Outside Money Buying Crystal Elections


by Jason Bradley

David Cummings is running in Section Two of Crystal against Olga Parsons on the same platform that Olga has been actually accomplishing as a member of the Crystal City Council. You can see an article we wrote on everything that Olga has accomplished here. Only one of David’s donations comes from a Crystal resident. Check out David’s campaign finance report. He received the maximum contribution allowed by law from both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, which is not a labor union at all, but in fact a special PAC set up for Minneapolis activists to get their fingers into local government out in the suburbs. They also are pushing party politics into nonpartisan elections. David also received $300 from Education Minnesota Osseo. Why are activist organizations from Minneapolis and Osseo trying to get control of the Crystal City Council? He also received contributions from Maple Grove and Brooklyn, NY. We should be concerned that organizations are pouring a ton of money into a local race and local people are not. What Crystal really needs will get shelved for the agenda of out of town activists.

David Cummings Contributions 1

 

Therese Kiser (running against David Seffren) has no money at all coming in from Crystal residents. 100% of her campaign is funded by sources outside of Crystal. You can see her entire campaign finance report here. She got $600 (the full amount allowed by law) from the Minneapolis Labor Federation (the same activist PAC mentioned above). She has two related people from Iowa that contributed to her campaign, but what does that do for Crystal? Again, we have another candidate that represents special interests outside of Crystal, but wants to make the rules that you are supposed to live by.

Therese Kiser Contributions 1

 

Julia Hill (running against Brendan Banks) who is tied to both David and Therese (you can see portions of Therese’s and Julia’s signs at a Minneapolis Labor Federation event here), has either not been able to raise any money, or she has not filed a campaign finance report (we will post that if it changes). It may be because of her statements to threaten violence against children, or disparaging the local police. Where you find these three, former mayor ReNae Bowman is not far behind. Her husband (former ousted city council member) Joe Selton is on the board of the Minneapolis Labor Federation.

Crystal… do you really want to be “Little Minneapolis”? Elect these three and that’s exactly what you’re going to get: high debt, higher taxes, and less accountability. We’ve tried that and that’s why we made a change in the first place.

Advertisements

November 1, 2018 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Is Sustainability Sustainable?


MN Sustainability Document

Why do groups like the MN Pollution Control Agency push speculative environmental policies on cities and counties? Where does that come from? Back in 1993, our super conservative, Republican governor, Arne Carlson mandated that the Environmental Quality Board come up with a plan to address sustainable behavior in Minnesota, based on Bill Clinton’s Council on Sustainability. They came up with the primer, Sustainable Environment- The Very Idea. The Environmental Quality Board is an arm of the MN Pollution Control Agency that uses programs like MN Green Step Cities to convince local governments to implement “green” policies in development, roads, transportation, housing, and anything else they can get their grubby little mitts on. Wait until you see what is inside this document!

We also discuss the whole early voting phenomena, looking at how close early voting begins to the primaries, and whether that gives us enough time to really get to know the candidates. It certainly doesn’t give us enough time to get to know local candidates. Local races always get overshadowed by the larger races. Nonpartisan candidates deserve to have the opportunity to be fully vetted before someone casts a ballot. Once a vote is given, it can not be changed. Candidate forums often don’t occur until well after early votes come rolling in. Early voting isn’t going away, so how do we change the structure of an election cycle to fit it? Give us your $o.o2 on this topic!

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

October 31, 2018 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

A Lone Voice In The Wilderness


Brad Aho

It must be getting close to the election as things get a little heated in the Community Solutions MN studios. This one went a little longer than normal, because we’ve got a lot to say. You can listen to it all (and frankly, we think you’ll be entertained), but if you want to hear our guest specifically, you can skip ahead to the 58:54 mark.

In the main event… Brad Aho is running for mayor of Eden Prairie against fellow council member, Ron Case. In Eden Prairie, you have a clear choice to make. You’ve heard us talk about Eden Prairie’s firearms moratorium, and how Brad was the lone voice of reason, but there’s more than one reason you should take a look at Brad if you live in Eden Prairie. We talk all about the Paris accords, debt, taxes, and helping traffic get moving on 494. If you agree with Brad, he’s your guy (as his opponent holds very opposite views of most issues). If you live somewhere other than Eden Prairie, Brad tells you how to be in the minority and still affect change.

We also discuss the Ward 2 race in Crystal, where (former mayor ReNae Bowman’s appointed candidate) Julia Hill threatens to clothesline kids and disparages local police. ReNae then goes on to fabricate what the current city council has accomplished and makes a racial attack on Julia’s opponent, Brendan Banks. One side of this election is unhinged. You’ve got to hear it to believe it.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

October 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm 1 comment

DFL Wants Crystal! It’s Up to You to Stop it!


By Andrew Richter

The local SD45 DFL has become obsessed with getting their power back in Crystal. This unfortunate politicizing of local races is exactly everything that is wrong about politics. If you want local problems fixed, local solutions, and a council that listens you can’t elect pure ideologues with an allegiance to party over people. The three DFL candidates in Crystal; David Cummings, Julia “Clothesline” Hill, and Therese Kiser are shamelessly partisan, unconcerned about what the citizens want.

Here are some photos from a recent DFL event;

Notice whose signs are there?

Now look at this lively bunch!

Wow look out for that blue wave! Anybody awake there? They sure look inspired lol

 

October 18, 2018 at 8:35 am Leave a comment

Monkey See, Monkey Do


monkeys-nature-animals-babies-apes-cute-small

We’ve said it a million times, but cities (including counties and school districts) are the worst copy cats in the world. If one city implements something dumb, like franchise fees, Tobacco21, or MN Green Step Cities, the cities around it begin to implement it as well. Bad policies seem to spread across the state like a plague. This happens because all of the city managers/administrators and planners belong to the same organizations. They go to trainings by some group like the League of MN Cities, and bring these radical ideas back home to slip into council and advisory commission packets.

The use of local option sales taxes are on the rise. Hennepin County loves to implement them for building new sports stadiums. We also have seen a number of localities discuss using them. We discuss the local option sales tax issue in Sherburne County to cover the costs of operating and maintaining their transportation system. Elk River is placing their plan to implement a local option sales tax on the ballot this fall to cover the costs of revamping a park at Lake Orono, including the ice arena. We break down the implications of these tax increases for you.

St. Michael and Albertville are looking into building their own ice arena to serve all of its local teams. The cities teamed up with the school board to seek state assistance for the multi-million dollar project, which residents will be paying on for a long time.

You’ve heard about cities like Eden Prairie and Richfield that have tried to implement firearms ordinances, controlling what they think they can get away with. St Louis Park had to join in with everyone else. City staff brought a plan to ban all private firearms sellers. They also are looking to disallow the rental of city property for gun shows and destroying all retired police firearms and those seized in criminal investigations. (Note that a conviction isn’t mentioned.) Interestingly, the Planning Commission members told the city council to go take a walk.

We also take time to discuss the implications of a Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court (this was recorded pre-confirmation), and where the court system has gotten so far off of their original mission to weigh the constitutionality of an issue, rather than make policy.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

October 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

ReNae Bowman and Her Friend Julia “Clothesline” Hill


By Andrew Richter

A few months ago we did a post on Crystal City Council candidate Julia Hill threatening to clothesline kids who come near and scare her dog. As serious as that was, this Facebook post from a few years ago directed at the Crystal police is a tad more serious.

OK so she calls the officer an embarrassment to the uniform and unfit to serve the community. Attacking this officer’s character is fairly serious. Do she know the officer’s name or credentials? She then accuses the officer of interviewing Swedish coeds instead of “helping her.” So is she implying that the policeman was trying to get a date? Flirting with them? How does she know what he was doing? By the way, look at the spelling in the last sentence…”assustance in helping o?”

Hill then implies that something else “fed into the decision to allegedly care about Swedish coeds over a neighbor’s dog” and she has her suspicions of what that was. Huh? And don’t you love calling the officer a young idiot with a buzz cut? Are you going to use language like this on the council when you don’t get your way? Any police officers want this woman in charge of them?

