Minn. Counties Waiting For State GOP To Pay Bills

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — At least three Minnesota counties are waiting for the Republican Party of Minnesota to reimburse them for document-copying costs stemming from the November election.

Sibley County is owed $1,623, Nicollet County is waiting for $1,300, and Martin County is owed $350.

The Republican Party requested copies of election-related documents from all 87 Minnesota counties after Democrat Mark Dayton narrowly edged Republican Tom Emmer on Nov. 2.

Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton says the party is short on cash but is paying off counties as it gets money to do so. He tells The Free Press of Mankato all bills will eventually be paid.

Nicollet County has threatened to turn its bill over to the county attorney’s office. County Administrator Bob Podhradsky says the County Board would have to decide how to proceed.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  1. Alan says:

    So much for the Republicans being the pay as you go party. They should follow their own mandates and not spend elsewhere.

  2. wakeupmpls says:

    This made news? LOL! Democrats would raise taxes by 20 times more than they need to pay the debt and then whine when it’s all gone and insist they need to raise more to keep all the extra progams they funded with the last incresse.

    1. shirley says:

      wakeupmpls,,,,,and the republican’s NEVER talk about raising tax’s in their campaigning as regan didn’t either,,,however how many times did he raise the tax’s?

    2. Independant says:

      This isn’t paid for with tax dollars, genius. Are you that ignorant? Oh wait, you’re just a typical Republican… running your mouth with no clue what you are talking about.

      1. Jane says:

        Running one’s mouth without a clue sounds like your typical democrat, not republican.

        1. Independant says:

          Have you heard of Michele Bachmann? How about Jon Kyl?

  3. shirley says:

    this is the party that says we shouldn’t be spending unless we have the money? HELLO!

  4. wakeupmpls says:

    What’s the difference between a Republican and a Democrat?
    The Republican makes good on their obligations. A Democrat says it’s somebody else’s problem.

    1. Independant says:

      Umm… did you even read the story? Do you see how what you are saying makes no sense whatsoever? If Republicans are so great at fulfilling obligations, then why are these counties saying they were never paid? The GOP got themselves in a situation where they committed to too many obligations than they could fulfill, and you are bashing Democrats? Glass houses my friend, glass houses. This is a great example of why the GOP is so messed up these days. You have ignorant fools like wakeupmpls that rant and rave without having the slightest clue of what they are talking about. It’s just absolutely pathetic. The GOP used to stand for something… not anymore.

      1. wakeupmpls says:

        Too funny! The GOP isn’t what’s messed these days my friend. It’s the DFL, the Dems and the joker who masquerades as the United Stated President. That’s the mess that the GOP is left with cleaning up.
        When all of you Dems come down from your sugar high, you’ll see what a mess Democrat politicians and the Democrat voters left this country in.
        The only mess the GOP is dealing with is the mess left by the Democrats.
        Now get back to work Independant or do you have the next 10 years off because of some entitlement program I’m paying for?

        1. Independant says:

          So you ignoring the topic of this story. If the GOP is so much more responsible, why aren’t they paying their bills? Why are you incapable of addressing that?

        2. Independant says:

          I’ve got news for you… It’s the GOP AND the DFL that are the problem. It’s not exclusive to one single party.

    2. Dale Gribble says:

      Rusty change his name?

  5. wakeupmpls says:

    Hey IndependEnt, I think you described every Democrat and mindless zombie Independent.
    Oh and by the way, the Democrats answer to any spending problem is raise taxes so you can see where I was coming from.

    1. Independant says:

      Ok, then tell me why the GOP isn’t paying their bills. I want you to address the topic of this news story. Tell me how the GOP is any different?

      1. wakeupmpls says:

        Where is it written in the article that the bills are not, ever going to be paid? Where is it written in the article that the GOP refuses outright, to pay the bills.

