2016 CD3 DFL Convention

June at the CapitolWere you elected to be a delegate to the CD3 DFL endorsing convention this year?

If so, here’s the details:


Where:  Park Center High School Auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

When:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Trainings (Open to All DFLers):

  • 8:30 am and 9:30 am — Proposed DFL Constitutional Changes to be Considered at the State Convention (Led by Mark Raabe and Kay Lewis)
  • 8:30 am and 9:30 am — Framing the Issues: Talking the Talk So People Understand the Issues (Led by George Greene and Peter Hill)

Convention gavels in at 10:30 am – Food and beverages will be available for purchase

  • We’ll be endorsing for the Congressional race, electing National Delegates and enjoying a wonderful day of DFL business

You Can Make a Bigger Difference in the DFL Party!  

We invite you to step up and screen to be a director for CD3 or apply for the treasurer’s position and be a part of the CD3 executive team.  

We will also be screening for State Party Standing Committees (Outreach & InclusionConstitution, Party Affairs & Coordinated Campaign and Platform) and the State Convention Committees (Credentials, Nominations and Rules)

We are scheduling screening interviews as early as the week of May 2, 2016, at a variety of locations (see the form for locations and dates). The interview time is approximately fifteen minutes. We will submit a list of candidate recommendations at the CD3 convention on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  

Share this with others and encourage them to screen.  We’re a friendly group!

What’s next?  Simply fill out the Nominations Application and email it to Kate Peer at katepeergo@gmail.com and she’ll schedule your appointment.

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

Senate DFL Update: May 5, 2016

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MISSING: Dayton and DFL push for release of GOP bonding bill, Star Tribune

FOUNDATIONS: MN donor orgs consider how to improve philanthropy, Pioneer Press

MEDICAL: As marijuana sites grow, concerns about cost, access, MPR News

SAFETY: Pleas for highway fixes underline great need for bonding dollars, Star Tribune

SHOOTING: Police respond to shots fired in Minneapolis- one dead, five injured, MPR News

PLEA: Mother of 5-year-old victim says gifts are nice, but need police tips, Pioneer Press

FLINT: Obama speaks in Michigan, confronting “broader mindset” that led to disaster, MPR News

FINANCES: Klobuchar and others take on burdensome student debt, Star Tribune

NORTH CAROLINA: US Justice Department says anti-LGBT law violates civil rights, MPR News

TURKEY: Prime Minister steps down amid concerns of authoritarian presidency, New York Times

ZIMBABWE: To fight inflation, country will print own version of US dollar, BBC News

DRCONGO: Crackdown begins on foreign mercenaries linked to opposition leader, Al Jazeera

In the Know: May 5, 2016

140 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23

186 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

2016 election
Donald Trump’s position as the presumptive GOP nominee has presented congressional Republicans with what could be a fateful moment: Do they embrace their party’s standard-bearer, and risk being tied to him in Democratic attacks? Or do they distance themselves and risk alienating Trump’s supporters? New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who’s up for re-election, “plans to support” Trump, a spokeswoman said. So do Ohio’s Rob Portman and North Carolina’s Richard Burr. CNN 

U.S. House of Representatives
Republicans just woke up to a harsh reality: Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s prohibitive nominee. There’s little doubt that the Republican Party is falling apart, and with it, Congressman Erik Paulsen’s reelection chances…It can’t help Paulsen’s self-esteem that Minnesota’s Third District is exactly the type of district where Trump performs terribly – and with state Senator Terri Bonoff making this race even more competitive, local speculation about Paulsen’s reelection chances has already begun…Despite the data, Congressman Paulsen has indicated he will endorse the ultimate nominee, yet he refuses to denounce some of Trump’s most vile rhetoric. DCCC 

Vice President
Trump’s VP: Top 10 contenders, The Hill
Donald Trump discusses how he’ll select a running mate, New York Times (more…)

Bottom of the 9th, no runners on base, let’s score one for all Minnesotans

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL 

Baseball DiamondAt this time of year, all around the state, Minnesotans are gathering for baseball and softball games, catching the Minnesota Twins on television or radio, or maybe making a trip to Target Field, and gearing up for the Saints to play their second season at CHS Field. I love baseball. I played it as a kid and my sons are continuing the family tradition. 

