Meet Dave

I think Governor Dayton is wrong when he wants to increase taxes on families and businesses, and I haven’t been afraid to say so -- and I hope you’ll stand with me in challenging the Governor’s failed record.

I’m an ordinary man, and with your help, I’ll have the honor to serve as Governor of Minnesota.

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Winona and La Crescent Meet & Greets

Winona State University Meet & Greet
When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 4:00pm -5:30pm
Where: Winona State University Campus, New Center West, 263 W Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987

Corky’s Pizza Meet & Greet
When: Sunday, January 26
Time: 6:30pm- 8pm
Where: Corky’s Pizza 25 S Walnut St, La Crescent, MN 55947


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Thief River Falls Gubernatorial Debate

Thief River Falls Gubernatorial Debate
When: Saturday, January 25
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Ralph Engelstad Arena Imperial Room, 525 Brooks Ave., Thief River Falls, MN


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Melody’s Cafe Meet & Greet

Melody’s Cafe Meet & Greet
When: Saturday, January 25
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Where: Melody’s Cafe, North Main Street, Warren, MN 56762


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Looking for a brighter future in Healthcare

As your Governor, I will:
Resist the Federal takeover of your healthcare.
Work toward citizen focused solutions.

There is reason to have hope. Minnesota’s healthcare system is the best in the world, in part because consumers have been allowed to choose, and entrepreneurs were allowed to innovate. You and I know that when consumers (not politicians) choose, they will look for the best quality at a good value. When you choose, you will find the product that meets the needs of your family and fits your budget.

We have seen the damage done to families across the country and here at home in Minnesota by the Federal takeover of our healthcare system. Instead of trusting people to make their own insurance and healthcare choices, Governor Dayton agreed with President Obama that Washington D.C. knows what is best for you and your family. As your Governor I will work to keep Washington bureaucrats out of your healthcare and insurance choices. I support policies that encourage innovation and consumer control. Allowing the free market to operate will reduce cost, increase access, and help Minnesotans obtain the care they need at a price they can afford.

There will always be people who need our help. The vulnerable, elderly and disabled must have access to medical care that meets basic needs and protects patient dignity and autonomy. Yes, we should encourage charity, but we also need to restore Minnesota’s safety net programs to serve those who cannot care for themselves, while protecting those people who pay the hard earned tax dollars to support our system. We cannot wait to act on reform, because the Silver Tsunami of aging baby-boomers will soon push our healthcare system to its limits.

Where We Are Now:

At the Federal Level, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare” is not keeping its promises. The people were told:

  • If you like your plan you can keep your plan.
  • If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.
  • Insurance costs will go down.
  • Fewer people will be left without health insurance.

While the failure of this big government solution is not a surprise to most of us, many of our friends and neighbors did not pay close enough attention to understand the harm that would come to so many individuals and families.

And broken promises are only the beginning: religious freedoms are being taken away; governors and state legislators are left powerless to protect their citizens; and families are being forced to purchase expensive insurance policies with terms that don’t fit individual needs.

All of the ACA problems are made worse by the failure of the website roll out. People are being dropped from perfectly good insurance policies; personal data are not secure; and those who need insurance the most have been thrown into a confusing and chaotic system. No one is being held accountable. Politicians and bureaucrats are now spending more of your money to fix a problem of their own making.

Here in Minnesota, Governor Dayton and Democrats in legislature pushed through our version of the ACA: MNsure.

Minnesota had a world-class healthcare system, one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, and a system that met the needs of Minnesotans. Our MCHA high-risk pool offered insurance to those considered “uninsurable.”

Instead of standing up for Minnesotans and our excellent healthcare delivery system, Governor Dayton followed Washington D.C. dictates. Special interest groups like Take Action Minnesota and the SEIU flooded the Capitol, leaving no room for compromise. MNsure passed after contentious hearings where flaws were pointed out over and over. In the end, special interests and Washington pressure won out and the bill passed without a single Republican vote.

