3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner set for July 12

DNC Vice Chairman R.T. Rybak is keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker will be former Minneapolis Mayor and current Executive Director of Generation Next, R.T. Rybak.
Our keynote speaker will be former Minneapolis Mayor and current Executive Director of Generation Next, R.T. Rybak.

Congressional District 3 DFL will hold the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner Sunday, July 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Stevenson, who passed away in 2012, was a DFL party leader. She mentored candidates and was a trusted advisor to many. Stevenson attended state conventions for more than 50 years and was a former president of the DFL Feminist Caucus.

This year’s keynote speaker is Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chairman R.T. Rybak. Rybak served three terms as the mayor of Minneapolis and currently is head of Generation Next, a partnership of education, community, government and business leaders aimed at closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.

The following awards will be presented that evening:  (more…)

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Don’t Leave Money on the Table

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The Political Contribution Refund (PCR) is going away again at the end of June, 2015. The program, unique to Minnesota, helps fund state political campaigns with dollars from regular people like you and me — and not PACs and lobbyists.

If you’d like to contribute to CD3 DFL to help us fund candidates in our Senate Districts in the upcoming election cycle, please make a secure, online contribution here.

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2015 Jackie Stevenson Dinner Announced

  • Announcing the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner Brought to you by the 3rd Congressional District DFL (Click on image for more info.)

CD3’s Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner has been announced.

Here’s the basic details. We’ll be getting more information to you as soon as we can.

But, please mark you calendars now and plan to attend:

What:  Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner

When:  Sunday, July 12, 2015

Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5401 Green Valley Dr, Bloomington, MN 55347

Tickets and Sponsorship:  Visit our Jackie Stevenson Dinner event site for information on tickets and sponsorships, and to make your purchases.

You can find information on the Jackie Awards here.

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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
Bloomington
Champlin
Chanhassan
Chaska
Coon Rapids
Corcoran
Dahlgren
Dayton
Deephaven
Eden Prairie
Edina
Excelsior
Greenfield
Greenwood
Independence
Laketown
Long Lake
Loretto
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Medina
Minnetonka
Minnetonka Beach
Minnetrista
Mound
Orono
Osseo
Plymouth
Plymouth
Rogers
Shorewood
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and
Wayzata.

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In the Know: June 29, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference. St. Paul River Centre, Grand Ballroom ABEF.
  • 9 a.m. – The Supreme Court will hand down its final three decisions for the term.
    • Lethal injection: “Death-row inmates in Oklahoma are objecting to the use of the sedative midazolam in lethal-injection executions after the drug was implicated in several botched executions. Their argument is that the drug does not reliably induce a coma-like sleep that would prevent them from experiencing the searing pain of the paralytic and heart-stopping drugs that follow sedation.”
    • Independent redistricting commissions: “Roughly a dozen states have adopted independent commissions to reduce partisan politics in drawing congressional districts. The case from Arizona involves a challenge from Republican state lawmakers who complain that they can’t be completely cut out of the process without violating the Constitution.”
    • Mercury emissions: “Industry groups and Republican-led states assert that environmental regulators overstepped their bounds by coming up with expensive limits on the emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants without taking account of the cost of regulation at the start of the process. The first-ever limits on mercury emissions, more than a decade in the making, began to take effect in April.”
  • 1 p.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin meets with MinnPost staff to review the 2015 session.
  • 2 p.m. – Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association will release data from recent statewide poll regarding the public perception of police officers in Minnesota.  The poll was conducted June 15-16, 2015 and covers the topics including: police job approval rating, public’s perception of safety in their localities, personal interactions with police, and police judgement in using deadly force. 
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will travel to southwest Minnesota to meet with county officials and discuss several election reform issues, including upcoming initiatives such as ensuring Minnesota is prepared in the event a large scale incident affects an election….Secretary Simon will meet with county election officials in Cottonwood, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, and Jackson counties. 

Event Thursday

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Rochester for a fundraiser brunch and town meeting at 9 a.m. in the Rochester International Event Center.

