Hennepin County DFL Endorsing Picnic


June 26, 2016

Registration: 12:30 pm
Endorsing Picnic:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Moraine Shelter,
French Creek Park 
12605 Rockford Road, Plymouth, MN 55441

Meet candidates for: 

Hennepin County Commissioner 
Districts 1, 5, 6, 7

Three Rivers Parks Board 
Districts 1, 3 and 5

Food available:  Free will donation suggested

Handicapped parking available very close to shelter.  ADA accessible.

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Welcome to CD3 DFL

cd3_smallWe’re the volunteer organization of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) covering Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. The map of the area is to the left. Our district covers:

Brooklyn Park
Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie
Long Lake
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Minnetonka Beach
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and

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Chair Martin on 44th Title IX Anniversary

Title-IX-1_RachelleKeller-976x1024“Today marks the 44th anniversary of Title IX, the act which ended sex discrimination in federally funded school sports, performing ensembles, and extra curriculars. As we celebrate more and more young women learning critical leadership and teamwork skills, we can see how far we’ve come.

“Thanks to the vision of U.S. Reps. Edith Green and Patsy Mink, and the dedication of Bernice Sandler, we have a law that requires equality in all school activities including travel funding, practice space, training services, classes, publicity, and housing.

“While we celebrate the nearly 3 million girls on fields and courts across the country, it’s time to expand inclusivity and ensure that no child is denied access to team sports here at home. This session, House Republicans refused to extend the $800,000 sales tax exemption for the Minnesota High School League, an exemption that helps low income student athletes participate in sports, because the League voted to allow all students, regardless of gender, to participate on a sports team. Every Minnesotan deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at all ages, including high school athletes.

“It’s time to stop letting bigotry and discrimination trump the will of the people and continue the tradition of equality for our students that started 44 years ago. I look forward to seeing collaboration in the House to get this done for our kids.”

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In the Know: June 23, 2016

24 days until the Republican National Convention
32 days until the Democratic National Convention
92 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
138 days until Election Day, Nov. 8 

2016 Special Session
State leaders agree — that they can’t agree on a special session of the Legislature, MinnPost
Dayton offers to cut bonding demands by half, MPR
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to compromise on public works bill, Star Tribune
Statement on Speaker Daudt’s new demands for a special session, DFL House Caucus

House DFL Leader Paul Thissen released the following statement regarding Speaker Daudt’s new demands for a special session:

“By their own admission, Republicans have refused to provide any compromise offers to get needed tax, bonding and budget bills passed in a special session. Now we learn that they’re demanding school vouchers and state takeover of local decision-making before they’re even willing to talk about funding critical needs like higher education and public safety. If House Republicans were serious about doing the job they were elected to do, they wouldn’t be bringing controversial new policy into the discussion at this stage.

It is also worth remembering that we wouldn’t even be in the position we are in today had House Republicans gotten their work done correctly and on time during the regular session. Now that we are in this position, however, it is on House Republicans to provide a reasonable counterproposal for resolving our differences on the major work left undone. Judging by their actions today, it seems clear that they have no interest in doing that. Minnesotans deserve better.” (more…)

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Trump’s top example of foreign experience: A Scottish golf course losing millions

The following article by Jenna Johnson was posted on the Washington Post website on June 22, 2016:

Trump MagazineWhen Donald Trump arrives this weekend at the golf course he built on the rugged dunes of this remote, windswept corner overlooking the North Sea, he will celebrate it as an example of his international business success.

He bought the property north of Aberdeen more than a decade ago as his first European project — a chance to establish the Trump brand in his mother’s native country. He has pointed to it as a precursor to his bid for the U.S. presidency.