        1. Independant says:

          It does not, but it certainly doesn’t explain why the GOP committed themselves to obligations they had no way to pay for. Isn’t that the stance of the GOP? Pay as you go? That’s the point here. The GOP bashes Democrats for committing to things they don’t have the means to pay for, yet the GOP is doing the exact same thing. That’s great that you are passionate about your opinions and beliefs, but you have to look at reality here. That’s the problem here… you aren’t saying anything intelligent. Instead you are foaming at the mouth about how Democrats are bad, yet you won’t admit to the apparent problems in your own party. That’s called denial my friend.

          1. wakeupmpls says:

            Hey Independant, it’s been fun debating with you. We kept it pretty civil all things considered.
            I have to go now before I throw my shoe at my screen🙂

            1. Independant says:

              It would have been an even better debate if you spent more time responding with factual information instead of beating that Democrat = Bad drum. I think it’s best you walk away, because the more we go on the more it’s apparent that you are disconnected from reality and will defend the GOP regardless of facts. Keep in mind that my stance is both the GOP and the DFL are flawed, and that everything you have claimed is not exclusive to the DFL. The GOP is just as flawed and quick to point fingers as opposed to addressing the real problems we face today.

              1. wakeupmpls says:

                As long as we have politicians, our problems will NEVER be solved.

                1. Independant says:

                  Thank you! That is one comment that I wholeheartedly agree with you on. WHen you have both sides of the aisle supported by the same donors, what do you expect?

              2. wakeupmpls says:

                I tried to walk away with some civility but you had to get that cheap shot in. Classy.
                Apparently the only “correct” opinion is based in your reality.

                1. Independant says:

                  I simply followed the standards you set from the very beginning. It’s too late to back peddle. You tried to walk away after you realized you weren’t getting anywhere. My reality is not my own, it’s one based on factual information. Everything I posted here today can be fact checked and found to be accurate. I did my homework… did you?

  6. Independant says:

    Stop using the Bill O’Reilly style of debating. You are looking like an absolute idiot and representing the GOP in a terribly negative light. Now, let’s take a look at Reagan-era tax increases. In 1982 alone, he signed into law not one but two major tax increases. The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) raised taxes by $37.5 billion per year and the Highway Revenue Act raised the gasoline tax by another $3.3 billion. In 1983, Reagan raised taxes to pay for government-run health care by raising the payroll tax. In 1984, Reagan signed another big tax increase in the Deficit Reduction Act. This raised taxes by $18 billion per year or 0.4 percent of GDP. A similar-sized tax increase today would be about $44 billion. Should I keep going? Are you done acting like an ignorant jackwagon?

    1. wakeupmpls says:

      Stop using the Google/Wikipedia style of rebuttal. It’s so obvious. I know who Bill O’Reilly is but I’m honestly not sure what that O’Reilly reference means.
      Let me Google some Democrat budget facts. Two can play that simple “fact” game.
      Representing the GOP in a terribly negative light? No, calling a Democrat a Democrat pretty much guarantees out success in the next elections and the Democrats only have the themselves to blame. Thank you for making the GOP as strong as ever.

      1. Independant says:

        There ya go again… Completely avoiding the facts. You asked how many times Reagan increased taxes, and I just gave you examples. Are you denying them to be true? Instead of resorting to petty juvenile games, how about you say something intelligent. This is the problem… you will not address any factual information. Instead you are just rambling on and on about Democrats = Bad. I want you to prove that what I said above is untrue. Post one comment where you don’t lash out at Democrats like some pathetic child. Just once…

        1. wakeupmpls says:

          Using words like “juvenile”, “pathetic child”, ” something intelligent” doesn’t really do a lot to help your intellectual stature. It just makes you sound desperate.
          I could care less about what happened in 1982. Maybe it is factual, I don’t know nor do I care to waste time vetting your cut-and-past facts. I could go to any website and cut-and-past facts that won’t paint the Dems in a glowing light either. However, kudos for at least doing some Googling for your rebuttal.
          This is a typical Democrat approach to explain the current problems this country faces. That is, going back in time and laying todays blame on all of the Republican administrations that came before. Are the Dems not responsible for anything today? That sounds about right. Democrats really aren’t responsible for anything. That explains a lot actually. You people are still actually spewing stats from Reagan and 1982, sad. Thank you for a great 2012!!

