Getting Back on the RIGHT Track

Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 5:51 am

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The message of change was the foundation of President Barack Obama’s campaign, now Republicans are rallying around a similar message as they prepare for the 2010 elections.

Local Republicans came together, Thursday, at Tobies in Hinckley to discuss the direction of the party.  Rudy Takala coordinated the event.  Takala has already thrown his hat in the ring for the District 8B State Representative race next election.  He said Thursday’s meeting is about more than just the party.

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The group heard from party leaders like Chairman of the Minnesota GOP Tony Sutton.  Sutton spoke to crowd for about 50 minutes with the overall theme of his speech centered around restoring faith in the conservative movement.

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Republicans in Minnesota and nationally suffered a setback this week, when Democrat Al Franken took his U.S. Senate seat, months after a highly contested election with Republican Norm Coleman.  Franken joins fellow Democrat Amy Klobuchar as Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators  Locally, Democrats controlled the majority of the races last election.  Tim Faust, Bill Hilty and Jeremy Kalin all won seats for the state House. Rick Olseen and Tony Lourey, both members of the DFL, serve as state Senators.  Congressman Jim Oberstar has served Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since 1975.

Another race that is sure to grab headlines in the coming months is that for Minnesota governor.  Republican Tim Pawlenty will not seek re-election, meaning the field is wide open for candidates of all parties.

Two Republican candidates for the governor’s seat were on hand at Tobies. Tom Emmer and Pat Anderson both spoke on rebuilding strength in the party.

Tom Emmer:

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Pat Anderson:

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Abe Mach

Abe Mach

Political leaders are not the only ones who are calling for change.  Local residents are looking for a strong voice and presence as well.  Pine County resident Abraham Mach addressed the group with an impassioned speech.

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2 Comments

  1. Sue Jeffers 07/13/09 at 1:08pm

    Americans of all political stripes are hoping we survive the ‘change.’

    We the people now own banks, insurance companies, car companies, states are bankrupt, thousand plus page(trillion dollar) bills are passed that no one reads. The economy shrank 5.5% in the 1st quarter of 2009, 2.6 million lost jobs, unemployment is 9.5%, 15% in some areas. The American people know we cannot spend our way out of a depression or borrow our way out of debt.

    Go Rudy!!

  2. Charlie Makidon 07/13/09 at 6:45pm

    I find it interesting that you had no time for the veterans issue in your postings. I guess Nathan Hansen is not the only one who thinks freely flapping your jaws must be a right that you get in the Sears and Roebuck catalog. Thanks but no thanks.

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