REPRESENTING EDEN PRAIRIE AND SOUTHERN
RUUD -- HOW LIBERAL IS SHE?
Since 2005, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka have been represented
by one of the most liberal members of the Minnesota House
of Representatives, Representative Maria Ruud (D-42A).
Even though Minnesota is one of the highest taxed states,
she continues to vote for higher taxes. In 2008, her high
tax votes earned her a ZERO rating from the Minnesota Taxpayer's
League -- she was least taxpayer friendly member of the
Minnesota House in 2008.
She votes for a renewable energy bill that will add hundreds
of dollars to the average Minnesota family's home heating
bills. She votes for controversial tax giveaways like the
DREAM Act (a program that gives special tuition benefits
illegal immigrants -- privileges that even American citizens
do not enjoy). She votes for government run healthcare
-- a system that has bankrupted other states and led to
shortages in other countries.
She is bankrupting our Senate District. She is bankrupting
you. It's time to expose Maria Ruud's radical agenda for
you and your family.
RUUD: THE EARLY YEARS
Radical Groups and Radical Causes
most interesting theory that I have heard so far… is
that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis.” --
Howard Dean joining the nut-cases who believe that
President Bush helped plan 9/11.
Maria Ruud first got involved in politics through the Howard
Dean for President campaign. Howard Dean was the most liberal
of the Democrats running for President in 2004.
This was posted on the Howard Dean for President site "Dean
“Maria Ruud of Minnetonka, Minnesota, was inspired
to run for public office because of Gov. Dean. She will
be running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in
42A (which is Eden Prairie, MN, and southern Minnetonka)
against a very conservative first-term Republican.
Maria, who is also a Meetup host, is a nurse practitioner
with two children in the local public school system. She
is very involved in health care and educational issues,
including statewide social studies standards.
I'm on her steering committee and our motto is: “Put
a nurse in the state house and a doctor in the White House!”.
One of Maria's fellow travelers is a man by the name of
Reade Bailey. He can often be found in the local letters
to the editor sections defending Maria and her policies.
In 2004, Reade posted the following entry on the Howard Dean
Maria Ruud of Minnetonka, Minnesota, was inspired to run
for public office because of Gov. Dean. She will be running
for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 42A (which
is Eden Prairie, MN, and southern Minnetonka) against a
very conservative first-term Republican. Maria, who is
also a Meetup host, is a nurse practitioner with two children
in the local public school system. She is very involved
in health care and educational issues, including statewide
social studies standards. I'm on her steering committee
and our motto is: "Put a nurse in the state house
and a doctor in the White House!" You can e-mail me
for more info.
In 2004, Maria became very upset by all the mocking of Governor
Dean's meltdown speech in Iowa. So much so that she wrote
the Star Tribune defending him:
Howard Dean's post-caucus speech has been called "inappropriate." Yet,
Dean wasn't speaking to the United Nations; he was speaking
to a roomful of supporters. It is unlikely that such a
speech would have been considered newsworthy 20 years ago — then
again, it probably wouldn't have been televised.
Now that Bush has signed an omnibus spending bill that
permits media conglomerates to increase their ownership
of local television stations to 39 percent, it is important
to ask who owns the messenger and what do they want us
Likewise, her buddy Reade Bailey also wrote the Star-Tribune
complaining about how Dean was treated:
Tearing down Dean
I was in the Des Moines ballroom for Howard Dean's postcaucus
speech Monday night. I continue to be amazed at how his
actions are being spun by the media. I saw passion, not
anger, and there were parts of his speech that were so
clearly over-the-top that even Dean was laughing at himself.
In all the news stories, I have seen such negative words
as bombastic, "guttural, "bellowing, "flailing" and "angry," but
have never once seen the word "passionate."
Reade Bailey, Eden Prairie.
Bailey also was quite vocal about his opposition to the
Bush tax-cuts in a 2004 MPR interview:
Dean supporter Reade Bailey of Eden Prairie says President
Bush's policies make him angry. "Without a doubt,
Bush will be the first president to have a net loss of
jobs under his watch since Hoover 70 years ago -- that
was during the Great Depression. And so this trickle-down
economics, the $1.6 trillion in tax cuts have not worked," said
Bailey. Bailey arrived at the site of the president's fundraiser
hours before it began, and sarcastically asked people entering
the RiverCentre to thank the president for creating so
idea that the United States is going to win the war
in Iraq is just plain wrong.” -- Howard Dean
Before she was elected a state representative, Maria Ruud
occupied her time as an activist in the radical
anti-Iraq War movement. She actually took trip to Washington
D.C. to protest against the U.S. troops who were fighting
-- and dying -- for our country.
Read about Maria Ruud's connection
to radical Washington D.C. anti-war groups.
She wrote the paper complaining that her "No War in
Iraq" sign was stolen: From the March 20, 2003 Sun-Sailor:
War opponent will not be silenced
To the editor: To the person who stole our “No War
on Iraq” sign:
Are you the same person who stole our first sign (also
our Paul Wellstone sign)?
How did you feel when you came within five feet of my
front door and took the sign, along with the American flag
that was attached to it?
Do you mistake my patriotism for a lack of respect for
our troops? If so, you are wrong. I am thankful for and
value the individuals that serve in the military. That
is why I will fight to bring them home alive and not see
their lives squandered in a senseless war that the world
community is against. At first glance, the theft of our
sign may appear as a simple prank. Yet, it tugs at something
much deeper inside of me. I work with refugees, or people
who have a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons
of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular
group or political opinion, many of them victims of torture
for voicing their beliefs. Thankfully, we still live in
a country where free speech is a right. We will not be
silenced or intimidated by your actions toward us or our
From her letters, she seems to be of the belief that we
need to UNDERSTAND our enemies, sympathize with them rather
than defeat them. This is from Maria's 2003 letter to the
editor to the Star Tribune:
After participating in the discussion group on terrorism
I feel I have gained some insight, and it is not too encouraging.
Our group seemed to be divided into two groups. The dividing
point seemed to exist at the most fundamental level; how
one views the world and our role in that world. There were
those of us who felt we should strive to understand the
origin of the hatred that exists towards Americans and
reflect upon the choices that we make and how they impact
the world. A belief that we are all on this planet together
and the UN, though not perfect, provides the best vehicle
to work towards peace. Other individuals felt that terrorism
must be dealt with swiftly and forcefully lest our way
of life become threatened. The U.S., by virtue of its superpower
status, should not need to consult with or consider the
opinions of other world communities. A belief that we need
not apologize for our lifestyle and we should fight to
maintain it, even if that means relinquishing civil liberties,
curtailing immigration, fortifying our borders, and sacrificing
our young in service. If violence and isolation are the
only options we present as solutions to fighting terrorism,
any security that is achieved will be self-defeating and
Maria Ruud, Minnetonka
When she finally decided to run for office, Maria Ruud went
through training at Camp Wellstone, a radical organization
dedicated to electing ultra-liberal activists to office.
From there, she proceeded to win an election by basically
smearing her opponent as too conservative and pro-gun.
Maria continues to support liberal ideas and liberal causes.
Ideas that are too liberal for Senate District 42.
MARIA RUUD AND
Guaranteed Substandard Health Care
The United States has the best healthcare system in the
world. There is no dispute about that. The problem with our
healthcare system is not the quality -- but the cost. But
how do you bring down the cost?
Maria Ruud believes she knows the answer: Just get the government
to take it over! But does that REALLY bring down the cost?
