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:  Saturday, July 12, 2015

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

Look for information soon on this year’s event sponsorships and tickets soon, too.

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: May 21, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Steve Hine, DEED Labor Market Information Office research director will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for April 2015. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Lawmakers look back on efforts, ahead to likely special session, Session Daily

Legislators put budget together, but it’s not a done deal, Minnesota Budget Project

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2015 special session

GOP wants special session soon, MPR

Good Question: How often are there special sessions? WCCO

Special session’s agenda just won’t be education, WCCO

Dayton receives a lot of requests as special session approaches, Star Tribune

Basic facts about the Legislature’s special session, Duluth News Tribune

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Capitol renovation

Sen. Bakk wants underground garage for State Capitol, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Dayton and Daudt were only $25 million apart over $17 billion education bill, Star Tribune

GOP not to blame for pending education bill veto, Daudt says, Star Tribune

Another Mark Dayton-Legislature ed-funding fight – over words, Pioneer Press

Dayton stands by remark about GOP, public schools, KARE

Budget impasse puts school plans on hold, MPR

Education (higher)

Legislature mandates tuition cuts at 2-year colleges, Star Tribune 

Environment

Dayton: Veto of environment bill might not yield a better bill, MPR

Environmental groups, key DFLers urge veto of environmental bill, Star Tribune

Health and human services

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, Minnesota Budget Project

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, MinnPost

Labor

Twin Cities department store cleaners sue over wages, overtime, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Transportation

Range highway victim of end of session rush, MPR

$500 million in cuts planned for Southwest rail line, MPR

Experts say railroad funding is key to safety, Star Tribune 

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In the Know: May 20, 2015

Events today

  • 7:20 a.m. – Gov. Dayton is on WCCO radio.
  • 9 a.m. – House Republican leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • 9:30 a.m. – House DFL leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • Noon – Lt. Gove. Smith will attend a lunch event with former Vice President Walter Mondale and the University of Minnesota – Humphrey School Policy Fellows. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Minnesota Legislature leaves $1 billion to fight over next year, Star Tribune

Dayton signs 17 measures into law, including Uber, Lyft insurance requirements, Star Tribune

Minnesota lawmakers hit deadline with too much undone, Star Tribune

Despite chaotic end to session, leaders say key bills passed, Pioneer Press

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger: Another tumultuous end to legislative session, Pioneer Press

Did Minnesota House pass wrong budget bill? Maybe, Pioneer Press

Are you pleased with the outcome of the session? MPR

A messy end to a messy session, MinnPost

Why the 2015 legislative session will quickly be forgotten, MinnPost

This session was a sausage factory – and it stinks, mnpACT!

SESSION 2015: Where notable issues stand as Legislature ends, KARE

Capitol

Lori Sturdevant: Legislature’s work impeded by Capitol’s reconstruction, Star Tribune

Session complete, Capitol reconstruction gains speed, KSTP

Cigarettes

Minnesota could see push to raise cigarette purchasing age to 21, Pioneer Press

Education (E-12)

Liberal group launches post-session education ad buy, MPR

Dayton makes good on veto, calls for special session, Star Tribune

Mark Dayton keeping veto promise on education bill, Pioneer Press

Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans, MPR

How will Minnesota pre-K funding shake out in a special session? MPR

For some early ed advocates, pre-K pitch raises frustration, uncertainty, MPR

In veto message, Dayton rails against ‘astonishing’ education bill; promises to call special session, MinnPost

Why hold the ed budget hostage over pre-K? mnpACT!

Special session possible after Dayton rejects education bill, KSTP

VETO: Gov. Dayton’s rejection letter to House Speaker Daudt, Fox  

Education (higher)

Lawmakers turn down U of M’s tuition freeze request, MPR 

Energy

Big industry, utilities win on energy legislation in Minnesota, Star Tribune

GOP

Lawmaker wants an apology for ‘hate the public schools’ remark, Pioneer Press

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 4, mn progressive project

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 5, mn progressive project

The GOP escalates their war on women in new and uglier ways, mn progressive project 

Human trafficking bill

After drama, human trafficking bill sails to Obama’s desk, Star Tribune 

Labor

Unions sort out wins, losses in legislative session, Workday Minnesota

Legacy

Anderson: Millions on hold for fishers projects, Star Tribune

Lottery

Lottery restrictions become law, but games won’t go dark just yet, Star Tribune

Major League Soccer

Legislature ignores pitch for soccer stadium tax break, MPR

State Auditor

Dayton says he’ll fight to preserve state auditor authority, WCCO 

Transportation

Minnesota lawmakers stick with status-quo on transportation bill, Star Tribune

Transportation advocates blast ‘duct tape’ approach to funding, Workday Minnesota

Group criticizes MN lawmakers for making no progress on transportation funding, WCCO

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Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin on Gov. Dayton veto of education bill

“The Legislature is being forced into a special session by Republicans who refused to compromise and are more interested in providing tax giveaways to corporations than investing in education. Until Republicans stop prioritizing the want of a few special interests over the needs of tens of thousands of Minnesota children, they will continue to block the progress needed for future economic success.

