MNGOP Congressional District Conventions April 14 to May 19, 2018

The Bpou Conventions are done and the next round of political jockeying for statewide candidates will come at Congressional District Conventions in Minnesota.

The first Saturday Conventions start on April 14th and the last one finishes on May 19th a few weeks before the State Convention in Duluth, MN on June 1st & 2nd, 2018.  Since we were not able to provide a list for all the BPOU Conventions in the state as we did last year (they were not posted on the MNGOP website for some bizarre reason we did it as a courtesy to Republican Voters) we are posting the Congressional District Conventions so you the concerned Republican Voter or the curious voter to keep you informed.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Minnesota Congressional District Conventions 

Congressional District 1: April 21, 2018, at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN 10:00 a.m.  CD1 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 2: April 21, 2018, at Lakeville North High School 10:00 a.m.  CD2 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 3: April 14, 2018, at Bethany Church in Bloomington, MN 10:00 a.m. CD3 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 4: April 21, 2018, at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN 9:00 a.m.  CD4 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 5:  April 21, 2018, at the Crystal VFW in Crystal, MN 1:00 p.m.  CD5 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 6: April 14, 2018, at Centennial Middle School in Circle Pines, MN 10:00 a.m.  CD6 GOP Convention Map

Congressional District 7: May 19, 2018, at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, MN 9:00 a.m.  CD7 GOP Convention Map (there’s a Friday Banquet, May 18th, details in the convention link)

Congressional District 8: May 5, 2018, Century Elementary School in Park Rapids, MN 10:00 a.m.  CD8 GOP Convention Map


Congressional District Convention Chronological

with CD Convention Links

April 14, 2018

CD3 Convention, CD6 Convention

April 21, 2018

CD1 Convention, CD2 Convention, CD4 Convention, CD5 Convention

May 5, 2018

CD8 Convention

May 19, 2018

CD7 Convention

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CD4 Republican Convention April 21, 2018 at Century College

What:  CD4 Republican Convention

Who:  Delegates, Alternates who were elected at BPOU conventions, guests, Endorsed Candidates, and Statewide Candidates seeking the Republican Party of Minnesota Endorsement.

When:  April 21, 2018.  Registration begins at 8:00 am and closes at 10:30 am and the Convention starts thereafter.

Where:  Century College, 3300 Century Ave North, White Bear Lake MN 55110  CD4 Convention Map

Cost:  Pre-Registration $25, Day of Registration $30 For all delegates and alternates:

  • Registration in advance shall be $25 if made by mail by Saturday, Apr. 14 and online by Thursday, April 17. Please make you check out to CD 4-RPM and mail to: Paul Holmgren, Treasurer, 403 Blair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103
  • Registration at the door shall be $30.
  • Box lunches supplied by Subway will be available for purchase at the event registration table for $10.00.
  • Tables and visitor registration are also available.

CD4 Republican Convention Purpose:

  • Endorse for Congressional Representative
  • Consideration of Resolutions to change the Republican Party of Minnesota Platform.
  • Consideration of Amendments to the CD 4 – RPM Constitution and By Laws.
  • Transaction of other business as may properly come before the convention.

Candidates who wish to be considered for endorsement for Congress should contact the Chair immediately to be interviewed by the Nominations Committee. Chairman@cd4-mngop.com or 612-221-1819. There will be many candidates for statewide office who may address the convention.


We are posting this information as a courtesy to the Republican Party of Minnesota, and to the MN Congressional District 4 Republicans.  We are doing this for readers to stay informed of important events.  ~~ Publius Jr.

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Mark Robinson & Grassroots North Carolina Standing up for Law Abiding Gun Owners at Greensboro City Council

Public Comments at the Greensboro North Carolina City Council meeting had some concerned law abiding gun owners commenting about the anti-2nd Amendment anti-gun show ordinances of the Mayor and City Council.  Andy Stevens, a Veteran, speaks first from Grassroots North Carolina (GRNC), the local Director of Government Affairs.  Mr Stevens was holding the Mayor and City Council of Greensboro North Carolina up to the law that protects exhibitors such at the Greensboro Gun Show at their civic center.

At 4:38 minutes into the video below Mark Robinson addresses the Mayor & City Council.  Mr Robinson tells it like it is, he is like the majority of law abiding gun owners.  The video is 8:55 minutes long.

