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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Legislators Fail the Taxpayers by Passing Unconstitutional Bills

In the 2017 Minnesota Legislature “30% of the bills passed, including nearly all of the budget bills, were large, multi-subject bills that included both new policy and spending.” ~ MN Legislative Assembly EvaluationThey go on to say it equated to 82% of $45 billion in spending last session.

It would certainly be fair to say that 30% is a conservative figure.

Article 4, Section 17 of the Minnesota State Constitution, that all elected representatives take an oath to defend and support says:
Laws to embrace only one subject.  No law shall embrace more than one subject, which shall be expressed in its title.

Following this post is a list of the MSBs from 2017 session. Only 9 out of 201 legislators in 2017 voted no against one of the worst MSBs, the omnibus billion dollar bonding bill. The legislators were: Cal Bahr, Drew Christensen, Steve Drazkowski, Steve Green, Eric Lucero, Joe McDonald, Tim Miller, Marion O'neill, and Duane Quam.
So you see folks, this is living proof that our elected representatives​ have failed miserably to honor the oath they took to defend and support the Constitution.  Is it then rational to think that calling for a convention as is proposed in HF 2690 to amend the Constitution will suddenly convert elected representatives into oath honoring public servants??  The Constitution has not failed us...We the People, continually fail to honor it... on EVERY issue, EVERY time.

Many of us would certainly agree that we do in fact have an out of control tax and spend government....but let's treat the root cause rather than a mere symptom.

Leon Moe

Bill#    Pages

SF1         21      hlth insrc premium subsidies, authorizing for-profit insrc
SF1549   30      unemployment insrc eligibility and fraud penalty modifications
SF780     28      omni ag and housing appropriations and policy (superseded by later version)
HF888   142     omni envirmt and natural resources bill (superseded by later version)
HF890   147     omni E-12 finance (superseded by later version)
SF605   165     omni state govt appropriations (superseded by later version)
SF800   583     omni health and human svcs (superseded by later version)
SF1124  25      omnibus lands bill
SF482    7       clarifying title protection for medical practitioners, penalties for practicing without license, and other grounds for disciplinary action
HF861   130     omni transportation finance and policy (superseded by later version)
SF803   70      omni judiciary and public safety appropriations and policy (superseded by later version)
SF1937  211     omni jobs, energy, and econ dvlpmt finance and policy (superseded by later version)
SF2214  65      omni higher ed finance and policy (superseded by later version)
HF4      383     omni tax bill (superseded by later version)
*SF1457  21      combative sports, OSHA, and labor and industry misc changes
HF140   54      establishing the Professional Eduactor Licensing and Licensing Board, transferring authority to it from the Bd of Tchg and the MN Dept of Education
HF179   30      ignition interlock regulations and misc DWI law changes
HF1545  92      omni agriculture policy and finance bill
SF943   65      omni higher ed finance and policy
HF707   85      omni legacy funds bill
SF514   40      omni elections bill, with creation of uniform special elecion dates and coversion of county offices to appointed offices
SF844   145     omni envirmt and natural resources finance and policy bill
SF1456  214     omni jobs, energy, and econ dvlpmt finance and policy, including IRRRB reorganization
HF470   66      omni public safety finance and policy bill
SF550   38      omni LCCMR trust fund appropriations and policy bill
HF1443   4       modifying insurance fraud and identity protection regulations
SSHF1   369     omni tax bill
SSSF3   227     labor standards bill, including agreement ratification, wage theft prevention, and pre-emption of local labor ordinances
SSHF3   121     omni transportation finance and policy
SSSF1   93      omni state govt finance and policy bill
SSHF2   203     omni E-12 finance and policy, including teacher licensing restructuring
SSSF2   680     omni health and human svcs finance and policy
SSHF5   86      omni capital investment bonding bill

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Only a Year in Jail for Man who Gang Raped 14 Year Old Child in Woodbury

In February of 2017 Dan Kevin Zambrano, age 19, last known address 908 Russell Street St Paul, MN 55101, was charged with several rape charges 6 months after violently raping a 14 year old girl with 3 others in a Woodbury townhouse in August of 2016. Why it took 6 months to charge them is not known. Unfortunately all the charges were dropped and he got a ridiculous plea deal. One of the other men was recently convicted for his role in the rape, Parker Cole Running Jarvis, also got a plea deal. He only got 5 years probation and 10 months in prison. see: 

Plea deals like this are extremely common in Washington County and across the State and
Dan Zambrano, picture from
his Public Facebook account
only Legislators have the power to fix the broken Minnesota Laws.

