DFL Action Alert: Republican Transportation Bill – The Wrong Direction

Republican Transportation Bill: The Wrong Direction

Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate have introduced plans to fund safe roads and bridges by “redirecting” current spending. That will send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

Without raising the gas tax or finding other sources of long-term, stable funding, as proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators, Republicans will be redirecting money from schools, seniors and other state programs aimed at creating opportunities for all. (more…)

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The Rich Pay Fewer Taxes Than The Poor, And Get More Services

The following article from Paul Buchheit was posted on the Alternet website March 20, 2017:

When all forms of taxes and income are considered, poor Americans pay higher tax rates than the richest 1%.

The analysis starts with state and local taxes, which are often ignored by apologists for big-income tax cuts. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the state and local tax rate for the poorest 20 percent of individuals is double that of the top 1 percent (10.9 percent vs. 5.4 percent). New data from Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman allows us to go further: When unrealized capital gains are included in the wealth-building of the richest 1%, the overall tax rates plunge for the super-rich, causing the poorest Americans to pay the highest rates.  (more…)

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Dump The Myth That Obamacare Froze Out Republicans

The following article by Froma Harrop was posted on the National Memo website March 21, 2017:

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA.

But let’s set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn’t get a bipartisan vote. (more…)

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DFL Weekly Action Alert

Dear DFLer, 

Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate have introduced plans to fund safe roads and bridges by “redirecting” current spending. That will send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

Without raising the gas tax or finding other sources of long-term, stable funding, as proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators, Republicans will be redirecting money from schools, seniors and other state programs aimed at creating opportunities for all.

Make your voice heard

Contact your Republican legislators and find out exactly what funding they will redirect to fix the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. Education funding to prepare our kids for career and college? Nursing homes that care for our most vulnerable loved ones? Job creation programs that put Minnesotans to work?

Don’t settle for vague answers, Republicans introduced these plans. It is up to you to demand to know how they will be funded.

Share what you learn about how your Republican legislators will redirect funding to fix roads and bridges. Working together we can hold Republicans responsible for their plans to send Minnesota in the wrong direction.

To find your legislators and their contact information, click here

Thank you,

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Conservative women’s group knocked for giving ‘Working for Women’ award to Pence

The following article by Vanessa Williams was posted on the Washington Post website March 22, 2017:

Vice President Pence will be honored by the Independent Women’s Forum at a reception in Washington. (David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

This post has been updated.

The Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative think tank, has drawn fire on social media and from some progressive commentators for its decision to give its inaugural “Working for Women” award to Vice President Pence.

Pence was scheduled to receive the award at a reception Wednesday, but the forum issued an advisory Wednesday afternoon saying that it had “just been informed by the office of the Vice President that due to current events and scheduling the Vice President will no longer be able to attend the reception.” The group said it would find a later date to give Pence the award. The advisory said that Kelleyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump and a member of the organization’s board of directors, might attend. (more…)

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Fact Checker: President Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Twitter day

The following article by Glenn Kessler was posted on the Washington Post website March 20, 2017:


During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) asked FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael Rogers about tweets President Trump sent out while the hearing was ongoing. (Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Reuters)

With the House Intelligence Committee on Monday prepared to hold hearings on Russian influence in the 2016 election, the president issued tweets that did not hold up well as the testimony unfolded. (more…)

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What Investigation? G.O.P. Responds to F.B.I. Inquiry by Changing Subject

The following article by Michael D. Shear was posted on the New York Times website March 20, 2017:


James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., said the agency was investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Republicans and Democrats put their own spin on his statements. By SHANE O’NEILL and SUSAN JOAN ARCHER. Photo by Eric Thayer for The New York Times.

WASHINGTON — The headline from Capitol Hill on Monday was bracing: confirmation of a criminal investigation into connections between associates of a sitting president and Russian operatives during a presidential election.

But the response from Republicans was almost as striking: During hours of testimony in which James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, acknowledged the inquiry, they shrugged off its implications and instead offered a coordinated effort to defend President Trump by demanding a focus on leaks to news organizations. (more…)

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New documents show Trump aide laundered payments from party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges

The following article by Andrew Roth was posted on the Washington Post website March 21, 2017:

A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

The new documents, if legitimate, stem from business ties between the Trump aide, Paul Manafort, and the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who enjoyed Moscow’s backing while he was in power. He has been in hiding in Russia since being overthrown by pro-Western protesters in 2014, and is wanted in Ukraine on corruption charges. (more…)

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Rep. Paul Rosenthal Update: March 20, 2017

Rep. Paul Rosenthal (49B) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

The Senate and House Majorities released their budget targets last Friday and today, respectively.  These targets will serve as a financial blueprint and reflection of priorities to guide our work as we set the state’s budget.  I am still reviewing the details of both plans.  The two biggest variables we need to consider are: 1.) the federal administration’s budget proposal; 2.) the state’s projected surplus, after inflation.  State law currently does not permit forecasts to include rates of inflation.  I have authored a bill that would make this a requirement.  Uncertainties in the near future remain; it will be essential to be thoughtful and cautious in how we find a balanced approach for Minnesota.

Additionally, I’d like to take a moment to thank all veterans who came to St. Paul for Veteran’s Day at the Capitol today.  We thank all veterans for their service to our state and country.   (more…)

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