Monthly Archive for April, 2011

06/07/2011 “Conservative Conversation”

Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: Social hour 6:00-7:00 pm, Program begins 7:00 pm
Location: Afton House Inn, 3291 St. Croix Tr. S, Afton, MN 55001, 651-436-8883
Guest Speakers: Ben Golnik
Please RSVP to Karin Housley via email, Facebook, or text (651-260-8905).

Always on the first Tuesday of the month, this is our monthly social event! Plan to attend, enjoy a tasty dinner, and get updates from our leaders.

The Afton House Inn will be hosting this month’s Conservative Conversation! They have prepared a special $12 meal menu for us and will be providing our own waitress in our private room.

05/03/2011 “Conservative Conversation”

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: American Motorsports Bar in Cottage Grove (7240 East Point Douglas Road S #110)
Guest Speakers: Cory Merrifield from

Cory Merrifield from will be our guest speaker at the Motorsports Bar & Grill (Car Bar) on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

The Motorsports Bar & Grill is in Cottage Grove next to Rainbow Foods. Feel free to come early to visit and have dinner.

Rep. Denny McNamara will give us a session update (hopefully he doesn’t get called to the capitol). We’ll also hear from Washington County Commissioner Autumn Lehrke and Cottage Grove City Council Member Derrick Lehrke.

This is our monthly social event! Plan to attend, enjoy a tasty dinner, and get updates from our leaders.

Letter to the editor: Kriesel represents his district well

NOTE:This letter to the editor was published in the South Washington County Bulletin on April 23, 2011

Kriesel represents his district well

Let me respond to William Labovitch’s letter concerning Rep. John Kriesel (“District deserves more from Kriesel,” April 6). First, anyone can find out what Kriesel is doing by checking his website and joining his email list. Or by simply checking the web and/or giving him a call. I get updates from him quite a bit from these sources.

One of Kriesel’s first votes was against a budget bill and against his party. He did this because he wanted to make sure the cuts were specific and not going to hurt the small cities that rely on state aid. This would impact our economy as well as theirs, and while I disagreed with his vote, I applaud him for voting in what he believes was in the best interest of these cities.

I trust his input and work on SF760, the health and human services budget bill protecting seniors and the disabled. His work on the House Veterans Services Division will guarantee our veterans are well taken care of. And HF1049, the jobs and economic development budget, is geared to bring prosperity back to Minnesota, an issue Kriesel is strongly supportive of.

And finally I would like to point out to Labovitch that the voters of our district voted for Kriesel because a change in direction of the failed, out-of-control spending policies of the DFL was needed to ensure that we get back to a more prosperous and sustainable path. I would also like to point out to Labovitch that while you may have been sitting in a college classroom listening to your progressive professor, Kriesel was overseas defending our way of life and our freedom, and while he paid a heavy price his heart is in serving his community because he believes so strongly in our American values and principles.

Your letter is the reason we need more people like Kriesel representing us and looking out for all Minnesotans. I, like most independents and many from your own party, are tired of the constant personal attacks coming from those who claim to be the party of tolerance and compassion.

Dave Dunn
Cottage Grove


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Update for April 25th

By Rep. Denny McNamara, (R), HD57B, April 25, 2011

Hello from St. Paul,

I want to thank everyone who responded to my 2011 legislative survey. Your input helps me serve as your voice at the Capitol as important issues are debated during the session. This year’s survey focused on the state budget and the $5.1 billion deficit we have to eliminate this session. Here are the questions with the results:

How should the Legislature solve the projected $5.1 billion state
budget deficit?
A. Cut spending – 55%
B. Raise taxes and fees – 1%
C. A combination of both – 44%

Under our current economic situation, which of these policies do you feel should be the Legislature’s top priority?
A. Borrow money to fund construction projects – 6%
B. Pass tax relief and incentives to encourage businesses growth and job creation – 46%
C. Increase spending for K-12 and higher education – 11%
D. Income tax relief to let individuals and families keep more of their money – 27%
E. Raise taxes in order to better fund and/or expand state government programs – 10%

In even numbered years, the state legislature typically approves legislation that borrows money to help fund construction projects across the state. Historic averages would put borrowing for these projects this year in the $800 million to $1 billion range. With this being an odd numbered year, and with Minnesota facing financial problems and serious unemployment, how big should the bonding bill be this year?
A. More than $1 billion – 4%
B. Between $800 million and $1 billion – 23%
C. Less than $800 million – 33%
D. We should not borrow more money to fund construction projects this year – 40%

How important is building a new Vikings stadium?
A. Very important – 18%
B. Somewhat important – 19%
C. Not important – 63%

Currently, Native American tribes hold a monopoly on Vegas-style gambling (slot machines, table games) in Minnesota. Years ago, the State of Minnesota reached agreements with the tribes that allowed them to operate casinos on their land. In light of Minnesota’s economic woes, which answer best reflects how you feel about casino operations in Minnesota?
A. We should let the Native Americans keep their casino monopoly in Minnesota – 18%
B. We should try to renegotiate the casino agreements with the tribes, which could allow the state to receive additional revenue. If that does not work, Minnesota should expand gambling revenues – 43%
C. Minnesota should expand gambling venues and use profits to help fund state government – 39%

Should Minnesota allow off-sale liquor sales on Sunday?
A. Yes – 74%
B. No – 26%

Again, my thanks to everyone who filled out my annual legislative survey.

With one month remaining in the legislative session, it’s time for House and Senate leaders to complete negotiations on our budget bills
and craft them in a way that Governor Dayton will hopefully find acceptable.

If you have thoughts or ideas on this process or anything else, feel free to call or email me. You can reach me by email at, or by phone at the Capitol at 651-296-3135, or at home at 437-2597.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
Chair of the Committee on Environment, Energy
and Natural Resources Policy and Finance
375 State Office Building
100 Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Mn. 55155-1298
Phone (651) 296-3135

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