Republican legislators, Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Nolan West (R-Blaine) joined House Democrats this morning in a call for Minnesotans to follow the Governor's guidance on fighting COVID. Both mentioned that Minnesotans should wear masks while in public.
The group's purpose, as stated by Rep Kelly Morrison (DFL - Chanhassen), is to have Minnesotans #TakeThePledgeMN in joining the government's methods of fighting the spread of COVID. When pressed by the media, Garofalo stated he and the group are not asking for "stopping the restrictions" on businesses. Instead, their focus with the pledge is to show bipartisan support for fighting the spread of COVID.
At this point, it's unclear if Republican legislators in St Paul are serious about stopping the Governor's Emergency Powers. The Republican controlled Minnesota Senate refused to bring forth a vote in the November Special Session - one week after the election. House Republicans would not support Rep Steve Drazkowski in obtaining a roll call vote when he attempted to get a vote on the Resolution in November.
Governor Walz unilaterally prohibited all Minnesotans to gather with people outside their household. Violators of his decree could face fines and 90 days in jail. But, according to organizers of the Saturday protest, that's even more reason to gather and tell Governor Walz he can "Stuff his Mandate".
Minnesota's Constitution protects the rights of citizens to peacefully assemble. Walz' order violates his limited Constitutional powers and has no legal authority on Minnesotans, despite what you may hear from the media. The illegal prohibition goes into effect at midnight tonight, which is why the group plans the protest tomorrow afternoon.
If you are interested, here's the 'Stuff Your Mandate' Facebook event page. The protest will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 21st. Organizers ask participants to "bring your noise and signs."
Here's a map to the Governor's Mansion:
Walz is scum! In order to keep things PG rated, I'll leave it at that. But I have far worse names for this authoritarian, scumbag of a Governor that we have.
WE ARE LOSING OUR REPUBLIC! Do you care?
I, personally, never consented to being ruled by one politician. In fact, I've pledge my loyalty thousands of times "to the Republic". Who is Walz to think he can erode away our long-held system of government with the swipe of a pen!
Walz' newest decree tonight now makes it illegal for you to have anyone inside your home that's not from your family. Violate that unilateral order, WHICH I WILL, and you could be punished with 90 days in jail.
Own a restaurant or bar? CLOSED
Go to the gym or make your livlihood by improving people's health and immune systems? CLOSED
Want to get away for a movie with the spouse? CLOSED
Want to watch your kid's hockey game? BANNED
I can't imagine the irreparable harm that will be done to our beloved small businesses. 2020 has already been difficult for them to make ends meet. This order will be the death blow.
Walz warns us of full capacity at the hospitals. That's a real issue. In fact, that's THE issue. What the hell has he been doing for these 250 days of emergency?!
Here's what I'm worried about...
A Harvard study found that nearly 1/3 of young adults have had suicidal thoughts this year. And 47% of young adults are suffering from "depressive symptoms".
Walz' message to them is that they are the ones who are selfish and causing grandma to go to the hospital. Meanwhile, their survivability rate is near 100%. But Walz is forcing them to isolate?!
Are you angry now!
We're excited that we helped get four democrats fired in November's election. And we can't wait til these new legislators take office in January. But quite frankly, we simply can't wait that long. We owe it to you and the business community to end this battle as soon as possible.
When Walz' extends his Emergency Powers again for 30 days, we MUST overwhelm weak-kneed Republican legislators and vulnerable Democrats with ads, phone calls and other methods. We need to pound them into submission - finally Ending Walz' Emergency Powers once and for all. We can't let him get away with this anymore.
Did you see the news today about two prominent Democrat state senators leaving the DFL caucus? There are moves being made right now and it's important that we seize on these opportunities immediately.
Our team knows where the pressure points are. Minnesotans have had ENOUGH of Walz' unilateral orders, so we'll have the wind at our back. But we MUST ensure that effort is focused on the legislature where we have the best opportunity to finally End Walz' Emergency Powers.
Help us get our message to more Minnesotans and help us fund our pressure campaign. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans NEED to hear our message of liberty NOW. And every legislator that can be swayed must feel the pain by the time they meet again.
The Republican led Minnesota Senate adjourned early this afternoon without voting on the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers. Every 30 day extension of Emergency Powers by Governor Walz requires him to call back the Legislature to decide if he should keep his powers. It's the sole reason for the Legislature entering into session, although Senator Michelle Benson, on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, did not bring forward the Resolution to End Walz' Emergency Powers before adjourning sine die.
