The Ramsey City Council nullified Governor Walz' illegal mask mandate last night. A resolution offered by Councilmembers Chelsee Howell and Ryan Heineman states that city resources cannot be used to enforce executive orders by the Governor, most notably the mask mandate. It reads:
The Ramsey City Council hereby orders that CITY RESOURCES, whether physical, financial or otherwise, including but not limited to law enforcement, city staff and personnel, city contractors and subcontractors or assistance of any kind tied to the city, or any cooperation to any government including federal, state, or county, SHALL NOT be used to enforce any of Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Orders, including but not limited to, Executive Order 20-81 and any other orders that infringe on people’s constitutionally protected rights, especially as it related to COVID-19.
No surprise, the city attorney advised against the motion stating to the Star Tribune "You can't ignore [the executive order] because you disagree with it," he said before the vote. "It still has the full force of the law." The entire Minnesota legal system appears to believe that our system of government where laws are passed only by the legislature has been suspended until Walz is wiling to give up his self-declared powers.
But that didn't discourage the council which voted 4-3 to pass the measure. Citing protections afforded in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. the authors of the resolution argued that government can't take away people's liberty. The executive orders issued under Governor Walz are in conflict with the Constitutional protections.
We spoke to Councilwoman Howell who stated "that critics often argue that [people supporting loosening COVID restrictions] are selfish, but the greatest gift is to allow each individual to make a decision that they think is best for themselves." Isn't that the American system of government in a nutshell? Our founders did not create a government to tell people how to live their lives; rather, it was designed to protect their life, liberty and property.
Keep this in mind: the courts are not the final arbiters of the Constitution. Elected officials have a duty to interpret the Constitution differently than judges and pass laws or ordinances that protect individuals' rights.
In an attempt to fool their voters into thinking they are on their side in Ending Governor Walz' Emergency Powers, Rep Julie Sandstede, joined by Dave Lislegard and Rob Ecklund, introduced a Fake End Walz' Powers Bill (HF1514) that would codify things like the mask mandate into law. This bill is falsely entitled "COVID-19; bar and restaurant restrictions eased". It actually allows the governor to do exactly what he has previously done and shut down the economy once again. This time with an actual law behind his orders.
If passed, the bill likely would give law enforcement and prosecutors the ability to go after violators criminally. So far, violators of Governor Walz' orders have only been taken to civil court. Most of Walz' orders carry a penalty of $1,000 or 90 days in jail.
Sandstede's bill states that under the critical and high status categories, employees and customers in bars/restaurants "must wear facial coverings". The bill would give the Department of Health the ability to designate the current risk status and apply it throughout the whole state. It would also force businesses to shutdown by law, instead of just a Governor's order. Penalties for violations of this legislation would be the same as Walz' executive orders - $1,000 or 90 days in jail.
This bill is moving through committees right now and will likely receive a vote on the House floor soon according to a statement made by DFL Majority Leader, Ryan Winkler on Monday. Action 4 Liberty opposes this bill and DEMANDS that Sandstede, Lislegard and Ecklund instead vote to End Walz' Emergency Powers by passing the Rep Mortensen Resolution.
Lt Governor Peggy Flanagan announced via twitter this weekend that she received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine, which came as a surprise to many since 45% of teachers have yet to receive the vaccine and several elderly who want it, still await their dose. Flanagan is actually quoted by WCCO saying “We know our students learn best when they’re in person with their teachers, and in order to keep our educators safe, we have made it a priority to get them the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. “Providing vaccines to nearly 55% of our educators, school staff, and child care providers is an incredible achievement, and we will keep moving forward to reach 100%.”
Some how Flanagan was able to jump in line in front of people prioritized in the Governor's own distribution chart. Minnesota is still working its way though "Phase 1b" of distribution, which prioritizes people age 65 and older, child care works and E-12 educators.
It's important to note, that Lt Governor Peggy Flanagan is not a medical expert. Please consult with your doctor before choosing to receive the COVID vaccine. Don't rely on advice from politicians.
The news that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lost his emergency powers might be the biggest con of the year. It turns out, all the directives, which include the business restrictions and the mask mandate, remain intact. Even worse, Cuomo can still unilaterally extend those.
