Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Meet our Representative Denny McNamara (video)

Nice video.

Register online for CD2 convention and save $10

Register early and save $10!
$25 register online, $35 at the door

Bring a Food Donation–all donations will go to a SD54 food shelf

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The Second Congressional District GOP invites you to attend its 2013 Convention!

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Registration: 8am to 10am
Convention Begins: 9am

Hastings Middle School
1000 11th St W
Hastings, MN 55033

Cost: $25 in advance / $35 at the door

If you prefer to pay by mail, the postmark deadline is February 25, 2013.

Make Checks Payable to:
Second Congressional District GOP
202 Myrtle Pl
South Saint Paul, MN 55075-1726

Register online here:

Rep Denny McNamara Capitol update: How to stop the spread of Asian carp?

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 2/22/2013

Hello from the State Capitol,

As Republican lead of our House Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Finance Committee, one of the biggest issues we are debating this session is how to stop the spread of Asian carp along the Mississippi River.

Because the carp are so destructive to ecosystems, the concern is it could destroy Minnesota’s fishing, boating and tourism industries. Stopping them is a top environmental priority, but it’s been tough to reach agreement on how to stop them. The carp have already been found in southeastern Minnesota, so we need to take action now as they continue to move north.

I recently took part in another of Governor Dayton’s carp summits. I am pleased to say we came to an agreement to push the DNR to seriously look at using an electric barrier in Lock and Dam #1 in St Paul as a way to help prevent them from reaching into many of our lakes and rivers. Giving the carp an electric shock looks to be a cost effective way to stop their spread and is nearly 99 percent effective. We just don’t know if we can get the Corp of Engineers, the federal government agency that operates the locks, to grant approval to use electricity in the lock and dam system.

Lawmakers on all sides are working hard on this issue, and I appreciate the leadership Senator Klobuchar and other members of Congress have shown on this issue.

In other news, my annual session survey has been sent and should be arriving in your mailbox soon. If you do not receive it, you can visit my House webpage at and click on click on “2013 Legislative Survey,” or you simply click here and fill it out.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Senate District 54 Republicans Constitution (2/2/2013)

Click image to view the Constitution This is the Senate District 54 Republican Party BPOU Constitution.

It was voted on and approved by the delegates at our organizing convention held on February 2, 2013 in Hastings, MN.

Read the Constitution here:
SD54GOP Constitution (2/2/2013)

Thanks to the BPOU Convention Constitution Committee for producing an outstanding constitution document!

Update from Rep McNamara: Mark Dayton’s State of the State Address

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 2/7/2013

Hello from St. Paul,

On February 6, Governor Mark Dayton gave his annual State of the State Address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. I was pleased to have Pat Regan, who operates the Hastings Bus Company, and his family as my invited guests for this event.

Many times, a governor will use this speech to outline his vision for Minnesota’s future, but in this case, he used it to defend and promote his budget proposal which he had released two weeks ago.

The Governor’s plan would increase taxes on all Minnesotans by $3.7 billion this biennium alone, and increase state spending by $2.5 billion over the next two years. Many of the tax increases center on an expansion of the state’s sales tax, in other words, adding it onto dozens of goods and services that currently aren’t taxed under state law. The governor’s sales tax plan would generate roughly $2 billion of his projected $3.7 million increase, and would fall on items like haircuts, over the counter medications, car repairs, certain items of clothing, and internet purchases.

I’ve heard from a number of constituents who are troubled by how these tax increases will impact hardworking Minnesotans, especially those of us who live in border communities. The governor has also included a business to business tax in his budget plan, a maneuver that will ultimately cause many businesses to leave our state, and force surviving businesses to raise prices on customers.

It was also interesting to learn that the governor’s nearly $38 billion budget was originally presented as containing $16 in new spending on state government programs for every $1 it reduced. But after taking a closer look at the plan in committee, it was found that some of the budget reductions are simply paper shuffling. The actual total is now $22 in new spending for every $1 in budget reductions, which I think most everyone can agree is not a balanced approach.

I’m personally ready to have an honest discussion on how to close the projected $1.1 billion budget deficit, but I’m concerned that raising taxes alone – combined with a permanent $2.5 billion spending increase – will do more harm than good in the long run.

As session moves forward, I will continue to keep you updated on the House budget proposal as it moves through committees.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155