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MN Republican Co-Authors Ammunition Control

Minnesota state Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) co-authored  legislation today to limit the sale of ammunition in Minnesota. She joined Sens. Ron Latz, Scott Dibble and Bobby Joe Champion, all Democrats from the Minneapolis area.

When Republicans held a legislative majority from 2011 to 2013, Sen. Ortman was the party's deputy majority leader in the Senate. When Republicans returned to the minority, Ortman became the ranking minority member on the Senate Taxes Committee. Membership on the Tax Committee is highly valued and

Shaking our Heads at a Republican Disappointment

After redistricting placed both state Sens. Al DeKruif and Julie Rosen in the same legislative district, DeKruifannounced 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.

"Many in GOP base angry at Legislature" in the St. Paul Legal Ledger-Capitol Report

This is a piece authored by Charley Shaw of the St. Paul Legal Ledger/Capitol Report. He graciously included my analysis in the piece. You may access it byclicking here, or, if you are not registered to access full pieces on the Politics in Minnesota Website, you may simply scroll down.
If you hear political activists calling for change in the 2012 state House and Senate elections, you won’t be faulted for thinking that the rhetoric must be coming from DFLers.

McCain Calls Tea Partiers "Hobbits"; Angle Responds

Senator John McCain quoted from a Wall Street Journal editorial in calling Tea Partiers "hobbits" on the floor of the Senate the other day (click here for the story). He also bashed 2010 Senate candidates Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell.

Below is the full text of Sharon Angle's response, which says pretty much all that needs to be said. I would also like to put a plug in for a new Website:www.dontpissonmemccain.com.  
'A Statement from a ‘TEA Party Hobbit’

"Centrist Republicans Could Play a Pivotal Role in the Budget"

The following is an article by Briana Bierschbach with Politics in Minnesota. You canclick here to read iton PIM's Website if you have a subscription, or scroll down if you do not. It provides a good who's who of which Republicans are most likely to vote with the Democrats in raising taxes during the upcoming special session.
House Republican commitee chairsJim AbelerandRod Hamiltonare rightly pointed out as being the most likely to break. They both voted to override Tim Pawlenty's veto in 2008 of the transportation budget; they are also the only two of those six Republicans who were not thrown out of office that year as a result.

Terry McCall's "Don’t be intimidated, stick to principles"

Terry McCall, a friend with whom I would almost always agree, wrote an eloquent commentary that appears in the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Terry sits on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus with me and is the chairman of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District Republicans. You mayclick here to view in the newspaperor scroll down here.
Don’t be intimidated, stick to principles
I am one of those people who try to live my personal life by a set of principles — principles that infuse my political beliefs.

MNGOP Increases Spending $110 million; Guaranteed to Increase by $1 billion Before Summer

House Majority Leader Matt DeanIn order to decrease the gap between budget proposals from the GOP and Governor Dayton, the GOP agreed to raise spending on education and the courts by another $110 million. However, the governor still wants the GOP to raise spending by another $1.7 billion.Unfortunately, the GOP's choice for legislative leadership right now is not very adept at dealing with the media, and they are too fearful of losing their political positions to be effective. They are virtually guaranteed to raise spending by the full $1.

Minnesota Republicans' Handling of the Budget

GOP's Handling of the Budget
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Minnesota Republican Legislator Supports Gay Marriage

Freshman Republican Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove is opposed to allowing Minnesotans to vote on a constitutional marriage amendment, according to the Star Tribune. This iswhat he told the paper:
"I look at it as: We are all equal. It is not right. I can't do it. I'm very upset about this vote. I don't like it. I think it sends the wrong message. You live once in your life and I've learned that the hard way. You never know when it is going to be your time. People fight to find happiness.

Gambling in Minnesota: Controversial -- and Surprising (4.23.11)

Should regular Minnesotans be permitted to operate their own taxable gambling facilities? Or should the Indian tribes be permitted to retain their monopoly on gambling? The tribes are unsurprisingly arguing that they should keep their monopoly, but what is more surprising is the face of their opposition.
Traditionally, Republicans in our state have had an unfavorable outlook on allowing anyone but the Indians to profit from gambling. By culture, Minnesotans view it as their job to micromanage the daily life, habits, and of course, morality of their fellow citizens.
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