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    With the contest for a new chairman, the Republican Party of Minnesota is headed for another power struggle between two blocs of activists — the Ron Paul supporters who have taken over much of the party’s grass-roots structure, and traditional conservatives who lost their hold at the state convention last spring.

    Two of the key players in this competition are Marianne Stebbins, not a candidate for chair but the chief organizer of Paul supporters, also known as the “liberty” wing, and Keith Downey, a former state representative with a business and legislative résumé, who is a candidate for party chair.

    The victor will determine nothing less than whether the Republican Party can return to dominance. Each group believes it has a vision that will lead the party back to financial solvency and organizational effectiveness that, in turn, will lead to the broad voter support that the party lacked in the 2012 election. For Stebbins, that means a radical retrenchment of party ideals.

    “We looked at the last election and the party just showed that it was genuinely out of touch,” she said. “They weren’t talking about the economy, they were talking about the constitutional amendments.” For Downey, the party’s principles are not the problem, but he believes they got lost in the translation to voters.

    “The basic Republican message of relying on Minnesotans and not bigger government is an appealing one,” he said. “If we can animate the activist base and make people understand we do care, we can excite the public.”
    more at link: http://www.minnpost.com/politics-pol...ions-still-war
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    Is she trying to inject sense and a real foundation back into the party? I like
    No more socialists/progressives/compromisers running as a republican.

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    Stebbins is not so sure about that and implies there will be a litmus test for future candidates to get the liberty wing’s stamp of approval. “We’re not interested in electing any Republican that runs,” she said. “We want to choose a candidate that has principles.”
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    litmus tests for the win.
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    Raul Labrador just threw the hammer down..."said we need to stop acting like moderates and talking like conservatives" and start "talking like moderates and acting like conservatives".
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    Go Scribbler Go!
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    Based upon the comments, it seems many believe that the MNGOP is hurting because it is allegedly so hard-right and not moderate. The fact that the liberty contingent is labeled as Ron Paul oriented, it is perceived to be extreme right when in reality the current perspective of right wing doesn't fit at all. Bystanders really do believe that this invasion of the liberty/TP folks over the establishment are moves to make the GOP far to the right than what they currently are which is just false advertising. It's funny that trying to get the fiscal house in order and reigning in our foreign policy is out of touch these days when no one can say we aren't on a crash course for financial doom. That said, I'm sure the Minnpost is what the boobs read for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSP-Rebel View Post
    Based upon the comments, it seems many believe that the MNGOP is hurting because it is allegedly so hard-right and not moderate. The fact that the liberty contingent is labeled as Ron Paul oriented, it is perceived to be extreme right when in reality the current perspective of right wing doesn't fit at all. Bystanders really do believe that this invasion of the liberty/TP folks over the establishment are moves to make the GOP far to the right than what they currently are which is just false advertising. It's funny that trying to get the fiscal house in order and reigning in our foreign policy is out of touch these days when no one can say we aren't on a crash course for financial doom. That said, I'm sure the Minnpost is what the boobs read for the most part.
    when someone says right and left.. or far right and far left. ask them what they mean.
    ask for them to define. then correct their definition.
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    I was hoping one of our guys would run for chair.

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    Scribbler =Marianne Stebbins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agorism View Post
    Scribbler =Marianne Stebbins?
    Yes. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/member....er-de-Stebbing
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