MNGOPer falsely claims swanky Chicago DEED party uses Minnesota taxpayer money

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A yacht on Chicago's Lake Michigan.
This Sunday, the state of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are hosting a reception at the Chicago Yacht Club. The event invitation promises "breathtaking views of Lake Michigan" and "an unrivaled occasion to meet leaders of Minnesota's remarkable biosciences industries."

Sounds fancy -- and expensive. And during debate on the House floor on Monday, Rep. Mary Holberg, R-Lakeville, falsely argued that it's all a big waste of taxpayer dollars.

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"You might think it's a good idea for the taxpayers of this state to wine and dine people on Lake Michigan on a luxury yacht, but many of the taxpayers of Minnesota can't even afford a beer," Holberg said. "I think this is a wrong use of tax dollars. People can have much less opulent activities."

Turns out, though, that Holberg's indignation is misplaced. The whole event, which coincides with the annual Bio International Convention, is privately funded.

"There are no tax dollars," Blake Chaffee, a spokesperson for the Department of Employment and Economic Development, told MPR's Tim Pugmire. "We go out and raise money for it. We have for 10 years."

On Sunday, while state officials and Mayo heads court biotech business, MNGOPers might want to keep researching their complaints about misspent taxpayer money.


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green23
green23 topcommenter

There are no consequences for any Republican when it comes to making crazy predictions, delusional statements, or outrageous 'facts'. It's always the same: "Ignore the crazy and false things that we said *before*, and listen to the crazy and false things we are saying *right now*!"

mbmbbost
mbmbbost

Is being loose with the facts a prerequisite for the MN GOP membership? That's how they're known nationwide now....

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Shocking to see another politically motivated article from the City Pages. This is basically partisan sensationalist journalism at its finest. Nothing different than a typical day at Huffington or Drudge. People care more about the side they picked being right than doing the right thing.

keny1
keny1

@k2yeb It shouldn't be surprising. Liberals enjoy beating on the same drum all day. Also, just because one Republican mistakenly thought that this event was funded by taxpayers, I guess the entire MN GOP believes that too. According to Rupar anyway.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@k2yeb So, what's the *other* side of the story? Do you want to share that with us, or just whine that CP shouldn't embarrass Republicans?

webcelt
webcelt

@k2yeb Did the GOP once again make an accusation without the slightest effort at fact-checking, or did they not? Stop blaming the messenger and start getting angry at your own party for embarrassing you again. "Don't embarrass me" seems like a reasonable standard to demand from the politicians you support.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@keny1@k2yeb So, "liberals" are a monolith, and Republicans are just precious, individual snowflakes? It should be easy for you point out one single Republican taking issue with Holberg's statement, then. Maybe show one story of a Republican official basically saying, "That story that we pushed was factually incorrect". 

Remember, Bob, you voted for Klobuchar and Ellison.  http://mvn.io/ZfpGVw

Kingbozo
Kingbozo

@keny1 @green23  A story that said "Obama lied about every single thing that he promised since he began campaigning back in 2008" would be as false as Holberg's comments.


keny1
keny1

@green23 And show me one story about a Democrat official who admitted that their hero Obama lied about every single thing that he promised since he began campaigning back in 2008? NOT ONE. Google it. If you Google "Obama's Lies", the only results you get are right wing sites. Not one MSNBC. Not one CNN. Not one Mother Jones. Not one Huff Post. This just proves that the left-wing media CONTROLS your thought and mind. And you are so stupid, you believe everything they tell you. Again, you are just a sheep, who is guided by the Liberal Shepherds  And by the way, if you actually think that my real name is Bob Dobbs, you might want to google it. 

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