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GOP Caucus update

I attended the local Republican caucus at for the 3rd year in a row last night, and a fun time was had by all.  Got to Moorhead High School about 6:30pm, pretty early I know but I wanted to scope out the room before the whole thing got started.  I was met at the door to the auditorium by Jeff Backer who is running for State Senate in our district.  Nice guy, I wish him the best of luck.  By the time we started, I noticed that most of the conservative elected officials in Moorhead were there – Brenda Elmer, Luther Stueland and Mark Hintermeyer from the City Council and Bill Tomhave from the school board are the ones I recognized right away.

After some socializing, the Chairman gave an introduction which was followed by some remarks by State Representative Morrie Lanning about Republican prospects both in Minnesota and around the country.  I realized again why I’ve voted for Rep. Lanning whenever I could.  He’s definitely a good voice for 9A.

After the speakers, some letters from candidates were read, I was particularly interested in the governor’s race.  Tom Emmer’s letter was read by Luther Stueland, and I really enjoyed what I heard.  It seemed very personal and energetic, just like what I’ve seen from his campaign.  I think I’m leaning more in Emmer’s direction as of late, especially after hearing Seifert’s letter, it just seemed very…uninspiring. 

Sure Seifert’s letter covered all the classic conservative bases, but I just came away feeling unfulfilled and unexcited, like what I’ve seen from his campaign.  I honestly agree with this opinion on TrueNorth today about Seifert’s moderate success in the GOP straw-poll, the author states that “considering Seifert’s ‘commanding lead’ in dollars, his insider status, and inheritance of a campaign operation – only garnering 50% last night is a bad performance.”  I’d have to agree with that assessment.

After the last letter was read we broke up into groups based on precinct and went to separate rooms to continue the caucus.  There 5 people including me in our room for 4W1P, and we elected a Precinct Captain and Secretary (the latter of which was me, oh boy!), took the straw poll that Emmer won with 3 votes, and had a lively discussion about some points of the MN GOP platform such as homeschooling, nullification by the 10th amendment and healthcare.  Since we were allotted 8 delegates for the precinct, and there were 5 people there, we voted us all as delegates to the County BPOU convention on Feb. 27th. 

A lot of people were curious why I, as a relatively young person, was as interested and committed enough to come to local caucus.  I realized I didn’t really know what to say, but after I thought about it, it was because I strongly believe that the principle of responsibility, which Rep. Lanning said was at the heart of our party, is really the best choice for Minnesota.  Whether its personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility or social responsibility, all of them are essential to good governance in Minnesota.

So that was pretty much the caucus, I thought it was a fun night bu then again I’m a political nerd.  haha. 

It was nice to see Conrad again since it’s been a while since we last talked, especially about politics, so that was cool too. 

Have it good,

-Mike

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February 3, 2010 Posted by | Minnesota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

tuesday stories for 2/2/10

I’ve got a lot of projects in the works as of late, so my blogging might get a bit sparse the next few days.  But here are some good reads for Tuesday:

1. Older and younger workers compete for part-time hourly jobs 

Well good gods, no wonder it’s been such a bitch to find work.  With an unemployment rate of 18% among those 18-24, what is this going to do to this generation?  This is a very unsettling statistic because angry, intelligent and bored young people can do some dangerous things.  See: Russian Revolution of 1917 and the entire decade of the 1960s.

 

2. Terror trials opinions:

Two good columns today about where to hold trials of 9/11 conspirators and other terrorists.  Watch them face off!

If not NYC, where else could Obama’s administration possibly try the Guantanamo Bay prisoners?  vs. Keep terror trials on American soil

 

3. Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything

Now this is just cool.  Check it out. 

“Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products.” 

And since it is caucus day today, here’s a concise set of principles for all you conservatives to keep in mind while you discuss and propose and poll tonight:

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

William John Henry Boetcker (1873–1962)

(thanks to On caucus day, ten truths for conservative candidates)

Have it good,

-Mike

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Economics, Politics, Terrorism, Unemployment | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caucus day is here again!

Wow, it’s already the end of January.  That means the Minnesota caucus day of February 2nd is approaching fast, but what does that mean for you?  What is a political caucus, and why are they important?

The caucuses present an opportunity to make your voice heard beyond your single vote on Election Day, they give you a venue for opinion into which candidates will make it to election day for you to vote on. 

A party caucus is where self-identified supporters of a political party get together and talk about the upcoming elections and state of their party, every major political party in Minnesota (Republicans, Democrats, and Independence) has them.  In big election years like 2008 and the Minnesota Governor’s race, party caucuses play an important role in the party endorsement process and are responsible for deciding who the party will officially support come Election Day.  

Who could pass up a chance to meet and engage with like-minded individuals who likely share many of your beliefs?  And if you don’t see eye-to-eye with another caucus-goer, start a dialogue and discuss your divergence on issues.  The caucus is where the party’s platform is solidified and resolutions for change are brought forward and carried to the State convention, so have at it when it comes to issues you disagree with!  

So what’s going to happen when you go to your local precinct caucus?  Here’s what the MN Republican party has to say about caucuses tomorrow;

What Happens at Caucuses? 

  1. Elect the Chair of the Caucus and the Caucus Secretary
  2. Elect Precinct Leaders
  3. Elect Delegates and Alternates to the Local Republican Conventions
  4. Conduct the Gubernatorial Preference Ballot
  5. Pass Resolutions to the Republican Party of Minnesota’s Standing Platform

Why are caucuses important?