Senate Republicans did, however, vote today to appoint a Democrat to preside over the Senate. Sen David Tomassoni was voted in as the Senate President to fill out the remainder of the 2020 Legislative Session (which will include the December Special Session).
In the Minnesota House, members of the New House Republican Caucus (Reps Drazkowski, Munson & Bahr) made a motion to suspend the House rules in order to vote on the End Walz' Emergency Powers Resolution. Following his speech, Rep Drazkowski asked for a roll call vote which requires 15 members to raise their hand. Republican Minority leader, and lobbyist, Kurt Daudt, also failed Minnesotans today by instructing the Old House Republican Caucus to deny the fifteen hands needed for a registered role call vote. So the vote occurred by voice vote and it was ruled by the Speaker to not pass. Daudt's moved denied Minnesotans from knowing where legislators stood on this important issue.
It's clear that now that the election is over, Republican and Democrat leaders do not actually care about stopping the tyrannical power grab of Minnesota's governor. Walz's Executive Order 20-96 prohibits bars/restaurants to stay open past 10 pm, limits weddings/funerals to only 25 people and prohibits citizens from having four people in their home from other families. Violators of Governor Walz' decree will face a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail. His order also equips the Attorney General, Keith Ellison, to investigate violators and recoup the costs of investigation.
Senator Benson, Sen Gazelka and Rep Kurt Daudt (RINOs) all failed Minnesota businesses and private citizens by not bringing forward accountability on the most important vote facing our state. Walz now has 30 days free of any interference by the Legislature.
It's official. Tyrant-in-the-Making Tim Walz just announced his new lockdown, exercising "emergency powers" he does not have. Despite what you hear from the media, this lockdown is just as bad and just as painful.
This time Walz is targeting YOUR home! And that's just in time for Thanksgiving celebrations with family.
KSTP reports: "The governor will limit gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, regardless of whether the gathering is indoors or outdoors. Those gatherings will also be limited to people from a maximum of three households."
Are you kidding me? Even if a family wants to brave the weather and host Thanksgiving in their backyard, our overlord Timmy does not approve that behavior for his subjects.
The Team at Action 4 Liberty is committed to Ending Walz' Emergency Powers because, like you, we also have a lot at stake. We have children in schools, business being impacted by the lockdown and we all value our liberty so much!
Democrats need to pay attention to what just happened last Tuesday. We needed to take out four bad voting Democrats and we accomplished it. In the case of politician Brad Tabke, we replaced him with a liberty champion named Erik Mortensen.
We're coming out of this election with more power, more influence and more energy! So when the Legislature meets on Thursday to decide if they will end Walz' Emergency Powers again, we will be right back there defending YOUR liberty and Minnesota businesses.
Walz' Assault on YOUR home and YOUR Thanksgiving plans can be killed on Thursday by the Legislature. Let's not wait until the new legislators take office in January, let's kick in the door and demand a "YES" vote now on Ending Walz' Emergency Powers!
The best way to help in this fight is to donate to our marketing budget. We must get the message out to more Minnesotans who are feeling the pain from the new lockdown. Help us harness their frustration and guide it to the right targets in St Paul.
Action 4 Liberty's mission is to protect liberty for the next generation. And there's no bigger threat to our liberty in this state than the abuse of Emergency Powers by Governor Tim Walz. That's why we've been focused on Ending Walz' Emergency Powers in the legislature since April and were four Democrat votes short of accomplishing it in October.
Well, if you aren't able to get them to come your way on a vote, then you take the message to their voters.
And that's just what we did!
Four of our DFL targets were fired last night thanks to the supporters of Action 4 Liberty! Brad Tabke, John Persell, Jeff Brand and Jeanne Poppe were rejected by their voters in yesterday's election.
We've been running ads against these Walz' cronies for months now, and in the case of some, spent tens of thousands of dollars recently to make sure every single voter knew that their politicians were responsible for the shutdown.
The ads that were paid for by thousands of our members and supporters were highly effective.
But the battle does not end with the election. Most people in politics are folding up the tables and stacking the chairs. Not Action 4 Liberty. We not only MUST FIRE TIM WALZ in 2 years...or sooner. We also have another chance to End Walz' Emergency Powers just around the corner.
