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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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Are You Off on Thanksgiving and Shopping on Black Friday?

Shopping galleryBe thankful for your time off. Those working while you’re with your family or out shopping don’t have that luxury.

Here’s an article by Bryce Covert published on the ThinkProgress.org website November 25, 2015:

Connie Miller isn’t really sure when she’s going to be able to get some sleep over the next three days.

She’ll be working at Kohl’s the day before Thanksgiving, on the holiday itself, and on Black Friday. Her shift on Wednesday ends at 12:30 a.m., and with her half-hour commute, she’ll be home by 1 a.m. Then she’ll have to wake up early so she can get an entire Thanksgiving meal for 15 family members cooked and ready to eat by the time they start to arrive at her house from all over the country at noon. She’ll leave that celebration at 5, arriving at work by 5:30 and working until just after midnight. Then she’ll have to be back at work on Black Friday by 6 in the morning for another eight-and-a-half hour shift. “They don’t even give you time to come home and actually go to sleep before you’re due back,” she said.

“It’s tough, it’s just really tough being open on Thanksgiving,” she added. “I just plan on doing a lot of Red Bull.”

The experience has cast a pallor over her holidays. She knows what it’s going to be like having done nearly the same thing last year. “You hate the holidays. It’s exhausting,” she said. “It’s not a fun time. It’s a time to be dreaded. Because I can’t be with my family.”

Kohl’s did not respond to a request for comment. But it’s not the only employer making its employees jump through hoops to be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. Eleven brands will be open on the holiday this year, and employees at Kmart, for example, say they weren’t given the option to volunteer or sign up for shifts that fit their schedules and can even risk being fired if they call out for a scheduled holiday shift.

Miller wasn’t given any option to pick her holiday schedule. She says she and her coworkers have been told that they’re not allowed to ask for any time off during the week of Thanksgiving or the week of Christmas. She fears that if she were to call out on Thanksgiving Day, she would be all but dropped from future schedules, losing her income. She’s not sure she would do it anyway. “I’d kind of like to call off, we’d all like to call off. But all it’s going to is make the people I work with in jewelry, their night even harder,” she said. “They’re going to have to hustle even more because I’m not there.”

While she’s technically a part-time employee, she will be scheduled for far more than the typical 25-26 hours a week during these times. But it’s not like she’s given much heads up. She only found out her Thanksgiving schedule ten days ago — leaving little time to adjust holiday plans — and still doesn’t know when she’ll have to work during the Christmas season. “They disrespect us so incredibly by not even telling us the most basic thing,” she said. All without any promise of extra holiday pay.

She finds the whole ordeal particularly ironic at her store. It plays a promo on its overhead speakers telling shoppers that it values family, she said. “We’re working on Thanksgiving… If you valued family, we’d be at home.”

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Sen. John Hoffman’s Capitol Corner


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is a time to be home, a place of shelter and comfort, with your family and friends. On this day of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie – let us also take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for. I am so grateful for my family — my loving wife and daughter, and the honor of serving all of you in the Minnesota Senate. I wish that all of you may be blessed with abundant joy and love during this time.  

It is also a time to remember those who might not be as fortunate. That is why I am putting on my 4th Annual Tiny Tots Toy Drive. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl ranging from age 1-17, to our home at 8224 109th Place N Champlin. This will take place on December 20th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Toys collected during our open house will be delivered to the pediatric wing of Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Stop in for a cup of cheer and some yummy holiday treats. It’s a way you can put a smile on a kid’s face and ensure they have a Merry Christmas thanks to you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Corrupting of Congressman Erik Paulsen

Money in EnvelopeThe following article was posted on November 19, 2015, on the CityPages website:

For Omar Ishrak, CEO of Medtronic, these are fabulous times.

Through a flourish of paperwork, Ishrak was instrumental in turning the Minnesota company into a pretend Irish one to skirt corporate taxes. It’s one of the reasons he made $40 million in last year — a $28 million raise over the previous year.

His company’s fortunes have been equally sweet. Last year’s profits pushed $3.1 billion. (more…)

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Income Inequality Makes The Rich More Scrooge-Like, Study Finds

Handout ChangeThe following article by Melissa Healy with the Los Angeles Times appeared on the National Memo website, posting on November 24, 2015:

As the annual “season of giving” dawns, a new study finds that stark income inequity — a dramatically rising trend in the United States — makes the “haves” less generous toward others.

Higher-income people were less inclined to be generous both when they came from states where income inequality is high and when they were made to believe that there was a sharp divide between rich and poor, a new study found. And they were less charitable in both cases than were low-income people. (more…)

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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

The article  below was posted on the National Memo website on November 23, 2015. We thought it might ease some holiday interactions:

The guy your aunt met on ChristianMingle.com is going to be in such a good mood. His third “Make America Great Again” hat just came in the mail. He’s certain that his prolific Internet commenting as “RINOHUNTz69” has singlehandedly dismantled the candidacy of Jeb Bush. And the last two years of off-year elections have helped Republicans… (more…)

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Republicans are the ones hiding behind ‘political correctness’

The following authored by Eugene Robinson appeared in the Washington Post November 23, 2015:

Donald Trump at a campaign stop Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. (Eric Schultz/Associated Press)

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.

Take Donald Trump’s claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, “I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

The Post’s Fact Checker columnist, Glenn Kessler, found no evidence to support Trump’s claim and gave him Four Pinocchios, reserved for the most baldfaced lies. PolitiFact gave the statement aPants on Fire rating, denoting extreme mendacity. But when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed the GOP front-runner to explain himself, noting that “police say it didn’t happen,” Trump resorted to what has become a familiar dodge.

“I know it might not be politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down,” Trump said. (more…)

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GOP Racist Messaging

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.27.43 PM“Yesterday the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party posted the following statement on their Facebook page: “MN #‎DFL now propose a “special session” to deal with their self-created “#‎Negroproblem”.

 You don’t have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging.  However, this is not the first time the Minnesota Republican Party and their affiliates have posted racially insensitive material.

“The GOP is clearly out of touch on issues of race here in Minnesota and around the country.  Regrettably these comments have become commonplace in the Republican Party  and it should be no surprise that they are now an accepted and normal part of their conversation.

 While our community is still struggling with the death of a young man and trying to find answers for his family, the Republican Party of Minnesota decided to chime in with racist and bigoted comments. There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state and we call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment from the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party.”  

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