NARN, Minnesota GOP Convention Show #1; Update: Bills wins MN GOP Senate endorsement

posted at 5:30 pm on May 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

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Today, Mitch and I will bring everyone up to date on the biggest issue of the convention — the Senate endorsement. Who will win it, and how many ballots will it take?  We hope to speak with Laura Brod, Michael Warren from the Weekly Standard, and more — so be sure to tune in!

Update: Kurt Bills won the endorsement for the US Senate nomination on the second ballot, with 64% of the vote.  Bills is a solid conservative state legislator and economics teacher in Rosemount, and he had the backing of the considerable contingent of Ron Paul supporters.  That’s a big win for them.

Update II: The show will not be streamed tonight — but it will tomorrow afternoon, so stay tuned for that!

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The search has its own website now, Find Marizela, for the latest in the efforts to bring Marizela home. There is also a fund for the family to keep the search efforts going. Be sure to check there and at Michelle’s site for further developments, and keep the family in your prayers.

America’s Most Wanted is now on the case, too.

Michelle had an update on the case on the one-year anniversary:

Exactly one year ago today, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela (known affectionately to her family and friends as “Emem” or “Mei”) Perez disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

She is still missing.

Those words form on the computer screen with disembodied disbelief. But my heart is screaming:

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The not-knowing is every parent’s worst nightmare. It brought normal life to a standstill for Marizela’s parents, Edgar and Jasmin. And yet, they have to keep living and working and praying for their only daughter. Because that is what they must do. Their strength and dignity through all the suffering has been an inspiration to me.

There have been no new developments in Emem’s case. No word from the police or the medical examiner’s office. No activity on her bank accounts or social media accounts.

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Hey all you GOP geniuses, thank you for 6 more years of Amy Kloubuchar.

The party of stupid scores again.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Good news on the up-date Ed.

Thank you also for keeping Marizela’s link up. She is in my daily prayers, along with others missing.
My faith says, God hears all prayers, but sometimes the answer isn’t what we would like. I just keep up the prayers, His will be done.
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letget on May 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The party of stupid scores again.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I am curious, why do you write that?

cozmo on May 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Hey all you GOP geniuses, thank you for 6 more years of Amy Kloubuchar.

The party of stupid scores again.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I don’t know much about him but I think Hegseth had the best chance to beat Kloubuchar.

gophergirl on May 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I am curious, why do you write that?

cozmo on May 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

If you live here in Minny you know that the state GOP was fiscally mismanaged into serious debt, that they were threatened with the lease on their HQ through incompetence, that the GOP Senate Majority leader and her top aide couldn’t keep her skirt down and his pants zipped up and that a once in a lifetime GOP majority in the House and Senate alternated between getting rolled and folding on right to work, the Vikings stadium and more other issues than I want to bother ranting about.

But other than that, they are just fine.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Nobody has a chance against Klobuchar. Sacrificial lamb.

joana on May 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Oh, and I forgot – they had a golden opportunity to run a completely insurgent campaign against lightweight Amy Klobuchaer by going with Hegseth. Instead, they pick as predictably safe and boring candidate who will gwet about 41% of the vote this fall because he is tied to the State Legislature.

Minny likes insurgents: Wellstone, Ventura, Chip Cravaack.

But no – in times that call for a bold roll of the dice and business not as usual, they fumble.

Makes me miss the damn Vikings…

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Happily voted for Bills as a delegate today.

Nice to see the neocon hacks are already bit**ing. Always the team players.

Hegseth was a nice candidate and I would have happily supported him, but he had in no way a better chance of Bills of taking down Klobuchar. In fact Bills can appeal to the isolationist nature of rural Minnesota and probably will do quite a bit better than Hegseth would have. Ever since the GOP embraced the Iraq War, the once GOP strongholds of Rochester and southeastern MN ran as far from the GOP as possible. The only way the GOP can compete statewide is if we can win back southern MN. While it’s still a long shot, Bills gives us the best chance of doing that.

letoile du nord on May 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

So far, Bills looks good.

