During 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.”Read more
On 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 25, Willis 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.”Read more
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.
SD49 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
Dean Mumbleau, from Richfield, was recently endorsed by the Senate District 50 Republicans as their candidate for the MN Senate. His campaign website is www.deanforminnesotasenate.com We asked him to tell us about himself & his reasons for running.
My name is Dean Mumbleau. I am the Republican candidate for the Minnesota Senate District 50. My wife Margie and I have resided in Richfield since the fall of 2008. Between the two of us, we have five children and two grandchildren. I'm in this race because I am concerned about the state's continuous move towards socialism.
I'm also very concerned about the lawlessness that we've experienced over the last several months, where large groups of individuals were allowed to riot, burn, and pillage with silent approval from our Democrat leaders. I'm against the pandering and silent support of these violent groups, such as Antifa.
I'm also against the removal of our historical monuments by criminal acts of a few individuals, here again with the silent approval from our Democrat leaders. These monuments belong to all of us, and if removed, it should be by the proper method.
I consider myself a constitutionalist, I'm a Conservative, Pro-business, pro-police, pro-life and pro-gun rights, and I'm without doubt your pro-law and order candidate.
My vision of what the Republican Party should project during this election year is to be the party that is color blind and inclusive, a voice for equality and freedom for everyone. We need to promote safe neighborhoods, faith, and family, Jobs, education, health care, and effective police reform.Read more
Nearly 200 excited supporters cheered the opening of the Republican Victory Office in Wayzata on Saturday morning, July 11. Congressional District 3 Chair Patti Meier kicked off the event. She was followed by Congressman Tom Emmer, US Senate candidate Jason Lewis, US Congress candidate Kendall Qualls, MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, and Trump Victory Team Deputy Director Tyler Newcombe.
The attendees eagerly picked up Kendall Qualls lawn signs, which are popping up around the 3rd Congressional District. They are available for installation by going to the Kendall for Congress campaign website. Check with the Jason Lewis team for his Senate campaign lawn signs. You may also email SD49GOP for lawn signs for these and for Brad Aho, candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 6.
Normally the Bloomington Charter Commission meets annually for business in the month of May. During this time of COVID shut down, civil unrest, and a difficult forum for public participation, the Charter Commission has met a total of three times (so far) this year: May 7, June 11 and July 9th.
The first meeting held May 7th, dealt with the court-mandated organized garbage referendum and its confusing language for presentation on the November ballot. There will be more on this another time. The latter two meetings were specifically to address the City Council ordinance regarding Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). It appears that the City Council, without articulating a compelling reason, deems a drastic change in the way we have voted for years is necessary and urgent enough to be on the ballot this year.
The second Charter Commission meeting, which was public via teleconference, was held June 11th and was summarized in our June 22 article. While the motion to accept the ordinance FAILED due to a tie, much confusion about the Commission’s action ensued.
Last newsletter we notified you of a new Special Charter Commission Meeting called for July 9th and you responded with letters, emails and voicemails to Commissioners. I was told the city secretary was overwhelmed and I believe it made a difference.
Here’s what happened at the July 9th meeting, (a video recording of that meeting can be reviewed here) and what to expect next.Read more
Updated Sept 17 2020
For Jason Lewis, Kendall Qualls, Lacy Johnson and Joe Thalman, as well as Donald J Trump:
You can show your support for candidates by hosting a yard sign. If you live in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield or SE Eden Prairie, we here at SD49 will be happy to provide the sign and install it.
Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, telephone number, and signs that you wish to host. They may be available in small size (18 in. x 24 in.) or medium size (3 ft. x 4 ft.). Include the size you would prefer.
If you live in other Metro-area cities or elsewhere in Minnesota, please contact the campaigns directly or arrange to visit their offices using the following information:
Jason Lewis (State-wide)
They have signs at their HQ which is located at: 3140 Neil Armstrong Blvd, Eagan, MN 55121. If you would like to come and pick some up there, please email their HQ staff at Kyriacos@lewisformn.com
If you are not able to come to their HQ please fill out this form and one of Jason Lewis’ staffers will reach out to you. They may not have signs near you but are doing their best to distribute them at local Republican party offices or Trump Victory offices throughout the state. Here is the link: https://forms.gle/T3CbnLGWteYVFvCa7
Kendall Qualls (Congressional District 3)
Thank you for your support. You can come by the office in Wayzata or they can arrange for installation - whichever is better for you. To request installation use this form on the campaign website. https://kendallforcongress.com/request-a-yard-sign/
600 Twelve Oaks Center
Lacy Johnson (Congressional District 5)
To request a yard sign, use this page from the campaign’s website.https://www.lacyjohnson.com/request-a-yard-sign/
Donald J Trump
There are Trump Victory Offices throughout Minnesota with signs available. View the map at TrumpVictory.com. Expand-in on Minnesota and click on the red dots or T’s to see an office address near you. The HQ is located in Eagan.
3140 Neil Armstrong Blvd, Eagan, MN or message from FB https://www.facebook.com/TrumpVictoryMN/
The Bloomington Charter Commission will hold another teleconferenced Special Meeting at 7 PM, July 9. Besides approval of the prior meeting minutes, the only item on the agenda is "Discussion on Unfinished Business Related to Ranked Choice Voting".
There is no indication that public comment will be allowed. To view the meeting packet on the city website select it from the upcoming meetings document list, CLICK HERE
To listen to the meeting by phone: 1-415-655-0001, Access code 133 844 2852
Our previous articles about RCV are in the Opinion section:
The Leagues of Women Voters of Edina, Minnetonka-Eden Prairie-Hopkins, South Tonka and Wayzata-Plymouth Area hosted a Hennepin County Commissioner District 6 Candidate Forum on June 18th. The 90-minute forum was conducted via Zoom without a live audience.
Six candidates are vying for the District 6 commissioner position. They are Brad Aho (Republican-endorsed), Dario Anselmo, Carmella Doby, Chris LaTondresse, Cheri Sudit and Kimberly Wilburn. Absentee voting is already underway for the August 11 Primary Election. The two candidates who receive the most votes will move on to the General Election on November 3.
District 6, encompasses Deephaven, Northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.