Kistner for Congress at Kaposia Days

 August 28, 2022

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SD 53 GOP in Parades with Candidates

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State Republican News

The 2022 primary election was held on Tuesday, August 9th. All of the statewide candidates endorsed at the GOP state convention advanced to the general election in November. Voter turnout was only OK for a primary election with Democrats outpacing Republicans for the governor’s race by 431,923 to 323,020 according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.  Find results for all the statewide elections here: 

If  Scott Jensen and Matt Birk are going to win the general election, a significantly larger voter turnout is going to be necessary. Get involved, get active, and make sure you vote!      


Jameson’s Hosts Back the Blue Fundraiser

Jameson’s in West St. Paul was the location of a well-attended fundraiser for Backing the Blue Line on August 7th.  Sponsored by Matt Birk, donations were accepted to support Law Enforcement and their families. Along with Matt, state attorney general candidate Jim Schultz and SD 53 state senate candidate Chris Rausch were also in attendance, meeting and greeting attendees. Lieutenant governor candidate Matt Birk energized the crowd when speaking about “cancel culture” after having his namesake burger removed from some local restaurants. The Matt Birk burger is a new addition to Jameson’s menu, and the people who attended overwhelmingly enjoyed the new burger!

Chris Rausch meets with attendees at Jameson’s in West St. Paul

Local Republican News

Election Judges Needed

All precincts in SD 53 are still in need of more election judges than are currently signed up. Current applicants will be receiving their General Election precinct assignments in the next couple of months. If you are interested in applying to be a judge for the general election, please contact your City Clerk for specific information.

Pints and Politics

The first SD53 Pints and Politics was held on August 23 at Bogey’s in Lilydale. Attendees enjoyed meeting new people and talking with Chris Rausch, SD53’s candidate for state senate and Todd Kruse HD53A’s candidate for state legislature. The open house type of event will become a monthly get-together. Join in on the conversation, ask questions, support our local businesses, and get involved! Check your monthly newsletter or the SD53 website for the date, time, and location of our next gathering.

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Back to School

Parents Defending Education has published an article on the term Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and why this language should be a cause for concern if you hear it in your local school district. According to the article, the original meaning of the term was meant to “promote morally neutral soft-skills such as self-awareness, self-management, empathy and goal setting”. As of 2020, however, the meaning shifted to something called “Transformative SEL”. The authors of the article describe this as “basically race and gender ideology embedded into neutral student competencies”.

If you are concerned about what is going on in our public schools, please read the entire article here: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) 101     Parents Defending Education 

I Flunked Out of Schools

I don’t mean that I got all F’s when I was in school. I mean that as a parent, I didn’t pay attention to what was going on in the public schools. My kids were home-schooled and I didn’t recognize that the way public schools operate affects many of the adults my kids and grandkids will interact with (e.g. functionally illiterate, strong political biases). In the past I just skipped the part of the ballot for school board, paid no attention to what the Minnesota PELSB was up to, and didn’t try to get to know school administrators in my city.  

But it’s not too late! I am getting up to speed and our BPOU is helping.  We’ve formed a committee on public education issues and a big part of it is just learning together how to be more impactful regarding the current issues.  And what a list of issues there are: a) helping kids who lost so much learning under Walz’s restrictions, b) efforts to indoctrinate our kids and grandkids with “progressive” ideology, c) comprehensive sex “education”, d) critical race theory, etc.

Bottom line: these are critical issues for our future, and we are more effective when we work as a team to address them.  If you want to join, please send an email to the chair of the committee, Lisa Deyak, at and we’ll be in touch soon.

Andy Kirsch

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

For updated information go to:  MN53 GOP Events Calendar

8/31 Ice Cream and Candidates -Signal Hills Shopping Center  5 – 7pm

9/1  Ice Cream Social – McMorrow Park

9/10/22  Inver Grove Heights Days Parade – 11am

9/13/22  Monthly BPOU Meeting 6:00 pm

9/18-9/19 St. Patrick’s Church Festival 9am – 5pm

9/20 Monthly Pints and Politics: Mississippi Pub  5:30-7:00pm

9/22 BPOU Annual Picnic Croatian Hall South Saint Paul 6:00-8:00pm

10/1 On The Road Street Fair, South St. Paul  8am – 4pm

2022 Local GOP Candidates

Senate District 53 and House Districts 53A and 53B have endorsed candidates to run for state offices this fall. 

Chris Rausch, SD53

Chris Rausch is the candidate running for Senate District 53 against Democrat Matt Klein. Chris Rausch for Minnesota Senate District 53

Todd Kruse, HD53A

Todd Kruse is the candidate for House District 53A running against Democrat Mary Francis Clardy.

Steve Swoboda HD53B

 Steven Swoboda is the candidate for House District 53B running against Rick Hansen. Swoboda for MN House

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