          1. Independant says:

            “Using words like “juvenile”, “pathetic child”, ” something intelligent” doesn’t really do a lot to help your intellectual stature. It just makes you sound desperate.”

            I invite you to go back and look at your own posts. Glass houses…

            “I could care less about what happened in 1982.”

            You said it yourself, “Hey shirley, how many times did he raises taxes?” I simply answered for her. And yes, I went to a website. You see, I fact checked my information before I posted it. Let’s take a look at Senator Jon Kyl, who recently stated (On the senate floor I might add) that 90% of Planned Parenthoods business is abortions. This turned out to be 3%. When he was called on it, he replied something to the effect of “My comment was not intended to be a factual statement”. Maybe if he did some googling of his own, he wouldn’t have lied on the senate floor?

            “This is a typical Democrat approach to explain the current problems this country faces. That is, going back in time and laying todays blame on all of the Republican administrations that came before.”

            This is no different than what the GOP does. Again, glass houses…

            “Democrats really aren’t responsible for anything.”

            Again, this is not exclusive to Democrats. Are you suggesting the GOP is always 100% responsible?

            1. Citizen says:

              @wakeupmpls. I’m paraphrasing here, but those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, as someone once said. You SHOULD care about 1982. Reagan started the budget deficits, and we had mostly Republican presidents after that. The only President who ran a surplus was Clinton which surplus he handed to “W” who prompted spent it all and then some on tax breaks for the wealthy and his corporate buddies. Now we have a Democrat TRYING to fix the problem during a recession that is only second to the Great Depression. “Independant” is right. Check your facts, or better yet, read some books rather than listening to Rush and Coulter. They get paid to spin, and they don’t care what they say. Yes, no party is perfect, however, one fact stands out, that the stock market does better under Democratic presidencies, so any person with money in the stock market–especially all of us with 401k’s or 403b’s, should be voting for that party. After all, the rich mostly vote their financial interests, so why shouldn’t the rest of us?

  7. Independant says:

    I expect wakeupmpls is googling “DFL Tax Increases” as I type this. It’s pretty sad that the two major political parties can’t do anything more than point fingers while completely ignoring the problems with their own parties. Both sides try to paint themselves as being better, when if you took a close look at both sides you will see major flaws. This is why I will not affiliate myself with either party. Nothing ever gets done because we have this stupid adversarial party system. You have people like wakeupmpls that just blindly follow their party as then resort to irrational nonsense to try and prove a point. This is terribly sad. However, it’s been like this for hundreds of years. It’s all one big show and nothing more.

  8. tuna-free dolphin says:

    Yeah right. Obama bounces more than a trillion dollars in checks your grand children won’t even be able to pay off (Stimulus 1 and 2), and this is the media’s story. The GOP is late paying some bills. The head of Treasury and the US attorney general cheat on their taxes, and the media goes mute. Let’s see a write-up about that.

    1. Independant says:

      Let’s go back to the most recent president, George W. Bush (yup, I’m going there). Did he not have people in his own cabinet (and a handful of nominees) that had their own issues with unpaid taxes and unfiled tax returns? A prime example, John W. Snow (former Bush treasury secretary 03-06) was forced to resign for failing to pay all of his incomes taxes. Do you want more examples?

      1. tuna-free dolphin says:

        Yeah but Geitner and Holder haven’t even been asked to resign let alone forced. My point is Obama triplping Bush’s admittedly already high budget deficit and not a word about it in the media. We’re talikng trillions here. And when a liberal gets caught breaking the law they get a hero’s welcome. When the MN GOP is late on a whopping 3K in bills it’s a big scandal.
        Hey BTW what’s with the name? Independant of what, a brain? How does a closet liberal get away with calling itself Independant?

        1. Independant says:

          You were raising very valid points until you questioned my name choice. Are you familiar with argumentum ad hominem?

        2. Independant says:

          Despite you being way off base with your statements about me being a closet liberal (that’s kinda funny by the way… Is it because I dare question the GOP?), I’ll go ahead and address the points you brought up.

