Thank you to everyone that attended our Campaign Kickoff this last weekend. It was nice to see people anxious to help. There were a couple events/opportunities discussed there that I'd like to open up to a broader audience.
First of all many of you are probably aware of the parade in Rosemount this weekend starting at 11am on Saturday, and Rep. Anna Wills will be marching in that parade. It would be great if you could make it and show her your support!
Immediately following the parade Anna Wills is having her 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social/Fundraiser, being hosted by Kurt and Cindy Bills. It will begin around 1pm and go until about 3pm. It will be located at:
As an added incentive to attend, US Rep. John Kline will also be attending.
In addition, this Saturday is also SUPER SATURDAY! Basically this is when we dry-run our election day activities but even more important is it's when we prove to the national Republican Party that Minnesota is worth investing in. Funds from the RNC can easily make or break campaigns, and with both a large Senate race and a Governor's race going on, national support is essential!
We'll be making phone calls and knocking on doors. Our goal is 2880 calls and 520 doors.
Every person that shows up is critical. We can't stress it enough how much we need volunteers for this as it is the most critical day we have on the calendar prior to the primary election. The goal is challenging and we can exceed it, but not without the help of our local Republicans.
You can help at any of our local Republican Victory offices, but the nearest is the Eagan location:
It's that time of year again! It's campaign season and we have two campaigns that are getting started as we re-elect Representative Tara Mack and Representative Anna Wills. Both will need your help to get pass the finish line on Election Day.
Some meet your Representatives at the SD57 hosted campaign kickoff. If you're so inclined, find out how you can help and if your finances allow make a donation to get them started!
The event will take place at:
14506 South Robert Trail
We'll start at 6:30 PM and go until 8:30 PM.
While the event is compliments of the Senate District 57 Republicans, a donation to Rep. Tara Mack and/or Rep. Anna Wills would be appreciated.
Our local SD57 Convention is coming up this weekend. Delegates and Alternates should have already received a convention call giving the details. If not the basics are as follows:
Saturday, March 15th @ 9AM
Registration begins at 8:30AM
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
As of Tuesday, the 2014 legislative session is officially underway. It's good to be back in St. Paul as we get to work tackling the long list of issues ahead of us before the constitutionally-mandated May 19 adjournment date. Here are some updates from the first week of the 2014 session:
The first week of the 2014 legislative session is in the books.
It has been good returning to the Capitol to address important issues. This is scheduled to be a relatively shorts session in a non-budget year, but we still face a number of key decisions.
Here is a snapshot of this week’s headlines:
We're just a few days away from the start of session, so I wanted to send along one last interim update on the community events I've been able to attend over the past couple of weeks, and give you a preview of issues I'll be working on this session.
Earlier this month, Minnesotans gathered for their respective precinct caucuses, the first step in the 2014 election process. I wanted to thank those of you who took time out of your busy lives to get involved--regardless of party--in your local caucus. The world belongs to those who show up, and I appreciate your commitment and dedication to the political process in shaping the future of your respective political party and the state as a whole.
AMSD Legislative Preview
On Friday, February 7th, I attended the Association of Metropolitan School Districts' (AMSD) 2014 Legislative Preview event. In attendance were a number of local school officials and other elected officials to hear from the AMSD about their legislative priorities for 2014. We also heard from Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
This was the first of several pre-session events I attended in the last few weeks. I also attended an Education Summit on February 6th put on by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce where we heard from a number of speakers about education reform and ways we can tackle our state's unacceptable achievement gap. That weekend, I got the chance to attend a joint event on February 8th put on by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators, and the Minnesota FFA for their legislative breakfast. There we heard about some of the unique issues facing Minnesota's agriculture industry, and the educators who work in the field of agricultural education. On Monday, Februray 10th, I attended the Legislative Institute on Child Development Research and Policy, where we heard from leading experts about child development and ways to increase learning and achievement for our youngest learners.
It's that time of year again! Precinct Caucuses are the event that officially kicks off the political season. A precinct caucus is a meeting organized by Minnesota's political parties where citizens can engage each other in a conversation about which candidates to support in the next general election and what public policy positions should be adopted as part of the party platform.
Attend your precinct caucuses to have a voice in who should be on the ballot as the endorsed candidates. You can even signup to be a delegate to the convention and actually vote on who gets the party endorsement. As a delegate you also have the chance to vote on what is and what is not included in the party platform, which defines what the party believes in.
The SD57 Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. They will be held at Eastview High School, located at 6200 140th Street West, Apple Valley, MN (map).
One thing you can do to make this event easier for you is to verify which precinct you are located in. Even if you've looked it up in the past, you'll want to do it again as Minnesota has recently redrawn the precinct boundary lines. You can look up which precinct you are in here.
If you have any questions, let us know!
The legislature has reinstated the PCR program, so take advantage of it while you can!
What is the PCR program?
The Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program, allows individuals to donate up to $50 per person, or $100 for married couples, to a candidate or party of their choice and apply for a refund of their contribution from the state. The program is available to all individuals eligible to vote in Minnesota and they may file one refund application per year. Contributions to all parties and/or candidates that agree to abide by spending limits are eligible.
Quite simply, it's essentially like making a short term loan to the political party/candidate of your choice and the state will pay you back.
Donations to which candidates are eligible?
Donations to the following are eligible for refund:
Donations to the following are NOT eligible for refund:
Sounds great! How do I participate?
To receive a refund, a contributor must:
So if you'd like to donate to SD57, you can donate here and we'll send you a receipt. You fill out the form and attach the receipt and mail it to the address above. In a few weeks, the state will send you a check for your contribution amount up to $50 per individual.
The Senate District 57 Republicans will be hosting a "Meet The Candidates" event in a "speed dating" format so you can get to know the next Governor of Minnesota! You and a few other fellow Republicans will sit at each table and each candidate will move from table to table getting to know you and answering your questions in a small group setting.
We tried this for the first time four years ago and it was a great success. Both attendees and the candidates liked being able to converse and ask questions in such a small group setting. So we're trying it again this year!
It will be held on January 11th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, with doors opening at 6:00 PM. It will be held at:
Admission costs $20, which also gets you Pizza and pop. Alternately, attendees can make a $50 donation through the (Political Contribution Refund) PCR program, which allows you to make a donation to a political party which will then be refunded by the state.
Due to space limitations only the first 100 attendees will be admitted. To reserve your spot, please RSVP!
Today the legislature voted to provide $4.5 million dollars in disaster relief funding for 18 counties across the state of Minnesota during a one-day special session. It was great to see my colleagues and for all of us to come together in a bipartisan fashion to support much-needed relief for the areas impacted by the severe storms in June 2013 that caused widespread damage across Minnesota.
The House voted 127-1, with all Republicans voting in support of the measure. The Senate passed the bill unanimously 59-0. The Governor is expected to sign the bill in the coming days. While I was disappointed that we missed an opportunity to fix the tax mistakes impacting Minnesota businesses and families, I look forward to making that a priority when the legislature reconvenes in 2014.
Here are some additional updates from the past couple of weeks: