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21
Jul
2014

(Editorial)

A proposal by the Minneapolis Charter Commission to raise the filing fees for candidates running for city offices will be on the ballot this November.

In order to pass such a change to the charter without a referendum, the city council has to unanimously approve.  That approval failed, so it will be up to the voters to decide whether a candidate should have to pay $500 to run for mayor.

Written by Mike Trehus   
 
17
Jul
2014

On July 10, 2014, Erick Kaardal, attorney for the Minnesota Voters Alliance, filed written objections to Lino Lakes’ campaign report with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), asking the Court to reject the city’s court-ordered filing because it is incomplete.

The city’s campaign report, which was ordered by the OAH on April 24, 2014, was required as a result of the legal actions taken by the partnership of MVA and Mike Trehus.  We have found this report to be insufficient for several reasons, and are compelled to challenge these insufficiencies.

Written by Mike Trehus   
 
12
Jul
2014

Thanks to our recent victory in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, a court date has now been set in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in the case against Anoka-Hennepin School District for illegally using taxpayer money to promote their tax levies.

The date is set for Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:00AM in the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), located at 600 Robert St N in St. Paul.   Oral arguments will be heard by Judge Mihalchick.  The Public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Written by Mike Trehus   
 
01
May
2014

This past Monday, April 28, 2014, Judge John H. Guthmann, ruling in favor of the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) and other plaintiffs, ordered that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (D) exceeded his authority and must shut down the online voter registration website he launched on September 26, 2013.

Secretary Mark Ritchie’s registration website is now shut down and internet voter registration is halted in Minnesota, ending at least one source of potential voter fraud.

Written by Mike Trehus   
 
26
Apr
2014

In a decision with statewide implications, on April 24, 2014 a three-judge panel at the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) ruled that the City of Lino Lakes violated Section 211A of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.  The Court found that actions by Lino Lakes during the election season of 2012 had crossed the line, and that content from the City, put out at taxpayer expense, was not informational but was in fact promotional.  The city was also reprimanded by the Court.

"This is a breakthrough case” said Andy Cilek, Executive Director of the MVA. “It’s the first of its kind in Minnesota."

Written by MN Voters Alliance   
 
16
Apr
2014

Charging that City actions which “skewed factual information” and “suppressed opposition” were an “abuse,” on April 3 and April 10 attorneys for the Minnesota Voters Alliance filed post hearing and reply memorandums against the City of Lino Lakes for violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. The memorandums are the final legal steps in the matter, and now it’s up to the Office of Administrative Hearings to make its decision on this matter.

The case against Lino Lakes revolves around the city using public funds during the 2012 election to misinform the voters and promote a measure it created which would have repealed citizen protections from the City Charter.

Written by MN Voters Alliance   
 
06
Feb
2014

The Minnesota Voters Alliance has taken action in support of Mike Trehus in his legal action against the City of Lino Lakes for alleged violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. The case against Lino Lakes is an important example to citizens, taxpayers, and voters everywhere in Minnesota of what a government can (but should not) do with public dollars. This case is also important because, as the first of its kind involving a municipality, important legal precedents will very likely be set.

In brief: The City of Lino Lakes developed and proposed an amendment to the city charter that would have significantly curtailed the rights and protections that property owners and taxpayers were given under the Charter.

Written by MN Voters Alliance   
 

MVA at the State Fair

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MVA hosts its 4th annual live broadcasts at the '13 MN State Fair

(Andy Cilek and co-host Walter Hudson w/guests Kelly Fenton, Vice Chair MN GOP and Marianne Stebbins)

Andy Cilek on Fox News Channel

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