An Evening Conversation with Walter Mondale


We’re pleased to announce the CD3 Fall Fundraising Event:

An Evening with Vice President Walter Mondale,
Moderated by Don Shelby

Walter F. MondaleDon ShelbyPlan now to join us November 4, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes, 7499 France Avenue S, Edina, MN.


Individual tickets are priced at $100.00.

Purchase your ticket through Paypal by clicking the button below:

Employer’s Name:


We’re offering 3 levels of sponsorships:

$250 Silver Level — includes two tickets to the conversation and acknowledgement in the program.

$500 Gold Level — includes two tickets to the conversation, acknowledgement in the program and reserved seating.

$1,000 Platinum Level — includes four tickets, acknowledgement in the program and reserved seating.

Purchase your sponsorship level through Paypal by clicking the button below:

Employer’s Name:

Prefer to pay by check, you can make your purchase now.  Send your check payable to CD3 DFL to:

Nancy Parris
DFL CD3 Treasurer
8350 Airport Road
Waconia, MN 55387

Coming to the event? Here’s a map and directions:


From 494:  take the France Avenue exit and go north to 76th street.  Go through 76th Street and take the first right into a parkway.  You will see Hughes Pavilion at the end of the plaza parkway.

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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

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Democrats to kick off primary debates Tuesday

Ken_Martinby Ken Martin, Chairman, Minnesota DFL

Tuesday the five candidates vying to be the Democratic candidate for president will meet for their first debate. It’s a guarantee that when Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb take the stage in Las Vegas, Americans will see how the Democratic candidates will fight for families, not fight with each other.

In the first two debates between the candidates running for the Republican nomination, we’ve heard calls to return to the stale, failed policies of the past; divisive and hateful rhetoric matched only by outdated and out-of-touch policies that hurt workers, women, Latinos and African-Americans; and attacks on women’s health care, equal pay, climate change science, the LGBT community, marriage equality and voting rights. (more…)

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Paul Thissen: GOP leaves communities disconnected by underfunding broadband

Paul ThissenBy Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL leader, Minnesota House of Representatives

At a recent forum about the lack of high-speed Internet access in greater Minnesota, a woman from Aitkin, Minn., told us, “this isn’t just a need—it’s a necessity.”

I agree. The availability of high-speed Internet has become a critical issue of economic vitality and quality of life for all Minnesotans. Unfortunately, House Republicans ignored this critical priority for greater Minnesota and halted our momentum to ensure all Minnesotans have access to high-speed Internet. (more…)

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Gov. Dayton asks Minnesota’s top business leaders to do more about racial disparities

10.09.15.DaytonOn the heels of a U.S. Census report that found that Black Minnesotans are losing even more economic ground to their white counterparts, and knowing there are disparities between minority and white populations in Minnesota in income, health and education, Gov. Mark Dayton called on the state’s top business leaders at the Minnesota Business Partnership’s annual meeting, Oct. 8, to do more.

Gov. Dayton said he faults himself for not starting an initiative earlier to diversity the state’s workforce, but he’s making it a top priority. He asked the business leaders to make it one of their top priorities as well.

“I ask you now to ask yourselves, What do we most need to continue that growth in the years ahead?” the Pioneer Press quotes Gov. Dayton as saying. “Do you need a couple hundred dollar tax cut more than a 4-year-old child needs a year of pre-kindergarten, more than you and your families need streets and highways to drive on or a safer state with less inequity and bias?”

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The GOP disarray is hurting our country

10.09.15.GOPDisarrayDNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to the Republican dysfunction in the House of Representatives.

“Republican dysfunction in the House of Representatives is preventing Congress from taking action to help middle class families and create greater opportunity for every American. House Republicans continue to waste taxpayer time and money on baseless investigations and government shutdowns. The Tea Party caucus has now claimed one Speaker and two Speakers-in-waiting.

“Meanwhile, Democrats have created 13 million jobs, 67 straight months of private sector job growth, and extended access to quality, affordable health care for 17 million Americans. The choice for American voters between Democrats and Republicans could not be any more clear.”

