Bloomington Parade Was a Hot One

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Thanks to everyone who walked in the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade with us Sept 15, or who cheered us from the curbside. John_Howe_Kirsten_Housley_small.jpegThe near-record 92-degree heat didn't slow down our energetic Republican-endorsed candidates who shared the street, moving from side to side to greet voters and kids alike: Kirsten Johnson for MN House 50A (pictured below on her motorcycle), Chad Anderson for MN House 50B (pictured below), Karin Housley for US Senate, and John Howe for Secretary of State (pictured together at right).

Supporters in colorful t-shirts, carrying signs and handing out stickers also helped boost recognition for our other endorsed candidates - US Representative Erik Paulsen, Jim Newberger for US Senate, Jeff Johnson for Governor, Doug Wardlow for Attorney General, Pam Myhra for Auditor, and Sheriff Rich Stanek.

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Who's Funding Those Ads, Calls, Mailings?

Forming_a_PAC.jpgWhen a candidate's campaign puts out an ad, makes a call or sends a mailing, the "I approved this message" tag is clear. So who's funding all those other ads, calls and mailings? In a pair of informative articles, MinnPost has provided information about groups behind the political spending in Minnesota.

" ... one phenomenon is crystal-clear: there will be a tidal wave of political spending by outside groups hoping to influence key races for U.S. House and Senate.

Call it the “green wave,” if you like — and there’s no question it’ll be crashing down hard on Minnesota. The state is home to four top-tier House contests and a nationally-watched Senate race, making it one of the country’s biggest battlegrounds as Democrats and Republicans fight for control of Congress. It’s possible no single media market in the country will be saturated with more political communication than that of the Twin Cities, where TV and radio stations reach voters in virtually every competitive race.

Many of those ads will inform you that they’re paid for by a group you may not recognize: maybe their political bent will be clearly identified, like with the National Republican Congressional Committee; other times, they’ll have a generic name..."

To read the first MinnPost article, CLICK HERE  And to read their latest one with yet more groups for the list, CLICK HERE 


Paulsen Strong in First Debate

Erik_Paulsen_Hi_Res_Photo_small.jpgErik Paulsen and Dean Phillips faced off in the first debate of the cycle on Tuesday, August 21.

Congressman Paulsen touted his work on important issues, like tax reform, that are leading to great economic growth. Dean Phillips, on the other hand, avoided answering questions and spent his time talking about the gimmicks that are driving his campaign.

Major takeaways:

• Dean admitted that he supports sanctuary cities.
• Dean lied about providing healthcare to his employees after calling it a right. Dean said he's always provided healthcare to his employees. But just last year, he admitted that he doesn't provide healthcare for his employees because "it would cause him to lose money." 
• Dean said he wouldn't vote to repeal the tax cuts. But before it passed, he said he'd vote against it.
• Dean said he doesn't support new taxes. But last year, he supported a new carbon tax that would severely hurt the economy.

If you missed the debate you can read about it/watch it on the MPR News site .

Erik challenged Dean Phillips to real debates, where candidates will answer questions from the audience and where both sides will have their chance to be heard. Should Phillips agree to such debates, we will post the times and dates.


Door-knocking Essential in 2018 Republican Election Effort

By Jim Bowen, Precinct Co-Chair, Bloomington P-17

Starting early this election season, we are emphasizing “door knocking” over “literature dropping”. The simple reason is that actual human-to-human contact provides better election return results and can be the difference between winning and losing in close election races. There are expected to be a number of close races this year, so Republican volunteers have the opportunity to directly influence the results in these races.

Door_Knocking_Noah_and.jpgNoah Harber, pictured here with me on a beautiful summer Saturday, is one of 18 other SD49 Republicans that have been willing to devote time to knocking on doors in our senate district. Mike Barg, Sean Boylan, Nancy Carlson, Steve Curry, Kathleen Dick, Noah Harber, Tom and Linda Hulting, Dennis Hykes, Sheri Johnston, Ted Lockhart, Mike McNeeley, George Mueller, Al Muerhoff, Vince Riehm, Linda Steen, Randy Sutter, and Penny Walters have walked at least one stint for our endorsed candidates.
Several of these volunteers turned out in support of the Republican National Committee’s “Day of Action” on July 29. Aaron Waaraniemi, the RNC Field Director in Congressional District 3 (CD3) reported that “the state director of our field program and the Executive Director of the Minnesota Republican Party were very pleased and impressed with the work you all put in.”

“We set the new statewide 2018 record for voter contacts in a day.” CD3 was the single largest contributor, and SD49 turned out the most volunteers within CD3. “We can do great things when we have that many people giving even a couple hours over the course of a weekend.”

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Picnic Featured Fun, Food and Candidates

Balloons_and_banner_at_picnic_small.jpgThe 2018 annual SD49-SD50 Family Picnic on Sunday, August 5, enjoyed beautiful weather, fresh-grilled food, and a number of kid-friendly games. Ninety to 100 Republican voters and about 20 kids took full advantage of all that the day had to offer.

Dario_at_picnic_small.jpgEleven Republican candidates stopped by to greet and speak, including U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, MN House Rep. Dario Anselmo, and candidates Jenn Zielinski (U.S. Congress, CD5), Pam Myhra (State Auditor), Doug Wardlow (MN Attorney General), John Howe (Secretary of State), Rich Stanek (Hennepin Co Sheriff), Chad Anderson (MN Rep, 50B) Kirsten Johnson (MN Rep, 50A), Ellen Cousins (MN Rep, 48B), and Brad Aho (Eden Prairie Mayor). In addition, Danny Nadeau spoke for Jeff Johnson (candidate, MN Governor), and Mary Amlaw spoke for Jim Newberger (candidate, US Senator).

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Decision Requires Voter Data Release but Simon Stalls

Sec_of_State_Simon.jpgRamsey County Court Judge Jennifer Frisch has ordered Secretary of State Steve Simon (pictured at right) to comply with the Minnesota Data Practices Act and provide the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) with millions of voter registration records he has refused to make public. (view the court opinion, posted on the MVA website)

“As a partisan, elected official who presides over the elections of himself and fellow party-members, the secretary of state should be held to the highest standards of transparency and accountability,” said MVA communications director Dan McGrath.

MVA_logo.jpgDuring proceedings, the MVA presented to the court a large body of data from government sources that suggest that tens of thousands of voters may have voted ineligibly in 2016. The Secretary made no objection to the validity of any of those data.

Calling the secretary’s position “untenable,” the court's analysis found no basis in the law for any of the arguments presented against the release of public election information and ordered the secretary of state to produce the requested data without delay. Secretary of State Steve Simon stated that he would appeal.

Republican John Howe is challenging Simon, the DFL incumbent, for the Secretary of State office in the November election.

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Chinese-Americans Pushing Back on Identity Politics

Chinese_Americans_gathering.jpgThe room was filled to capacity earlier in July when a large group of Chinese-Americans from across the Twin Cities shared a pot luck dinner at the Kang Le Adult Day Care Center in Edina and listened to invited candidates for local and statewide office. Significantly, most of the candidates were Republicans.

Not all of the remarks were made by the candidates.  Those remarks made by members of the Chinese-American community underscored the values that we share.

The Chinese-Americans present were particularly concerned with how “data disaggregation” is being applied to education in Minnesota and in the nation.  Data disaggregation refers to the collecting of information about students in schools, broken out by such factors as race or ethnic group.

While “data disaggregation” may benefit certain statistical analyses, it can also lead to identity politics. The Chinese-Americans can point to where their community has been hurt by policies rooted in identity politics, and they are firmly against the use of data disaggregation in schools.

