***UPDATED*** On Tuesday night a Bible verse from the Book of Leviticus was posted on the Facebook page of Minnesota for Marriage, the main group promoting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman. "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable," the passage read. "They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: June 6, 2012
Tags: Betty McCollum, CD 2, Chip Cravaack, Dan Hofrenning, Dan Powers, Darin Broton, Doug Wardlow, John Kline, Lynn Wardlow, Mark Westpfahl, Mike Obermueller, Mike Osskopp, Shelley Madore, Tim Pawlenty
Flanked by a half dozen supporters at the State Office Building, former Eagan state Rep. Mike Obermueller made his campaign against Congressman John Kline official this week. “John Kline hasn’t changed Washington nearly as much as Washington has changed John Kline,” Obermueller told supporters on Monday.
The field for state Republican Party chair remains in flux. On Tuesday veteran GOP strategist Pat Shortridge announced that he is seeking the post.
Brandon Sawalich's abrupt exit from the GOP chair contest -- following his brief arrest for expired license tabs and questions about a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement -- has left the field wide open.
Brandon Sawalich, who is widely seen as the frontrunner to be the next GOP party chair, was arrested on Thursday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for expired license tabs. The 36-year-old senior vice president with Starkey Labs was initially charged with a gross misdemeanor for intent to escape motor vehicle tax.
by Jake Grovum
Published: December 16, 2011
Tags: Brandon Sawalich, David Hann, John Kline, Keith Downey, Kelly Fenton, Kurt Zellers, Marty Seifert, Mike Osskopp, MN GOP, Pat Shortridge, Ron Eibensteiner, Terry McCall, Todd McIntyre, Tony Sutton
He's expected to make the announcement official this morning via news release, he said on Twitter late Thursday.
by Paul Demko
Published: December 14, 2011
Tags: Brandon Sawalich, David Hann, Gregg Peppin, John Kline, Keith Downey, Mike Osskopp, Mike Vekich, MNGOP, Ron Eibensteiner, Sue Jeffers, Terry McCall, Tim Pawlenty, Todd McIntyre, Tony Sutton
On Dec. 31 Republican activists from across the state will gather in St. Cloud to elect a new party chair. The meeting will cap a tumultuous end to 2011 for the state GOP. Earlier this month Tony Sutton suddenly resigned from the party’s top post. Revelations soon followed that the party is likely more than $1 million in debt.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers is backing Brandon Sawalich for state GOP chair. "Brandon knows that having a strong Republican Party will help all of our candidates from top to bottom," Zellers wrote on Sawalich's Facebook page on Wednesday.
Sawalich, who made an unsuccessful bid for the position in 2009, announced the news on his Twitter feed this morning.
With the state GOP mired in debt, candidates for the party’s vacant top post have been slow to emerge
by Paul Demko
Published: December 9, 2011
Tags: Andy Parrish, Bill Guidera, Brandon Sawalich, Brian Sullivan, Dave Thompson, David FitzSimmons, David Hann, John Kline, Kelly Fenton, Marco Rubio, Mark Kennedy, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Osskopp, Mike Vekich, MN GOP, Pat Anderson, Pat Shortridge, Paul Kohls, Paul Ryan, Republican Party of Minnesota, Steve Sviggum, Tony Sutton
Who wants to run the Republican Party of Minnesota? That’s the question that has been generating a steady stream of rumors and trial balloons since state party Chairman Tony Sutton suddenly resigned earlier this month.