2018 Convention results

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

Andy R
Jen Z
Mitch R
Lyall S
Andy G
Christina P
Jennifer B
Gregg S
Doug D
Mark Mc
Peter G

Alternates, in order of votes, in the case of tie, the tellers drew lots to determine order.
Mark Mi
James L
Jim P
Barbara L
Rick O
Steve A
Tim L
Shawn S
Roger O
Brian I
Tony B
Lois E
Nancy R

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.
Jennifer Z
Andy R
Lyall S
Doug D
Jennifer B
Mitch R
Christina P
Mark Mc
Peter G

Alternates, in order of votes, in the case of tie, the tellers drew lots to determine order.
Mark Mi
Jim P
Brian Bergs
Mary G
Shawn S
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Jim M
Rick O
Tom G
Tim L
James L
Brian Iverson
Nancy R
Roger O

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!

Jeff Johnson for Governor

Your Twenty-four delegates to the Republican State Convention in Rochester joined over two thousand other delegates from around Minnesota to overwhelmingly endorsed Jeff Johnson to run against Mark Dayton this November 4th! Jeff is a fantastic candidate and a great choice.

Here’s our challenge: three other candidates have chosen to ignore party endorsement and challenge Jeff on August 12th in the primary. What is the point of endorsement? The delegates to the state convention are elected locally through the process that begins at caucus. No delegates are appointed, they are all elected by citizens that come to the caucus. They are chosen by their fellow Republicans to invest the time and effort in getting to know the issues and the candidates. All of us had the opportunity to talk to each candidate and learn about their positions. If you would like to be a delegate in two years or have questions about it, please come to our picnic and meet the delegates.

That being said, you can see that this process mimics the Republic in that we choose people we respect to represent us and invest the time and effort to educate themselves and make reasoned decisions. A primary is more akin to mob rule — who has the best ad, who gets hurt by a ‘gotcha question’ — admittedly good tv and entertainment, but hardly a logical way to run a republic.

So we need to ask our friends and like-minded citizens to take a moment of their time to go to the polls on August 12th and vote for Jeff Johnson, not only because he is the best candidate, but also to maintain the integrity of the endorsement process.

To learn more about Jeff, please watch his video below, check out his website: johnsonforgovernor.org and watch his interview on TPT’s Almanac!

Time to Fight. Time to Lead. Time to Win. – Jeff Johnson for Governor of Minnesota from Jeff Johnson on Vimeo.

Mike McFadden for Senate

Twenty-two delegates from SD61 attended the Minnesota GOP State Convention in Rochester over the weekend of May 30th, 2014 and we joined with party activists from around the state to endorse Mike McFadden to represent us this November 4th in the battle to unseat Al Franken.

The Convention was exciting and we all have some great war stories. Please join us a the Annual SD61 Picnic on Sunday, June 22nd at 1pm to meet our candidates and the delegation can answer any questions you have about the candidates, the process or how you can get involved to help up turn Minnesota into a Red State!!

To learn more about Mike McFadden right now, check out his campaign video below and visit his website: mikemcfadden.com

Adequate Notice of CD5 Constitutional Amendment

The SD61 Convention which will be Saturday, March 29th at Burroughs Elementary School —  the same place we had Caucuses. It begins at 10am, so please arrive a little earlier. Registration will open at 9:30am. We will be selecting Delegates to CD5. That Convention will be on April 12th at 10am at the CRYSTAL VFW POST 494, 5222 Bass Lake Road, Crystal, MN 55429. If you plan seek election as a delegate to CD5, please read the notice below.

The 5th CD Constitution Committee has recommended amendments to the 5th CD Constitution. The Fifth Congressional District will consider these amendments at its convention on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The amendments will consist of the following:

  • Grammatical corrections throughout the document
  • Corrections of Article and Section numbering throughout the document
  • Removal of outdated references (including references to non-existent regulatory bodies, and officer positions that no longer exist)
  • Revision of the “Amendments” article:
    • Threshold for passage of a constitutional amendment at the convention reduced from 60% to a majority
    • Deletion of the 60% quorum requirement
    • Requirement that notice of amendments to be provided to delegates and alternates 10 days before a convention (reduced from 20 days) Specification that written, electronic or telephone notice shall be provided for delegates and alternates
    • Deletion of the requirement that constitutional amendments passed at a 5th CD convention be ratified by Full BPOU executive committees.

The text of the proposed constitutional amendments was posted for delegate and alternate review on the 5th CD website on March 17th.

The Party of Big Money?

Democrats outspend Republicans 3-to-1 in Minnesota

As several recent reports have confirmed, the largest political contributions in Minnesota, as well as throughout the nation, consistently benefit Democrats.
Despite that fact, Democrats like Senator Al Franken are notorious for blaming the Koch brothers and Karl Rove for outrageous campaign spending. This is the big money fallacy.
The truth is that Democrats outspend Republicans by nearly 3-to1 in Minnesota. In fact, $27 million of the $53 million contributed to Minnesota campaigns in recent years was from just 26 donors: 19 of which are Democrats.

The Facts:

  • Education Minnesota, the public teachers union, contributed $4.8 million to Democrats, since 2007 (Star Tribune)
  • National and state unions combined to spend $17 million in Minnesota from 2007 to 2012 (Star Tribune).
  • Minnesota’s top individual contributor is left wing activist Alida Messinger, Gov. Dayton’s ex-wife and heiress to the Rockefeller fortune, who donated $1.6 million to Democrat political action committees from 2007 to 2012  (Star Tribune).
  • In 2012 Minnesota Democrats had so much money they ended up spending it illegally AND WERE FINED $100,000, one of the largest fines in Minnesota history.
  • “Indonesian native Johannes Marliem and his wife, Mai Chie Thor, continue to throw big money [$75,000] at Democrats, even though the couple is surrounded in controversy” (Watchdog.org).
  • On a national scale, labor unions outspent businesses 2-to-1 in 2013 (Watchdog.org).
  • “The Koch brothers, by comparison, ranked 59th on Open Secrets’ list. The brothers have spent $18 million since 1989, less than 20 percent of what Act Blue has spent since 2004,” (Watchdog.org).
“This is one of the best fundraising hauls that the [Democrats] [have] had in an off year,” – DFL Chair Ken Martin (Star Tribune)

Despite what Democrats would have you believe, the numbers don’t lie. Democrats far outspend Republicans by the millions. Even a small contribution to MNGOP will make a difference in swaying the balance of power in Minnesota government.

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.”