2016 CD3 DFL Convention

June at the CapitolWere you elected to be a delegate to the CD3 DFL endorsing convention this year?

If so, here’s the details:


Where:  Park Center High School Auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

When:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Trainings (Open to All DFLers):

  • 8:30 am and 9:30 am — Proposed DFL Constitutional Changes to be Considered at the State Convention (Led by Mark Raabe and Kay Lewis)
  • 8:30 am and 9:30 am — Framing the Issues: Talking the Talk So People Understand the Issues (Led by George Greene and Peter Hill)

Convention gavels in at 10:30 am – Food and beverages will be available for purchase

  • We’ll be endorsing for the Congressional race, electing National Delegates and enjoying a wonderful day of DFL business

You Can Make a Bigger Difference in the DFL Party!  

We invite you to step up and screen to be a director for CD3 or apply for the treasurer’s position and be a part of the CD3 executive team.  

We will also be screening for State Party Standing Committees (Outreach & InclusionConstitution, Party Affairs & Coordinated Campaign and Platform) and the State Convention Committees (Credentials, Nominations and Rules)

We are scheduling screening interviews as early as the week of May 2, 2016, at a variety of locations (see the form for locations and dates). The interview time is approximately fifteen minutes. We will submit a list of candidate recommendations at the CD3 convention on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  

Share this with others and encourage them to screen.  We’re a friendly group!

What’s next?  Simply fill out the Nominations Application and email it to Kate Peer at katepeergo@gmail.com and she’ll schedule your appointment.

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

Rolling Stones tell Trump to stop using their music

The following appeared on the BBC website May 5, 2016:

The Rolling Stones have told Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign.

Photo: AP

The band have issued a statement saying that the US presidential candidate does not have permission to use the band’s music.

“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”

The candidate has been playing their songs at his rallies for months.

Their 1969 hit You Can’t Always Get What You Want has been a particular favourite.

The band are not the first to protest at the reality TV star and businessman – now the Republican front-runner – using their music during his campaign. (more…)

Rep. Selcer Update: May 6, 2016


Yvonne SelcerDear Neighbors,

Hope that you are all enjoying these beautiful spring days. Over here at the Capitol we have a great deal of work left to do, with less than three weeks before our constitutionally mandated adjournment on May 23.

Going into this session, while we knew our time would be short, a $900 million budget surplus provided us some great opportunities to improve the lives of Minnesotans. While time is still left for us all to come together and compromise on important issues such as education, transportation, and tax relief – among others – the clock continues to tick. Unfortunately, I feel that the Omnibus Budget Bills, which passed the House last week, missed many opportunities to move Minnesota forward. Below are described a few important points on each of these massive bills.

E-12 and Higher Education

First, the E-12 and Higher Education budget area was given a net target of zero new dollars, but had some one-time spending funded by a projected $55 million of early repayments of loans by school districts. On a positive note, I was pleased that my amendment that provide more mental health training for our teachers so they can better refer children suffering from depression to the appropriate professionals was included, as was my bill to fund a pilot project that will assist struggling readers. (more…)

Senate DFL Update: May 6, 2016

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IRRESPONSIBLE: GOP kills Senate bonding bill, refuses to invest in MN future, Star Tribune

160K: US posts job gains in April, unemployment steady, MPR News

LIFE&DEATH: Bonding for Hwy 12 considered a desperate need, Star Tribune

ALLTOGETHERNOW: DFL leaders on same page as session comes to a close, MinnPost

PIPELINE: Concern over oil in Northern Minnesota persists, MPR News

HOME: Racial inequality can’t be solved with a single program, MinnPost

WAITING: GOP still hasn’t released bonding bill, Star Tribune

4THPRECINCT: Community leaders demand return of inspector, MPR News

BIAS: Justice Page speaks out on bias in legal system, Pioneer Press

APPFORTHAT: Dalai Lama creates website for inner peace, New York Times

ALBERTA: Pictures show total destruction in Fort McMurray fire, BBC News

“CONGRESS”: North Korea holds first party congress in 36 years, Al Jazeera

The problem with Trump as CEO of America: Government is not a business

The following commentary by Fareed Zakaria appeared in the May 5, 2016, issue of the Washington Post:

At the heart of Donald Trump’s appeal is his fame as a successful businessman. It’s why most of his supporters don’t worry about his political views or his crude rhetoric and behavior. He’s a great chief executive and will get things done. No one believes this more than Trump himself, who argues that his prowess in the commercial world amply prepares him for the presidency. “In fact I think in many ways building a great business is actually harder,” he told GQ last year.