Greensboro lifelong citizen Mark Robinson asks why law-abiding citizens are being blamed for criminals’ actions who don’t follow the law.  He gives a passionate speech about how his rights are being infringed on by the city leaders of Greensboro NC.  We applaud both speakers especially Mark Robinson.

 

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Walter Williams: The Equality Myth–Disparities Are Not Caused by ‘Discrimination’

April 3, 2018

I don’t mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of “Discrimination and Disparities,” just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the globe.

One of those myths is that but for the fact of discrimination, we’d all be proportionately represented in socio-economic characteristics, such as career, income, education and incarceration. The fact of business is that there is no evidence anywhere on earth, at any time in human history, that demonstrates that but for discrimination, there would be proportionate representation in anything by race, sex, nationality or any other human characteristic. Sowell shows that socio-economic outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be explained by any one factor, whether it’s genetics, discrimination or some kind of exploitation.

A study of National Merit Scholarship finalists shows that firstborns are finalists more often than their multiple siblings combined. Data from the U.S., Germany and Britain show that the average IQ of firstborns is higher than the average IQ of their later siblings. Such outcomes challenge those who believe that heredity or one’s environment is the dominant factor in one’s academic performance. Moreover, the finding shows that if there is not equality among people born to the same parents and living under the same roof, why should equality of outcomes be expected under other conditions?

In Chapter 2, Sowell provides evidence that people won’t take racial discrimination at any cost. The higher its cost the less it will be tolerated, and vice versa. One example is segregated seating on municipal transit in the South. Many companies were privately owned, and their decision-makers understood that they could lose profits by offending their black customers by establishing segregated seating. Transportation companies fought against laws mandating racially segregated seating, both politically and in the courts, but lost. Companies even chose to ignore the law. Faced with heavy fines, though, they began to comply with the law.

The point is that the difference between the white transportation owners and the white politicians and segregationists was the transportation company owners had to bear the cost of alienating black riders and the politicians and segregationists didn’t. Sowell broadens his analysis to show that regulated companies and organizations — such as public utilities and nonprofit entities, including colleges and government agencies — will be at the forefront when it’s politically popular to discriminate against blacks but also will be at the forefront when it’s politically popular to discriminate in favor of blacks. Why? Because in either case, they don’t bear the burden of forgone profits.

In Sowell’s chapter titled “The World of Numbers,” he points out what I’m going to call out-and-out dishonesty. In 2000, a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights study pointed out that 44.6 percent of black applicants were turned down for mortgages, while only 22.3 percent of whites were turned down. These and similar statistics led to charges of lending industry discrimination and demands that government do something about it. While the loan rejection rate for whites was 22.3 percent, that for Asians and native Hawaiians was only 12.4 percent. Those statistics didn’t see the light of day. Why? They didn’t fit the racial discrimination narrative. It would have been difficult for the race hustlers to convince the nation that lending institutions were discriminating against not only black applicants but white applicants, as well, in favor of Asian and native Hawaiian applicants.

At several points in the book, Sowell points to the tragedies created in the pursuit of social justice. He gives the example of the Gujaratis expelled from Uganda and the Cubans fleeing Cuba. Many of the Gujaratis arrived in Britain destitute but rose again to prosperity. It’s the same story with the Cubans who came to the U.S. and prospered. By losing their most productive people, both Uganda and Cuba became economic basket cases.

The general public, educators and politicians would benefit immensely from reading “Discrimination and Disparities,” if only to avoid being unknowingly duped.

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The views expressed in opinion articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Black Community News.


This post was copied and pasted here from the Black Community News newsletter by Star Parker’s C.U.R.E.  Walter Williams is one of our favorite fill-in guest hosts of Rush Limbaugh’s show. We’ve not changed the content of the article, though we have deleted some social media links & ads. To view the original article published on April 3, 2018 click here.  We are not associated with Black Community News nor with CURE except that we get their newsletter.  ~~ Publius Jr.

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Pothole Reporting in the Twin Cities Metro Area and on MN Highways

Potholes are a nuisance in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Potholes are everywhere in Minnesota where there is an asphalt surface.  They can form at any time of the year, but usually after Winter in the Springtime when a general thaw is in process.

We citizens complain about them, but if you don’t notify the proper city, county or state officials about a pothole you’re just as much the problem as the pothole is.  Just as in Ray’s Challenge our post about a St Paul citizen willing to return stray shopping carts back to the cart corral to proactively help other people, you need to think about other drivers who might be driving along and not see the pothole in time; they might get into an accident because of it. We admit from the numerous potholes out there the Public Works crews in St Paul and other parts of the state can’t know where all the potholes are at all times.  That is why your help is so vitally needed.