For our Party, caucuses serve several important functions:

1. It’s the start of the platform process

The resolutions passed at caucuses are the starting point for changes to our Party’s standing platform, which states our Party’s principles and beliefs.
2. It’s the start of choosing Republican candidates

The process for electing delegates, who will endorse individuals to become our Party’s candidates, starts here

3. It’s where our precinct leaders are elected

Local leaders serve as the backbone of the Party. A commitment to forward Republican principles qualifies you to accept this leadership post tonight.

4. It’s the base of our grassroots efforts

With their experience and knowledge, precinct caucus attendees make great volunteers for our candidates and our Party. Our principles cannot move forward without your involvement.

 

 

Find your party’s caucus date and location here if you live in Moorhead, MN

Clay County caucuses Tuesday: 

  • Republican Party: 7 p.m., Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S.; the following precincts will meet at Barnesville High School (Alliance, all Barnesville precincts, Comstock, Elkton, Holy Cross, Humbolt, Tansem); the following will meet at Hawley High School (Cromwell, Eglon, Goose Prairie, Hawley, Hawley Township, Highland Grove, Hitterdal, Keene, Parke, Skree).
  • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party: 7 p.m., Comstock Memorial Union, MSUM, Sixth Avenue and 14th Street
  • Green Party: 6:30 p.m., Moorhead Library, 118 5th St.
  • Independence Party: 7 p.m. This is a remote caucus. Go to www.independenceminnesota.org.
  • For all other caucus locations, go to http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

 

Campaigns drive interest in Minnesota caucuses

 

Have fun and remember that “all politics is local.”  Your vote and voice really do count.

Have it good,

-Mike

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Minnesota, Republicans | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rasmussen and MN Governors Race

Wow, I really wonder who Rasmussen polled to get results like this.  I have a feeling they didn’t go beyond a few suburbs of the Twin Cities.  According to today’s Rasmussen poll of Minnesota Republicans, 52% would prefer former Sen. Norm Coleman in the 2010 Governor’s race and he’s not even running!  Look at the dropoff from Coleman to State Rep. Seifert, and the latter raised over $262,000 last year!

2010 Minnesota Governor Primary 

I met most of the candidates a couple months ago, and I was impressed by the strength and quality of every person running.  Especially the potential in State Rep. Paul Kohls, I’ll be watching him after his performance at the candidate debate.  Tom Emmer’s campaign called me this afternoon wondering if I had made a decision concerning who I will support, since I’ve been a delegate for the last two years in a row. 

Honestly, I’m not too sure so far.  I like a lot of what Marty Seifert has to say, enjoyed the fierce libertarian streak of former candidate Pat Anderson (who is now running for State Auditor), the fresh and hopeful view of Paul Kohls, and the strong charisma of Tom Emmer.  I remember seeing Senator Coleman speak at the 2008 MN State Convention and not really being all that impressed, it seemed too glossy and photogenic.  But I really wasn’t attuned to MN politics to make any kind of judgement, but I have heard good things about his record. 

This is going to be a very tough choice for Republican caucus-goers this year.  Too many good choices.

Have it good,

-Mike

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Minnesota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i don’t think i can even count that high

Well in this story here it looks like one of the Republican candidates for governor of Minnesota might be stepping out of the race.  That’s too bad, Pat Anderson was on my short list of favorites after I saw them all in September at debates in the Cities.  But never fail, since we in the GOP love competition so very much we’ve gained one as well! 

I’m not sure what I think of Bob Carney, the new moderate-leaning entry into the race.  I’m a strong conservative-libertarian, and the knee-jerk reaction to hearing “moderate” is a feeling of distaste, but maybe that’s what will capture Minnesota.  We’ll see.

“I think that the Republican Party needs to move in a more moderate and progressive direction, and it needs to be challenged on that,” Carney said. “I think I’ve got some ideas that are going to be appealing to a lot of people, including people who have left the Republican Party, and people who are independents.”

Field of Gubernatorial Candidates Continues to Grow

In other news, the party favorite Rep. Marty Seifert raised over $262,000 last year, with Tom Emmer coming in second with $115,000.  I met all the Republican candidates in September, and Rep. Seifert didn’t really strike me as a communicator like Pawlenty, but we’ll see.  I am a big fan of his positions on a lot of issues though, I’m just not sure if he has the charisma to win over more than Minnesota’s party base.

There’s your dose of Minnesota Republican politics for the day, enjoy!

Have it good,

-Mike

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Minnesota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A challenge?!

Here we go for an exciting turn in the pre-race for MN District 1!  Former State Rep. Allen Quist announced on Wednesday night that he is challenging Democrat Tim Walz for his seat in the U.S. House. 

Quist announces he’ll run for Congress against Walz

Quist Eyeing Walz Challenge?

Well thank the gods, kick the bum out.  After reading over Mr. Quist’s campaign site, it looks like his primary focus is taking Rep. Walz to task on healthcare reform.  Rep. Walz was one of the 220 votes that made sure the immoral monstrosity that is the House Healthcare bill just barely scraped by.  Just like Earl Pomeroy in North Dakota, I can’t wait for 2010 to see the absolutely brutal blowback that will emerge from their votes on this Healthcare Disaster Bill. 

I see some good homeschooling credentials on Quist’s campaign website, it looks like he “played an influential role in legalizing home schools in Minnesota,” which is definitely a huge achievement to be celebrated.  Here’s a link to the education organization he and his wife have been involved with- www.EdWatch.org.

Looks like we have a strong candidate for MN District 1 so far, good luck Mr. Quist!

Have it good,

-M

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment