2020 is an important election year for Republicans here in Minnesota. Our state party is working to build the army of campaign workers needed to help re-elect President Trump and elect Republicans up and down the ballot.
MNGOP is currently looking for more members to join the team, so if you or someone you know would be interested in interning in the MNGOP Headquarters or working as a Field Organizer, send them our way.
These positions are great opportunities to talk to voters, learn about political organizing and help spread the Republican message. You may even get the opportunity to meet the Vice President like two of our recent interns, pictured at left.
To apply for a Field Organizer position, send your resume toTlagerman@gop.com
To apply for an internship, send your resume to MJ@mngop.com
The MN GOP booth at the State Fair was a hit! Enthusiastic crowds of fair visitors from all over the state streamed into the booth, rain or shine. A number of volunteers worked with a few MN GOP regulars to help with registering voters, selling popular Trump merchandise, or taking pictures.
Jason Lewis announced his candidacy for Senate from the MN GOP Booth. Rob Barnett, also campaigning for Senate from a booth around the corner, was a frequent visitor. Kendall Qualls, pictured at left, candidate for Congress in CD3, spent time over three days talking with voters.
The booth was also a frequent stop for national and state legislators. Congressman Tom Emmer, right, standing with State Party Secretary Barbara Sutter and Congressional District 3 Chair Patti Meier, was the highlight one day. Republican leaders at the State Capital dropped by to talk with fair-attendees. The reception overall was genuinely positive. It was, however, marred August 23 by a blatant assault that really reflects the difficulty our opponents have in conducting civil discourse.
A sincere thanks to all who tirelessly worked to make the MN GOP Booth an exciting place to be at the State Fair!
Liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg is pursuing a new route to push his agenda on gun control and radical environmentalism. Funding political campaigns is expensive, and his chosen candidates don’t always win. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Bloomberg has been staffing attorneys in state Attorneys General offices, with the intent to influence the direction of policy in the states where the state AG allows him in.
Specifically, NYU Law School’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center (SEEIC) was created after a $6 million grant from Bloomberg, and now aims to offer its services to state AG offices.
The reason this is troubling is best stated by the WSJ’s editorial board:
“The ethical problems here should be obvious. Private interests are leveraging the police powers of the state to pursue their political agenda, while a government official is letting private interests appear to influence enforcement decisions. None of this is reassuring about the fair administration of justice.”
According to the Wall Street Journal at the time of the article in late 2018, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Illinois, and the District of Columbia had brought in a “special assistant attorney general” from the Bloomberg-funded SEEIC.
AlphaNews, in an article published on August 17, reported that Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office may be added to the list. Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) has been seeking information about the involvement of the Bloomberg-funded lawyers in Ellison’s office, information that Ellison has so-far refused to release.
In a press conference UMLC President Doug Seaton announced plans to sue the MN AG Keith Ellison’s office over the issue.
“This is not a fishing expedition because we know these [Bloomberg-funded] lawyers are there,” Seaton said.
Lacy Lee Johnson announced his candidacy for Congress on August 15 in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Johnson has been a resident of North Minneapolis for over 40 years. He was born in Natchez MS where his mom, dad, and elders raised him, his six sisters and three brothers. Lacy has been married to his wife Betty for 40 years and together they raised two sons, Darien and Adrian.
Lacy Johnson believes in the values of hard work, personal responsibility, and strong families. His resume on his campaign website is long and his accomplishments are extensive.
Johnson is a strong critic of the incumbent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. He believes his community of North Minneapolis and its people are among the best in Minnesota, and he doesn’t believe that they are well-represented by Omar and those that have preceded her.
“There are persistent problems and issues which have gone unresolved for decades in Congressional District 5 (CD5). I have unique skills, experiences, accomplishments, and relationships to develop visible, measurable, result-focused solutions.”
In announcing his campaign, Johnson said, “I want to work hard towards achievement of the American ideals of freedom, justice, and happiness by helping each individual (be) the best he or she can be in the pursuit of happiness…with a realization that the best leaders are first and foremost servants of the people.”
Indian-Americans from the Twin Cities and beyond came to the grounds of the State Capital in Saint Paul on Saturday, August 10, for India Fest 2019. The India Association of Minnesota organizes this annual event in the late summer. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy the culture, the food, and the heritage of the Indian subcontinent.
Republicans were there to engage the great people who attended. The Republican National Committee sponsored the GOP Booth. Esther Lu, the Trump Victory Director of Asian Pacific Engagement, flew in from Washington DC to be part of the team. Debjyoti “DD” Dwivedy (CD3 Vice Chair, and now candidate for Eden Prairie School Board, 2nd from right in the picture) and Barbara Sutter (MN GOP Secretary, on left in the picture) were principal organizers of volunteers at the MN GOP booth.
Republican legislators who addressed the huge crowd and answered questions of visitors to the booth included Sen Roger Chamberlain, Sen Eric Pratt, Sen Dan Hall, Sen Paul T. Anderson, Rep Kristin Robbins, & Rep Eric Lucero (in the center of the pictured).
MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan also stopped by midday..
Several dedicated volunteers who helped out during the day at the booth deserve mention: CD4 Chair Mikki Murray (3rd from right in the picture), CD6 Chair Bobby Benson, MN GOP Data Director Yen Lu, Sifang Wu (Asian Americans of MN Chair), Nikhil Joshi (second from left in the picture), Johnson Madamu (on right in the picture), Bharat Chowdhury, Jen Zielinski, and Randy Sutter (SD49 Past Co-Chair).
Kendall Qualls officially opened his campaign for Congress on July 29, intent on endorsement by Republicans in Congressional District 3. A Republican medical technology executive, Qualls is looking forward to challenging first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips in 2020.
Qualls, a U.S. Army veteran and businessman, announced his candidacy in a biography video that can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
In an interview with Fox9 News, he questioned Phillips’ leadership abilities and said Phillips has not been forceful enough in condemning controversial comments from Omar. Qualls said that he would campaign with President Donald Trump if the president came to the western suburbs.
Qualls is actively reaching out to meet voters. He attended CD3's voter-registration training in July to greet active volunteers, and was also at the August 4 SD49-SD50 picnic, meeting attendees 1:1 and speaking briefly to the group.
He knows that early support (volunteer & financial) will be essential, asks for our consideration, and offers more information at his campaign website.
The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the conversations were lively at Sunday's (August 4) SD49-SD50 Family Picnic. More than 80 Republicans from Edina, Bloomington, Richfield and neighboring areas enjoyed the shaded setting for the event at Bush Lake Park.
We also heard brief, informative and inspiring messages from our distinguished guests:
Sarah Patzloff (Edina School Board), MN Sen. David Osmek, Patti Meier (Chair, CD3), MN Rep. Greg Boe, Rob Barrett (US Senate Candidate), Kendall Qualls(US Congressional Candidate), and Ryan Kulka (Bloomington Mayor Candidate)
Thanks to the volunteers who organized the event, prepared the food, and made this a memorable afternoon.
Continue reading for summaries of what our guests said, and also more picnic photos.
Sarah Patzloff Sheila (on left) and Kendall Qualls (center)Read more
Per the city website, the chief judge of Hennepin County is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Bloomington Charter Commission. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. on August 30. Applications may be obtained by calling Bloomington Civic Plaza at 952-563-8782, or you may apply online by CLICKING HERE and filling out the Boards and Commissions Application Form.
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.
More than 50 enthusiastic Republicans of all ages walked together for the Edina July 4 Parade. We carried signs supporting our causes. We handed out candy, smiles, and wishes for “Happy Fourth”. And came away eager to share the experience again next year.
Thanks to our organizing team who brought signs & water for the walkers, and candy to hand to kids.
Thanks to Carolyn Wenger for pulling the little red wagon for our gear.
Special thanks to those who carefully drove vehicles behind walkers and between sidelines of eager, candy-seeking kids: Joel Quinnell on his motorcycle, Carol Kerr in her red Mercedes convertible carrying the elephant balloon, Tom McCabe in his black F-150 Super Cab, and John Ward in his red Mustang convertible.
Thanks to everyone who walked with us.
And to the many, many well-wishers who cheered and applauded us from the parade route.
We invite all area Republicans to plan to walk with us next year … you already know the date!
More photos below. We also note that the Star Tribune chose to use 3 photos of our parade group to illustrate a Sunday, July 13 front-page article about the RNC's focused support of campaign efforts in Minnesota for 2020. CLICK HERE to read that article.
The Candidate Search Committee of the Senate District 49 Republicans met with Bloomington businessman Ryan Kulka for an extensive interview in June. Following a discussion of his background, his sense of Bloomington, and his readiness for the upcoming campaign, the Committee recommended that Republicans in Bloomington support Ryan Kulka for Bloomington mayor in the upcoming primary on August 13 and in the general election on November 5.
Kulka is the founder and president of Bloomington-based Social Boom L.L.C., a social media and digital marketing agency. He is a professional DJ and musical performer. He is also partner in Gray Duck Vodka which is a Midwest regional liquor/spirit company.
Ryan Kulka was born and raised in Bloomington. He attended Bloomington Jefferson High School and went on to study Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas University.
Randy Sutter sat down with Ryan for a 15-minute interview this past week, that Noah Harber captured on video. To view and listen to the video, CLICK HERE.
More about Ryan Kulka can be learned from his campaign website https://www.kulkaformayor.com.
If you like what you hear, go on-line and sign up for a lawn sign. They can already be displayed ahead of the primary. He will also be dropping in for Pints & Politics at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse on July 8. This is a great opportunity to meet him, talk with him one-on-one, and pick up one of his lawn signs.
Early primary voting is open now, if you wish to cast your ballot before Primary Election Day on August 13.
SD49 Republicans urge you to vote for Ryan Kulka for mayor!