Jeff Jiang officially announced his candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in District 48 on October 27. Jiang is a first-generation American who has lived in Eden Prairie for 22 years.
Jiang got his graduate degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. His graduation in 2001 coincided with the devastating September 11 attacks on our country. “As I witnessed the American people unite against terrorism and fear, I experienced the greatness of this nation in a profound way and knew I wanted to become part of this great country and people”.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Jiang promised to be a “voice for unity, freedoms and opportunities”. He said that his district and the state are “ready for leadership that can get us united, include everyone and seek solutions through respectful dialogue.”
As we turn our attention to the 2020 elections, we note that three people well known to us in Senate District 49 already have campaigns officially underway.
First to announce was Brad Aho, a member of the Eden Prairie city council for 16 years, when he declared his candidacy for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 6. District 6 includes Edina, Hopkins a portion of Eden Prairie, and much of the Lake Minnetonka area.
Brad Aho made his intentions clear back on September 30 on the Twin Cities New Talk radio station. Back in February, he was the featured speaker at our February dinner program. He spoke then about how Eden Prairie was dealing with the need for affordable housing and the consequence of higher density.
Brad points to his long experience on the Eden Prairie city council as solid preparation for serving as a Hennepin County Commissioner. “I've worked with residents and city staff to increase efficiency and effectiveness to keep our property taxes affordable for residents and businesses all while continuing to improve city services. The city has received numerous awards, including the Best City in the Nation to live and retire, the Digital Cities Award for the innovative use of technology, and is financially sound with a AAA bond rating.”
The Bloomington City Council will hold a public meeting Monday evening, November 18, at 7 PM to hear public comments on proposed rate increases for trash and recycling. The hikes will amount to as much as 14% on the bi-monthly trash bill and 10% on the monthly “curbside clean-up” fee.
These proposed 2020 increases are coming at the same time as increases in the water and waste water rates and property tax rates. All of which are running much higher than the rate of inflation and just after municipal elections.
If these increases strike you as a bit steep, you no longer have your vote as leverage. Now, your recourse is to show up at City Hall Monday night at 7 PM and let your voice be heard. The city council meeting agenda lists the public comment period as following the Consent Business. Whether you can attend or not, you might want to have a conversation with your Council representative, prior to the meeting. Here is the link to their contact information .
Regarding the status of the court cases being argued on behalf of the citizens’ group called “Hands Off Our Cans”: the last oral arguments in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court occurred in June. While the Supreme Court is under no firm requirement to hand down a decision within a set time period, one typically is released within five months. For that reason, a decision is expected to be released shortly.
As we look toward the 2020 state and National elections, here are a few key dates for your calendars.
NOW – Begin considering whether you have the interest and financial resources to attend the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte, NC August 24-27, with travel days Aug 23 & 28. A delegate or alternate would need to be prepared to spend $3000 – $5000 for the week, and likely will have some expenses as they seek election. Those who want to run for election as delegate/alternate (36 of each, 3 per CD and 12 Statewide) must submit their declaration of intent packet by February 29, 2020 (rules agreement, self-nomination form, agree to 2 reference-checks). CLICK HERE to view or download the packet which may be turned in at any time before February 29. December update- MN GOP says: Early packet submissions are much appreciated, so the required reference-checks can be started, and workload spread out. The packet includes details regarding the convention costs and the timing of financial commitments as well as a contact for more information.
If you’re curious about the logo, you may read more about it at the national GOP site, HERE
NOW – Encourage voter registration. The state does not require training on how to conduct voter registration drives, and does not have age, background, or notification restrictions. However, MN GOP is encouraging all to attend training to ensure awareness of the basic rules/laws around the effort.Read more
“If only we’d known how to get help for them” is the sad phrase Bloomington police hear from family and friends as they respond to about 10 deaths by suicide each year. The Bloomington Police Department is rolling out a program called Crisis Or Violent Extremist Reporting (C.O.V.E.R) to provide a quick resource.
One goal of the new anonymous tip-line (952-563-HOPE (4673)) is to give family, friends and neighbors a simple single phone number as a way to raise their concerns regarding a community member.
“If we can intervene early enough to prevent even one suicide, this program’s worth the effort”, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley as he and Chief of Police Jeff Potts were interviewed by SD49 GOP Newsletter writers.
The tip-line is intended to be a simplified one-call local number for all situations. It may be used to ask for Police / social-worker expert help for any situation when it’s thought that a person may cause harm to themselves or others. The goal is not to arrest the individual who is suicidal or threatening, but rather to intervene early and prevent a “crisis” situation. The Police hope this will help both their officers and community members say “We did everything we could”.
Calling 952-563-HOPE may also be used to anonymously report concerns that someone may be planning / threatening an attack on others – from a family member or an ex-romantic partner to a school, a public event, or a shopping area. With Bloomington home to the Mall of America, visited by millions yearly, the Bloomington Police want to be proactive in deterring terrorist/mass-attack threats.
Anonymous tip lines can be abused. Chief Potts is well aware of “swatting”, the prank calls to police reporting a situation that falsely mobilizes a SWAT team simply to harass another community member.Read more
Fittingly, on election day Nov. 5, the MN Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding release of public voter data.
The case is Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) v. Secretary of State (SOS) Steve Simon and the hearing will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., in the 2nd-floor courtroom at the State Capitol Building, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155.
MVA v. Simon is a landmark case involving the Secretary’s refusal to provide the public with full voting information on every voter (as the law requires), so the public can effectively evaluate the Secretary of State’s performance and assess the true amount of ineligible voting that continues to occur in our elections.
So far, four judges have reviewed the case. Most recently, on April 15, 2019, a panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the Ramsey County District Court decision and ruled 3-0 in favor of MVA, that election records in the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) are public data and must be released by Secretary of State Steve Simon.
