March 6, 2016

Minnesota Republican Caucus 2016


Minnesota Republican Caucus 2016
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 6, 2016


It was Super Tuesday in Minnesota and the polls opened at 7PM.  Miss Sheri and I had never been to a caucus before, but since this year's election is so colorful, we thought it would be fun to go and check out all the excitement.  Our precinct met at Twin Oaks Middle School.


I don't think I'd ever seen the Minnesota GOP referred to as the Growth & Opportunity Party before, but I really liked it.  I love all kinds of Opportunities!  And I have a few Growths that I really probably should have looked at by a professional.


We weren't quite sure how things worked, so we went to our precinct and took a seat.  It appeared that the organizers weren't expecting the kinds of crowds that were showing up because the rules had to be changed a few times before we even started to accommodate all the people.


Before the meeting began, we had a visit from Tony Albright who is a member of the US House of Representatives.  He seemed like a nice guy.  It ended up being 7:30 by the time he finished and the votes had to be tallied by 8PM so the guy running the show just told everyone to vote on a ballot they handed out and that was that.  We were a little disappointed because we thought there were going to be discussions about candidates first with people arguing over who they thought everyone should vote.  The way the debates have been going, we kind of expected things to even get a little bit physical, but none of that kind of stuff occurred.  So we went home.


Slowly but surely, the ice is starting to disappear and more and more birds are making their way back to Minnesota.  I like birds.


On Saturday night, we went to Shogun Hibachi in Burnsville to try some meat and rice.  MMMMMmmm.  Meat and rice.


The place is a lot like Benihana except the cooking guy throws broccoli at the guests and squirts large streams of sake in people's mouths.   Other than that, it's pretty similar.


On Sunday, we took Grandma bowling.  Grandmas like to bowl.