While we would love concrete roadways on priority streets everywhere in the State of Minnesota, concrete roads have issues too, just not always in the area of a pothole. They have cases where a slab of concrete will buckle upwards and ruin someone’s day.  That’s an article for another day.  For now Report those potholes and other road problems.

Here are some resources below to do that in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and along MN State Highways and Interstate freeways.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Potholes Reporting

  • MNDOT (Minnesota Department Of Transportation)

www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/maintenance/potholes.html


  • St Paul Public Works

Phone:  651-266-9700

Email:  Potholes@ci.stpaul.mn.us

The next link is very interesting as you can see others who have “voted” for a particular pothole.  It shows how many people have reported the same pothole to be fixed.  It has fixes for graffiti and also for excessive garbage to be picked up.

See Click Fix – Saint Paul (listed on the Pothole Reporting site as, “Report the Pothole Online using Saint Paul Connect.”)


  • Ramsey County

www.ramseycounty.us/residents/roads-transit/report-problem


  • Minneapolis

www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/publicworks/traffic/traffic_pothole


  • Hennepin County

www16.co.hennepin.mn.us/forms/potholerpt


How Does a Pothole Form?

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SD 64 & SD 65 Republican Conventions on March 24, 2018

Local Party Units (BPOUs) have been having their conventions across the state of Minnesota in all parties during the month of March.  At these conventions they elect State and sometimes Congressional District Delegates and Alternates, pass platform resolutions, local party constitutional amendments, and they can endorse candidates for office in their district.

Another aspect of the Local Party Unit’s Convention is Statewide Candidates for Constitutional Offices, candidates for Congressional District offices, or candidates for County Commissioner Districts, or elected legislators, may speak at these conventions.

We went to the websites of the Local Party Units of SD 64 & SD 65 Republicans some weeks ago looking for information about their conventions to post an article of where and when all of the St Paul Republican Local Party Units were having theirs.  Political websites as they are rarely updated told us there wasn’t any information except at mnhd66brepublicans.org, a site we helped set up.  SD 67 Republicans’ website is hard to find and SD 64 GOP & SD 65 didn’t have any information available until recently.  SD 65 Republicans’ site run by the radio talk show host Mitch Berg hasn’t had an update since March 1, 2016.  So we contacted the former candidate for HD 65B Republicans Margaret Stokely, she said where the convention will take place–it’s at where she lives.  Perhaps Margaret should be running that Local Party Unit instead.

On the SD 64 Republicans site, which is copied and pasted below, what disturbed us is the requirement that people pay a FEE of $15 to attend.  Shouldn’t it be a free-will donation?  Oh that’s right to have a nice location for a convention some local party units will actually spend money to rent out a place, when there are a number of libraries in St Paul that one can reserve a room for FREE.  Conventions shouldn’t be a combined fundraiser and popularity contest for delegates & alternates.  It turns off people who can barely keep ahead of their bills.  This is a tactic by the well-connected and wealthy elements of all parties to keep “certain people” out of leadership positions and it really needs to end.  Perhaps the chair of SD 64 Republicans Ted Nelson should rethink this idea of a mandatory “Fee.” Isn’t it a “Convention tax,” instead?  The MNGOP State Party Constitution prohibits charging dues but then says one needs to pay for conventions and such.  It’s odd that the party that complains about taxes being too high have hidden hurdles inside their own apparatus to raise the bar of participation to allow only the people who can afford “fees,” at every rising level of the party leadership structure.

Here are the locations and times of SD 64 & SD 65 Republican Convention.  House District 66A Republicans Convention will be on April 7, 2018 at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville MN, we will post more information next week.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Senate District 64 Republican Convention

When:   Saturday, March 24, 2018  Registration opens 9:00 AM.  Convention Begins 9:30 AM

Where:  Charles Schultz Ice Arena – 800 Snelling Ave S  –  St Paul, MN  55116   (Corner of Snelling Ave and Ford Parkway) SD 64 Republican Convention Map

Cost: There is a $15.00 (Cash or Check – NO CREDIT CARD) convention fee for each attendee – payable at registration to Senate District 64 Republican Committee

Show a State ID or current utility bill to confirm residency

[This last bit about a State ID is unnecessary in our opinion. It’s as if they don’t know who showed up at their own precinct caucuses].



Senate District 65 Republican Convention

When:   Saturday, March 24, 2018  9:00 to 11:00 am

Where:  Shaller Sholom Campus, Weinberg apt community room

SD 65 Republican Convention Map

Cost: ? It might be an at-will donation.  (The website doesn’t say anything).  Though from their 2016 Convention Call they list $20 as being the cost.

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Ben Shapiro at the U of MN-St Paul Campus

Ben Shapiro was invited to the University of Minnesota by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF).  On February 26, 2018 he spoke on the St Paul Campus.  Ben Shapiro is conservative.  Click YAF’s Biography of Mr Shapiro.

There was a bit of a controversy of WHERE Ben Shapiro was to speak.  In the age of live streaming of events, it really isn’t an issue.  As an alumnus of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology I, Publius Jr, believe there are better parking opportunities on the St Paul Campus and less smog there than the main campus in Minneapolis.

First thought upon listening to Mr Shapiro’s speech we have to say it sounds as if the speed is set to quick, but perhaps that’s how he really does speak.  We’ll let you formulate your own opinion of Ben Shapiro and not tell you how to believe.  This video was copied from the Alpha News MN website.  It runs about 1 hour and 13 minutes.

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Vendor Registration Begins for 38th Annual Hmong Freedom Celebration J4 on March 23, 2018

J4 as it is known to Hmong as a time to celebrate freedom with family, food, and sports.  J4 will be on June 30th & July 1, 2018 this year.

 

One of the most popular posts we have each year is the information about the Hmong Freedom Celebration J4 that is on the weekend nearest to July 4th. This year that will be on June 30th and July 1st.  If you like good food, Hmong culture, shopping opportunities, and great sporting events like Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, and Hmong specific sports, you’ll want to attend this year.

Hosted by United Hmong Family Inc the planning for this annual event is already in the works the first major calendar date is when Vendors can first start registering for their booths on March 23, 2018.  Then the second date is when team registration ends which is on June 15, 2018.


VENDOR REGISTRATION (food, merchandise, informational):
*Please note, Vendor Registration will not begin until March 23, 2018!*
Kishack Vang
Cell: 651-341-6782
UHF Office: 651-447-2074

SPORTS:
*Please note, deadline to register your team is June 15, 2018!*
Chris Yang
651-470-3824

Corporate Sponsor(s)/Advertisers:
Richard Som
612-850-9533/651-348-8273

 

For More information:

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call 651-447-2074 or Facebook message us!


The above information was copied and pasted from the Hmong Festivals Facebook Page.  We are posting this as a courtesy to our readers, and to those interested in attending the Hmong Freedom Celebration aka J4.  We are not associated with United Hmong Family Inc, nor Hmong Festivals, nor do we receive any sort of compensation from them. 

We will post the actual notice of the event when we know more about the 38th Annual Hmong Freedom Celebration.  This year it will be on June 30th and July 1st, 2018 which are a Saturday and Sunday.

 

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HD 66B Republicans Convention March 10, 2018 2-5pm at Rice Library

The beginning of MNGOP BPOU Conventions start in St Paul on this weekend at Rice Street Library for the House District 66B Republicans.  It is sort of unusual that they are not having it in the morning as almost every other MNGOP bpou is having it in this state. Though as one campaign staffer said to us, it is highly likely that a statewide candidate will attend an afternoon convention in St Paul unless they are in Greater Minnesota.

We are posting this information as a courtesy to the House District 66B Republicans, one of the few remaining House District Republican units in St Paul, though in our opinion they all should be House District units as more people can participate instead of a small cabal of political hobbyists running the show.

We were given permission to post their actual article about the convention.  We have trimmed it a bit here is the Original Article. ~~ Publius Jr.


Attention Delegates, Alternates and Republican Residents of Minnesota House District 66B:

The HD 66B Republicans Convention will be on Saturday March 10th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Rice Street Library. The MN House District 66B Convention shall be composed of the delegates and alternates elected at the February 6th, 2018 HD66B Caucus.

  • Location: Rice Street Library
  • Address: 1011 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117 HD 66B GOP Convention Map
  • Registration: 2:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Convention Starts: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
We are asking for an at-will donation of $5 to cover convention supply expenses (e.g paper/printing costs of agenda, constitution, etc.). Cash, Check, Credit/Debit cards excepted. If you would like to make a PCR Donation, we’ll have forms available.