There is some debate about Trump’s record as a businessman. He inherited a considerable fortune from his father and, by some accounts, would be wealthier today if he had simply invested in a stock index fund. His greatest skill has been to play a successful businessman on his television show “The Apprentice.” (more…)

Senate DFL Week in Review: May 6, 2016

$1.5 billion Senate Bonding Bill fails to pass

160501_Bonding_Map_allAfter a momentous unveiling earlier in the week, the Senate Bonding Bill failed to pass on the Senate floor by just one vote. The Minnesota Constitution requires a super-majority vote for passage of a bonding bill. In the Senate, that’s 41 votes.

The no vote is a significant disappointment to colleges and universities, critical transportation projects that have the potential to save lives, and clean water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The $1.5 billion bill – which addressed just a quarter of the need statewide, was estimated to create around 40,000 jobs and spur economic development in small towns and cities across Minnesota.

Senate leaders called the no votes by Republicans a purely political statement and an abandonment of their duties to govern the state. The leaders said the same Republicans that shut down the government five years ago and borrowed $2 billion from our schools with no path to pay them back are the Republicans that are now refusing to invest in clean water, housing projects, asset preservation at local colleges and fixing critical and frequently dangerous transportation projects. Click here to read more.


Outdoor Heritage Fund recommendations approved by Senate
On Tuesday, $111.8 million was recommended for appropriation from the Outdoor Heritage Fund to be spent on 40 projects recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. (more…)

In the Know: May 6, 2016

139 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

185 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

2016 election
Ben Grimsley, a Becker County Commissioner, with deep roots in Detroit Lakes was endorsed by Republicans to challenge Rep. Paul Marquart.  This district is the only one in the Minnesota that Mitt Romney won in 2012 and is represented by a DFL House member. Look for the House GOP to play aggressively in three rural Minnesota seats this fall — Marquart, Rep. John Persell (GOP candidate is resort owner, Matt Bliss), and Rep. Tom Anzelc (GOP candidate is former IRRRB Commissioner and business leader, Sandy Layman). morning take 

U.S. House of Representatives
Forum: GOP candidates for Congress in Second District, MPR

Congressional Republicans line up behind Trump, MPR
Just how ugly will the general election be? Here’s a preview, MPR
Five progressive choices for vice president, Huffington Post
Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list, The Hill

  • Mitt Romney
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
  • Gen. John Kelly
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
  • Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.)
  • Gov. Nikki Haley
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)


Senate DFL Update: May 5, 2016

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MISSING: Dayton and DFL push for release of GOP bonding bill, Star Tribune

FOUNDATIONS: MN donor orgs consider how to improve philanthropy, Pioneer Press

MEDICAL: As marijuana sites grow, concerns about cost, access, MPR News

SAFETY: Pleas for highway fixes underline great need for bonding dollars, Star Tribune

SHOOTING: Police respond to shots fired in Minneapolis- one dead, five injured, MPR News

PLEA: Mother of 5-year-old victim says gifts are nice, but need police tips, Pioneer Press

FLINT: Obama speaks in Michigan, confronting “broader mindset” that led to disaster, MPR News

FINANCES: Klobuchar and others take on burdensome student debt, Star Tribune

NORTH CAROLINA: US Justice Department says anti-LGBT law violates civil rights, MPR News

TURKEY: Prime Minister steps down amid concerns of authoritarian presidency, New York Times

ZIMBABWE: To fight inflation, country will print own version of US dollar, BBC News

DRCONGO: Crackdown begins on foreign mercenaries linked to opposition leader, Al Jazeera

In the Know: May 5, 2016

140 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

186 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

2016 election
Donald Trump’s position as the presumptive GOP nominee has presented congressional Republicans with what could be a fateful moment: Do they embrace their party’s standard-bearer, and risk being tied to him in Democratic attacks? Or do they distance themselves and risk alienating Trump’s supporters? New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who’s up for re-election, “plans to support” Trump, a spokeswoman said. So do Ohio’s Rob Portman and North Carolina’s Richard Burr. CNN 

U.S. House of Representatives
Republicans just woke up to a harsh reality: Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s prohibitive nominee. There’s little doubt that the Republican Party is falling apart, and with it, Congressman Erik Paulsen’s reelection chances…It can’t help Paulsen’s self-esteem that Minnesota’s Third District is exactly the type of district where Trump performs terribly – and with state Senator Terri Bonoff making this race even more competitive, local speculation about Paulsen’s reelection chances has already begun…Despite the data, Congressman Paulsen has indicated he will endorse the ultimate nominee, yet he refuses to denounce some of Trump’s most vile rhetoric. DCCC 

Vice President
Trump’s VP: Top 10 contenders, The Hill
Donald Trump discusses how he’ll select a running mate, New York Times (more…)