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Shaking our Heads at a Republican Disappointment

After redistricting placed both state Sens. Al DeKruif and Julie Rosen in the same legislative district, DeKruif announced he would step down and allow Rosen to hold the seat without a challenge. That is unfortunate for conservatives. Julie Rosen has been promoting the growth of government since she joined the Senate in 2002.
 
Legislators like Mary Franson who consistently advocate for less government are  taking the hits  for Republicans while legislators like Julie Rosen spend their time in office actively trying to raise taxes and spending. The most recent example, of course, was Rosen trying to double cigarette taxes from $1.23 to $2.52 per pack last month.
 
If then-state Sen. Michele Bachmann was the legislator taking the hits back in 2005, Julie Rosen was the one doing the hitting. When Bachmann proposed a legislative amendment to repeal Tim Pawlenty’s “Health Impact Fee,” the 75-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes, the amendment failed in the Senate by 19–47, with Rosen being one to vote against it.
 
Rosen is also a proud member of Al Gore’s cult on climate change. She joined Democratic Sens. Prettner Solon, Metzen & Anderson in co-authoring SF0145, also known as the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. (Senjem was the only other Republican co-author.) It mandated that statewide greenhouse gas levels decrease by 15 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2015, and by 80 percent by 2050.
 
As now-Republican National Committeewoman Pat Anderson pointed out in 2009, the act was an effort by misguided Republicans to “‘move to the middle’ by buying into the left's agenda.”
 
In addition to supporting higher taxes and liberal social initiatives, Rosen has also encouraged the government to spend more -- preferably without input from voters. With help from Rep. Morrie Lanning during the 2011 legislative session, Rosen introduced legislation that would have allowed local governments in Hennepin and Ramsey counties to raise sales taxes to pay for a Vikings stadium without holding referendums, which would otherwise have been required.
 
Now-Republican National Committeeman Jeff Johnson condemned the action, saying, "We have a [state] law in place that if a locality wants to [raise its sales tax] they can, but they have to have a referendum. Skirting it is wrong," he said.
 
Similarly, when legislation passed the Senate in 2006 allowing Hennepin County to raise its sales tax without holding a referendum, Rosen joined the 34–32 majority voting in favor. Sen. Bachmann joined the minority, as did conservative legislators like Sen. Hann and Sen. Jungbauer.
 
It’s hard for conservatives to make progress when they are faced by a vocal, wealthy establishment on the left.It’s even harder when their resources are wasted on Republicans like Julie Rosen. This is one race where Republicans can only shake their heads and save their support for more worthwhile candidates.

3 Comments to Shaking our Heads at a Republican Disappointment:

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Chad Q on Friday, March 09, 2012 8:51 AM
With squishy moderate republicans such as Rosen who needs democrats. I'm tired of voting for people that say one thing and vote a totally different way. I may not agree with anything my DFL legislator says or believes but at least I know where they stand when they go to St. Paul. With the republicans, you never know what is going to happen and they usually snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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John Kysylyczyn on Friday, March 09, 2012 12:36 PM
Can anyone explain why delegates in this area continue to endorse her?
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Kristi Rosenquist on Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:01 AM
You could easily do an entire volume on Rosen's energy policy. She refused to hear bills for local government rights, property rights and C-BED reform. She refused over the summer and fall and winter to hold investigative hearings into industrial wind fraud in MN. Big Wind is, sadly, still the "cornerstone" of MN's "Energy Policy". No matter how corrupt, Rosen won't hear anything against it. She's Ellen Anderson with an 'R' in front of her name Chairing the Senate Energy Committee.
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