Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dinesh D’Souza’s America

Dinesh D’Souza’s America is coming to Alexandria, this Friday to Cinema 9. Here are the times:

1:10, 3:30, 7:10, & 9:30 (Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed) and 7:10 & 9:30 (Mon, Tues, Thur).

The Douglas County Republicans encourage you to organize and see this movie with other conservatives…make a night of it. Thanks to Jim Nelson, who worked with John Perino to get this movie here this quickly!


Please join Mike McFadden, our endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate, as he takes Minnesota on the road to growth and prosperity! Mike’s 87 County Tour is coming to Alexandria this Saturday, July 19th. Mike will be in Alexandria at The Traveler’s Inn around 8:30am. The address is 511 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN. Torrey Westrom, our endorsed candidate for U.S. Congress, Minnesota 7th District, will also be there.

Torrey needs our support to defeat Collin Peterson, and Mike needs our support in order to win back the US Senate seat from Al Franken. Please join me in showing support for Mike and Torrey by attending this event, and reach out to any friends and colleagues who would be interested in this opportunity to meet Mike and say ‘hi’ to Torrey. I hope to see all of you there!


Rep. Mary Franson (08B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbor,

Earlier this month state officials revealed that at least 16,000 low-income Minnesotans never received letters telling them that the state needed more information on their MNsure applications for insurance coverage through the Medical Assistance program. It is possible that many of these people remain uninsured. The notices were supposed to tell the applicants to provide more information to qualify for the state’s Medical Assistance program, but were never sent to the affected individuals.

Due to poor implementation of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, 16,000 low-income Minnesotans may be without coverage. Instead of recognizing that families were going to be penalized, House Democrats called these people lawbreakers and dismissed Republican efforts during the 2014 Legislative Session to provide assistance. We need to know whether there is a plan to hold officials at the Department of Human Services accountable or if the same group of people will be allowed to continue making the same mistakes to the detriment of our citizens.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t end there. We learned a few days ago that the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans said she would “not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent.” Even worse, the Dayton Administration won’t reveal the dates until November 15. Releasing rates early provides transparency for people who may need more time to make educated decisions about what works best for their family. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Republican legislators offered several proposals to require the rates be released earlier. However, such proposals were blocked by the Democrat majority.

If you’re having problems with MNsure, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Based on state law, I can no longer send out legislative e-mail updates after July 15 through November 4. However, I can still respond to individual constituent e-mails and letters. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, comments, and concerns you may have in the coming months.

You can send me an e-mail at Rep.Mary.Franson@House.MN or call my office at 651-296-3201. You can also send mail to my office address:

211 State Office Building,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55155.



Happy 4th of July!

From the Douglas County Republicans.


Picture from 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment flag flying at an American Civil War re-enactment demonstration on the sesquicentennial of Red Wing, Minnesota, used under GNUFDL, accessed from Wikimedia Commons.