2015 session

Craig Clark: Session didn’t deliver on high hopes, Austin Daily Herald

2016 election

Hillary Clinton in Minnesota: Quiet, but coordinating, Star Tribune

NBC distances itself from Donald Trump: ‘We do not agree with his positions’, Star Tribune

As left wins culture battles, G.O.P. gains opportunity to pivot for 2016, New York Times

‘Abide by the law': Campaign trail responds to same-sex marriage ruling, MPR

Christie to announce Tuesday that he’s running for president, MPR

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to visit Rochester, Rochester Post Bulletin

Bernie Sanders to make second visit to Minnesota, MPR

Cruz: Opposition to gay marriage to be front and center in 2016 campaign, MPR

Nearly a month into his run, O’Malley hires a campaign manager, The Washington Post

Chris Christie will use his Tuesday announcement, at the high school where he graduated, to present himself as the candidate in the 2016 field with the biggest and boldest ideas. The New Jersey governor plans to continue unveiling a steady stream of provocative policy plans in the coming months aimed at (more…)

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In the Know: June 26, 2015

Weekend Events

Saturday June 27th

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stonewall DFL will at Twin Cities Pride on the festival grounds in Loring Park. For additional information, contact Gerald Strauss at gerald.strauss@gmail.
  • “Awake the Lakes Area DFL” hosted by the Douglas County DFL. 118 City Park Road, Alexandria. 1-3 p.m. music, 3-5 p.m. speakers including House DFL Assistant Leader Erin Murphy, a representative from Congressman Collin Peterson’s office and Mike Simpkins.

Sunday June 28th

  • 11 a.m. 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade @ 3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue
  • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Seventh Annual Family Picnic of the DFL Senior Caucus, Brookview Park, Golden Valley.

Save the date!

  • July 12 – Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner in Bloomington. Get more information here
  • July 14 – Senate District 53 and Senate District 39 Summer Picnic, 5:30 p.m., Tartan Park, Lake Elmo.

2016 election

Christie to announce Tuesday that he’s running for president, MPR

Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies are legal, MPR

Saving Obamacare, Supreme Court upholds a key part of the landmark health care overhaul, Star Tribune

Minnesota politicians react to Obamacare ruling, MPR

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Dinkytown

 Council ponders historic status for part of Dinkytown, MPR

Marriage Equality

Supreme Court ruling legalizes same-sex marriage, The Hill 

Supreme Court, in landmark ruling, says same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states, Star Tribune

Obama, in tweet, calls high court decision on gay marriage ‘big step in March toward equality, Star Tribune

Minnesota Officials React To SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling, WCCO

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Science Museum

The Daily Digest: $26M in Science Museum repairs, MPR

Somalia Caucus

Emmer and Ellison team up to form House Somalia Caucus, MinnPost

Emmer, Ellison join to create Somalia Caucus, Star Tribune 

Trade

MN Dems pivot, support worker trade assistance, MPR

                    #LETLOVE WIN

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Obamacare Subsidies Upheld By Supreme Court Ruling

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld one of the crucial components of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by ruling the subsidies Americans receive for insurance on the federal exchange are legal.  Here’s a post by Sam Reisman with the National Memo published June 25, 2015:

The highest court handed down a 6-3 ruling upholding one of the crucial components of the Affordable Care Act, preserving the subsidies for Americans receiving insurance on the federal exchange, and dealing a decisive blow to Republican opponents of the law, for whom the case, King v. Burwell, was a last-ditch effort to kill the legislation.

The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, said, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.”

This latest — and presumably final significant — challenge to the ACA was a nakedly political case that hinged on four words of the law that were widely acknowledged to be a careless, sloppy mistake.

The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell alleged that subsidies offered to low- and middle-income Americans buying insurance on federal exchanges were not permitted under the legislation as it was passed. The exact wording of the statute says subsidies are only available to those who purchase insurance on exchanges “established by the State.”

The words make little sense in context with the rest of the legislation — since the federal exchanges only exist for people who live in states that did not set up their own exchanges.

“The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting,” according to the majority opinion. “When read in context, the phrase ‘an Exchange established by the State […]’ is properly viewed as ambiguous.”

The majority opinion found that:

the Act’s context and structure compel the conclusion that … [the section in question] allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act. Those credits are necessary for the Federal Exchanges to function like their State Exchange counterparts, and to avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid.

In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that to interpret the phrase “Exchange established by the State” to mean “Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government […] is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.” Further, the majority opinion was a “defense of the indefensible.”

Scalia continued:

Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is “established by the State.”

[…] Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.
Scalia accused the six Justices in the majority of performing “somersaults of statutory interpretation” in defense of the law.

