Endorsement or Primary? Why MNGOP can have it both ways (and already does)

Following the disastrous elections in 2012, Minnesota Republicans arrived at an impasse.  Continue along the same path, or adapt?  We cannot do things the same way we always have and expect different outcomes.  That applies at many levels, but a key component of it relates to how the endorsement process in Minnesota has worked for republicans in recent history. 

Minnesota Republicans have a strong tradition of encouraging candidates to ‘abide by the endorsement.’ Like it or not, Minnesota, by law is already a primary state.  Under Minnesota state law candidates are placed on the general election ballot by winning a primary (currently set in August), the practice of abiding by an endorsement means that often candidates are unchallenged in their primary race after being endorsed by either their local party unit, a congressional district or at a state endorsing convention.  Minnesota was once a leader in utilizing a direct primary process; becoming one of the first states to operate in such a manner when in 1901 a law was passed requiring candidates for the legislature and congress be selected to appear on the ballot through a primary and in 1912 when Statewide Candidates were submitted to the same process.

The idea that candidates should do something because; ‘Well, that is how it has always been done, so tradition or something’ is a particularly poor, not to mention flawed argument. Further, under Minnesota law, as pointed out here; “A political party unit may not, through imposition or threatened imposition of any fine, sanction, or other penalty, attempt to coerce an individual who does not have the party unit’s official endorsement as a means to prevent the individual from filing as a candidate for office.” (MN 211B.10)

I will attempt to examine the benefits to each the endorsement and a primary and explain why both should serve an important role in the future of the Republican Party of Minnesota and in winning general elections.  I suspect many who believe in the endorsement above all else will find areas to disagree with this piece and those who think Minnesota should become a pure primary state will be disappointed in my analysis.  The goal is to take a reasonable look forward and examine why both serve an important role. 

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Sotomayor’s Confused Dissent in Affirmative Action Case

On today's Fightin Words podcast: The Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law banning the practice of affirmative action in public universities. The dissenting opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals a twisted worldview which seeks “equal protection” through racial discrimination.

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Daring to Be Different

On today's Fightin Words podcast: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn engaged host Larry King on a recent episode of Politicking, answering questions regarding Obamacare and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Her answers were strong, but missed an opportunity to dispute false premises. Republicans must dare to be truly different.

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At 5:00 pm Central Time TONIGHT!!!!

Miss Minneapolis 2014 (and contributor to the Northern Alliance Radio Network) Julia Schliesing will be featured in an online documentary THIS EVENING at 5:00 pm Central Time. 

 

The organization Call Me Mental, a collaboration between artists and clinicians looking to change the attitude towards mental illness, followed Julia around for multiple days as she lived life. The documentary will feature how Julia successfully maintains a hectic schedule in spite being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. In fact, her main goal as Miss Minneapolis (and hopefully Miss Minnesota and beyond) is to reduce the seduce rate through educating others about the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

 

So click here promptly at 5:00 pm CENTRAL TIME to see Julia's featured episode. 

 

You can also contribute to her cause here.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Makes for A Better Minnesota?

As the 2014 election campaign heats up, a drearily familiar pattern is repeating itself.  Flush with big dollars from out-of-state donors, Democrat-front group Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) is attacking Republican candidates under the theme Wrong for Minnesota.

Although stymied for the moment by the fact that Republicans have yet to choose candidates for the marquee races, ABM’s 2014 operation has been underway for more than a year.

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Who gets to address the convention

So last week I asked what the criteria should be for the nominating committee for statewide candidates; I got an earful of interesting comments.  Most seemed to agree that candidates need to meet the bare minimum requirements, and let the delegates decide.

But several commenters opined that only those agreeing to abide by the endorsement should be allowed to speak at the state convention.  The idea is not without merit or precedence; my own BPOU of Steele County restricted speaking access at our convention to candidates who agreed to abide.  The reason for the rule was mainly to cut down on the long list of speakers, but nonetheless it passed unanimously.  And Mark Dayton famously skipped the DFL convention in 2010 because he was the lone candidate to refuse to abide by the endorsement-he mingled on the floor but did not address the convention. 

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The NARN Closer - 4/20/2014

Happy Easter everyone! I know it's a special day to spend with family, especially when commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. While a live broadcast of my radio show can hardly compete with such endeavors, you are welcome nonetheless to tune in this afternoon at 1:00 Central Time for the latest edition of The Closer. 

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