The State Fair is back this year, and the Republican Party of Minnesota plans to continue its tradition of running a State Fair booth for the duration of the fair. The MN GOP staff has asked the leadership of the Congressional Districts and the Affiliate groups to find volunteers to support the running of the booth on specific days.
Congressional District 3 Republicans (including SD49) are teaming with the Minnesota Organization of Republican Veterans (MORVets) to work the booth over three shifts on Tuesday, August 31. The shifts are 9 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm, and 5 pm to 9 pm.
CD3 GOP Chair Patti Meier is looking for 12 volunteers to sign up, four per shift. The first four to sign up (and show up) for each of the shifts will be entitled to be reimbursed the price of admission to the State Fair. Volunteers will be responsible for covering their costs of transportation and parking.
Volunteers will greet guests, organize and promote merchandise and assist with a short poll on issues and candidates, and other duties as assigned by MN GOP staff.
There will be virtual training via zoom in August before the fair to answer questions and go over volunteer information. There will be three different weekday evening options for this training, and every volunteer must "attend" one.
If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Patti Meier at [email protected]. Provide your name, senate district (or home address), email address, cell phone number, and shift (or shifts} to be worked. She will get back to you to confirm your shift and/or with any questions.
Facing Legislature Vote, Walz Ends Emergency Powers
No Tax Increase, $1B in Tax Relief
After nearly 16 months, Governor Walz’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency powers ended on Thursday, July 1.
The Republican-led Senate voted first on July 29 to end Walz’s emergency powers. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R, East Gull Lake) reported that after intense negotiations with the DFL-led House, the House were about to do the same – “against the governor’s wishes. With his hand forced, the Democratic governor announced in an 11:40 p.m. news release that he would end them himself.”
The Star Tribune reported that later that evening, the House voted to end Gov. Walz’s emergency powers as of July 1. Those powers had emerged as a key sticking point in budget negotiations. The legislature did not vote on any Chapter 12 reform, meaning the Governor still has the ability to declare another peacetime emergency should he choose to. Without changing Chapter 12, there is nothing stopping Governor Walz from following states like California and reinstating his emergency powers.
With the vote to end the governor’s current emergency powers behind them, legislators did pass a public safety bill that had been a key point of division in recent months. Democrats expressed disappointment that the public safety agreement that had been reached the prior weekend fell short on police accountability. Republicans rejected proposed DFL amendments that they said “would undermine officers’ ability to keep people safe”, including one that would impose limits on traffic stops. Stressing the value of the work done by law enforcement, Republicans felt that the amendments would send the wrong message about police.Read more
Election judges play an important role in administering elections by ensuring the constitutional rights of voters are protected. Bloomington has specifically called out a need for Republican election judges.
Be aware that Bloomington’s deadline for filing to be an election judge appears to have been accelerated significantly. On the Bloomington website, the filing deadline is listed as September 2. However, a former Republican election judge was recently sent a form and asked to submit it by July 12.
Apply for Bloomington Charter Commission by July 9. The Chief Judge of Hennepin County is accepting applications to fill a vacancy of an unexpired term on the Bloomington Charter Commission. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. on July 9, 2021. Applications may be obtained by calling Bloomington Civic Plaza at 952-563-8782 or you may apply online at blm.mn/board-app.
The Charter Commission is charged with studying issues and making recommendations relating to the city’s governing charter. The commission meets annually on the first Thursday evening in May and additionally as needed, if directed by the Bloomington City Council to study a particular issue.
Other opportunities for Bloomington Community Governance involvement:
Help shape a new Board & Commission policy – The City is developing a board and commission policy to create fair and consistent guidelines for the recruitment and appointment of new members, and to ensure transparency for the public. We are seeking feedback about leadership in Bloomington to help develop desired characteristics for board and commission members that reflect the voice of the community. Please share your ideas at https://letstalk.bloomingtonmn.gov/boards-and-commissions or reach out to Emily Larson at [email protected]
Apply to participate in the Bloomington Leadership Program – Are you interested in developing leadership skills to better your community? The City of Bloomington is now accepting applications for the 2021 Bloomington Leadership Program. The deadline is July 31.CLICK HERE to read our June article on the SD49 website.
Republican Roundtable once again has access to their equipment and is able to record / broadcast, after a year of studio closure due to Gov. Walz’s COVID-19 Executive Orders,
Their first guest of 2021 was Diane Napper, a board member of TakeCharge Minnesota, interviewed by Max Rymer. She addresses some of the current myths about the black community and the country. The focus of this transformational organization is on returning the black community to its roots - faith, family, and education.
To view the show on Youtube CLICK HERE.
On Thursday, July 1, a Hennepin County judge struck a major blow to the defund movement when she ordered the city of Minneapolis to hire more police. Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson said Minneapolis leaders have “failed to perform an official duty clearly imposed by law.”
