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Walter Hudson Is the Man
The trans moment seems to me the culmination of the culture war. The denial of nature and reality, the destruction of the family, and the demand for our submission are what it’s all about. Minnesota’s manifestation as a “trans refuge” captures the moment perfectly, as does the utter capitulation of regnant institutions such as big business and the media.
Newly elected Republican Rep. Walter Hudson has distinguished himself by his vocal and uncowed opposition to the “trans refuge” bill that is making its way to the desk of Governor Walz. Speaking against the bill in St. Paul on the floor of the House at 2:00 a.m. this past Friday morning (video below), Hudson is the man of the moment if not simply the man.
'You No Longer Have Access to Your Child': GOP State Rep Slams Minnesota's 'Trans Refuge' Bill
State representative Walter Hudson (R.) slammed Minnesota's "trans refuge" bill—which allows children from other states to get sex change procedures in Minnesota—calling the bill a threat to parental rights and the safety and health of children.
Bill aimed at stemming tide of PTSD police retirements prompts heated debate about police
Nisswa City Administrator Jenny Max said a longtime police officer there retired early due to a disability, which will cost the tiny town $350,000 over 24 years for health insurance until the officer reaches age 65.
That will require a 14% property tax levy increase for taxpayers in the town of fewer than 2,000.
Max, who is a vice president for the League of Minnesota Cities, testified Thursday in favor of a bill (HF1234) aimed at stemming the tide of police officers retiring early due to post-traumatic stress disorder, contributing to a police staffing shortage.
The number of Minnesota police officers retiring early due to PTSD shot up after the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020. The officers get at least 60% of their average salary.
Minnesota Wagering Bill Still Faces Challenges
Minnesota’s sports betting bill continued moving through the state legislature Thursday when the House Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee advanced it.
The measure was referred for consideration next by the State and Local Government Finance and Policy Committee. The bill so far has been heard in three committees and still has multiple stops before getting to the House floor. The legislature is set to adjourn May 22.
As the bill currently stands, Minnesota’s 11 tribes would get a monopoly on sports betting, as professional sports teams and horse-racing facilities are excluded.
Bill banning no-knock warrants passes in House Public Safety Committee
A bill that would ban the use of no-knock warrants has passed the House’s Public Safety Committee.
Republican lawmakers pushed back by arguing the warrants are an essential tool for law enforcement and that officers have shown responsible discretion in deciding when to use them.
Representative Walter Hudson cited a 5 INVESTIGATES report that found judges signed off on at least 70 no-knock warrants during a three month period starting in September 2021. The BCA data showed officers carried out 49 of them.
“Officers sought and judges agreed with presented evidence that this was appropriate and proper thing to do,” said Hudson. “I feel as though this bill is legislating to the exception, this bill is legislating to the headlines, this bill is rooted in emotion, it is not rooted in outcomes.”
Minnesota lawmaker slams bill that would create 'thoughtcrime' database of alleged bias incidents
Minnesota lawmakers are mulling a change to state law that would log alleged bias incidents even when they aren't considered a crime — leading one lawmaker to say the plan would create a "thoughtcrime" database.
A bill pitched in January would allow people to report perceived bias-related incidents such as alleged slurs and verbal attacks that would fall outside the hate crimes compiled annually by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the St. Cloud Times.
Each alleged incident would include information about the perceived offender and victim "relevant to that bias," according to the law.
Republican frustration spills over into committee debates
Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota Legislature have been frustrated since early in the session because they serve in narrow minorities in both the House and Senate and have little say over what is passing into law.
Democratic lawmakers are passing major legislation on hot-button issues like abortion, clean energy, felon voting rights and expanded driver’s license eligibility for undocumented immigrants that Republicans have opposed for years. Now with DFL majorities and a DFL governor, they are powerless to stop it.
This week, Rep. Duane Quam (R-Byron) let his frustration boil over in a House Elections Committee hearing.
MN GOP rolls out it's anti-crime package
(St. Paul, MN) -- The anti-crime package from Minnesota House and Senate Republicans includes increased penalties for carjacking, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and for possessing or distributing fentanyl. Sentences would also increase for offenders with two or more convictions for violent crimes. G-O-P Representative Walter Hudson of Albertville said, "the third time you've done it, you've already been caught twice, you've already been through trials twice and you've been convicted twice -- so you're clearly not learning your lesson." Mandatory sentences would be required for dangerous offenders who commit crimes with a firearm. And county attorneys would have to report to the legislature any felony offenses they don't file charges on.
