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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Lori Grivna Campaign for District 50 House is Up and Running!

Lori Grivna is offering HD50B voters a real conservative choice to replace the extremely liberal Representative Kate Knuth and all of the damage she and the DFL have done in the last two legislative sessions.This is welcome news for those of us who have been frustrated with the utter incompetency Knuth and her lock step support of the liberal DFL agenda that has resulted in a serious assault on our property, wealth and freedoms.

From Lori's Welcome page:
As Representative, I will apply strong fiscal management prioritizing the budget; to get off the merry-go-round of budgeting as usual where any change is considered a "cut". The math of status quo + more money = justifiable spending is old school! Leave the investments to private enterprise and personal income and imagine the growth in the economy and the family budget!

Forget the promises of how government can solve all of our problems. The expansions of government and entitlements funded with a tax and spend mentality has created layers of ineffective, expensive bureaucracy. Taking hard-earned money out of working Minnesotans' pockets in order to increase the size and scope of state government is the wrong solution.
Grivna is basing her campaign on addressing issues that really matter. Kate Knuth has consistently come down on the wrong side of virtually everyone of these and needs to be called to account for the damage she has done. If election outcomes were determined strictly by qualifications and superior ideas Lori's election would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately qualifications and ideas don't always win elections, as was painfully demonstrated in 2006. It takes a lot of effort by the candidate as well as financial and volunteer support to get the word out and get the large number of people who don't pay all that much attention to politics to become engaged.

Unfortunately this will not be easy. The local media more often than not is at the beck and call of the DFL. They dutifully parrot the DFL spin as "news" and conveniently ignore or downplay coverage critical of the DFL line. They also tend to ignore or denigrate conservative candidates. As the incumbent and as a DFLer Knuth definitely has the advantage of getting her message out on her terms and with her spin. Lori Grivna will need to aggressively get her message out and will need the help of those of us in the conservative community to overcome Knuth's free pass from the media.

The last time around Knuth's well financed and efficiently run campaign managed to create the illusion that she was a "breath of fresh air" and a "fresh new face" in local politics. In spite of the efforts of the conservative community to highlight what a joke her candidacy was her campaign was successful. One of the contributing factors to her campaign being able to pull off this illusion was that Knuth had no track record - this is not the case this time around!

After nearly two full sessions in the legislature Knuth has compiled a dreadful record that needs to be aggressively brought to the attention of the voters. If people are aware of how much the election of Kate Knuth has cost them in terms of money and lost freedoms they will be appalled. But most people realize that just complaining about a problem won't make the problem go away. Lori Grivna is offering real solutions in the form of conservative principles that will resonate with most reasonable and informed people if they get the word. We here at Boots On will do our part to help spread the word and heartily encourage others to do the same.

Lori has it right at the close of her Welcome page: Let's change our fate in 2008!

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Anonymous sad momma said...


I've yet to be convinced that Grivna will do anything differently with the taxpayers' dollars than she did on the school board.

5/03/2008 2:49 PM  
Blogger Daria said...

Do you need to be convinced that Knuth will not do anything differently (except drift even further to the left) than she has with regard to taxes, radical environmentalism, education spending, socialized medicine and general government intrusion into our daily lives?

It is well documented that alcoholics, drug users, and even lawyers can recover as long as they make an effort and are kept on the straight and narrow by their supporters. Is it better to take a chance on Grivna as a recovering school board member or to allow a non-repentant ultra-liberal like Knuth to coast to re-election when we know she is a clear and present danger?

- D

5/04/2008 9:18 AM  
Blogger Mark Heuring said...


Excellent post. My impression is that Lori has learned a lot from her last campaign and will run an excellent, substantive campaign.

Sad Momma,

What would convince you? And to Daria's point, surely you can now see the effect that having Kate Knuth in the legislature has had on you, right? And if you don't, just wait until Kate gets through capping and trading our future.

5/04/2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

I mean no offense to sad momma, but if one were to actually look at Grivna's actions on the school board, one would find Grivna to be a Reaganesque steward for the taxpayer.

Still, I understand that Republican supporters are so accustomed to being disappointed by Republican politicians that it becomes easy to "write them off" when they do one thing that appears to be contrary to the Republican viewpoint.

Sad momma's fear of what Lori will do "with the taxpayer's dollars" is a curious one. Grivna was instrumental in re-purposing (even selling if I recall) building space that was no longer needed for education. She was opposed by those who didn't want any "cuts" in education "resources". I would applaud these actions and hope for more of the same in the legislature.