This is a characteristic backflip from Scalia, who in a 1989 concurrence in the case of Green v. Bock Laundry, had no trouble justifying a departure from the strict definition of a word, when interpreting the phrasing literally produced an undesirable and unintended result:

We are confronted here with a statute which, if interpreted literally, produces an absurd, and perhaps unconstitutional, result. […]

I think it entirely appropriate to consult all public materials, including the background of [the Rule at issue] and the legislative history of its adoption, to verify that what seems to us an unthinkable disposition […] was indeed unthought of, and thus to justify a departure from the ordinary meaning of the word “defendant” in the Rule.

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Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

Rainbow FlagGreat news this morning on the Supreme Court ruling.  Here’s a verbatim post from Robert Barnes on the Washington Post site June 26, 2015:

The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.

The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.

The country’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages took place just 11 years ago, the result of a Massachusetts state supreme court decision. Now, more than 70 percent of Americans live in states where same-sex couples are allowed to marry, according to estimates.

The Supreme Court used cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, where restrictions about same-sex marriage were upheld by an appeals court last year, to find that the Constitution does not allow such prohibitions.

The questions raised in the cases were left unanswered in 2013, when the justices last confronted the issue of same-sex marriage. A slim majority of the court said at the time that a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act — withholding the federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages — was unconstitutional. In a separate case, the court said procedural issues kept it from answering the constitutional question in a case from California, but that move allowed same-sex marriages to resume in that state.

Since then, courts across the nation — with the notable exception of the Cincinnati-based federal appeals court that left intact the restrictions in the four states at issue — have struck down a string of state prohibitions on same-sex marriage, many of them passed by voters in referendums.

When the Supreme Court declined to review a clutch of those court decisions in October, same-sex marriage proliferated across the country.

Couples may now marry in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Public attitudes toward such unions have undergone a remarkable change as well. A recent Washington Post-ABC poll showed a record 61 percent of Americans say they support same-sex marriage. The acceptance is driven by higher margins among the young.

When the justices declined in October to review the string of victories same-sex marriage proponents had won in other parts of the country, it meant the number of states required to allow gay marriages grew dramatically, offering the kind of cultural shift the court often likes to see before approving a fundamental change.

The Obama administration had urged the court to find that the Constitution requires such restrictions be struck down, and Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. made the case on behalf of the administration at the court’s oral arguments in April.

“In a world in which gay and lesbian couples live openly as our neighbors, they raise their children side by side with the rest of us, they contribute fully as members of the community . . . it is simply untenable — untenable — to suggest that they can be denied the right of equal participation in an institution of marriage, or that they can be required to wait until the majority decides that it is ready to treat gay and lesbian people as equals,” he said.

The combined cases now before the Supreme Court known as Obergefell v. Hodges.

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In the Know: June 25, 2015

 

Events Today

  • 9:00 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Le Center Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Hayden, 10 W Tyrone St., Le Center.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a news conference on Minnesota’s ranking as CNBC’s America’s Top State for Business. 
  • 10:15 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ed Lee, 101 S Front St., St. Peter.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Audra Shaneman, 1 N Minnesota St., New Ulm.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with St. James Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennie Firchau, 516 1st Ave S St. James.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon, meets with Fairmont Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Dillard, 323 E Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont.
  • 5:00 p.m. – State Auditor Rebecca Otto will speak at the Freeborn County DFL Picnic at Pioneer Park, 100 East Hawthorne St., Albert Lea.
  • 6:00 p.m. – A special thank you to Rep. Ryan Winkler, a going away picnic, Brookview Park, Small Shelter, 200 Brookview Parkway N, Golden Valley.

Save the date!

  • June 27 – Stonewall DFL will at Twin Cities Pride from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the festival grounds in Loring Park. For additional information, contact Gerald Strauss at gerald.strauss@gmail.
  • June 23 – The Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum, 5:30 p.m., Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies, 8605 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.
  • June 27 – “Awake the Lakes Area DFL” hosted by the Douglas County DFL. 118 City Park Road, Alexandria. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. music, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. speakers including House DFL Assistant Leader Erin Murphy, a representative from Congressman Collin Peterson’s office and Mike Simpkins.
  • June 28 – Seventh Annual Family Picnic of the DFL Senior Caucus, noon – 3:00 p.m., Brookview Park, Golden Valley.
  • July 12 – Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner in Bloomington. Get more information here
  • July 14 – Senate District 53 and Senate District 39 Summer Picnic, 5:30 p.m., Tartan Park, Lake Elmo.

