This is the Official 2019 Call for the BPOU (Basic Political Organization Unit) Convention and is issued pursuant to the Constitution of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
The SD61 BPOU Convention shall be composed of the delegates and alternates elected by the Precinct Caucuses on February 6th, 2018
The SD61 Republican BPOU Convention is hereby called to meet in the Auditorium at:
Burroughs Elementary School
1601 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at 10 am
Registration begins at 9:30 am & closes at 10:30am. $10.00 registration fee
*If you make a $50 donation to us for the Political Contribution Refund before the convention, your registration fee will be waived. You can donate HERE.
PCR Donations of up to $50 will be refunded within roughy 6 weeks, more information will be available at the convention.
The SD61 BPOU Convention shall be convened for the purpose of:
1) Electing SD61 Leadership; if you are interested in running, contact Andy Rich at email@example.com.
2) Electing delegate and alternates to the State Central Committee
3) Transacting other such business as may properly come before the SD61 BPOU Convention
Issued by the SD61 Republican BPOU Executive Committee;
CD 5 Delegates and Alternates. The list is first name, last initial.
*CD 5 Convention is on April 21st at 1 pm at the Crystal VFW, 5222 Bass Lake Road
CD 5 Delegates
Alternates, in order of votes, in the case of tie, the tellers drew lots to determine order.
MN State Convention Delegates and Alternates
State Convention is June 1-June 2nd, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention center. More information will come out as it becomes available from the state party.
Alternates, in order of votes, in the case of tie, the tellers drew lots to determine order.
During the 2016 election cycle, we asked Republicans in our Minnesota senate district (roughly Southwest Minneapolis) for their views on a range of items via a survey. We emailed people who attended the caucus in 2016 and shared their email address. We had 140 people share their views with us – all individual responses were anonymous.
We conducted this survey to identify key issues and positions held by local party participants. Our local Republican party and local candidates will be able to utilize this information to inform our approach to engaging with our base and to connecting with additional voters. And we need to engage with additional voters! Our local candidates hovered around 20% of the vote in 2016 which was well above the Presidential vote. Losing is no fun – we would like to change that over time and impact statewide races too.
Based on the results of the 2016 caucus in our senate district (Rubio over 50%, Kasich in second), you may have suspected that our local Republicans may have different positions on some issues than the national or state party. To appeal to a larger portion of our district (more than 20%!), we may need to stake out some positions out of sync with the national/state Republican positions. The survey answers suggest that we can rally our shared core values and identify opportunities to broaden our appeal while representing our supporters.
You can see the survey results for yourself here. We look forward to discussing as a group at upcoming local events.
By Shawn Smith, of Kenwood
Our city’s elected officials reiterate often that Minneapolis should be a city that works for everyone. This is a worthy platform. All people that live here should have equal opportunity to live their lives in liberty and pursuit of their dreams. But, are city budgets constructed in a way that will not work for all of us after all?
In Mayor Hodges 2017 recently approved budget, there are line items intended to work for everyone. Increasing police enables foot patrols and engagement. Hiring small business navigators is a noble initiative to help small businesses navigate the perhaps too-complex city licensing and regulations. Providing resources to improve economic and educational outcomes is inspiring to many. Street paving programs will keep cars out of the tire shop. It is hard to argue against these.
But even within some of these priorities and others not mentioned, there are questionable expenditures. And it’s time to give a “woot woot” to those that make this possible, the taxpayers. Why can’t this group get a break so the city continues to work for them too…and be good shepherds of our money.
City leaders have imposed a steady march of increased property taxes over the years, with the only exception this century being 2014. Taxes for many in Minneapolis increased 50% or more from 2007 through 2012 due to a declining residential tax base and a sluggish commercial base. Residential homeowners were asked (#notasked) to shoulder the burden to keep the city afloat. For homeowners, these were painful years because monthly mortgage payments increased and put significant pressure on household budgets. We had to cut back, and the city government continued to grow and spend.
But now values are up. Hundreds of shiny new condos are online downtown. Office space is near capacity. Where is the relief and payback for shouldering the burden of those lean years? In a year where the city is flush with cash, the city is choosing to spend 7.6% more, adding 59 positions and an incremental annual spend of $90M for 2017. Opinions will vary on whether each new spending item is outrageous (some are) or justified (some are). But while no one budget item is overtly outrageous to most taxpayers, it is the sum total that should be.
Property taxes are a real problem. Just talk to people. It is a problem regardless of whether the voter is a downtown Millennial or a Kenwood near-retiree; Democrat or Republican or Independent. Real estate agents talk about how the taxes are a reason not to buy in Minneapolis and drives buyers to Edina, Golden Valley. Many of my neighbors look at the future and wonder if they will be able to live in their family homes even after the mortgage is paid. Cities that we model, such as Portland, Seattle, and Denver have tax rates less than ½ of what we pay.
And then there is the issue of transparency. In the Truth and Taxation notice, the city chose to say, “Thanks to growth in the tax base, 1/3 of all residential properties may see a decrease or no increase in the city portion of their property taxes.” But this phrasing avoids the reality: 70% of residential property owners will bear an increase or see no decrease. Was relief ever a consideration at City Hall?
