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 …

Senator Senjem Capital Update

In analysis, letter, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

Dear Friends, The 2016 legislative session came to an end on May 23rd and not without going down to the wire to get major bills passed in the final hours. The final minutes of session came to a dramatic breakdown. Some good news: needed tax relief now heads to governor’s desk. The bad news: Senate Democrats derailed any transportation funding and a bonding bill over light rail in Minneapolis. In the final hour of session the Minnesota House passed a $1.1 billion public works package including $696.5 million in funding for roads and bridges on a bipartisan vote. They sent the bonding bill to the Senate for final passage at 11:57 p.m. when the Senate DFL added a light rail amendment to the bill. However, adding that amendment …