2015 session

Minnesota lawmakers still raised revenue through business feesPioneer Press

2016 election

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces presidential runMPR

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal opens longshot 2016 campaign, declares himself ‘doer’ not a talkerStar Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal on the issuesStar Tribune

Amy Klobuchar off to Iowa for Hillary Clinton campaignPioneer Press

Bobby Jindal enters race with mantel of ‘outsider,’ The Hill 

Congress

Boehner doles out new punishmentThe Hill

Congressional delegation

Nolan

Nolan says Trans Pacific Partnership will destroy good paying American jobsKDAL

Demographics

Minority growth tapers off in metro suburbs, as aging acceleratesStar Tribune

Economy

Top States #1: The North Star State, MinnesotaCNBC

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Education (higher)

Regents approve UMN tuition hikesPioneer Press

Tuition will increase at the U of M next yearMPR

GOP

How Minnesota Republicans can beat the DFL Party at its gameStar Tribune

Labor

Today in history

LaborSex offender program

Dayton: Changing sex offender program will be difficultMPR

Dayton defends sex offender program, will go to hearingStar Tribune

State will seek appeal of sex offender rulingPioneer Press

South Carolina

The politics of taking down the Confederate flag, MPR 

Trade

Senate passes trade legislation, hands Obama major second-term winStar Tribune

Wisconsin

Gov. Walker ends decades-old waiting period for handgunsPioneer Press

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Return of “Pawlenty Fees”

100 BillsRemember the “smoke and mirrors” budgeting during the Pawlenty years? Looks like with the return of the House to GOP control, the dreaded “it’s a fee not a tax” is back:

From Kyle Potter of the Associated Press:

“Minnesota lawmakers kept tax levels steady but still found ways to scoop up millions of additional dollars in its next two-year budget….More than a dozen new fees and increases for business licenses are tucked away in the thousands of pages that compose Minnesota’s new budget, from additional fees for beauty salon employees and funeral directors to higher state fees dairy manufacturers pay when they purchase milk from farmers starting Aug. 1…It’s a frequent play by tax-averse politicians, who direct the revenue to pay for that industry’s oversight rather than tap precious general tax dollars….The state doesn’t track the total scope of new fees — the money gets socked away in dedicated regulatory funds — but estimates on some of the individual increases add up to more than $6 million in new revenue.”

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DNC Chair Statement on Jeb Bush’s 2016 Announcement

Debbie Wasserman Schultz“Jeb Bush’s announcement later today that he’ll seek the Republican 2016 nomination is good news if you happen to be Jeb Bush or someone like him. Throughout his career, Jeb Bush has consistently put what is best for himself and those at the top above the priorities of working Americans.

“As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush slashed taxes by billions, largely benefitting the wealthy and corporations. Since leaving public office more than eight years ago, Bush has leveraged his family name to reap profits for himself, immersing himself in problematic corporate business deals and cashing in on Wall Street while Americans were hit by the financial crisis. 

“We already know what to expect from a Bush Presidency, because we’ve seen it before. Jeb Bush supported his brother’s disastrous economic and foreign policies that made us weaker at home and abroad. He supported his brother’s plan to privatize Social Security and endorsed a budget that would end Medicare as we know it.

“But what makes the specter of a Jeb Bush presidency even more unpalatable is his belief in his own superiority and infallibility – in my 22 years in elected office I have never worked with someone who is as inflexible, uncompromising, and willing to do whatever it takes to get their way as Jeb Bush. These are not the qualities Americans need in their president if we are going to work together to get things done.

“On issue after issue, Jeb Bush’s indifference toward the concerns of the middle class, women, students, immigrants, seniors and the LGBT community shows he is as out of step with the American people as every other candidate in the Republican field.”

 

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President Obama’s Statement on the Tragic Shooting in Charleston

220px-President_Barack_ObamaRecently, President Obama addressed the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina where a gunman open fired at the Emanuel AME Church, killing nine people.

President Obama stated “hate has once again been let loose in an American community. And the senseless actions of a coward have once again cut short so many lives with so much promise.”

Speaking of the lives lost, the President said “our hearts ache with sorrow with the entire Emanuel AME Church family as they seek solace and comfort in the shadow of a gunman’s act of pure evil and hatred. Our love and prayers are with them.”

The President pledged the nation’s unwavering support for the Charleston community and the state of South Carolina, stating “all of Charleston’s heart bleeds today—but the overwhelming display of unity will bring forth the city’s healing. We will never forget those innocent souls who lost their lives. We will be there with all the strength and support and prayers we can offer to the families who now grieve. And as a nation we will come together.”

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