Walz has to call back the legislature again next week if he wants to continue his Emergency Powers for another 30 days.
As winter approaches, our Tyrant-in-the-Making Walz is on the cusp of shutting down our schools and possibly our businesses again. There's no end in sight to what he thinks he can do to our liberties.
That's why Action 4 Liberty will use the election results as a spring board to turn up the heat against our out-of-control state government. They've seen the impact we can make and now they must vote the right way, or suffer future electoral defeats.
Not only did we get rid of that crony politician Brad Tabke in Shakopee, but we also got a liberty champion elected with Erik Mortensen.
Recruiting top notch candidates like Erik Mortensen is a big part of what Action 4 Liberty does. This is how we plan to make fundamental reforms in Minnesota that bring back our liberty.
Stay tuned to Action 4 Liberty as we prepare our weapons for next week's battle to End Walz' Emergency Powers. Thank you for all your support so far.
Jake Duesenberg here, the President of Action 4 Liberty. Elections are interesting because they have obvious tangibles (money raised, organizational structure, polling trends) and intangibles (energy of the base, swing voter attitudes). No one really knows how an election will go until all the votes are cast. But our team is on the ground in Minnesota and monitors the data nationally, so we believe we're in a good position to make some logical predictions.
In fact, we accurately predicted the Trump victory in 2016 a week before the election and the victory of Democrats in 2018 a day before votes were cast. So we're not just a bunch of cheerleaders, blindly cheering for Team Red. Perhaps these predictions have gone straight to my head and I'm about to eat crow. I contend, however, we might be seeing something that the mainstream media and pundits are missing...or purposely ignoring.
Prediction: Trump will win re-election.
Trump is surging late. Of all the elections I've witnessed, this one makes the most sense why people are breaking late in the game. The defining issue of this election has jumped around quite a bit. One would've believed law & order would define the November election coming out of the chaos of this past summer. But COVID raced back to the front. Democrats are running on health care and the threat to ObamaCare, while Republicans are continuing the talking points of backing the badge. Both play well to voters, but COVID remains "the issue" for us all. Despite what the media might think, the people in this country aren't in sync with endless shutdown powers, which is the view held by nearly all Democrat executives in the country.
When it comes to voter energy, I've found energy for a candidate beats energy against a candidate any day of the week. Look at 2012 (Obama vs Romney). I remember thinking the anti-Obama faction would come out in droves to support the lackluster Romney campaign. They didn't. And he at least had a hundred people at rallies and could finish a full sentence. Here's the other thing. Biden does not have the travel schedule to win nor does his team have the grassroots field operations to pull off a victory. Doorknocking is effective and Democrats are too afraid of COVID to compete.
Trump will win the hispanic vote in key areas, to the shock of the media. He'll do better with the black vote than other GOPers in the past. His biggest math problem is white women (which he'll still win, but not as much as last time).
Also, there's an actual investment in voting this year. Voting early requires the casual, lazy voter to do some work. Otherwise he or she has to go in person on election day and risk catching COVID. Take a guess which side that helps.
Trump will win his second term and the media will once again wonder how it happened. I certainly hope the pundits claiming half the country is racist will actually talk with their neighbors for once and understand the various reasons Trump receives support.
Prediction: Republicans win 4-6 seats in Minnesota House; Minnesota Senate Republicans lose two seats, retain Majority by One Senator
Republicans will win back 4-6 seats in the State House, giving Democrats only a slim majority. We're seeing voters break late for Republicans. There will be seats picked up in the outer suburbs, plus rural seats that will switch from blue to red. This is very important to us since we were four votes short of Ending Walz' Emergency Powers in the House. For those who aren't aware, the big money in Minnesota went to the battle for the state senate. House Republicans trail the DFL House by a large factor.
The Minnesota Senate is really a toss up. If you look at the math (insiders on both sides are), the Democrats have an advantage over the Republicans. In other words, there are more vulnerable Republican incumbents than there are Democrats. Gun to my head, I say Republicans will have a one seat majority. If they do better, that's because the Trump energy carried down ballot and helped these suburban Republicans who are in serious trouble.
Balance of power stays the same in the end, but the majorities weaken. That's important for our battles!