Is our government -- who brought us the $435 hammer and the
Bridge to Nowhere -- really the lowest cost provider for
Socialized medicine is unpopular. Why? Because it means:
• Long lines
• High taxes
• Fewer choices
• Rationing of care
Is that really what you want? No? Then you can't afford
Maria Ruud also favors making the current health care system
-- the one that she complains is unaffordable for most Americans
-- even LESS affordable. How? By adding mandates. In 2007,
Ruud authored bills to raise everyone's healthcare premiums
to provide foreign language interpreters for each patient
in the state. (House
File 1077), new "mental health" coverage (House
File 1578), and colorectal screening (House
Healthcare Mandates By State
|Source: Council for Affordable Health Insurance
#2 in Health Care Mandates, #2 in Health Care Costs
With Minnesota healthcare, you do not have a choice
in health care coverage. Minnesota now has the second highest number of health
insurance mandates in the nation -- more than 48 other states. Health coverage
in Minnesota must now include everything from hearing
aids to chiropractic care to hairpieces.
Every time your legislators add a health care
mandate to your insurance bill, they make health
care LESS affordable for you or your employer.
Republicans believe that Minnesotans need choice in
health care coverage. They believe the free market
is the best way to hold down costs and offer people
the greatest opportunity to select the health care
coverage they want and need.
But the DFL wants to go the other way. They want to
eliminate the free market and have the government totally
take over our healthcare system. But will that really
bring down costs?
Find out more on how your legislature can help
control health care costs.
Read about Maria's
radical plan to take over the health care system.
MARIA RUUD AND
How high can she go?
Maria Ruud has consistently ranked among the most liberal
Minnesota legislators, voting time and time again against
the taxpayers of her district.
In a 2006 debate, Maria
Ruud said she wants voters to think she's a fiscal conservative.
But facts are stubborn things.
As her opponent Bill Cullen pointed out: "Maria, your
voting record is 88 percent aligned with Matt Entenza, and
83 percent aligned with Keith Ellison. That's not a conservative
voting record!" The MPR article goes on to point out
that Ruud's 46-percent lifetime rating from the Taxpayers
League (now a ridiculously low 30 percent) is "lower
than any House Republican." Yikes!
If you work, if you have a job, if you pay taxes -- watch
out! Maria is coming after you.
TAXPAYER FRIENDLY ARE THEY?
|The 2008 Legislative Session
proves once again that your economic freedom,
your personal liberty is at risk every time the
legislature meets. These are the latest ratings
from the Minnesota
|Senator David Hann (SD42)
|Representative Maria Ruud (HD42A)
|Representative Jenifer Loon(HD42B)
|Representative Erik Paulsen (HD42B)
Maria apparently believes that you don't pay enough taxes,
that Minnesotans are undertaxed. But is that true? See
how Minnesota ranks compared to other states in taxes.
MARIA RUUD AND
Taking money from hard working people
in Minnetonka and Eden Prairie and shipping it to her buddies
As discontent simmers from one end of the metro to the other,
city managers and local elected officials are finding that “fiscal
responsibility” isn't just a campaign slogan anymore. Property
taxes are going up. The reason? Runaway spending
by schools, cities and counties.
Maria Ruud has a plan. She wants to increase
state taxes. Yes, you read that right. She wants to respond
to a massive tax increase on the productive citizens of Eden
Prairie and Minnetonka by
raising your taxes even more.
MARIA RUUD AND
Punish people with cars
Think you're paying too much for gas already? Maria Ruud
and the DFL think you pay way too little.
The DFL plan will raise state gas taxes from the current
20 cents per gallon to as much as 48 cents per gallon. Add
this to the 32 cent per gallon federal gas tax and Minnesotans
can look forward to paying a whopping 80 cents per
gallon at the pump.
That is the DFL plan for Minnesota families -- 80 cents
per gallon and the highest gas tax in the nation.
Read about Maria
Ruud's plans to increase your family's gas bill.
MARIA RUUD AND
THE DFL PAY RAISE
Her first job is to feather her own
One of the most controversial methods your state legislature
has to raise their own pay is by increasing their per-diem.
This secret income supplement -- no receipts are required
to receive the money -- takes many thousands of dollars out
of the state budget -- money that could be used for schools,
roads, or to fight crime. The Star Tribune estimated that
in 2007 alone, an EXTRA $800,000 was transferred directly
from your pockets to your state lawmakers just to pay for
their most recent salary increases.