          Geitner is a special case. His issues with taxes came up before he was named treasury secretary. When it came time to vote, despite strong opposition from the GOP, 10 republicans voted to confirm Geitner. That was a big mistake. In my honest opinion, he shouldn’t have been confirmed… but what do I know? I’m just a closet liberal according to you.

          The issues with Holder are pretty new, so who knows how that will play out. You do realize this story isn’t even a a few weeks old yet, right? Did you expect something to happen (e.g., him being fired) in these last couple weeks? Do you understand how our government works? Hint: Very $%&^ing slow! From what I understand, his mother was dying and he and his brother didn’t pay the property taxes on their childhood home for roughly a year. Ignorance is no excuse for the law, but I know from experience how complicated and troubling it can be to get a handle of the estate of a dead parent. Is that a good excuse? Absolutely not, but all I am saying is I can see how it can be forgotten. I was a wreck when my parents passed away (Mom passed, then Dad 3 days later). Being an only child I was terribly overwhelmed. I hadn’t even put them in the ground before I got badgered about estate finances. Did I get everything paid on time? Nope. Did I eventually? Yes. Is that OK in the eyes of the law? Nope. Did I catch any flack for it? Nope, I’m not a public official. It appears Holder paid the back taxes and interest as soon as it was brought to his attention. The MN GOP isn’t paying their bills on time, so it’s kinda hypocritical for you to defend them yet go after Holder, since it’s the same principle (pay your bills on time) but what do I know? Closet liberal yada yada yada.

          You said, “And when a liberal gets caught breaking the law they get a hero’s welcome.”

          I don’t see how this is true, and I question how you can actually believe this. Let’s take a look at Charlie Rangel. That’s a man who got tarred and feathered, and rightfully so. It’s pretty pathetic that he was only censured, as I feel he should have been expelled. Speaking of expulsion from the senate, in 2002 James Traficant was expelled after being convicted on ten counts that included bribery, obstruction of justice, and racketeering. He sure as hell didn’t get a hero’s welcome. How about the last expulsion before him, in 1980 Michael Myers was expelled after being convicted of bribery in the Abscam scandal. Again, no hero’s welcome for him. That’s three Democrats (oh wait, you prefer liberals) that sure as hell didn’t get no hero’s welcome. Now, how about good ole’ Newt Gingrich? In 1997 he was caught using a tax-exempt organization for political purposes, and provided false information to House Ethics Committee. What did he get? A reprimand. And this man wants to be president of the united states? I could be wrong, but that might qualify as the hero’s welcome you are talking about.

          So to get to my point, and I’ll make it short (you likely wont even read this far anyway)… both sides of the aisle smell like shit. Plain and simple.

        3. Independant says:

          Even though you are way off base with your statements about me being a closet liberal, I’ll go ahead and address the points you brought up.

          Geitner is a special case. His issues with taxes came up before he was named treasury secretary. When it came time to vote, despite strong opposition from the GOP, 10 republicans voted to confirm Geitner. That was a big mistake. In my honest opinion, he shouldn’t have been confirmed… but what do I know? I’m just a closet liberal according to you.

          The issues with Holder are pretty new, so who knows how that will play out. You do realize this story isn’t even a a few weeks old yet, right? Did you expect something to happen (e.g., him being fired) in these last couple weeks? Do you understand how our government works? Hint: Very $%&^ing slow! From what I understand, his mother was dying and he and his brother didn’t pay the property taxes on their childhood home for roughly a year. Ignorance is no excuse for the law, but I know from experience how complicated and troubling it can be to get a handle of the estate of a dead parent. Is that a good excuse? Absolutely not, but all I am saying is I can see how it can be forgotten. I was a wreck when my parents passed away (Mom passed, then Dad 3 days later). Being an only child I was terribly overwhelmed. I hadn’t even put them in the ground before I got badgered about estate finances. Did I get everything paid on time? Nope. Did I eventually? Yes. Is that OK in the eyes of the law? Nope. Did I catch any flack for it? Nope, I’m not a public official. It appears Holder paid the back taxes and interest as soon as it was brought to his attention. The MN GOP isn’t paying their bills on time, so it’s kinda hypocritical for you to defend them yet go after Holder, since it’s the same principle (pay your bills on time) but what do I know? Closet liberal yada yada yada.