Legislative Update - March 10, 2023
It should go without saying we all want the best for our children. We want to keep them safe, nurture them, teach them and do our best to put them on track for success. It all starts at home, with parents who are present and involved.
But what if I told you House Democrats have a different idea, one that would replace our love and intimacy with clinical bureaucracy and tainted ideology? What if I said House Democrats want to take something beautiful and turn it into a machine – take something natural and automate it?
Welcome to 2023 and the extreme Democrat agenda infiltrating every corner of our existence – including our children’s lives.
In this particular case, House Democrats have a bill that establishes a new state agency called the Department of Children, Youth and Families. It’s a copy/paste of failed existing agency models built on a fundamentally flawed premise that government bureaucrats can value children in a communal family.
Bill codifying Indian Child Welfare Act language into state law heads to Walz’s desk
A bill aimed at keeping Native American children within the foster care system in Native American homes will now go to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk to be signed into law after the House passed it on Thursday.
The legislation is well-timed — the U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to overturn identical federal laws. The House passed the bill 128-0, with six members not voting.
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 established minimum standards for the removal of Native American children from their homes. The law also prioritized placing children into homes of extended family members and other tribal homes — places that could reflect the values of Native American culture.
Friday Morning Briefs
(St. Paul, MN) — Those engaging in price-gouging during a peacetime state of emergency could be fined up to 25 thousand dollars, under a bill the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House passed last night (Thursday). Representative Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids says the question is, “Are we going to allow a very small group of people to enrich themselves off the misery of others?” The bill prohibits anyone from selling an “essential consumer good or service for an unconscionably excessive price” if a governor has declared an “abnormal market disruption.” Albertville Republican Walter Hudson warns, “gives supreme power… to the governor of the state of Minnesota who already, we’ve had demonstrated to us in recent years, has the capacity to unilaterally cancel democracy.”
DFL pushes legislation to make Minnesota criminal justice system more rehabilitative, less punitive
Democratic lawmakers are pushing bills to make the criminal justice system more rehabilitative and less punitive.
One bill would allow state prisoners to be released earlier by not engaging in misconduct and participating in a rehabilitation plan.
Another would limit the conditions under which a person can be convicted of aiding and abetting two types of felony murder. And a third bill would free thousands of Minnesotans from lengthy terms of probation.
The strong push for reform comes after Minnesota Republicans sought to paint Democrats as soft-on-crime during the midterm elections, but came away with nothing to show for it.
Legislative Update - March 3, 2023
We’re nearing the midway point of a legislative session in which Democrats have introduced – and, in some cases approved – a litany of outlandish bills. Their ideas run the gamut from on-demand abortion to extreme employer mandates, dangerous energy policy, prohibiting the sale of water in plastic bottles, banning gas-powered lawn equipment and much, much more.
In fact, if you ask me, "What is the craziest thing the Democrats are doing in Minnesota?" I point squarely at H.F. 146, a bill which enables kidnapping children. This would be laughable if it weren’t so serious.
Hudson: State economic forecast underscores need for tax relief, structural overhaul
ST. PAUL – State officials issued a new economic forecast for Minnesota on Monday, projecting a $17.5 billion surplus for the new biennium.
The bottom-line surplus figure remains in line with the last full forecast, issued in early December. State Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, said the report signals state revenue continues to grow because this forecast factored for inflation for the first time in decades.
“Revenue continues to exceed previous estimates, which effectively canceled the addition of inflation to the equation,” Hudson said. “It was a wash, and the state still has a $17.5 billion surplus. These are taxpayer dollars, and the taxpayers deserve for them to be returned – starting with fully repealing the state tax on Social Security.
Legislators report ‘breakneck’ pace at Capitol
Bills are being moved through the DFL-controlled Minnesota Legislature at a pace one local lawmaker describes as “breakneck speed.”
“It’s definitely busier down there than it has ever been,” said state Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville. “At this point in the session, three times as many bills have been introduced than have ever been introduced before.”
He also said three times as many bills as it typical have made their way through committees and are ready to be voted upon on the House floor.
Legislative Update - February 17, 2023
Greetings from the House, where we have another round of divisive and generally ill-advised bills House Democrats are advancing to discuss this week.
Here’s a look:
Fraud, waste and abuse
House Democrats approved two bills on Monday – H.F. 13 (Child Care Assistance Program) and H.F. 150 (Early learning scholarships and child care stabilization grants) that spend hundreds of millions more taxpayer dollars on child-related state programs that have been rife with fraud.
Legislative Update - February 10, 2023
Here is this week's roundup from the House, starting with notes on legislation I have co-authored to fully repeal the state tax on Social Security, providing some breathing room for seniors – particularly those on fixed incomes.
Minnesota is one of just 12 states that still tax Social Security benefits. With a $17.6 billion state budget surplus, and price increases straining family budgets, the time is right for a full repeal. That is why I am co-authoring H.F. 516 to do so.
Hudson co-authors bill to eliminate state tax on Social Security
ST.PAUL – State Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, has co-authored legislation to fully repeal the state tax on Social Security, providing some breathing room for seniors – particularly those on fixed incomes.
Hudson said Minnesota is one of just 12 states that still tax social security benefits. With a $17.6 billion state budget surplus, and price increases straining family budgets, Hudson said the time is right for a full repeal and is co-authoring both H.F. 136 and H.F. 516 to make that happen.
Supt. Foucault discusses STMA’s lack of state funding at joint meeting
On Jan. 30, the Joint Governance meeting was held with the cities of Albertville and St. Michael. St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) School District Superintendent Anne-Marie Foucault asked for a video to be played at the meeting called “STMA Funding Explained.”
“Today, children in similar school districts throughout Minnesota receive vastly different sums of revenue based largely on where their families choose to live. For example, the lowest funded school district in Minnesota receives approximately 9,300 annually while the highest funded district receives 19,000,” Foucault said in the video.
Anti-Asian bias spurs renewed effort to update Minnesota’s hate crime law
There were concerns raised about the bill from both the political left and political right. Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, said he opposed the new reporting mechanism for incidents that aren’t crimes.
“I am deeply concerned about the implications of this bill,” Hudson said. “We’re going to create a database of incidents that have no objective standard determining whether or not they violated the law, whether or not they had anything distinct from normal speech, an incident of bias.”
Hudson said someone could post on social media a Bible verse that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman or opposed certain “sexual proclivities.” Would that be an incident reportable under the bill? he asked.
Legislative Update - February 3, 2023
Thank you to everyone who attended the series of town hall meetings Sen. Lucero, Rep. Novotny and I conducted across District 30A. The input provided by constituents was well received and we are grateful so many people took time from their busy lives to share their thoughts. Above is a photo of Sen. Lucero and me meeting with constituents at the Albertville event.
Greetings from the House, where Democrats in the majority continue using their slim grasp of power to push their small-group activists’ extreme agenda on all Minnesotans. There were Republican candidates supported by 49 percent of the population, yet Democrats in St. Paul are treating it as a full-on mandate, projecting radical changes on all of us.
Rep. Hudson tapped for two legislative appointments
ST. PAUL – Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, accepted a pair of legislative appointments less than one month into his Minnesota House of Representatives tenure.
Hudson recently accepted posts to serve on both the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage and the Legislative Energy Commission. He said the latter could prove to be a good venue to advocate for the affordable, reliable energy in Minnesota.
Legislative Update - January 27, 2023
Whether it’s at home, at the office or just about everywhere else we visit on a given day, we take for granted that, when we flip a switch, the lights are going to come on. We are able to take that simple act for granted because we have had cheap, abundant, reliable energy for as long as any of us can remember.
But that’s about to change.
Hudson: House Democrats pass unaffordable, unreliable, dangerous energy package
House Democrats on Thursday approved legislation Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, said increases consumer energy prices, reduces power reliability and ultimately compromises safety.
The bill (H.F. 7) extends and increases Minnesota’s renewable energy standard to 55 percent by 2035 and requires electric utilities in the state to generate or acquire 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2040.
Hudson discusses bills to help local students during STMA forum
State Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, has authored bills to provide local schools with fairer state funding and discussed them during a legislative forum Tuesday at STMA High School.
Hudson said area students continue to be deprived educational opportunities because local districts have been at the bottom of the state’s per pupil education funding formula for years. In response, he authored one bill to deliver general education disparity aid and another to establish a minimum revenue guarantee.
Legislative Update - January 20, 2023
It’s a dark time here at the Capitol, where House Democrats last night approved abortion legislation so extreme it would put Minnesota on par with radical regimes in North Korea and China.
Legislative Update - January 13, 2023
Greetings from the Minnesota House, where the second week of the 2023 legislative session is concluding after the 93rd Legislature was installed Jan. 3 at the Capitol. I am humbled to represent the people of District 30A and honored to serve as your voice in the House.
Hudson: House approves bill updating state tax code
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House on Monday overwhelmingly passed legislation allowing state taxpayers to take advantage of numerous tax provisions already approved at the federal level.
Hudson performs first House oath of office
ST. PAUL – Walter Hudson officially is Rep. Walter Hudson, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives after performing the oath of office with the 93rd Legislature that was installed Tuesday at the Capitol.
State Representative Walter Hudson Address "Stop the Mandate" Rally at Capitol Rotunda
Incoming GOP lawmaker compares medical professionals to slave owners
Incoming Minnesota Rep. Walter Hudson has a background in conservative talk radio, including a show called “Closing Argument with Walter Hudson.” It turns out his opening argument as a state lawmaker is creating more buzz than any of his radio shows.
During a meeting on Sunday conducted by the group Mask Off MN, Hudson compared medical professionals and others who recommend the COVID-19 vaccine to plantation owners who “enslaved Black people.”
“The plantation owner who said, ‘I need cotton and you’re going to pick it,’ is morally equivalent to the person today who says, ‘I don’t want to get sick, so you have to take the jab,’” he said.
Minnesota voters sweep in the state’s most diverse Legislature after historic wins at the polls.
Established and newly-elected legislators are sounding a hopeful note after Tuesday’s election promised to deliver the most diverse Legislature in Minnesota history.
At least 35 out of 201 members of next year’s House and Senate identify as people of color, according to a Sahan Journal count verified by DFL and Republican party leaders.
PODCAST: St. Michael Standoff, plus Mental Health, Public Safety, and Race Relations
June 26, 2022 - Walter Hudson joins host Daniel Breitenbucher for a wide-ranging discussion on the new "Logical and Wright" podcast, which can be found at logicalandwright.com. They react to the recent police standoff in St. Michael and meander through topics from mental health to race relations, all with a local angle.
Help Us with Lawn Signs
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However you can help, thank you!
Walter Hudson Committed to Abolish Abortion as Roe Overturned
Deepening the stakes of the 2022 midterm election, news broke late Monday that the United States Supreme Court stands poised to overturn Roe v Wade, the lynchpin legal opinion which has barred states from prohibiting the killing of unborn children since 1973.
The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.
The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision — Planned Parenthood v. Casey — that largely maintained the right.
Minnesota state representative candidate Walter Hudson responded to the news on Tuesday, saying:
"... the end of Roe is not the end of our fight for life. Babies will continue to be massacred in Minnesota unless we have elected officials willing to act in their defense. As your next state representative for northeastern Wright County, I will work to prohibit the murder of children."
Hudson has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Minnesota for House District 30A, representing Rockford Township, Hanover, St. Michael, Albertville, and much of Otsego.
Walter Hudson Responds to Biden Administration's "Ministry of Truth"
It was revealed late Wednesday that the Biden administration's Department of Homeland Security is creating a "'Disinformation Governance Board' to combat misinformation ahead of the 2022 midterms."
Minnesota state representative candidate Walter Hudson reacted on social media, calling for the immediate impeachment of President Joe Biden.
Walter Hudson Unpacks the Plantation Politics of Minnesota Democrats on The BS Show
Legendary Twin Cities broadcaster Bob Sansevere hosted state representative candidate Walter Hudson for a candid discussion about Minnesota Democrats and their plantation politics. Attorney Jeff O'Brien rounded out the discussion as they unpacked why Minnesota deserves better and how Hudson hopes to provide it.
Jack Tomczak Interviews Walter Hudson for State Representative
State representative candidate Walter Hudson, seeking endorsement in House District 30A servicing Rockford Township, Hanover, St. Michael, Albertville, and much of Otsego, sat down with AM 1280 The Patriot host Jack Tomczak for a candid chat about what it will take to change the political culture in Minnesota. They discuss the Democrats hypocrisy on racial justice, and the untapped opportunity to provide metro voters with an aspirational vision for their future.
Mitch Berg Interviews Walter Hudson for State Representative
Mitch Berg hosts state representative candidate Walter Hudson on the Northern Alliance Radio Network. They talk about the tyranny Minnesotans have endured under Governor Tim Walz and his Democrat allies. Other issues discussed include law and order and critical race theory. Walter shares his vision for leveraging a strong Republican district to serve as an ambassador for conservatism to nearby metro communities.
Listen above for the highlights. Full interview available here.
Walter Hudson Already Working for You at the Minnesota Capitol
Minnesota state representative candidate Walter Hudson visited with dozens of legislators this week, arguing for bold reforms to the legislative process to return power to 'We the People.' He did so as a member of the Republican Party of Wright County Legislative Action Committee.
Endorsement Postponed to March 19th SD30 Convention
Today, both candidates seeking the Republican Party endorsement for Minnesota state representative in House District 30A agreed to postpone the delegates' consideration until the March 19th Senate District 30 convention.
Walter Hudson thanked delegates and offered his thoughts in the video below: