Where’s Erik Paulsen?

Our Representative in Congress hasn’t held a public town hall since Februay 10, 2010. There’ve been last minute meetings announced on social media shortly before they happen, tele- town halls where questions can be vetted before being forwarded, appearances at local businesses and school — but no traditional town hall.

It’s been 2,671 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

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A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises

The following article by Michael Kranish and Jonathan O’Connell was posted on the Washington Post May 27, 2017:

Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, is arguably one of the most influential figures in the White House. Here’s how he used N.Y. real estate and the media to solidify his power. (Video: Alice Li/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Jared Kushner had barely survived a fight to save his family’s real estate empire.

Taking charge of the business after his father went to prison, Kushner, 25 at the time, paid $1.8 billion in 2007 for the nation’s most expensive office building. Then the market went south, the debts piled up, and Kushner spent years pushing banks to renegotiate the loans. (more…)

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Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • Week of May 25 — Memorial Day is a day we remember service members. We remember they died to protect our freedom of speech, right to assemble and right to tell Rep. Paulsen what we think about the job he is doing.  If you wonder what your calls and action are doing, check out this link that shows our district has moved from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.  We’ve done that in 5 months, imagine what we can do before November 2018!The CBO came out today with their report on healthcare and no surprise, it’s awful.  23 million would go uninsured and older people would pay NINE times more in premiums than under Obamacare.
    • HEALTHCARE — ISSUE & OPTIONAL SCRIPT: My name is _(Name)________ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in _(City)________.  I am calling to express my discontent with the healthcare bill that Rep. Paulsen voted for earlier this month.  He voted without a CBO score and now that the score is out, the bill is just as bad as we thought.  23 million Americans will become uninsured and older Americans will pay 9 times more in premiums than they would under Obamacare.  There is also a huge risk to people with pre-existing conditions and Rep. Paulsen has always said he would protect people with those.  He went against everything he said he stood for and yet again voted party over country.  He has voted with Trump 100% of the time and voters will remember that.  Background.  Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend and thank you to those of you who have served our country.  We will not take the freedoms you provided for granted.
    • Phone Numbers:  202.225.2871 (DC) or 952.405.8510 (MN).
  • May 29, 5:00 PM — Memorial Day Town Hall hosted by Brian Santa Maria, Round Lake Park Shelter, 7500 Constitution Ave, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. More information and RSVP here.  Brian Santa Maria is a candidate for the CD3 DFL endorsement.
  • May 30, 12:00 PM— Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • May 30, 6:30 PM — Meet Dean Phillips* at Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435. More information and RSVP here. Dean Phillips is a candidate for CD3 DFL endorsement.
  • May 31, 6:00 PM — I Stand with Planned Parenthood Action Forum, Council Chambers, Minnetonka City Center, 14600 Minnetonka, MN 55345, More information and RSVP here.
  • May 31, 7:00 PM — Indivisible Northwest Neighbors United, Lunds & Byerly’s, 3455 Vicksburg Ln, N, Plymouth, MN 55447. More info here. (more…)

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Here’s why the CBO report is bad news for Republicans on health care

The following article by Paige Winfield Cunningham was posted on the Washington Post website May 25, 2017:

The final word is in: The House Republican bill to replace large parts of the Affordable Care Act would save $119 billion over a decade but cost 23 million Americans their health coverage.

Those figures are actually pretty similar to initial estimates for the House’s American Health Care Act — before Republicans added in some last-minute amendments changes.

Yet when the CBO released its score late Wednesday afternoon, it reignited a heated debate in Washington over the ongoing GOP effort to ditch big provisions in President Obama’s health-care law – an issue that took a temporary back seat amid all the drama over President Trump’s relationship with Russia and his treatment of former FBI Director James B. Comey. (more…)

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Five startling things Betsy DeVos just told Congress

The following article by Valerie Strauss was posted on the Washington Post website May 24, 2017:

Does this sound familiar? Betsy DeVos went to Capitol Hill to testify before U.S. lawmakers. She didn’t answer a lot of direct questions and engaged in some contentious debates with some members.

That happened in January when she went before the Senate education committee for her confirmation hearing, during which she said schools needed guns to protect against grizzly bears. This time, the education secretary didn’t talk about guns, but she did say that states should have the right to decide whether private schools that accept publicly funded voucher students should be allowed to discriminate against students for whatever reason they want. (more…)

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Federal appeals court maintains freeze of Trump’s travel ban. Attorney general vows Supreme Court appeal.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier halt on President Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban on May 25, as another court battle continues to play out over the ban in the 9th Circuit. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

View the video an related post by Ann E. Marimow and Robert Barnes posted on the Washington Post website May 25, 2017.

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Sen. John Hoffman Update: May 26, 2017

Welcome to the end of session review.

The session began with a $1.65 billion surplus. the structural balance of the state budget was something that remained at the top of mine and my colleagues minds this session and throughout the days-long special session. Minnesotans expect their legislature to be accountable, accessible, and to complete their work on time, but these values have not been the hallmark of this session and special session. In the days leading up to the end of the regular session, the work of the legislature ground to a halt as Governor Dayton attempted to negotiate budget deals with Republican majorities in both legislative chambers. A few smaller budget bills, including agriculture and economic development, were passed in the wee hours of Monday morning. As the hours ticked by, agreements on major budget bills, including more than 70% of the budget remained unresolved, resulting in a three day special session. (more…)

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Rep. Linda Slocum Update: May 26, 2017

Rep. Linda Slocum (50A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

In spite of a $1.65 billion surplus, the 2017 Minnesota legislature went into overtime. Governor Dayton called legislators into Special Session on Tuesday after reaching an agreement on the framework to complete the state budget. Unfortunately, the Republican majority took several days to cross the finish line.

When the regular legislative session ended at midnight Monday, 70% of the major budget bills were unresolved including education, health and human services, and state government finance. A proposed package of tax legislation also stalled, as did a bonding bill to address infrastructure needs statewide. (more…)

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