Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) on Bloomington November Ballot

Bloomington_City_Council_Distanced_Meeting_photo.jpgLike so many other Bloomington government meetings the past four months, the City Council decided that it was not appropriate to get together in person in an open public meeting on Monday evening, July 27.

Apparently, it was appropriate to use a video teleconference meeting with no public testimony to move forward on a proposal to fundamentally change the way that city elections should be held from primary/general elections (where a candidate with the most votes progresses or wins)  to Ranked Choice Voting.

The City Council voted 6-1 to put the question to Bloomington voters on this November’s ballot.

• Despite the fact that this is not an emergency issue appropriately decided while live public forums are not permitted
• Despite the fact that the Charter Commission had voted not to recommend placing the RCV question on the ballot
• Despite the fact that public testimony on the subject conducted by the City Council and the Charter Commission over the past four months had been held virtually, some conducted late at night or marred by the failure of citizens to be recognized or to master the technology of speaking on-line.
• Despite the fact that opponents to RCV will need to reach out to the public when group meetings of more than 25 people are either highly discouraged or banned outright.

An indication of how completely the city has considered the matter was the response of the city representative at the council meeting, agreeing that a considerable amount of money could be saved if the primary during the off-year municipal elections was eliminated. No mention was made that yet more money could be saved if the municipal elections were moved to even-years when state and national elections are held.

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Anonymous Complaints Against Sen. Scott Jensen Dismissed

Sen._Scott_Jensen__MD.jpgLet’s celebrate a win for freedom of expression over cowardly attacks by the intolerant cancel culture,

In an article published on July 28, AlphaNews reported that the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has dismissed two anonymous complaints filed against Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska) over his comments on the coronavirus pandemic.

Jensen, a practicing physician, faced backlash in April when he said that a CDC guidance granted doctors the authority to include “suspected or likely” cases of COVID-19 on death certificates. Jensen said the document, which was sent to him by the Minnesota Department of Health, suggested that he could include a diagnosis of COVID-19 on death certificates even if there were no official lab results confirming the diagnosis. Dr. Jensen highlighted that this was in direct conflict with the official "ICD-10" medical records reporting standards.

As reported in our newsletter and posted  on the SD49GOP.com website, the Republican senator said the Board of Medical Practice was investigating two allegations against him, including the spread of misinformation and providing Minnesotans with reckless advice by comparing COVID-19 to the flu.

Sen. Jensen noted that he was forced to respond to allegations from anonymous accusers whom he could not face.

The Board completed its investigation on July 27 and dismissed the allegations.

“We are all entitled to our own reasoning. In a nation built on free speech, this right must be protected. But instead, today we are seeing an unprecedented intolerance for contrarian viewpoints,” Jensen said in a statement.

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Native American Group Objects to LT Gov Flanagan’s Position on Columbus Statue

Bergstrom.jpgDuring 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.”

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MVA and MN GOP Demand Compliance with Election Judge Law

ballot_box.jpgOn 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 25Willis 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.”

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Kendall Qualls Issues Statement on Tax Policy


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.

Social Media Training for Republicans July 28

Social_Media_Cloud_drawing.jpgSD49 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

Please register here  and you will receive instructions for joining this virtual training session.
For questions contact SD49's Jim Bowen [email protected] C: (360) 927-8301

SD50 Endorses Dean Mumbleau for MN Senate

Dean_Mumbleau.jpgDean 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.

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Large Crowd Cheers Opening of CD3 Victory Office


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.

Ranked Choice Voting Rejected, City Council Continues to Study

Rank_Choice_Voting_Reality.jpgNormally 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. 

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Sign-Up for Lawn Signs

images_2020_yard_sign.jpgUpdated 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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/

Office Address:
600 Twelve Oaks Center
Suite #650
Wayzata, MN

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/


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