Where’s Erik Paulsen?

Our Representative in Congress hasn’t held a public town hall since September 6, 2011. 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, robocalls that come to you saying he’s sorry you weren’t there to take his invitation to the tele-townhalls — but no traditional town hall.

It’s been 2,363 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

2018 CD3 and State DFL Convention Information

Interested in Becoming a Delegate?

The next step in the endorsement process after caucus night election of delegates is for those delegates to move on to the senate district conventions.

At the senate district conventions, delegates will be elected to participate in the endorsement process at the 3rd Congressional District DFL convention.  Endorsement of the state constitutional officers will happen at the State DFL convention.

To help in planning, here are the dates of these conventions. (Check with your senate district for your district’s convention. If we are able to, we will post this information, but your best source is your local senate district.)

CD3 DFL Convention:  April 14, 2018, Maple Grove Senior High School, 9800 Fernbrook Ln, Maple Grove, MN 55369. More specifics as they become available.

State DFL Convention:  June 1 through 3, 2018, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904. More specifics as they become available, or check the State DFL website.

The latest alleged Trump affair coverup is a damningly familiar tale

The following article by Aaron Blake was posted on the Washington Post website February 16, 2018:

Donald Trump is interviewed at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 9, 2004. Credit: Ric Francis/AP

When In Touch magazine ran Stormy Daniels’s seven-year-old, previously unpublished interview about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, there was one detail that stuck out: Trump’s preoccupation with (and hatred for) sharks. It was funny, yes, but it was also something Trump would later tweet about. How Daniels knew this personal detail about Trump years before it was in the public domain lent credence to her account, which also otherwise seemed to describe a very familiar Trump.

And now we have another years-old account of a Trump affair — and alleged coverup — that sounds conspicuously familiar. Read More

5 Ways the Trump Budget Undermines Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Efforts

The following article by Chelsea Parsons and Scott Sargrad was posted on the Center for American Progress website February 16, 2018:

Thousands gathered for an evening vigil at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, FL, to remember those killed and injured in the February 15, 2018 shooting, in Parkland, FL. Credit: Getty/Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles

In his address to the nation the day after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and teachers and injured another 14, President Donald Trump vowed to take action, stating that he would soon hold meetings with governors and attorneys general in which “making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority.” He continued, “It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.” However, the president’s actions have already spoken louder than these hollow words. Just two days before the shooting, his administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget, which proposed cutting funding to crucial programs that help prevent gun violence and ensure school safety.

Below are five ways that the Trump budget undermines efforts to reduce gun violence and keep our nation’s students safe. Read More

Kelly makes changes to White House security clearance process after abuse allegations against top aide

The following article by Robert Costa was posted on the Washington Post website February 16, 2018:

Here’s what the changes to the security clearance process in the White House could mean for Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, under pressure over his handling of allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide, has approved an overhaul of how the White House manages security-clearance investigations, acknowledging missteps but putting the onus on the FBI and the Justice Department to now hand-deliver updates and provide more information.

The five-page document, signed by Kelly on Friday, was obtained by The Washington Post. Read More

White House has weird response to Trump’s alleged affair with Playboy model

The following article by Aaron Rupar was posted on the ThinkProgress website February 16, 2018:

They’re calling the affair “fake news,” but not saying it didn’t happen.

Karen McDougal Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

The New Yorker published on Friday an in-depth report about an affair between Donald Trump and Playboy model Karen McDougal. The affair reportedly began in June 2006 — the year after President Trump married Melania Trump.

In a statement provided to The New Yorker, an unnamed White House spokesperson characterized the story as “just more fake news.” But notably, the statement doesn’t flat-out deny the affair. Instead, the spokesperson merely claims that Trump says it didn’t happen. Read More

Grand Jury Indicts Russian Nationals for Election Interference

The following article by Todd Ruger was posted on the Roll Call website February 16, 2018:

Operatives targeted Clinton, Rubio and Cruz, while largely supporting Trump and Sanders

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The Justice Department charged Russian operatives Friday with a sweeping effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, spending millions of dollars to wage social media campaigns, buy political advertisements and pose as grass-roots organizers to spark political rallies on American soil.

The grand jury criminal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies landed like a bombshell in Washington, where the debate has raged over the extent of Russia’s influence in the election while President Donald Trump has waged a campaign to quell special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. Read More

Fact Sheets: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Harms Nearly Every Community Across the Country

The following article by Eliza Schultz, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Rejane Frederick, Silva Mathema, Connor Maxwell, Heidi Schultheis, Anusha Ravi, Leila Schochet, Leonard Scott IV and Shabab Ahmed Mirza was posted on the Center for American Progress website February 16, 2018:

Copies of President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget sit on a table at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2018. Credit: Getty/AFP/Saul Loeb

Immediately after President Donald Trump signed into law a tax overhaul that jacks up the deficit by $1.5 trillion—and unabashedly funnels enormous tax cuts to the nation’s millionaires, billionaires, and corporations—he and his colleagues in Congress made clear how they planned to pay for it: by slashing the very programs that help everyday people make ends meet. In February, President Trump released a budget that doubles down on his Robin Hood in reverse vision for the country. His proposals are draconian—seeking to dismantle the nation’s health care system; dramatically curtailing access to affordable housing and nutrition; and even threatening programs that Trump pledged not to touch, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Read More

Schiff Says He Fears Mueller’s Findings Won’t Become Public

The following article by Gopal Ratnam was posted on the Roll Call website February 16, 2018:

Top Intelligence Committee Democrat concerned about politicized decision-making

House Intelligence ranking member Adam B. Schiff is concerned the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 election won’t be made public. Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo

The complete findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections may not become public when the probe is completed, California Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday.

“One of the issues I have raised with the deputy attorney general” Rod Rosenstein is “how are we going to deal with this when the investigations come to an end?” Schiff said, referring to findings of the Mueller probe. “Will there be a report to Congress and what will Bob Mueller be able to disclose publicly?”

Schiff’s comments came at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Read More

Paul Ryan’s 3 Years Of Arguing Against ‘Knee-Jerk’ Reactions To Shootings

The following article by Mary Papenfuss was posted on the Huffington Post website February 15, 2018:

His biggest fear: taking away gun rights.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been arguing against what he calls a “knee-jerk” political response to mass shootings for years.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes presented a video mashup Thursday of the times Ryan has argued against “taking away” America’s gun rights. Read More

Citizenship Question Would Convert Census Into a GOP Voter Suppression Tool

The following commentary by Eleanor Clift was posted on the Daily Beast website February 16, 2018:

The question seems intended to ensure that immigrants and minorities are further undercounted, hurting blue states and urban areas.

Credit: Getty Images

The Constitution requires that every person—not citizen—living in the United States must be counted every 10 years. Now, a Justice Department request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census has put the once-in-a-decade count of the American people into the crosshairs of partisan politics.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau, has until April 1—the deadline to submit questions for the upcoming census—to decide whether to bow to the apparent political pressure. Read More

Student in Trump Shirt Detained After Brandishing Knife, Saying ‘Kill All Illegals’

The following article was posted on the Daily Beast website February 16, 2018:

A student at Wayne State in Detroit who was captured on video pulling a knife and saying that he wanted to ‘kill all illegals that don’t belong in our country’ has been detained and suspended from the university while a full investigation takes place, the university’s president said. Footage of the man, who wore a Trump shirt and identified himself in the tape as ‘Earl Johnson,’ went viral after the confrontation Tuesday at the university’s State Hall, where, according to the Detroit Free Press, a pro-immigrant rights group was handing out literature. One of the activists recorded a video of the incident, which has been circulating on social media since.

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