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In the Know: October 9, 2015

Events today

  • Noon – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today at noon she will visit Alexandria Public Schools Early Education Center, 1410 S. McKay Ave., Suite 201, Alexandria.
  • 1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will tour Minneopa State Park and see the park’s new bison herd.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will celebrate the expansion of Highway 14 from two lanes to four lanes near Owatonna.
  • 3 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will welcome guests to the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener 2015. Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane, Nicollet.
  • 4 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith and the Nicollet Conservation Club will take a guided boat tour of Swan Lake, the largest prairie pothole marsh in the contiguous United States.
  • 6:45 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will drop the puck at the Minnesota State Mavericks vs University of Nebraska Omaha hockey game at Minnesota State University Mankato. Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato.
  • 7 p.m. – Former Rep. Ryan Winkler will appear on “Almanac” with former Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will host the Governor’s Pheasant Opener Community Banquet. Banquet Room, Mankato Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato.

Events Saturday

  • Noon -The College Democrats of Minnesota are holding a 2015 Fall Leadership Summit. Teamsters Council Joint 32, Minneapolis.
  • 5 p.m. – Congressional District 8 will host its first Oberstar Dinner. Hibbing Park Hotel and Suites, 1402 E Howard St., Hibbing. Congressman Rick Nolan will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined by special guest Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Texas. For more information, click here.

Events Sunday

  • Senate Districts 25 and 26 will hold a FDR dinner at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The (more…)

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In the Know: October 8, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Lakes Area Manufacturing Breakfast. Clow Stamping, Training Center, 23103 County Road 3, Merrifield.
  • 9 a.m. – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today she will visit Highland Elementary School, 801 Central Avenue N., Cookston (9 a.m.) and Frazee-Vergas Public Schools Early Childhood Center, 305 N. Lake St., Frazee (3:30 p.m.).
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Minnesota National Guard 682nd Engineer Battalion’s Deployment Ceremony. Willmar Senior High School Gymnasium, 2701 30th St, NE, Willmar.
  • Noon – The East Central Chapter of the Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Bowe’s Restaurant and Bar, 118 Railroad Ave N E in Mora. The featured speaker is Don Samuelson, former president of the Minnesota Senate. He has been active in Health and Human Services as well as current Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lt. Gove. Smith will visit Affiliated Community Medical Center and get her annual flu shot. 101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar. (more…)

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The price of government is going down

Price of Govt Chart-PP
Source: Data from Minnesota Management and Budget. Pioneer Press chart

The following article by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger with the St. Paul PioneerPress appeared September 30, 2015:

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday shared a nerdy way to look at government spending to trumpet that Minnesota is not spending beyond its means.

“I say we are on the right track and we should stay within that track,” Dayton said.

The DFL governor, and his Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner Myron Frans, said that the “price of government” index has steadily decreased over the past two decades and is projected to fall to its lowest level by 2019. (more…)

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November 15, 2015 Elections

Your Vote CountsMany communities will have elections this November 3 for local city positions and school boards.  If you don’t know if you have one in your community, check this link.

These elections typically have low turn out, which can keep good candidates from being elections by a handful of votes.

How can you help?

  • check to see if you have an election
  • verify your polling locations (school board only elections are controlled by the local school district, and have really small turnout — so polling locations are combined and probably won’t be where you vote in state- and nation-wide election
  • mark your calendar, add a reminder
  • call your progressive neighbors and plan to vote together
  • go to your polling location November 3 and VOTE


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In the Know: October 7, 2015

Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources will meet in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
  • 9 a.m. – In a media conference call, Sen. Franken and Sen. Markey will urge Senate Republicans to drop a push to include a rider in their budget that would outright block the FCC’s net neutrality rules that prevent internet providers from charging more for using different kinds of websites and services.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will participate in a reconstruction kick-off event for the Minnesota Children’s Museum. 10 West 7th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities will meet in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
  • 1 p.m. – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today she will visit Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Elementary, 212 Uran St., Waubun.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 8 – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today she will visit Highland Elementary School, 801 Central Avenue N., Cookston (9 a.m.) and Frazee-Vergas Public Schools Early Childhood Center, 305 N. Lake St., Frazee (3:30 p.m.).
  • Oct. 8 – The House and Senate higher education committees will co-host a hearing this week to address issues related to new teacher qualifications that jeopardize the state’s popular College in the Schools program. The program allows high school students to take dual-credit college courses and participation has risen sharply in recent years. But the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation group serving 19 states, recently increased standards for college instructors. This means many high school teachers would no longer qualify to teach dual-credit courses and thousands of students would not have access to this program. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, said legislation he has authored would help to address this issue by incentivizing teachers – (more…)

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