Senator Ortman Invited to Attend US Army War College
May 31, 2013 - St. Paul – Minnesota State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) has been invited by the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, to be a civilian member and attendee at the 2013 National Security Seminar. The Seminar takes place the first full week of June and serves as the pinnacle event of each academic year at the War College.

A cross-section of carefully selected civilians are invited each year to attend the Seminar. At the Seminar, civilians and War College students participate each day in lectures and discussions regarding the national security issues that face today’s military.

Regarding the invitation, Senator Ortman offered the following statement:

“As an elected official and as a civilian, I believe that it is my duty to stay informed about the national security issues facing our country. As the mother of a soldier in the U.S. Army, I also have a personal interest in better understanding our military and the issues they face at home and abroad. I am grateful to have been invited to what I believe is a rare chance for civilians to learn first-hand, the burden that our military carries as a whole and among the individual soldiers who serve.”

Upon completion of the Seminar, attendees are encouraged to further spread the knowledge that they’ve gained, so that all Americans better understand current national security issues and the future role of the United State military, both globally and domestically.

Senator Ortman will be documenting her experience at the Seminar through comments and photos via her Twitter page.


(St. Paul, Minnesota, May 16, 2013)  “The recent news that the Internal Revenue Service has been illegally targeting and discriminating against law-abiding taxpayers in Minnesota, and across the nation, is all the more alarming given the apparent role of Minnesota Senator Al Franken, and six of his Democrat colleagues in the U.S. Senate,” said State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), the lead Republican member of the Senate Tax Committee.

Senator Franken and his colleagues, through letters written and directed at the IRS in early 2012 (many months before the 2012 election) clearly intended to involve the IRS in targeting selected political organizations, with the result that the agency and its managers engaged in a pattern and practice of delaying applications, auditing organizations, and monitoring private individuals and businesses in an effort to interfere with their legal activities.

President Obama announced last night that acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller has been asked to resign, but this is not enough.  In order to restore the public trust there must be a full inquiry, including a criminal inquiry, and Senator Franken must come forward, accept responsibility and cooperate with federal officials in the inquiry into this discrimination...   

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