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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GOP Governors and Higher Education

We know that higher education helps people move up in the world. And, we’ve got multiple GOP governors running for their party’s endorsement to be their presidential candidate.

So, what have GOP governors done to help those seeking higher education?  Here’s a chart from the Center for American Progress:

GOP Govs and Unfunding Higher Ed

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Another week in review for the 2016 GOP field

This week was wrought with problems for the GOP candidates. Donald Trump continued to make ugly remarks about John McCain’s military record, and the other candidates were quick to rush to McCain’s support. They did not show the same respect to John Kerry in 2004 after he was falsely attacked for his military record, in fact Jeb Bush stands by his attack on John Kerry HERE. Why do the GOP candidates feel comfortable with attacks against one veteran but not the other? Read more HERE

Here’s a recap of the rest of the week:

Jeb Bush: Last week, Jeb Bush affirmed he plans to “phase out” Medicare. He doesn’t understand the needs of this country’s seniors or the importance of quality care. If Jeb Bush becomes President, American’s that are following the rules, working hard, and dedicating themselves will not have the same benefits of seniors today. Watch the clip HERE.

John Kasich: With his announcement that he is running for President in 2016, the DNC Chair released a statement affirming that John Kasich” will continue his record of putting his own best interests ahead of the middle class.” As Governor of Ohio, Kasich cut taxes for the wealthy while putting strains on local governments to clean up his poor work. He is the last person Americans need leading for a better future. 

Scott Walker: This week, Scott Walker declared that the old discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America “protected children and scout values.” By discrediting the Boy Scouts new inclusionary politics and continuing to be a vocal opponent of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, he undermines LGBT Americans and their rights in this country. He even opposed LGBT hospital visitation rights. He also has cut AIDS funding, and voiced support for Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.  

Take some time and read more, here:

Think Progress: Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers 

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Domestic “Papers Please” Coming?

Us-passportHere’s something that makes those of us who paid attention in history class get the creepy crawlies:

By 2016 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be demanding internal passports for domestic travel.  State driver’s licenses will no longer be allowed across American domestic flights.  This will allow for airports to be able to identify people who move within national borders. It allows the government to monitor the movement of its own people, and to control movement. Click here

 

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In the Know: July 27, 2015

Save The Date:

Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts expected to end ban on gay leaders, Star Tribune

Disabilities Act

Disability activists celebrate 25th anniversary of landmark law, Star Tribune

Minnesota Laws

A look at the Minnesota laws effective Aug. 1, Pioneer Press

Public Works

St. Paul rethinks Public Works, from the top down, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Supreme Court

Dayton gets 3 names for MN Supreme Court seat, MPR

Three finalists recommended for Minnesota Supreme Court position, Minn Post

Panel Sends Dayton Names Of 3 Women For Supreme Court Slot, WCCO

Dayton receives 3 recommendations for judge vacancy, Kare 11

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Sen. John Hoffman’s July 24 Capitol Corner

36HoffmanThis weekend, Americans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed the law that gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The bill also assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to access a broad range of public and private services. 

Due to this historic law, millions of people with disabilities across this county now have better access to business, buildings, state and local government programs and services as well as better (more…)

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In the Know: July 24, 2015

Events today

  • President Obama departs Ramstein Air Base, Germany, en route to Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Saturday

  • July 25 – The Kanabec County DFL will host our annual Post-Parade Reception at the Masonic Hall, 800 S Union St, Mora. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Join the Kanabec DFL for hotdogs and discussion.

Event Sunday

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Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

2016 election

Donald Trump’s ‘third-party bid’ is the escape hatch he’s been looking for, The Washington Post

How Hillary Clinton is making the economic issues = women’s issues argument, The Washington Post

Don’t let Walker duplicate his record, Worthington Daily Globe

Trump at the Mexican border: Hispanics will love me in presidential race – ‘They already do,’ Star Tribune

Florida poll: Jeb Bush takes big lead over Marco Rubio, Politico 

Donald Trump’s three-hour trip to this border town yesterday was just as much of a chaotic whirlwind and media circus as you’d expect. More than 100 reporters from around the world chased after him. The police blocked off roads, including the interstate, for his presidential-style motorcade. Trump claimed that he was risking “great danger” to be here, but he would not elaborate on why he thought so. During a joint press conference, the city manager said he does not think the border wall proposed by the Republican presidential hopeful is necessary. Asked if that might change his thinking, Trump said: “Not at all.” Then he denied that he offended anyone with his comment that many Mexicans who come to the United States illegally are drug dealers or rapists. The Washington Post