Meanwhile her buddy ReNae Bowman is making fun of everyone else. Look what she says about Jeff Kolb swearing in a police officer.

Seldom in western civilization have I seen someone so ignorant. Bowman claims the city has no money for parks, roads, and utilities but the truth is the city is rebuilding Welcome Park and Becker Park and paying for the Mill and Overlay projects with cash and they paid cash for a new Public Works Building avoiding costly borrowing. What part of that aren’t you smart enough to understand? So you’re 0 for 3 Ms. Bowman.

She then calls this a “photo-op” for Councilman Jeff Kolb. Really? As the Mayor Pro Tem isn’t it his job to swear in a new officer? You swore in new officers when you the mayor, was that a photo op? Talk about being delusional and being full of hate. And I always laugh at a KKK reference since they are a Democratic creation. Her hatred continues as she slams Ms. Hill’s opponent Brendan Banks…..

 

Not about the color of skin but content of character? Since when does the left believe that? Bowman then goes on to make fun of where Mr. Banks lives. I thought the DFL was the champion of the downtrodden and the poor and the disadvantaged? I guess that only applies if minorities stay on their plantation. She claims he’s being “outed” as a Republican because one house has his sign with a Trump sign. That’s funny I thought this was a non partisan race. Can’t he have signs everywhere? As always, Democrats think these seats are their possession and act like 4 year olds when they don’t have the power they crave. She then gives the kiss of death to Julia Hill…..a ReNae endorsement! Oh God! Ms. Hill a word of advice; if you stand any chance to win this race, get as far from the former mayor as possible. If you don’t believe me, check the results of the last three or four elections cycles here in Crystal. Bob Uecker is batting higher than ReNae.

And what would be ReNae Bowman without petty attacks on yours truly…..

LOL! First off what is this lil’ Andy Stuff? Is that supposed to be funny? I can take a joke but I don’t get it. I’m the biggest name caller in the district? Yeah whatever. Only in her “mind” is that true. I don’t recall calling anyone a libtard; with her I don’t have to. Her behavior is such that no name calling is needed. And, as always Ms. Bowman plays the victim and tries to make people feel sorry for her.

Here she supports a social media ban!

 

It’s interesting to know that the former mayor supports banning people in social media. I guess she doesn’t support freedom of speech. What if someone bans you Ms. Bowman? Will you be cheering or will you be a cry baby playing the victim?

It’s strange to compare me to Alex Jones. I’m not sure I’ve ever publicly supported anything he does or says. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don’t. Either way, the man has a right to free speech. I also love the notion that my days are numbered. I could take that as a threat, but it’s more of an act of desperation.

My days aren’t numbered. My movement is growing. You are the dinosaur Ms. Bowman, and you will bring people like Julia Hill down with you.

October 16, 2018 at 3:57 pm 2 comments

Like a Bridge to Nowhere


Nadine Heinrich

We’re closing in on the big 2018 election, and for us, it’s been intriguing to speak to so many candidates that are running for local office. They have had great insight, and helped us all (I hope they’ve helped you anyways) to understand what issues our cities, counties, schools, soil and water conservation districts, and sheriffs face. Today, we talk to Nadine Heinrich, who is running for Ward 1 in Ramsey (city, not county). She has decided to rise to the challenge of running for city council after noticing that some things in her city didn’t add up. For example, they want to build a bridge over Highway 10 that would be paid for by a Safe Routes to School grant, and the bridge is nowhere near a school. How does that work? Nadine discusses these issues with us that so many of these medium-sized cities face. Sorry for the difference in sound quality on this one, but we weren’t in our studio. The conversation is still well worth a listen.

In the Local Lowdown, we discuss how certain city council candidates feel the need to declare their party in nonpartisan races. Like in Crystal, where one party has decided to be loud and proud about who is running on their ticket, and then the candidates run on a platform that sounds a lot like the list of items that has already been achieved or is being worked on by their opponents. It’s very curious, but they are counting on fealty to a party to win. It hasn’t seemed to work (outside of the big cities) yet, but hey, be our guest.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

October 12, 2018 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Older Posts Newer Posts


Twitter Updates

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

Archives