Caucus in CD3

DFL Precinct Caucuses – Tuesday March 1, 2016

6:30 pm Doors open; 7:00 pm 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
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: February 10, 2016

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

271 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 1 p.m. – The House State Government Finance Committee will meet at the Freeborn County Courthouse, 411 S Broadway, Albert Lea.
  • 3 p.m. – New Minnesota Court of Appeals judges sworn in – Lucinda Jesson and the Honorable Tracy Smith sworn-in as Minnesota Court of Appeals judges during public investiture ceremony, with speakers including Gov. Dayton, Minnesota Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Cleary, Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge and Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice-designate Margaret Chutich, Minnesota State Bar Association President Michael Unger, Donald Lewis (Nilan Johnson Lewis PA), and Stephen Smith (Smith, Tollefson, Rahrick & Cass).
  • 4 p.m. – The State Government Finance Committee will meet at the Owatonna VFW, 135 Oakdale St., Owatonna.

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 12 – .Neighborhoods Organizing for Change will host a community conversation at the Capri Theater on West Broadway, featuring Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders….The forum does not represent the endorsement of a candidate. It represents a historic opportunity for community members to converse with a presidential candidate and ask for real responses about the pressing issues facing Black communities. (more…)

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Statement from DFL Chairman on Special Election Results

Ken_Martin“Tonight’s legislative special election results, while certainly disappointing, are not a reflection of our candidates or a rejection of our policies. We believe that DFL values are Minnesota’s values and what we saw tonight was a powerful reminder that even in the middle of winter with low voter turnout, anything can happen in special elections.  Congratulations to Senator-Elect Jim Abeler and Representative-Elect Chad Anderson on their victories this evening. 

“This upcoming legislative session will revolve around expanding opportunity for all Minnesotans, not just a wealthy few. Minnesotans will be paying attention this fall and we will be holding these newly elected representatives accountable to the promises they made to Minnesota voters.” 

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Meet the super-rich driving the 2016 election

The following article by Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars appeared in the February 9, 2016 USA Today:

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Nearly half the money pouring into all federal super PACs came from just 107 people or groups that each gave $1 million or more to influence the outcome of this year’s presidential and congressional races, a USA TODAY analysis of new campaign finance reports shows.

Robert Mercer, a publicity-averse hedge fund magnate backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has topped giving, contributing $14.1 million to super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited amounts.

Close behind: Tom Steyer, another billionaire who made his fortune running a hedge fund but now uses his money to push an environmental agenda that largely aids Democrats in federal and state elections. Steyer donated $13 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee. (more…)

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Trump echoes vulgarity against Cruz

The following article by David Jackson appeared in the February 9, 2016, USA Today:

Donald Trump’s public language continues to astound.

The candidate who has said he would bomb the (bleep) out of the Islamic State echoed a vulgarity Monday night toward Ted Cruz.

During a rally Monday night, as Trump discussed Cruz’s reluctance to endorse waterboarding, a woman in the crowed shouted “he’s a p—y!”

Trump then scolded the woman — playfully. (more…)

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In the Know: February 9, 2016

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

272 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 7 a.m. – Polls open for the special election in Senate District 35. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • 7 a.m. – Polls open for the special election in Dist. 50B. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • The New Hampshire primary is today
  • 9 a.m. – A phone bank for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidate in the  Dist. 50B special election, will run form 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the DFL Office, Edina Community Center, Room 320, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina.
  • 10 a.m. – Door knocks begin at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidate in the Dist. 50B special election. Meet at 4642 Heritage Hills Dr, Bloomington.
  • 10 a.m. – The Senate Committee on Education; Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development meets in Room 1100 of the MSB.
  • 11 a.m. – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders, including Lt. Gov. Smith. 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. (more…)

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Rep. Selcer Legislative Update — Stopping Terror Recruitment

Yvonne Selcer HearingDear Neighbors,

Earlier today, House DFL Leader Paul Thissen, Rep. Phyllis Kahn and I announced an initiative to combat terrorist recruitment in Minnesota with a $2 million investment in community-based programs. This will build on efforts from last session and will improve some programs already up and running to help stem the tide of terrorist recruitment in our communities.

You may have seen an investigative report by KSTP- TV last week which showed a woefully inadequate commitment from the federal government to fight this recruitment. Andy Luger, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, has called for $5 million annually to successfully fight recruitment in the Twin Cities, but so far Minnesota has only seen $216,000. With Minnesota’s establishment as a prime recruiting target for groups such as ISIS and al-Shabab, doing so little is unacceptable. Last year, $250,000 in state funding was allocated for this purpose, but greater investment is needed to maximize the potential of this effort. (more…)

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Jon Tollefson Announces Run for CD3 Seat

Tollefson LogoThis morning, Jon Tollefson released an email announcing his run for the CD3 seat currently held by Erik Paulsen:

“I am proud to announce that I am running for Congress in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District!

I grew up in the heart of the district in Minnetonka and received an excellent education in the Hopkins public school district. Growing up in this community gave me the grounding to go on to college and the Foreign Service, where I served for five years as a United States diplomat.

As a member of the United States diplomatic corps, I was honored to represent the values of our country abroad and help those seeking to advance their own freedom and opportunity. We have extraordinary power and influence as a country, and I was proud to harness that to improve the lives of not just other Americans, but of countless people who look to our great country to stand with them.”

For more information, to volunteer or contribute to his campaign, please visit his website.

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A clear choice

In national TV appearances, the Democratic candidates for president have presented a clear and compelling case for why we need to elect a Democrat as the 45th president of the United States tonight.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the right priorities — priorities that match the values, hopes and dreams of the American people. Our candidates have been sharp, smart, and understand how to build on the incredible progress we’ve made over the last seven years.

  • They’re going to offer substantive plans to expand opportunity and level the playing field for hardworking American families by reducing income inequality, raising the minimum wage and expanding access to healthcare.
  • They’re going to offer real solutions, not just slogans, for making America more secure by fixing our broken immigration system and leveraging our diplomatic might as well as flexing military muscle when it comes to international relations.

Compare that to the ongoing food fight on the Republican side. The GOP’s candidates have insulted each other and the American people, and promised to drag our country back to where we were when the last Republican president left office as the Great Recession robbed millions of Americans of their jobs, their homes, and their savings. Their records include: (more…)

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In the Know: February 8, 2016

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

273 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – MN Legal Aid and State TANF Taskforce Committee release report on Minnesota’s welfare program – Minnesota Legal Aid and State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Taskforce Committee’s Jessica Webster hold news conference to release report on Minnesota’s Welfare-to-Program and follow up to the 2015 State TANF Taskforce Report. Webster also provides an update on Gov. Mark Dayton’s ‘actions and bipartisan legislation to raise Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) cash assistance for the first time since 1986. Room 181, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – The House Subcommittee on Licensing will review the Nurse Licensure Compact as well as music therapists requiring licenses. Room 5, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Door knocks begin for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidates for the Feb. 9 special election in Dist. 50B. Meet at 4642 Heritage Hills Dr, Bloomington.
  • 11 a.m. – Twin Cities food service workers highlight ‘need’ for ‘Earned Sick and Safe Time’ – Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Organizer Rod Adams, Wolfpack Promotionals owner Kagalee Brown and fast food workers organizing with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha hold press conference to highlight the ‘need for Minneapolis and St. Paul to pass Earned Sick and Safe Time to support public health.’ Location: Sidewalk outside of Seven Corners Chipotle, 229 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis.
  • 5 p.m. – Phone bank begins for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidates for the Feb. 9 special election in Dist. 50B. Education Minnesota, 7242 Metro Blvd, Ste 200, Edina.
  • On the campaign trail: Everyone is in New Hampshire. Here is the rundown:
    • Sanders: Nashua, Manchester, Derry, Durham
    • Clinton: Manchester, Hudson
    • Trump: Londonderry, Manchester
    • Kasich: Plaistow, Windham, Merrimack, Manchester, Hooksett
    • Cruz: Barrington, Raymond, Manchester
    • Rubio: Nashua
    • Bush: Nashua, Portsmouth
    • Christie: Hudson, Hampstead, Manchester
    • Fiorina: Manchester, Concord
    • Gilmore: Manchester, Hudson 

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Literally Every Sentence In This Ted Cruz Quote Is Misleading Or False

The following article by Jonathan Cohn, was published on the Huffington Post website February 6, 2016:

A reality check on his claims about health care.

Health care got some attention in Saturday night’s GOP presidential debate. And when it was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s turn to speak, he started by cataloging the alleged evils of “socialized medicine.” Here’s the full quote:

Socialized medicine is a disaster. It does not work. If you look at the countries that have imposed socialized medicine, that have put the government in charge of providing medicine, what inevitably happens is rationing. You have a scarcity of doctors. … And that means the elderly are told: We’re going to ration a hip replacement; we’re going to ration a knee replacement. We’re going to ration end-of-life care.

Every single sentence in that quote is misleading or flat-out false:

1. “Socialized medicine is a disaster.”

Presumably Cruz is using “socialized medicine” as a euphemism for any kind of universal health insurance — in other words, any system in which the government guarantees health insurance to all people, either by providing that coverage directly or through some kind of private intermediaries.

The Affordable Care Act, which Republicans have pledged to repeal, is an attempt to build the foundation of such a program here in the U.S. But every other developed country already has such a system in place. And it’s hardly been a disaster. (more…)

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