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
Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie
Long Lake
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Minnetonka Beach
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and



Its been a busy week for me as I get caught up on my professional life outside the legislature and reconnecting with my family. This session we got quite a bit done but still have a lot left to do. We passed a $259 million dollar tax bill that will provide tax relief for veterans, working families, parents, and student debt holders. We also had a supplemental budget bill that invested $301 million in among other things, small businesses, e-12 education, higher education, and health care. (more…)

Trump tells California ‘there is no drought’

The following article by Jill Colvin and Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press appeared in the May 28, 2016 Star Tribune:

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, “There is no drought.”

California is, in fact, in midst of a drought. Last year capped the state’s driest four-year period in its history, with record low rainfall and snow.

The latest California Drought Monitor map (as of February 23rd) shows a modest improvement to the state’s overall drought situation since the rainy season began in earnest three months ago. Map NOAA, USDA et al
The latest California Drought Monitor map (as of February 23rd) shows a modest improvement to the state’s overall drought situation since the rainy season began in earnest three months ago. Map NOAA, USDA et al


America’s CEOs Saw Big Bumps in Pay, Even if Stocks Didn’t

The Associated Press released the following article posted on the NBC News website May 27, 2016:

Income Inequality Cant Do ItCEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That’s almost double the typical American worker’s, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks — a big fat zero.

The typical chief executive in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index made $10.8 million, including bonuses, stock awards and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That’s up from the median of $10.3 million the same group of CEOs made a year earlier. (more…)

Democratic Whip Update: May 27, 2016

Democratic Whip Header

House Republicans Vote to Support Discrimination, Fail to Provide Resources to Respond to Zika


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…)

Elected a Delegate or Alternate to the 2016 DFL State Convention?

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!

Sen. Franzen Update: May 27, 2016



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…)

In the Know: May 27, 2016

118 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

164 days until Election Day, Nov. 8 

2016 election
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

2016 session
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…)

If He Shouts ‘Rape,’ Donald Trump Should Unseal His Divorce Records

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…)