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LCR MN Happy Hour

It’s Lincoln’s birthday and what better time to celebrate?

” Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it” – Lincoln 1859

The legislature is picking it’s battles, marriage equality is being pursued, MN GOP is seeking new leadership.. there is lots to chat about!

Join us for Happy Hour Tuesday Feb 12 from 5p-7′ish.

Contact Chairman Ken Smoron at 612-236-3455 with questions or contact us at info@mnlogcabin.org

Log Cabin Republicans Names Gregory T. Angelo Interim Executive Director

(Washington, DC) – The National Board of Directors of Log Cabin Republicans today announced that Gregory T. Angelo has been named Interim Executive Director of the organization. Mr. Angelo follows R. Clarke Cooper, who had announced his intent to step down at the end of the year after serving as executive director since 2010.

“I hope LGBT Republicans and our allies who support freedom and liberty will join me in welcoming Gregory T. Angelo as the interim executive director of Log Cabin Republicans,” said National Board Chairman Peter Bertelsen. “Gregory’s longstanding involvement with Log Cabin as leader of the New York State chapter, and his demonstrated ability with grassroots advocacy as head of our sister think tank, the Liberty Education Forum, make him the clear choice to continue the significant strides made by Clarke Cooper over the last three years.”

“It has been a tremendous honor to work with our Republican allies in Congress, various partners in liberty, and the Log Cabin Republicans national staff and chapters across the country to advance freedom and equality for all Americans regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” said R. Clarke Cooper. “I am also proud of our work as a force multiplier and LGBT voice within the Republican Party and remain committed to building a stronger more inclusive GOP focused on the core conservative values of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense. For the good of the Republican Party, the LGBT community, and our nation as a whole, it is vital that Log Cabin Republicans continue its work. Victory for equality is on the horizon, and Log Cabin must continue to lead the way onward and upward.”

“I am both humbled and thrilled to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors and to follow in the footsteps of the inimitable Clarke Cooper,” Mr. Angelo stated. “There has never been a more exciting and historic time to be a gay Republican-with the wind at our backs following four referendum victories for the freedom to marry last November and the United States Supreme Court soon to rule on marriage equality, 2013 could mark a turning point in the fight for equal rights for all. It has never been more critical to advocate for equality to Republicans, as Republicans. As the Interim Executive Director of this esteemed organization, I will do everything I can to work for Republican victories that return the party to its roots of freedom, fairness, and liberty for all.”

Mr. Angelo is the current Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of New York State, a position he has held since 2009. As New York State Chairman, Mr. Angelo led Log Cabin Republicans as part of New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition that collaborated to make marriage equality legal through legislative vote for the first time in a Republican-controlled legislature. He is also the Executive Director of the Liberty Education Forum, a non-partisan think tank that advocates a message of gay acceptance among conservatives and people of faith throughout the United States. Mr. Angelo is a longtime resident of Manhattan, where he serves as a GOP District Leader. He was an Alternate Delegate for Newt Gingrich in the 2012 election cycle.

Mr. Angelo’s first day as Interim Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans will be January 2.

Date: 12/28/2012

Copyright 2012 Log Cabin Republicans

Log Cabin Republicans invite you to join us as our chairman Ken Smoron co-hosts a happy hour with Margaret Hoover CNN political contributor, political strategist, leader of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Herbert Hoover.

Saturday, November 3
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Local
931 Nicollet Mall

An evening reception to benefit Minnesotans United for All Families

hosted by
Cristine Almeida – Ani Backa – Joe Bagnoli – Meredith Beeson – Jake Blumberg & Christine Farhart – Jennifer Breitinger – Kate Brickman – Richard Carlbom – Dale Carpenter – Michael Carroll – Joel Carlson – Emmett Coleman – Patrick Connolly – Dan Cramer – Commissioner Spencer Cronk – Corey Day – Maria De La Cruz – Aram Desteian & Aja Tashjian – Eric Dick – Joel Dumonsau – Elizabeth Emerson – Sarah Erickson – Tim Flaherty – Mary Gilbert – Ben Goldfarb – Nancy Haas – Kathy Hahne – Jenny Haigh – Ann Hunt – Eric Hyland – Louie Jambois – Eric Jensen – Ryan Kaess – Ann Kaner-Roth – Michele Kelm-Helgen – Susan Kimberly – Julia Dayton Klein – Alex Knewtson – Mark Knief – Madeline Koch – Andy Kozak – Carl Kuhl – Kathy Lantry – Matt Lewis – Jake Loesch – Roy Magnuson – Kyle Makarios – John Marshall – Jenny Marzolf – Peter McLauglin & Nancy Hylden – Kristen McMullen – Mike Misterik – Roger Moe – Jennifer Mundt – Richard Painter – Alana & Tom Petersen – Brian Pietsch – Robyn Rowen – Meredith Salsbery – Paul Schroepfer & Keegan Shoutz – Kelly Schwinghammer – Brian Smidt – Ken Smoron – Leah Solo – Gia Vitali – Sarah Walker – Alfonso Wenker – Alex Whitney – Wheelock Whitney – Paul Winkelaar

