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:  UFCW Local 653 Union Hall and Banquet Center, 13000 63rd Avenue N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

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Look for information soon on this year’s Jackie Awards nominations, event sponsorships and tickets.

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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 1, 2015

Events today

  • Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will travel to St. Louis, Carlton, Isanti, Pine, and Anoka counties to meet with business leaders and local officials, as well as Minnesotans who help with the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program, which helps protect victims of domestic violence.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger will meet with local city, county and public health officials in Hutchinson to see how the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) has supported various efforts in the city and county, including active living and healthy eating projects. City Council Chambers in the Hutchinson City Center.
  • 2:30 p.m. – More than 40 immigrant rights organizations, unions and social justice organizations will meet at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and march to the Hennepin County Government Center for a 5 p.m. rally. 

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Events Saturday

  • 9 a.m. – Congresswoman Betty McCollum will march in the Cinco de Mayo parade with Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, State Sen. Sandy Pappas, State Rep. Carlos Mariani, City Councilmember Dave Thune, DFL-endorsed candidates, and local DFLers. Parade line-up begins at 9:00 AM and the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The line-up area is at 75 West Plato Blvd. The DFL is Unit #37.
  • 11:30 a.m. – State Central Committee meets, Carpenter’s Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 2 – The DFL Veterans Caucus meets, Carpenter’s Hall, 10:30 a.m., 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

Burning budget talks question: Where do we sit? MPR

Speaker: Dayton might get bills he does not want, Pioneer Press

Legislators prepare for showdown over taxes, WCCO

Firefighters push to ban flame retardants in Minnesota, KARE

Minnesota firefighters seek action on stalled flame retardant bill, Star Tribune

2016 election

Two leading DFL women; two very different views of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, MinnPost

Sanders says his campaign will focus on struggling middle class, USA Today

In presidential bid, Sanders differs with Clinton, Star Tribune

Bernie Sanders becomes 5th presidential candidate in Vermont history, Smart Politics

Is Jeb Bush too reasonable for the GOP? Star Tribune

In response to Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Democrats welcome Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the second candidate to officially seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. Senator Sanders is well-recognized for his principled leadership and has consistently stood up for middle class families. Throughout his service in the U.S. House and Senate, Bernie Sanders has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the values we all share as members of the Democratic Party.

“The Democratic Party appreciates the contributions that Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton, and other candidates will make to a healthy dialogue about the future of our party and our nation. There is a distinct contrast between Democrats who are on the side of middle and working class families and Republicans who are concerned with the very rich and wealthy corporations. Over the next year, the discussions we have during our respective nominating processes will help make that choice clear.”

Avian flu

First Minnesota wild bird tests positive for avian flu, Fox 9

Hawk from Yellow Medicine Co. tests positive for avian flu, KARE

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis rallies in solidarity with Baltimore, TC Daily Planet

Budget (federal)

House passes budget in win for GOP, The Hill

Campaign finance

Big MN donors spent at least $11 million in 2014, MPR

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DFL

Crow Wing County DFL Convention held April 25, Brainerd Dispatch

Environment

Senators want provisions removed from enviro bill, MPR

House passes legacy bill, appropriating $540 million for upcoming biennium, Session Daily

K-12 education

Five school districts OK’d for another year of four-day weeks, MPR 

Labor

Top Dems line up behind $12 minimum wage, The Hill

 

Today is May Day

May Day rallies broaden to address police brutality, race, AP

LGBTQ Day at the Minnesota Capitol

Protester Daudtless in Capitol, Pioneer Press

Major League Soccer

Building Minnesota United stadium ‘very difficult’ without tax relief, owner says, Pioneer Press

Mining

Audit of Minnesota’s taconite tax system calls for changes, Pioneer Press 

NAACP

Activist Levy-Pounds hopes young people energize NAACP, MPR

Presidential library

AP sources: Chicago wins long-running competition to host Obama presidential library, Star Tribune

Rothman, Mike

Rothman wins committee backing, MPR

GOP senators grill commissioner over MNsure, nonprofit woes, KSTP

Taxes

Guide to tobacco tax breaks in House omnibus tax bill, Clearway Minnesota

image004 Transportation

Oil train safety through Twin Cities considered at Capitol, Pioneer Press

What’s next for the Southwest light rail project? MPR

Map: Who needs to evacuate if an oil train catches fire? Pioneer Press

Report: Average Minnesota deficient bridge is 66 years old, KSTP

Voting

How a bill does not become law: behind the mysterious death of a bipartisan measure to restore felon voting rights, MinnPost

MN Secretary of State talks voting with UMD students, WDIO

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Don’t deregulate landline telephone service in Minnesota

Black PhoneBy: WILL PHILLIPS, SHAR KNUTSON and LORI SWANSON

Bills to remove pricing, accessibility and service protections should not proceed. People still rely on their home phones.