        4. Independant says:

          Another thing… You said, “And when a liberal gets caught breaking the law they get a hero’s welcome.”

          I don’t see how this is true, and I question how you can actually believe this. Let’s take a look at Charlie Rangel. That’s a man who got tarred and feathered, and rightfully so. It’s pretty pathetic that he was only censured, as I feel he should have been expelled. Speaking of expulsion from the senate, in 2002 James Traficant was expelled after being convicted on ten counts that included bribery, obstruction of justice, and racketeering. He sure as hell didn’t get a hero’s welcome. How about the last expulsion before him, in 1980 Michael Myers was expelled after being convicted of bribery in the Abscam scandal. Again, no hero’s welcome for him. That’s three Democrats (oh wait, you prefer liberals) that sure as hell didn’t get no hero’s welcome. Now, how about good ole’ Newt Gingrich? In 1997 he was caught using a tax-exempt organization for political purposes, and provided false information to House Ethics Committee. What did he get? A reprimand. And this man wants to be president of the united states? I could be wrong, but that might qualify as the hero’s welcome you are talking about.

          So to get to my point, and I’ll make it short (you likely wont even read this far anyway)… both sides of the aisle smell like shit. Plain and simple.

        5. Independant says:

          Another thing… You said, “And when a liberal gets caught breaking the law they get a hero’s welcome.”

          I don’t see how this is true, and I question how you can actually believe this. Let’s take a look at Charlie Rangel. That’s a man who got tarred and feathered, and rightfully so. It’s pretty pathetic that he was only censured, as I feel he should have been expelled. Speaking of expulsion from the senate, in 2002 James Traficant was expelled after being convicted on ten counts that included bribery, obstruction of justice, and racketeering. He sure as hell didn’t get a hero’s welcome. How about the last expulsion before him, in 1980 Michael Myers was expelled after being convicted of bribery in the Abscam scandal. Again, no hero’s welcome for him. That’s three Democrats (oh wait, you prefer liberals) that sure as hell didn’t get no hero’s welcome. Now, how about good ole’ Newt Gingrich? In 1997 he was caught using a tax-exempt organization for political purposes, and provided false information to House Ethics Committee. What did he get? A reprimand. And this man wants to be president of the united states? I could be wrong, but that might qualify as the hero’s welcome you are talking about.

          So to get to my point, and I’ll make it short (you likely wont even read this far anyway)… both sides of the aisle smell like $%&^. Plain and simple.

          1. Liam says:

            Oh boy, just shut up already. We know you’re all for spreading the wealth at everyone else’s cost. Quit trying to defend yourself, you’re digging yourself deeper.

            1. Independant says:

              Umm, how do you figure? How did you glean that from what I wrote? I’d love to hear your reasoning.

  9. It a coming says:

    Let’s look at it in a simple and easy way for all to understand

    The GOP never has believed in paying ANY bills but subscribe always to the pay it forward way of doing things. Then they get to lay the blame and the bill on the DFL.

    This one is just a party issue vs taxpayer so they’ll just wait for the next business in need of a favorable legislature passing for this-that. Then they get the $$$$$ and will pay. Fret not counties – it’s a coming soon.

    1. Independant says:

      The blame game is by no means exclusive to the GOP. The DFL is very good at blame game tactics as well.

  10. David J. Conklin says:

    Next time do it COD.

  11. Dave Campbell says:

    Anyone remember Gov. Dayton asking Gov. Walker from Wisconsin to pay back the 58 million they owe the state of Minnesota? Walker’s reply was that they did not have the money. This is pretty hard to believe since he inherited a 140 million dollar budget surplus. Oh I’m sorry, he gave that all away in the form of tax breaks to the wealthy of Wisconsin!

  12. Tim says:

    oh the humanity . . ..this isnt even worth writing a story over. i owe more than that on my credit card-and IM a republican. why are we reading about this?

