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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How To Vote In Minnesota

How to vote in Minnesota! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!
Check your registration status: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Voter…
Register online: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Voter…
Register by mail: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/1587…
Request an absentee/mail ballot online:  https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABReg…
Request an absentee/mail ballot by mail: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/1909…
Find the address to mail your ballot: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…
Track your absentee/mail ballot: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Absen…
Find your early voting location and hours: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…
Find your polling place: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Look at a sample ballot: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…

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Terri Bonoff on Presidential Debate: Trump Remains a Threat

Terri BonoffAfter Monday evening’s first Presidential debate, Terri Bonoff reiterated her support for Hillary Clinton and her belief that Donald Trump is unfit for the Presidency. Unlike Bonoff, Erik Paulsen has repeatedly refused to tell voters who he is supporting for president – even saying that Trump can “earn his support.”

Said Bonoff, “Donald Trump continued to double down on his divisive rhetoric and dangerous policy positions, including promoting the proliferation of nuclear weapons and suggesting that we walk away from our NATO allies. Not only does he pose a danger abroad, his mean-spirited remarks about women, people of color and his record of stiffing small businesses and his employees reveal a disturbingly out-of-touch candidate for President. Make no mistake, his very candidacy is a threat to this Nation.

“In contrast, Hillary appeared presidential and demonstrated her ability to keep America safe. She also emphasized what many Americans already know:  that the world is watching and Donald Trump is a danger to our country. He ostracizes our allies and encourages our enemies.”

Terri Bonoff’s opponent in the 3rd District race, Erik Paulsen, has yet to say who he will be supporting for President. After first stating that he plans to support the Republican nominee, Erik now says that Trump needs to earn his support, but that he will not be voting for Clinton.

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FACT CHECK: Erik Paulsen’s Recycled Attacks on Terri Bonoff Reveals Terrified Incumbent

After poll showing him down 2 points, Paulsen airs another negative ad

Paulsen Booth-StubbeDown in the polls, Erik Paulsen is out with yet another negative attack ad on his challenger Terri Bonoff that not only reuses previously debunked partisan attacks, but also reveals an incumbent far more worried about losing his seat than he would have the world believe.

Let’s address Paulsen’s misleading attacks one-by-one:

CLAIM 1: “Terri Bonoff turned a $2 billion surplus into a $6 billion deficit.”

TRUTH: Paulsen’s supposed surpluses and deficits are only guesses; Minnesota is constitutionally obligated to balance the budget. And in fact, during Terri Bonoff’s tenure in the State Senate, Minnesota balanced the budget every cycle.

CLAIM 2: “Terri Bonoff voted for a new luxury office building for politicians.”

TRUTH: Bonoff actually voted against the luxury office building Paulsen references. The vote Paulsen cites in his attack ad was to make sure that the Minnesota government kept running and didn’t default on its debt to pay for the building.

: “Terri Bonoff gave MNsure bureaucrats bonuses while our health insurance rate skyrocketed.”

TRUTH: This partisan claim was debunked in 2014: “the decision to issue those bonuses was made by former MNsure chief April Todd-Malmlov, not the Legislature.” And not Terri Bonoff.

: “Terri Bonoff voted to tax nursing homes and seniors got the bill.”

TRUTH: This vote only changed the formula to shift more of the funding obligation to the federal government so that Minnesotans paid less. Furthermore, this never even became law.

“Down in the polls, Erik Paulsen is recycling debunked attacks on Terri Bonoff because he knows his anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and pro-gun views are too extreme for his district,” said DCCC Spokeswoman Sacha Haworth. “Paulsen is hoping to distract from the fact that he still can’t tell Minnesotans how Donald Trump is going to ‘earn his support.’”

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Congressman Erik Paulsen votes 14th time to let terrorist suspects buy guns

The following article by Cory Zurowski was posted on the City Pages website September 26, 2016:

 The Eden Prairie Republican may look like a suburban accountant, but when it comes to genuflecting before the gun lobby, his politics are Frank Underwoodesque.

The Eden Prairie Republican may look like a suburban accountant, but when it comes to genuflecting before the gun lobby, his politics are Frank Underwoodesque.

Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie), Minnesota’s Most Reprehensible Congressman-in-waiting (TM), Tweeted less than a week ago, “I am committed to ensuring our law enforcement agencies have the resources necessary to protect American lives.”

Today, those words ring hollow.

Paulsen, who represents Minneapolis’ western suburbs, voted against a measure earlier this week that would surely protect American lives.  (more…)

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Gov. Dayton’s Special Session Decision

Although DFLers believe it would be best for Minnesota to pass a corrected tax bill and a bonding bill this year, due to the Republican leadership’s inability to compromise, the much needed special session is stalled.

Given the facts that after four months of negotiations, and now we are only 43 days from a very heated election, in which all Legislators seeking reelection are heavily engaged, the Governor has reluctantly concluded that the time for agreement on a Special Session has expired.

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Terri Bonoff’s PIPELINE law “could solve both the student debt crisis and the skills shortage problem”

bonoff-uofm-forum-stillLast week, State Senator and Congressional Candidate, Terri Bonoff, was invited to participate in a policy forum at the University of Minnesota with Professor Larry Jacobs. The program, which highlighted her innovative PIPELINE Program, was “long on detail and short on politics” and focused on her policy achievements in the Minnesota Legislature, her proven ability to work across the aisle, and how she will approach her work in Congress.

Senator Bonoff’s opponent, Erik Paulsen, has yet to agree on attending a forum with Professor Jacobs.

Terri Bonoff spent 20 years in the private sector, which has guided her work in public policy, as she strives for outcome-based and cost-effective solutions. Last week, Bonoff was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” Award by the National Federation of Independent Business, and in her past State Senate re-elections, Bonoff has earned the endorsement of the Minnesota Chamber, the TwinWest Chamber, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Businesses Should Influence What Is Taught In Schools, Says Congressional Candidate

The Uptake


[… “Students] would tell me about the debt they carried…and they didn’t know how they were going to pay it off and they didn’t know what kind of job they were going to have at the end of it.”

At the same time, Bonoff had business groups telling her that they couldn’t find candidates for their jobs because potential employees don’t have the skills needed to do the work. So she co-authored a law…

There are about 500 students now in the “Pipeline” program and Bonoff points to it as a possible new model to solve both the student debt crisis and the skills shortage problem.

She would like to see businesses take an active role in setting curriculum for students in areas where the businesses say there are not enough good job candidates. Information technology, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and agriculture are the areas she thinks are good candidates for this.

You can watch the full debate forum here.

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