Caucus in CD3

Caucus Invite

DFL Precinct Caucuses – Tuesday March 1, 2016

6:30pm Doors open; 7:00pm Caucuses Convene in Your District!

Want a specific candidate to be your candidate for President? Minnesota Senate or Minnesota House of Representatives? Have an issue you care about that you’d like government to look into?

Attend your local DFL precinct caucus! Click the “More” button for locations and learn more about the caucus system.

To help newcomers prepare to attend the DFL Precinct Caucuses, please watch these videos linked below to learn (more…)

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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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Republicans’ Cheap Jokes at Real Minnesotan’s Expense


Today it was reported that Old Country Buffet is unexpectedly closing 74 restaurants nationwide, including seven in Minnesota. Quickly following this news, Minnesota Republicans jumped on the chance to make a cheap joke at Minnesotans expense.

“It didn’t take long for Republicans to show their true colors in an insensitive tweet. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen how tone-deaf the Republicans are to the struggles facing Minnesota’s families.  Earlier this week, we saw Republican legislators block a crucial special session that sought to extend unemployment benefits for steelworkers in order to protect profits of the wealthy few.

“Today’s joke about more Minnesotans losing their jobs is a new low. Unemployment isn’t funny. The harsh reality is that too many Minnesotans are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.  Minnesota’s families deserve better than being the punchline of cruel jokes.”

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In the Know: February 5, 2016

231 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

276 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will travel to Madelia to meet with community members affected by the recent fire. 
  • 11:30 a.m. – will meet with school counselors at Dakota Meadows Middle School for School Counselors Week.

Events Saturday

  • 11 a.m. – Nurses employed by Allina Health will rally Saturday as they go into contract negotiations. Other nurses and supporters are expected to participate in the solidarity rally at the Ramada Plaza, 330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis. The rally is organized by the Minnesota Nurses Association.
  • 7 p.m. – Republicans debate at St. Anselm College. The debate will air on ABC.
  • 7 p.m. – The Brooklyn Park DFL will host a GOP debate watching party. Kelly’s Ninth Hole, 8432 Noble Ave. N, Brooklyn Park. Suggested donation is $10.

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 9 – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders 11 a.m., MLK Park Building, 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Join United States Secretary of Labor Perez and local leaders for the first Regional Worker Voice Summit. Regional Summits are focused on bringing together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in this conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Feb. 9 – The New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Senate District 35 special election. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – House District 50B special election. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.  (more…)

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Economy added 151,000 jobs in January; unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent

The following article by Ylan Q. Mui appeared on the Washington Post website February 5, 2016

The original chart (see link below) is interactive.
The original chart (see link below) is interactive.

Hiring in America slowed down in January, with government data released Friday showing the economy added 151,000 jobs — less than the blockbuster growth of recent months but enough to keep the recovery on solid ground.

The data also showed a 2.5 percent spike in wages over the past year, an encouraging sign that the strength in the labor market might finally be translating into bigger paychecks. The unemployment rate also dipped to 4.9 percent, inching closer to what many economists believe is its lowest sustainable level. (more…)

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House DFL proposes constitutional amendment for campaign money disclosure

The following post by J. Patrick Coolican appeared on the StarTribune’s Hot Dish Politics blog February 4, 2014:

dflhouse1House DFLers proposed a state constitutional amendment Thursday that would make it easier to see who is giving money to efforts aiding candidates, the latest twist in an ongoing feud over the disclosure of campaign contributions.

Current law shields certain groups from having to disclose money they raise and spend as long as it is spent on so-called issue-based advertising that does not expressly say “vote for” or “vote against” a candidate.

The DFL says that’s a loophole and the proposed amendment would close it, requiring the groups to disclose where they receive the money and how they spend it.

A constitutional amendment would need to pass both houses of the Legislature to appear on the ballot and then be approved by the voters in November. (more…)

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