Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Minnesota 2014 Primary Voters Guide

Minnesota Primary Voters Guide

GOP endorsed
Find my congressional district
Mine: Legislative and Congressional Members
Kim Norton - 25B - MN House  
David H. Senjem - 25 - MN Senate  
Tim Walz - 1 - U.S. House   Aaron Miller GOP challenger
Amy Klobuchar - U.S. Senate
Al Franken - U.S. Senate
highlighted the major party candidates with endorsements or incumbent GOP or DFL
Notice, in the primary you can only vote for candidates from ONE party. Choosing more than one will invalidate your vote. There are 3 major parties, Republican, DFL (Minnesota for Democrat) and Independence (same party that brought you controversial Gov. Jesse Ventura)

Wikipedia: Minnesota 2014 elections

Endorsed Republican Candidates

Who is the Minnesota Independence Party wikipedia:  Independence Party of Minnesota formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is a radical right or centrist political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is the political party of former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura  (1999–2003) and endorsed former U.S. Representative Tim Penny as a candidate for the 2002 gubernatorial election. Previously affiliated with Reform Party of the United States of America (founded by Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan 2000) and the Independence Party of America, but now focused exclusively on Minnesota politics. The party has fielded candidates for most statewide races and has been considered a major party by the state since 1994, in addition to the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party of Minnesota.[1] 

U.S. Senator

**MIKE MCFADDEN REPUBLICAN GOP ENDORSED wikipedia  businessperson on a leave of absence as co-CEO of Lazard Middle Market, a Minneapolis-based investment bank.[1] He is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Al Franken. It is his first bid for public office. Endorsements from former U.S. Senators Rudy Boschwitz, Norm Coleman and Rod Grams His platform includes jobs, education and addressing the national debt. Critical of the Affordable Care Act, and Franken’s support of it.
**U.S. Senator AL FRANKEN INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR campaign page He complains Citizens United gives big corporations an unfair advantage — and makes it harder for progressives to fight for real change. Al is working hard for the families of Minnesota  wikipedia
ballotpedia issues:
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Franken is a "far-left Democrat" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Franken received in June 2013.
On The Issues Vote Quiz[15]
Economic IssuesSocial Issues
Legally require hiring women & minoritiesFavorsAbortion is a woman's unrestricted rightStrongly Favors
Expand ObamaCareStrongly FavorsComfortable with same-sex marriageStrongly Favors
Vouchers for school choiceOpposesKeep God in the public sphereOpposes
Absolute right to gun ownershipStrongly OpposesHuman needs over animal rightsNeutral
Higher taxes on the wealthyStrongly FavorsStricter punishment reduces crimeOpposes
Support & expand free tradeStrongly OpposesPathway to citizenship for illegal aliensStrongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign fundsStrongly FavorsMaintain US sovereignty from UNStrongly Opposes
Prioritize green energyFavorsExpand the militaryStrongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recoveryFavorsStay out of IranStrongly Favors
Privatize Social SecurityStrongly OpposesNever legalize marijuanaStrongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[14]


U.S. Representative District 1

JIM HAGEDORN REPUBLICAN: ballotpedia Summary, he's got a lot of experience in DC, so far no negative publicity from liberals. He didn't get the GOP endorsement, but broke his promise not to run after concerns Miller can run a serious campaign and is running well produced TV ads on cable, and he's worked in DC, and his father was in Congress. In 1974, Jim’s father was elected to Congress to represent southern Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Shortly thereafter the family began splitting time between Washington, D.C. and Minnesota – spending the school year in the Virginia suburbs of DC and returning each summer to the Truman farm. Beginning at age 18, Jim worked full-time jobs as a busboy and telephone salesman to self-finance his education. Jim was accepted to George Mason University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics. In 1984, Jim was hired as the legislative assistant to former Minnesota Republican Congressman Arlan Stangeland. Jim handled an array of issues and successfully managed the Congressman’s legislative agenda, including stewardship of H.R. 916, a 1989 bipartisan “workfare” bill that required able-bodied welfare recipients to work for benefits. This bill was conceptually enacted into law shortly after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 1994. From 1991 to 1998, Jim served as the Director for Legislative and Public Affairs for the Financial Management Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury agency responsible for the management of more than $2 trillion in Federal funds.  2009, Jim returned to his southern Minnesota roots and vied for the Republican nomination for Congress in Minnesota’s 1st District. Since, Jim has engaged in several entrepreneurial business ventures in Minnesota and throughout the United States. website 

*AARON MILLER REPUBLICAN GOP ENDORSED - conservative christian who made national media attention for complaints about teaching of evolution in high schools. Mankato Free Press "Miller, who served as a command sergeant major in the Army Reserves and has worked in the health care industry for 15 years, is touting himself as the candidate to beat Walz. He stumbled early in his campaign when he received national criticism over his evolution statements, which he called an analogy about government intrusion."  ballotpedia website: Aaron Miller for Congress
national negative coverage by liberal media: msnbcforwardprogressivesmotherjones

*INCUMBENT TIM WALZ DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR - mainstream DFL establishment wikipedia graduated from Butte High School in a class of 25 students, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in social science education from Chadron State College. Walz's first teaching experience was at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Walz then accepted a teaching position with WorldTeach, teaching in the People's Republic of China. He and his wife Gwen ran Educational Travel Adventures, accompanying high school juniors and seniors on summer educational trips to China. He packaged himself as a moderate from Day One, built an office centered on constituent service and carved out a niche as a tireless advocate for veterans.” He was reelected in 2008 with 62 percent of the vote, becoming only the second non-Republican to win a second full term in the district. He won a third term in 2010, defeating State Representative Randy Demmer with 50 percent of the vote.  Walz became the highest-ranking retired enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress. Liberal: 100% rating from Planned Parenthood in 2012, from the ACLU in 2011, from the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2009-10, from the AFL-CIO in 2010, from the Teamsters in 2009-10, and from NOW in 2007. Conservative:  one-digit ratings from the National Taxpayers' Union, Citizens against Government Waste, Americans for Tax Reform, and Freedom Works. In 2007, Walz received a 90% grade from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT organization. In 2011, Walz announced his support for the Respect for Marriage Act.strong supporter of equal rights for all, including women and the LGBT community.

Governor & Lt Governor

*JEFF JOHNSON AND BILL KUISLE REPUBLICAN GOP ENDORSED liberals call him "extreme" for family values -  voted twice for same sex marriage ban, for Voter ID, against increasing the minimum wage
SCOTT HONOUR AND KARIN HOUSLEY REPUBLICAN lots of money and ads, but never held government office
* MARK DAYTON AND TINA SMITH INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR - pushed for higher taxes for rich, middle cut tax cut, free all-day kindergarten for all, vetoed marriage amendment

Secretary of State
*DAN SEVERSON REPUBLICAN wikipedia ballotpedia born August 31, 1954 Former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 14AHe was also a candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State in 2010. A Republican, he is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot, business owner and substitute teacher. endorsed by the Minnesota GOP  (Better qualified than DFL)
"DICK" FRANSON DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR ballotpedia He was also a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.  Alderman for the 12th Ward of Minneapolis for 15 years.[1]
GREGG A. IVERSON DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR ballotpedia  Democratic candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State in the 2014 election. He was also a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota

State Auditor wikipedia
PATRICK DEAN INDEPENDENCE ballotpedia website worked for the up to Vice President St. Paul Port Authority for over 19 years. I managed the for-profit business for the St. Paul Port Authority; altogether $30 million in sales and 400 employees and found numerous transactions that were diversions of pledged funds.
*RANDY GILBERT REPUBLICAN GOP Endorsed Former mayor of Long Lake, Minnesota Randy Gilbert, who sought but lost the Republican endorsement for state auditor in 2010
*REBECCA OTTO DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) endorsement was made on May 31, 2014. Incumbent Rebecca Otto won the endorsement unopposed.[1]

Attorney General
Incumbent Democratic–Farmer–Labor Attorney General Lori Swanson is seeking re-election.[19] Other candidates include Republicans Sharon Anderson and state Senator Scott Newman, Brandan Borgos of the Independence Party, Libertarian Mary O'Connor, former DFL state Representative Andy Dawkins of the Green Party, and Dan Vacek running under the label "Legal Marijuana Now."
*SCOTT NEWMAN REPUBLICAN GOP ENDORSED wikipedia member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, he represents District 18 west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is an attorney. Served on the Education Finance, the Education Policy, the Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Policy, the State Government Finance, the Ethics, the Public Safety Policy and Finance, and the Transportation committees.
*LORI SWANSON DEMOCRATIC-FARMER-LABOR incumbent wikipedia  Attorney General of the US state of Minnesota. She was elected on November 7, 2006, and took office on January 2, 2007, succeeding Mike Hatch, who declined to run for re-election in order to run for governor. She is the first woman elected Minnesota's Attorney General. She changed title of marriage amendment as passed by the Minnesota Legislature "Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman" to "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples.