Dan Zambrano, or "Dan Zam" as he likes to go by on social media, was initially charged with strong 1st degree rape charges that would have got him over 30 years in prison according to the criminal complaint:

DATE: 2/10/2017 
DEFENDANT: Dan Kevin Zambrano 
DOB: 9/2/1998 
MN AGENCY: Woodbury Police Department 
CHARGE: 
I: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Sex Conduct-1st Degree-Penetration - Accomplice Uses/Force/Coerce; 
II: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Sex Conduct-1st Degree-Penetration -Cause Personal Injury;
III: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Force or Coercion;
IV: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Sex Conduct-3rd Degree-Victim 13-15 Actor >24m older

Zambrano was added to our running list of charged and convicted sex offenders:Washington County Sex Offenders. Names, Photos, Addresses.

Unfortunately it appears the Washington County prosecutors folded and gave him an even worse plea deal than Parker Jarvis. They got him to plead guilty to 5th degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in order to avoid trial.  This conviction fits that of a drunk at a bar who slaps someone's butt... not for someone who gang rapes a 14 year old child.

Something could have gone wrong in the prosecution of the case to explain this injustice of a plea deal. However, it is doubtful because if there was lack of evidence than all the charges would have been dismissed. We don't know because the County does not answer questions like this.

What is known, is all that is important. The fact a 14 year old child was gang raped and one of the guys who did it is walking with a year in Jail, with 279 days credit for time served, a $1,573 fine, and register as a sex offender for the maximum in Minnesota 10 years. 

Citizens must contact their legislators if you expect to see this change. Find your legislator here: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder


It's clear that just because a child rapist is charged with heavy 1st degree rape charges, does not mean they will be convicted of it. Therefore, if the punishment for ALL criminal sexual conduct crimes is raised than plea deals will be less weak. 

Aside from this article his name would not have come up on google for his actions. Tell legislators to also make the sex offender list public like nearly every other State in the County does. All but MN and Maine have public lists. Maine only has 2,700 sex offenders in their state though. Compared to nearly 20,000 in MN. see: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update 

For many more examples from Washington County of convicted sex offenders still on our streets see our other posts here:
wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

For the growing list of the last know location of convicted sex offenders in Washington County see: 


DATE: 2/21/2018 
DEFENDANT: Dan Kevin Zambrano 
DOB: 9/2/1998 
MN AGENCY: Woodbury Police Department 
JUDGE: Douglas B. Meslow 
CONVICTION: 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct 
SENTENCE: Committed to the Commissioner of Corrections for 365 days with credit for 279 days forthwith, credit for time served; fine with surcharge and fees; restitution ordered in the amount of $1,573.09, joint and several; register as a predatory offender for 10 years. 

*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's data allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Man Who Tried to Have Sex with 14 and 12 year old at Lake Elmo Park, Only gets a Year in Prison and 5 years Probation

Joe Perkins
In September of 2016 Joseph Thor Perkins, number 29 on our list, began communicating with who he thought was a 14 year old child online, according to the criminal complaint. The child was actually the detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's office conducting a sex sting; but he appeared to have no clue. He spoke to who he thought was a 14 year old and her 12 year old cousin for several weeks continuing to ask over and over to meet to have sex: "he repeatedly stated he knew she was 14 years old and wanted to have sex with her any way" [...] "He also at one time suggested she bring her 12 year old cousin along."

"Child 1" stated that she was 14 years old. The response was, "that's not too young. In my opinion, age is just a number and pussy is just pussy."

It's disturbing how open the child predators are speaking to children like this in every single example with the dozens of men caught in the child sex stings over the last few years in Washington County. Likely this comes because they have become emboldened over the years of meeting and raping children to the point they've lost the fear of being caught. 

This is no different for Joseph Perkins in this case, who admitted in conversation with undercover police acting as the child that he "had sex or done sexual things with quite a few underage pussies."

