Super Saturday

Have fun calling while helping your candidates!

Join us for Super Saturday July 19, make calls at our Golden Valley office with MN Young Republicans. Enjoy free food and craft beer — and those who make over 200 calls in the office are entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card! Stop in any time between 10:00am and 8:00pm. Treats all day, beer served after 7:00 pm.

Golden Valley Victory Office
1405 North Lilac Drive, Suite 131
Golden Valley, MN 55422
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Get more details on our Facebook event page.

For more information, contact Dan Hanks at 763-479-9747 or email at dhanks@mngop.com

Thank you for helping your endorsed GOP candidates to victory!

Doug Daggett for Congress

Doug Daggett is the Republican endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, Richfield, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and parts of Edina, Spring Lake Park, and St. Anthony. He is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-Minneapolis).

Covention Results

State Convention Delegates
1 MITCH ROSSOW
2 ANDREW GILDEA
2 Juliette Jordal
2 CHRISTINA PIERSON
5 WILLIAM OPSAHL
6 MARK MILLER
7 GREGG SOUGSTAD
8 Andy Post
9 SAMUEL WINTER
10 RONALD EIBENSTEINER
11 Franklin Jesse, Jr.
12 JAMES PATTERSON
13 Patrick Waddick
14 GAYLE BELKENGREN
15 DENNIS NGUYEN
16 BRIAN BERGS
17 RUSSELL HILK
18 Mary McGnaney
State Convention Alternates
A01 Peter Glessing
A02 SHEILA FRANEY
A03 LAURIE EIBENSTEINER
A04 CHERYL STEWART
A05 ANDREW STAKSTON
A06 THOMAS GALLAGHER
A07 SUSAN REDDIN
A08 Barry Lazarus
A08 TIM LOVESTRAND
A10 Barbra Lunde
A10 KATHY MARSON
A10 JENNIFER ZIELINSKI
A13 DOUGLAS DAGGETT

If you were elected as a delegate or alternate to the State Convention, you will receive your convention call from the MNGOP.

CD5 Delegates
1 MITCH ROSSOW
2 DOUGLAS DAGGETT
3 Juliette Jordal
4 ANDREW GILDEA
4 Andrew Rich
6 CHRISTINA PIERSON
6 GREGG SOUGSTAD
6 WILLIAM OPSAHL
9 MARK MILLER
10 JENNIFER ZIELINSKI
11 SHEILA FRANEY
12 SAMUEL WINTER
13 Patrick Waddick
13 ROGER ODANIEL
13 RUSSELL HILK
16 GAYLE BELKENGREN
17 THOMAS GALLAGHER
18 Barry Lazarus
CD5 Alternates
A01 Tony Bergmaan-Porter
A02 CAROL TILLEMANS
A02 CHERYL STEWART
A02 Franklin Jesse, Jr.
A02 JAMES PATTERSON
A06 Peter Glessing
A06 SUSAN REDDIN
A08 ANDREW STAKSTON
A09 Barbra Lunde
A09 ROBERT CARNEY
A09 TIM LOVESTRAND
A12 ROBERT KOLAS
A13 KATHY MARSON

If you were elected as a delegate or alternate to CD5, you should have received your convention call at the convention, if not, please email mitchrossow@sd61gop.org

In the case of a tie vote, those candidates are given the same rank. If delegates are absent, alternates will be seated according to rank; resolution of ties to be determined by the BPOU Chair.

Candidates Considering Running for House

Or if you know someone who might consider it…

The Republican team from Senate District 61 (SD 61) is excited to build our organization and support local candidates in 2014.  Our Nominations Committee is meeting at the Community Room at Lund’s Groceries at 1450 West Lake Street on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. to meet potential candidates for Minnesota State House for District 61-A and District 61-B.  If you are considering a run, you are welcome to come no matter who you are!  We will supply coffee too!  At the SD 61 convention on Saturday, March 29th, we will be endorsing one candidate for each of these races.

As part of the meeting, members of our Nominations Committee and Executive Board will be on hand to answer questions about the process of running for state office.  It can be a very fun challenge to take on!  One of the services that the Nominations Committee will offer is to run background checks for potential candidates ahead of the convention and we ask candidates to bring their Free Credit Report, available at CreditKarma.com  There are two potential benefits to this offer for candidates: (1) the local party can help strategize to address any issues in advance and (2) the Nominations Committee can confirm your background as you seek endorsement at the Convention.

We hope you can make it on March 25th.  If you cannot, drop me a line and we will work with you as we can.  We look forward to working with you on a potential campaign!

Will Al Franken Snub our Increasingly Unpopular President Tomorrow?

Franken Won’t Commit To Appearing With Obama

With Barack Obama visiting St. Paul’s Union Depot tomorrow, and Democrat Party Chairman Ken Martin saying he is happy to talk about Obamacare, will Al Franken be making any public appearances with the unpopular President?

