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2018 DFL State Convention Day 3

by Eric Ferguson on June 3, 2018 · 4 comments

This is the day 3 live blog. Day 1 (US Senate, secretary of state, and my explanation of convention procedures for newbies) is here, and day 2 (governor and AG) is here.
 

The convention hall as seen from visitor and alternate seating.

The convention hall as seen from visitor and alternate seating.


 
And it’s auditor day, and maybe the lieutenant governor endorsement. The filing deadline is Tuesday, so Erin Murphy will have to announce quickly if she hasn’t already. I’m not there today and trying to tune in to the livestream, but so far it isn’t working. While we’re waiting, I’d like to handicap the auditor race: no idea. No information to go on at all. When I mentioned it to anybody, no one was even thinking about it with governor sucking up all the attention. Might be well to remember that governors Mark Dayton and Arne Carlson held the state auditor position. Rebecca Otto didn’t get endorsed, but being auditor made her an immediate serious candidate for governor or whatever else she should choose to run for. So even aside from the actual job, it matters.
 
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MN-02: Jason Lewis enters race

by Dan Burns on October 13, 2015 · 0 comments

lewisLewis’s entry adds the clownish, yet disturbing and frankly repugnant, overtones to the MN-02 contest that have overwhelmed the race for the GOP presidential nomination. I have no idea, whether or not the state GOP hierarchy, or the NRCC, are pleased with that.
 

Longtime radio talk show host Jason Lewis announced Monday that he’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District.
 
Lewis, who has never held elected office, becomes the fourth Republican trying to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn…
 
The other announced Republican candidates in the 2nd District are David Gerson, John Howe and Pam Myhra.
(MPR)

This article about Lewis, from Bluestem Prairie, doesn’t really lend itself to blockquoting, and in any case is a must-read in its entirety.
 
I got the image from his Facebook page.
 

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Dan Kimmel for Minnesota House 56A

by Dan Burns on October 16, 2014 · 2 comments

kimmelThis is an open seat, and winnable. Tea Party Rep. Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville) signed on as Marty Seifert’s gubernatorial running mate, and so much for her political career in Minnesota. Our excellent candidate is Dan Kimmel. Here’s his Facebook. From his website:
 

That is why I support comprehensive and affordable health care for all. I support institutional and outpatient mental health programs and services that provide equal access, continuity of care, and protection of patient rights. We need programs that assist displaced veterans, youth and the homeless…
 
A vigorous and available system of public education is essential to a productive, democratic society. I support a strong system of public education at all levels with stable funding and equal educational opportunities, moderate class sizes and a safe, suitable environment for both students and teachers. We must have a broad curriculum of liberal arts, technology, social issues, vocational, and physical education; high standards for teachers and compensation that reflects the responsibilities society places on them. We need high quality, well-funded post-secondary education.
(Dan Kimmel for State Representative)

The far-from-excellent Republican candidate is Drew Christensen. He’s reality-challenged:
 

“I think they understand that some of our message is being lost to young people,” said the 2011 Prior Lake High School graduate. “I believe, and they believe, that Republicans have the right message for young people, and we’re the party of opportunity. We’re the party of jobs. At a base level, young people — my peers — want jobs and they want a prosperous future to be able to get married and have a family and settle down. And I think that’s something that’s slipping out of reach in our current economy and in our state.”
(ECM Election 2014)

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From my view on Primary Tuesday as an elective judge, the predicted low turnout was more variable.  The up-ballot races were not driving voter participation, but rather from what I saw and what was reported to us by our county auditor about our county wide participation and the larger state-wide participation, high or low turnout was dependant on whether or not there were commissioner races, not the ‘big’ job races.

 

This prompted me to take a look at the primary turnouts in the last two primary election cycles.