Grivna is most often criticized for supporting a tax levy (maybe two). But, if you look deeper into the issue you find numerous restrictions on the dollars that the state allocates to school districts. In short, school boards don't have complete control over the funds spent within their schools. An apparent excess of funds may well be spent on one resource while another comes up short. When the board is unable to make better use of this excess, they are forced to consider a tax levy.

As a school board member, Lori was responsible for meeting the needs of the schools. While her liberal counterparts may have been happy to call for annual levy hikes, Lori aggressively lobbied the legislature to fix these funding formulas so that school boards would have more freedom to re-dedicate wasteful spending within their district and to STOP seeking more money from the taxpayer. Ultimately, Lori believes she will be more successful in taming the use of education dollars – of our money – as a member of the legislature.

In truth, Lori has been a good steward for the taxpayer's dollars and has aggressively sought ways to decrease our tax burden. Unfortunately, the complexities behind funding formulas and physical asset management requires greater research to realize that Lori Grivna is precisely the conservative that Republicans claim they want in office.

I mean no disrespect to sad momma, but I would urge her, and others like her, to look past a tax levy and to actually look at what Grivna did do on our behalf as a school board member. Remember, the complexities in Congress were such that Reagan supported a few tax hikes in his effort to "get government out of our way". If Grivna isn't conservative enough for HD50B, then President Reagan would not have been either.

5/04/2008 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon G. I'll conceed that Grivna would be much better than Knuth but let's not go overboard. One thing they teach in marketing school is to resist the temptation to over sell and once the sale is made just walk away happy.

5/04/2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Sorry Anonymous. It's no oversell. I've gotten to know Lori, what she thinks about the issues, and what she wants to accomplish in the Minnesota House.

Let's be clear here. There are conservative candidates and there are conservative movement leaders. President Reagan was both. The criticism about Lori's credentials as a conservative candidate simply aren't founded in facts and are not advanced by those who took the time learn her views. (You may want to test your knowledge of Lori's views by checking out her website.)

Whether Lori proves to be conservative movement leader remains to be seen. But then there have been very few conservative movement leaders since Reagan.

5/04/2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Sue Jeffers said...

Lori has learned the hard way that conservative voters are paying attention and we prefer to vote FOR a candidate rather because they aren't as bad as the other candidate.

Lori has taken the heat for her time on the school board, some deserved and some not so much, and learned from it. Not only is she a better candidate this time but she is also more informed on a variety of issues.

I will have no problem pulling the lever for Lori. And if (which I doubt) we find she isn't as conservative as we like once she is elected, there is no shortage of possible candidates who would run against her in the next election.

She can't win without us folks, go sign up to help her campaign.
Sue Jeffers

5/11/2008 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if (which I doubt) we find she isn't as conservative as we like once she is elected, there is no shortage of possible candidates who would run against her in the next election.

No way Sue, don't be disappointed, just stick with Knuth. Besides it's good to keep teaching those Republicans a lesson, 2006 was only the start. Conservatives have no business on the school board. Don't let them forget it!

5/12/2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Anonymous -

Sticking with Knuth is like not bothering to get a broken leg set.

If you get the leg set there is not a 100% guarantee that the doctor won't mess up, but the odds are that you will be significantly better off than not getting it taken care of.

If you don't get the leg set you are assuring an ongoing state of lameness which, not coincidentally, also describes another bout of the affliction known as Kate Knuth.

As far as Republicans having no business on the School Board, the reason it has been such a disaster is precisely because there have not been enough Republicans/Conservatives on it. The board has done things the liberal way since before dirt with disastrous results. Isn't it about time to conclude that liberalism/socialism is a failure and try something new that doesn't defy common sense?

5/12/2008 9:55 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

First off, I hereby dub Anonymous with the nickname 'Nymo'.

Nymo has a point regarding the school board. Is there any institution that better represents Big Government and its natural tendency to strengthen its monopolistic power by suppressing personal freedom than the Department of Education?

Further, is there any mindset better suited to serve government, its institutions, and strengthening their power than liberals?

Therefore, as Nymo suggests, only liberals are properly qualified to serve on the school board. And, by extension, only liberals should be elected to serve the House, the Senate, and executive offices for they know best how to defend government from those pesky freedom loving conservatives. (Is this what you were thinking, Nymo??)

5/13/2008 8:36 PM  

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