“Make no mistake, the Senate and House DFL caucus and Gov. Mark Dayton are committed to early learners and investing in a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans. Now is the time for Minnesotans to stand with Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators and tell Republicans that with a budget surplus after a decade of scarcity and cuts, now is the time to provide more opportunities for success for our children.”

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Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org. © 2012 California Federation of Teachers

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In the Know: May 19, 2015

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

The House Republicans end the 2015 session in chaos, The UpTake

Frenzied session ends with work left undone, Star Tribune

Dayton’s education funding fight is a lot like one fought by Arne Carlson, with one big difference, MinnPost

Clock runs out on the 2015 Legislature with some funding bills left in limbo, Session Daily

Photos of the session’s last minutes, Pioneer Press

Despite chaotic end to session, leaders say key bills passed, Pioneer Press

Session ends in chaos, Pioneer Press

Legislature roundup: Buffer strips, transportation, public safety and more Pioneer Press

Session at a glance by the numbers, Pioneer Press

Session ends in a rush; special session likely, MPR

Session limps to a close with lawmakers dismayed, MPR

Lawmakers await word from Gov. Dayton on budget, special session, KSTP

What’s in $42 billion? Minnesota’s next budget at a glance, WCCO

Dayton’s so-called pout over universal preschool should be called leadership, MinnPost

The final hour of the legislative session becomes very entertaining TV and Twitter.  Sleep has been short, and last night the final minutes of the session resulted in the Senate President slipping with a “shit” from the chair, to House DFLers screaming at the Speaker in the final moments of debate – just like the GOP has done when in the minority in previous years at the deadline.  The Senate ended with a speech about the history the chamber, while the House ended in a screaming battle between the DFLers and the Speaker. morning take

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 2015 special session

St. Paul Hotel: We’ll host your special session for free, Pioneer Press

For special session, when and up in the air, WCCO

Capitol

House Chambers are no more, Pioneer Press

House doubles down on reopening chambers next year, Pioneer Press

Demographics

The seniors are coming to Twin Cities housing, Star Tribune

Economy

Bird flu takes $300 million bite out of Minnesota economy, Fox 9

Education (E-12)

Educators both praise and fret over Dayton’s veto promise, Pioneer Press

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 Environment

Environmentalists want another veto from Dayton, MPR 

GOP

Leader Thissen: Republicans failed to capitalize on opportunity, YouTube

 Labor

Airport workers say MAC min. wage hike not high enough, Fox 9

Airports commission tables minimum wage vote, KARE 

Legacy funding

House repasses $540 million omnibus legacy bill, Senate does not, Session Daily

Letterman, David

10 times Letterman made an impact on politics, The Hill

MNsure

MNsure survives another session despite lawmaker anger, MPR

Legislators toss fate of MNsure to task force, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

State Auditor

State Auditor Otto calls privatization measure a ‘backstabbing’, Star Tribune

State Auditor angry over budget bill, MPR

Taxes

Tax the rich – an animated fairy tale, YouTube

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An eight minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org. © 2012 California Federation of Teachers

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Transportation

‘Transit gap’ for minorities requires state attention, Minnesota report says, Star Tribune

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Voting

Cheap and fast, online voter registration catches on, MPR

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In the Know: May 18, 2015

Events today

  • The 2015 legislative session ends today and legislators have until midnight to complete their work.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood.  

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Dayton, lawmakers remain at legislative impasse, Pioneer Press

Compromise reached on waterway buffers, Pioneer Press

Legislative leaders meet with Dayton as they rush toward a Monday finish, Pioneer Press

Leaders always leave a little time for budget talks, Fargo Forum

Moving parts, dwindling time mark legislature’s budget push, KSTP

Despite veto threat, lawmakers push forward with budget, MPR

Budget deal on line, Daudt, Bakk meet separately with Dayton, Star Tribune

Dayton stands by veto threat, says GOP gets blame if session melts down, Star Tribune

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts, Austin Daily News

Minn. DFL House minority sides with Dayton on veto threat, Star Tribune

Sen. Bakk warns Dayton that veto would be ‘risky,’ Star Tribune

Daudt: We’re going to make it, we’re going to make it, Star Tribune

Local view: Invest state surplus in education, infrastructure, Duluth News Tribune,

Looking ahead to compete, control costs, Pioneer Press

Dayton: Legislators can meet on the Capitol lawn, Pioneer Press

Dayton calls Legislature’s budget plans ‘wrong,’” Pioneer Press

A minimal finish for a divided state government, Star Tribune

Budget-setting session reaches deadline, but show may go on, MPR

Minnesota Legislature briefing: Buffer deal, college cash and more, Pioneer Press
Midnight deadline: Update from the Minnesota Legislature, Fox 9

Special session held in Capitol would cost big bucks, KARE

2016 election

Wisconsin takes center stage on fight for Senate majority, The Hill

Large GOP field has leaders nervous about their chances in ’16, The Hill

‘Campaigns’ aren’t necessarily campaigns in the age of ‘Super PACs’, New York Times