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Janus v. AFSCME

Great Decision for Public Employees, and All Americans, But No Direct Effect for Minnesota PCAs

Doug_Seaton.JPGThe June 27, 2018, Janus decision of the United States Supreme Court frees “real” public employees from forced union dues/fees deductions as a “condition of employment”.  Prior to this decision, public employees could get fired if they didn’t submit to these deductions from their paychecks.  They had been forced to pay at least 80%-85% of the dues, whether they liked it or not, under the prior Abood case and Minnesota PELRA’s agency fee “fair share” statute.  This is a great moment for Minnesota public employees, because they can now pay what they think their “union representation” is worth (or not at all).

But this freedom will still have to be defended. And Minnesota Personal Care Attendants (PCA’s), whose SEIU decertification effort I have spearheaded, are still in the same position as before, unfortunately.  This is reason for optimism, however, as there’s more favorable public sentiment and law in the background.  I explain below.

PCAs already had a similar court ruling several years before this They are covered by the earlier Harris v. Quinn U.S. Supreme Court decision, which said that PCAs (and child care providers (“CCPs”) who won their election against AFSCME in 2016 with help from me and many volunteers) weren’t real public employees and couldn’t be required to have dues or fees deducted.

However, as you all know too well, that hasn’t stopped the SEIU from dominating the PCA program, “representing” all PCAs, skimming millions of Medicaid dollars from PCAs and tricking PCAs into signing SEIU membership/dues deduction forms (or fraudulently signing for them).  Those forms also try to restrict PCAs’ rights to terminate that “agreement.”  So, even though PCAs supposedly have to “voluntarily” agree to join the SEIU and authorize dues deductions, thousands of PCAs have dues deducted in the millions of dollars every year, without their consent. The SEIU tells them that what they are being asked to sign is a “request for information,” a “petition for better benefits” or just an “address correction” for SEIU records.

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MVA - District Court Hears Voter Data Case

plus - US Supreme Court Decision on Political Apparel in Polling Places

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June was a singular month for Andy Cilek and Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA).  And for voter rights.  On June 15, the US Supreme Court struck down  Minnesota’s law banning “political” apparel from the polling places on election day.  In 7-2 ruling, Justices overwhelmingly sided with Minnesota Voters Alliance, finding that the law violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.  Only Justices Breyer and Sotomayor dissented.

Just one week later, on Friday June 22, Ramsey County District Court Judge Jennifer Frisch heard oral arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) versus Secretary of State Steve Simon. The 'voter data' lawsuit was presented in front of a standing room only crowd. Andy Cilek, Executive Director of MVA, reported that the hearing went well. Judge Frisch is expected to rule in the coming weeks.

Minnesota Voters Alliance v Secretary of State Steve 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 evaluate the Secretary’s performance and assess the true amount of ineligible voting.

The MVA won the first round battle back in December when Ramsey County District Court Judge Jennifer Frisch denied the Secretary’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Rather than examining indications that thousands of potentially ineligible persons voted in the 2016 general election, the Secretary has gone to great legal lengths to obstruct MVA’s attempts to analyze both the amount of ineligible voting and election officials’ performance in preventing it.

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News About Congressman Erik Paulsen

We've collected some recently published articles about Erik Paulsen. His active Representation of Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District has helped individuals and businesses. And it requires that he be away from his home and family; his Washington home is a room in a house shared with Representative Steve Scalise and 2 others. Click on the headlines below to read the articles.

Erik_Paulsen_Hi_Res_Photo_resized.jpgRep. Paulsen addresses top issues for equipment industry at visit to Road Machinery & Supplies: “Overall the tax changes implemented by the Republican Congress have been good for our industry,” RMS President Russell Sheaffer said. “There is confidence out there and we are investing in equipment and personnel. I know Rep. Paulsen understands our issues and we look forward to partnering with him to further strengthen the economy.”

When Scalise’s animal house went on hiatus : The majority whip and his roommates recount the eerily quiet months while he recovered from a nearly fatal gunshot wound.

Congressional News: House advances dozens of bills to combat nation's opioid crisis : The House moved last week to push through dozens of bills aimed at curtailing the nationwide opioid epidemic – and lawmakers said they’re not done yet.

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