The MVA seeks the same ruling won previously, namely, that the Secretary must stop hiding critical, public data on elections and turn the data over to the public. Secretary Simon's arguments are the same logical contortions and strained assertions that have failed in the lower courts.Read more
The Minnesota GOP showcase event of the season, the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, went off perfectly on Friday evening October 11 in the main Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
An enthusiastic crowd of Republican supporters and activists, including many from SD49 and SD50, gathered to enjoy conversation, an occasional adult beverage, and a leisurely perusal of an impressive array of silent auction items contributed to further the State organization’s fundraising goals.
The Emcee for the evening’s festivities was former WCCO weather forecaster Paul Douglas, who surprised (almost) everyone in the hall when he revealed himself as a “Born Again Christian” and political conservative! His recount of his experiences as a TV weather man, and a very early investor in GPS technology, along with his sense of humor and easy presentation style, made the evening flow pleasantly and enjoyably for everyone in the hall.
As the dinner portion of the evening’s agenda got underway, we all enjoyed greetings and speeches from leaders including MnGOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan, Congressman Tom Emmer and others as the hotel staff served a sumptuous dinner to a packed hall.
The featured speaker, Congresswoman Liz Cheney from Wyoming, eloquently described her experiences dealing with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives that has no agenda other than obstruction and “Resistance”. She described several instances that illustrated their complete lack of even the slightest scruple or hesitation in choosing tactics to prevent the administration from achieving any of the goals that Americans voted them into office to accomplish, and then contrasted that with the way business was done in years past.Read more
A number of Republicans from Senate District 49 made their way to Target Center to be part of a high-energy rally for President Trump on October 10. Many went early and volunteered.
Many more stood in line to be part of the big event. They were not disappointed. CLICK HERE to see a video of the President greeting the thousands waiting for him to speak.
Trump supporters also filled the Club Room at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse in Bloomington on Thursday evening, October 10. Over 70 people registered in advance, and many more came to watch President Trump's rally in Minneapolis streamed live on the big overhead screen. CLICK HERE to view a short video of the good people at Poor Richard’s.
The turnout in both locations demonstrated the high level of support that the President still enjoys in Minnesota going into 2020.
The parade-watchers for the 2019 Bloomington Heritage Days Parade were generous with their smiles and we heard numerous “go Trump” calls. And the children were delightful as they each politely said "Thank you" for the candy & stickers handed out by our SD49 GOP group.
More than 20 enthusiastic Republicans joined together for the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade on September 21. Our message of pro-family, pro-growth received many friendly waves, thumbs up gestures and shouts of “go Trump”. Our group was a little smaller this year as some volunteers joined our recommended local candidates, Ryan Kulka, running for Bloomington Mayor, and Al Noard, running for Bloomington City Council.
We were pleased to have candidates join us as well:
- Kendall Qualls, in center at right, Republican candidate seeking endorsement in 2020 for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress https://kendallforcongress.com
- Lacy Johnson, pictured on right below (click it for video), a candidate seeking the 2020 Republican endorsement to run for Congress in the 5th District https://www.lacyjohnson.com
- Susan Woodruff, pictured above holding her sign, now running for City Council in Bloomington’s 2nd District.
Though the weather was sketchy, our committed volunteers chanced the threat of rain to drive their vehicles after outfitting them with signs and patriotic decorations: Dave Temply on his Spyder motorcycle, Carol Kerr in her red Mercedes convertible carrying the elephant balloon, and John Ward in his red Mustang convertible. Russ Burnison, SD 49 Executive Committee Co-Chair, provided the parking lot space to get everyone ready, loaded and then shuttle to our staging position. Thanks to you all!
THANK YOU to every person who walked with us. And "WELL DONE" to the team of volunteers (at right) who wrestled the inflatable elephant into place.
Thanks also to our parade organizers and to the well-wishers who cheered us on along the parade route. We invite all area Republicans to plan to walk with us next year!
More photos are below.Read more
On September 11, 2019 hundreds of MN Republicans and Conservatives gathered at a four-hour CPAC Minnesota event hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU) Foundation. In response to MN Rep. Ilhan Omar’s “Some People Did Something” comment, the speakers reflected on the 9/11/2001 attacks on the USA. They highlighted and celebrated the heroism of first responders and citizens around the country then and in the 18 years since. They also discussed what’s happening today that threatens freedom, and advocated thoughtful actions to counter those threats.
Congressman Jason Lewis, newly announced candidate for US Senate in MN, spoke resoundingly in support of the Constitutional limits imposed on the Federal government, including the vertical limits reserving powers to each of the States, or to the people, and gave the historical context for those. “Due process, the rule of law, the presumption of innocence, probable cause / warrants for wire taps and all the procedural safeguards that are in that little piece of paper that keeps us free (the Constitution) are on the chopping block” when today’s Socialist-advocates, who believe the ends justify the means, are seeking power. The Constitution is ignored.
Congressman Lewis also got some of the biggest chuckles of the evening when he referred to “the Squad” as a group that makes Nancy Pelosi look like a moderate, and the MN Congressional delegation (with one exception) as “the greatest collection of misfits since the Star Wars bar scene.”
Views of the current political scene and the upcoming 2020 elections were interspersed throughout the evening.
In addition to investigative reporter Sara Carter and ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp, pictured above, the 18 panel participants included thoughtful writers and activists from across the country.
With so many informative and inspirational speakers, the evening moved by quickly. A brief break for dinner and a post-event social hour gave ample opportunities to meet interesting fellow Minnesotans.
We've provided a link to the event video below, along with a list of the speakers and timestamps to help you more easily navigate.Read more