The first MNsure grants began in February 2011, and from then until now, MNsure has been fraught with problems. The website that was supposed to be the “Travelocity” of health insurance failed to launch. Data were breached. Grants were given to special interest groups, while minority communities were overlooked. Counties had to hire additional staff to handle the additional work. Lack of training and planning meant that those who needed insurance and counted on MNsure met multiple enrollment failures, no way to pay, and no assurance that they would have coverage in the new year.

Governor Dayton failed to lead at every point. The Governor appointed a MNsure board of directors with no insurance experience. The Democrats gave the board its own taxing authority, control over the budget, and virtually no oversight. As Minnesotans became more frustrated and worried, Governor Dayton failed to act. He refused to take responsibility for his signature legislation. He blamed Republicans, calling them obstructionist. A true leader does not take credit for successes while looking for someone else to blame for failures.

Clearly, Minnesota deserves better.

It is time for real leadership, and citizen centered solutions.

As Governor, I would assert Minnesota’s right, and ability to lead on healthcare policy. It is time for the States to resist overreach by the federal government. Washington politicians and bureaucrats should not dictate Minnesotans’ healthcare choices. When citizens and the states are given more freedom, we will find the best solutions. In that light, I would join with other Governors to push Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with legislation that allows individual states the autonomy to address healthcare and health insurance issues on a state by state basis.

The ACA has failed. It must be repealed and replaced with innovation that will encourage individual ownership of health insurance. Congress should improve HSAs to encourage individuals to own insurance and save for long-term care. Minnesota is a national leader in the creation and development of co-ops. Expanding the co-op model in healthcare, allowing organizations like the Rotary or the Knights of Columbus to form insurance pools can help us meet the challenges we face.

The ACA and MNsure reduce competition and limit consumer choice. We must go in the opposite direction by allowing consumers to purchase insurance from any company in the country. In addition, the types of policies to be sold should not be limited by government. Consumers should choose the nature of the coverage they need. We should also work toward an expanded self-insured market.

To expand opportunity and reduce cost in our public programs, the Federal government should distribute Medicaid block grants. Minnesota can be trusted to serve the poor while respecting taxpayer dollars. We should allow doctors and other healthcare providers to deduct the hours they donate in Federally Qualified Health Centers at the Federal level and here in Minnesota.

My commitment as Governor is to lead Minnesota to a system of healthcare and health insurance that allows you to choose. You know what is best for your family and I trust you to choose the best way to meet your family’s health care needs.


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Join Us For The Republican Gubernatorial Candididate Forum

SD56, SD58, and Scott County Republicans are hosting a forum for the Republican candidates for Minnesota Governor at Bracketts Crossing in Lakeville. $10 suggested donation, kids free. Social hour starts at 6:00 PM, with the debate starting at 7:00 PM.

RSVP now and share with your friends. Looking forward to seeing a lot of friendly faces in attendance!


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I have exciting news for you…

Dear Friend:

When we launched our campaign in June, the most frequent criticism coming from establishment Republicans and liberal Democrats alike was the same: “Dave Thompson will never have the resources to compete with Mark Dayton.”

Now it is true, I’ve always put principle above politics, and have sometimes taken positions that put me at odds with my own leadership or special interests in St. Paul. And thus far I have decided not to take the public subsidy that would force me to abide by certain spending limits. Governor Dayton has not agreed to abide by the limits, and I must ultimately be ready to compete with him.

So I suppose I can see why people might doubt our ability to build an issue-based campaign, and at the same time raise the money that is necessary to compete across the State of Minnesota.

But I’m proud to make sure you are among the first to know that, thanks to your support, encouragement, and personal generosity, I can honestly say that we’ve shut down the nay-sayers and put our campaign on solid financial footing as we enter 2014. And I have done this without taking PCR money. Instead, I encourage my supporters to use their PCR eligible money to support House candidates and Party units.

At the end of this month, the Thompson for Governor campaign will report that we raised over $120,000 in 2013. That is more than the last Republican nominee raised in the year before the 2010 election, and it is a solid start on what will undoubtedly be an expensive and hard-fought campaign.

So today I’m not asking you for a dime. I’m simply asking you to accept my humble thanks for everything you have done to get this campaign on the path to victory.

As we head into 2014, I know that while we will be outspent, we will absolutely have the financial resources and campaign infrastructure to secure the Republican endorsement, win a primary election if necessary, and defeat Mark Dayton in November.

And none of it would be possible without you. So…thank you. It will be an honor to serve as your governor.

Sincerely,

Dave Thompson
Thompson for Governor
dave@TeamThompsonMN.com

P.S. Will you pledge to support my campaign as a caucus delegate? Sign-up now and encourage your friends and familiy to do the same!


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Join us this Friday

I’m excited to let you know about a Christmas gathering we’re hosting this Friday.

On Friday, December 13th my husband Dave and I will be hosting friends and supporters at our campaign office to talk about the campaign, the holidays, and the coming year. We’re looking forward to a great turnout and hope you can attend. Details are below, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at rhonda@teamthompsonmn.com.

Christmas Party & Open House
December 13th
5:30-7:30pm
20799 Holyoke Ave – Suite 100 – Lakeville, MN 55044
Light refreshments will be served

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you later this week!

Regards,

Rhonda Thompson


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Join Us TOMORROW

I wanted to let you know about two special events tomorrow in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties. Rep. Drazkowski and I are looking forward to seeing a lot of friendly faces so I hope you can attend and have a cup of coffee with the two of us, and supporters from across the area.

We’ll be at the following locations tomorrow, December 7th:

Coffee Mill Restaurant, Zumbrota
9:00am – 10:30am

Port 104, Lake City
12:00pm – 1:30pm

I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to talk with voters so come on out tomorrow and let’s chat!


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My Energy Policy

Dependence Upon Energy

We all share the common goal of creating a healthy economy that will raise standards of living for future generations of Minnesotans. We all know the impact of regulatory and tax policies on our economy. But energy policy is often neglected when we talk about moving our economy forward.

Nearly everything we do is impacted by energy costs. We commute to work, heat and cool our homes, buy food and clothing that have to be shipped by air, water, rail and/or roads. Your computer, iPad and smart phone don’t function without a supply of electricity at your fingertips. Suffice it to say that keeping energy costs down will save consumers and businesses significant money, thereby improving standards of living and quality of life. That is why we need a governor who understands the issues, and is prepared to implement policies that make low cost energy available to all Minnesotans.

The Goal of Energy Policy

What should policymakers consider when writing energy policy? To me the answer is quite simple. We should create an environment in which competition in the private sector will flourish. Competition and innovation will result in a dependable, low cost energy supply that facilitates economic growth. Policymakers should not favor one kind of power generation over another. Rather, market forces should dictate how we generate sufficient energy to meet an ever-growing demand.

Unfortunately, over the last several years our energy policy has been set by people from both political parties that have favored politically correct sources of energy that require subsidies because they are not economically viable. Hardworking taxpayers have been forced to support companies and technology that waste our money, instead of competing in the market. This has harmed taxpayers and driven up the cost of energy for homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.

Minnesota Energy Facts

Each year Minnesotans consume approximately 67 million megawatt hours of electricity at an annual cost in excess of $6 billion. Public utilities are heavily regulated and enjoy a monopoly. You cannot purchase power from a competitor. Rates are set by the government (public utilities) or the members (cooperatives).

Minnesota electricity rates (11.29 cents/kilowatt-hour) are below the national average (11.61), but higher than the regional average (10.04). Our region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. And unfortunately we are becoming less competitive, rather than more. Between 2006 and 2013, electric rates in Minnesota increased by 32.3%. This compares to an increase of 27.4% in the region and only 9.8% across the nation. If this trend continues, energy costs will slow growth and diminish our competitiveness.

