Category Archives: GOP
The Republican Party of Minnesota is about to endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Obama stealth-lapdog, Amy Klobuchar.
Dan Severson, Pete Hegseth, Kurt Bills and Harold Shudlick are all vying for endorsement May 18-19 at the St. Cloud Civic Center in St. Cloud, MN.
Please visit our straw poll project and vote for your favorite candidate today! Polling will close May 11, one week before endorsement.
It’s been a busy couple of months! 2012 is a big year and now it’s here–no time to waste. The countdown to November is well underway. We have historic elections upon us in just a few short months.
We WILL retain the House Majority.
We WILL take the Senate Majority.
We WILL elect a Republican president. To quote former Presidential candidate, Herman Cain: “I could not, cannot, will not … allow Barack Obama to have a cakewalk back into the White House.”
On a local level here in Minnesota, we have the entire State House up for grabs, not to mention all of the local school board, municipal and county elections.
Most importantly, we have a Senate election against incumbent Amy Klobuchar (D). Democrats and their “lamestream media” counterparts have been telling us that this is an “untouchable seat for Republicans”. They’ve tried to convince us that she is as safe as it gets.
Being an Obama lap dog is not going to get her reelected. Supporting issues like Obamacare and TARP and the PIPA/SOPA debacle will be her undoing.
Maybe you’re a seasoned campaign volunteer or maybe you’ve just been sitting quietly on the sidelines and making sure you get your vote in on Election Day. Maybe you have a favorite presidential candidate for the 2012 nomination or maybe you’re one of the 20 percent who has yet to make up your mind on who you support.
Either way, a tremendous opportunity is coming up next weekend. On Saturday, August 13, the Ames Straw Poll will be taking place at the Hilton Colosseum on the campus of Iowa State University. Most of the major GOP presidential contenders will be in attendance and vying for the Straw Poll win to begin setting the tone for who will become the Republican nominee to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
Two amazing conservative organizations, Voices of Conservative Women and PURSE-Iowa, are teaming up to empower women and ensure that their voices are heard in 2012 and beyond at the Ames Straw Poll.
There are two events taking place that these organizations are seeking volunteers for. The very first event of the day will be the Presidential Iowa Straw Poll Kick-Off Breakfast hosted by Voices of Conservative Women and PURSE-Iowa. The two groups will also be hosting a reception tent on-site at the Iowa Straw Poll.
Whether you can donate a few hours of time or the whole day, every “body” counts! Both women and men are being encouraged to volunteer to make the event a smashing success. From the Twin Cities, Ames is roughly only a 3.5 hour drive south on I-35.
If you are interested in donating to help sponsor these two great organizations at the Iowa Straw Poll, donations are being accepted here.
Read the official press release here.
ABOUT VOICES: VOICES of Conservative Women (VOICES) is a national 501(c)4 nonpartisan women’s organization formed to help train and support the next generation of women leaders at all levels of government who support fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market principles. VOICES works to educate the general public on key issues and on the need to elect leaders who support those ideals. VOICESPAC, a 527 political fund of VOICES, works to elect women candidates who support our core principles.
ABOUT PURSE-IOWA: PURSE-Iowa is an Iowa grassroots women’s organization committed to reaching out to women and encouraging them to get involved in the political process. PURSEPAC-Iowa supports women candidates at all levels of government who support fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market issues.
Despite the standoff between DFL and Republican lawmakers in the state of Minnesota, the longest state government shutdown in US history is drawing to a close. Though not a “done deal” yet, the Republican legislative majorities accepted the concession offer by Governor Mark Dayton. In a letter to Speaker Zellers and Majority Leader Koch, the accepted offer is merely a tweaked version of the Republican’s offer dated June 30, mere hours before the state of Minnesota closed down.
After watching a number of local news broadcasts about the shutdown resolution, the burning question was this: Why did the Governor shut down the state, cause unnecessary stress and pain to Minnesotans (especially those laid off state employees) and then accept (with minor tweaking) an offer that he had previously refused mere hours away from the shutdown deadline? Consensus among DFL legislators tonight—- “We aren’t quite sure…. but I guess Dayton wanted to be the statesman and ‘end the suffering’ before it got worse.”
