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2022 CD4 Republican Convention April 23 9am Registration, 10am to 4pm

What:  Minnesota Fourth Congressional District Republican Convention (CD4 GOP)

When:  Saturday April 23rd, 9:00 am Registration, 10:00 AM Gavel Start, 12:00-12:30 pm Lunch, 4:00 pm Adjourn

Where:  Advent Lutheran Church, 3000 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113 Map

Cost: Pre-registration $25 + $5.00 for Lunch, At the door cost $35 with no ability to request a lunch.  Pre-registration ends Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 pm.

Misc:  As of this posting the SPRCC Convention will be after the CD4 Convention, though if you are a St Paul BPOU delegate or alternate contact Chair Hann (chair@mngop.com) to complain about the time and location of the SPRCC convention.

See CD4-mngop.com for more details


There are 4 levels of organizational meetings in the Republican Party of Minnesota.  The first 2 levels are at the BPOU, or as some call it the Local Party Unit (our chair likes to call it a Neighborhood Party Unit) level which are the Precinct Caucuses, and BPOU Convention.

Neighborhood Party Unit

  1. Precinct Caucuses (February 1st)
  2. BPOU Convention (March 19th)

Congressional District

3. Fourth Congressional District Convention (April 23)

State Party Convention

4. Republic Party of Minnesota State Convention (May 13-14)

While some say you need extensive training, there is no experience necessary to be engaged at every level, though these conventions especially at the 3rd and 4th level are thick with political hobbyists, meaning people who always get elected to convention largely to hobnob and network with people.  If you don’t get elected at any level as a delegate/alternate you can still attend as a guest.

What to expect at the MN 4th Congressional District Convention

  • State & Federal Legislators, and Candidate Speeches
  • Networking with elected leaders, candidates, affiliate groups, non-profit organizations, delegates/alternates from other areas in CD4.
  • Platform Resolutions Debate (at some point it has to happen), there will be some consolidation of resolutions from all the Bpous.
  • Reports from various Convention Committees: Rules, Nominations, Credentials, Constitution, Resolutions, as well as the CD4 Treasurer’s report.
  • Expect a long day beginning in the morning at 9 am when registration starts and ending in the afternoon at the latest 4 pm. Though if you are thinking of being part of the St Paul Republican City Committee you’ll have to stay even later to attend that convention (seems wrong that people of St Paul can’t decide on their own when to have their convention or where).
  • Endorsement of a Fourth Congressional District Candidate. So far Mikki Murray, May Lor Xiong, and Jerry Silver are running for the endorsement (click on their names to visit their website).
  • Election of Fourth Congressional District Officers Chair, Deputy Chair, Vice Chairs, and Secretary for a 1 year term which ends in 2023. In the odd years these Executive Committee Officers are elected to 2 year terms.  You don’t need to be a delegate or alternate to the Convention to be elected, however if you’re not a delegate or seated alternate you will not be able to vote for your candidacy (if you are a delegate or alternate you don’t  have this problem).

 

Happy Women’s Suffrage Day, 100 yrs of Women’s Right to Vote, August 18, 1920 to Now

Women’s Suffrage was borne out of the American Abolitionism Movement

On August 18, 1920 the State of Tennessee became the 36th state to pass the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing Women the Right to Vote.  Minnesota was the 15th State to pass it on September 8, 1919.

Seneca Falls Convention & Declaration of Sentiments

It wasn’t the first attempt at passing an amendment for women to be allowed to vote, in fact it started up about 72 years earlier in Seneca Falls, New York at a Women’s Rights Convention started by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They were abolitionists who turned to advocate for women’s rights.  At the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention Mott, Stanton and other women put together a list modeled after the Declaration of Independence called the “The Declaration of Sentiments.” 

The Declaration of Sentiments offered examples of how men oppressed women such as:

  • preventing them from owning land or earning wages
  • preventing them from voting
  • compelling them to submit to laws created without their representation
  • giving men authority in divorce and child custody proceedings and decisions
  • preventing them from gaining a college education
  • preventing them from participating in most public church affairs
  • subjecting them to a different moral code than men
  • aiming to make them dependent and submissive to men

Stanton read the Declaration of Sentiments at the convention and proposed women be given the right to vote, among other things. Sixty-eight women and 32 men signed the document—including prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglass—but many withdrew their support later when it came under public scrutiny. (source History.com)

Post Civil War and Reconstruction Period

Following the Civil War the late President Abraham Lincoln’s Reconstruction plan had been altered as he was no longer around to over see it.  The 13th Amendment had been passed in 1865 ending slavery officially, the 14th and 15th Amendments had been passed to grant Civil Rights and Equal Protection under the law; and Voting Rights to former slaves respectively.

At the time Women thought they could register to vote with the passage of the 15th Amendment’s language allowing voting rights. The language of the article did not mention gender so it was vague, but since it wasn’t explicitly directing women to be able to vote, any woman who did was arrested.  This is when Susan B Anthony was arrested in 1872.

Susan B Anthony was an abolitionist who was also a member of the Temperance Movement.  The Temperance Movement was a social movement to curb alcohol consumption and eventually they succeeded to prevent the sale and production of alcohol.  So before you shout hooray for Susan B Anthony think of how she helped to organize crime in America in an indirect way by helping bootleggers to smuggle illegal alcohol in the early part of the 20th century.  The amount of misery heaped upon Americans not being able to have a drink of alcohol makes today’s social distancing and mask wearing pale in comparison.

Susan B Anthony died in 1906 at the age of 86, and 14 years later the 19th Amendment was named in her honor.

Split in Suffrage Movements

During Reconstruction the Suffrage for Black Men went one way and Women’s Suffrage went another way. There was a difference in the abolitionists.  Most advocated for Voting Rights for Black Men which resulted in the 15th Amendment.

One could question why this was so but the industrial revolution had not hit full stride yet,  which one could argue was the reason why it took so long for the cessation of slavery to occur.  During the industrial age it really didn’t matter who was pushing a button  on an assembly line. Also sentiments about what a woman’s place in the household was tied to family life and traditions held in the church.

World War 1 and Suffragette Parades

After World War 1 a lot of the old world had fallen away. You can see this in the period piece on PBS’ Downton Abbey.  Limited Automation, and women working in traditional men’s fields to produce war material for the war effort brought out a freedom women had not seen before. 

One of the ways in which women pushed their cause was to hold massive Suffragette Parades in some of the larger cities in the United States. Many women were arrested after these parades for demonstrating in public which was still illegal.

Suffragette Parade in NY City
Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, lead an estimated 20,000 supporters in a women’s suffrage march on New York’s Fifth Ave. in 1915 . (AP Photo)

100 Years Later, Women on the Ballot is Common Place

Its been one hundred years since women were given the right to vote and it’s not a big deal as it was then.  There have been many women candidates, legislators, businesswomen, and even astronauts. Women have come a long way in this country.

Here are a list of current women legislators and candidates from the Republican Party:

Rep Mary Franson,  Senator Carrie Ruud,  Senator Julie Rosen,  Senator Carla Nelson,  Senator & Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer,  Senator Karin Housley,  Rep Deb Kiel, Senator Michelle Benson, former Mayor of Woodbury Mary Stephens, Margaret Stokely, Georgia Dietz, Amy Anderson, Sharon Anderson, to name a few.

And our very own HD 66B Republican Candidate Mikki Murray.


Information for this article came from History.com, and from the Secretary of State of Minnesota’s Candidate Filing website.