Judge Anderson ordered the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey to “immediately take any and all necessary action to ensure that they fund a police force” of at least 730 sworn officers, or more if required by the 2020 Census to be published later this year, by June 30, 2022.
Doug Seaton, President of the Upper Midwest Law Center, said: “This is a huge victory for the Petitioners and all residents of Minneapolis, especially those in the most diverse neighborhoods feeling the brunt of rising crime rates. We applaud the Court’s decision and look forward to swift action by the City Council and Mayor to fund the police and ensure the safety of all Minneapolitans.”
The City had projected that the Minneapolis Police Department would only have 669 sworn officers as of June 1, 2022, after an “exodus” through retirement, resignations, and officers taking extended leave. As reported by AlphaNews, Minneapolis argued that it only needs 650 sworn officers, “but this figure is based on the 2010 census. Anderson said a 2019 population estimate of 429,606 mandates a police force of at least 730 officers but likely more, depending on the figures in the 2020 census.”Read more
Thank you to the roughly 40 volunteers who join us for Edina's 4th of July Parade, held on July 3rd. We were also joined by MN Rep. Greg Boe (R, Chaska), David Pascoe (MN GOP Secretary), Cicely Davis (SD59 Chair), Allen Shen (Vice Chair, Asian American Republicans Affiliate), Kim Crockett (CD3 Republicans Vice Chair), and Patty Piatz (producer, Republican Roundtable). Republicans from Edina and Bloomington were numerous, we were pleased to be supplemented by our friends from Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Roseville, and Carver County.
A special thanks goes out to Carol Kerr and her red convertible (with inflated elephant) and John Ward and his vintage red Mustang convertible for helping us make an impact with their vehicles..
The City of Bloomington has created the Bloomington Leadership Program to “promote civic engagement, develop leaders in the Bloomington community, break down barriers, and increase understanding of local government.” It is an entry step for Bloomington residents that may wish to serve on city commissions and committees.
The program is intended to develop leadership skills through educational sessions that are interactive, engaging, and relational.
Applications are being accepted now through July 31, 2021 for this Fall. It is open to Bloomington residents who are 18 years of age or older and can attend 75% of the sessions (no more than 2 absences). This year's eight sessions will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings, September 14 – October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a graduation session Thursday October 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, August 25. CLICK HERE to apply online.
• For questions or to request a mailed application, contact Community Outreach and Engagement at 952-563-8733 | MN Relay 711, or by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).
• An information session will be offered on Tuesday, July 13, 6 to 7 pm (Zoom). Register on-line on or before Monday, July 12 at 4:30 pm.
• You may also contact SD49 Republicans at [email protected] and we can put you in touch with a Bloomington Republican
Two of the most dedicated Republicans in Senate District 49 have signaled that it is time for the next phase of their lives. Trish & Russ Burnison were recognized for their continued support by the attendees at the June 14 Pints & Politics event.
One of Russ’ earliest memories of political activism was doing literature drops for Norm Coleman when he ran for re-election to the US Senate. The Burnisons got involved with the local Republican organization then known as Senate District 41 in late 2008 or early 2009, when they attended their first dinner program,
They came to their first caucus in 2009 and Russ was elected to Chair of Bloomington Precinct 19 in 2011. He became an Executive Committee Vice Chair by 2013. He was elected as the Co-Chair in 2019 and re-elected in 2021. He was not shy in expressing his opinions about the performance of the Bloomington mayor and city council, even stepping forward to run for city council in 2011.
Russ pitched in to help through two office moves. He and his van were heavily used in furniture moves, lawn sign installations, and picnic provisioning. He volunteered for setting up caucuses and conventions. He was a strong leader and motivator within the volunteer ranks of the senate district. He was awarded the Senate District's Crystal Eagle in 2018, in recognition of his exemplary volunteer work.Read more
Recent news featured a workplace dispute at a St. Cloud law firm that resulted in the firing of several people. Articles paraphrased a firm member contending that “it’s illegal to fire someone for their political beliefs.”
Unfortunately, not true.
As we reported here in 2016 and reconfirmed just this week with the Upper Midwest Law Center, Minnesota’s protections for political activity / beliefs only apply for public employees. If you work anywhere in the private sector, you CAN be dismissed for any or no reason. This may include your political activity or stated policy positions, even if the activity is not during work hours or the stated position is not voiced at your workplace.
For this reason, SD49 does not publish volunteer or attendee lists and allows people who write for our Newsletter and website to remain anonymous if they request it.
We welcome participation at events and volunteer efforts by Republicans of all ages. And we remain keenly aware that in MN publicizing your Republican affiliation can affect employment.