After nearly a whole year of exercising unilateral law making, Cuomo's powers were set to expire in April. But the bill now extends the unilateral orders mentioned above, indefinitely. Which is precisely why all Republicans in the legislature voted against the bill. And, although Cuomo is unable to issue new executive orders without legislative approval, he plans to sign the bill since it leaves him in relatively the same position.
Politicians play these kind of games often. Their objective is to do very little so they don't upset the power structure that puts them in office. So not actually Ending Cuomo's Emergency Powers while passing a bill that presents itself as an End Powers Bill, works to their benefit...as long as there isn't alternative media or groups like Action 4 Liberty exposing the con to their voters.
In Minnesota, we see the same play being made. A group of Republican and Democrat legislators have been drafting a Fake End Walz' Powers bill for months now. There's even a mask mandate bill that will likely be attached to it as an amendment, if and, when it makes it to the House floor.
What's being drafted in the committee right now lacks the key ingredients of a Real End Powers Bill like removing the Governor's ability to unilaterally declare an emergency, disallowing his orders to be treated as law, and a citizens bill of rights for emergencies. The Fake End Walz' Powers Bill is really just a con to give the public the perception that the political class is addressing the issue, when secretly they are doing nothing. It's also providing political cover for politicians like Julie Sandstede and Dave Lislegard who betrayed their voters by voting against Rep Erik Mortensen's End Walz' Emergency Powers Resolution.
If the Fake End Walz' Powers Bill passes the Democrat House and Republican Senate, then it would go to the Governor's desk. You'll know firsthand if its fake, because no governor would sign a real bill. And that's exactly what's happening in New York right now with Andrew Cuomo signing Bill A05967.
Learn what Action 4 Liberty is doing to End Walz' Emergency Powers in Minnesota by increasing pressure on vulnerable rural Democrats who are voting the wrong way.
New York Democrats announced that they have reached a legislative deal to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of his Emergency Powers in the wake of his nursing home death scandal. Both Cuomo and Minnesota's Governor, Tim Walz, had a policy of sending COVID positive patients into nursing homes which accounted for the majority of COVID related deaths in the last year. However, unlike New York, Democrats in Minnesota are still voting to allow Walz to keep his powers.
Rural Democrats like Julie Sandstede and Dave Lislegard are proving to their voters that they are more radical than a New York Democrat. Democrats in New York have a 62 person majority in their State Assembly; whereas, Minnesota House Democrats only have a 6 person majority, but are creating a major roadblock to Ending Walz' Emergency Powers. Even worse, 6 House Democrats voted to End Walz' Emergency Powers last year during the election season. But reneged on that vote in January and February, voting in locked step with the metro Democrats.
One of the arguments by the rural Democrats like Sandstede and Lislegard against Ending Walz' Emergency Powers, is that it would limit the ability for federal funds to flow into the state. But New York is clearly showing that is not the case.
Insiders believe the New York Legislature could take the vote as early as Friday, which would give local governments control over lockdowns and mask wearing, stripping Cuomo of his emergency powers for good.
Learn more about what Action 4 Liberty is doing to End Walz' Emergency Powers.
Do you remember "Give us 15 days to slow the spread"?! We are approaching the one-year anniversary of that lie. We are approaching one whole year of Governor Walz' unilateral declaration of Emergency Powers.
These lies have led to businesses being closed down, healthy people ordered to stay in their homes, youth athletes to wear masks while playing sports, AND Covid positive patients admitted back to long term care facilities.
Our team is working around the clock to try and stop the one-year anniversary from happening. It's absolutely amazing that we are here right now! Almost makes one think there is something bigger, and more nefarious at play.
The only way to stop politicians from taking our liberties is to hit them where it hurts - putting our message right in front of their voters. Which is why we just hired two more doorknockers and moved them up into Con Artist Dave Lislegard's district. And that pressure is putting him and Julie Sandstede on the Defense!
Did you see that both legislators wrote guests columns in the Hibbing paper trying to save face with their voters. From Dave Lislegard:
You’ve likely seen literature or heard radio advertising from Action 4 Liberty, a group based in the Twin Cities working day and night – during a time when our nation is already deeply divided – to agitate people, including those on the Iron Range.
This means one thing. OUR PRESSURE IS WORKING!
We now have two different homes up north and I just hired another couple doorknockers. Our team is signing up new petition signers, talking to thousands of voters and distributing lit in all the neighborhoods. Even Dave Lislegard admits we are working around the clock to get our message out to voters.
