Great crowds for Bloomington Parade 2019

For_Newsletter_Our_Parade_Unit.jpgThe 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:

  • For_Newsletter_Kendall_Qualls_with_two_from_SD49.jpgKendall Qualls, in center at right, Republican candidate seeking endorsement in 2020 for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress
  • 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
  • Susan Woodruff, pictured above holding her sign, now running for City Council in Bloomington’s 2nd District.

Lacy_Johnson_at_parade.jpgThough 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. 

For_website_elephant_wrestling_IMG_3233.jpgThanks 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.

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CPAC in MN Informs and Inspires

For_Newsletter_SaraCarter_MattSchlapp_CPACMN.jpgOn 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.

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MN GOP is Hiring

VP_Pence_in_MN.jpg2020 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

To apply for an internship, send your resume to

State Fair Booth Very Popular with MN Republicans

Kendall_Qualls_at_State_Fair.jpgThe 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.

Tom_Emmer_Patti_Meier_Barb_Sutter_at_State_Fair.jpgThe 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!

Is Bloomberg Paying to Play in AG Ellison’s Office? Seaton and UMLC is Suing to Find Out

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.

Ellison_(2).jpgThe 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.


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Lacy Johnson Announces for US Congress in MN05

Lacy_Johnson_for_Congress.jpgLacy 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.”

MN GOP at India Fest - a Colorful Celebration of Indian-American Heritage

Republicans_at_India_Fest.jpgIndian-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 Announces for US Congress in District 3

For_Newsletter_Kendall_Qualls_Announcement_Photo.jpgKendall 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.

SD49-SD50 Family Picnic Fun & Informative


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)

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Get Involved - Bloomington Charter Commission

Bloomington_City_Hall_for_Newsletter.jpgPer 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.

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