Prediction: Hello there, Senator Jason Lewis
There is a path for Jason Lewis to win statewide without Trump winning Minnesota. Although I'd argue both might happen. Tina Smith's poll numbers spell trouble for an incumbent Senator. Republicans haven't won statewide since 2006 and Klobuchar had no trouble in her recent re-election. But Lewis ran a good campaign, built name ID gradually throughout the year, attached himself to the Trump train and will oust the former Planned Parenthood Exec in the end. I don't follow the state-by-state race for the U.S. Senate closely, but I imagine a Minnesota victory will help McConnell's strategy immensely.
How are people ignoring the massive numbers showing up for Trump rallies compared to Biden's pathetic COVID-compliant coffee chats? Imagine the energy that goes in and out of a Trump rally and what that does for the state. What's achieved by Biden coming in and talking to 30 people? Both get the media hit, but Trump gets the multiplying affect of voter energy.
The expensive $1.8 Billion debt bill just passed the Democrat controlled MN House with 25 Republicans voting in favor of taxing future Minnesotans for their wasteful pork projects. HF1 adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the state's projected budget deficit, which means the legislature will likely be raising taxes on Minnesota next year to pay for it. The bill passed 100 to 34.
$9 Million of the debt bill goes to the Dept of Public Safety for civil unrest in Minneapolis/St Paul. Senate Republicans say this money is going to pay back state law enforcement for overtime. $100 Million goes to affordable housing. The bill is also full of numerous pork projects like art museums and the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, Minnesotans will be paying for these projects over the next 20 years.
Bonding debt bills require a super-majority (60%). Therefore, Democrats needed 6 Republicans to vote for the bill in order to pass it. Here's a list of the Republicans who voted for this reckless spending bill:
- Rep Paul Anderson (Starbuck)
- Rep Dave Baker (Willmar)
- Rep Peggy Bennett (Albert Lea)
- Rep Greg Boe (Chanhassan)
- Rep Greg Davids (Preston)
- Rep Lisa Demuth (Cold Spring)
- Rep Bob Dettmer (Forest Lake)
- Rep Glen Gruenhagen (Glencoe)
- Rep Bob Gunther (Fairmont)
- Rep Barb Haley (Red Wing)
- Rep Rod Hamilton (Mountain Lake)
- Rep Jerry Hertaus (Greenfield)
- Rep Tony Jurgens (Hastings)
- Rep Ron Kresha (Little Falls)
- Rep Sandy Layman (Cohasset)
- Rep Nathan Nelson (Hinckley)
- Rep Bud Nornes (Fergus Falls)
- Rep John Petersburg (Waseca)
- Rep Nels Pierson (Rochester)
- Rep John Poston (Nisswa)
- Rep Kristin Robbins (Maple Grove)
- Rep Joe Schomacker (Luverne)
- Rep Paul Torkelson (Hanska)
- Rep Dean Urdahl (Grove City)
- Rep Nolan West (Blaine)
The Republican Senate and Democrat House in Minnesota are about to pass a massive debt bill that spends $1.8 Billion of future taxpayer money, pays for the response to the civil unrest in Minneapolis, and spends hundreds of millions of dollars on pork projects. SF26 is the Senate version and HF1 is the House version. Republicans Senjem, Nelson, Relph and Housley are the authors in the Senate.
Section 2 of the bills reads:
This $1.8 Billion debt bill full of pork is being passed while the state is experiencing a $4.7 Billion budget shortfall, which would require taxes to increase or spending to shrink in order to balance. The Legislature is completely tone deaf to the fiscal realities of the state budget.
If you want to talk to your legislator about why they are taxing your children to with this enormous debt bill, you can find him or her here:
The Democrat controlled Minnesota House blocked a vote to End Walz' Emergency Powers today, with only five Democrats willing to suspend the rules to allow a debate on Walz' abuse of powers. The vote was 64 to 69.
Action 4 Liberty supporters have reached out to vulnerable Democrats across the state with personal stories of how Walz' unilateral powers have negatively impacted their lives. Democrats like Brad Tabke of Shakopee and Dan Wolgamott of St Cloud just ignored their concerns so they could protect their Party's governor.
With just three weeks until the election, Action 4 Liberty will be alerting voters in several swing districts about the votes. We will buying ads on multiple platforms, reaching tens of thousands of voters in each of these targeted districts. If you feel strongly about making politicians pay for their votes, please equip us with the resources we need.
The Democrats who voted with Republicans were Reps Marquardt, Pelowski, Lislegard, Sandstede & Sundin.