We'll leave the mocking of Saturday's pro-Trump rally in Willmar to the capable keyboarding of Mike Mullen at the City Pages; his take in 'Celebrate President Trump' rally in Willmar features talk of voter fraud, 'civil war' contains some fun fact-checking and video, as well as photos of the ginormous crowds state representative Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, predicted in March.
Much of Mullen's fodder was provided by Shelby Lindrud's article in the West Central Tribune, Willmar conservatives rally for President Trump. Mullen's piece make it easy to understand why representative Dave Baker and senator Andrew Lang, Republicans who actually represent Willmar in the state legislature, stayed the heck away from this event.
Andy Cilek, of the Minnesota Voting Alliance, said his group is working to make Minnesota's voting system more secure.
"Our system is absolutely backward. We worry about ineligible voters being allowed to vote," Cilek said.
Cilek is concerned that if the Alternatives Procedure Bill, House File 463, is made law, it would mean bad things for the GOP.
"I think it would destroy the Republican party if that happens," Cilek said.
The bill would allow for easier absentee voting, which Cilek believes would benefit the Democrats. The bill was authored by Representative Kelly Fenton, a Republican from District 53B.
We had to scratch our head over that one, since recent changes in absentee voting--like the no-excuse-needed absentee voting changes enacted in 2013--didn't destroy the Republican Party in Minnesota. Indeed, the Republican Party took control of the Minnesota House in the 2014 election and retained it as well as capturing the state senate in 2016.
Who is this Evil Metro dirty hippie, anyway, who would destroy the Republican Party of Minnesota? According to her campaign website bio, Kelly Fenton, Wife, Mother, Teacher:
. . . Kelly has dedicated many years to serving her community, including:
♦ Former Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota
♦ Current Board Member (2009 – Present) and Past President of Minnesota Excellence in Public Service, a nine-month series, leadership and political training institute for women [conservative ones]
♦ Member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (1998-Present), an organization focused on providing scholarships for women’s education
♦ Board Member and Director of Tournaments (2006-2010) of the Woodbury Athletic Association and Traveling Baseball program
♦ Sustainer and Active Member (1993-Present) of the Junior League of St. Paul
♦ Confirmation Catechist at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Community
♦ Graduate: Emerging Leaders Program; Darden School of Business University of Virginia
♦ Graduate: Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development ; University of Wisconsin-Madison
Be afraid, conservative Willmarites! Be very afraid! Unless you've lived in rural Arkansas, as Bluestem's editor did while attending the Ozarks Famous Writers School, you have no idea of the power of the Junior League, even if this bill never made it out of committee.
The author of the Senate companion bill is state senator Karin Housley. R-St. Mary's Point, who was businessman Scott Honour's running mate in his 2014 bid for the Republican gubernatorial slot. Honour and Housley received 20.84 percent of the vote, finishing fourth in a five-ticket contest.
Photo: State Representative Kelly Fenton (second from left), former RPM deputy chair and the author of the bill that would cause the death of the Republican Party as we know it. Or something. Via her campaign website.
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