Congressional delegation

Minnesota lawmakers ask Obama to address human rights issues during Africa visit, Star Tribune

Gender parity

The time for gender parity in the workplace is now, MinnPost

Guns

Obama says his biggest frustration has been inability to pass gun laws, MPR

Insurance

New laws aim to prevent insurance fraud, fake medical claims, WCCO

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer: Minnesota United’s stadium strategy is to keep quiet, Pioneer Press

New laws

License plate reader limits, ‘tainted coffee’ law, texting-while-driving fees take effect next week, Pioneer Press

Planned Parenthood

Politics inevitable in the Planned Parenthood video uproar, MinnPost

Planned Parenthood investigation? Then also talk ending research, mnpACT!

Sex offender program

Former chief justice Magnuson will help reshape Minnesota sex-offender program, Pioneer Press

Dayton rearranges trade mission to accommodate court session, WCCO

Wright, Wilhelmina

Wright’s time: Minnesota Supreme Court justice ready for federal bench, MPR

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In the Know: July 23, 2015

Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – House DFL Leader Paul Thissen and Duluth-area legislators will visit Northern Waters Smokehaus to tour the business and discuss the benefits of family-friendly workplace policies
  • 1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour Locally Laid Eggs Farm, 840 Cemetery Road, Wrenshall.
  • 2 p.m. – Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, Sen. Jim Metzen, Sen. Vicki Jensen, and Rep. Pat Garofalo will hold a press conference on the steps of the State Office Building to discuss the highlights of the 2015 legislature’s passage of a bipartisan bill to crack down on the growing problem of auto insurance fraud. 
  • 2:45 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Summer Conference, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.


Mark your calendars

  • July 25 – The Kanabec County DFL will host our annual Post-Parade Reception at the Masonic Hall, 800 S Union St, Mora. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Join the Kanabec DFL for hotdogs and discussion.
  • July 28 – The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will host the 2015 Labor Sing at the AFL-CIO’s pavilion on the Minnesota State Fair grounds at 7 p.m.
  • July 30 – The Minnesota Nurses Association would like to cordially invite you to the Medicare turns 50 Birthday BBQ Bash on Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. Paul. Medicare is an American as apple pie (Protect Improve Expand Medicare) so join us for an all American birthday BBQ, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, one of the greatest social safety net pieces of legislation ever signed into law and what we hope to be the basis of a single payer system for our entire nation. Highland Park Picnic Shelter, 1227 Montreal Ave. St. Paul.
  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

2015 session

Legislative session meant many opportunities missed, some taken, Minnesota Budget Project

2016 election

Good Question: Why are political novices attractive candidates? WCCO

Why is a summer of social change you can expect to hear more about pocketbook issues, The Washington Post

Trump threatens third-party run, The Hill

Ohio Gov. John Kasisch, newest member of GOP’s 2016 presidential pack, to meet with Mitt Romney, Star Tribune

Taking on Trump has become the only way for GOP candidates not named Bush to crack through the media silo. Until yesterday, the former Texas governor had languished behind his rivals in total mentions across traditional and social media. This week’s Washington Post-ABC poll, which Trump led with 24 percent among registered Republicans, put Perry at 4 percent. Perry knows that his attacks on Trump may guarantee him a spot in the first Republican primary debate next month. The Washington Post

Agriculture

Area legislators address concerns about agriculture in Steele County, state, The Leader

Apple

Franken urges probe of Apple’s music streaming practices, Star Tribune

Franken wants a probe of Apple’s streaming services, MPR

Campaign finance

Should political campaigns be publicly funded?, MPR

Child well-being

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St. Paul schools may adjust health plans to avoid ‘Cadillac tax’, Pioneer Press

Education (higher)

Millennial allies: Democrats are crafting a plan for tuition-free college, Elite Daily

Health and human services

Minnesota tallies $2 billion in wasted hospital spending, Star Tribune

Nearly $2 billion in ER visits and hospital care preventable, MPR

Disability benefits for 11 million people at risk as Congress in stalemate, Los Angeles Times