Suggested donation:
$25 – $50 – $100
*more if you can, less if you can’t

To RSVP, please contact:
Ken Smoron – info@mnlogcabin.org or 612-236-3455

Volunteers Needed!

Great News — LEF recently received a grant to produce 3 installations of our “Gay Agenda” project with the gay grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, Randy Roberts Potts (more info at this link http://libertyeducationforum.org/news/82-lef-brings-qthe-gay-agendaq-to-minnesota.html). These are performance installations that would involve Minnesota couples “showcasing” their lives to the general public for an afternoon, while volunteers pass out collateral to the public stating “The Gay Agenda (it’s not what you think)” with a list of rights gay couples are denied in the absence of civil marriage. Randy Roberts Potts would be flown in as a spokesperson for the project.

We already have a number of couples who have committed to the project.

We’re looking to present these installations on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 and need volunteers to pass out collateral for a few hours each day.

Please let me know if you can help. Any and all time you can commit would be exceptional!

Contact Name: Kenneth Smoron
Telephone Number: 612-236-3455

ENDA Was Focus of Log Cabin Meeting with Romney

By Chris Johnson on October 24, 2012, Washington Blade

A meeting that took place at a Virginia farmhouse between officials from Log Cabin Republicans and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney included a discussion about workplace non-discrimination, but attendees who spoke to the Washington Blade wouldn’t enumerate any commitments made by Romney.

R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin’s executive director, said workplace non-discrimination protections were the focus of the meeting, which took place Oct. 17 at Greenwood Farm in Leesburg, Va., which was a precursor the organization’s endorsement of the candidate announced on Tuesday.

The Log Cabin chief was non-commital when asked if he gathered from the meeting that Romney would sign a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act if it reached his desk.

“I can say with confidence that the Romney administration would work on desirable outcomes for workplace non-discrimination,” Cooper said. “I’m going to leave it broad like that because I think there’s room for administrative action as well as legislative. I also think it’s probably fair to say that legislation in a form of an ENDA or an ENDA-like legislation is certainly realistic.”

The Nation’s Ben Adler reported that Romney secretly promised Log Cabin he would sign ENDA, but doesn’t want to make that position public for fear of upsetting the religious right. Nowhere in the current version of The Nation’s piece does Cooper say he received a commitment on ENDA. In conversations with the Blade, Cooper insisted Romney never committed to signing any legislation.

Previously, the Washington Blade reported Log Cabin was seeking clarity on ENDA before making its endorsement decision. Romney supported the legislation as a U.S. Senate candidate in 1994, but in later years backed away from that support. The GOP nominee hasn’t addressed the legislation over the course of the 2012 presidential campaign.

During the meeting, Cooper said Romney was “very interested” in talking about different state laws on workplace discrimination for LGBT people. A total of 21 states have laws barring job discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people; 16 states and D.C. protect all LGBT people from job bias.

“He is aware that there is a kind of patchwork or quilt of states that don’t, and that inequity was something of discussion,” Cooper said. “Some states have it, and some states don’t and this is where it gets confusing and problematic from an administrative standpoint as well.”

Cooper said he impressed upon Romney that ENDA would be consistent with his goals for economic stimulus and job growth because many major businesses have non-discrimination policies in place and discrimination may be preventing LGBT Americans from entering the workforce.

Asked if there was any portion of the current version of the legislation to which Romney objected, Cooper said Romney didn’t express concern about any particular language and did not object to protecting people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

According to Cooper, the Romney campaign took the lead in initiating the meeting — not Log Cabin — after a series of discussions between the group and the campaign. Those in attendance at the meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes, were Romney, gay former U.S. House Rep. Jim Kolbe and Log Cabin staffer Casey Pick and a Romney staffer. Neither Cooper nor Kolbe would identify the campaign staffer who accompanied Romney.

Kolbe, a Log Cabin member who’s also a trustee of the organization, stopped short of saying Romney offered any firm commitments on federal workplace non-discrimination protections, but said they were discussed during the meeting.