Even if we don’t get a tax cut, consider these points on how the city has set its priorities:
The city has millions when it comes to bicycling infrastructure, but our alleys are in disrepair and even unpaved.
The city is spending millions on outreach programming when our schools have to be funded by a special voter-approved levy.
The city is adding positions at City Hall when most mature companies require that head count be kept neutral.
The city is retrofitting our streets with pedestrian bump-outs but we are assessed to repair our sidewalks.
Hennepin County doesn’t fare much better on transparency. Their Truth In Taxation notifications, which are supposed to be our source of truth, are inaccurate. At first glance, total property taxes appear to be going down. But on closer inspection, the notices do not include the voter approved school levy. A Correct “Final Truth in Taxation notice is not going to come. This means that many homeowners will not know their true level of taxes until it is time to pay them.
Back to Minneapolis. We need a city that works for all of us. Many appreciate that the city is trying to work for those that need some help along the way. But that must be balanced with working for the people that own homes and make initiatives possible. And we hear all the time that we are not doing enough.
The city responds to citizens that take the time to engage. Join me in vocalizing the need for lower property tax levels and spending accountability. Study your Truth in Taxation statement so you know where your money is going. Vote with your voice before you vote with your feet, as some are doing by moving to neighboring Golden Valley. Then, we can truly accomplish a city that works for everyone.
By Shawn Smith, of Kenwood
Every four years, the FTA and Federal Department of Transportation recertify the Metropolitan Council. Certification is necessary in order for The Council to continue to receive federal funds. The FTA determines whether there will be certification, certification with a corrective action plan, or no certification. Some of the criteria used for the determination include transparency and public engagement in planning transit, good stewardship of limited federal dollars, and adherence to ethical standards. Since 2011, I have been an active and vocal participant in the process to plan Southwest Light Rail. When Senate Candidate Bob “Again” Carney learned that there would be an opportunity to testify directly to the FTA on this matter, I headed over to The Council’s headquarters with Bob, George Puzak, and Stuart Chazin. Here is my testimony:
My name is Shawn Smith and I live in the Kenwood area of Minneapolis. I am a director on the Kenwood neighborhood board. I am not speaking on behalf of that organization. I mention it to demonstrate that via that role, I am familiar with the topic of Metropolitan Council’s planning process, and Southwest Light Rail is the best example I can provide.
I want to call attention to The Metropolitan Council’s unchecked power. Because I care about Kenwood and Southwest Minneapolis and what I’ve observed in the planning process for Southwest Light Rail and its impact on us.
The project is at $1.9B and climbing. I was glad to hear you say that your review is to ensure that limited federal funds are spent wisely – it sure doesn’t feel like the Council recognizes this. Although SWLRT is significantly over budget, expensive vs flexible modes of transit, it doesn’t serve transit dependent populations in Minneapolis, only a small number of cars are removed from the highways, and it doesn’t reduce carbon emissions, this train is still coming. What kind of process is this where so much public money can be spent and the results do not meet basic transit criteria?
The Met Council chair stated that this line would not be built without bipartisan legislative support, but the train is still coming. What kind of process is this when representatives elected by the people have said “no” and they are ignored?
The Met Council chair stated that certificates of participation or county funding would not be used to cover the state’s 10% share of the project cost, but the Governor doubled down and “over ruled him” and the train is still coming. What kind of process is this where one person can have so much influence? And since the state won’t pay – the most negatively impacted by this project might now have to pay for it via new taxes?
More Citizen Advisory Committee meetings have been cancelled than have been held (our neighborhood has a CAC representative). But this train is still coming. What kind of process is it when the Council doesn’t see the importance of regularly engaging the public at the frequency that was promised?
There is a viable lawsuit contending that other Minneapolis routes were not properly considered. It will not be heard in court until September 2017, but this train is still coming as though there were no lawsuit. What kind of process is this when hundreds of millions are already being spent but the whole project could be derailed a year from now?
What kind of process is it when representatives of the Met Council arrogantly say they are confident this train will be built because “every light rail project dies 1000 deaths before the first rider?”
What kind of process is it when the best argument to build the line is that if we don’t, $900 million of federal funds will go to another city?
We need, and expect, greater accountability here. The Council no doubt has a ready talking point for all of the concerns I’ve mentioned. But when power is unchecked, and the end justifies the means, you don’t get accountability. And that’s why this train is still coming. Thank You
Please keep reading this paper for continued updates. I favor a vibrant, forward looking, transit system that serves Minneapolis. But this line is already becoming a bottomless pit of spending. And those that can hold them accountable need to know the full story. And you can still testify. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
Also printed in the Hill Lake Press
Alternates are ranked by vote total, in the case of tie, the tellers drew lots to determine order.