 

From the Sec. State site, comparing the last midterm election year for the Governor’s race primary and this year’s primary, as a  measure of voter enthusiasm.  First let’s look at 2010, the most recent midterm election year, significant for the Tea Party phenomenon:

Independence party
TOM HORNER AND JAMES A. MULDER 11380 64.24
PHIL RATTE’ AND GAYLE-LYNN: LEMASTER 1215 6.86
RAHN V. WORKCUFF AND MARK F WORKCUFF 815 4.60
JOHN T. ULDRICH AND STEPHEN WILLIAMS 1766 9.97
ROB HAHN AND THOMAS J HARENS 2538 14.33

GOP
OLE’ SAVIOR AND TODD “ELVIS” ANDERSON 4396 3.37
LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8598 6.59
BOB CARNEY JR AND WILLIAM MCGAUGHEY 9856 7.56
TOM EMMER AND ANNETTE T. MEEKS 107558 82.48

DFL
MARGARET ANDERSON KELLIHER AND JOHN GUNYOU 175767 39.75
PETER IDUSOGIE AND LADY JAYNE FONTAINE 3123 0.71
MATT ENTENZA AND ROBYNE ROBINSON 80509 18.21
MARK DAYTON AND YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON 182738 41.33

Independence party 17714
GOP 130408
DFL 442137
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total 590259
and a little ‘extra’ context — total registered MN voters as of poll opening 3111619

and this year:
Independence party
HANNAH NICOLLET AND TIM GIESEKE 5822 100.00

GOP
MARTY SEIFERT AND PAM MYHRA 38798 21.09
KURT ZELLERS AND DEAN SIMPSON 43991 23.92
MERRILL ANDERSON AND MARK ANDERSON 7008 3.81
JEFF JOHNSON AND BILL KUISLE 55813 30.34
SCOTT HONOUR AND KARIN HOUSLEY 38331 20.84

DFL
BILL DAHN AND JAMES VIGLIOTTI 4896 2.56
LESLIE DAVIS AND GREGORY K. SODERBERG 8529 4.46
MARK DAYTON AND TINA SMITH 177737 92.98

Independence party 5822
GOP 183941
DFL 191162
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total 372396

total registered MN voters as of poll opening: 3111478

That’s a decline of 217503 voters participating in the 2014 election, more than the total votes cast by any of the parties for their combined candidates, compared to the 2010 election, and a slight decline in total number of registered voters (141).

 

It also reflects a difference of an INCREASE of 53533 Republican voters, and a DECREASE of 259144 Democratic voters participating in this primary compared to 2010.

 

What does this say about the enthusiasm levels between the various parties? It strongly suggests a lack of primary excitement by Democrats and Independents compared to Republicans. But arguably the sharpest contest was the 5 way race for the Republican ticket, compared to the 4-way equivalent in 2010 for the DFL ticket – other than the draw of those more local races, where there were contests.

 

It would be a serious over-reach of the numbers to suggest this represents any kind of overall turnout for the general election.

 

It will remain to be seen how the overall voter turnout compares in the general election to the primaries, and who does and does not turn out to vote — and WHY, not for WHOM. A big question will be can those who split among the top three MN GOP candidates unite behind Jeff Johnson, in contrast to the triple digit unity by MN Dems behind Mark Dayton. Dayton has excellent statewide recognition, with 46278 voters turning out in Hennepin County, while only 12101 voters turned out for Johnson in Hennepin, his home county.

 

There are a lot of devils hiding in a lot of details, which may or may not be useful predictors of ANYTHING, come November, other than it seems unlikely we’ll have another recount after the November election.

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Republicans introduce Voter ID bill

by The Big E on March 18, 2013 · 1 comment

clowns-1The stupid it hurts, please make it stop
 
Republicans in the Minnesota House introduced a Voter ID bill today. Seriously. Apparently, they couldn’t help themselves.
 
It is essentially the same thing voters rejected last November.
 
