Lewis Demands Property Tax Payments are Refunded if Schools Don’t Re-Open
July 8, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement calling for the Minnesota Department of Education to urge schools to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year.
“The more we learn about COVID, the more it becomes apparent that we have done a huge disservice to our children in the way we have handled this virus. Research has proven that COVID presents minimal risks to young people. But what isn’t minimal is the toll this prolonged lockdown and social isolation has on our kids’ social, mental, and physical well-being. Quality of education has declined, crisis hotlines are seeing their phones explode, high school seniors have missed graduations, and kids have had to forgo their favorite sports—the impact of long-term at-home learning is far more detrimental than some of our public health experts would have us believe.
There is no rational reason to keep kids out of schools this fall, and those who continue to hinder this do not have our kids’ best interest in mind. It is unconscionable what we have deliberately done to young people. But don’t just take my word for it. Medical professionals, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have come out in support of reopening schools this fall. That’s why I’m calling for the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health to urge school districts move forward with reopening plans for the upcoming school year. Virtual learning won’t cut it. If schools are not allowed to reopen, parents and students should be refunded their tuition or property taxes. Failure to do so is a breach of contract.
It’s time to stop shortchanging our students and ripping off taxpayers and parents. The well-being of our kids depends on it.”
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement applauding HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s announcement to scrap the Obama-era “fair housing” rule saddling local units of government with 92-question checklists before they can develop housing in their communities. The 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing quota hamstrung local units of government with regulatory burdens that help create housing shortages in first place. President Donald Trump also expressed his support for the deregulation plan in a tweet last night.
“The Trump Administration’s plan to deregulate housing is a great step towards undoing the Obama-era regulations that have burdened the housing industry across the nation. Now, Minnesota needs to go further and scrap the unelected Metropolitan Council who has adopted a similar housing schemes in their MSP 2040 ‘master plan’ for the Twin Cities. Local officials shouldn’t have to get permission from bureaucrats who map census tracts and analyze housing stock for ‘affordability’ before they can develop their own neighborhoods. Time consuming obstacles, along with so-called ‘smart growth’ policies that limit cheaper housing in the name of high-density development in mass transit corridors, have led to an increase in suburban crime and the housing crisis in Minnesota.
The real answer is to undue the onerous land-use rules and regulations driving up the cost of homeownership. The inevitable housing bubble that followed these rules might have been great for real estate investors and the wealthy who already own property, but it’s been horrible for first time buyers. A recent Housing First Minnesota study showed that up to one-third of a new home’s price in the Twin Cites comes from fees and regulations, making it next to impossible to build a single-family home in the metro area for under $375,000.
The end of single family zoning in Oregon, California, Minnesota, and North Carolina replaced by ‘multi-family’ housing is a deliberate ploy by urban planners to end the American Dream and attack the suburbs. That’s why I fought and succeeded in reining in the Metropolitan Council while serving in the House of Representatives, and I will continue that reform in the Senate, especially by requiring that board members be elected by the public and not appointed.
It’s time to make the American Dream accessible and safe again.”
Senator Kevin Cramer & Jason Lewis Headline Moorhead Trump Victory Office Opening
June 29, 2020
MOORHEAD, Minn. — U.S.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis spoke at the Trump Victory office grand
opening in Moorhead on Saturday, which the Jason Lewis for Senate
campaign will also utilize to mobilize volunteers and connect with
voters. North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer, MN-07 Congressional candidate
Michelle Fischbach, and MNGOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan were also in
“We are at an inflection point in Minnesota. The DFL’s radical plunge into lawlessness and socialism has alienated Minnesotans. When they aren’t imposing one-size-fits-all lockdowns, they are caving to a mob of anarchists. And folks in greater Minnesota have had enough. For decades, the DFL, including Senator Tina Smith, has taken their votes for granted. But as the Democrats’ failing policies continue to abandon farmers, business owners, and police officers, people are realizing they’ve been used, and they are ready for a change here in Greater Minnesota and all across our state,” Lewis said.
“Voters in the Seventh District may well determine who Minnesota’s next Senator is. And by the energy we are feeling on the ground, it is clear they are ready to have somebody in Washington who is looking out for them, not special interest groups backed by the urban elites in the Twin Cities. Clearly President Trump recognizes this as well, which is why he is opening campaign offices all across greater Minnesota, including here in Moorhead, an effort we are grateful to be joined at the hip with him on. We are in a battle to preserve our fundamental liberties, but with the strong support we have in the Seventh District and across greater Minnesota, we can turn Minnesota red!” Lewis concluded.
