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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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!
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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How False Equivalence Ruins Trump-Clinton News Coverage

The following article by John Kerr from Media Matters was posted on the National Memo website October 22, 2016:

News outlets covering the presidential election have made the mistake of treating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as two equally flawed candidates. That false equivalence has made it harder for voters to understand the categorical differences between their options on November 8.

In typical elections, news outlets often treat both major presidential candidates as relatively similar — comparing their flaws, scrutinizing their respective scandals, and framing the election as a choice between two comparable options.

That approach hasn’t been appropriate this election cycle. Clinton is not a flawless candidate — her campaign has been dogged by conspiracies surrounding the Clinton Foundation and her use of a private email server as secretary of state. But she is a relatively conventional one — abiding by both constitutional and political norms.

Trump, on the other hand, represents a dramatic break from mainstream American politics. He threatens the First Amendment, demonizes minority groups, cozies up to white supremacists, championed the birther movement, invites Russian interference in the election, promises to arrest his political opponent, lies constantly, lacks the most basic interest in and knowledge of public policy, says he may not accept the results of the election because he believes it to be “rigged” — the list goes on and on.

These are not equally flawed candidates. But a number of news outlets have treated them as such, devoting similar amounts of attention and ink to Clinton and Trump’s respective controversies.

The New York Times has been criticized for its disproportionate focus on Clinton’s email server and the Clinton Foundation, so much that the paper’s public editor penned a defense of the paper’s coverage:

The problem with false balance doctrine is that it masquerades as rational thinking. What the critics really want is for journalists to apply their own moral and ideological judgments to the candidates.


If Trump is unequivocally more flawed than his opponent, that should be plenty evident to the voting public come November. But it should be evident from the kinds of facts that bold and dogged reporting unearths, not from journalists being encouraged to impose their own values to tip the scale.

That approach, treating both candidates’ scandals equally and hoping voters come to the correct conclusion, is a big part of the reason that voters view Trump and Clinton as being similarly untrustworthy, and view their missteps as similarly concerning. Audiences internalize the way the media covers each candidate in relation to the other.

Treating two wildly different candidates as if they’re equally flawed is not “fairness” — it’s a journalistic failure. And news outlets that have failed to explain the categorical differences between the controversies dogging Trump and Clinton’s presidential campaigns have done a real disservice to voters who want to understand what’s at stake in November.

You can read the post here.

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Call Me a Nasty Woman, Thank You Very Much

The more Trump makes this election all about himself, the more women of America will choose to make it about themselves.

The following article by Adele M. Stan was published on the Alternet website October 19, 2016:

Donald Trump just couldn’t help himself. At the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night, after calling Hillary Clinton a liar, a thief and a criminal, he buckled under a crack she made about his character. Discussing her plan for changing the ceiling on taxable income for Social Security, she noted that even Trump would only have to pay an incremental increase under her plan, “assuming he can’t figure out a way to get out of it.”

“Such a nasty woman,” Trump interjected.

And with that, every smart woman who’s sought to make her way in the world summoned a memory. (more…)

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Where is Erik Paulsen on Trump’s “rigged election” claims?

It’s been 64 days since Paulsen has given an interview to media

bunkerAmongst the collective outrage from all sides of the aisle regarding Trump’s claims of a rigged election and refusal to say he will abide by the results, Erik Paulsen remains silent.

“I don’t know what bunker Erik Paulsen is hiding in, but he needs to show himself and say what he thinks about Trump’s refusal to say whether he’d accept the results of our democratic process,” said DFL Chair Ken Martin. “Paulsen’s disappearing act tells us all we need to know about his ability to lead. With each passing day Paulsen’s rank cowardice gets more and more pronounced.”

Erik Paulsen, who holds a 92% voting record with Republicans, has not spoken to press since August 17th and and only reaches out to his constituents through tax-payer funded mailings and tele-town halls, where all the questions are pre-screened. (more…)

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New Poll: Terri Bonoff Within 3 Points of Erik Paulsen

16-10-bonoff-terriOn the heels of receiving Barack Obama’s endorsement, a poll released this morning by House Majority PAC (HMP), showed State Senator and Third District Congressional Candidate Terri Bonoff within three points of her opponent, Erik Paulsen.

“Our race is neck and neck,” said State Senator Terri Bonoff. “Having just received the endorsement of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, this news represents another significant boost in momentum as we head into the final stretch of the campaign. Our positive message, contrasted with Congressman Paulsen’s long record of opposing same-sex marriage and a woman’s right to choose, will push our campaign over the top.”

The HMP poll had Bonoff within striking distance, at 42% to Paulsen’s 45%, well within the margin of error. Read the full memo here.

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Cwodzinski Endorsed by VP Mondale and Gov. Carlson, Come Meet Steve and Gov. Carlson Oct. 22

Steve Cwodzinski (SD48) has earned new bi-partisan endorsements from Vice President Walter Mondale and Republican Governor Arne Carlson.

waltermondale2004_225_0“Steve represents the kind of candidate I’ve been proud to support throughout my career,” Mondale said in a statement. “He is a hard working, service-oriented person who will govern with fiscal responsibility and an eye for opportunity. In this era of reactionary and incendiary politics, Steve’s optimism and common sense will allow him to reach across the aisle and get results for the people in his district. I am pleased to endorse Steve Cwodzinski for Minnesota Senate.”

Vice President Walter Mondale is one of the most well-known and respected political figures in Minnesota.  Throughout his distinguished career, Vice President Mondale routinely put his constituents above party.

As a popular two-term governor of Minnesota, Governor Carlson worked across party lines to pass meaningful legislation to grow the economy and improve the lives of every day Minnesotans. (more…)

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Gov. Mark Dayton: Don’t believe Republicans; MNsure is not the problem

They are, with their obstructive tactics in the state House and Senate. I need DFL majorities in both houses of the Legislature to fulfill my pledge of progress.

The following commentary was published in the October 18, 2016 StarTribune:

Mark Dayton Tina SmithMinnesotans, who have had to endure all of Donald Trump’s fantasies and falsehoods in this election, should note the similarities in House Speaker Kurt Daudt’s recent comments around the state and in other media. Correcting all of their inaccuracies would require several pages.

“Hundred of thousands of Minnesotans” will NOT see actual health insurance increases of 50 percent or more, because many people, who buy their policies through MNsure, will receive federal tax credits that will significantly lower their costs. They will NOT have to spend hours on the phone with MNsure, because its customer service has improved greatly since a bad beginning.

And while it is true that the Minnesota Department of Commerce finally “approved” the health insurers’ rate increases and enrollment caps, that approval was required to prevent those companies from following Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield and major insurers in other states from pulling entirely out of the individual market. Their departures are forcing about 2 million people in 32 other states to also find new coverage. (more…)

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