But as our favorite teams are playing hard to bring home a win for their family, friends and Minnesota, another less entertaining game is taking place at the State Capitol. (more…)

Senate DFL Update: May 5, 2016

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STRONG: MN manufacturers optimistic about future, MPR News

COMMONSENSE: Rep. Giffords lobbies for gun safety in MN, Star Tribune

POSSIBLE: Amid some pessimism, a look at what the MNLeg could accomplish, MinnPost

UNITED?: Water issues mostly transcend partisanship in MN, MPR News

CLEAR: MN voters want confirmation hearing on Garland, Star Tribune

MNSURE: Controversy continues as DFL makes improvements to program, MPR News

INDUSTRY: MN wants for-profit college loans forgiven, Pioneer Press

NARCAN: MN firefighters start carrying drug to reverse opioid overdose, MPR News

ALBERTA: Wildfire evacuates town in oil sands region, New York Times

CRISIS: EU plans penalties on countries refusing their share of migrants, BBC News

75MILLION: Conflict endangers education of a quarter of the world’s children, Al Jazeera

Rep. Rosenthal Update: May 3, 2016


tn_49BDear Neighbors,

Three weeks remain in the 2016 session.  Last week, three major finance bills were debated in the full House of Representatives.  The following budget areas were condensed and rolled into three large bills: 1.Higher Education and E-12 Education;2. Agriculture, Environment and Jobs; and 3. Public Safety, Health and Human Services, and State Government Finance.  Although the House Majority’s approach to passing these bills this year was unconventional, the three “mega” bills passed and now await conference committees to compare the bill differences of the Senate and House versions. You can read about these proposals and others at the nonpartisan Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services website. Senate Majority Leader Bakk and House Speaker Daudt must first come to a compromise on establishing budget spending targets for each budget category before conference committee negotiations can begin. (more…)

Sen. Latz Update: May 3, 2016


May 3, 2016

Hello Everyone,

With only three weeks until the 2016 Legislative Session adjourns, the Senate has presented a fiscally responsible supplemental budget, progressed paid family leave, and discussed many legislative matters in our short session.

The Senate bonding bill, released yesterday, contains significant investments ($1.5 billion) for our state. Some highlights for Senate District 46 include funding for Perspectives Inc.’s expansion design, the Douglas Drive/Highway 55 interchange, Plymouth Ice Arena renovations, Golden Valley flood mitigation, and Perpich Center asset preservation. On the other side of the Capitol, even the House majority has collectively over $3 billion in requests from members alone, so we know there are significant investment needs statewide. More news on this to come as we await the House’s formal proposal. (more…)

Senate DFL Update: May 3, 2016

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INVEST: MN Senate bonding bill proposes $1.5 billion for state projects, Star Tribune

COUNSELORS: DFL pushes for student support in face of GOP opposition, MPR News

GAP: Five ideas, many championed by DFL legislators, to address racial inequality, Pioneer Press

STAKES: Daudt under pressure as GOP holds unsteady House majority, Star Tribune

MPCA: Pause declated on taconite mine permitting,MinnPost

MNLEG: Senate passes body camera bill after long discussion, MPR News

RANGE: Northern Minnesota hurting as extended downturn continues, Star Tribune

PHOTOS: Capitol renovation continues as House meets in construction zone, MPR News

REFUGEES: First attempts made at resettling climate change refugees in America, New York Times

ENDEAVOUR: Captain Cook’s Australia voyage ship may have been found, BBC News

ALEPPO: Another Syrian hospital attacked, Al Jazeera