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 …

Senjem Update

In analysis, letter, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

Dear Friends, As communities prepare to commemorate Independence Day this weekend, we must not forget to reflect on the many brave men and women who serve our country. Across our state, veterans, families, and grateful Americans will gather together to celebrate the freedoms we so enjoy and often take for granted. Freedom is never free and the generations that have gone before them have paid the price. Some paid the price in time away from their families, some paid the price in injuries they will never escape, and some paid with their life. It is truly an honor for me to hold a position in which I am able to call attention to the service of these brave men and women. I am also extremely proud to represent …

The Real Republican Future

In analysis, letter by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

appearing in the Star Tribune on June 15 by Keith Downey, Minnesota Republican Party Chair On July 4, 1854, a group whose members called themselves “friends of freedom” gathered for the first time in the Minnesota territorial village of St. Anthony. They were Whigs and Democrats who were opposed to slavery and corruption in government and believed that only a new political party could accomplish their aims. They founded our Republican Party of Minnesota. Derided by the Democrats for an antislavery platform, Republicans held their first convention in 1855, and in 1856 the first Republicans were elected in Minnesota in a wave. A few years later, the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment found itself on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and the order came to make a charge across an …