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Attend Your Precinct Caucuses February 4th

posted Jan 16, 2014, 11:22 AM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

Every precinct in Minnesota will be caucusing February 4th at 7:00 PM, so mark your calendars and plan to attend. This is the beginning of the election process in our state and you’re encouraged to participate at the grassroots level and beyond. Each precinct will elect delegates and alternates to represent them in their choice of political party, so make sure your precinct is represented in the Republican Party

What happens at the caucuses? You not only elect delegates and alternates to represent your precinct, you can also submit suggestions for changes to the Republican Party Platform and vote in our statewide Presidential Straw Poll. This is also a great opportunity to meet with other Republicans in your area to share ideas and discuss the issues.

Every delegate and alternate is asked to attend our county convention to elect delegates and alternates for the congressional district and state conventions. They will each also have a direct vote for endorsing our state house and senate candidates. Every participant will have a say in how our party is represented in this very important election year.

Don’t miss out and relinquish your ability to make a difference. There are five different caucus locations in Cass County so most people won’t have far to drive. The location for your precinct is listed in the Resource Center of this website. If you’re not sure what precinct you live in, use our Precinct Finder at the MNGOP website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 218-566-1313 or email me at Jans3131@gmail.com. With your participation the Cass County Republicans are sure to have another successful election in November 2014. We look forward to seeing you on caucus night!

It’s Not Easy Carrying Water for the Elephant

posted Aug 7, 2013, 11:03 AM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:32 PM ]

Lately I’ve been getting phone calls and emails from staunch conservatives who tell me they are through with the Republican Party. Since I certainly understand their frustration, I’ve given this some careful thought for the last few days and decided to make an attempt to express them here.

 

My first inclination is to recall why I consider myself a Republican and why I became involved with the Party. It all comes down to the basic principles.

 

  • Free market solutions to promote prosperity
  • Sensible and responsible government
  • Fiscal and personal responsibility
  • Strong national defense
  • Protect public safety and promote the rule of law
  • Pro-family, pro-life, and pro-gun values

 

People say we need a new or different party, but if you agree with all these principles as I do, then why? We already have one. I think our energy is better spent getting our party leadership and politicians to follow the principles of their party than start a new one and that’s why I got involved.

 

The problem is that those in our party with power and money don’t care about these principles or even the people who do believe in them. All they care about is power and money and winning elections. These Party elites are bound to end up with neither if they continue their losing policies.

 

The other problem I have with people who say they want a new party is who’s going to start one? I don’t hear any of these people saying they’re going to do it. Even prominent libertarians aren’t supporting their own party. Instead, many of them have infiltrated the GOP and are trying to change our platform to conform to their views.

 

In some ways I can understand this, because there really isn’t enough time to get another political party established. The Democrats are well on their way to destroying our country and obtaining unbeatable power. Time is running out fast.

 

That brings us to the number one reason to support the Republican Party. If we don’t, the Democrats win. There simply is no other alternative.

 

Besides, you don’t hear about Democrats abandoning their party do you? They seem to be perfectly fine with the fact that their party leadership has been taken over by socialists and communists. They will continue to vote themselves into perpetual servitude to an enormous central government without giving it a thought before it’s too late.

 

Although Democrats are never slow to criticize the GOP, nobody is more critical of the Republican Party than Republicans. Funny isn’t it? Well, if you’re not happy with GOP politicians, how’s it working out with Democrats in charge?

 

Frustrated conservatives often fail to remember that it took many decades to get the GOP and our country to this desperate state of affairs. It’s not going to be solved overnight.

 

Millions of people like me have awoken from their apathetic slumber and are working hard to change things. Even though there is still much work to be done, we’ve made great strides in a very short period of time.

 

Many of the old RINO’s have been delegated to the dustbins of history. People like Arlan Specter, Charlie Crist, Dick Luger and many others are out of the GOP and out of office.

 

We have many new politicians who hopefully have the backbone to lead our Party in a better direction and follow our party principles. Is it too little, too late? That remains to be seen.

 

What it all comes down to is that we’re tired. I am so very weary of people coming to me with complaints, but no solutions. If you don’t like what the GOP leadership is doing, does abandoning the party solve anything? Or does it just make things worse? What is your plan?

 

I have decided that my energy is better spent trying to strengthen the Republican Party than to tear it down. Maybe my plan will fail, but at least it’s a plan.

 

I’ve worked very hard for the last 4 years alongside many great volunteers. I’ve met some wonderful people along the way that I would never have known otherwise. We’ve had some success and some heartbreaking failures.

 

I learned many things, but one of the most important is this. I have absolutely no control over what happens on a national level in this Party. All I can do is try to get good Republicans elected at the local level and hope they can go far. If I fail, then at least I tried.

 

That’s my plan. What’s yours?

 

Jan Schultz

Cass County Republican

BPOU Past Chair

Paul Gazelka and Mark Anderson Win in District 9

posted Nov 13, 2012, 12:23 PM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:11 AM ]

Although there isn’t much good news to talk about after the 2012 election, two Republicans will be representing part of Cass County at the State Capitol.

Incumbent State Senator Paul Gazelka has been elected to another term in the newly formed District 9. Residents in that portion of Cass County will have a Senator with strong conservative values and principals in St. Paul. New to elected office, but certainly not new to politics, Mark Anderson was elected as House Representative for District 9A.  

The Cass County Republicans congratulate them both on their victories and wish them every success with the challenges that await them in the State Legislature.

US Senate candidate Kurt Bills is coming to Cass County!

posted Oct 3, 2012, 8:13 AM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:11 AM ]

Don’t pass up this opportunity to meet our very impressive candidate for US Senate, Kurt Bills. This will likely be the only time we get him to Cass County to meet with you. We will be having a Meet and Greet at our Victory Office in Hackensack on Monday, Oct. 15th at 7pm. There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be served.

Kurt Bills is working very hard to defeat DFL incumbent Senator Amy Klobachar and bring Economics 101 to Washington DC. Everyone I know who has met Kurt and listened to him speak has found him to be quite an amazing person, including myself. I hope you will take the time to stop by and see for yourself.

Jan Schultz

Cass County Republican BPOU Chair

Cass County GOP Victory Office

posted Sep 25, 2012, 9:12 AM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

The Cass County Republicans now have a central headquarters for the rest of the 2012 campaign season. Our Victory Office is located in Hackensack right on Highway 371 between the First National Bank and the Owl’s Nest Motel. We have a great staff of volunteers who are manning the office from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and some Thursday evenings.

Feel free to stop in for a wide variety of information and campaign materials. We have maps of the new state districts, candidate literature, bumper stickers, signs, buttons and a wealth of other information available. If the office isn’t staffed when you need something, help is only a phone call away.

Please stop by during our upcoming OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, Sep. 29th from 4 to 8pm. Enjoy some refreshments and visit with our candidates who will be stopping by during that time.

Cass County Republicans Now Have a PayPal Account!

posted Jun 16, 2012, 1:47 PM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:11 AM ]

With the help of John Schmidtz from SD31, we now can accept donations directly on our website through our PayPal account. He helped us get the button set up on our Contributions page. Hopefully this will make it more convenient for people to donate to our BPOU.

Click on the word Contributions on our website home page sidebar to check it out. You will need to fill out a brief form so we can track donations and then click on the Donate button. PayPal gives us a secure way to accept donations with credit cards or through your own PayPal account. Please feel free to try it out!

This is such an important election year and we want to make it easy and convenient for people to donate to our organization. We’re so happy to have this new tool to help facilitate that. As frugal conservatives we assure you that your hard earned cash will be used wisely to help get our Republican candidates elected.

Thank you so much for supporting the Cass County Republican Party and please donate now!

Endorsed Republican Candidates to Represent Cass County

posted May 26, 2012, 12:16 PM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:11 AM ]

All the endorsing conventions have now been completed and we have a full slate of great candidates running for elective office to represent Cass County. Thank you to all of the delegates and alternates who attended the conventions to endorse the candidates.

The complete list is as follows:

U.S. Senate – Kurt Bills

U.S. Congressional District 8 - Chip Cravaack (Incumbent)

MN Senate District 5 - John Carlson (Incumbent)

MN Senate District 9 - Paul Gazelka (Incumbent)

MN House District 5A - Larry Howes (Incumbent)

MN House District 5B - Carolyn McElfatrick (Incumbent)

MN House District 9A - Mark Anderson

What a change from the 2010 election when we only had one incumbent candidate! Thanks to all our hard work, we now have 5 incumbents seeking re-election on the 2012 ballot. Please do whatever you can to help these wonderful candidates get elected this fall. They need you to set up meet and greets, put up signs, arrange meetings with your local groups and associations, walk in parades, hold fundraisers, etc. Whatever you can do to promote their candidacy and meet with voters will be greatly appreciated and don’t forget to reach into your pockets to help fund their campaigns.

A complete list of all the candidates, their contact information and opponents is posted in the Resource Center of this website for your reference.

