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Nov 04, 2014

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Tue Oct 28, 2014

League of Women Voters Minnesota Only Debate for Secretary of State Candidates

7:00 pm
Hoversten Chapel on the campus of Augsburg College (http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/#directions)
2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454

St. Paul—The four candidates for Minnesota Secretary of State will make their only joint campaign appearance on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the League of Women Voters Minnesota candidate forum. The forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

 Candidates Bob Helland (I), Bob Odden (L), Dan Severson (R) and Steve Simon (DFL) all have indicated they will participate in the LWV forum. They will face off on questions submitted by voters and the five nonpartisan organizations who are co-sponsoring the forum. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and parking will be available in some Augsburg lots as well as local parking ramps.

 Susan Sheridan Tucker, LWV Minnesota Executive Director, cited the critical role the Secretary of State plays in explaining why LWV Minnesota chose to host this forum, “As Minnesota’s Chief Elections Officer, the Secretary of State is charged with implementing our voting system and ensuring the integrity and sanctity of every ballot and every voter registration. Voting rights are at the heart of our democratic system and that’s why the League of Women Voters chose to shine a spotlight on a less-publicized race.”

 “The Secretary of State also plays a vital role in our business community,” noted Stacy Doepner-Hove, LWV Minnesota President. “This office is the official recorder of all business and financing documents that every business relies on statewide. Having a centralized, efficient and accessible system for Minnesota’s half-million businesses is critical to a healthy economic climate. This race is vital to individuals and businesses alike.”

 Tucker continued, “Minnesota voters demonstrated in 2012 how much they care about protecting voting rights for all citizens. Those same voters should be watching this candidate forum before choosing our next Secretary of State because their choice will affect when, where and how we register and vote in the years ahead.”

 Attending the Candidate Forum

Doors to Hoversten Chapel in the Foss Center at Augsburg College (2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis) open at 6:15 p.m. Street parking is available around Murphy Square and along Butler Place as well as in the University of Minnesota parking ramp nearby. Given the limited parking, attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation at their convenience. The event is free and open to the public however seating is limited.

 Preregistration to guarantee a seat is available online at http://tinyurl.com/kgcomsw.

 Online Streaming & YouTube

Voters can watch the forum live via The Uptake at theuptake.org by choosing their video option. The forum will also be available for playback on YouTube after the forum. For quick access to the YouTube video, visit lwvmn.org and click on the link on the Home Page.

 Questions for the Candidates

Voters attending the forum have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Questions may be submitted in advance via email to sosquestions@lwvmn.org and will be accepted until noon on Monday, October 27. By League of Women Voters Minnesota policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential.  Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the event. 

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Fri Oct 17, 2014

TPT Almanac (Live TV)

7:00 pm
downtown St. Paul studios
172 East Fourth Street, St Paul, MN 55101

 Will not be the full hour but we will devote a chunk of time to it, dependent upon how many of the four candidates can join us that night.

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Sat Oct 18, 2014

Bob Crosby posted in MN Carry Day & Safety Education Expo - east metro, Oct. 18, St. Paul

Harley Davidson
2899 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, MN 55128

This day-long family- and kid-friendly event is free to attend and is intended to create awareness about Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law and the growing number of nearly 180,000 permit holders in Minnesota. The event will also highlight the importance of the safe and responsible ownership, use and carrying of firearms. The event will also offer education related to self defense and personal safety for the whole family. Attendees will find vendor tables, food trucks, give-aways and outreach specifically targeted for women and and those looking for a variety of personal safety options. 

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Tue Oct 14, 2014

MNGOPAC Plymouth, MN Candidate Forum & get-together

5:30 pm
Green Mill
Plymouth, MN 55421

Our agenda tonight is very informal.  We'll have time to socially interact with candidates and other attendees - and then we'll have candidate speak throughout the event.  Each will have 5-10 minutes to talk briefly about their race and themselves and take Q&A from the audience.  Many will have literature to share as well.

