Monthly Archive for November, 2014

Denny McNamara named new chairman of House Environment Committee

By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsMinnesota Speaker of the House-elect Kurt Daudt has appointed State Representative Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) as Chairman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.

“Environmental issues have always been among my top legislative concerns,” McNamara said. “Having served as chairman of this committee previously, I am really looking forward to helping craft common sense policies that protect our land, air, and waterways.”

McNamara said this Environment committee is a combination of two DFL committees from last session: Environment Finance and Environment Policy. The committee holds funding and policy jurisdiction over areas such as the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and renewable and nuclear energy.

Rep. McNamara was recently elected to his 7th term in the Minnesota House. He also served as chairman of the environment committee in 2011 and 2012.

Candidate Matthew Kowalski: Thank you

Thank YouFrom HD54A candidate Matthew Kowalski:

Though the outcome was not exactly what was hoped for, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped to make this election the most closely contested in this DFL dominated district in the past 20 years! (with the exception of Iraq war veteran John Kriesel’s victory in 2010).

Looking all the way back to 1992, my 44.35% vote total topped the previous high of 41% in 2008, and indicates that people in the area are beginning to open up to the new (and old) message and philosophy of government that I brought to the table. Change takes time, and as people continue to experience the ineffectiveness of increasing government control over their lives, my hope is that they will also come to the realization that individual freedom works better. I will continue to point out the ways in which the current representative advocates for more government control and show how applying the principles that you live your everyday life by will work better for everyone.

Who knows – maybe I will see you at your door again in two years?

SOURCE: Matthew Kowalski website

Matthew Kowalski, 2014 candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives District 54A

Matthew Kowalski, 2014 candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives District 54A

MNGOP Chair Downey: We are in the middle of a long road to return Minnesota to its civic-minded conservative roots.

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Keith Downey

My Fellow Republicans,

First and foremost, I want to thank each of you and all our candidates, activists and supporters across the state that poured their hearts into this election. Your help and your unyielding enthusiasm boosted support for Republicans in Minnesota and I greatly appreciate your efforts.

We regained the majority in the Minnesota House, a critical victory! With a substantial pickup of 11 seats, Republicans now have a 72 – 62 advantage. We also held the open 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Michelle Bachmann with Tom Emmer’s victory, and both John Kline in the 2nd and Erik Paulsen in the 3rd posted strong victories. Congratulations to all of you who were all-in to achieve these victories!

Republicans served notice that the 7th and 8th Congressional Districts will eventually end up in the GOP column. Great races by Stewart Mills and Torrey Westrom against a previously unseen onslaught of money give us great confidence that these districts are future gains for us.

And of course, the big news nationally was gaining a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, and growing our Republican majority in the U.S. House. Finally, a Republican vision for our country can be clearly contrasted with President Obama’s, without Harry Reid ignoring the issues.

Unfortunately, the national wave rebuking President Obama didn’t make it to Minnesota, with Al Franken and Mark Dayton holding their seats. Incumbents once again held 90% of their seats across the country, and without the national groups targeting Minnesota’s races, these well-funded Democrat incumbents prevailed. Mike McFadden and Jeff Johnson, outspent 5 to 1 and 3 to 1 respectively, are to be congratulated for their admirable campaigns as are every one of you who gave so much to those efforts!

Our State Party made significant advances in both finances and operations even as we focused on campaigns, and we now have the foundational infrastructure we need to compete in the future. The GOP enterprise came together to win the House here in Minnesota, and nationally it did the same for the Senate. We have the model to replicate for future races.

Building a competitive funding capability, growing our field operation to match the Democrats, delivering an inspiring vision for the future, and identifying and developing great candidates as we move forward will give us the ability to compete for the long haul. Our Solution Center will prove we are the party of ideas, and our outreach will get us in front of Minnesotans again to show them we are right for them.

We are in the middle of a long road to return Minnesota to its civic-minded conservative roots. We made a solid gain in 2014. And while the goal is always to win everything, instead of getting out of the hole, we are now focused on the future with an eye toward 2016. As a Party we stand strong for the future of our state and our country. We are and will always be on the side of the people. Thank you again for all you do!

Keith Downey

Chairman Keith Downey
Republican Party of Minnesota

SOURCE: Republican Party of Minnesota

Election results: McNamara wins, Kowalski defeated

I Voted StickerThanks to all who voted on Tuesday.

Lots of folks put in many hours and worked hard for our candidates in SD54 leading up to this election. Thanks to Denny and Matthew and everyone for your efforts.

Denny McNamara was re-elected in HD54B. He received 8,852 votes to his opponent’s 5,750 votes. McNamara garnered 61% of the vote. Congratulations Denny!

In the race for District 54A, Matthew Kowalski received 5,629 votes and the incumbent received 7,047 votes. Not a bad showing! Thanks to Matthew for stepping forward to run for office. We appreciate his hard work on behalf of promoting freedom vs control in HD54A.

Now, let’s get started working on winning the next election.