“Law and order matters. And I believe it will be the most defining issue here in Minnesota and other Democratic strongholds. Minnesota is big-time in play. It could be the difference this election. If Minnesota carries the day for Donald Trump and for Jason Lewis, it will be because the people of District 7 made it happen,” Cramer said.
We now know that Tina Smith’s vague statements on how we need to ‘reimagine policing’ was all a ruse because, this week, she blocked a police reform bill from being debated in the Senate, even with Democrat amendments included. Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Pete Stauber’s JUSTICE Act offers real solutions that would help root out the bad cops, while supporting the good men and women of law enforcement. It would ensure equal justice and introduce better training and accountability for police officers. But Tina Smith wouldn’t even consider the bill. I think this tells us all we need to know. There can no longer be any doubt that Tina Smith has thrown her lot in with radicals like Ilhan Omar that are backing the mob and demanding we defund the police.
Democrats have a choice to make. They can either take up common sense reforms, or they can side with radical anarchists who want to abolish the police and ‘reimagine’ them as social workers and community organizers. Sadly, Tina Smith has chosen the latter.”
Lewis Calls to Abolish Minneapolis City Council in Response to Council’s Move to Abolish the Police
Calls on Senator Tina Smith to Stop Hiding in her Basement and Fight Back
June 26, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the Minneapolis City Council advanced their plan to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department.
“Today the Minneapolis City Council continued with their absurd and dangerous plan to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department. The radicals on the City Council want to replace police officers with a new system that is ‘holistic’ and ‘public health-oriented’ run by somebody who doesn’t have experience in law enforcement but rather ‘public health and/or restorative justice.’ If that terrifies you, it should! We got a preview of what life would look like without police officers a month ago when over 1,500 businesses were destroyed by looters and arsonists because law enforcement was told to stand down. Since then, the city has been in chaos, with shootings and violence running amok. More people will die and more businesses will flee if this asinine proposal to abolish the police goes through. For the safety of Minneapolis’ 425,000 residents, I say it’s high-time we abolish the City Council and halt this insane proposal to abolish the police. And, while we’re at it, if police officers don’t get qualified immunity, by all means let’s remove absolute immunity for politicians so citizens can sue them for the economic carnage they deliberately inflicted from their one-size-fits-all lockdown.
Where is Senator Tina Smith? She says she wants to ‘reimagine policing,’ but has failed to specify what that means. Since she refuses to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis City Council, we can only assume this is the kind of reimagining she is hoping for. Tina Smith has a duty to stand up against this radical proposal. We know Tina would prefer to continue hiding in her basement like her endorsed candidate for President, Joe Biden, but her constituents expect and demand more from her than that.”
“Minnesota is quickly becoming the battleground state of 2020. Once reliably blue, the DFL’s radical plunge into lawlessness and Socialism, as well as the results delivered by President Trump and the Republican Party to cut taxes, bring jobs home from China, and get better trade deals for our farmers have made Minnesota a swing state, including my race for Senate against radical Tina Smith that continues to receive national attention. Having only lost by just over one point in 2016, President Trump has shown that statewide victory for Minnesota Republicans is within our grasp. A recent Star Tribune poll even showed a neck and neck race between President Trump and Joe Biden.
The latest proof of Minnesota’s competitiveness is Senator Tom Cotton’s new digital ad buy targeting the state. Senator Cotton’s ad highlights the abject failure of Joe Biden and radical Democrat leaders to control the mob. From Tina Smith encouraging further protest at the height of the riots that torched our cities to saying there’s something inherently dangerous about police officers, Democrats have alienated Minnesotans of all political stripes. This is no longer your mother and father’s DFL Party. The Democrats are losing their grip on the state, and, with the help of people like Senator Cotton, Minnesota is going to go red for President Trump and me this November!”
Senator Smith Claims Lewis’ Support for Law Enforcement Will “Backfire”
Lewis Attacks Smith for Dangerous, Anti-Law Enforcement Rhetoric
June 24, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for her continued irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric that is fueling the dangerous anti-law enforcement climate.
Just today, Tina Smith went on record saying that my opposition to abolishing the police will ‘backfire.’ If anything is going to ‘backfire,’ it’s Tina Smith’s vision to ‘reimagine’ policing in America. If you’re wondering what ‘reimagining’ means, you’re not alone. Nobody has been able to figure out what that means because she hasn’t explained it.
Public order is under assault, and Tina Smith can’t be bothered to offer any real solutions. Instead she is running a copy-paste campaign, giving out the same generic statements on how we need to ‘reimagine policing’ while she lets radicals in the DFL like Ilhan Omar work to abolish the police. This is unacceptable from our leaders. It was the abject failure of Minnesota Democrats that got us to this point in the first place, and Tina Smith is just continuing that trend.
I will protect public safety and law enforcement at all costs, Tina Smith won’t. You need only look at her track record.”
“We are going to have some very bad consequences across the Twin Cities and the state as a whole if we continue down this perilous path of undercutting law enforcement and public order. Let me be clear about this: public order is not a privilege, it is a right. The need for public order is why government was established in the first place, and it is what makes the liberties granted to us in the Constitution possible. As we descend into this free-for-all mob rule, we are undercutting the very function of government.
Every single elected official has a duty to lead on this. And newsflash: you don’t lead by saying that the police are ‘rotten to the root’ like Ilhan Omar or that ‘there is something dangerously wrong about the role police play in society’ like Tina Smith. This type of inflammatory rhetoric is already having costly consequences as we see police officers leaving the profession en masse. Calling to abolish the police or threatening not to support them is driving out the good cops our communities so desperately need. How would have fewer police helped this weekend when the tragic violence unfolded in Uptown? And we got a glimpse of what life would be like without police just a few weeks ago when our cities were destroyed by looters and arsonists. Society breaks down when public order isn’t enforced.
We’re at an inflection point here in Minnesota and across the country. We need to put an end to the dangerous anti-law enforcement rhetoric promoted by leaders like Tina Smith. If we don’t, what is happening in Minneapolis could spread throughout Minnesota and even across the country. We must take a stand for public order, or we risk losing all the things we hold dear. That’s why I’m proud to stand with the good men and women of law enforcement.”
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Liberal activist judges on the Supreme Court, sadly including Justice Roberts once again, ruled that President Trump may not reverse what Obama himself admitted he had no power to do. This is judicial activism, plain and simple, and something I look forward to tackling when I’m in the Senate by appointing Constitutional conservatives to the courts.
As a policy matter, I voted for two immigration reform bills in the House that would have fixed the Dreamer problem, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Tina Smith wanted nothing to do with it because it funded border security, including a wall. Instead they have continued with their radical plans for open borders by abolishing ICE and sanctuary cities.
As a legal matter, the Court’s opinion is quite inscrutable, given the fact the it was President Obama who did not follow precedent or ‘ordinary rule-making’ procedures when he granted DACA recipients ‘undocumented status’ in the first place. And in remarkably stark contrast to Obama’s earlier proclamations, saying In October 2010, ‘I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.’ He further elaborated the next year, declaring, ‘I can’t just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case’ and acknowledged that he couldn’t ‘just bypass Congress and change the [immigration] law myself…That’s not how a democracy works.’
In the 115th Congress, Democrats refused to back a simple resolution honoring the brave men and women at ICE. That’s an outrage considering our border agents apprehended and arrested more than 120,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions or charges, including human trafficking, in 2017 alone. They also seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics. In 2018, a Shakopee woman was brutally killed by an illegal immigrant charged with 2nd degree murder and whose past criminal history includes numerous misdemeanor convictions, three DUIs and one felony domestic assault conviction. He was deported by ICE in 2012 but illegally re-entered the United States sometime later. Yet now we hear the inexplicable chants ‘No border, no wall, no USA at all’ from radical leftist groups like Antifa while Democrats like Tina Smith continue their war on law enforcement.”
Lewis Blasts Smith’s Comments in Wake of Resignations
The Left’s Hostile Environment Towards Police Officers Is Leading To Mass Exodus
June 15, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on the hostile environment the Democrats have created towards law enforcement officers and the resulting mass exodus of officers across the country.
“As I have been warning for weeks now, the hostile environment towards law enforcement officers created by the left—with Senator Tina Smith leading the charge—is going to have a detrimental effect on public safety. We are already starting to see that come to fruition as police departments across the country are seeing a mass exodus of law enforcement officers. Here in Minneapolis, at least 13 officers have left the police department or are in the process of separating. This ‘unusually large exodus’ comes during a time where the Minneapolis Police Department is already short-staffed and struggling to serve the community adequately. And, as we have seen after two weeks of touring devastated businesses, the places that suffer the most with lack of policing often are minority neighborhoods.
Last week, Senator Smith took to the floor of the United States Senate to say there is something ‘dangerously wrong with the role police play in society,’ and that feeling relieved when police arrive is ‘about privilege.’ Vilifying all law enforcement officers based on the actions of a few bad cops isn’t just irresponsible, it is dangerous. This is exactly the kind of disparaging language that is leading to this mass exodus. As our leaders continue to fuel hatred of the police, public safety and our communities will continue to suffer. It must stop!
Senator Smith needs to be held accountable for her brazenly hostile comments towards all law enforcement officers. The ongoing safety of our communities depends on it.”