Monthly Archive for October, 2015

Meet the GOP Presidential candidates?

sd57logo-50SD57 Republican Meet and Greet Social.

Our friends over at SD57GOP will be hosting a social event where the campaign chairs (or the candidates themselves) of the Presidential Campaigns will be circulating around the room meeting with attendees and answering any questions you may have about their campaign for President.

This is your chance to get the answers to all those nagging questions you haven’t seen answered in the Presidential debates.

The following presidential campaigns have indicated they will be in attendance:

Rand Paul
Jeb Bush
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
Rick Santorum
Carly Fiorina

In addition, many of the CD2 Congressional candidates will be in attendance!

The event will be taking place on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.

It will held at Celts Irish Pub and Grill in Rosemount (14506 S Robert Trail).

There is no cost for this event, but free will offerings will be accepted (suggested $20).

Registration is required. Register here. Attendees who do not register will only be accepted if the registration quota is not filled.

Register for this event: SD57 Meet & Greet Social

Go to the SD57 Republicans website for more information:

BPOU meeting November 10 in Cottage Grove: All Republicans are welcome to attend

Upcoming EventsBy SD54 Republicans Chair Faye Hatch, 10/23/2015

Because election day is on November 3, we have rescheduled our SD 54 executive committee meeting for 7:00 p.m., November 10, 2015, at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 9979 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN. We meet in the lower level. Park in front of the church unless handicap accessibility is needed in which case you may park down behind the church (limited parking space) and enter from that side on the lower level.

All Republicans are welcome to attend. Our agenda will include fundraising, planning for caucuses, and future candidates. Hope to see you then!


Faye Hatch
SD 54 Chairperson

Rep Denny McNamara: Capitol Update

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 10/15/2015

Hello from the State Capitol,

Did you know that by the year 2020, Minnesota will have more adults aged 65 or older than school-age children?

This is a first in our state’s history and its problematic for a number of reasons. First, there’s a worker shortage at Minnesota’s nursing homes with roughly 3,000 job positions vacant, leading to an estimated 1,500 senior citizens from being accepted by a local care center. Previous nursing facility funding rates were also substandard, as under the previous payment system Medicaid and private rates were almost $30 per patient below the average cost for that patient’s care.

To address these problems last session, the Minnesota Legislature completely reformed the way skilled nursing facilities are reimbursed through Medicaid and made historical investments in our care centers.
Under this comprehensive new law, Minnesota’s nursing homes will receive $138 million in new funding. Locally that means $1.022 million for the Augustana Health Care Center and $693,000 for the Regina Medical Center.

This revenue is not dedicated, meaning the local facility can determine how to best use this income, whether it’s to increase staff wages, buy new equipment, or make property enhancements.

Real performance incentives are also a key piece of the reform, as a center that provides great quality can see an increase in its rates. As part of the Medicaid reimbursement reform, nursing facilities will soon be compensated on a cost-based formula based on their actual cost report. This will replace the complicated and antiquated reimbursement formula which has been in place since 1983.

In short, the 2015 Legislative Session made a real and meaningful investment in our seniors and caregivers in Minnesota, and I’m proud to have supported the most comprehensive nursing home funding reform in nearly 30 years.

In other news, I was pleased to visit Pinecrest Elementary in Hastings this week to take part in a “Farm to School” event conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This program highlights local farm produce that is used in lunches at our schools. On Tuesday, I joined Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Minnesota Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Santo Cruz for a meal that included locally grown sweetcorn, Honeycrisp apples, and Minnesota wild rice. It was absolutely delicious.

We were also able to learn more about the famers who make “Farm to School” possible. Ann and Dave Buck operate Buck’s Unlimited Dairy in Goodhue and send their milk to the Hastings Co-op Creamery, which is the local milk provider for Hastings Public Schools. The apple supplier was Gary McDougall of McDougall’s Apple Junction in Hastings, and I can tell you from being in the cafeteria that the students really enjoyed their Honeycrisp treat.

It was a pleasure to take part in this event and to visit with some of our area food suppliers, school staff and students. Thanks to the Department of Ag and the good folks at Pinecrest Elementary for the invitation. And to all those who take part in “Farm to School” every day, keep up the great work!

Keep in touch,

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

Next SD54 Republicans meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6

Upcoming EventsBy SD54 Republicans Chair Faye Hatch, 10/1/2015

After having a period of transitioning into a space that is appropriate for our Senate District 54 executive committee meetings, we have settled in at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 9979 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN. Our mailing address is P. O. Box 504, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.

We normally meet the first Tuesday of each month and are scheduled for October 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Because November 3, 2015 is election day, our meeting will, subject to arrangements and the committee, likely be delayed to November 10, 2015.

All Republicans are invited to attend as the committee lays out plans for our future activities to further our Republican candidates. There is ample parking in the front church parking lot and limited parking (six cars) for people requiring handicap access on the lower level in back of the church. Please contact me, Chairperson Faye Hatch ( or 651-459-6192) if you would like to be placed on the agenda and speak before the committee.

We look forward to growing our active number of loyal Republicans in this district and welcome your presence at our meetings. Let’s get to know one another so we can effectively support our candidates next year!

Yours truly,

Faye Hatch
SD 54 Chairperson