Franken voted with Obama 100% of the time in 2013 even as the President’s approval rating in Minnesota plummeted to an all-time low. On Monday, Franken’s office told the NY Daily News that Franken won’t commit to appearing publicly with the President in Minnesota tomorrow.

“Al Franken’s record is a total rubber-stamping of President Obama’s agenda,” said RPM Chairman Keith Downey. “Between casting the deciding vote for the Obamacare debacle to supporting President Obama 100% of the time, why wouldn’t Al Franken want to welcome the President to Minnesota?”

Many vulnerable Democrat Senators, such as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), are actively avoiding the President on the campaign trail. With Minnesota now a battleground state for control of the Senate, it begs the question if Al Franken will be the next vulnerable Democrat to give Obama the cold-shoulder.

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Background:
“When Obama speaks Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn., on the economy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) ‘hopes he can join the President,’ a spokesman for the former funnyman said. ‘But it’s uncertain if his schedule will allow for travel since the Senate is in session.’” (Source: NY Daily News, Feb. 24, 2014)

In 2013, Al Franken Voted With President Obama 100 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Al Franken, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)

“When President Barack Obama comes to the Twin Cities on Wednesday, he’ll make a stop at Union Depot in St. Paul to discuss transportation and transit issues, a source confirmedSaturday.”    (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 22, 2014)

“The trip to discuss the economy comes as his popularity in the state is at an all-time low, with approval from 43 percent of Minnesotans.”   (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 20, 2014)

Democrat Machine Politics Condemned by Republican Leaders

Secretary Chris Fields and Chair Keith Downey demand fairness in the rescheduled Democrat precinct caucus in Minneapolis

(Minneapolis, MN) – The Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning what Secretary Chris Fields called  “blatant power politics” as Democrats rescheduled the Minneapolis W3-P6 caucus after the largely Somali precinct caucus was disrupted on caucus night.

Democrat Party Chairman Ken Martin’s decision to hold the caucus at a location outside the precinct has been criticized, along with his appointment of the caucus conveners rather than allowing the caucus attendees to vote on them.

The Democrats ironically are also requiring caucus attendees to present a form of ID to prove they are eligible to participate.

“This power play by the Democrat establishment will favor 40 year incumbent Phyllis Kahn who is running against a credible Somali candidate for the Democrat endorsement,” said Fields. “When Democrats need to protect one of their own, suddenly policies that enhance Voter ID are OK. This isn’t where the Democrats were in 2012 when such policies were called racist and an attempt to intimidate voters. While we welcome their about face on this issue, it is truly a shocker.”

“These arrangements sure make it look like the Democrat machine is trying to engineer an outcome,” said Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey.  “And the challenger is hard-pressed to publicly object to the power brokers.”

Fields also said, “For the Democrat to demand an ID to participate in a local caucus reeks of utter hypocrisy. The message they are sending is that they believe in fair elections when it suits their interests. The larger lesson for our minority communities is that the DFL will use every tool available to minimize their ability to become truly equal partners in democracy.”

“DFL opposition to Voter ID was never rational, and clearly today they embrace it because they know Republicans were right,” concluded Fields.  “We believe our minority communities have every right to expect a fair and unbiased election process. Unlike today’s DFL party, our party is a grassroots organization that respects the will of local communities to determine their own political future.”

Republican Party of Minnesota Relocates To New Headquarters in Minneapolis

The Republican Party of Minnesota will be moving to a new headquarters facility located in the heart of Minneapolis.
The Party’s decision to move from its current location adjacent to the capitol complex in St. Paul was influenced by a number of factors, including significant cost savings and a desire to place the Party offices in the middle of everyday Minnesotans.

“We are moving out from ‘inside the political beltway’ in St. Paul to be closer to the people,” said Republican Party Chairman, Keith Downey. “It is a visible and tangible sign that the Republican Party will be focused on regular Minnesotans and immersed in their circumstances.

The new offices are located at 2200 East Franklin in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, which is between the Midtown, Phillips and Cedar Riverside areas. It is also near the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and the Cristo-Rey, Minnesota Transitions Charter and Minneapolis South High Schools.

Downey concluded, “This is a great move for us on many levels, including the chance to connect with our new neighbors and show that we are on their side and our ideas work for them.”

The move will be completed by January 31, 2014.

In memory of Bill Whitbeck 1918-2013

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Bill Whitbeck

It is with heavy hearts that we offer our condolences and express our sympathies to the family of Bill Whitbeck. Bill was an amazing man, a larger than life man of action and intellect and a defender of our shared Republican values. Bill accomplished many great things during his ninety years. Let his memory serve as an inspiration to us all, and let’s follow in Bill’s footsteps and strive to make the world a better place that we found it.

You may read William Whitbeck’s full obituary here.