  13. ??? says:

    Independant, I have read all of your posts. I myself am a centrist. I say you do a very good job of stating the facts before you claim something. You were civil to both parties actually. Alot of what you say IS true.

    You are very accurate when you say the GOP points fingers and fault at DFL and also accurate when you say the DFL points fingers and fault at the GOP. I wish both parties in government would wake up each morning and say to themselves ” what can I do today for the betterment of my country”….instead of ” what can I do today to smear the other party for the betterment of elections”

    We as a Nation need to dust ourselves off and move forward together!
    Keep up the good style and factual means of debate. Look forward to reading your comments and others who post like you do in future topics. Have a good and safe Easter.

    1. Independant says:

      I appreciate your comments. I’m by no means perfect, and I admit I don’t have all the answers, but I do my best to look at the big picture. I was raised to vote for the person and not for the party. I can’t stand 100% behind any party, because my personal beliefs don’t fit either mold.

      For example, I am absolutely for smaller government. I feel that we support way too many freeloaders, especially here in Minnesota. We are handing out way too much money to deadbeats. I firmly believe there is a fine line between lending a helping hand and enabling bloodsuckers. At the same time, I am pro-choice in regards to abortion and I feel religion has absolutely no place in government. I also support gay marriage.

      With that said, I don’t really fit into either party. Sadly when it comes to the GOP or DFL, it’s all or nothing. If you disagree with what either party wants you to believe, then you aren’t a good party member. I simply cannot and will not accept that. I could give you a list of politicians that I agree with and support, and you will see both Democrats and Republicans on that list.

      It’s funny that when I say that I believe in {____}, I am labeled either a liberal or a conservative by people who really have no idea what they are talking about. I don’t understand why we must have a line in the sand, and this mentality of “you are with us or against us”. Why can’t we all work together for the common good? It’s sickening and I wish I could wrap my head around it, but it’s getting pretty late now and I should get off my soapbox. Again, thank you for the kind words and understanding where I am coming from.

      1. wakeupmpls says:

        Independant. It re-reading your posts, your tact is to take the opposite tact of any opinion given, These make your post worthless and it appears that you’re merely posting out of boredom.
        I for one have a definite opinion and I do identify with a party. Unlike you, I’m not so wishey-washey and elitist to think everybody else is wrong because they subscribe to a certain party. The GOP is me and until the Democrats go away, I’ll be GOP. I’ll be GOP not out of blind loyalty but because they represent me better than any other viable party. I don’t hide behind the so-called centrist or independent labels so I can go wherever the political winds take me.
        Feel free to Google some more “facts” to rebut with. But then again, you lost the debate about 10 posts ago. So get back to work, the Dems need your taxes.
        If you’re truly non-partisan, you would vote for “write-in” every single time you vote. So don’t try and act like you’re above it all and smarter than everybody else, because in the end, you’re not smarter than everybody or above anything, you’re ignorant.

        1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

          wakeupmpls
          If you have read and then gone over the info again you have no leg to stand on. Just repeating yourself does not make you correct. You have missed the point in EVERY post that you given back. If you are really that short sighted and narrow minded maybe an adult blog is not for you (especially a political blog). You could not be more off the point if you say that Independant is “wishey-washy” or that he needs to have a “write-in” for all of his votes to be non-partisan (remember that we have the RIGHT to vote for whomever we want). You should look up the definition of these words if you do not understand why.
          How is it that people can claim they read and then argue something that is not there? So you read but do not comprehend? It would either be that or you just want to argue because that view is different from yours. Keep up the good work rooting out the idiots Independant and thank you for giving your facts to support your ideas. I wish we could say this is the same for all posts but apparently just repeating yourself is supposed to make ideas into facts or maybe the idea is IF I YELL THEY HAVE TO HEAR ME!!!

  14. Human Bean says:

    What about our founding Fathers warning about a two party system of government? What about government FOR the people BY the people?

    These are POLITICIANS not elected officials. They have been raised to govern, they are a select few, not average citizens. They are so far removed from the world in which the rest of us live you could only imagine!
    THAT is a big part of the problem.

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