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House Republicans Vote to Support Discrimination, Fail to Provide Resources to Respond to Zika
MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
This week, I was deeply disappointed that House Republicans voted once again to discriminate against LGBT Americans. After voting in favor of discrimination twice last week, House Republicans voted against their Energy and Water appropriations bill, defeating the bill because it included an amendment that would ban federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees of federal contractors. While House Republicans say they do not discriminate, their record tells a different story. House Democrats will continue to hold Republicans accountable for their anti-LGBT votes and rhetoric. (more…)
Here’s the information you need to know before attending
The pre-convention committees (Rules, Credentials, Platform & Constitution) have posted their reports online at DFL.org for your review:
RULES: Complete details about how the convention business will be conducted.
CREDENTIALS: The procedure for upgrading Alternates to Delegates.
PLATFORM: You’ll save time completing your ballot at the convention if you read through the resolutions now and make some decisions in advance about which you will vote to include in the Action Agenda.
NOMINATIONS: There is still time to fill out a questionnaire to be screened by the Nominations Committee for DNC Members, Presidential Electors and At-Large State Directors. Apply now!
CONSTITUTION: A workshop will be held on the day of the convention at 7:45am if you have questions about the amendments being proposed for the DFL Constitution and Bylaws.
See you at Orchestra Hall on June 4th!
The Legislative Session for 2016 has now adjourned. These past few weeks have been incredibly busy, and this last weekend was filled with long floor sessions, multiple committee meetings and discussions around how to finish our work for the year. Although we were unable to address everything we were hoping to, we did have some major accomplishments.
Divided government can create disagreement, but it can also foster compromise that is in the best interest of Minnesotans. I believe the spirit of compromise was present in two major bills we passed in the final days of the session – our supplemental budget bill and our tax bill. Both bills contained priorities for Democrats and Republicans, and I believe that they are good bills overall for our State. (more…)
118 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
164 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
Presidential race driving you crazy? Here’s help, MinnPost
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer endorses Donald Trump, Pioneer Press
The Trump-Clinton gender gap could be the largest in more than 60 years, MPR
RNC scrambles to calm state GOP officials: Battleground Republicans say they’re outgunned by Democrats,” by Alex Isenstadt, Kevin Robillard and Gabe Debenedetti: “The [RNC] is scrambling to respond to increasingly frantic concerns from state GOP officials that the party has not provided enough field organizers and will be badly outgunned by Democrats in battleground states. POLITICO surveyed nearly two dozen GOP chairmen, officials and operatives … who said the RNC hadn’t delivered on promises, putting in peril their ability to launch [a] robust voter-turnout operation. Politico
Times Editorial: If you think you’re sick of this act, trying reporting on it year after year, Crookston Times
After disappointing end-of-session, Minnesota’s communities of color look to future, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Mark Dayton may need more time to veto/sign budget, tax bills, Pioneer Press (more…)
The following article by Joe Conason appeared on the National Memo website May 27, 2016:
Evidently Donald Trump believes that his campaign can accomplish with an Internet video what Kenneth Starr failed to do with $50 million and a platoon of private detectives and FBI agents: Bring down Bill and Hillary Clinton by dredging through moldy muck. Somehow he doesn’t seem to understand his own vulnerability on scandalous matters that are real rather than invented.
The problem Ken Starr confronted during six years as independent counsel was neither a shortage of resources nor a lack of support from the political media, most of which seemed as eager to ruin Clinton as the right-wing Republican prosecutor. No, the trouble with Whitewater, Travelgate, and Filegate — so dubbed by scandal-addled reporters — was that substantive, plausible evidence of wrongdoing simply didn’t exist. The Lewinsky affair was all too real, but most Americans didn’t believe that sex, or even lying about sex under oath, merited a costly, hypocritical, and rabid investigation, let alone a presidential impeachment. (more…)
The following commentary by Fareed Zakaria appeared on the Washington Post website on May 26, 2016:
Donald Trump’s positions on public policy have shifted over the years, months, even days. On Sunday, he managed to express two contradictory thoughts within one sentence: “I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly.” But on one issue he has been utterly consistent: “This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.” This notion of a country in decline is at the heart of Trump’s campaign and his message — to make America great again.
In fact, it is increasingly clear that the United States has in recent years reinforced its position as the world’s leading economic, technological, military and political power. The country dominates virtually all leading industries — from social networks to mobile telephony to nano- and biotechnology — like never before. It has transformed itself into an energy superpower — the world’s biggest producer of oil and gas — while also moving to the cutting edge of the green-technology revolution. And it is demographically vibrant, while all its major economic peers (Japan, Europe and even China) face certain demographic decline. (more…)
The following article appeared on the NBC News website on May 26, 2016:
Donald Trump has said that pregnancy is “wonderful” – unless you’re an employer.
In an October 2004 interview with NBC’s Dateline, Trump said pregnancy is “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.” (more…)
The following article by Matt Shuham appeared May 26, 2016, on the National Memo website:
A few weeks ago, The Washington Post published a history of Donald Trump’s use of fake names to plant stories about himself in the pages of tabloid magazines across the country.
The article highlighted one such call between Trump — going by the name “John Miller,” who said he was a representative of Trump’s — and Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, in 1991. In it, Miller, who is obviously Trump, spends the call bragging about the number of celebrities who call wanting to date Trump, including Madonna, who “wanted to go out with him.”
The discovery of Trump’s fake names was good for a laugh in the newsroom: It wasn’t necessarily surprising that the tabloid star used to plant stories about himself, and common sense dictated that Trump would own up to the sophomoric PR strategy and move on. (more…)
Senator Terri Bonoff
While we were able to pass a strong tax bill and a prudent supplemental budget, we did not pass a bonding bill. The final proposal included funding for Highway 12, which is desperately needed, and support for the infrastructure needs at the University and MnSCU. I expect the Governor to call us back to get this important work done. Lesson learned: Lawmakers should not leave important work to the last fifteen minutes of session. That is not what the public expects! Will send out another update with the details if there is a Special Session.
As many of you saw, there was not a bonding bill passed. I was disappointed this did not happen. Several weeks ago the Senate DFL released their bonding bill, and it failed by one vote. In the last week of the Session the House released their bonding bill, and it failed by 12 votes. In the last hours of Session the compromise was reached, and the House passed the bill and then sent it to the Senate Unfortunately, the bill was missing the agreed to language authorizing counties to invest up to 20% of the cost of local rail projects (currently law allows for 10%). This would have given Hennepin County the ability to make up the State’s share for the Southwest Light Rail project, and eliminate the need for the state to provide money for it. The $900,000,000 federal match is at stake, as is the opportunity to have a comprehensive transit system to serve the next generation and beyond. (more…)