Did you know that Julie Sandstede won her election by only 30 votes last November and President Trump won Dave Lislegard's district? By the time we're done with this, we'll have easily identified enough voters to flip those districts red!
Speaking of flipping districts, the Democrat machine is getting really worried that the legislature finally has a liberty champion who is willing to take the fight to them. They HATE our guy, Rep Erik Mortensen.
Just last Thursday, Walz' rubber stamp and mask mandate cheerleader, Brad Tabke, announced he is running against Mort. Who announces a campaign this early? Looks like they have set our guy in the crosshairs.
This battle is far too important to lose to the Democrat machine. We now know that Emergency Powers will be used and abused by tyrants. That's why we are working day and night to End Walz' Emergency Powers. And with Mort in office, we'll lead the fight to make sure it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!
There are still more volunteer opportunities up in the Iron Range if you are looking to get more involved. Please reach out if you would like to join our field team to door knock.
If you don't have the time, your support means a lot to our team. We want to keep the momentum and continue holding these politicians accountable. We're quickly approaching the One-Year Anniversary of Walz' Emergency Powers. Let's STOP him from making them permanent. Support our field operations today.
Thousands of Minnesota businesses received forgivable loans last year to pay for employee wages, rent and other necessary business expenses as the pandemic was making its way through our country. It was a program with bipartisan support, that sent money using taxpayer funds (and printed money) to help businesses stay afloat. So you can imagine why businesses are up in arms when they found out that the chair of the House tax committee, Rep Paul Marquart, believes the state government needs to get its greedy hands on some of that money.
It's bad enough that Paul Marquart betrayed his voters by voting to protect Governor Walz' Emergency Powers in January, which is the major cause of business closures in this state. But now he thinks the state is entitled to hurt businesses even more. In fact, Marquart goes a step further and assumes that allowing businesses to keep the money would equate to a "cost" to the state. In his sick mind, the money belongs to the state and it's up to them to determine how much a business can keep.
Don't believe it, check for yourself.
Marquart and his metro Democrat colleagues discuss which businesses to "target" with the tax, since losing $438 Million of potential tax revenue is too much to these greedy politicians. Despite the state budget projection of a massive surplus, Marquart thinks the government needs another $438 Million to blow on government projects. Money that was taxed from all of us, sent back to us, should be taxed a second time according to this clown.
Contact Rep Paul Marquart and tell him to STOP hurting Minnesota businesses.
Rep Paul Marquart
The Republican and Democrat Establishment are at it again - not putting serious effort into Ending Walz' Emergency Powers. Sure, your Republican legislator votes the right way when the End Walz' Emergency Powers Resolution comes up, but behind the scenes Party leadership continues "working" with Democrats on a Fake End Powers Bill.
In fact, yesterday on the House Floor, the Republican and Democrat establishment openly discussed how they aren't serious about solving this problem. RINO lobbyist-legislator Kurt Daudt and Con Artist Gene Pelowski are working together to screw us!
Now think about this, if the Fake End Powers bill passes the Special Committee tasked with "solving the Emergency Powers" problem, it then will go to the House floor for final passage. At that point, the Republican Senate would have to pass the same bill. But they'll likely amend it, which sends it back to the House. The far radical left in the House will amend it again and send it back to the Senate. And so on and so forth.
You get the picture?
Let's imagine it miraculously passes the Minnesota House and Senate. If it has any teeth, which it clearly won't because its a Fake End Powers Bill, then Walz would never sign the bill and it will be months of wasted time and false hope. All courtesy of the Republican and Democrat establishment.
Meanwhile, Rep Mortensen's clean End Walz' Emergency Powers Resolution could pass today with a glaring statement:
Stop Walz' Assault on our Small Business and Freedoms! No deals. No compromise.
The Republican and Democrat Establishment are so concerned about protecting vulnerable members like Rep Julie Sandstede, that they are selling out on the one thing you put them in office to do: reclaim their constitutional power of lawmaking.
Governor Walz has been an absolute disaster for this state. He's shut down and forced small business to go under. He's quarantined healthy people in their homes. And he's forcing youth athletes to wear masks while playing sports.
At the same time, COVID numbers have plummeted and some medical experts believe our country will achieve herd immunity by April.
What the hell does this guy still have Emergency Powers for???
I'll tell you one thing. The Republican Establishment is not fighting for YOU. But we certainly are.
We just hired more field staff and deployed them up north. In just the first two weeks of operations we've door knocked thousands of voters' homes in Julie Sandstede's district. To put that in perspective, Julie only won election last November by 30 votes. If she doesn't start voting the right way, her political future is over.
Now I'm sure the Democrat establishment is telling her to be a good little follower. "Stay with us, and you'll get re-elected".
Well Julie, how did that work out for Brand, Persell, Poppe and Tabke? All four Democrats we targeted last year got booted out of office on election day!
The Republican and Democrat Establishment are going to start learning how we are different than any other group they've seen before. We simply WILL NOT quit. When they put up challenges, we DOUBLE DOWN and hit em where it hurts.
You and I know this mission is too important to allow failure. The radical left is hellbent on destroying our Republic and we simply won't let them succeed.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support we've received over the past month. You have allowed us to hire four new doorknockers. That means we'll be moving into more districts, talking to more voters, putting more pressure on vulnerable Democrats.
And the more we work to identify people in these districts that support Ending Walz' Emergency powers, the more raw political muster we have to drive things home when it counts.
Did you know that for the last two weeks, not a single other Republican has signed on to Rep Erik Mortensen's Article of Impeachment against Walz? These weak kneed Republicans better get on board before we start knocking in their districts as well.
For God's sake, even Democrats in New York are talking about removing Governor Andrew Cuomo for his handling of COVID in nursing homes. Guess what? Tim Walz had the EXACT SAME policy here in Minnesota!
What we've found talking to voters in rural Minnesota is that they overwhelmingly support Ending Walz' Emergency Powers AND holding him accountable. Once this current "emergency" is over, we will make sure it NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!
Simply put, the Emergency Powers laws in this state must be abolished because they are clearly used by politicians to enact tyranny. We have a Freedom Crisis on our hands, and we will not allow this to happen again.
The good news is that things are working. Every week, you see Reps Sanstede and Lislegard squealing in committee meetings about how the emergency powers are an issue. Thanks to YOU, this program is working.
I promise to you that we will continue applying pressure to these vulnerable legislators and will grow the best field operations in this state. And along the way, we will improve voter data to set us up for electoral success in 2022. Help us get these stacks of new lit out to voters...
Please help us with a donation to End Walz' Emergency Powers!
Minnesota had only one reported COVID related death in its most recent update, and as unfortunate as any death is, it was an 80+ year old individual in a long term care facility. Keep in mind that the average stay in those facilities is only about 6 months. On top of that, the 7 day positivity average is the lowest its been since June.
This begs the question: why on earth does Governor Walz still have Emergency Powers?! This very question came up again in the Minnesota House when a motion was made to vote on Ending Walz' Emergency Powers. All Democrat legislators voted to protect Walz when there is no clear evidence that Minnesota is in a state of emergency.
Even Democrat donors, the Pohlad family, who own the Minnesota Twins, have realized this pandemic is over. Today they proposed a plan to allow fans back in the ballpark.
Democrat legislators have completely shut off the state capitol from the public and have gone mostly virtual in conducting legislative business. They've passed legislation already this year. So allowing Governor Walz to usurp their Constitutional powers of law-making, at this point appears to be a matter of convenience and not necessity. What a joke!
These legislators are making a mockery of our democratic process and Constitutional Republic. Walz' Emergency Powers MUST end. Action 4 Liberty is continuing to hire more field operators in vulnerable Democrat districts to put the pressure on them to vote the right way. Either they get on board, or we settle the score at election time!
Governor Walz held a noon press conference announcing that middle school and high school students can return to school starting Monday, Feb 22nd. Citing dropping numbers of COVID cases due, in his words, to "masking", Walz stated that students can "safely" return to the classroom.
According to the government's own figures, Minnesota has no COVID deaths of children between the age of 10-19, which is the ages that make up middle and high school students. Kindergarten through 5th grade students across the state have already been back to school for a good portion of 2021.
Despite schools reopening, businesses mostly back to normal and COVID cases at extremely low levels, Governor Walz continues to hold on to his Emergency Powers. It's time for the Legislature to take back its power of lawmaking from Walz for good.