Caucus in CD3

DFL Precinct Caucuses – Tuesday March 1, 2016

6:30 pm Doors open; 7:00 pm Caucuses Convene in Your District!

Want a specific candidate to be your candidate for President? Minnesota Senate or Minnesota House of Representatives? Have an issue you care about that you’d like government to look into?

Attend your local DFL precinct caucus! Click the “More” button for locations and learn more about the caucus system.

To help newcomers prepare to attend the DFL Precinct Caucuses, please watch these videos linked below to learn (more…)

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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
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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Rep. Linda Slocum’s February 11, 2016 Legislative Update

tn_50ADear Neighbors,

As the March 1 precinct caucuses nears, you will likely be inundated with advertisements supporting or opposing the various candidates for President of the United States. This is just the beginning of the onslaught of mail pieces either praising or denouncing the presidential, congressional and state legislative candidates. While the literature will certainly mention candidates by name, we may never know who actually paid for them.

Since the 2010 Citizens United decision came down from the U.S. Supreme Court – which enabled corporations to spend limitless amounts of money on political advocacy – Minnesotans have been flooded by untold sums of outside spending in campaigns. The sources of this money funneled into Super PACs have been able to evade disclosure and scrutiny. (more…)

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Sen. Hoffman Legislative Update – Passing of State Senator Leo Foley


Last Friday, Feb. 5 former Coon Rapids Senator Leo T. Foley passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones; he was 87. Sen. Foley served the Coon Rapids area for 14 years, serving from 1997 to 2011. I took up the mantle of serving the area following Sen. Foley’s retirement. 

I first met Leo in 2002, and ever since then I was incredibly proud to call him my State Senator. Leo Foley lived a life of service, first for 33 years as a Minnesota State Trooper, and later as an assistant Anoka County Attorney and as a senator. I really appreciated and admired his work and his passion for the community. Leo always had an ear to listen, and you could sense he really cared about improving the lives of those he represented. He will be missed by all who knew him.  (more…)

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In the Know: February 11, 2016

225 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

270 days until Election Day, Nov. 8 

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council meets. Room 5, State Office Building.
  • 9:15 a.m. – The Medical Forensic Exam Access Project led by the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) will hold a press conference to release a report funded by the Office of Justice Programs at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety that reveals geographic disparities in the access, quality, and payment of sexual assault exams across Minnesota. There are significant issues including whether or not a victim can get access to an exam, lack of training and resources to conduct exams, and victims receiving bills for their exam, among many others. Victims in Greater Minnesota tend to face bigger barriers to accessing a quality exam than those in the metro area. (more…)

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In the Know: February 10, 2016

226 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

271 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 1 p.m. – The House State Government Finance Committee will meet at the Freeborn County Courthouse, 411 S Broadway, Albert Lea.
  • 3 p.m. – New Minnesota Court of Appeals judges sworn in – Lucinda Jesson and the Honorable Tracy Smith sworn-in as Minnesota Court of Appeals judges during public investiture ceremony, with speakers including Gov. Dayton, Minnesota Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Cleary, Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge and Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate Margaret Chutich, Minnesota State Bar Association President Michael Unger, Donald Lewis (Nilan Johnson Lewis PA), and Stephen Smith (Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass).
  • 4 p.m. – The State Government Finance Committee will meet at the Owatonna VFW, 135 Oakdale St., Owatonna.

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 12 – .Neighborhoods Organizing for Change will host a community conversation at the Capri Theater on West Broadway, featuring Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders….The forum does not represent the endorsement of a candidate. It represents a historic opportunity for community members to converse with a presidential candidate and ask for real responses about the pressing issues facing Black communities. (more…)

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Statement from DFL Chairman on Special Election Results

Ken_Martin“Tonight’s legislative special election results, while certainly disappointing, are not a reflection of our candidates or a rejection of our policies. We believe that DFL values are Minnesota’s values and what we saw tonight was a powerful reminder that even in the middle of winter with low voter turnout, anything can happen in special elections.  Congratulations to Senator-Elect Jim Abeler and Representative-Elect Chad Anderson on their victories this evening. 

“This upcoming legislative session will revolve around expanding opportunity for all Minnesotans, not just a wealthy few. Minnesotans will be paying attention this fall and we will be holding these newly elected representatives accountable to the promises they made to Minnesota voters.” 

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Meet the super-rich driving the 2016 election

The following article by Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars appeared in the February 9, 2016 USA Today:

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Nearly half the money pouring into all federal super PACs came from just 107 people or groups that each gave $1 million or more to influence the outcome of this year’s presidential and congressional races, a USA TODAY analysis of new campaign finance reports shows.

Robert Mercer, a publicity-averse hedge fund magnate backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has topped giving, contributing $14.1 million to super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited amounts.

Close behind: Tom Steyer, another billionaire who made his fortune running a hedge fund but now uses his money to push an environmental agenda that largely aids Democrats in federal and state elections. Steyer donated $13 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee. (more…)

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