Monthly Archives: January 2014

What is a Precinct Caucus?

Your precinct caucus is essentially a neighborhood meeting put on by your local Republican Party BPOU. BPOU stands for Basic Political Organizational (some say Operating) Unit. At the caucus you can:

•Cast a preference ballot for Republican candidates for Governor and US Senate

•Vote for precinct officers

•Vote for delegates to your local Party convention (or be elected yourself!)

•Sign up to be an election judge

•Discuss changes to our platform

•Meet more neighbors!

•Lay the foundation for the 2014 elections

Precinct Caucuses in Douglas County are held at Jefferson Senior High School, in the cafeteria

What is a BPOU?

The precincts in your area are part of your local BPOU, which is the most basic grassroots organization of our Party. Each BPOU has its own constitution and makes its own decisions on most functions…with the exception of a few state laws and a few State Party constitutional regulations, they have autonomy. BPOUs do not collect funds from the state, all costs to operate them are paid with money generated on the local level via fundraising events and donations. One of the most effective ways to make a difference is by engaging with your local BPOU.

By attending your local caucus, you are showing that you support Republican candidates and take your civic duty to participate seriously. By attending your local caucus, you make our Party much stronger. Caucusing is easy, important, and fun…See you on the 4th!


Rep. Franson on Latest Child Care Ruling

Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s hearing of Harris v. Quinn before the U.S. Supreme Court:

“While a ruling on this case is months away, its outcome will carry great significance for the hardworking parents and childcare providers of Minnesota,” said Franson, a former childcare provider. “Allowing union bosses to insert themselves into the care of our children violates the sacred trust parents have with their childcare provider. It’s wrong for vulnerable people like children to be caught up in a political power grab that will only take more money from moms, dads, and childcare providers for the sole purpose of filling union coffers.”

In October, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an injunction for Minnesota’s childcare unionization law to remain in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the merits of Harris v. Quinn. A ruling is expected in June.


Quick Link

The Bully Bill: Bad idea that doesn’t solve any problems, and creates more (coming up this session):

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the decades that have passed since his tragic death we have seen genuine progress in his cause, but there is still more to do.

The manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination, as Dr. King put it, no longer legally shackle Black Americans.

Still however, freedom is not fully realized in our communities of color. Today’s obstacles of urban decay and indifference, and economic despair and dependency, seem equally intractable. A new caste system, created by politicians for their advantage and cemented by government policies, now holds people down.

But there is hope. New voices are claiming new ground of growth and opportunity for the next generation. One of them, State Senator Elbert Guillory of Louisiana, captures this so poignantly in this video statement.

To honor the legacy of Dr. King, let us be resolved to make this a day when we take up the cause of liberty and justice and opportunity for all – and the hard work necessary to achieve it.

Prepared and Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota
Keith Downey, Chair
Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee