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: August 31, 2015

Events today

  • U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison works side-by-side with a Minneapolis home care worker as part of a “Work-a-Day” that will highlight the crucial work that home care workers do every day.
  • 9 a.m. – Labor and Greater Twin Cities United Way will be working together at the MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the State Fair with a daylong volunteer event to repurpose old t-shirts into bags for local food shelves.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and the “Missing Money Man” help fairgoers search a database for their unclaimed property. Commerce Dept. booth, State Fair Education Bldg.
  • 1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation at the Minnesota State Fair declaring it “Minnesota State Patrol Day.” Expo Place, Outdoor Tent, Murphy Avenue/Cooper Street, State Fairgrounds.
  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Governor Smith will visit the Minnesota Bees and Honey exhibit and the Department of Agriculture’s Pollinator Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair to highlight the importance of Minnesota bees. Agriculture/Horticulture Building, State Fairgrounds.

2016 election

In search of a senate majority leader in MN, Sen. David Hann visits DL to rally Republican troops for 2016, Detroit Lakes Online

Presidential politics hit Minnesota State Fair; Martin O’Malley serenades crowd, Pioneer Press

Bill Clinton on Donald Trump’s campaign: ‘Let him burn himself out’, Star Tribune (more…)

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In the Know: August 28, 2015

Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – Republican Party of Minnesota holds news conference about Democratic presidential candidates speaking at a DNC meeting.  Minnesota State Fair, Republican booth.
  • 10:50 a.m. – Lincoln Cafee speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation for the “Governor’s Fire Prevention Day” at the Minnesota State Fair. Carnes Avenue and Chambers St., St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – Mayor Coleman, St. Paul police and fire chiefs hold news conference ahead of Saturday’s planned demonstration by Black Lives Matter. St. Paul City Hall, Room 42.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • Noon – Joined by Smokey Bear, Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the DNR Kids Fire Prevention Day event. DNR Building, 1740 Carnes Ave., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Democratic candidates for president will hold a news conference at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:25 p.m. – Martin O’Malley speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

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Sen. Hoffman’s Back to School Capitol Corner

It’s that time of year again, when the air starts to cool, the leaves begin to turn and school buses are back in your neighborhood. Most schools in our corner of the metro begin the day after Labor Day, on Sept. 8.  As thousands of children pour back into schools, it’s an important time to remember to slow down and keep a lookout for all the little ones as they wait for their bus.

This school year also brings other changes some parents might notice. This session we made significant investments in early childhood education. We invested $30.75 million in the School Readiness program, which offers pre-k programming for Minnesota 3 and 4-year-olds to help prepare them for kindergarten. We also appropriated $48.25 million for Early Learning Scholarships. According to the Minnesota Department of Education this money equals about 5,700 scholarships per year will be awarded throughout the state. This figure represents about 12 percent of the eligible children in Minnesota. You can find more information about the scholarships and how to apply by visiting the department’s website.

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All of these new investments for our youngsters mean parents of young children have more affordable options to prepare their children for their academic careers. Studies have shown that early learning programs are directly correlated to helping close the achievement gap. I’ve stopped by several pre-k classrooms over the last year and I’ve been really impressed by what I’ve found. Teachers have so many success stories about kids coming in and how much the pre-k programming has prepared them to tackle the challenges of elementary school. We did a lot for early education at the legislature this year, but I promise to continue working to ensure all Minnesota children have access to a quality pre-k program. (more…)

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In the Know: August 27, 2015