A man in northern Minnesota struggled to breathe late one night. His wife called 911 from their landline telephone. Because the couple must climb a hill outside their home to get cellphone reception, they fear what might have happened if they had no landline.

An elderly rural woman sends pacemaker readings to her faraway heart doctor using her landline phone. She can’t do this with a cellphone.

A southern Minnesota woman uses her landline phone to operate her medical-alert system. She lives on a fixed income.

These and other Minnesotans — including many senior citizens and rural residents — need and deserve local landline phone service that is accessible, affordable and reliable.

To that end, for 100 years, Minnesota has regulated the price and service quality of local telephone service. Minnesota law also requires phone companies to extend service to all Minnesotans, no matter where they live. These laws have served Minnesota well.

Unfortunately, the Legislature is considering bills — H.F. 1066 and S.F. 736 — to eliminate these price and service quality regulations. The bills would allow phone companies to charge higher rates with degraded service and access. Capitol insiders have dubbed the measure the “CenturyLink bill.” A similar deregulation measure in another state is called the “AT&T bill.” It speaks volumes that these bills are named after the phone companies that are pushing them. In one state, prices more than doubled after local telephone service was deregulated.

As representatives of AARP-Minnesota, the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the Minnesota attorney general’s office, we call on the Legislature to reject these bills.

Under the bills:

• Price protections would end. Telephone companies would be able to charge and raise prices as they desire.

• Quality would be unregulated. Service quality — such as how often people get a “busy” signal, how long the telephone company has to repair outages and how quickly operators answer calls for assistance — would no longer be regulated.

• Companies could drop or refuse to take customers, for any reason. This would be especially tough on rural residents, since it costs phone companies more to serve these customers.

The telecommunications industry argues that overturning 100 years of state legal protections won’t matter because cellphones, Voice over Internet Protocol, texting and e-mail can compete with landlines. Baloney. In many parts of Minnesota, cellphone coverage and broadband Internet is spotty or nonexistent. Try e-mailing 911 if you’re having a stroke.

There are many good reasons why people still need access to affordable, reliable landlines. When someone calls 911 in an emergency from a home phone, first responders can automatically detect the address. Many home-security alarms and medical-alert devices operate through landlines. Some people use landlines for dial-up Internet access where broadband is not yet available or affordable.

The phone companies say they will keep up service if they are deregulated. Yet, these same companies right now are lobbying the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to let them out of basic quality of service standards, such as having to fix 95 percent of service outages in 24 hours. Against this backdrop, their claims at the State Capitol should ring hollow.

Will Phillips is state director of AARP-Minnesota. Shar Knutson is president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Lori Swanson is Minnesota’s attorney general.

The above article appeared in the Minneapolis StarTribune Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

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In the Know: April 30, 2015

Events today

  • 8:40 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the St. David’s Center groundbreaking, 3395 Plymouth Rd, Minnetonka.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate is in session.
  • 9 a.m. – Transportation for America will issue a report on Thursday that concludes Minnesota currently has 830 structurally deficient bridges that supported 628 million trips in 2014.  Ninety percent of these deficient bridges are locally-maintained.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board. Mayo Civic Center – Presentation Hall, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon tours Range Cooperatives, Inc. with President Dan Lauritsen, 102 Hover Rd. S., Virginia.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session.
  • 11:30 a.m. – The 5% Campaign, a coalition of more than 130 disability and older adult service organizations, will hold a news conference. Supporters will urge state legislators to include a sustainable, ongoing rate increase for Home & Community-Based Services to address the caregiver workforce crisis.
  • Noon – Secretary of State Steve Simon will hold a roundtable discussion with students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kirby Student Center, RDC 323, 1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth.
  • 2 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Meet with St. Louis County Auditor/Treasurer Don Dicklich.

Event tomorrow

  • 2:30 p.m. – More than 40 immigrant rights organizations, unions and social justice organizations will meet at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and march to the Hennepin County Government Center for a 5 p.m. rally.

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Rep. Selcer April 29, 2015 Legislative Update

Yvonne_SelcerDear Neighbor,

We have been hearing many budget bills on the House floor recently, and will continue to pass pieces of the budget this week. I want to provide you with a brief update of each piece of legislation.

E-12 Education

With a $2 billion surplus, investing in education should be one of our top priorities. Unfortunately, the House majority has brought forward an education budget that increasing education funding by less than a 1 percent. We have heard from districts across the metro that class sizes will grow and teachers will be laid off as a result. I spoke about this issue Saturday on the House floor, when the bill was passed. To watch my speech and hear more, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COlcg_BRHKw.