My only doubt is that he’s a teacher, is he one of the largely mythical conservative school teachers?

RJL on May 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

If the Paulians support Bills, then there is something about him that separates him from politics as usual and gives him a chance in the state that elected Ventura and Franken.

And whatever problems the GOP might have in Minnesota, the Democrats have the fumbling oaf of a Governor Dayton in office. Do you have any concerns about Bills specifically? Because the election will be determined by how good of a candidate he is, not his state party.

Daemonocracy on May 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Go to Bills’ website. He has a 20-point platform on there, in which 1-18 are economic positions. 19 is abortion (pro-life), and 20 is gay marriage (marriage between man/woman, but states rights issue.)

Sounds about right. Economy uber alles.

El Dillo on May 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I was hoping for Pete Hegseth too.

Dasher on May 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

letoile du nord on May 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Seven words for January:

Speaker Paul Thissen

Majority Leader Tom Bakk

With the wind of the Marriage Amendment and Voter ID at your back.

Nice job.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Seven words for January:

Speaker Paul Thissen

Majority Leader Tom Bakk

With the wind of the Marriage Amendment and Voter ID at your back.

Nice job.

Bruno Strozek on May 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

So the DFL’s going to take everything back…because the GOP endorsed a libertarian to run for U.S. Senator?

I’m not seeing the link.

El Dillo on May 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The Mn GOP is ridiculous. The Paulites are to the GOP what OWS is to the Dems, a destructive and unproductive force. We Conservatives must take back the GOP and return to primaries and not caucuses. We just gave Klobuchar another term, and will hurt our chances against Franken and Dayton.

K Michael ODonovan on May 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The Mn GOP is ridiculous. The Paulites are to the GOP what OWS is to the Dems, a destructive and unproductive force. We Conservatives must take back the GOP and return to primaries and not caucuses. We just gave Klobuchar another term, and will hurt our chances against Franken and Dayton.

What about Bills’ views do you specifically take issue with?

El Dillo on May 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM

“Ever since the GOP embraced the Iraq War, the once GOP strongholds of Rochester and southeastern MN ran as far from the GOP as possible. The only way the GOP can compete statewide is if we can win back southern MN. While it’s still a long shot, Bills gives us the best chance of doing that.”

Well, then, can we blame southern MN for taking away our great Medical Device industry here because Klobuchar and Mr. Walz down there gave them away. Whatever…all in the name of Big Peace.

nebraski on May 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Finally, the BILLS WIN!

The BILLS WIN!

Wait, this story isn’t about Buffalo?

Crap…

pain train on May 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The Mn GOP is ridiculous. The Paulites are to the GOP what OWS is to the Dems, a destructive and unproductive force. We Conservatives must take back the GOP and return to primaries and not caucuses. We just gave Klobuchar another term, and will hurt our chances against Franken and Dayton.

K Michael ODonovan on May 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Bills isn’t the candidate yet. It was only the endorsement Bills still has to win the primary.

The DFL has won every Statewide election for the past six years, the Democratic Candidate has won the State since 72. Klobuchar may very well win, Obama will probably win the State, but the legislature will remain about the same.

jpmn on May 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I saw the Paulites at work in our local caucuses, they are nothing but leftists wearing conservative sackcloths. Had the local Republican leadership not taken over the delegate positions, we could have stopped this. Bills is not conservative by any stretch of the imagination. The leadership of Senate District 51 needs to be purged, and the filling of the delegates by office holders and the lackeys of MN RINO’s needs to be done away with. Thanks for sticking us with Klobochump. I am an alternate delegate and was not in St Cloud because I had to work. Our local Republican group stinks!

MNDavenotPC on May 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

MNDavenotPC on May 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

What makes Bills not a Conservative?

Daemonocracy on May 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM