Monthly Archive for January, 2012

What to Expect at the Precinct Caucuses on Tuesday

By now I am sure you know that the precinct caucuses are one week from today. This marks the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting campaign season in Minnesota. Here is a summary of what you can expect at the caucus.

At your precinct caucus…

You will elect precinct officers. You should consider nominating yourself or someone you know to be a precinct officer. Working with the Senate District 57 Executive Committee, precinct officers will lead the general party work of the precinct. Tasks such as literature distribution, phoning, and campaigning for endorsed Republican candidates. Precinct officers serve for two years until the next precinct caucuses.

You will elect delegates and alternates to attend the Senate District 57 convention on March 10 (tentative). You should consider nominating yourself or someone you know to be a delegate. Delegates and alternates will represent the Republican party voters of the precinct at the SD57 convention. Delegates and alternates may also be asked to assist with the general party work of the precinct such as literature distribution, phoning, and campaigning for endorsed Republican candidates. Precinct delegates and alternates serve for two years until the next precinct caucuses.

You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite presidential candidate in the Presidential Straw Poll.

Submit your resolutions for the the Standing Platform of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Resolutions will be discussed and voted on. Resolutions that are passed will be forwarded to the SD57 convention.

You can sign up to be an election judge! Help enforce election law by guaranteeing that the rights of legal voters are protected on election day. Election judge is a paid position.

You can add you name to the list of Party volunteers who will be supporting our endorsed Republican candidates this year.

By attending your local caucus, you will be making a statement to all Minnesotans that you support Republican candidates and take your civic duty to participate seriously. By attending your local caucus, you make our Party much stronger.

Don’t know where your caucus will be held? Use this caucus finder.

Don’t know which precinct you live in? Use this precinct finder.

Letter to the Editor: Be Heard at Your Precinct Caucus

The following letter by Tony Horton, Chair of House District 57B Republicans, was published in the January 26, 2012 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette.

Letter to the Editor-- Be heard at your precinct caucus

12 Reasons YOU Should Attend the Caucus

12 Reasons You Should Attend the 2012 Minnesota Republican CaucusesThe caucus is in two weeks, here are 12 reasons you should attend.

12. You didn’t get the change you were looking for with our current president. The caucuses are the first step for Minnesota electing a Republican president.

11. You’ve never been to a caucus before and you want to see what it is all about.

10. You want to see a change in our Party or our candidates. Precinct caucuses are your chance to make your voice heard.

9. The future of our Party and our state belongs to those who show up.

8. You want to tell our elected leaders that you take seriously the way they vote and the positions they hold. If Minnesota has a record number of caucus attendees, our politicians will get the message and they’ll respond.

7. You will have an opportunity to formally voice your opinions on issues like financing for a new Vikings stadium, gay marriage, and lower taxes.

6. You have a knack for accounting and want to volunteer your services to the state Republican Party.

5. You want to propose changes to the Republican Party of Minnesota platform.

4. You can become a precinct officer.

3. We need you to sign up to be an election judge. Someone has to prevent all those ballots from being burned up in a fireplace or ending up in someone’s trunk.

2. You can support your favorite presidential candidate — cast your vote in the Presidential preference straw poll.

And the number one reason you should attend the caucus…

1. You want to be elected as a delegate to the Senate district convention and have a voice in endorsing our Senator and State Representative candidates.

Bonus Reason:
Only you can block your crazy brother-in-law Larry from becoming a delegate.

Rep. McNamara to Co-Host Hastings Town Meeting on January 28

Rep Denny McNamara and state Senator Sieben will be holding a town meeting in Hastings on Saturday, January 28. They would like to hear your input on potential topics that could be debated at the State Capitol this year and hope you are able to attend.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Rd., in Hastings beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Update from Representative Denny McNamara

Photo By: Teresa Boardman

By Rep. Denny McNamara
1/19/2012

Hello from the State Capitol,

The 2012 Legislative Session will soon begin, and the good news is our top priority this session will not be eliminating a projected budget deficit. With a nearly $1 billion surplus, we are – by law – going to replenish our budget reserves and have it available in case we ever need to eliminate another budget deficit.

With no budget crisis to deal with, the Legislature is going to focus on improving Minnesota’s job climate and strengthening our economy for the future, as well as making state government more accountable and efficient.

In short, we are going to reform.

Last session, we were able to pass dozens of reform measures, which some predicted will save Minnesota billions of dollars in future budgets. If that plan was considered the first phase of reform in Minnesota, then Reform 2.0 is scheduled to build on that success in 2012.

Having visited nearly two dozen cities over the past few months in order to gather reform ideas from Minnesotans, the Legislature’s Reform 2.0 agenda will focus on growing the private sector economy, reforming our education and health care systems, and continuing to reduce the size and cost of state government.

I’ll outline more specifics of Reform 2.0 in the weeks ahead, but know the Legislature is committed to creating a more efficient government, living within our means, and improving Minnesota’s economy through job creation, not tax increases.

I’d also like to let you know that Senator Sieben and I will be holding a town meeting in Hastings on Saturday, January 28. We’d like to hear your input on potential topics that could be debated at the State Capitol this year and hope you are able to attend. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Rd., in Hastings beginning at 1:30 p.m.

If you cannot attend, know that I always welcome your input at any time. Feel free to contact me at 437-2597 or send me an email at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn.

Keep in touch,
Denny

Representative Denny McNamara
Dist. 57B
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