On October 27, 2016 Perkins made arrangements to meet at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Washington County in order to have sex with the 14 year old child in his truck the next day at 8am in exchange for $250. When he arrived he was told to drive up to the boat launch and did just that. Then he was arrested and eventually charged with soliciting a child for sexual conduct.

Nearly two years later, in Dakota County District Court, Joseph Perkins was convicted for only possession of Child porn. According the BCA website, it appears he was sent to St. Cloud Prison for just over a year (15 months) with 213 days time served in jail between the crime and conviction. When he gets out he will only have 5 years of probation and therefore only 5 years on the sex offender registry.

According to the MN Department Of Corrections there are “17,400 registered (active) predatory offenders” in MN Like Joe Perkins and worse. That is only 2% of registered and “active” sex offenders who are required to be on the not public registry. 98% of sex offenders are not on the registry because 10 years is the max time in MN.  Plus, 75% of sex offenders have not been assigned to a sex offender level to even make the not public list so you can understand there’s a lot more than 17,400 sex offenders in MN.

The solution is in Minnesota law makers hands to make it so no sex crime against a child goes without mandated prison time and lifetime sex offender registration. Currently most child rapists rarely do more than a year in jail and no more than 10 years on the sex offender registry. See more about the solution here: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update

The problem is further explained in our related article: 
Please contact your legislators: www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder
For many more examples from Washington County of convicted sex offenders still on our streets see our other posts here:
wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

AKA: Joe Perkins
DOB: 9/25/1981
CITY/RESIDENCE:
According to the criminal complaint he lives across the street from an elementary school, a middle school, and a park at his last known address.
5761 143rd Avenue N 
Apple Valley, MN 55124
DATE: 10/31/2016
CHARGE:
I: Solicit Child or Believe to be a Child Through Electronic Communication to Engage in Sexual Conduct;
Maximum Sentence: 3 years and $5,000
Convicted on 03/22/2018
617.247.4(a) | Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn-Felony
Sentence:
MN Correctional Facility - St. Cloud: 15 month(s), 5 years in prison if he violates probation
Dakota County Jail: 213 Days time served
Probation Dakota County Community Corrections: 5Y
*In no way do we wish harm to the convicted sex offenders outside the judgement of the law. Posting each criminal's data allows the public to decide from the evidence if they appreciate knowing such data. Such as what these sex offender's last known address is. No representation is made that the individuals listed here are currently on the state's offenders registry. All names presented here were gathered at a past date. Some persons listed might no longer be registered offenders and others might have been added. Some addresses or other data might no longer be current. Owners of Washington County Watchdog assume no responsibility (and expressly disclaim responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. All data was only accurate at the time of posting per Government sources provided. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any data presented on this site. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability. Message us if you can verify us of an address or change in data.  Washington County Watchdog is not responsible for the accuracy of the content shared, refer to our linked government sources.   

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Root Cause of Out of Control Spending, Why Convention Of States Would Change Nothing.

Thought it would be appropriate to follow up on previous article regarding HF 2690 for a Convention of States. Representative Matt Dean and now Representative Linda Runbeck from Washington County are co-signers on the bill. Also, Senator Roger Chamberlain authored the companion Bill SF3490
We do not need a Convention of States (Response to Rep. Matt Dean co-signing House File 2690) 

There is a continuing enlightenment that we do, in fact, have an out of control tax and spend federal and state governments…no arguments there.

There is also disagreement on how to address this out of control mess.

Congress has not unlimited powers…but only those specifically
Thomas Jefferson on Enumerated Powers
enumerated”
.  ~ 
Thomas Jefferson.   Those powers are defined in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution

In 1995 Congressman John Shadegg introduced a bill in the House called the Enumerated Powers Act.  This was a simple one page bill that says…"To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes”.  The authority would be found in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. 

This bill has been re-introduced and ignored for over 20 years.  Why??  For all intents and purposes this says that a majority of elected representatives who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, have turned their backs on that oath by the time they take a seat for at least a century.

It is simply not rational to think that amending the Constitution with the convention of States will be the magic bullet to all of a sudden inspire unprincipled, unethical, immoral career elected representatives to honor their oaths any more than they do now.

I submit that the Constitution is the not the problem…the Root Cause is the failure to honor the Constitution on EVERY issue, EVERY time.

When is the last time you heard a candidate for office focus their campaign on supporting the Constitution??


