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Some Thoughts on Civility Among Minnesota Republicans

7/21/14 Update:Bill Jungbauer, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and the chairman of the Republican Party in Congressional District 2, provided some additional insights in comments at the bottom of this post.

Michael Brodkorb on Saturday published an accounting of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s internal politics. It described the tension that State Executive Committee member Diane Johnson was experiencing because of her opposition to Jeff Johnson, the party’s endorsed candidate for governor.

Minnesota Gay Marriage: Just the First Volley in the 2014 Election Battle

Authored for PolicyMic.
Though he was elected in 2010 by a razor-thin margin of 8,770 votes, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has aggressively pushed policies that have at times been to the left of Minnesota's voters. Since Democrats won control of both legislative chambers in 2012, he has pushed the envelope even more to the extreme. Still, if the state's Republicans nominate a candidate who is less politically competent than Governor Dayton, Democrats may increase their margin of victory in 2014.

Rep. Andrea Kieffer & Republican National Commiteeman Jeff Johnson @ Simply Right July 28

Featured speakers at the next edition of Simply Right are to be Jeff Johnson, who defeated Tom Emmer to become Minnesota's commiteeman on the Republican National Commitee earlier this year; and Rep. Andrea Kieffer, who was elected last year to represent the Woodbury area in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Rep. Kieffer is someone I became more acquainted with over the course of my own campaign for the Minnesota House. I believe she is more genuine than a lot of elected officials, so I appreciate her willingness to speak to our group.

Simply Right July 29th with Republican National Committeeman Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson will be visiting Simply Right on Thursday evening, July 28th. Jeff Johnson recently defeated Tom Emmer to become Minnesota's national committeeman on the Republican National Committtee. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and was the Minnesota Republican Party's candidate for state attorney general in 2006.
Simply Right will meet at Tobies Restaurant & Bakery in Hinckley at 7:00 p.m.

PIM Article On Emmer (Quotes Me Briefly) (4.27.11)

Politics in Minnesota's Charley Shaw did an article recapping the RNC race between Tom Emmer & Jeff Johnson that quoted me very briefly. Text of the article is below. (Otherwise view it on Politics in Minnesota byclicking here.)
When Republicans from around the state flocked to the Ramada Mall of America last Saturday, there appeared to be little question who would win the race to replace Brian Sullivan as Minnesota’s man on the Republican National Committee.

State GOP Chairman, Officers, National Representatives Elected Tomorrow (4.15.2011)

There was a very nice article titledThe Republicans Totems at the Thunderbirdin Checks and Balances yesterday.Click here to read it. A subscription is required; if you don't want to subscribe, just scroll down to find the text here.
Most entertainingly, one candidate can't remember whether he voted for George W. Bush or John Kerry in 2004. That's pretty bad since it was both the first and last election he  ever voted in.
Needless to say, Tony Sutton & Michael Brodkorb are going to win re-election as chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.
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