Minnesota caucuses set for Feb. 7; plan to get involved in process

By Patty Wilczek, Guest Columnist

It’s a new year, a clean slate and caucuses are coming. The beginning of the political year has already started as in the Iowa Caucuses Jan. 3. Our Minnesota Caucuses will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, officially starting at 7 p.m.

As Republican Party chairperson of Morrison County, I invite you to join us to attend your Republican caucus at the different locations we have set up. Please watch for ads in the Morrison County Record to inform you of your precinct caucus location.

I encourage young people who will be of voting age in the next General Election to join us. See first-hand the beginning of the political process. You may join your precinct caucus as a participant or observer. Morrison County also has a newly-formed Young Republican Group which started in October 2011.

If you think you don’t have time for politics, I would ask you to reconsider. Politics affects government and in turn, government affects us every day. As citizens, we are responsible for our government. Being a responsible citizen requires something from us — involvement.

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Now, what is that I hear? “Hark the sound of a beating drum.” The same drum is passed from one person to another. The same old drone of DFL letters to the same old beat. The DFL agenda boils down to this, blame Republicans for: the rich 1 percent, evil big business, pay increases to legislators, property tax increases because of Republican legislation, shifted money to balance the budget using education and tobacco funds.

Let’s take the last one first: Republicans did not want to shift any money at all and had in fact submitted a balanced budget to Gov. Dayton without doing that. The “Dayton Shutdown” required Republicans to compromise and that money was used to balance the ensuing budget. The same “money shift” had been utilized by the DFL-dominated Legislature since 1983.

Property tax increases are determined by local government. The switch from the homestead market value credit (HMVC) to the homestead market value exclusion (HMVE) does not increase property taxes at all. If a property tax increase occurs, it has everything to do with how the local government handled the “credit” in the past. (There is more than one way to cut a pie).

Legislative pay increases were passed by the DFL legislators; Al Doty was one of them. Rep. Mike LeMieur does not have “Big Business” in his back pocket, never did. His campaign was funded by small donors like myself.

Now to the 1 percent filthy, rotten, rich people. Take “all” their money — every last red penny of it — and it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in terms of the national debt. The current White House administration has tripled the national debt in three short years.

Patty Wilczek is the chairperson for the Republican Party of Morrison County.

  • Another Flat-out Lie

    Patty, the MN legislature hasn’t had a pay increase since 2003. Our Representative at that time was Republican Greg Blaine, not Al Doty. Your party put out this same misinformation last campaign.
    And good luck telling people whose local levies went DOWN while their property taxes went UP that LeMieur and Gazelka’s terrible votes had nothing to do with that. I think you got the date of your caucus right; that would have been a good place to quit.

  • http://Letterstotheeditor concerned citizen

    Excellent editorial, especially the second half!! You told it as it is and, of course,
    the DFL doesn’t want to accept it. Keep up the good work.

  • Jeff

    It sure is funny, there is sooo much positive press going around right now about the economy, adding jobs, unemployement decrease………………..The list goes on…………….Whats funny is, the DFL party is trying to take all the credit for this turn of events! When the truth is, this whole turn around started when the GOP took control, and put hand cuffs on the DFL party to stop their rediculous spending. This is a HUGE win for the Republicans! Kudo’s for standing up for what is right!

    And one of the things that is right? Higher property taxes!! Keep up the good work Paul and Mike!

  • Debutaunte Gal

    An Observation: One portion of this two-part “guest editorial” (which is part Republican caucus advertisement, and part Republican spin, complete with the usual dearth of facts and abundance of hyperbole) encourages citizens to get involved in politics. It is followed by a second, almost separate piece, that sheds light on the reasons why many citizens choose not to get involved. If folks aren’t involved, maybe it’s because they’re not attracted to these constant “pissing contests”? (Excuse my language, but sometimes the indelicate expression is the only one that truly describes what’s occurring.)

    It’s true that we’re all entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own set of facts. What seems to be missing in these back-and-forth missives lately is an agreement on the facts. Can’t the newspaper help out with this? A quick review of the letters/op.ed. pieces over the past few months lays out the disputed issues fairly completely. Can’t we get to some actual factual information, that’s accepted by both sides, and then decide which opinions we have about those facts? It’s going to be a long, unproductive ten months until election day if we can’t at least agree on a few facts, and then start building toward some common ground for solutions.

    For you young people getting involved in caucuses for the first time, encourage your “seniors” (senior in age and political b.s. experience, only) to quit with the unflattering, juvenile “he said, she said” gamesmanship, and implore them to engage in problem-solving and compromise.

  • Debutaunte Gal is right

    Debutaunte Gal is right. This “guest editorial” (really a free campaign ad) contains untrue statements about a former State Representative that could easily be checked, like the first comment points out.
    Many Republican letter writers are repeating attacks that were proven false during the last campaign, yet The Record continues to allow that.
    I’ve seen several DFL letters that have pointed out how LeMieur voted. As Debutaunte Gal points out, there is a huge difference between fact and opinion. LeMieur’s votes, his salary and benefits that he took during the shutdown, his votes to lower rent credit and take away homestead credit are all facts. Facts that can be checked. If your opinions make you want to ignore the facts, or distract people from knowing the facts, they are still only your opinions.
    Based on past years, I doubt very much that we’ll see those tactics change, so the only way to keep people from substituting opinions for real facts is for you to check out what they’re saying, like the first comment above does.

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