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HD 66B Republicans Endorse Mikki Murray Unanimously

Mikki Murray was endorsed by the HD 66B Republicans Endorsing Convention unanimously on June 22, 2020.

In her speech prior to the vote she said, “I’m in it to win it,” not just to have a name on the ballot. She mentioned also she has been called everything in the book and has even been threatened. No doubt the Leftwing Press will suppress this information so we HD 66B Republicans will not be silent.

Public Subsidy Date July 20th

In order to qualify for a campaign public subsidy, MN House candidates must raise $1500 in $50 increments by July 20, 2020. MN Senate candidates must raise $3000.  They also have to sign the Public Subsidy Agreement.

If you haven’t used your Political Campaign Refund (PCR) yet you can contribute to $50 Mikki Murray or to Greg Copeland the Endorsed Senate District 66 Republican candidate, or contribute $50 to both, with the exception you’d only get a refund for one of them.

Candidate Mikki Murray’s Campaign Info

Email:  MikkiMurray4MNHouse@gmail.com

Phone: 651-321-8387

 

Sharing Recipes: Healthified Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the days when the Republican Party of Minnesota Headquarters was located within walking distance of the MN State Capitol in St Paul, I, Tom Polachek, used to volunteer frequently there.  One thing about volunteering at the HQ, was they rarely had snacks for volunteers.  So I had to brown bag it when I did Precinct Caucus Data Entry and do phone-banking there.  Occasionally there was Pizza but that was rare.  So I started to bring made-from-scratch cookies to share with some of the staff and the other volunteers.

When the HQ was moved out of St Paul to the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis I stopped volunteering at the HQ.

At the 2018 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in Duluth as the Chair I brought two kinds of cookies to share with the Delegates and the Alternates.  I brought out Chewy Double Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I didn’t have enough time to make another batch of cookies which I’m sharing here, Healthified Chocolate Chip aka Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

So being that we won’t be able to be together in person at the CD4 Republican Convention nor the State Convention, I thought I’d share the recipes so you can make them yourself to share with your family.

The Betty Crocker App I have on my ancient 3rd Generation iPod Touch lists these cookies having “21% fewer calories • 42% less sat fat • 14% less fat than the original recipe. Simple changes help ease the guilt without losing an ounce of deliciousness!

It is a simple recipe though when I first made it I thought I did something wrong as it was so soupy prior adding the dry ingredients. I made small cookies as I was unsure if a large cookie would stay together. The cookie sheets and silicone mats I was using I set the oven for 8 minutes.


Ingredients

A. 3/4 cup granulated sugar

B. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (If your brown sugar has turned hard, you can soften it up by heating it in 10-15 second bursts in the microwave on high. Check it each time until soft).

C. 1/2 cup butter, softened

D. 1/2 cup canola oil

E. 1 teaspoon vanilla

F. 1 egg

G. 2 cups Gold Medal® whole wheat flour

H. 1 teaspoon baking soda

J. 1/4 teaspoon salt

K. 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

*There is no letter “I” as it might confuse the reader.

**I used the North Dakota Mill “Dakota Maid” Brand Whole Wheat Flour. Believe me, you won’t know it is a whole wheat cookie.


Directions

It goes without saying your kitchen needs to be super clean before starting. Wash your hands, and keep your hair in place with a bandana or baseball hat (I started to collect baseball hats because of my single guy cooking-baking). You might have to handle the dough when you put it on the cookie sheets, so wash your hands again.

1. In a large bowl, beat A thru F with an electric mixer on low speed until blended.

2. Beat in G thru J until well blended.

3. Stir in K with a mixing spoon. (I like to use mini chips as there is a more even distribution of chips per bite).

4. Heat oven to 375°F (I like to not rush the mixing as the oven preheats. I like to prepare my cookies on the sheets while it preheats).

5. On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart. (I use a silicon baking mat on a metal cookie sheet on either an air bake or a one ply raised sided metal sheet)

6. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until very light golden brown (centers will be soft).

7. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

ENJOY

 


Directions with Photos

1. Mix A-F

Sugars

Add Canola Oil

Add a Large Egg


2. Add Whole Wheat Flour, baking soda and salt (G thru J)

 


3. Add mini chips and mix with mixing spoon or rubber mixing spatula

 


4. Preheat oven to 375 F

5. Prepare your baking sheets.

The silicone mat on the right SILPAT made in France is my favorite baking mat. To determine what is a good silicone baking tool pinch some of the material together. If a white line appears between your fingers it is a poor quality baking tool.

The Best oven mitt I’ve ever used is the “Ove Glove.” It’s reversible and worth whatever you or your gift giver paid for it.


Use upside down spatula to get the cookie off the sheet.

 

Cool cookies on a wire rack. Then transfer to a plate to put in the fridge.

ENJOY 

Nutrition Facts Calories 110, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (11% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (4% DV), Sodium 65mg (3% DV), Total Carbohydrate 13g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV), Sugars 9g, Protein 1g, Calcium 0%. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 

Sharing Recipes with Our Neighbors

There is a “Shelter in Place,” order by the Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz. While the Virus Scare has seemed to be more fear than bite we Republicans like always, it seems, have to bend to the will of another Liberal Democrat who wants to dictate to us how we can live. The Virus has been much like the regular Flu where it claims the lives of the frail, and vulnerable.

The best way we can cope is to support each other, pray for each other and our leaders, and to help others when we can. Keep your wits about yourself and to try to live the best you can under the restraints we are placed under.

Sharing Recipes

To help comfort you during this trying time, and to do a little neighborhood outreach, as Chair of HD 66B Republicans I would like to share some recipes you might want to try at home.

In 2018 at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention in Duluth MN I brought some cookies I made to share during the long hours of sitting at the convention. I gave each of our delegates a bag of cookies of each kind. In upcoming Shared Recipe Articles I will give those “Convention Cookie,” Recipes out. First in the series will be an economical snack cake.

Double Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

This is from my Betty Crocker Cookbook, soft cover Page 68.

This is a cake I like to make on a weekend for something to eat with coffee. The prep time is about 10-15 minutes and bake time is 35-40 minutes. If you want to add a glaze or frosting that will add another 10 minutes to make it. It is economical as there are few ingredients out of the regular ones I always have in my kitchen (oil, flour, sugar, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt, etc.). This cake doesn’t require eggs so it might be a good recipe to make after you’ve exhausted your Easter Egg supply. A few ingredients you might not have on hand are chocolate chips, or vinegar.

To avoid too much writing on my 3×5 Recipe Cards, I like to list the ingredient list by letters and then use those letters in the directions.

Ingredients

A. 1 and 2/3 cups Flour (do not use self rising flour)

B. 1 Cup Sugar

C. 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa (1/4 cup = 4 Tablespoons)

D. 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

E. 1/2 teaspoon Salt

F. 1 Cup Water

G. 1/3 Cup Oil (I like to use extra light tasting olive oil, though vegetable oil works fine)

H. 1 teaspoon Vinegar (I use white vinegar)

J. 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

K. 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (I like to use mini-chips)

Directions

    1. Mix Ingredients A thru E together thoroughly with whisk or mixing spoon.
    2. Stir in remaining ingredients except K.
    3. Sprinkle in K into batter.
    4. Preheat oven to 350 F
    5. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8x8x2 pan.
    6. Bake on middle rack position in oven 35-40 minutes or until wooden pick comes out cleanly in the center. Do not overbake.
    7. Cool completely on wire rack
    8. Add topping. It is good without a topping or just a dusting of powdered sugar.

Optional: add flavorings to the mix or if you are a “nut-in-brownies” kind of person you can add cut up pecans or walnuts.Before bakingAfter baking on wire rack to coolWith icing on the cake.

Normally I do a quick glaze which is like frosting except it lacks either the right amount of powdered sugar, or butter, or too much liquid to be considered frosting.

Directions for a Vanilla Frosting

This recipe is for a 13×9 inch pan so you can cut the recipe in half or make two snack cakes and use the second half of the frosting for the second cake.

