saw the Dec. 9 announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020, Classic Blue? 

New Bloomington Community Center - No Agreement on Location

For_website_Community_Center_from_Randy.jpgThe December 2 Bloomington City Council meeting did not approve the resolution to proceed with design of a new Community Center at the Valley View Park location.

Mike Hanks of Sun Current News reported the considerations and votes details in his article, “No Community Center Solution in Sight for Bloomington”.


Don Patton Featured in Edina Magazine

Don_Patton_for_Dec_2.jpgOne of our long-serving Precinct Chairs, Don Patton, was recently written up in Edina Magazine  for his contributions to making the history of World War II come alive.

Don Patton helped found the World War II Round Table in 1987. “For 33 years, the WWII History Round Table has preserved the factual history of World War II through historians, veterans and travel opportunities for its members.” The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month (September-May) at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Bloomington Council to Vote Dec 17 on Waterpark

MOA_Water_Park_(2).jpgAs reported by Eric Roper in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, no one testified at a November meeting where the Bloomington City Council voted to approve tax increases associated with development of a waterpark near Mall of America.

The next (and final) Council vote on the project's unusual financing is scheduled for December 17.

"The deal hinges on the city’s option to hike sales taxes at the Mall of America to pay debt on the $260 million facility, if visitors who pay to raft down 10-foot-wide slides and lounge in cabanas don’t generate enough revenue. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, November 12, to authorize imposing the taxes — 11 years after the Legislature granted them that power — under specific circumstances that will be agreed to next month.

A series of votes scheduled for Dec. 17 will finalize an unusual financing plan with little precedent in Minnesota."

The full article outlines what makes this such an unusual plan.  We've also provided our views in previous newsletters and articles on our website.  (June 2019 - August 2019 )

Call or write your council member before December 17. Here is the link to their contact information.

Nominate a Precinct Volunteer Of The Year

photo-of-a-white-door-with-a-hanging-wreath-and-welcome-1652394.jpgPrecinct work is the one of the key activities of Senate District 49. Thanks to a generous donation, each year we will recognize the person who provides exemplary contributions to SD49 with his/her precinct activity work. Anyone who is not on the Executive Committee is eligible for the award.

Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination for someone deserving recognition for their precinct volunteer work. The nomination period is December 1st through December 31st for 2019 contributions. Anyone may provide a nomination by filling in the nomination form and emailing it to or mailing it to the SD49 GOP at 9201 E. Bloomington Fwy, Suite G, Bloomington MN 55420-3413. Submissions should be mailed or e-mailed by December 31st, 2019.

The SD49 Executive Committee will review the nominations and select the precinct volunteer of the year based on the nomination and selection criteria. The winner will be announced and the award presented at the SD49 Convention (March 21, 2020 at Bethany church).

The selection criteria are based on the level of effort, effectiveness, and results of outreach to voters and community by door knocking, lit dropping, phone calling, sign placement, and event hosting/organizing.

CLICK HERE to view, save or print the nomination form (PDF). OR

CLICK HERE to save an editable version (docx format)

Fall Conversation Inspired by Compelling Words of Two Congressional Candidates

Closeup_Kendall_Lacy.jpgKendall Qualls and Lacy Johnson excited the audience at Senate District 49’s annual fundraiser on November 22. Both are running as Republican candidates for Congress in 2020 against freshmen DFL incumbents. As moderator Max Rymer pointed out, these candidates offer fresh perspectives, private sector experience, and personal life stories that will make them very compelling to voters.

Lacy Johnson (seated on the right) is seeking the Republican endorsement to run in Congressional District 5 against Rep. Ilhan Omar. He has lived and raised a family in north Minneapolis for 40 years. He worked in computer engineering before going into business to bring technological jobs to his district.

Kendall Qualls (seated on the left) is running in Congressional District 3 against Rep. Dean Phillips. Early on in his life, he experienced the divorce of his parents and witnessed the street/drug culture in Harlem as an elementary student. His adolescent years were spent in a trailer park in Oklahoma. Qualls worked to pay his way through college and served five years as an officer in the Army. He personally saw while serving on the Demilitarized Zone in Korea what a difference Freedom can make to the prosperity of a people. Out of the Army, he pursued a career first in sales and marketing of health care products, then switched over to medical devices.

Why are they running?

Lacy Johnson decided to run to offer his conservative values as a counter to the mindset fostered in his friends and neighbors in north Minneapolis by the Democrats who have been in power for a long time. It is a mindset that looks to government programs and not personal responsibility to solve local and personal problems. Lacy says that if something hasn’t worked for decades, it is time for a change.

Kendall Qualls wants to bring his life experiences to bear in Washington DC. He also believes that the narrative that America is a racist country needs to change. He has received help along the way from people black and white, rich and poor, male and female. We certainly have bad actors in our culture, but they do not define our country. He is not going to let people get away with continuing a negative narrative about the USA.

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Bloomington Board and Commission Applications Are Being Accepted


Applications to serve on the Bloomington Charter Commission will be accepted through 4 p.m. on December 6.

Applications to serve on the Local Board of Appeal and/or on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Commission will be accepted through 4 p.m. on December 13.

Applications may be obtained by calling Bloomington Civic Plaza at 952-563-8782, or you may apply online at Information about Bloomington boards and commissions is available at

Anselmo Joins Aho in Race for Hennepin County Commissioner

Dario_Anselmo_Nov_2019.jpgIn a news release dated October 30, Dario Anselmo declared his candidacy for the Hennepin County District 6 Commissioner seat. District 6 includes Edina, Hopkins a portion of Eden Prairie, and much of the Lake Minnetonka area. Anselmo served in the Minnesota legislature from House District 49A from 2016 to 2018.

“Like his unique brand of politics, Dario Anselmo doesn’t fit a typical mold,” states his campaign website.. “Tech startup founder, pilot for Tom Petty’s band, music club owner, and community leader are just a few of the experiences that have prepared Dario for this office.”

Dario Anselmo’s approach to politics is to put his “purple” message into action. His stated intent is to “bring red and blue together to focus on solutions for the people, not partisan politics.”

Read more about Dario Anselmo and his thoughts on his campaign website and on his Facebook page .

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