The Minnesota gubernatorial and lieutenant election will take place onNovember 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Dayton (D) is running for re-election.[1]
The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.
Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]





General election


Liberty Politics July 24, 2014

Here's his conclusion:  That leaves Jeff Johnson and Marty Seifert.  Both have lost State-wide elections and are seen as effective communicators.  Seifert has the wider network of supporters from his time as a Minority Leader in the MN House of Representatives, although Johnson’s network is nothing to smirk at.  Johnson also has the benefit of having multiple political positions under his belt.  I believe it will come down to who campaigns more effectively.  Right now Jeff Johnson has a significant head start and Marty Seifert has yet to declare

What we have here are 3 candidates that have a reasonable chance of earning the MN GOP Endorsement: Jeff Johnson,[won endorsement] Dave Thompson and Marty Seifert.  Kurt Zellers and Julie Rosen are non-starters due to either allowing the Vikings Stadium Bill to reach the floor or for voting in favor of the Vikings Stadium Bill.  Despite 1/3 of Republicans voting for the Bill, it is the touch of death with the majority of MN GOP party activists and essentially disqualifies them from the MN GOP Endorsement for Governor.
We also have two candidates who have said they will not honor the endorsement process: Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour.  Saying you will not honor the MN GOP Endorsement also disqualifies a candidate from receiving said Endorsement.
That leaves Jeff Johnson, Dave Thompson and Marty Seifert.  All three voted against either the Vikings Stadium or Twins Stadium Bills, so their fiscal conservatism should be considered sincere.  All three are also social conservatives by their voting records, therefore all three should be acceptable to all key wings of the MN GOP.  Assuming Seifert does indeed declare toward the end of the year, it looks like we’ll have a 3-way endorsement fight.
The primary is a different matter entirely.  Scott Honour has some pretty deep pockets.  He is more than capable of taking the endorsed candidate to task with all methods of communication.  Heck he’s already running like a primary candidate by going after Mark Dayton in earnest.  His spike in social media followers in a relatively short period of time shows the expertise of his campaign team bench.  If he wants to, he could make the primary battle very ugly.  Doing so would almost certainly give the general election to Mark Dayton.

United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2014


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Al Franken holds what will most likely be a safe Democratic seat.The Cook Political Report rates this race as "Likely Democratic," which the website defines as seats that are "not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged."[1] In 2012, Franken defeatedRepublican challenger Kurt Bills 65.2-30.5 percent. Franken's opponent in the primary, Sandra Henningsgard, still had not filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as of the April Quarterly report deadline, and due to this significant monetary disadvantage, Franken will likely be the Democratic candidate.Voters in Minnesota will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in theelection on November 4, 2014.
At the Minnesota GOP convention, Mike McFadden received the most votes from delegates, earning him the GOP endorsement, so most of the other candidates dropped out of the race to honor the party's decision.[2] Jim Abeler, on the other hand, decided to continue running against McFadden in the primary.[3] According to the Republican primary polls, McFadden has a significant lead over Abeler, and McFadden also has more cash on hand to spend on the election.

Candidate Filing DeadlinePrimary ElectionGeneral Election
June 3, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014
Primary: Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]
Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters can register on election day, or must have pre-registered by July 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21st day before Election Day).[7]
See also: Minnesota elections, 2014
Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Al Franken (D). Franken was first elected in 2008.


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The Minnesota secretary of state election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Ritchie (D) was first elected in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. Although eligible for re-election in 2014, Ritchie said in a June 2013 statement that he will not run for a third term.[1]
Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]



General election

See also

The 1st Congressional District of Minnesota will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Minnesota's 1st is a Democratic-leaning district, and with incumbent Tim Walzrunning uncontested in the Democratic primary, he should not have much trouble retaining his seat. However, a few factors have the potential to make this a more competitive race. First, with President Barack Obama being in the middle of a term, Republicans across the country are trying to take advantage of any "mid-term dissatisfaction" with his performance by associating Democrats with his more unpopular legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act, informally known as "Obamacare." One article from the Minnesota Public Radio Newsexplains that, on years with no presidential election, voters generally choose candidates from the opposite party of the president.[1] Second, an anti-incumbent sentiment seems to be growing across the nation. In response to one woman's comment about her dissatisfaction with incumbents, Walz stated, "I'm as frustrated as she is because I have to be there. The difference is there are some of us who are getting things done."[1]
Regardless, Walz maintains a hefty lead in campaign finances, with $411,216.60 cash on hand to Aaron Miller's $43,164.48, as of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports. The Cook Political Report also rates this race as "Likely Democratic," meaning that it is not expected to get competitive.[2]
Candidate Aaron Miller is the frontrunner to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014, but he will have to compete with Jim Hagedorn. Normal Minnesota precedent is for Republican candidates to face off in the district's GOP convention, and for all but the winner to withdraw from the race in order to support the GOP-endorsed candidate in the primary. This race, however, breaks the precedent. When Miller won the 1st District Republican endorsement convention, Hagedorn agreed to drop out, but later decided to re-enter the race in response to alleged concerns that Miller was not putting enough time and effort into the election.[3] Miller has also received criticism for his comments on teaching evolution in public schools. Although Miller denies it, media sources have even accused him of running for congress in order to prevent public schools from teaching evolution altogether.[4]

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