The following Republican members of the MN House thought it was a good idea to reintroduce vote suppression:
 

  • Mike Benson (R-Rochester)
  • Peggy Scott (R-Andover)
  • Tim Sanders (R-Blaine)
  • Mary Franson (R-Alexandria)
  • Joe McDonald (R-Delano)
  • Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines)
  • Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake)
  • Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen)
  • Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville)
  • Matt Dean (R-Dellwood)
  • Duane Quam (R-Byron)

Why stop there? Why not introduce a tougher gay marriage ban than is already on the books? Why not arm teachers? How about transvaginal ultrasounds for any women who even contemplates an abortion? How about a round-up-all-the-brown-skinned-people style immigration bill like Arizona’s? Replace all RNs with remote monitors? How about a bill to make it unconstitutional to pass any law that the MNGOP doesn’t like?
 
Did I miss any crazed MNGOP ideas that they ought to introduce while they’re at it?
 
*** UPDATE ***
 
A friend pointed out to me that the deadline for any bill to get any money for it was last Friday. So this bill was just a dumb-@$$ political stunt of some sort. And not a particular good bit of political theatre at that.
 

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Some Info on the Legislative Maps

by TonyAngelo on February 22, 2012 · 3 comments

Here is a breakdown of the incumbent pairings and open seats.

Senate Incumbant Pairings
D v D 2
R v R 4
D v R 2
Open seats 8
Total 16

House Incumbant Pairings
D v D 6
R v R 6
D v R 3
Open seats 15
Total 30

Senators paired:

District Name Party Previous

05 John J. Carlson R 04
05 Tom Saxhaug DFL 03

08 Bill G. Ingebrigtsen R 11
08 Gretchen Hoffman R 10

17 Gary W. Kubly DFL 20
17 Joe Gimse R 13

23 Julie A. Rosen R 24
23 Al DeKruif R 25

31 Michelle Benson R 49
31 Michael J. Jungbauer R 48

39 Ted Lillie R 56
39 Ray Vandeveer R 52

61 Ken Kelash DFL 63
61 D. Scott Dibble DFL 60

66 John Marty DFL 54
66 Mary Jo McGuire DFL 66

Find more detail below the fold…
Representatives paired:

