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
Bloomington
Champlin
Chanhassan
Chaska
Coon Rapids
Corcoran
Dahlgren
Dayton
Deephaven
Eden Prairie
Edina
Excelsior
Greenfield
Greenwood
Independence
Laketown
Long Lake
Loretto
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Medina
Minnetonka
Minnetonka Beach
Minnetrista
Mound
Orono
Osseo
Plymouth
Plymouth
Rogers
Shorewood
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and
Wayzata.

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In the Know: July 28, 2015

Events Happening Today

  • At 8:30 am Lt. Governor Tina Smith will join DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr for part of a 122-mile “Prairie Pedal” Bike Ride from Luverne to Marshall.
  • At 10:00 am Governor Mark Dayton will attend a meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Council.
  • At 12:30 pm, Lt. Governor Smith and Commissioner Landwehr will attend a picnic at Split Rock Creek State Park.  
  • At 3:00 pm, the Lt. Governor will meet with members of Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow (LIFT) and area elected officials to discuss economic development and community issues.

Save the Date

  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

2016 Democrat Candidates

Congressman Rick Nolan

  • U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan took to the floor of the House late this afternoon to speak for Democrats during the Motion to Recommit on H.R. 427, the REINS Act. Denouncing the Republican bill, Nolan argued that it would effectively cripple the nation’s regulatory process for Social Security and Medicare, along with food, medicine, worker health and safety rules. The bill later passed the House by a margin of 243 to 165. President Obama has promised a veto if the bill reaches his desk. Click “Here” to view his speech.

Cuba

Rep.Tom Emmer leads GOP effort in House to lift Cuba trade embargoStar Tribune

Health Care

Minnesota public health care bidding saves taxpayers $450 millionPioneer Press

Dayton declares windfall savings in health care bidsMPR

Dayton Says Minnesota Will Net Extra $650M in Health Care SavingsKSTP

Minimum Wage

With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers in Region’s Top Minimum Wage, ABC News

Special Session

Special legislative session possible to address walleye crisisStar Tribune

Dayton floats special session for Mille Lacs resortsMPR

Dayton Prepared To Call Special Session For Mille Lacs Walleye DeclineWCCO

Steve Simon

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the first meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster, blizzard, or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Click “Here” for the list of people on the task force.

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In the Know: July 28, 2015

Events Happening Today

  • At 10:00 pm the Legislative Health Care Commission will review the 2015 recommendations and 2014 report.
  • At 12:00 noon, the Minnesota Family Council will hold a “Defund Planned Parenthood” rally at the Planned Parenthood on Vandalia Street.
  • At 1:00 pm, Governor Dayton will hold a news conference with Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to announce new savings achieved through health care reforms
  • At 1:30 pm, the Senate Rules committee will review the NCSL Salary study and handle appointments to commissions.

Save The Date:

  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness — Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

2016 Democrat Candidates

Clinton, Democratic Hopefuls To Address DNC Members. WCCO

Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken Sounds Off On Apple’s Music Business Practices, WCCO

Boy Scouts

In Twin Cities, issue of gay Scout leaders unclear, Star Tribune

MCA Testing

Minnesota delays release of MCA achievement test scores, Pioneer Press

Minimum Wage

Another minimum wage hike comes due in Minnesota, MPR

MN GOP

Minnesota Republicans propose arming service members, MPR

Minnesota National Guard wouldn’t need firearm permit under GOP proposal, Star Tribune

GOP Lawmakers Call To Arm More Military Members, WCCO

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GOP Governors and Higher Education

We know that higher education helps people move up in the world. And, we’ve got multiple GOP governors running for their party’s endorsement to be their presidential candidate.

So, what have GOP governors done to help those seeking higher education?  Here’s a chart from the Center for American Progress:

GOP Govs and Unfunding Higher Ed

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Another week in review for the 2016 GOP field

This week was wrought with problems for the GOP candidates. Donald Trump continued to make ugly remarks about John McCain’s military record, and the other candidates were quick to rush to McCain’s support. They did not show the same respect to John Kerry in 2004 after he was falsely attacked for his military record, in fact Jeb Bush stands by his attack on John Kerry HERE. Why do the GOP candidates feel comfortable with attacks against one veteran but not the other? Read more HERE

Here’s a recap of the rest of the week:

Jeb Bush: Last week, Jeb Bush affirmed he plans to “phase out” Medicare. He doesn’t understand the needs of this country’s seniors or the importance of quality care. If Jeb Bush becomes President, American’s that are following the rules, working hard, and dedicating themselves will not have the same benefits of seniors today. Watch the clip HERE.

John Kasich: With his announcement that he is running for President in 2016, the DNC Chair released a statement affirming that John Kasich” will continue his record of putting his own best interests ahead of the middle class.” As Governor of Ohio, Kasich cut taxes for the wealthy while putting strains on local governments to clean up his poor work. He is the last person Americans need leading for a better future. 

Scott Walker: This week, Scott Walker declared that the old discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America “protected children and scout values.” By discrediting the Boy Scouts new inclusionary politics and continuing to be a vocal opponent of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, he undermines LGBT Americans and their rights in this country. He even opposed LGBT hospital visitation rights. He also has cut AIDS funding, and voiced support for Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.  

Take some time and read more, here:

Think Progress: Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers 

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Domestic “Papers Please” Coming?

Us-passportHere’s something that makes those of us who paid attention in history class get the creepy crawlies:

By 2016 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be demanding internal passports for domestic travel.  State driver’s licenses will no longer be allowed across American domestic flights.  This will allow for airports to be able to identify people who move within national borders. It allows the government to monitor the movement of its own people, and to control movement. Click here

 

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In the Know: July 27, 2015

Save The Date:

Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts expected to end ban on gay leaders, Star Tribune

Disabilities Act

Disability activists celebrate 25th anniversary of landmark law, Star Tribune

Minnesota Laws

A look at the Minnesota laws effective Aug. 1, Pioneer Press

Public Works

St. Paul rethinks Public Works, from the top down, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Supreme Court

Dayton gets 3 names for MN Supreme Court seat, MPR

Three finalists recommended for Minnesota Supreme Court position, Minn Post

Panel Sends Dayton Names Of 3 Women For Supreme Court Slot, WCCO

Dayton receives 3 recommendations for judge vacancy, Kare 11

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Sen. John Hoffman’s July 24 Capitol Corner

36HoffmanThis weekend, Americans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed the law that gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The bill also assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to access a broad range of public and private services. 

Due to this historic law, millions of people with disabilities across this county now have better access to business, buildings, state and local government programs and services as well as better (more…)

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