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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How To Vote In Minnesota

How to vote in Minnesota! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!
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LINKS:
Check your registration status: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Voter…
Register online: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Voter…
Register by mail: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/1587…
Request an absentee/mail ballot online:  https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABReg…
Request an absentee/mail ballot by mail: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/1909…
Find the address to mail your ballot: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…
Track your absentee/mail ballot: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/Absen…
Find your early voting location and hours: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…
Find your polling place: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Look at a sample ballot: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-…

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erri Bonoff’s PIPELINE law “could solve both the student debt crisis and the skills shortage problem”

bonoff-uofm-forum-stillLast week, State Senator and Congressional Candidate, Terri Bonoff, was invited to participate in a policy forum at the University of Minnesota with Professor Larry Jacobs. The program, which highlighted her innovative PIPELINE Program, was “long on detail and short on politics” and focused on her policy achievements in the Minnesota Legislature, her proven ability to work across the aisle, and how she will approach her work in Congress.

Senator Bonoff’s opponent, Erik Paulsen, has yet to agree on attending a forum with Professor Jacobs.

Terri Bonoff spent 20 years in the private sector, which has guided her work in public policy, as she strives for outcome-based and cost-effective solutions. Last week, Bonoff was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” Award by the National Federation of Independent Business, and in her past State Senate re-elections, Bonoff has earned the endorsement of the Minnesota Chamber, the TwinWest Chamber, and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Businesses Should Influence What Is Taught In Schools, Says Congressional Candidate

The Uptake

Excerpts:

[… “Students] would tell me about the debt they carried…and they didn’t know how they were going to pay it off and they didn’t know what kind of job they were going to have at the end of it.”

At the same time, Bonoff had business groups telling her that they couldn’t find candidates for their jobs because potential employees don’t have the skills needed to do the work. So she co-authored a law…

There are about 500 students now in the “Pipeline” program and Bonoff points to it as a possible new model to solve both the student debt crisis and the skills shortage problem.

She would like to see businesses take an active role in setting curriculum for students in areas where the businesses say there are not enough good job candidates. Information technology, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and agriculture are the areas she thinks are good candidates for this.

You can watch the full debate forum here.

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Erik Paulsen Proves He Has Nothing to Run On

So, he makes phony attacks on Sen. Bonoff

When Erik was elected in 2008, the NRCC did the sleazy ads darkening the skin of his opponents.  Now, after 8 years in DC, Erik is using the tacky tactics he’s learned there against his opponent this year.

Think we’re overstating things?  Here’s what the local media who’ve checked his first ad bashing Terri:

Pat Kessler’s Reality Check: Paulsen’s Ad Distorts Sen. Bonoff’s Record

KARE 11 Agrees Paulsen Ad Attacking Bonoff Off Base

John-Paul Yates, a Paulsen spokesman, had this to say:

“As her voting record shows, she’s willing to vote for all kinds of taxes,” Yates said.  His examples:

  • A budget-balancing bill in 2009 that included an income tax hike subsequently vetoed by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. (Remember those days with their questionable account tactics to make things look better than they were?)
  • A 2010 Bonoff vote for a bill that included what he says an increase in a nursing home surcharge “from $2,815 to $3,400.”  That bill adjusted reimbursement rate formulas downward to give nursing homes access to increase federal operating funds.

Looks like he’s learned to be sleazy in just 8 years in Congress. And, is more than happy to try to paint his opponent with falsehoods.  At least this time it isn’t with the paint brush tool in PhotoShop.

Who needs facts when you can follow the lies and prevarication done by the guy at the top of the ticket — Donald Trump?

Is this the kind of person, someone with nothing else to run on than twisted innuendo, we want representing us?  How can someone like that really represent us?  

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Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Kicks Off Early Voting in Apple Valley

DFL leaders marked the beginning of early voting today with a kickoff event at the Apple Valley DFL field office.  

DFL Chair Ken Martin, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, State Senator Greg Clausen, President of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, Second Congressional Candidate Angie Craig and state house and senate candidates spoke to volunteers about the importance of early voting and why it is so critical this year that everyone get out to vote. After the speaking program volunteers headed to their voting locations to vote early.  

“The stakes are too high to sit on the sidelines,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “The outcome of this election will determine whether our economy continues to rebound from the Great recession or revert back to the policies that caused it; whether our roads and bridges get the safety updates they need; whether women’s health decisions remain up to each woman and her doctor. This election will determine the makeup of the Supreme Court and whether our nation makes the changes necessary to slow the effects of climate change, and how we continue our relationships with our allies around the world.

Similar events took place at DFL Field Offices across the state including; Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, St. Cloud, Willmar, Morris, Coon Rapids, Plymouth, and Bemidji.

Earlier this week the DFL launched Election Central, a digital voting tool to help make voting easier. 

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Terri Bonoff Receives “Guardian of Small Business Award”

nfib-logoOn Tuesday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Minnesota awarded State Senator and Congressional Candidate, Terri Bonoff, the “Guardian of Small Business Award” for her strong record of support for small businesses on critical issues in the Minnesota Legislature.

“Senator Bonoff is a real friend of small business and we are happy to announce that she has earned the NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award,” said Mike Hickey, State Director.

“Receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award for the fourth time is an immense honor, and I continue to take great pride in my leadership in supporting small businesses in Minnesota,” Bonoff stated. “As my opponent continues to attack my record through distortion and misleading information, let this stand as proof of my proven and strong record of support for the business community.”

Terri Bonoff has earned this distinction four times before, as well as endorsement of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in each of her Minnesota Senate re-election efforts. NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. They are the state’s largest small business group in terms of entities with 11,000 members statewide.

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