Maria Ruud had EIGHT CHANCES to cancel or modify the per
diem increase. In
all eight cases, she voted FOR the increase and AGAINST you,
MARIA RUUD AND
Leave you defenseless
In 2003 Minnesota lawmakers passed the Minnesota
Personal Protection Act -- a bill that allows law-abiding
citizens the right to carry a firearm for personal protection.
In 2004, opponents of the new law decided to go judge shopping.
They found a judge willing to temporarily overturn the law
on the grounds that it was attached to an unrelated bill.
But the new law proved extremely popular so, in 2005, the
legislature came right back and re-passed the same law.
The law passed both the Minnesota House (86-47)
and Senate (44-21) by overwhelming margins.
Critics warned of Old West style shootouts. But the reality
is that in six years there have been more people killed by
the Hiawatha Light Rail line (three) than from all the thousands
of law abiding permit holders in Minnesota (zero). Critics
argued that Minnesota is out of step with the rest of the
nation. But 40 states now have "shall issue" laws
-- clearly it is the 10 who don't that are out of the mainstream.
Self protection is a basic human right. But, in 2005, Rep.
Maria Ruud was one of a handful of radical DFL legislators
who voted to take that right away.
On June 12, 2003, Maria wrote the Minnetonka Sun-Sailor
opposing the right of citizens to have guns:
To the editor:
The recent letter to the editor by the writer encouraging
those against the new gun law to avoid businesses and establishments
that fail to post a “no guns permitted” sign
is right on. If you are not outraged by what has been going
on in the political world, from irresponsible gun laws,
to irresponsible tax cuts, then, as the bumper sticker
says, “you’re not paying attention.” If
you know the names of the contestants on “American
Idol” or “The Bachelor,” but don’t
know what the names of your representatives and how they
voted on key issues that will affect your life and the
lives of your children and grandchildren then be prepared
to accept the changes, however grim, that are taking place
in the world in which you live. Now is the time to become
informed, find your voice and use it and vote with your
feet if necessary.
MARIA RUUD AND
THE TWINS STADIUM
Take your money and spend it on millionaires and billionaires
Although Maria Ruud ended up voting against the controversial
Minnesota Twins stadium -- after it was clear her vote was
not needed -- she initially spoke in favor of taxpayer-funded
From the July 28, 2005 Sun Newspaper:
Read more about how
taxpayer's were fleeced to pay for the Twins Stadium deal.
“Items that Ruud was disappointed to see fail included
the clean water legacy bill, which would have helped identify
polluted waters; the transportation bill vetoed by the
governor; a proposal for a hospital in Maple Grove; and
stadium plans for the Minnesota Twins and Gopher football
team, she said.”
MARIA RUUD AND
This mandate is a “serious, precedent-setting
action that trespasses on the rights of parents to make medical
decisions for their children as well as on the rights of
the children to attend school.” -- The American College
Maria Ruud authored a bill that would require
your pre-teen daughters to be vaccinated against certain
sexually transmitted diseases. All girls would be vaccinated,
whether or not they are sexually active and parental permission
would not be required. If a girl fails to get the vaccine,
she can actually be barred from attending school. Rep.
Maria Ruud (DFL-Minnetonka) was an original author of this
bill but bowed to public pressure and withdrew
her name (Mpls Star-Tribune 2-28-07). (House
Vaccine: The Facts
Lopes and Christopher M. Dolan, Washington Times)
• The drug costs $360 per child and requires three painful injections administered
over a six month period. It protects against two rare strains of HPV (a virus
which has been linked to cervical cancer in women).
• The drug is not safe. According
to Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes
government corruption, there have been 1,637 adverse reactions to the vaccine
and even three deaths.
• Only girls will be forced to comply. There is no similar requirement
for boys to get immunized (even though they carry 50% of the viruses).
• The virus has a 20-year incubation period before becoming cervical cancer.
In other words, if a woman gets cervical cancer at age 50, she probably contracted
the disease at age 30.
• We are vaccinating the wrong people. More than 70 percent of cervical
cancer patients are older than 40 (which means they did not get the virus until
they were at least in their 20's). But vaccine only has a five-year protection
window. Vaccinating an 11-year-old girl will only protect her until
she is 16.
• The legislation does not address the need for booster inoculations every
• Merck -- the company that is lobbying your legislature to make this drug
mandatory -- will make $2 billion to $4 billion off the drug in 2007 alone.
But Maria isn't through. She isn't after just your pre-teen
daughter. She wants to even go after your children in KINDERGARTEN.
She thinks kids as young as 5-years old need to be taught
about sex education.
Maria Ruud and Rep. Neva Walker (DFL-Minneapolis)
would create such a mandate. The bill would authorize school
districts to provide students in K-12 with “age-appropriate
materials that address varied societal views on sexuality,
transmitted infections, including HIV, in an age-appropriate
manner.” The bill would require such instruction for
grades 7-12. (House
MARIA RUUD AND
Putting illegal immigrants ahead of Minnesota citizens
Democrats are famous for claiming that we do not have enough
money for education. But now they want to siphon off even
more funds to support people who do not deserve it.
Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) has proposed giving
in-state college tuition to illegal aliens who file a paper
saying they are applying to legalize their immigration status.
The same bill would scrap reciprocity agreements for students
from Wisconsin or other states that give students a lower
tuition rate. Welcome, Illegal aliens -- Badgers go home!
Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) is authoring the DREAM
Act ("DREAM" stands for "Development, Relief
and Education for Illegal Alien Minors"). This law provides
an even easier route for illegal aliens to get in-state tuition
than under Rep. Hilstrom’s House File 682. Under Rep.
Mariani's version, illegal aliens would get discount tuition
if they've spent three years in a Minnesota high school,
earned a GED, and promised to file to become resident aliens
at their earliest possible opportunity. In other words, if
they have managed to break U.S. law for at least three years
without getting caught, the Minnesota DFL wants to reward
them with tax supported in-state tuition. NOTE: Rep.
Maria Ruud voted YES on this bill. (House
Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to amend the Minnesota
Constitution to allow local governments to allow non-citizens
to vote in local elections if they have lived in the community
for 30 days. (House
Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) wants to give cash
bonuses to illegal aliens. The bill would create a tax credit
for English classes, citizenship classes, and application
fees. If an alien's tax bill is lower than the cost of these
expenses, the bill would give the balance of the credit to
the aliens in cash. (House
To make Election Day registration easier in college precincts,
Rep. Bill Hilty (Finlayson) wants to require all private
colleges and an expanded list of public colleges to make
centralized reports to the Minnesota Secretary of State for
the names and addresses of all students living in the county.
Previously, the lists only had to include students living
within ten miles of the campus. The list of documents that
would allow same-day registration would be expanded beyond
a driver's license or state ID card to any photo ID and some
other verifying document. But people who want to challenge
someone on same-day registration would be required to take
an oath and provide ID to show they are a resident of the
Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL-Lindstrom) wants to give people the
right to vote in Minnesota who have never lived inside the
territorial United States and have never been in Minnesota
if their parents are eligible to vote in Minnesota. All that
is required is a passport. (House
Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-St. Louis Park) wants election precincts
to provide pictures of how to vote, along with Election Day
registration materials, absentee ballot information, and
big posters in foreign languages to get more “citizens” (ie.
illegal aliens) to vote. (House
What part of the word "illegal" do these Democrats not understand?
MARIA RUUD AND
GLOBAL WARMING HYSTERIA
"I am a strong advocate for this bill, our environment,
and the economic future of this state," said Ruud. "The
negative effects of inaction on the issue of global warming
would be devastating. This is the first step of many that
must be taken by our state to protect our economy, our environment,
and our way of life." -- Maria Ruud press release 2/15/2007
Rep. Maria Ruud (DFL-Minnetonka) wants to commit Minnesotans
to a lower standard of living, fewer jobs, and higher costs
-- all of this in order to save the planet from evil Global
Warming. She thinks that through higher taxes and controlling
what kind of car you drive and how much you are allowed to
heat your home, she can actually legislate . . . the weather.
On May 21, 2007, Ruud helped pass House
File 436, the Omnibus Energy Package (see
how your legislator voted here) which included the
most costly and coercive global warming legislation in
the nation including a controversial ban on new carbon-emitting
Many climatologists, however, say the current hysteria over
global warming is vastly
overblown. And, according to a Heritage
Institute study, the costs of making the DFL's proposed
changes are real and quantifiable -- a state expense of $4.2
billion per year, 30 thousand lost jobs, $1.6 billion in
lost wages, and a significant drop in agricultural output.
to Paul Chesser, director of Climate Strategies Watch:
“Most of the solutions [proposed by Maria Ruud and
Democrats] will demand increased government intrusion into
your everyday lives, will raise costs for energy and the
taxes upon them, and will place greater restrictions on
property rights. And it will lead to no measurable benefit.”
a state legislator Maria Ruud sponsored several viewings
of the Al Gore propaganda film “An Inconvenient Truth”.
But a National
Center for Policy Analysis study pointed out several
factual mistakes in the film:
“The movie is filled with misstatements, half-truths
and verbal sleights of hand concerning what we can and
can’t say with some level of certainty regarding
the causes and consequences of climate change.”
Read more about
how global warming hysteria will impact your life.
|MARIA RUUD AND VOTE
Because showing an ID when voting is . . . unfair?
Vote fraud is bad for democracy. Democrats say they oppose
it, yet they refuse to take action to stop it. The reason?
By allowing people to vote multiple times and by allowing
non-citizens to vote, the DFL increases their numbers and
is able to steal elections.
Photo IDs are currently required for:
|• Driving vehicles
• Buying alcohol or cigarettes
• Applying for Social Security
• Medicare or Medicaid
• Food stamps
• Applying for a library card
|• Boarding airplanes
• Entering government buildings
• Registering at school
• Getting student loans
• Renting movies
• Cashing checks
But -- you may be surprised to learn: You
do not need to show ID to vote.
Anyone can vote -- multiple times if they want -- and never
have to show ID. You could be in this country illegally --
and never have to show ID to vote. You could be using the
name of a dead person, and never be asked to show ID to vote.
Is that fair? Democrat Maria Ruud seems to think so. In May
voted against requiring ID to vote. In
fact, of all the Democrats in the MN House, only three supported
requiring an ID to vote.
19, 2005--Former President Jimmy Carter and former
Secretary of State James Baker announce findings
of the Commission on Federal Election Reform
in the Hall of Columns at the U.S. Capitol.
Vote fraud is a problem. Without honest elections, our democracy
will not work. The recent Carter-Baker Commission on Federal
Election Reform (headed by Republican James Baker and Democrat
Jimmy Carter) made 87 recommendations to make our elections
more fair and honest. One of their main recommendations: require
people to show ID before voting.
An overwhelming majority of Americans favor requiring an
ID to vote (76%-18%). The
Rasmussen poll shows that opposition to voter fraud cuts
across age, gender, race, even party affiliation.
Every time a fraudulent vote is counted, your vote becomes
See how Maria
Ruud has worked to block efforts to stop voter fraud in
MARIA RUUD AND
“Hi . . . I'm conducting an unbiased, non-partisan
poll . . . did you know my opponent is a jerk?”
During the 2006 elections, several SD42 residents reported
receiving calls from individuals pretending to conduct a
legitimate poll. Instead, the calls were designed to spread
smears and disinformation about Maria's opponent. This is
a practice known as “push polling” and it is
considered highly unethical.
Read more about
Maria Ruud and her connection to the dirty campaign tactic
of Push Polling.
MARIA RUUD AND
Anything the teacher's union wants
Maria Ruud prides herself on always being endorsed by Minnesota's
teacher's unions. Every two-years, she receives money from
the union and advertisements are paid for and sent out on
her behalf by the teacher's union. The goal? To get more
money, of course.
But are Minnesota school underfunded or are they being poorly
Read about the troubles of one school district, the Hopkins
School District, and how they -- despite being one of the
best funded school districts in the state -- still