Civic and business leaders agree that Minnesota is a great place to live and work because we have one the best educational systems. But it won’t stay that way if we can’t provide schools funding at times when the economy is strong, especially after years of cuts and budget shifts. It is my hope that a more reasonable and sustainable proposal comes back from conference committee.  I am happy to report that there are some good provisions in the education bill, such as increased investment in early childhood education and concurrent enrollment opportunities for our high school students so they can earn post-secondary credits while in high school.  Hopefully we can build on these bipartisan investments in conference committee.

Public Safety

The legislature was able to work productively this session in the area of public safety and crime prevention. The resulting bill includes $250,000 to combat terrorism in Minnesota, stemming from the recent ISIL recruit arrests. The bill also includes additional resources to combat human trafficking and child abuse. I supported this bipartisan bill.

State Government Finance

The state government bill was passed on Friday, which unfortunately shifts millions out of pension funds, creates unfunded burdens and eliminates limits on campaign spending and contributions from PACs and lobbyists. This provision is especially troubling to me, as I believe we need more disclosure and less outside spending in our elections.

Environment & Natural Resources

On Friday, we also passed the environment and natural resources bill. I voted against this proposal because I felt that it threatened Minnesota’s clean water and breathable air, as well as the accounting shifts and gimmicks included. The environment bill shifts nearly $60 million out of the fund we use to clean up closed landfills, takes money from the school trust, and gives up on fighting aquatic invasive species by cutting millions from prevention efforts.  I have concerns about the funding shifts in this bill and the troubling trend of this accounting in the House majority’s budget.

Higher Education

Monday, the House passed the higher education on a nearly party line vote. This bill reverses the tuition freeze currently in place for all Minnesota students at public colleges and universities and will increase the costs of higher education for students and parents.  There is absolutely no funding included to help our University of MN students with skyrocketing tuition. With a budget surplus, I think we should prioritize student debt and tuition relief for students and their families.

Transportation

Unfortunately, the transportation bill raids some funds the Minnesota Department of Transportation holds in reserves for emergencies, such as harsh winters or natural disasters.  There is also a great deal of shifting of funds and borrowing used to fund various transportation needs.  We need to have a serious discussion about which additional funding streams we may want to dedicate out of the general fund to transportation, and how we will handle that additional strain on the general fund, which funds education and health care, during the next inevitable economic downturn. I have serious concerns with this funding and voted against the proposal.

Jobs & Energy

Last Thursday, the jobs and energy bill was passed. Provisions within the bill will stop us from repaying loans we took out under Governor Pawlenty. We should be using our budget surplus to invest and ensure sound budgeting into the future. I voted against this proposal.

Health & Human Services

The health and human services bill will cut state health funding by $1.152 billion and eliminate MinnesotaCare, which will cause 100,000 low-income, working Minnesotans to lose their health insurance. The bill includes many accounting shifts and gimmicks, including $300 million in savings that our House nonpartisan research staff has said will only amount to an estimated $17 million. For these reasons, I voted against the bill.

I voted against many of these budget bills due to insufficient, unstable funding and budgetary tricks and gimmicks. With a surplus, we should be making strategic investments to ensure a prosperous economic future for businesses and families. While there were some good provisions in these pieces of legislation, I am hopeful that the final budget proposal includes more balance and sound budgeting and will garner bipartisan support.

As always, please contact me anytime with your input.  I can be reached by phone at (651) 296-3964 or by email at rep.yvonne.selcer@house.mn. Thank you for the honor of representing you at the State Capitol.

Best,

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Yvonne Selcer

State Representative

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In the Know: April 29, 2015

Events today

  • The charioteer figure, Prosperity, who guides the golden horses on the Minnesota State Capitol building’s Quadriga statue will return to his home atop the building. The figure will be harnessed and hoisted into place by a crane…The charioteer figure was removed in September to repair corrosion discovered at the point the figure attaches to the chariot. In addition to the corrosion repairs, the figure was also inspected for any other needed repairs and received a complete regilding.
  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session. They will debate education bills.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session. They will debate the Omnibus Tax Bill.
  • 10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will provide remarks at the Werner Electric business expansion groundbreaking ceremony. Earlier this year, Werner Electric received $325,000 in assistance from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, 7450 95th St. S, Cottage Grove.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a news conference with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials on Minnesota’s water quality. Governor’s Press Briefing Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Restore the Vote Coalition will be hosting a Day of Action at the Minnesota Capitol. This day of action will include a gathering of supporters on the north lawn of the State Office Building.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton will host a Minnesota-grown turkey lunch at the Governor’s Residence for interns who are working this spring in the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. To kick off the lunch, Gov. Dayton will carve a 25-pound turkey, which was raised in Glenwood.

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