(For 13×9 inch pan)

Ingredients

A. 3 Cups powdered Sugar

B. 1/3 Cup softened butter–5 and a 1/3 Tablespoons see scale on side of package (you can use a microwave to soften a hard stick of butter but you should avoid completely melted butter, it is hard to judge, it is easier to let the butter stand in your mixing bowl for the time the cake is cooling)

C. 1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla

D. About 2 Tablespoons of milk (stir in the first Tablespoon to see how much more is needed. Water can be substituted here if out of milk)

Directions

    1. Mix A & B together.
    2. Stir in C & D
    3. Beat with hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
    4. Frost with large Table knife or mixing spatula until even.

Optional add flavorings to frosting or food coloring.

**For chocolate frosting add 2 ounces of melted unsweetened baking chocolate (if halfing the recipe it would be 1 ounce). Or a 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 of the recipe would be 2 Tablespoons)

***For Mocha Frosting stir in the chocolate or cocoa powder for chocolate frosting and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of instant coffee

Calories per serving (1piece of the 9 total pieces is 300 calories unfrosted. With frosting per piece is 365 calories)

–From the kitchen of Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

Enjoy!

 

US House CD4 Republican Candidate Letter: Sia Lo

The following letter is from the Endorsed CD4 Republican Candidate Sia Lo.  It has not been altered in any way. We asked the CD4 Republican Candidates and the US Senate Candidates to send us a letter to read at caucus and to post on our website.  The endorsed candidate who wins the nomination/endorsement will have their letter stay up until the November Election. ~~ Admin


February 25, 2020

Good evening, my name is Sia Lo and I running for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District.

Here is a little bit of information about me. I am a 54-year old attorney married to the love of my life, Mayka Lee, and we have four beautiful children. I grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Johnson Senior High School, and currently reside in White Bear Lake. Like all of you, we are pretty busy, and Grandma still tells us all what to do. In addition to our children, we also have two dogs, a turtle, a rabbit, a lizard and a tank full of fish.

My family fled Laos in 1973 after the Communists took over our country. They were looking for my father because he worked for the CIA. My father and the Hmong soldiers fought the North Vietnamese communists for 15 years to a standing still under the leadership of General Vang Pao and the CIA.  We lost approximately 30 percent of our entire population.  Because of our sacrifices, we were allowed to immigrate to the United States as refugees.  If there is anyone that understands the cruelty and destruction of communism, it is us. If there is anyone that understands that freedom is not free, it is us.

But our sacrifices for freedom did not go in vain for since our arrival four decades ago. We have been working hard to achieve the American dream. Many Asian-Americans have become doctors and lawyers, teachers and business leaders.  My niece Sunisa Lee even won a world gymnastics gold medal representing the United States. So simply put, we have climbed every mountain, crossed every stream and followed every rainbow until we found our dream.  And, that dream is America.  And America is beautiful and we love her.

I am running for office because America have done so much for me and now it is time for me to give back to her what she has given me. I am also running because the American Dream that we found is being threaten by those that are pushing for dangerous ideologies like Socialist and Communist ideas.  Those that believe in socialism and Communism believe that government has all the answers and can be the provider and protector for all.

These ideologies will destroy the very fabric of the freedom that created America and what made us the best country in the world. It is the belief that all men and women are created equal and that we are endowed by our Creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I am proud of our president. What President Trump has accomplished in the last three years is amazing. He has brought us back onto the path of greatness. But he is going to need an ally in Congress from our congressional district.  I intend to bring the fight to Betty McCollum in all precincts throughout this district like we have never seen before. My team has already pledged to out work her between now and November 3rd. President Trump deserves to have a teammate elected from St. Paul and suburbs, and I intend to be that person.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this process. I look forward to meeting each of you on the campaign trail.

Warmest regards,

Sia Lo

Candidate for Congress

Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District

P.O. Box 270232

Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

(612) 325-0796

Paid for by Sia Lo for Congress Committee


We did not get paid for the posting of the letter. We are posting it as courtesy. ~~ Admin