Events today

  • 5:40 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith kicks off the start of the State Fair at the opening gates.
  • 9 a.m. – The Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) holds a general session. Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board.  Immediately following the DMCC, the Board plans to conduct a walking tour of the Rochester International Airport. 
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton speaks at “Ye Old Mill” at the State Fair. He has proclaimed this to be “Ye Old Mill Day” in Minnesota. The honor recognizes the “Tunnel of Love” ride’s 100-year anniversary.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton appears live on MPR at the State Fair.
  • 11 a.m. – As the 15th anniversary of the death of State Patrol Cpl. Ted Foss approaches, the Minnesota State Patrol will hold a news conference to remind drivers to move over or slow down when seeing flashing lights ahead. Minnesota State Patrol, Rochester District headquarters, 2900 48th St. N.W., Rochester.
  • 2 p.m. – The DNC Rural Council meets, Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment will tour the Mall of America, visit the Armory and Roberts Street Bridge in St. Paul, and the Swing Bridge in Inver Grove Heights.
  • 8 p.m. – American Federation Teacher President Randi Weingarten will visit the DFL booth at the State Fair.

Friday, Aug. 28

  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Massachusetts Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • Oct. 3 – Founder’s Day Dinner. See information below.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

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Chair Martin on Minnesota GOP’s T-Shirt Pitch

image002“Today the country is reeling from the news that a reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television in Virginia. The Minnesota GOP’s response? A tasteless plug for a t-shirt they’ll be selling at the Minnesota State Fair.

“The tragedy that happened today is an opportunity for thoughtful discussion, not an opportunity to market a t-shirt. The Minnesota DFL Party’s sympathies go out to all families who are victims of gun violence.”

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In the Know: August 26, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will also meet with members of the National Commission on the Future of the Army. 
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment committee will visit Luverne, Blue Earth, Albert Lea, and Mankato to review potential bonding projects.  
  • 9 a.m. – Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will visit Crookston for the latest in his series of “Pitch the Commissioner” events, where he talks about public health with community members over a friendly game of horseshoes.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota DFL Seniors will hold a social lunch, Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis.
  • The Minnesota House of Representative Ag Finance and Policy committees will visit Willmar, Granite Falls and Renville.
  • 2 p.m. – Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 347th Regional Support Group are scheduled to host a Women’s Equality Day event at Camp Ripley. Military members and the general public are invited to attend the event at Camp Ripley’s Education Center, 15000 Highway 115, Camp Ripley, Little Falls.
  • 2 p.m. – Community leaders testify on the “True Cost of Pollution” at Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing. PUC, 3rd Floor, 121 7th Place E, St. Paul.
  • 4 p.m. – In honor of Women’s Equality Day, hear from an engaging series of speakers, including Sen. Sandy Pappas, Rep. Rena Moran, and Sia Her, executive director, Council for Asian Pacific Minnesotans. The Women’s Memorial Suffrage Garden, State Capitol Grounds.
  • 6 p.m. – There is a free screening of the Oscar nominated film “Selma” at Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring Congressman Keith Ellison and other leaders from the Twin Cities civil rights community.
  • 6 p.m. – AARP hosts free showing of the movie “Field of Dreams” at CHS Field in St. Paul. Gates open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

2016 election

Six ways Scott Walker has become more Trumpy, The Washington Post (more…)

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Rep. Daudt’s Flip Flop on Remodeling Money

Flipo FlopsPatrick Condon with the StarTribune published an article in the August 25, 2015 issue of that paper titled “Speaker says additional Capitol restoration money he sought should be spent where it’s most needed”.  In it, Mr. Condon details Rep. Daudt’s comments at the State Capitol Preservation Commission meeting.  Even with a written e-mail chain showing the money request for the House Majority Caucus space upgrades came from his office.

Sounds like a pretty visual and loud flip flop to us.

You can read the original article here.

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In the Know: August 25, 2015