Agriculture

Lawmakers backing $16.5 million for avian flu help, Pioneer Press

Sen. Franken on Minnesota bird flu crisis: ‘We need to be doing everything we can,’ KVRR

Congressional delegation

Kline and Franken provide bipartisan leadership on Indian schools, Star Tribune

Minnesota’s two Democrats of different stripes bond over turkey hunting, Star Tribune

Klobuchar

Klobuchar address UMD’s Class of 2015, WDIO

Economy

The gender gap in pay: Both real and overstated, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Lt. Gov. Smith interview with Esme Murphy, WCCO

The force of will of the education governor, mnpACT!

Education funding decided, but veto threat looms, Pioneer Press

U.S. Education chief pressures legislators on pre-K, MPR

Text of Duncan letter

Commissioners: Education bill a must, MPR

Minnesota’s debate on universal preschool exposes differences, Star Tribune

DFL lawmakers say they back Gov. Dayton’s education plans, Pioneer Press

What if the education budget gets vetoed and isn’t replaced? Pioneer Press

Suspense hangs over Capitol as Dayton renews veto threat over early ed, Star Tribune

House passes conferee report on E-12 education spending, Session Daily

Minn. House passes education finance bill 71 – 59, WCCO

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Education (higher)

Agreement reached on $166 million more for higher ed, Session Daily

Higher education budget on its way to governor, Session Daily 

Conference committee agreement

  • State Grant Program: Allows an increased number of Minnesota families and students to receive State Grants while also expanding access to college and university education.
  • University of Minnesota: Approximately $53 million for the University of Minnesota, including $30 million to ensure the Medical School retains its national prominence and trains Minnesota’s next generation of medical professionals. $1 million to continue research into Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and $22 million to help keep tuition costs low.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: A robust investment of $100 million toward tuition relief for students.
  • MnSCU College Occupational Scholarship Pilot Program: $5 million to expand available scholarships for qualifying students in technical fields at Minnesota’s two-year schools.
  • Earn While You Learn: Invests $3.4 million into grants for dual-education apprenticeship programs in high growth/strong demand sectors, letting students earn while they learn.

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Environment

New buffer strip plan speeds implementation, carries fines, MPR

GOP

Minnesota House Republicans are betraying our trust, Duluth News Tribune

Health and human services

Health and human services budget takes shape, MPR

Compromise spends $138 million on nursing homes, saves $25 million in waste, Pioneer Press

On health care, lawmakers reach deal with little contention, few major changes, Pioneer Press

Restore the Vote

Senate Judiciary chair: Giving up felon voting rights bill ‘not easy at all’, Star Tribune

Public safety bill drops felon voting, stirs passions, Pioneer Press

Transportation

Daudt calls transportation fix ‘not likely’ for a year, WCCO

As lawmakers battle budget deadline, impact becomes clear, WCCO

Transportation committee prepares ‘lights on’ bill, Pioneer Press

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In the Know: May 16

Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Hmong Lao Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking, State Capitol Lawn.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a media availability.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will hold a membership meeting, noon, Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Gov. Mark Dayton takes issue with Minnesota legislators’ budget plan, Star Tribune

Lawmakers reach tentative budget deal; transportation funding and tax cuts put on hold, MinnPost

Legislative leaders plan to go ahead with their budget plans, despite Dayton objections, Pioneer Press

Dayton has doubt on legislative budget deal: ‘We’ll see how it proceeds,’ Pioneer Press

So what makes a special session so special? Session Daily

Packing up at the State Capitol, Almanac

Legislative leaders on Almanac, Almanac

Dayton objects to lawmakers’ budget deal, MPR

Lawmakers preparing for long weekend, MPR

Dayton says he’ll stand firm on education funding, WCCO

Brewing budget deal spares health program, defers tax cuts, WCCO

Minnesota state budget framework emerges, Fox 9

Tax cuts, transportation funding may wait until 2016, KARE

Legislators’ budget agreement

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2016 session

Lawmakers eyeing March 8 for start date of next year’s session, WCCO

Education (higher)

Teaching students rattled as state board penalizes UMD programs, Star Tribune

Education (K-12)

Schools hold out hope for funding increase, Pioneer Press

Environment

Deal reached over Minnesota wild rice sulfate standards, Pioneer Press

Environment groups brace for last-minute legislative deals, MPR

Health and human services

Success of Minnesota health program should spur future reform, Star Tribune

Understand legislators’ core values before choosing representation, Woodbury Bulletin

Labor

Postal workers rally for customers and a fair contract, Workday Minnesota

Transportation

Rail industry and government struggle to balance safety and efficiency in shipments, Star Tribune

Open Skies: Protect Minnesota jobs and hold nations accountable, MinnPost

Veterans

District deserves better than John Kline, Hastings Star Gazette

Voting

Election updates pass House — but differences with Senate remain, Session Daily

 

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