We are also requesting attendees bring an item to donate to 2nd Harvest Heartland.  Please go to this link for suggested items to donate.

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Food Collection Bin for Second Harvest

Our convention agenda may consist of:
  • 2018 State and Local Candidate Speeches
  • Nominating and voting on CD4 Convention delegates (CD4 Convention Date: April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm)
  • Nominating and voting on MNGOP State Convention delegates (MNGOP State Convention Date: June 1st and 2nd, 2018)
  • Discussion and vote of any platform resolution(s) brought forward from February 6th Caucus
  • Discussion and vote of a HD66B Constitutional Amendments
  • Other business/motions/ announcements delegates would like brought forward

Go to the link below for the current MNGOP Party Platform

2016 Standing Minnesota Republican Party Platform

Map of  MN House District 66B 

(on the map of HD 66B the number of W6P3 was changed to W6P7)

66B Map

Precincts of House District 66B (Ward Precinct)

W1P16     W4P12     W4P13     W5P2     W5P3     W5P4     W5P5

W5P8      W5P9     W6P1     W6P7


Stay Informed – Links to Other Republican Websites

MN Congressional District 4 Republicans
MN GOP

Stay Informed – Meet the Current Republican Candidates Running for State or Federal Office

Governor (Candidates are listed in alphabetical order)

Attorney General

State Auditor

Senate – Class 1 (running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar)

Senate – Class 2 (filling Al Franken’s seat)


 

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John Gilmore: The Case Against Tim Pawlenty as a Governor Candidate

Pawlenty doesn’t appreciate how much politics have changed, which is why he mistakenly thinks he appeals to Minnesota voters

By John Gilmore – February 5, 2018

Bad news was delivered last week by MPR when it reported that failed former Governor Tim Pawlenty would meet with donors and “supporters” to reassess running for governor. Pawlenty previously had played an unconvincing coy game, saying he was politically “retired” and not interested in running this cycle. Not even the dumbest Republicans in the nation believed him.

This bit of terminally depressing news was delivered on the same day the fundraising numbers for current Republican gubernatorial candidates were released. “Underwhelming” is my Goldilocks term for them: not too harsh, not too inaccurate. It has to be admitted, though, that the longer one studied those numbers, especially in comparison to the fundraising numbers on the DFL side of the aisle, the more troubled one became.

There are a number of reasons for these numbers but for now let’s just say that the big donors in Minnesota Republican politics are controlled or influenced by far too few people. Some say big donors don’t want to commit to a particular candidate before the endorsement but that’s demonstrably not the case with Democrats. Why the difference?

I cringed at those passing themselves off as politically sophisticated who noted that the low fundraising numbers afforded Pawlenty an opportunity to get into the race, as if that somehow wasn’t self evident. To be fair, it’s the sort of banality that gets you booked on “Almanac” or “At Issue.”

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Star Tribune amanuensis Patrick Coolican obediently delivered the spin from the local swamp creatures who see financial and political benefit from Pawlenty running:

“Pawlenty is still the last Republican to win a statewide race in Minnesota — in 2006 — and no one questions his ability to raise money after two terms as governor, a presidential run and years as a Wall Street lobbyist.

A GOP source said the plan is to gauge support and secure commitments from these donors to raise money quickly. Something on the order of $1 million would certainly convey seriousness. Doing so would make it very clear to the other Republican candidates what they’re up against and maybe persuade them to get out of the race.

Further pressure could be applied by the other candidates’ donors, who would make clear the spigot is being turned off, so candidates should consider bowing out.

All of this would leave a clear shot for Pawlenty.”

A clear shot at losing. Great.

Pawlenty is explicitly running as the Jeb! candidate: stale, yesterday’s man of no genuine accomplishment (Jeb had an admirable record, by contrast, when he was Florida’s governor) and intent on leveraging his money connections to win the race whether others drop out or not. Jeb! said he was willing to “lose the primary to win the general.” So it is with Wall Street Tim, as one labor activist on Twitter already dubbed him. It’s not alliterative but there’s time. “Plutocrat Pawlenty” is my quick attempt at it.

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Alliterative or not, Pawlenty embodies the worst of the political swamp: failed governor, failed presidential candidate, successful grifter at the trough of big banks and big business. Out of office, he immediately left for Manhattan to become president of the Financial Services Roundtable, which exists to make the forgotten men and women of America even more forgotten. It’s a Faustian, soul selling deal but someone with minimal talent and no soul has to make it.