Read the rest of this entry
In the land of 10,000 lakes, we have watched the career of 2-term former governor Tim Pawlenty. The now Republican 2012 presidential candidate was a red spot in a blue sea oftentimes. However, Minnesotans have rolled with the Pawlenty punches: the good, the bad & the ugly.
As the infamous Ames Straw Poll draws near, Pawlenty has less than a month now to make up ground he so sorely needs to remain viable as a candidate to become the GOP nominee for President. Experts say that he must obtain a finish in the top 3 spots at the Straw Poll or risk losing his bid for the White House, as Iowa also holds the first GOP primary in February 2012. With the entrance and excitement of fellow Minnesotan and Tea Party sweetheart, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Pawlenty is not only battling (and losing in the polls to) a fellow Minnesotan down in Iowa–he is also battling for the heart and soul of the GOP. On paper, he appears to have all the right credentials — so why isn’t his candidacy catching fire?
Read the rest of this entry
For the average American, that answer is likely “sometime in high school.” When we, as a society, do not understand our history, the right and the wrong that we have come through as Americans, we begin to lose sight of that which we hold so dear. Whether you choose to read this in the context of what President Obama has done as the leader of this country or what Mark Dayton has done thus far as the Governor of Minnesota, I hope these words find you pondering which direction our country and state are going in.
So now that another Independence Day has come and gone, it’s time to take a little walk down memory lane and revisit how America came to be, through the words of the document that said, “NO MORE!” to the British monarchy. (Emphasis mine.)
Lights out. As the clock struck midnight, the lights literally went out at the Minnesota State Capitol.
July 1, 2011 will forevermore be known as the day Mark Dayton shut down the State of Minnesota. After months of negotiating and the delivery of multiple balanced budgets by the GOP-controlled majorities in the legislature, Governor Mark Dayton dug in his heels and refused to even pass a “Lights On” temporary funding budget so that they could have additional time to work out the details of closing Minnesota’s $5 Billion shortfall. Without what Mark Dayton called “increased revenue” (which is fancy speak for raising taxes and increased fees), he refused to agree to any of the budget offers that came to his desk.
But in typical liberal fashion, it was a “my way or the highway” approach. Even when the MNGOP legislators agreed to many of the governor’s funding requests, he still wasn’t happy. At midnight, the shutdown of state government services became official, even though rest stops and state parks had already been closing. But today, there are over 30,000 state employees that could not return to work. And nobody knows how long it will be before a deal is reached. Read the rest of this entry
This morning, Michele Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for to become President of the United States of America. No small feat, might I add. Against a backdrop of staid, middle aged men, Bachmann shines as a charismatic, articulate, constitution-loving woman. With the Iowa Straw Poll less than 50 days out, the field of candidates continues to widen. Who will be the one to make Barack Obama a “One Term President”?
The major players so far are former MA governor Mitt Romney, former MN governor Tim Pawlenty, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Utah governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, TX congressman Ron Paul, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former NM Governor Gary Johnson, former PA senator Rick Santorum, and a host of smaller candidates, with a number of big names like Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Rick Perry and several others that have yet to declare their intentions…
On the home turf here in Minnesota, we are faced with having two different kind of conservatives in the race for the GOP nomination. Bachmann has established herself as the Tea Party candidate, the one who the media loves to hate and who isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues. Pawlenty, by contrast, has an impressive, standard resume…former 2-term governor, former House Majority leader, attorney, etc. However, his political endeavors have been shaky at times and he fails to truly excite anyone outside of the center. Sure, he’s politically tried to move back to the right, but on a number of issues, he’s “flip flopped”, similarly to another famous presidential candidate (paging John Kerry….).
The next few months will be very telling for the two Minnesotans. If either fails to make the top 3 in the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, IA on August 13th, their campaigns are doomed. But right now, the momentum seems to be behind Bachmann, with Pawlenty eating her proverbial dust. Will that change? Possibly. Only time will tell…