It's Time to Pause Refugee Resettlement in Minnesota

There is no more complicated or divisive issue in Minnesota right now than immigration and refugee settlement. Much of that complexity arises because the issue is not just about immigration. It’s also about transparency and accountability, the power of the federal government over Minnesota, state government spending and whether Minnesotans have a voice in their own government’s decisions. And contrary to what many would have you believe - it is not partisan.

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THE MEDIA: Fighting Back

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT: We know that many in the Minnesota media lean strongly left and often ally with Democrats, but Republicans in this state seldom fight back for fear of even worse coverage. I will not let the media set the narrative in this campaign and I will not sit back and ignore biased coverage--we will always call the media out and set the record straight.

Recently in an exchange I had with the Star Tribune, a reporter used a partisan tweet from a national liberal tracking organization to both falsely cast a factual statement I made as denigrating Twin Cities residents AND imply that I somehow believe people in the Cities are all on welfare or engage in "drug-fueled orgies." It's easy to laugh this stuff off, but we can't just let it go unanswered. Here is what happened:

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Single Payer? Not in Minnesota

The DFL candidates for Governor all want to bring single payer healthcare to Minnesota—and it's up to us to stop it. Take three minutes to see why this would be disastrous for every single Minnesotan.

 

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Lake Calhoun

The Hennepin County Board will be voting soon on whether to rename Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska, Dakota words meaning Lake White Earth.

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Campus Free Speech In Minnesota

I’m old enough to remember when colleges prided themselves on exposing young people to different and conflicting viewpoints and encouraging a vigorous debate. Unfortunately, a lot has changed on campus in the past couple decades - and not for the better.

A recent study by the Brookings Institute, revealed a chilling new trend of hostility towards free speech on college campuses. The study found that 19% of college students deemed it acceptable to use physical violence to silence a controversial speaker. Additionally, 50% of students said that it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker they find “offensive or hurtful” who comes to speak at a college campus.

And it’s not just hypothetical; conservative speakers are being shut down or attacked on a regular basis on our campuses. 

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Drain The Minnesota Swamp

Donald Trump became America’s 45th President for many reasons.  Among them was a message that Americans sent loud and clear that should be welcome to the ears of those on the left and right alike: We’ve had enough of the cronyism and financial payoffs to political pals that have been so prevalent in national politics for the past couple of decades.

Trump called it "draining the swamp." Put simply, Americans are fed up with elected officials who pay off their political supporters with taxpayer money. 

The swamp exists in Minnesota, too. The most recent example here was the U.S. Bank Stadium board providing taxpayer-funded suites and food to family and DFL friends. But that was only one example of a culture that has made such behavior acceptable in St. Paul.

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Senator Marco Rubio Endorses Jeff for Governor

Senator Marco Rubio has endorsed Jeff Johnson to be the next governor of Minnesota.

"I've long admired Marco Rubio," said Johnson. "He holds and champions conservative values but shares those values in a way that inspires Americans who might not consider themselves Republican. It's that ability that carried him to a caucus victory in Minnesota and I'm honored to have his support."

Senator Rubio won last year's Minnesota Presidential Caucus by 7.5 percent. The Senator's full statement is below:

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Earning It

One of the great things about our Endorsement process is that you have to get out and work extremely hard to win it... and we’ve been going nonstop since Day One.

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Dayton’s Amazon Expansion

A typical example of Governor Dayton's Economic Development strategy: High taxes, onerous regulations, and overbearing government agencies... but offer a special deal that no one else gets to lure in a huge business every once in awhile.

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Chester Hates School

Chester, our bulldog, hates back-to-school time. It means his two best buddies, my sons Thor and Rolf, are suddenly gone every day. It’s a tough life for a dog left behind.

It’s even tougher for a child left behind.

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