04B Paul Marquart DFL 09B
04B Kent Eken DFL 02A

05A Larry Howes R 04B
05A John Persell DFL 04A

05B Carolyn McElfatrick R 03B
05B Tom Anzelc DFL 03A

08B Mary Franson R 11B
08B Mark Murdock R 10B

11B Roger Crawford R 08B
11B Bill Hilty DFL 08A

17A Lyle Koenen DFL 20B
17A Andrew Falk DFL 20A

18B Glenn Gruenhagen R 25A
18B Ron Shimanski R 18A

23B Paul Torkelson R 21B
23B Tony Cornish R 24B

35B Branden Petersen R 49B
35B Peggy Scott R 49A

38B Carol McFarlane R 53B
38B Matt Dean R 52B

39A Bob Dettmer R 52A
39A Bob Barrett R 17B

41A Tom Tillberry DFL 51B
41A Kate Knuth DFL 50B

61A Frank Hornstein DFL 60B
61A Marion Greene DFL 60A

63B Jean Wagenius DFL 62B
63B Linda Slocum DFL 63B

66A Alice Hausman DFL 66B
66A Mindy Greiling DFL 54A

Full Senate List

District Name Party Previous

01 LeRoy A. Stumpf DFL 01
02 Rod Skoe DFL 02
03 Tomas M. Bakk DFL 06
04 Keith Langseth DFL 09
05 John J. Carlson R 04
05 Tom Saxhaug DFL 03
06 David J. Tomassoni DFL 05
07 Roger J. Reinert DFL 07
08 Bill G. Ingebrigtsen R 11
08 Gretchen Hoffman R 10
9
10 Paul Gazelka R 12
11 Tony Lourey DFL 08
12
13 Michelle L. Fischbach R 14
14 John Pederson R 15
15 Dave Brown R 16
16 Gary Dahms R 21
17 Gary W. Kubly DFL 20
17 Joe Gimse R 13
18 Scott Newman R 18
19 Kathy Sheran DFL 23
20
21 John Howe R 28
22 Doug Magnus R 22
23 Julie A. Rosen R 24
23 Al DeKruif R 25
24 Mike Parry R 26
25 David H. Senjem R 29
26 Carla Nelson R 30
27 Dan Sparks DFL 27
28 Jeremy R. Miller R 31
29 Amy Koch R 19
30
31 Michelle Benson R 49
31 Michael J. Jungbauer R 48
32 Sean Nienow R 17
33 Gen Olson R 33
34 Warren Limmer R 32
35
36 Benjamin Kruse R 47
37 Pam Wolf R 51
38 Roger C. Chamberlain R 53
39 Ted Lillie R 56
39 Ray Vandeveer R 52
40 Chris Eaton DFL 46
41 Barbara J. Goodwin DFL 50
42
43 Charles W. Wiger DFL 55
44 Terri E. Bonoff DFL 43
45 Ann H. Rest DFL 45
46 Ron Latz DFL 44
47 Julianne E. Ortman R 34
48 David W. Hann R 42
49 Geoff Michel R 41
50
51 Ted Daley R 38
52 James P. Metzen DFL 39
53
54 Katie Sieben DFL 57
55 Claire A. Robling R 35
56 Dan Hall R 40
57 Chris Gerlach R 37
58 Dave Thompson R 36
59 Linda I. Higgins DFL 58
60 Kari Dziedzic DFL 59
61 Ken Kelash DFL 63
61 D. Scott Dibble DFL 60
62 Jeff Hayden DFL 61
63 Patricia Torres Ray DFL 62
64 Richard J. Cohen DFL 64
65 Sandra L. Pappas DFL 65
66 John Marty DFL 54
66 Mary Jo McGuire DFL 66
67 John M. Harrington DFL 67

