Minnesota Republican Party deputy chairwoman Kelly Fenton is leaving her post to make a run for state House.
“I am proud that I served our party during a time of great challenges and was able to provide the leadership to successfully deal with a financial crisis and develop a framework which would enable our party to continue moving forward,” Fenton said in a statement.
Fenton came aboard about two years ago as the party began to rebuild after racking up millions in previously undisclosed debt, a burden that caused former Party Chairman Tony Sutton to abruptly resign.
Fenton worked with former GOP chairman Pat Shortridge to begin digging out from the debt and restore confidence among donors and activists.
A Woodbury resident, Fenton is now vying for the House District 53B seat. State Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, has decided not to seek a third term.
“Our party is gaining momentum every day and reinvigorating the American dream,” Fenton said. “As I step down, I take pride in leaving the party in a better position than I found it and the part I played in restoring transparency and renewing trust.”
The people have spoken, and Popcorn is America's turkey.
President Obama officially pardoned the Minnesota-born bird Wednesday afternoon. Popcorn edged out flockmate Caramel in a popularity contest, after the White House turned the job of choosing the official National Thanksgiving Turkey over to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
"The office of the presidency -- the most powerful position in the world -- brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them," joked the president, who was joined by daughters Sasha and Malia for the annual rite. "Generally speaking, Thanksgiving is a bad day to be a turkey. Especially at a house with two dogs. So I salute our two guests of honor -- Caramel and Popcorn -- for their bravery."
The people had spoken -- for #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn -- and Popcorn, a splendid white puffball, carried the day.
"The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner -- proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics," Obama said. "As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign."
Caramel may have lost the popularity contest, but he won a pardon anyway. The big birds will spend the rest of the holidays at George Washington's home, on display as part of the annual Christmas at Mount Vernon celebration. Then they'll retire to Morven Park’s Turkey Hill Farm in Leesburg, Va.
John Burkel of Badger, Minn., chairman of thee National Turkey Federation, raised Caramel, Popcorn and Minnesota's official Thanksgiving turkey (who ended up in a St. Paul Salvation Army kitchen.) The birds' names were chose by Roseau County schoolchildren and a group of Badger High School students joined Burkel at the White House Wednesday.
As Obama pardoned the birds, he announced that two replacement turkeys, already dressed, would be donated to a nearby Washington, D.C., food shelf.
"Popcorn, you have a full reprieve from cranberry sauce and stuffing. We wish you well," he said. "And we’re going to give Carmel a break as well."
A Minnesota native helped negotiate the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
Jake Sullivan, Vice President Biden’s national security adviser, had a critical role in the top-secret talks that helped end a decades-long diplomatic impasse between Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France -- plus Germany.
According to The Associated Press, Sullivan and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns were hand-picked by President Obama to lead secret meetings with Iranian officials and complete the deal, which was reached late Saturday.
The historic breakthrough dials back Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon while also relaxing international sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy. The preliminary deal is intended to give Iran and the negotiating powers time to negotiate a more comprehensive agreement.
Sullivan has served as Biden’s national security adviser and a deputy assistant to President Obama since February. A Minneapolis Southwest High School graduate with undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University, Sullivan has also worked as chief counsel to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School and an advisor during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Two Minnesota turkeys went to Washington. Only one will leave with a presidential pardon.
The White House is leaving it up to social media to decide which of the two Minnesota birds -- Caramel or Popcorn -- will join President Obama in the Rose Garden Wednesday for the traditional Thanksgiving pardon.
Visitors to the turkey Thunderdome can flip through photos of Popcorn and Caramel checking into their suite at the Willard Hotel and mugging for the White House press corps. The site offers features the turkeys' vital statistics: height, weight, gait, favorite food, favorite music (Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, respectively) along with recordings of their gobbles.
Decision made, visitors are encouraged to post #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. There is no third option for #TeamPardonThemBothYouHeartlessMonsters.
Caramel and Popcorn narrowly edged out a third, unnamed, flockmate to make it to Washington. The runner-up had his moment in the spotlight Monday in Gov. Mark Dayton's office and will be spending Thanksgiving as a featured entree at the St. Paul Salvation Army, where he and another donated bird are expected to feed at least 80 people.
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