Leon Moe

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mayor Stephens Bullies Citizen with Baseless Statewide Public Attack Without Evidence. The Response.

On March 15th, the Mayor of Woodbury, Mary Giuliani Stephens, issued a Statewide email to thousands of registered republicans personally attacking my integrity in an email (below). It's titled "He's entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." It's a blanket attack filled with wild false accusations saying everything from that I work for the left wing, that I attack republicans, illegally used delegate emails, and more. All without a shred of proof or sources. In addition, no one asked if I've done anything she claims before sending it. 

Mayor of Woodbury, Mary Giuliani Stephens
This appears to come in response to my fully sourced article (from city data) on how, since taking office, Mary Stephens has nearly doubled the city spending; increased city taxes every year (except 2012); supports the Met Council's Gold Line; continues to fund white elephant programs such as the city owned Golf Course; and more... all sourced:  Gubernatorial Hopeful, Mayor Stephens Tries to Defend Tax and Spend Record.  

My article clearly revolves around how I first contacted Mayor Stephens asking her four questions about her tax and spend record that speaks for itself. She responded, then I wrote the post, and I included her full unedited responses. To this day, no one, including Mary Stephens has shown that any of the dozens of fully sourced facts from the city data in my post are false.

In stark contrast to my article with her full response; Mary Stephen's email issued many false accusations that were inflammatory and baseless to which no one asked me about before issuing. This is a damaging attack piece on me as a tax payer with no current tie to any political party, campaign, PAC, or any funded or volunteer run political group. My opinions are my own and the facts are fully sourced with direct links. Washington County Watchdog has over a dozen volunteers who write posts; we don't make a penny; and we don't endorse or work for any candidate or party. Our mission statement is clear that we are citizens here to keep government on both sides accountable.

I will go through each false statement Mary Stephens blindly issued without sources, facts, or thought to common sense in an attempt to try to repair my image. Unfortunately our WCW audience pales in comparison to the thousands she emailed. Hopefully the Minnesota GOP will review all the facts in this evolving situation and put a stop to it by sending out a formal response to the thousands of GOP members she emailed to help rectify the damage she personally caused me. They know how to contact me to discuss further on the best way to respond to the reckless actions of Mary Stephens that I hope do not reflect the Republican Party.

1.) Mary Stephens doesn't source the article or even mention Washington County Watchdog. Only a person refuting accurate information would go so far to distance themselves from the original content. Clearly an attempt to prevent readers from deciding for themselves.

2.) She never provides sources for any of the many false accusations. Including using GOP mailing lists to working for the Sierra club.

3.) "Matt Behning, a local blogger best known for attacking Republicans, and for his advocacy work for the hard left, anti-mining, extreme environmentalist Sierra Club. "

"attacking republicans": False, myself and dozens of volunteer citizens for the Washington County Watchdog keep both sides in check. Mary mistakes articles fully sourcing legislative records of politicians who claim to be a fiscal conservatives as attacking republicans. Fact is we defend the integrity of the republican party by researching about those who we find are not walking their talk claiming to follow the party platform. We always allow them to provide a full unedited quote to defend themselves.
"anti mining": False, I support the free market and safe mining, fracking, pipelines, hunting, farming, lumber, and every other responsible use of natural resources. I have never commented against mining or worked against it, nor would I. Again, we cover politicians who say one thing and then do another... My fiscal conservative political leaning is irrelevant.
"extreme environmentalist Sierra Club": False, I have never worked for the any of the "hard left" including the Sierra club. She may be may be referring to my post questioning the Democrat Karla Bigham on how she supports tax payer funded incineration of garbage which is against the Sierra Club's clean air policy. My article points out that the Sierra club would not pull their endorsement of her. The group appears to be hypocritical... hardly the words of someone who's working for them or on their side. Again Mary Stephens sources nothing for you to decide for yourself.


4.) Mary Stephens falsely claims, as if a matter of fact, and never asked for explanation: "Behning was able to secure the confidential Republican Party of Minnesota (RPM) email list of statewide activists."
False: Here's the truth, I simply looked up on google "email of GOP leadership" it led to public data listed on the secretary of state website and public campaign finance report information the public contact info of select party leaders. There's not one email a person couldn't find looking for the information in the same legal and ethical way. No one paid me and I don't work or volunteer for any campaign, PAC, or other group. 