Full House List

District Name Party Previous

01A Dan Fabian R 01A
01B Debra Kiel R 01B
02A David Hancock R 02B
02B
03A David Dill DFL 06A
03B Mary Murphy DFL 06B
04A Morrie Lanning R 09A
04B Paul Marquart DFL 09B
04B Kent Eken DFL 02A
05A Larry Howes R 04B
05A John Persell DFL 04A
05B Carolyn McElfatrick R 03B
05B Tom Anzelc DFL 03A
06A Carly Melin DFL 05B
06B Tom Rukavina DFL 05A
07A Thomas Huntley DFL 07A
07B Kerry Gauthier DFL 07B
08A Bud Nornes R 10A
08B Mary Franson R 11B
08B Mark Murdock R 10B
09A
09B Mike LeMieur R 12B
10A John Ward DFL 12A
10B
11A
11B Roger Crawford R 08B
11B Bill Hilty DFL 08A
12A Torrey Westrom R 11A
12B Paul Anderson R 13A
13A Larry Hosch DFL 14B
13B Tim O’Driscoll R 14A
14A Steve Gottwalt R 15A
14B King Banaian R 15B
15A Sondra Erickson R 16A
15B
16A Chris Swedzinski R 21A
16B
17A Lyle Koenen DFL 20B
17A Andrew Falk DFL 20A
17B Bruce Vogel R 13B
18A Dean Urdahl R 18B
18B Glenn Gruenhagen R 25A
18B Ron Shimanski R 18A
19A Terry Morrow DFL 23A
19B Kathy Brynaert DFL 23B
20A Kelby Woodard R 25B
20B
21A Tim Kelly DFL 28A
21B Steve Drazkowski R 28B
22A Joe Schomacker R 22A
22B Rod Hamilton R 22B
23A Bob Gunther R 24A
23B Paul Torkelson R 21B
23B Tony Cornish R 24B
24A Kory Kath DFL 26A
24B Patti Fritz DFL 26B
25A Duane Quam R 29A
25B Kim Norton DFL 29B
26A Tina Liebling DFL 30A
26B Mike Benson R 30B
27A Rich Murray R 27A
27B Jeanne Poppe DFL 27B
28A Gene Pelowski, Jr DFL 31A
28B Greg Davids R 31B
29A Joe McDonald R 19B
29B Bruce Anderson R 19A
30A Mary Kiffmeyer R 16B
30B
31A Kurt Daudt R 17A
31B Tom Hackbarth R 48A
32A
32B
33A Connie Doepke R 33B
33B Steve Smith R 33A
34A Joyce Peppin R 32A
34B Kurt Zellers R 32B
35A Jim Abeler R 48B
35B Branden Petersen R 49B
35B Peggy Scott R 49A
36A Denise Dittrich DFL 47A
36B Melissa Hortman DFL 47B
37A
37B Tim Sanders R 51A
38A Linda Runbeck R 53A
38B Carol McFarlane R 53B
38B Matt Dean R 52B
39A Bob Dettmer R 52A
39A Bob Barrett R 17B
39B Kathy Lohmer R 56A
40A Michael V. Nelson DFL 46A
40B Debra Hilstrom DFL 46B
41A Tom Tillberry DFL 51B
41A Kate Knuth DFL 50B
41B Carolyn Laine DFL 50A
42A
42B Bev Scalze DFL 54B
43A
43B Leon Lillie DFL 55A
44A Sarah Anderson R 43A
44B John Benson DFL 43B
45A Lyndon Carlson, Sr. DFL 45B
45B Sandra Peterson DFL 45A
46A Ryan Winkler DFL 44B
46B Steve Simon DFL 44A
47A Ernie Leidiger R 34A
47B Joe Hoppe R 34B
48A Kirk Stensrud R 42A
48B Jenifer Loon R 42B
49A Keith Downey R 41A
49B Pat Mazorol R 41B
50A
50B Ann Lenczewski DFL 40B
51A Diane Anderson R 38A
51B Doug Wardlow R 38B
52A Rick Hansen DFL 39A
52B Joe Atkins DFL 39B
53A Nora Slawik DFL 55B
53B Andrea Kieffer R 56B
54A John Kriesel R 57A
54B Denny McNamara R 57B
55A Michael Beard R 35A
55B Mark Buesgens R 35B
56A Pam Myhra R 40A
56B Mary Liz Holberg R 36A
57A Tara Mack R 37A
57B Kurt Bills R 37B
58A
58B Pat Garofalo R 36B
59A Joe Mullery DFL 58A
59B Bobby Joe Champion DFL 58B
60A Diane Loeffler DFL 59A
60B Phyllis Kahn DFL 59B
61A Frank Hornstein DFL 60B
61A Marion Greene DFL 60A
61B Paul Thissen DFL 63A
62A Karen Clark DFL 61A
62B Susan Allen DFL 61B
63A Jim Davnie DFL 62A
63B Jean Wagenius DFL 62B
63B Linda Slocum DFL 63B
64A Erin Murphy DFL 64A
64B Michael Paymar DFL 64B
65A Rena Moran DFL 65A
65B Carlos Mariani DFL 65B
66A Alice Hausman DFL 66B
66A Mindy Greiling DFL 54A
66B John Lesch DFL 66A
67A Tim Mahoney DFL 67A
67B Sheldon Johnson DFL 67B

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Some GOPers have been claiming that Chambers of Commerce are non-partisan because they endorse candidates from both parties.  

Yeah, “right.”  

Let’s see if you, the Gentle Reader, can identify the Democrats endorsed in the following lists:  endorsements from the Eden Prairie Chamber Of Commerce, the TwinWest Chamber, and the State Chamber.

Good luck!
OK, here’s the list of endorsements from three separate Chambers; find the Democrats!

Happy hunting!!!