Housing

Old Ft. Snelling buildings turning into 190 affordable apartments, Fox 9

Labor

California, New York and Washington D.C., make moves on minimum wage, MPR

Legislature

Minnesota House membership is getting older, Pioneer Press 

Obama

Obama tells Jon Stewart lessons he’s learned, Star Tribune 

Reproductive rights

Ban on North Dakota ‘heartbeat’ abortion law upheld, The Bismarck Tribune

Transportation

Inspectors find dozens of rail bridges need repair, MPR

Vikings stadium

Stadium panel, Mortenson construction, architect at odds over costs of Vikings new home, Star Tribune

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In the Know: July 22, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Justice Wilhelmina Wright will be confirmed to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus will gather for a social lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Perkins, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith and the DNR will announce a new partnership for the rehabilitation and reuse of 26 historic buildings on the Upper Post of Fort Snelling. Upper Post of Fort Snelling, Post Administration Building.
  • House DFL Leader Paul Thissen will travel to Little Falls to meet with Don Hickman, vice president of Community and Economic Development.  In Brainerd, Rep. Thissen will meet with resort owners
  • Gov. Dayton will travel to Washington D.C. for a meeting of the Council of Governors. He is scheduled to return to Minnesota July 23.

Mark your calendars

  • July 25 – The Kanabec County DFL will host our annual Post-Parade Reception at the Masonic Hall, 800 S Union St, Mora. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Join the Kanabec DFL for hotdogs and discussion.
  • July 28 – The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will host the 2015 Labor Sing at the AFL-CIO’s pavilion on the Minnesota State Fair grounds at 7 p.m.
  • July 30 – The Minnesota Nurses Association would like to cordially invite you to the Medicare turns 50 Birthday BBQ Bash on Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. Paul. Medicare is an American as apple pie (Protect Improve Expand Medicare) so join us for an all American birthday BBQ, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, one of the greatest social safety net pieces of legislation ever signed into law and what we hope to be the basis of a single payer system for our entire nation. Highland Park Picnic Shelter, 1227 Montreal Ave. St. Paul.
  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL. 

2016 election

Ohio Gov. Kasich joins GOP race with message of conservatism, compassion, The Washington Post

Your online guide to John Kasich, The Washington Post

Rand Paul wants you to know he’s still running for president. So, he brought a chainsaw. The Washington Post

John Kasich’s three big problems, The Washington Post

Trump success annoys GOP, The Hill

Is Donald Trump bad for the GOP? MPR

Democrats want to make Obama’s community college plan a big 2016 issue, Business Insider

Why Donald Trump is polling well – for now, MinnPost

Why 2016 will be unlike any Minnesota election in over a decade, MinnPost

2016 session

Dayton condition for 2016 tax bill: ‘equitable’ funding for preschool, Star Tribune

Dayton: No 2016 tax cut deal without more pre-K funding, MPR

Dayton: Will keep seeking money for early education, WCCO

Mark Dayton: More money for youngest learners, Pioneer Press

Congress

Help wanted: Top negotiators to stave off shutdown, Politico

Congressional delegation

Ellison

How Keith Ellison made the Congressional Progressive Caucus into a political force that matters, MinnPost

Environment

Walleye season on Mille Lacs faces early shutdown, Star Tribune

GOP

Minnesota Republican party whittles down debt, MPR 

Income inequality

CEO pay: Moving up on its own momentum, Star Tribune

Legislature

Stassen-Berger: What kind of legislator do you want, Minnesota? Pioneer Press

Mass shootings
Sack Mass Shootings

Medical marijuana

Dayton responds to state officials moving into medical pot field, WCCO

Obama

Home stretch: Obama, Jon Stewart share moment of senioritis, The Washington Post

Planned Parenthood

Dayton rejects Planned Parenthood investigation, MPR

A 2nd covert video targets Planned Parenthood on fetal parts, Pioneer Press

Ranked Choice Voting

Duluth voters will decide in November whether to adopt ranked-choice voting, MinnPost

Transportation

McConnell and Boxer reach highway deal, The Washington Post

Senators reach deal on highway bill, The Hill

Senate negotiators reach highway bill deal; action delayed, Pioneer Press 

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