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Official Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Straw Poll Results

Jeff Johnson and Julianne Ortman won the non-binding straw polls for Governor and U.S. Senator respectively today at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Central Committee meeting in Blaine.   Johnson won 35% of the votes in the Governor’s poll with Dave Thompson coming in second with 27%. Ortman won the Senatorial poll with 37% with Mike McFadden coming in second with 21%.   “Congratulations to today’s winners Jeff Johnson and Julianne Ortman,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “It was a day full of great speeches, great messages, great candidates, great energy, and great momentum going forward for the party. We couldn’t be more excited about the pool of candidates ready to take on Al Franken and Mark Dayton, and I can’t wait for our state convention next year when the delegates ultimately select our Republican candidates.”

Governor Results:

  • Jeff Johnson – 35%
  • Dave Thompson – 27%
  • Marty Seifert (write-in) – 18%
  • Kurt Zellers – 8%
  • Rob Farnsworth – 6%
  • Scott Honour – 4%

U.S. Senate Results:

  • Julianne Ortman – 37%
  • Mike McFadden – 22%
  • Harold Shudlick – 13%
  • Chris Dahlberg – 12%
  • Jim Abeler – 11%
  • Monti Moreno – 3%

* Note: the percentages do not add up to 100% due to spoiled ballots, and write-in candidate vote totals were not included if they did not receive at least 10 votes.

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Republican Party of Minnesota Launches TruthMatters Website

Site will highlight broken promises, lies and insults of the Democratic Party and its allies

The Republican Party of Minnesota today launched a new website tool to hold Democrats accountable to the truth heading into the 2014 election. The website, called TruthMattersMN.org, will focus on the broken promises, lies and insults of the Democrats and their allies both in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C.

“While a rigorous debate is part of our healthy democracy, the truth still matters,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “This website will hold our friends on the other side accountable for the claims they make in the public square.”

In launching the new website, Downey highlighted several posts featuring Governor Mark Dayton including his broken promise that electronic pull-tab money would pay for the Vikings stadium and a recent lie about the Democrats taking credit for paying back the K-12 education shift. The site also features a lie from Senator Al Franken regarding his vote in favor of the medical device tax that is damaging Minnesota companies.

Downey said the focus on insults is an attempt to call out the DFL Party and organizations like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota when they resort to name calling and bring down the level of debate.

“There’s a belief in politics that if you repeat something long enough, it becomes fact. We’re not going to let untrue statements about our candidates and beliefs go unanswered in the 2014 election. And we’re going to remind voters of the promises made by candidates like Mark Dayton and Al Franken during their campaigns for office.”

The TruthMatters website can be found at www.TruthMattersMN.org. A Twitter account has also been set up at www.twitter.com/TruthMattersMN.

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Remove the F from DFL

Democrats too often using farmers as political pawns

This week at Minnesota’s Farm Fest, what Democrats supposedly claim is agriculture policy all too often turns out to be nothing more than a puppet for pushing their big government agenda.

Democrats use farmers as pawns to save vote-buying welfare handout programs.

Democrats in Washington are using Minnesota farmers as pawns for big government welfare programs. At first, Democrats supported a new farm bill, but when they didn’t get their welfare programs customized to their liking they voted against the farm bill. Why can’t they split the two issues into two separate bills?

Minnesota Democrats woo farmers despite turning their backs on them repeatedly

If you’re more successful on your farm, chances are Gov. Dayton thinks you’re rich and will increase your state taxes by 25%. Dayton also taxes farm machinery repairs, and warehouse and storage fees that increase farming costs. Passing down the family farm to your kids will be taxed more under Dayton’s new inheritance rules. And 70% of the Democrats’ property tax program went to the metro area. The kicker, your 2nd amendment rights, family values and the essence of rural life are being attacked by liberal elites.

Democrats are ratcheting up a socialist agenda that is bad for farmers

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison recently said “there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.” Ellison’s socialism is bad for farmers. When it’s no longer who’s the best farmer, but who’s the most connected to the politicians, the average Minnesota farmer gets left behind. And remember, the collectivists in 1917 came for farm production first.

Democrats in St. Paul clearly showed their priorities when they placed the legislature’s Agriculture Committee as a sub-committee under the Environment Committee. They wanted Minneapolis liberals setting Agriculture policy and budgets.

It is time for Minnesota Democrats to be honest, remove the F from DFL, and work with Republicans to give farmers policies that work.

Prepared and paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota,

Keith Downey, Chair

Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate’s Committee

Dayton’s Shell Game Sends Mixed Signals On Middle Class Taxes

Minnesotans beware.

Governor Mark Dayton has been very clear on where he stands with raising taxes on businesses and “the rich” – yes you.

It’s much harder to figure out where Governor Dayton and the Democrats are coming from on the issue of taxes and the middle class.

They held a press conference this week touting new projections that property taxes would actually decrease in 2014. Keep your eye on those projections, by the way – they come from the same agency that predicted e-pull tabs would finance the new Vikings stadium.

So the Governor says low property taxes are a good thing for hard-working Minnesotans. We agree. But he had to raise over $2 billion in new taxes and fees, much of them on the middle class and even poor Minnesotans, to pay for lots of things including his supposed $121 million property tax reduction.

So which is it? Are higher taxes good or bad for the middle class?

Perhaps Minnesota families can use their projected property tax savings, if it ever materializes, to pay for all of the other cost increases they will experience because of the Dayton/DFL 2013 budget:

•Higher energy bills.

•Fewer choices and higher costs for childcare under forced unionization of childcare.

•Higher premiums, higher co-pays, higher prescription drug prices and even fewer hours at work because of the healthcare exchange legislation.

•New tobacco taxes.

•Higher costs to download music and other files from the Internet.

•Higher costs for car rentals.

Each day it becomes more apparent – Republicans stood against wasteful government spending and for an economic recovery that would continue producing middle class jobs, and what Mark Dayton and the Democrats really wanted was bigger government and more spending.

Yes Minnesotans, beware. Despite their spin, the Democrat’s all-tax-increases budget taxes everyone. And raising taxes in one area to supposedly reduce taxes in another is more than a gimmick, it’s a shell game. Make sure you are watching their other hand.

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