“He gave us a firm personal view of opposing workplace discrimination without endorsing ENDA specifically,” Kolbe said. “I think that it’s an area of opportunity where we have an opportunity to make a lot of headway with him.”

Kolbe said he also brought up immigration issues affecting same-sex couples — such as the inability of gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for residency. Kolbe faces that problem with his own partner, Hector Alfonso. Kolbe said Romney acknowledged him by nodding, but offered no further response.

According to Cooper, the meeting was a culmination of discussions that took place between between Log Cabin and the Romney campaign on issues of concern to the organization — including LGBT issues — over the course of the year.

Cooper said he’s previously spoken to Romney — notably during an exchange following the candidate’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee where the Log Cabin chief said he disagreed with him on the Defense of Marriage Act — but the exchange at the farmhouse was their most extensive meeting.

“That was the most substantive meeting that we had with them,” Cooper said. “That was the culmination from dialogue meetings and information exchanges with various personnel on the campaign.”

One option that the White House has said President Obama would not take at this time is an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Both Cooper and Kolbe said that directive wasn’t discussed at the meeting, but Log Cabin has engaged with the Romney campaign previously on the issue.

Asked if the Romney campaign has offered any commitment on the executive order, Cooper replied that it would be in line with the candidate’s position that he opposes discrimination.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the governor on this, but I can tell you that was something on the table,” Cooper said.

While shying away from making any firm commitments on workplace protections, Cooper said Romney was firm deciding not to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal or hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples, which the Obama administration already mandated for hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds.

Both positions were articulated by Romney before, but Romney’s commitment to the latter came into question over the weekend when Romney adviser Bay Buchanan told Buzzfeed on Saturday Romney still supports a Federal Marriage Amendment, but believes hospital visitation should be determined by the states under the Tenth Amendment.

“There’s not going to be a retreat by President Romney on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Cooper said. “There’s not going to be a retreat on hospital visitation.”

Cooper said he didn’t get a sense from Romney on how high a priority passing a Federal Marriage Amendment would be for the candidate, but said he impressed upon Romney the organization’s desire to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

“We were very, very clear not only to Gov. Romney, but to the campaign staff that were working to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act,” Cooper said. “That was part of our legislative portfolio. They clearly understood that.”

The Romney campaign didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on the meeting.

The Minnesota chapter is proud to announce our 2012 endorsements in House and Senate races, including incumbents and challengers who value individual liberty, personal responsibility, and believe in an inclusive Republican party.

State Races:

Tim Kelly – H21A – http://www.kellyforhouse.com/

Rich Murray – H27A- http://www.murrayforhouse.com/

Steve Smith – H33A- http://stevesmithminnesota.com/index.php

Gary Mazzotta – H59B- http://www.mazzotta4minnesota.com/#!welcome/mainPage

Melissa Valeriano – H25B - http://valerianoforhouse.org/

John Quinn – H67B - http://www.quinn4house.com/

Kody Zalewski – H60B - https://www.facebook.com/KZforMinnesota

Carlos Conway – H65B- http://www.voteforcarlos.org/

Nate Atkins – H61B - http://honeybadgerforhouse.org/

Brent Millsop – H60A- http://brentmillsop.com/

Paul Tuschy – H52B - http://paultuschy.com/

Jesse Pfliger – SD 61 - http://pfligerforliberty.org/contact/

Congressional Race:

Chris Fields – CD 5 - http://chrisfieldsforcongress.com/

We invite you to check out each of the candidates above. Last minute contributions, as they make their final pushes these last couple of weeks, are always needed. Volunteers and funding are extremely important. Every bit helps!

Though not all candidates seek endorsements from political advocacy groups, it does not mean that they are not excellent candidates that may align with your priority issue(s). I encourage you to maintain a working knowledge of the politics in your district and check out your local race candidates for their specific views.

What District Am I In? 

Confusion over the recent redistricting has resulted in many people not knowing who their candidate is, where they are supposed to vote, or even if they are in the same district as before.

This link to the Secretary of State website will help you figure that out. http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Who  Are My Candidates?

This link will provide the list of all candidates filed in your district http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/ simply click which race you want to view (Senate or Representative) and you will see all candidates, all parties.

Please join us for a special Main Street Tour featuring Marilyn Carlson Nelson.

Minnesotans United for All Families is proud to welcome Marilyn Carlson Nelson as we continue the Main Street Tour this Wednesday with a discussion at the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis.