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Thu Oct 30, 2014

State of Democracy for People of Color

6:00 pm
Kelly Inn
161 St. Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55103

(This event requires an invite by Minnesota Voice.)  The mission of Minnesota Voice is three-fold; first, we want to provide an opportunity for constituents of traditionally under-represented communities to meet you face-to-face and hear your views on issues directly affecting them. Second, we want to increase civic participation in the election process at all levels. Third, we plan to roll out a People’s Inspired Democracy Reform Agenda for Minnesota. We invite you as a candidate for Secretary of State to participate in our forum.

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October 2, 2014

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Victimless Crimes

Eliminate taking away individual voting rights for being convicted of a felony for a victimless crime.

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Sat Oct 04, 2014

Meeting with Hmong Firearms/Twin Cities Gun Owners & Cary Forum

1:00 pm
Destiny Cafe
1151 Clarence, St. Paul, MN

A meeting of gun owners.

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Thu Sep 18, 2014

Video Taping

1:15 pm
Town Square TV
5845 Blaine Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

To make a 5 minute video.  Meaningful elections with believable results.

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Fri Oct 03, 2014

High School Student Questions

1:00 pm
Forest Lake High School
6101 Scandia Trail N, Forest Lake, MN 55025

The class is interested in learning about your professional background, your decision to run for Secretary of State, what it's like to be a candidate for this position, and what the Secretary of State does.  Also, the students would each have at least three questions ready to ask you.

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Sun Oct 26, 2014

MN Weapons Collectors Ass Gun Show

9:00 am
State Fair Grounds Coliseum
Falcon Heights, MN

I am a member of the MWCA and I will be manning a table for the Libertarian Party of MN.

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Sat Oct 25, 2014

MN Weapons Collectors Ass Gun Show

State Fair Grounds Coliseum
Falcon Heights, MN

I am a member of the MWCA and I will be manning a table for the Libertarian Party of MN.

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Sun Sep 28, 2014

MN Weapons Collectors Ass Gun Show

9:00 am
State Fair Grounds Education Building
Falcon Heights, MN

I am a member of the MWCA and I will be manning a table for the Libertarian Party of MN.

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Sat Sep 27, 2014

MN Weapons Collectors Ass Gun Show

8:00 am
State Fair Grounds Education Building
Falcon Heights, MN

I am a member of the MWCA and will be manning a table for the Libertarian Party of Minnesota.

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August 4, 2014

Updated Issues

Military Personnel Votes

Ensure that military personnel get to vote

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August 4, 2014

Updated Issues

SOS Office Security

Increase SOS office security

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August 4, 2014

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SOS Business Side

Make the SOS office more business friendly

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July 26, 2014

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Content of Radio Interview with Sue Jeffers KTLK 1130 am 7/26/14

I'm Bob 0DDEN, the Libertarian Party candidates for Secretary of State working to provide voters with meaningful elections to curb the power of government.

I often hear people say, “What can we do as individuals to curb government’s power?”

We have to start at the local level in order to change the federal government. That means starting with city governments. Get to know your city charter, like you would the Constitution. Look at the charter online.  Attend city Council meetings and if possible their workshops. Get to know other citizens attending these meetings. Then you will be positioned to make a difference.

As one example, look at what happened in my city of Columbia Heights just recently. In Columbia Heights, the Council approved bonding for a new library. Citizens that suggested putting the decision for this multi-million dollar project on the ballot, including myself, were lectured. We were told basically that we are smart enough to vote for them, but not smart enough to make decisions. The elite progressive liberals that were in attendance at the Council meeting thought that their new arty library was a done deal.

The Columbia Heights charter allows citizens to turn in petitions with just over 1000 signatures within 30 days to call for a referendum, and in this case on the library bonding or borrowing. The people, who petitioned, got together as individual citizens over a period of two weeks to form a petitioning group. We know each other from Council meetings. Then, over the next two weeks we collected over 1300 signatures, which we turned in last Wednesday. As individuals, we belonged to four different political parties. This includes the Constitution and Libertarian parties plus the Democrat and Republican parties.

People who signed the petition were not just limited to people who questioned the cost or need for a new library. A large number of supporters of the new library also signed. Some because of the behavior of the Council and others because they felt citizens should have a say with borrowing of this magnitude. When you do something like this, you will find friends on both the left and the right.