I’ve previously written that should Pawlenty become governor again, he’d come with a pre-installed swamp. The locus of that swamp is MZA + Co: McClung, Zellers, Anderson, a local lobbying firm, because at bottom politics is only a gateway to good money. I’m hardly naive though: lobbying will always exist and should. Transparency is the key. I’ve said I’d like to work with Common Cause Minnesota to reform our lobbying laws, among the weakest in the nation. But I can only do so much, and frankly, there are still many places around the world where I want to smoke cigarettes & enjoy strong coffee. Life is short and death is real: requiescat in pace Sarah Janecek.

MZA is an equal opportunity, Uniparty if you will, shop. McClung frequently appears on the unwatchable “At Issue” with Sarah Walker or Katie Tinucci. Viewers aren’t told they’re all from the same influence peddling shop but from “opposite” parties. Media’s dishonesty here is matched by our politics.

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Speaker Golnik and the usual suspects in the House mafia are likely to get behind Pawlenty because they know their own. Count the out of touch, open borders Chamber of Commerce as a likely supporter, as well as the grossly overpaid ($700K) Charlie Weaver of the Minnesota Business Partnership. In a word, everyone with a vested interest in politics who can pay for it, except the average Minnesota voter whose real interests they increasingly don’t even pretend to represent. Add in Norm Coleman, Vin Weber and Jack & Annette Meeks and you have the Minnesota swamp equivalent of the Bohemian Grove.

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The path to the general election ballot, it seems to me, is far harder than the Pawlenty team thinks. His absence hasn’t made any hearts grow fonder, except for the grifters who have been grifting locally instead of in Manhattan.

He won last time with only 46% of the vote, hardly an indication of a gift for the common touch among Minnesotans. His policies have left Minnesota with the highest electricity rates in the upper Midwest. His presidential race put his lack of talent and substance on full display. His post governor years reveal his true nature and priorities: cashing out. Money making at the expense of all else is fine, mind you, until it is opportunistically downplayed in favor of the sheer artificiality that is Tim Pawlenty, professional candidate.

Michael Barone recently wrote “What I think we’re seeing is a reshaping of the character of the two parties, the emergence of Trump-Republican and anti-Trump-Democratic parties from the dried husks of the parties of former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.”

Minnesota Republicans understand this if only imperfectly but they are starting. By contrast, so dated is Pawlenty that he could well run billboards with his picture on them asking “Miss me yet?” and think it a good idea because a consultant told him so.

His looming return–unmissed, unwanted and unloved–is a cheesy movie: The Swamp Strikes Back. Having gotten Trump and the political zeitgeist radically wrong, it’s no wonder that he misreads Minnesota Republicans. He seems unaware that the baggage he has accumulated in and out of office not only will prevent him from winning in November, it will prevent him being on the ballot altogether.

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In addition to Alpha News, John Gilmore is also a contributor to The Hill. He is the founder and executive director of Minnesota Media Monitor.™ He blogs at MinnesotaConservatives.org and is on Twitter under @Shabbosgoy. He can be reached at John@alphanewsmn.com.

Photo credit: Saint Thomas University


Nowhere Man: The Case Against Tim Pawlenty

This article was originally published on February 5, 2018 by Alphanews MN it was written by the local St Paul, MN Conservative John Gilmore. We received permission from him to repost it. We didn’t alter the content of the article, but we turned off the social media links.

It’s tough to be a Saint Paul Republican as we get involved in campaigns that are beyond our city limits. We don’t get the support we should by the state party nor from CD4 Republicans for municipal campaigns or legislative campaigns, and we are believed to be the local representative of the national, state or affluent suburban Republican Party, and thus a scapegoat for local DFLers when their vapid failed policies fall apart.  We aren’t the stereotype and we don’t have a seat at any of the tables of government in this most “livable” city.  Most of us are not rich, as what little of our income is spent on keeping our families above water and paying off the obscene taxes for more government intrusion and legal plundering of our financial resources. This article hit the nail on the head. John Gilmore is a gifted writer and he articulated what we poor grassroots Republicans have been struggling against before we meet the DFL team: the politically connected acting on special interests BEFORE listening to our concerns. Thank you John.

~~Publius Jr.

PS from now on the lobbyist and former Governor will now be known by us as Tim P’lenty.

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