Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • Week of May 25 — Memorial Day is a day we remember service members. We remember they died to protect our freedom of speech, right to assemble and right to tell Rep. Paulsen what we think about the job he is doing.  If you wonder what your calls and action are doing, check out this link that shows our district has moved from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.  We’ve done that in 5 months, imagine what we can do before November 2018!The CBO came out today with their report on healthcare and no surprise, it’s awful.  23 million would go uninsured and older people would pay NINE times more in premiums than under Obamacare.
    • HEALTHCARE — ISSUE & OPTIONAL SCRIPT: My name is _(Name)________ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in _(City)________.  I am calling to express my discontent with the healthcare bill that Rep. Paulsen voted for earlier this month.  He voted without a CBO score and now that the score is out, the bill is just as bad as we thought.  23 million Americans will become uninsured and older Americans will pay 9 times more in premiums than they would under Obamacare.  There is also a huge risk to people with pre-existing conditions and Rep. Paulsen has always said he would protect people with those.  He went against everything he said he stood for and yet again voted party over country.  He has voted with Trump 100% of the time and voters will remember that.  Background.  Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend and thank you to those of you who have served our country.  We will not take the freedoms you provided for granted.
    • Phone Numbers:  202.225.2871 (DC) or 952.405.8510 (MN).
  • May 29, 5:00 PM — Memorial Day Town Hall hosted by Brian Santa Maria, Round Lake Park Shelter, 7500 Constitution Ave, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. More information and RSVP here.  Brian Santa Maria is a candidate for the CD3 DFL endorsement.
  • May 30, 12:00 PM— Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • May 30, 6:30 PM — Meet Dean Phillips* at Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435. More information and RSVP here. Dean Phillips is a candidate for CD3 DFL endorsement.
  • May 31, 6:00 PM — I Stand with Planned Parenthood Action Forum, Council Chambers, Minnetonka City Center, 14600 Minnetonka, MN 55345, More information and RSVP here.
  • May 31, 7:00 PM — Indivisible Northwest Neighbors United, Lunds & Byerly’s, 3455 Vicksburg Ln, N, Plymouth, MN 55447. More info here. (more…)

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Sen. John Hoffman Update: May 26, 2017

Welcome to the end of session review.

The session began with a $1.65 billion surplus. the structural balance of the state budget was something that remained at the top of mine and my colleagues minds this session and throughout the days-long special session. Minnesotans expect their legislature to be accountable, accessible, and to complete their work on time, but these values have not been the hallmark of this session and special session. In the days leading up to the end of the regular session, the work of the legislature ground to a halt as Governor Dayton attempted to negotiate budget deals with Republican majorities in both legislative chambers. A few smaller budget bills, including agriculture and economic development, were passed in the wee hours of Monday morning. As the hours ticked by, agreements on major budget bills, including more than 70% of the budget remained unresolved, resulting in a three day special session. (more…)

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: May 26, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

In spite of a $1.65 billion surplus, the 2017 Minnesota legislature went into overtime. Governor Dayton called legislators into Special Session on Tuesday after reaching an agreement on the framework to complete the state budget. Unfortunately, the Republican majority took several days to cross the finish line.

When the regular legislative session ended at midnight Monday, 70% of the major budget bills were unresolved including education, health and human services, and state government finance. A proposed package of tax legislation also stalled, as did a bonding bill to address infrastructure needs statewide. (more…)

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Rep. Mike Nelson Update: March 26, 2017

Rep. Michael V. Nelson (40A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

In spite of a $1.65 billion surplus, the 2017 Minnesota legislature went into overtime. Governor Dayton called legislators into Special Session on Tuesday after reaching an agreement on the framework to complete the state budget. Unfortunately, the Republican majority took several days to cross the finish line.

When the regular legislative session ended at midnight Monday, 70% of the major budget bills were unresolved including education, health and human services, and state government finance. A proposed package of tax legislation also stalled, as did a bonding bill to address infrastructure needs statewide. (more…)

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American Leadership Is on the Line

The following article by Rudy deLeon and Stefanie Merchant was posted on the Center for American Progress website May 24, 2017:

AP/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, in black dress shoes, walks with U.S. Army leaders across a NATO logo, April 2017.

About every 10 years, Washington resonates with a debate on the relevancy of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). Then-candidate Donald Trump revived this debate during the 2016 campaign, declaring the organization “obsolete” and blaming its members for not “paying what they should.” Yet, since the inauguration, the vice president, secretary of state, and the secretary of defense all affirmed the significance of NATO to U.S. national security and its importance in the current and future security environment—and their hedging in favor of NATO soon paid off. Following the Trump administration’s military actions in Syria in response to President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons, America’s NATO partners quickly rallied behind President Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement of support backing the U.S. president, saying, “President Assad’s use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored.” The leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and Poland all lined up with similar statements of support.

Shortly after this outpouring of international support, President Trump met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. In a joint press conference with Stoltenberg, the president offered a sharp change in his opinion of NATO: “It’s no longer obsolete.” However, the president reiterated that NATO members need to contribute necessary levels of investment in the security partnership. This point is well made and has been voiced by bipartisan leaders in Washington for many years. (more…)

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Fact-checking a rosy portrait of the American Health Care Act

Note:  A similar commercial has been airing in the Twin Cities supporting Rep. Erik Paulsen.

The following article by Glenn Kessler was posted on the Washington Post website May 24, 2017:

“As a mom, rising health-care costs are a big concern. My family lost our insurance and doctor because of the Affordable Care Act. But now, we have hope.”
— California resident Elizabeth Jacinto, in an ad sponsored by the American Action Network

In a $2 million ad campaign to support the House GOP health plan, the right-leaning American Action Network (AAN) features a California woman named Elizabeth Jacinto who says she suffered under Obamacare and expresses enthusiasm for the American Health Care Act. The ACHA only narrowly passed the House and was greeted lukewarmly by the Senate, so a key part of the effort appears to assist 21 GOP lawmakers who cast a tough vote to support the proposal. (more…)

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