So I ask your listeners to get involved at the local level. Organize before the need arises for it. Don't depend on political groups to help you. You need to get together with citizens in your community and take back control. Remember, it is the duty of all citizens to participate in our Republican form of government to preserve it, not just to vote.

I for one want to keep our Republican form of government with all its checks and balances and as Secretary of State; I will make that my number one objective. What I helped to do for Columbia Heights, I want to help to do for the rest of the citizens of Minnesota.

You can do it.

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July 25, 2014

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Testifying at Senate Elections Committee 3/12/14

Bob Odden is testifying against MN Senate bill SF1082 representing the Libertarian Party of MN.  This bill, if passed, will place an amendment on the ballot this fall to take away our right to vote for judges.  The Democrats believe that we are too stupid to vote for judges.  It is amazing that we are smart enough to vote for MN legislative Senators.  This bill has not yet been sent to the MN House.  Most hearings are not taped.  A private citizen taped me.

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July 25, 2014

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Speech to Congressional District 6 I 6/23/14

Talked about being a candidate for Secretary of State.

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July 24, 2014

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Editorial Posted in the 7/18/14 Sun Focus

I am devoted to our Democratic form of government with checks and balances. For this form of government to work, citizens need the ability to vote on issues in free and fair elections. At the city level this includes being able to vote on rare multi-million dollar government projects. This is part of my commitment as a candidate running for the position of Minnesota Secretary of State.

 

To fulfill this commitment, I spoke at the June 9 Columbia Heights City Council meeting asking the Council to put the question of bonding for a new library on the November 4 general election ballot.  Columbia Heights Citizens would then vote for or against the bonding bill.  

 

Citizens need to have the ability to determine how their hard earned money is spent.   I want to give the citizens this check on the council's powers having faith in their ability to choose what's best for our city.  Unfortunately, the Council did not agree with this philosophy.

 

I am now gathering petition signatures for a library bonding referendum to be placed on the November 4 ballot. If you're a Columbia Heights resident and wish to sign the petition, please contact me at 612-987-2063 before July 23. Thank you to all of you who believe that our government is our servant, not our master. 

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July 24, 2014

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Columbia Heights Petitioning for Bonding New Library

I am very pleased with the petition effort to give voters in Columbia Heights a more meaningful election when they go to vote. As a candidate for Secretary of State, encouraging referendums to provide more significant ballot choices is one way I plan to increase voter turnout.

Then for the voters to make their decision there needs to be an increase in healthy discussions on policy, particularly in the media. This goes hand-in-hand with increasing voter turnout. For instance, the city Council wants to borrow $7 million for a new library building. However, they have not picked an actual site for the building, there are no building plans drawn up, there's nothing to tell us exactly what the library will include, there's no realistic measurable goals and objectives for the library, and final costs including land acquisition are unknown.

The Council has already agreed that the $7 million is not the final cost for the new library building. At one Council meeting, the City stated the cost would be approximately $10 million without land acquisition costs. The voter should not be voting for a blank check but should know all the details before they are asked pay for a new library building, or for that matter, anything else.

Voters are beginning to see themselves as ATM machines to politicians and lobbyists. The state legislature has bonded for a $1 billion Viking stadium, $90 million office building for the over the top egos at the MN Senate, and an increase in almost all taxes including taxes on products and services.  Government likes increasing business taxes.  When the cost of goods and services goes up, it looks like the fault of the private sector, and that “requires” government intervention.  All of these increases have happened because of a lack of meaningful checks and balances that remain to citizens.

What have the biggest supporters of the new library building done about the decrease in personal incomes after taxes for people to survive on?  Nothing.  They have not contacted our representatives in the MN legislature to express any displeasure with our representative’s willingness to increases tax burdens or express any displeasure in our local papers. Nor have they expressed displeasure at how the money is being spent.  So at the council meeting when library supporters told the others to, “Buck up, it’s just a few more dollars,” what do you think the others thought?

Citizens need a way to protect themselves and providing meaningful elections is one way.  I intend to make our elections more meaningful, even for judges, as Secretary of State.  If bonding for the new library building is placed on the ballot, and people feel that a new facility is worth the cost, they can vote yes.  If voters decide that they can’t afford another tax increase, then through this check on endless government spending, they can feel good about having at least some control over their lives.

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