Today’s Events

  • 8:30 am — Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be on WCCO Radio at 8:30 this morning discussing her new book.
  • 8:30 am — Governor Mark Dayton will provide remarks at Pain.Pill.Problem, a prescription drug abuse summit at the University of Minnesota (Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, 84 Church Street Southeast, Minneapolis). This event is open to the press.
  • 10:00 am — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources gives media a sneak peek at its Forestry Division State Fair exhibit which is getting its first big makeover in 20 years. Location: DNR Building, Minnesota State Fair, 1740 Carnes Ave.
  • 10:00 am — The Legislative Task Force on Child Protection will meet  to review recommendations in the Final Report of the Governor’s Task force on the Protection of Children.
  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm — USDA Deputy Under-secretary Katie Wilson visits Brainerd Public Schools Food Service to celebrate recent successes in Farm to Schools and Summer Food Service Programs. Location: Washington Educational Services Building, cafeteria, lower level, 804 Oak St.
  • 12:00 pm —  Lt. Governor Smith will provide remarks at the New Prague Education Minnesota luncheon
  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm — Public invited to help celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service with Voyageurs National Park Association and park staff. Location: Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center
  • 7:00 pm — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will introduce her new book, The Senator Next Door:  A Memoir from the Heartland at  Magers & Quinn book store

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August 24, 2015 Rep. Selcer Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

I’m sure many of you are back-to-school shopping for supplies like calculators, notebooks, pencils and more. Those costs can add up quickly, but did you know that you can save those receipts and use them for tax breaks on your 2015 state income tax returns?

The state of Minnesota offers tax breaks for school-related expenses for Kindergarten through 12<th grade students attending public, private, and home schools.

Parents can choose one of two options: a refundable K-12 education credit or the K-12 education subtraction. Both programs reduce the tax parents pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2015 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return.

The tax subtraction and credit cover expenses including paper, pens and notebooks, textbooks, computer hardware and software (up to $200 for the subtraction and an additional $200 for the credit), after-school tutoring and educational summer camps, and rental or purchases of educational equipment such as calculators and musical instruments.

For more information, you can call the Minnesota Department of Revenue at (651) 296-3781 or visit their website at www.revenue.state.mn.us.

Young women entrepreneurs in Minnetonka raising money for the Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota
Young women entrepreneurs in Minnetonka raising money for the Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota

Here is a short list of education-related measures passed during the 2015 legislative session: 

General Education Formula: The state was able to meet school districts’ request for a 2% per pupil funding increase for the next two years. This is the amount of funding that schools requested to prevent teacher layoffs and increased class sizes.

Early Learning Scholarships: The state dedicated funds to increase the availability of early learning scholarships throughout our state, to ensure all kids have access to quality pre-K. Early learning has been proven to increase student success both in and out of the classroom.

Tyler Hill’s Sunshine Bill: I was proud to author and help to pass Tyler Hill’s Sunshine Bill, which will help to track safety incidents for our students studying abroad. This law is an important first step to ensuring we are sending our kids abroad to learn in safe environments.

College in the Schools: I was also proud to author legislation making it easier for students proficient in a world language take college in the schools, saving tuition costs in college.

If you have any questions about these measures, or other issues, please don’t hesitate contacting me. I appreciate hearing from you!

As always, thank you for the honor of being your voice at the Capitol.

Best,

Selcer Signature

 

 

Yvonne Selcer
State Representative, 48A
27 State Office Building
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-3964

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In the Know: August 24, 2015

Mark your calendars

  • August 25th- Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold three book signings this week at Magers & Quinn, on Friday at the Unity Church Sancutary in St. Paul, and Saturday at Barnes and Noble at the Mall of America.
  • Aug. 26 – The Herstoric March on Women’s Equality Day will start at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. following the 8 a.m. blessing of the walkers. Many will accompany Helene de Boissiere Swanson for the final four miles of this 7,000 mile spiritual pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The four-mile route passing the White House and on to the Upper Senate Park at National Mall where top feminists and human rights activists will hold a press conference, and then rally for the ERA.
  • Aug. 26 – There is a free screening of the Oscar nominated film “Selma” at Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, at 6 p.m. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring Congressman Keith Ellison and other leaders from the Twin Cities civil rights community.
  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • Sept. 1st- Congressman Keith Ellison will host a celebration for the Clean Power Plan from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Colin Powell Center.  It’s time to take a look at what the Clean Power Plan will mean for Minnesota – and how we are positioned to become a national leader in meeting and exceeding its requirements.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

Education

Minnesota schools have long supply wishlists, Star Tribune (more…)

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