Cass County Convention March 3rd

posted Mar 9, 2012, 11:54 AM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

The Cass County Convention held at the Hackensack Community Center on March 3rd was a resounding success. We had about 150 enthusiastic Republicans all gathered in one place and it was awesome. We got to hear from our current State Senator John Carlson, plus meet the candidates who hope to be representing Cass County after the November election. Senator Carlson will be running for the new Senate District 5. Greg Ravenhorst spoke for Rep. Larry Howes who will be running for his new District 5A. Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick introduced herself as she is seeking the District 5B House seat. Mark Anderson from Lake Shore announced his intention to run for the House District 9A that encompasses the southern part of Cass County. I hope you will all do everything you can to support our candidates in their upcoming campaigns.
We elected 15 delegates and 23 alternates to represent us at the District and State conventions. We also passed 22 resolutions that will be presented to the district resolutions committee for review. A special thanks go to those who stayed for the whole process. I apologize that the convention took so long and appreciate those who stuck it out until the end. I hope everyone came away with a little more knowledge and made new friendships.
A special thanks go to all the volunteers who helped make our convention a great success. We also appreciate those who volunteered at the convention to help during this important election year. With all your help, I'm sure we can have a very successful year promoting the Republican Party and getting our candidates elected.

Cass County GOP Precinct Caucuses a Great Success!

posted Feb 9, 2012, 1:09 PM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

What an awesome caucus night we had! We more than tripled the attendance of the 2010 caucus with a total of 374 compared to 114. There were many new people who had never attended a precinct caucus before along with a reinvigorated group of Party regulars. It was so great to have all 7 locations in Cass County well attended and some of them with record turnouts.

I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Paul Ritter our caucus coordinator for doing all the heavy lifting by making all the arrangements for locations and training our conveners. He did a great job as always and I rely heavily on his knowledge and experience. I also want to extend a huge thank you to the other 6 caucus conveners; Nancy Evans, George Collins, Roger Reynolds, Ted Seep, Tom Lund and Myrna Howes. I’ve heard nothing but praise for the great job they did at each location.

Now for the results of our Presidential Straw Poll;

Rick Santorum was the big winner with 243 votes. Ron Paul came in second with 56 followed by Mitt Romney with 45 and Newt Gingrich came in last with 30 votes.

I can’t hide my excitement for the Santorum win. The reason I got involved with the Republican Party was to do what I can to get true Republicans elected to represent us. I firmly believe that Senator Santorum is the one candidate left in the final four seeking the GOP nomination who most closely represents the Republican Party values and platform. His decisive wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado last night tells me that I’m not alone in my belief. The conservative voices of the GOP spoke loud and clear that we will be the ones who decide who are Presidential nominee will be.

What a great start to our 2012 election year. The excitement and enthusiasm of our newly elected delegates and alternates is palpable. I am so encouraged that everyone is ready to do battle with the Democrats and build on our successes of 2010. With hard work and determination we can accomplish anything!

I look forward to a great turnout at our County Convention to be held on March 3rd, 1:00 PM at the Hackensack Community Center. We’re sure to have our District 4 Senator John Carlson along with our District 4B Representative Larry Howes. By then we will have the new redistricting lines finalized and be able to move forward with the candidate endorsement process. We will also elect delegates and alternates to represent Cass County at the Congressional District and State Conventions.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in an exciting and successful caucus night.

Attend Your Precinct Caucuses February 7th

posted Jan 29, 2012, 2:04 PM by Cass County Republicans   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM ]

Every precinct in Minnesota will be caucusing February 7th at 7:00 PM, so mark your calendars and plan to attend. This is the beginning of the election process in our state and you’re encouraged to participate at the grassroots level and beyond. Each precinct will elect delegates and alternates to represent them in their choice of political party, so make sure your precinct is represented in the Republican Party. In the 2010 election year 38 of Cass County’s 72 precincts had no Republican delegates and 18 were underrepresented. We don’t want that to happen again this year!

What happens at the caucuses? You not only elect delegates and alternates to represent your precinct, you can also submit suggestions for changes to the Republican Party Platform and vote in our statewide Presidential Straw Poll. This is also a great opportunity to meet with other Republicans in your area to share ideas and discuss the issues.

Every delegate and alternate is asked to attend our county convention to elect delegates and alternates for the congressional district and state conventions. They will each also have a direct vote for endorsing our state house and senate candidates. Every participant will have a say in how our party is represented in this very important election year.

Don’t miss out and relinquish your ability to make a difference. There are seven different caucus locations in Cass County so most people won’t have far to drive. The location for your precinct is listed in the Resource Center of this website, or you can use this link to the Secretary of State website to find your location. If you’re not sure what precinct you live in, use our Precinct Finder at the MNGOP website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 218-566-1313 or email me at Jans3131@gmail.com. With your participation the Cass County Republicans are sure to have another successful election in November 2012. We look forward to seeing you on caucus night!

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