|Jen Zielinski||30||Alternate – 1|
|Tommy Julsrud||30||Alternate – 2|
|Bill Mateikis||30||Alternate – 3|
|Mark Miller||29||Alternate – 4|
|Gregg Sougstad||28||Alternate – 5|
|Robert Nichols||27||Alternate – 6|
|Shawn Smith||27||Alternate – 7|
|Tim Lovestrand||26||Alternate – 8|
|Jeff Meyer||26||Alternate – 9|
|Lydia Tersteeg||24||Alternate – 10|
|Dan Cohen||23||Alternate – 11|
|Sarah Janacek||22||Alternate – 12|
|Jennifer Conrad||19||Alternate – 13|
|Lisa Pohlman||19||Alternate – 14|
|David Faville||16||Alternate – 15|
|Harvey Feldman||15||Alternate – 16|
|Bob Carney Jr.||15||Alternate – 17|
|Michael Lindsay||26||Alternate – 1|
|Lydia TerSteeg||24||Alternate – 2|
|Mark Miller||23||Alternate – 3|
|Charlie Martin||23||Alternate – 4|
|Jay Silver||23||Alternate – 5|
|Douglas Groat||23||Alternate – 6|
|Jen Zielinski||22||Alternate – 7/8|
|Gregg Sougstad||22||Alternate – 7/8|
|Tommy Julsrud||21||Alternate – 9|
|Kaye Rakow||20||Alternate – 10|
|Melanie Broida Werl||20||Alternate – 11|
|Richard Olson||20||Alternate – 12|
|Robert Nicols||20||Alternate – 13|
|Tim Lovestrand||19||Alternate – 14|
|Jennifer Conrad||18||Alternate – 15|
|David Faville||18||Alternate – 16|
|Chris Tomlinson||17||Alternate – 17|
Caucus is one of the most powerful and engaging political events you will ever see. Minnesota is part of an exclusive group of states that holds these grassroots neighborhood meetings where we get together with our friends every 2 years to plan a revolution.
What is it? Caucus is the ground floor of a Democratic Republic. Republicans that share your polling place (precinct) gather on this one night to elect representatives to attend party conventions on their behalf to endorse candidates and conduct party business. They also choose a leader for their precinct to help inform the community and get out the vote in November. And of course, they vote for whom they wish to be the Republican Candidate for President of the United States.
If you haven’t attended caucus before, you should, it’s real-world participatory civics, a great chance to meet your like-minded neighbors and an opportunity to have your voice heard. Plus, this year the ballot you cast for president is binding. What does that mean? You can find out March 1st!
All SD61 precincts will caucus at Burroughs Elementary, 1601 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Take a moment to look up your precinct name & location here.
Please help by Convening or Volunteering
Your local Republican Party is entirely volunteer run. This event, the bedrock of Minnesota grassroots is put together by dedicated volunteers with real jobs in the real world; regular folks who contribute their time and energy for a better future. We would greatly appreciate having you join us in producing this unique event. Whether you would like to lead a meeting or help behind the scenes, we will find a role that suits you.
To volunteer, please simply email Mitch Rossow. Include your name, phone number and precinct name, which you can find here.
Annual Chili Contest & Dinner March 13th!
As winter settles upon the Great North Country, what could be better than gathering with friends for some good old home-made chili? Join SD61 Southwestern Minneapolis Republicans and Scot Johnson from Powerline for our Annual Chili Dinner at a newly renovated and amazingly beautiful location in City Bella at 66th & Lyndale.
Chili Contest! Yes, now is the time to show off your Chili Making Chops! We will have some great prizes and an adoring crowd, so if you would like to compete, please be sure to select that option on the application here.
Our Guest speaker Scot Johnson from Powerline — with Hollywood attempting to rewrite history with a new movie about Rathergate, SD61 has Minnesota’s own Scot Johnson who, along with John Hinderaker, broke the story wide open; exposing CBS’s attempted October surprise take-down of George Bush that ended up destroying the career of Dan Rather instead.
The event is $15, but advanced tickets are $12. Tickets & more information available here.
Thank you, I look forward to seeing you at caucus!
– Mitch Rossow, SD61 Chair email@example.com
By Cam Winton
Right now, Minneapolis City Hall is deciding how much of your paycheck to take in taxes in 2015.
The mayor proposed a tax levy increase of 2.4%. The proposal contained both good and bad elements, but setting priorities would have eliminated the need for the levy increase.
On Monday, Dec. 1, the Minneapolis City Council weighed in. In a 7-6 vote, the Council voted for a tax increase of “only” 2.2%, rather than the mayor’s full requested increase of 2.4%.
The following councilmembers voted for a lower tax increase than the Mayor proposed: Barb Johnson, Lisa Goodman, Blong Yang, Kevin Reich, Jacob Frey, Abdi Warsame, and Linea Palmisano. Although I still think there’s fat to cut, I thank them for their votes for a smaller increase.
These councilmembers voted for the Mayor’s full tax increase: Cam Gordon, Elizabeth Glidden, Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender, John Quincy, Andrew Johnson. Their votes are baffling when you consider how many of their constituents are working hard just to get by.
The City Council will take its final budget vote on Wednesday, Dec. 10. So, I encourage you to contact your City Councilperson this week to make your voice heard.
Email addresses and phone numbers are available here:
Let’s politely remind our elected officials that making it more expensive to live in our city – by taking our money to pay for a $54 million-per-mile streetcar line, dryer lint recycling, and duplicative bureaucracy – is NOT the way to improve the quality of life for Minneapolitans!