(extra points if you can find the Democrats endorsed that AREN’T incumbents)

Eden Prairie Chamber Of Commerce endorsements:

Donna Azarian – City Council
David Hann – State Senate
Jenifer Loon – State Rep
Kathy Nelson – City Council
Kirk Stensruud – State Rep

TwinWest Chamber Of Commerce endorsements:

State House
33A – Steve Smith
32B – Kurt Zellers
33B – Connie Doepke
42A – Kirk Stensrud
43A – Sarah Anderson

State Senate
32 – Warren Limmer
33 – Gen Olson
42 – David Hann
43 – Terri Bonoff
45 – Ann Rest
46 – Linda Scheid

Congress
Erik Paulsen

Minnesota Chamber Of Commerce endorsements:

Governor – Tom Emmer

Attorney General – Chris Barden

Minnesota House
4A Mr. Richard Lehmann
8B Mr. Roger Crawford
10A Representative Bud Nornes
10B Representative Mark Murdock
11A. Representative Torrey Westrom
11B Ms. Mary Franson
13A Representative Paul Anderson
14A Mr. Tim O’Driscoll
14B Mr. Tom Ellenbecker
15A Representative Steve Gottwalt
15B Mr. King Banaian
16A Ms. Sondra Erickson
16B Representative Mary Kiffmeyer
17A Mr. Kurt Daudt
17B Mr. Bob Barrett
18A Representative Ron Shimanski
18B Representative Dean Urdahl
19A Representative Bruce Anderson
19B Mr. Joe McDonald
21A Mr. Chirstopher Swedzinski
21B Representative Paul Torkelson
22A Mr. Joe Schomacker
22B Representative Rod Hamilton
24A Representative Bob Gunther
25B Mr. Kelby Woodard
26B Mr. Daniel Kaiser
28A Representative Tim Kelly
28B Representative Steve Drazkowski|
29A Mr. Duane Quam
30A Mr. Charlie O’Connell
32B Representative Kurt Zellers
33A Representative Steve Smith
33B Representative Connie Doepke
34B Representative Joe Hoppe
35A Representative Mike Beard
35B Representative Mark Buesgens
36B Representative Pat Garofalo
37A Representative Tara Mack
37B Mr. Kurt Bills
38A Ms. Diane Anderson
38B Mr. Doug Wardlow
40A Ms. Pam Myhra
41B Mr. Pat Mazerol
42A Mr. Kirk Stensrud
42B Representative Jenifer Loon
43A Representative Sarah Anderson
48A Representative Tom Hackbarth
49A Representative Peggy Scott
50B Mr. Russell Bertsch
51A Representative Tim Sanders
52A Representative Bob Dettmer
52B Representative Matt Dean
53A Ms. Linda Runbeck
53B Representative Carol McFarlane
56A Representative Julie Bunn
56B Ms. Andrea Kieffer
57A Mr. John Kriesel
57B Representative Denny McNamara

Minnesota Senate
4 Mr. John Carlson
12 Mr. Paul Gazelka
14 Senator Michelle Fischbach
15 Mr. John Pederson
17 Mr. Sean Nienow
18 Mr. Scott Newman
19 Senator Amy Koch
21 Mr. Gary Dahms
22 Representative Doug Magnus
24 Senator Julie Rosen
25 Mr. Al DeKruif
26 Senator Mike Parry
28 Mr. John Howe
29 Senator David Senjem
30 Ms. Carla Nelson
31 Mr. Jeremy Miller
34 Senator Julianne Ortman
35 Senator Claire Robling
36 Mr. Dave Thompson
37 Senator Chris Gerlach
38 Mr. Ted Daley
39 Senator Jim Metzen
41 Senator Geoff Michel
42 Senator David Hann
43 Senator Terri Bonoff
45 Senator Ann Rest
47 Mr. Benjamin Kruse
48 Senator Mike Jungbauer
52 Senator Ray Vandeveer
53 Mr. Roger Chamberlain
56 Mr. Ted Lillie
56 Senator Kathy Saltzman

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