“When I first arrived on the scene in Aberdeen, the people of Scotland were testing me to see just how serious I was — just like the citizens in the United States have done about my race for the White House,” Trump wrote in a column published this spring in a local newspaper under the headline “How Scotland will help me become president.” (more…)

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Economic Security for Black and Hispanic Families

The following article by Molly Cain and Sunny Frothingham was posted on the AmericanProgress.org website:

Photo: beglib, Morguefile
Photo: beglib, Morguefile

One of the biggest concerns for millions of working parents across the United States is their families’ economic security, especially as costs increase and incomes stagnate. Many black and Hispanic families face an even more challenging path to financial stability and economic prosperity, as they typically face lower median incomes and higher poverty and unemployment rates. These families should have the opportunity to achieve economic security. Progressive policies—such as paid family and medical leave; paid sick days; increased access to high-quality, affordable child care; and fair wages—would help offer them that opportunity. Unfortunately, conservative policies fail to substantively address—and at times even exacerbate—the challenges that families of color face. Through obstructionism, poor policy proposals, and program cuts, many conservatives create additional hurdles for black and Hispanic families. (more…)

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Reagan White House viewed Trump and his “large ego” warily

The following appeared in James Hohmann’s Daily 202 email via the Washington Post on June 22, 2016:

Alarm bells went off in Ronald Reagan’s White House in the fall of 1987 when Donald Trump announced that he was considering a request to headline the biggest annual fundraiser for congressional Democrats.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1988 (Mike Sargent/AFP/Getty Images)
Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1988 (Mike Sargent/AFP/Getty Images)

John Kerry, then the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Jim Wright, the Speaker of the House, personally pitched Trump on chairing the event. Wright even trekked to Trump Tower, along with the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as part of the courtship process.

Trump apparently leaked news of their visit to the New York Times, which ran a story about it on the front page. Rep. Beryl Anthony (D-Ark.), the DCCC chairman, told the paper that, “The message Trump has been preaching is a Democratic message.” The congressman specifically cited Trump’s push for peace in Central America and his advocacy for speeding up nuclear disarmament negotiations with the Soviet Union. A spokesman for Kerry was quoted praising Trump as “an independent thinker.”

White House Political Director Frank J. Donatelli alerted Chief of Staff Howard Baker about the story. “It would be most helpful if you would place a phone call to Don Trump today,” Donatelli wrote in a memo. “He has a large ego and would be responsive to your call.” He underlined the word “large” before ego. (more…)

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The 8 Biggest Lies in Trump’s Big Anti-Clinton Speech

Trump’s long-anticipated anti-Clinton attack did as much to highlight his own fictions as it brought attention to hers.

The following article by Tina Nguyen was posted on the Vanity Fair website June 22, 2016:

donald-trump-liesDonald Trump formally launched his general-election campaign against Hillary Clinton in an uncharacteristically restrained speech on Wednesday, revealing flashes of the elusive “pivot” Republican leaders have so desperately sought. Trump billed the address, which he largely read off a teleprompter, as an opportunity to “discuss the failed policies and bad judgment of Crooked Hillary Clinton.” In his 41-minute speech, the presumptive G.O.P. nominee called the former secretary of state a “world-class liar,” a “globalist” with “old and tired ideas,” and “the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency” who “ran the State Department as her own personal hedge fund.” But his long-anticipated anti-Clinton broadside did as much to highlight his own lies and omissions as it brought attention to hers. Here are 8 of his most fantastic fictions: (more…)

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Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges

The following article by Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer appeared on the Washington Post website June 21, 2016:

Donald Trump won a standing ovation from hundreds of Christian conservatives who came to New York City on Tuesday with a somewhat skeptical but willing attitude toward a man who has divided their group with comments on women, immigrants and Islam. In his comments, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said he would end the decades-old ban on tax-exempt groups’ — including churches — politicking, called religious liberty “the No. 1 question,” and promised to appoint antiabortion Supreme Court justices.

“I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity — and other religions — is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it,” Trump said. A ban was put in place by President Lyndon Johnson on tax-exempt groups making explicit political endorsements. Religious leaders in America today, Trump said, “are petrified.”

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