Senjem Update

In letter by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

January 20, 2017 Dear Friends, The 2017 legislative session finished its third week full week in session. Most Senate committees finished presenting their state agency overview. However, the Health care, and Tax committees were hard at work as they passed major relief legislation with bipartisan support. Emergency Health Care Relief Legislators and Governor Dayton have proposed immediate relief for the approximately 125,000 Minnesotans who have purchased health insurance through the individual market. Minnesotans are facing four major healthcare problems: Unaffordable premium increases Unexpectedly narrow networks Uncertainty in the individual market Lack of options in Greater Minnesota The relief and reforms included in the Senate Healthcare Emergency Aid and Access Act (SF1) were the topic of urgent debate for months after healthcare premiums skyrocketed for those who purchase insurance …

A bigger mandate than it seems?

In analysis by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

Thirty-Six Electoral Votes were handed to Hillary Clinton by those who voted for Johnson and McMullin instead of Trump: Colorado (9) Maine At-Large (2) Minnesota (10) New Hampshire (4) New Mexico (5) Nevada (6) That’s not to say that those who voted for Johnson or McMullin would have ever voted for Trump but Clinton’s blue margins of victory in those six places were less than the votes garnered by the red, third party, candidates. Giving Michigan to Trump, where he leads but has not been called, the apparent Electoral Vote result is: 232 for Clinton (43%) 306 for Trump (57%) Swapping the results of the six areas with red “spoilers” makes the result: 196 for Team Blue (36%) 342 for Team Red (64%) Yes, similarly, Stein’s votes could …

2016 Voter Guide

In commentary by Bruce Kaskubar

Our Olmsted Republican headquarters and Executive committee members often receive questions from voters regarding recommended candidates for various offices. Here, we have our formally endorsed Republican candidates and other mentioned candidates based on recommendations reached by discussions at our Executive and Central committees. Some recommended candidates are not included per their request. Some were not contacted and don’t know they’re on this list. These recommendations do not include every race to be seen on your ballot. To see a facsimile of the ballot you will see at your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s My Ballot web site.We’ve been surprised to hear that some people think they have to vote for every item on the ballot or have their ballot discarded as spoiled. That is incorrect. Each voter can …