Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Tony Hernandez receives CD 4 endorsement

Anthony Hernandez secured the party’s endorsement on Saturday at the CD 4 convention in Vadnais Heights. Hernandez received more than 60 percent of the vote on the first ballot in a three-way contest with Ron Seiford and Gene Rechtzigel.

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement congratulating Anthony Hernandez on receiving the Republican endorsement to run against Congresswoman Betty McCollum in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District.

“Congratulations to Anthony Hernandez on receiving the Republican endorsement at today’s CD 4 Convention. Anthony is devoted to our conservative principles and will work to defeat Congresswoman McCollum and bring common sense leadership back to Washington.”

Portions of Senate District 54 reside in Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District.

You can read more about it here:
GOP picks challenger for Betty McCollum: Tony Hernandez

For more info on Tony Hernandez for U.S. Congress, go to http://www.hernandezusa.com/

Congressman John Kline receives CD 2 endorsement

Congressman Kline was unanimously endorsed at the party convention Saturday in Shakopee. He’s seeking a sixth term and told delegates:

“We must continue to fight Washington’s big government tax-and-spend approach that is burdening our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt. And I will continue to fight for you on the front lines of these important battles to repeal ObamaCare, eliminate the over-regulations that are smothering America’s businesses, and stop the Big Labor movement that is leading to unprecedented abuses of power.”

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement congratulating Congressman John Kline on receiving the endorsement to run for reelection in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.

“Congressman Kline has been a tireless advocate for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in Washington. Kline is a leader in the fight to stop President Obama’s big government tax and spend approach that is burdening our children and grandchildren with insurmountable debt. He is also leading the charge to repeal ObamaCare, eliminate the over-regulations that are smothering America’s businesses, and stop the Big Labor movement that is leading to unprecedented abuses of power.The people of Minnesota are grateful to have him fighting on our behalf in Washington and are confident he will continue his great work.”

Most of Senate District 54 resides in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.

For more info on John Kline for U.S. Congress, go here: http://klineforcongress.com/

Email update from Rep John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel (R) District: 57A

Representative John Kriesel (R) District: 57A

By Rep. John Kriesel (57A)
4/20/2012

Neighbors,

Last night in Tax Committee, I presented HF 2418, my chief authored charitable gambling bill. Under the bill, any charitable gambling organization will be able to donate to a 501c19 even if the recipient organization does not have gambling licenses; organizations such as VFW’s and American Legions. The bill authorizes electronic pull-tab and bingo gaming, and gives tax relief to the charitable-gaming groups. HF 2418 passed out of Tax Committee, and will be heard next in Ways and Means.

As I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, the Vikings Stadium bill did not pass out of the House Committee on Government Operations on Monday night. The bill failed on a 9-5 vote, with the proposed stadium plan using the Metrodome site to build a new complex. The funding breaks down to $398 million from the state from taxes on expanded gambling, $150 from the city of Minneapolis, and $427 million from the Vikings. The stadium is a good thing for Minnesota and job creation; the project will support thousands of jobs, including 7,500 full and part-time construction jobs. Nearly 4.3 million work hours and $300 million in wages will be needed to build the stadium, and more than 90% of the labor and subcontract value is projected to go directly back to Minnesotans. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the Capitol this morning to have a meeting with the Governor regarding the stadium, and I will continue to work through the end of session to further the stadium efforts – stay tuned next week for any possible progress.

Please contact my office with any legislative questions or concerns you have at 651-296-4342.

Have a good weekend.
John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel
Dist. 57A
Vice-Chair: Veterans Services Division Committee, Capital Investment Committee, Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342

Rep McNamara to host town hall meeting tonight

Representative Denny McNamara (R) District 57B

Representative Denny McNamara (R) District 57B

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 4/9/2012

Hello from St. Paul,

Tonight, Senator Sieben and I will be hosting a town meeting in Hastings regarding aquatic invasive species. The event will be held at 7:00 pm at the Pheasant Hill Library in Hastings, and I hope you can join us.

Many of you have seen the news stories of the flying carp leaping out of the Mississippi River. Not only do they present the obvious hazard to boaters, but they are extremely detrimental to native fish as they consume the food supply.

Recently, these carp were found near Winona, so it’s clear they are making their way upstream and have entered Minnesota. Now lawmakers must determine how to stop their spread.

Steve Hirsch, who is the DNR’s Director of Economical Resources, will also be on hand tonight to discuss how we can deal with this problem. Please join us as well tonight if you are free.

As for our legislative session, we are down to the final three weeks before we are expected to adjourn. I expect legislative leadership to have many discussions with Governor Dayton during this time in order to find consensus on the numerous jobs bills we’ve passed, as well as bonding bill legislation. Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a Vikings stadium bill before us before session adjourns.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 437-2597 or 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

Update from Rep John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel (R) District 57A

Representative John Kriesel (R) District 57A

By Rep. John Kriesel (57A)
4/5/2012

Neighbors,

This week was a busy one – we spent most of our time on the House floor debating and passing bills through to send to the Governor.

My bill to legalize fireworks, HF1774, was heard on the floor this week. It was re-referred to the House Committee on Government Operations, where it passed this morning. I’ll keep you posted on the progress, it should be back up for a vote on the House floor soon.

This morning we learned that Governor Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s bill that would pay back the entire K-12 school shift from our 2011 budget agreement with the Governor, as well as make the first repayment toward the $2 billion education shift leftover by the previous legislature. Its disappointing that the Governor chose to veto this bill, and I think that our schools would have really benefitted from this fiscally responsible bill.

A great thing happened this week in the House: the photo ID measure was passed, and passed in the Senate and will appear on the November ballot. Minnesotans deserve to know that the outcome of their elections are being determined by citizens who are who they say they are. Showing a photo ID at the polls will protect the integrity of a vote, and an important thing to note is that if a voter does not have an ID, one will be provided to them free of charge.

We are continuing to work towards our goal of long-term structural reforms and investments in Minnesota’s private sector to spur job growth.

Have a great weekend.
John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel
Dist. 57A
Vice-Chair: Veterans Services Division Committee, Capital Investment Committee, Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342