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Chip Cravaack

Criticizing Candidates Who Want to Grow Government

Authored forUnited Liberty.

Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize Republican candidates?

Mississippi is one example. Washington Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen. Thad Cochran, in his primary election.

Republicans on the Federal Budget

The 22-person list of congressional memberswho voted againstSpeaker Boehner's budget legislation deserve to be thanked. (Two of them were from my own state of Minnesota: Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack. South Carolina had us beat, though, as all five of their Republicans opposed the legislation.) I would not have necessarily voted against his final product, which included a balanced budget amendment. However, if those 22 members believe that Republicans could get a better end result by proposing an even better package, I am happy to stand behind them.

Dayton Vetos Legislative Redistricting; Courts will Decide

Governor Dayton vetoed the lines drawn for Minnesota's new legislative districts passed by Republicans in the Legislature,according to a story in the Associated Press today. It means that the courts will decide how districts ultimately are drawn. This has been the case for the last several decades.
You can find the vetoed plan for congressional districts listed byclicking here, or for the state legislative districts byclicking here.
The new districts would have been an inconvenience for some legislators and many candidates.

Inherent & Unreconcilable Problems for Potential Candidates in 8th Congressional District Missed by Media (4.25.11)

Politics in Minnesota recently ran an article that talked about potential challengers to 8th District Rep. Chip Cravaack. Some of the names are pretty unusual. (Click herefor the full article.)

For example, former 6th district state Rep. Tarryl Clark, who challenged Michele Bachmann in the last election, is said to be literally looking for a home in the 8th district in order to run against Rep. Cravaack.

Tim Faust, who lost his Minnesota House seat by 12 percentage points, also said he is contemplating whether to run.

The 167 Who Voted No on the Budget (4.17.2011)

If you're interested in seeing who voted for the (bloated) FY2011 budget that cut a mere $300 million from the federal budget, you may find the official roll call byclicking here. It passed 260-167.
One vote I found encouraging was Minnesota Rep. Cravaack's. Conservatives will appreciate that he voted in the negative. It is a refreshing vote that comes after the Congressman took a couple of votes that conservatives may not have taken.
Cravaack's statement on his vote was as follows:
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