5.) "Behning has been served with a cease and desist order"  
False:
I was not "served" with a ceases and desist order.  Matthew Pagano, executive director of the MN GOP, sent an unofficial email saying they got a report accusing me of using GOP email lists. He had no proof to provide and no one to source who issued the complaint or any details. The email appeared to be a huge eye roll and a copy and pasted response to entertain emotional candidates who don't have a record to stand on. Candidates who find themselves having to explain their voting record after someone emails party leadership with their fully sourced facts.

If it was a real Cease and Desist they'd have it served in person or by official mail to confirm it was received. It'd be sent by the GOP lawyers and not from the Party director. Matthew Pagano was basically saying the GOP delegate emails are private and they can't be used by anyone but the party (agreed). If it's true, please stop using the email addresses (it's not true, but agreed). He was clear: "I am writing you specifically about the misuse of any party lists. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Thank you."

Obviously I'll respond denying that I used any list and certainly agree that I'd never use MN GOP email lists. I'll explain just as I have here how I found publicly listed email addresses of select GOP leaders from the secretary of State off Google like any person could.

6.) She moves on from her wild baseless accusations and name calling to questioning the fully sourced post, without sourcing it, saying it was "selective use of certain statistics, combined with his cherry picking other numbers and calculating his own liberal definition of “city spending” is exactly the type of fake news fabricated by the mainstream media and left wing bloggers. "
False: I posted data on every single year she's been in Woodbury office consecutively, without skipping any years. I posted spending, city taxes, city tax rates, and for reference to the 20% population increase to contrast the 83% spending increase she's backed since being elected. She follows with true cherry picked data and compared Woodbury to liberal cities of her choosing. She compares her yearly tax increases to the State average as if to provide evidence she's a conservative... Nearly doubling city spending from $46.8 million a year to $84.1 million a year is not my "own liberal definition of city spending" it is what it is! The fact is I'm a blogger on the Right pointing out the accurate data in context with the city itself... trying to compare yourself to the liberal cities of your choosing in the State and saying your more conservative is like any liberal tax and spend politician looking to point anywhere but towards their own district for evidence of what they want viewed. It's like saying "well my city is hemorrhaging less than the other cities so it proves I'm conservative... I'm only increasing taxes every year by single digits, not double digits."... it's all excuses, not leadership to get behind.

7.) "The property tax levy has been substantially reduced during my time on the city council and as Mayor, the position to which I was elected in 2010:"
False: she has only reduced the rate of the yearly tax increases compared to the extremely liberal predecessors twenty years ago (single digit increases vs double digit). Are fiscal conservatives supposed to be impressed with that? 

Again, I hope the damage can be repaired from Mary Stephens' reckless email. This can only be done if the Minnesota GOP gets involved and can contact all those who were emailed and explain I was falsely accused, I did nothing wrong, and that this emotional, baseless, personal attack on a citizen does not reflect how the MN GOP typically handles situations like this. 

On my own, this post will only reach a few hundred people in the east metro compared to the thousands and thousands that Mary Stephens emailed.

-Matt Behning 






---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mary for Minnesota Governor;Mary@maryformngov.com;
Date: Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:01 AM
Subject: He’s entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.





Dear John,

Recently, Republicans across the state received an email criticizing my record as Mayor of Woodbury from Matt Behning, a local blogger best known for attacking Republicans, and for his advocacy work for the hard left, anti-mining, extreme environmentalist Sierra Club.

Serious questions have been raised about how and from whom Behning was able to secure the confidential Republican Party of Minnesota (RPM) email list of statewide activists. Behning has been served with a cease and desist order from the RPM for the illegal use of party lists made only available to candidates who sign a legally binding list agreement.

Those legal questions aside, as a candidate for governor, my record as Mayor is certainly open to scrutiny and investigation.

But his selective use of certain statistics, combined with his cherry picking other numbers and calculating his own liberal definition of “city spending” is exactly the type of fake news fabricated by the mainstream media and left wing bloggers. Republicans know better.

Here are the facts on Woodbury city spending and taxes, and how Woodbury compares to other cities in the metro area, among our neighboring cities in Washington County, and among cities statewide.

Through conservative fiscal management, Woodbury has the 6th lowest property tax rates in the metro area:
                               
The property tax levy has been substantially reduced during my time on the city council and as Mayor, the position to which I was elected in 2010:
                               
As the largest city in Washington County, we have among the lowest tax rates of cities in the county:
                               
And despite being one of the fast growing cities in the state, Woodbury’s annual percentage tax levy is typically well below the state and metro averages. In 2018, we are third lowest among peer cities.
                               
I welcome questions about my record, but won’t stand by when funny math and ignorance of municipal accounting practices leads to false accusations.

I’m proud of my executive experience and bold leadership that has made Woodbury among the best cities to live in the nation. With your support, I’ll take this record to all of Minnesota!

Conservatively Yours,
Mary Giuliani Stephens
612-300-0939
Mary@MARYforMNGOV.com

Monday, March 12, 2018

We do not need a Convention of States (Response to Rep. Matt Dean co-signing House File 2690)

Part 2 of this post: The Root Cause of Out of Control Spending, Why Convention Of States Would Change Nothing.
Post by Leon Moe of Cottage Grove. He's a disabled Vietnam Vet and Washington County Watchdog is proud to share:


There is a national movement to establish a "Convention of States" to amendment the Constitution, including right here in Minnesota with HF 2690One of the State Representatives sponsoring the bill is from Washington County. Representative Matt Dean (R), who is known for his strong fiscal conservative record, as well as championing the reform of MNSure after it killed at least one Minnesotan, Gail Dunker. 38 states are required to assemble the convention according to article 5 of the US Constitution.

(response from Representative Matt Dean to four questions asked at the end of this post)

When they assembled in Philadelphia for the 1st Convention their original intent was to simply amend the Articles of Confederation and they ended up writing a whole new Constitution. Keep that in mind.
A proposed Amendment in HF 2690  is a BBA (Balanced Budget Amendment). Right now we know that Gun Control is a hot topic…could there be a proposal to Amend the 2nd Amendment or a host of other Amendments?  John Malcolm thinks it could happen, he's the Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation ( a source many consider the undisputed expert on the Constitution). They published a paper stating the history and risks of opening a convention of States. Stating it could cause a "Runaway Convention." That there's no rule to say the convention is limited to the topics originally stated in a well intended bill like HF 2690
The Constitution is not the problem…the problem is the miserable failure of our elected representatives to honor their oaths to support and defend the Constitution…on EVERY issue, EVERY time.
One indication of this failure were the awards for voting on the “basis for a constitutionally limited government established to sustain life, liberty, justice, property rights and free enterprise” presented by the LEA (Legislative Evaluation Assembly) 3, repeat 3, out of 134 in the Mn House received awards (Matt Dean included) and none from the Mn Senate. Another indication of this failure is that 30% or the bills passed in the Minnesota legislature in 2017 were MSBs or (Multi Subject Bills), which is a direct violation of the Minnesota State Constitution Article 4, Section 17.. ”No law shall embrace more than one subject, which shall be expressed in its title”.

If you would be interested in a list of those MSB bills so you can check to see how your rep voted send an email with 2017MSB in the subject line to lmoe47@gmail.com. What kind of an Amendment or alteration to the Constitution could we possibly add that would inspire elected representatives to honor their oaths any more than they do now?

Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention…I should tremble for the result of a second” –James Madison (11/2/1788)

Leon Moe
Cottage Grove

Questions for Representative Matt Dean: 
1.) What's your response regarding the concerns mentioned by some of the greatest constitutional scholars on the dangers of opening a convention of states? Specifically, the potential for a "runaway convention." 

2.) How can our Republican majority State house and Senate be trusted to set limits on the reckless spending of the Federal Government when our own GOP legislature passed an over a billion dollar bonding bill and 30% of the bills passed were multi subject bills (MSBs) in 2017? These MSBs are a direct violation of the Minnesota State Constitution Article 4, Section 17.. ”No law shall embrace more than one subject, which shall be expressed in its title”.  (One bill, one vote)

3.) Say you get the 38 states to ratify the constitution and the convention goes exactly to plan. Who's to say the changes won't be circumvented just like the other powers of the constitution? (10th amendment to name one) 

4.) What do you say to those who suggest energy would be better spent calling on the feds to honor the current US constitution rather than changing it and having them still ignore it? ie: Sue the federal government for violating the constitution like Texas has. They've won seven law suits against the Obama administration's unconstitutional over reach of federal power.

Answer from Representative Matt Dean:

From: Matt Dean 
Date: Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: Rep Dean. Your Bill on Convention of States

Thanks. I'm glad you emailed me regarding this. I'm also glad you have so seriously thought through the issue and its implications.  I wish more people would. 

Debt will crush our republic through a weakening ability to provide national security. We can not continue to steal from our children and grandchildren especially if that comes at the expense of their liberty.  But that's how much it costs.  I have been convinced that there will come a time when we must push away from the table and sober ourselves. We can do it sooner under our own terms, or later under China's. 

I'm less concerned about a runaway convention than I am with runaway congress. 

The swamp will prevail if we leave it to the congress. You would think that if any congress could cut spending it would be this one. They were put in charge out of frustration of the middle class. They can't even pass a single bill to slow down Obamacare (let alone kill it) All the while congratulating themselves for passing a tax cut that protects corporate loopholes but takes away deductions for average joes. Sheesh.  Anyway that's my rationale. I am always open to new information and an willing to change my position when I learn I am wrong. Your opinion is important to me and I think the issue deserves debate. Thanks again
Matt 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fugitive Child Predator Who Police Report Says Was Caught With Pants Down and About to Rape Child, Found Living at Woodbury Hotel

This is just one of many posts out of Washington County about child predators just like this roaming in the shadows, getting caught, and being released back into Washington County. See: wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/ 

Registered child predatory offender and convicted kidnapper William Lee Sjerven who is living in Woodbury has been charged with violating predatory offender registration requirements. According to the criminal complaint, Woodbury police pulled the car he was riding in over for speeding, they ran his ID and found he was wanted for failing to do his required check ins. He showed his address was room 139 at the Keys Inn, formerly known as the Red Roof Inn. Currently it's rated as a 2 star hotel according to hotels.com. It's off the 494 freeway and Valley Creek road in Woodbury. 

William Sjerven
According to the State BCA, In 1999 he was convicted of kidnapping and served 10 years. In 2013 he was charged with sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl and got a plea deal down to only child endangerment from the incident. He did only a year in jail and just 3 years probation for essentially getting caught with his pants down about to rape the child. The Mankato Free Press covered the story stating:

"The girl told authorities that Sjerven said to her, "I am going to do weird things to you."

Sjerven touched the girl's buttocks over her pants, the girl told authorities, and then picked her up and carried her outside to the backyard where he pulled down her pants and attempted to engage in intercourse.

Before that could happen, however, an adult came outside and observed the pair lying. The girl then ran to her father, who was inside the house. Her father retrieved a shotgun and pointed it at Sjerven.
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Sjerven lived in Florida for a short time where he was a registered sex offender (see picture) and had his full name, address, photo, description, etc posted publicly on their sex offender website like 47 states do (26 of which post exact addresses). MN is not one of these states, the list is not public. The fact he moved back to live in the shadows of Minnesota is another example of how convicted child predators are drawn to live here.

It's horrifying that someone who was seconds away from raping a 12 year old girl, had it not been for the father with his shotgun, would get a plea deal in Minnesota down to child endangerment from the prosecutor. A crime he only did a year in jail and 3 years probation. Unfortunately, terrible plea deals like this are made all the time. In Washington County alone:
Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update 

If convicted, he will likely serve little, to no, jail time (typically 30 days) for violating parole and simply get a small fine and time added to probation. The maximum time a sex offender can be registered in MN is 10 years. It's the weakest maximum in the Country. Read more here: 
Watchdog Review of Each of the Fifty States Sex Offender Laws Finds Minnesota Ranked the Most Unsafe. 


Legislators to contact in Washington County to tell them to make MN sex offender laws stronger see our 8 Simple Laws to Update:


DATE: 2/16/2018 
DEFENDANT: William Lee Sjerven 
DOB: 10/22/1971 
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
CHARGE: I: Predatory Offender-Knowingly Violates Registration Req. or Intentionally Provides False Information 

Reported Names
SJERVEN BILLY LEE
LAROCHE BRANDON 
LAROCHE BRANDON ALLEN
SJERVEN WILLIAM LE
SJERVEN WILLIAM LEE
SJERVEN BILL

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