Chairman and former CEO of the Carlson company, a parent, and a lifelong Minnesotan, Nelson knows this amendment will be damaging to the state and the future generation of Minnesotans. She will discuss the business case against

the amendment, as well as share her personal story about why she is opposed to the amendment. Nelson will meet with students to talk about how this amendment would tie the hands of the future generation and encourage them to get involved in the efforts to defeat the amendment.

Please join us for this very special visit, where Marilyn will share her thoughts and participate in a group discussion about the importance of voting no.

Wednesday, October 10
2:30 p.m.
3M Auditorium
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

If you can join us contact Casey MacCallum at (612) 986-5485, or reply to casey@mnunited.org. Your support can rally the thousands of supporters to action and defeat this hurtful amendment.

Thank You LCR MN member Jody Swanson for your great submission and for representing LCR in Mankato!

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October 3, 2012

Your View: Voting ‘no’ grounded in Republican history, Lincoln’s wisdom

Jody Swanson, Mankato

As a Republican, I value limited, sensible government, personal responsibility and freedom for all. On Nov. 6, those guiding principles compel me to vote “no” on the proposed marriage limiting constitutional amendment. I believe voting “no” is grounded in Republican history and President Lincoln’s wisdom.

Did you know the Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, the one cause they all believed in? On Nov. 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln, was successfully elected the first Republican president of the United States. This self-made man was born in a log cabin, had little formal education, yet was one of our greatest presidents.

Shortly before Lincoln took the presidential oath of office in 1861, as a freedom protector, he argued the Declaration of Independence of 1776, “gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.”

Lincoln and his fellow Republicans believed in liberty for all. They were progressive forward-thinking men. Our 16th president knew the country had to move forward, looking to the future, not backward. If Lincoln were alive today, I believe his moderate views would have evolved to champion equal rights for all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.

The proposed marriage limiting amendment would radically hard code gay and lesbian discrimination into our Minnesota Constitution. To do so would assault Lincoln’s vision.

On Nov. 6, the 152nd anniversary to the day of Lincoln’s U.S. presidential election, I, a Log Cabin Republican, will vote “no” on the marriage limiting constitutional amendment.

Please join us for a special One Day United event

Benefiting Minnesotans United for All Families


Sunday, September 23, 2012

4-6 PM

At the home of Jennifer and John Breitinger

1725 Emerson Ave South

MPLS, MN 55403

One Day United is a special one day, statewide fundraiser for Minnesotans United

that marks the last big push for Minnesotans United towards

Election Day. Please join us on this day to show support for fellow Minnesotans!

Suggested donation

$100 ·  $250 · $500 · $1,000

*More if you can, less if you can’t

Please RSVP to one of our cohosts

Jennifer Breitinger jwbreitinger@yahoo.com,

Ben Olson olsbenr@gmail.com

Chris Holloway christopherholloway@yahoo.com and

Ron Lattin ronlattin@gmail.com

In coordination with Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota

Minnesotans United for All Families is the official campaign that will defeat the constitutional amendment that would limit

the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Minnesotans United is a broad coalition of organizations and community and

business leaders. Faith, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color, current and former

elected officials, Republicans, DFLers, Greens Libertarians and Independents have all joined to defeat this amendment.

Paid for and authorized by Minnesotans United for All Families

Donations to Minnesotans United for All Families are not tax-deductible

This event is not open to the media. Please contact Kate Brickman, Press Secretary, with any media inquiries.


Haven’t had a chance to meet 5th Congressional Candidate Chris Fields yet?

The Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota are hosting a meet and greet happy hour for Chris Fields and would be honored to have you attend.

The event is planned for Tuesday September 18, from 6-8pm at the Monte Carlo Supper Club located at 219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 (located in the North Loop, just off of Washington Ave). Monte Carlo offers free valet parking for your convenience and offers a full menu if you wish to stay for dinner. Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota and the Monte Carlo have teamed up to provide complimentary appetizers and beverages.

The event is meant to be casual and relaxed and give you a chance to talk to Chris about his campaign, get updates on events, and ask about highlights of his debate with Keith Ellison.

The event is free to attend but donations to the Chris Fields campaign are appreciated!

Not too familiar with Log Cabin Republicans? Now’s your chance to chat with us. Find out what we have been doing and what events we have planned this year.

Please RSVP by sending and email to me at  info@mnlogcabin.org or contacting me at the phone number below.

We can move MN forward when we all come together, hope to see you there!

Log Cabin Republicans

115 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Contact Name: Ken Smoron
Telephone Number: 612-236-3455

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