In 2007, Minnesota passed into law renewable energy standards that are among the strictest in the nation. Only California, New York and Connecticut have more stringent standards. Unfortunately, Governor Dayton and the Democrats in the legislature added to this burden during the 2013 legislative session.

Guiding Principles

There are two principles that should guide policymakers when setting energy policy.

-First, markets should determine generation sources, not politicians and bureaucrats.

-Second, public utilities should not be given a monopoly. Consumers should have choices.

Policy Prescriptions

I. Production

Have you ever asked yourself why some sources of generation such as solar and wind are not used for base-load energy unless they are subsidized with taxpayer dollars? It is because they are not reliable, cost effective methods of generation. Taxpayers and energy consumers should not be forced to spend their hard earned dollars supporting crony capitalism. For too long, Minnesota energy policy has focused on special interests, not the interests of Minnesotans.

Oil, clean coal and natural gas are plentiful, and are still the most efficient sources of energy available to us at this time. New technologies provide greater access to these resources. Natural gas in particular is clean, efficient, and readily available. Oil also continues to be the best source of low cost efficient energy. North Dakota is now the number two oil producing state in the nation, second only to Texas. We have oil and gas in this country, and Minnesota should take advantage of its availability.

There is one drawback to ending our subsidy programs. Many well-intentioned farmers in our state now rely on income from corn production, in part because of our ethanol program. We must be cognizant of this situation, and make sure we back away from current energy policy with a minimum of dislocation to farmers and agricultural related businesses that are dependent or partially dependent upon the ethanol program.

II. Retail

Minnesota should join the 17 states and the District of Columbia that allow private retailers to sell electricity. This competition among utilities drives down prices, and creates market efficiencies. States that are as politically diverse as Connecticut, Illinois and Texas are among those allowing competition. This is not a partisan issue, and I would welcome support from lawmakers throughout the political spectrum. Lower cost energy will help all Minnesotans, but will provide a the most benefit to middle and lower income households.

Energy Policy Beyond the Borders

Minnesota currently houses nuclear waste that should have been removed by the federal government. As governor, I would pressure Washington, D.C. politicians to keep their promise. I believe nuclear energy may well be the long-term future of energy. But we must first know that we have the ability to dispose of the waste in a way that does not put our population at risk.

The Federal government is standing in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline. As Governor, I would work with representatives in Washington, D.C. to move the project forward providing jobs, and lowering the cost of energy for families across the country and here at home in Minnesota.

Canada is an important trading partner for Minnesota. The province of Manitoba has abundant hydro-electricity that is clean, renewable, and affordable. As governor, I would develop energy policies that would strengthen our trading relationships with our friends to the north while meeting our energy needs for Minnesota.


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Dave Thompson Statement on Reports of Increased Property Taxes in Minnesota

By now all Minnesotans know that Governor Mark Dayton raised taxes on our families by more than $2 billion. Part of this additional money would be used to increase Local Government Aid. Governor Dayton, along with Finance Commissioner Myron Frans, promised that the result would be lower property taxes. In fact, as recently as July 31, the governor was taking credit for what he projected to be a $121 million decrease in property taxes.

(Source: http://finance-commerce.com/2013/07/dayton-property-taxes-will-dip-by-121-million/)

Earlier today we learned that property taxes are expected to increase for the vast majority of Minnesota’s hardworking taxpayers and families!

(Source: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/231679751.html)

Republican candidate for governor Dave Thompson said, “This Administration is leaving a trail of broken promises and misjudgments that will harm our state for years to come. The governor told us the healthcare exchange would not cost anything and would protect our access to medical care. Instead we have spiraling costs and 140,000 Minnesotans who have already lost insurance coverage. The Vikings stadium would be built without using one dime of general fund taxpayer money. Now, due to the failure of the proposed funding method, it is almost certain that the Wilf family will be paid with money that could have gone to lower class sizes in our schools or shore up nursing home care.

And now . . . you are likely to pay higher property taxes as well. This is a failure of leadership. Clearly it is time for a change.”

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