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: September 1, 2015

Events today

  • 9:00 a.m. – State Auditor Rebecca Otto will greet guests at the DFL booth at the State Fair.
  • 9:45 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith speaks at Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Sen. Amy Klobuchar will sign copies of her book at the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith visits the Minnesota State Council on Disabilities booth at the State Fair.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will take part in a conversation with Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson and Lynn Kettleson on Linder Farm Network from the Minnesota Farmers Union booth at the State Fair.

Mark your calendar

  • Sept. 6 – Congressman Keith Ellison will host his annual Labor Day Picnic. Noon, Wabun Park, 4655 46th Ave. S, Minneapolis, Picnic Area D. Please RSVP www.keithellison.org/2015laborbbq Donations will be accepted for the Second Harvest Food Shelf.

2015 Ellison Labor BBW

2015 special election

Lots of choices in northern Minnesota House election, Pioneer Press (more…)

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Sen. Rest Receives Legislator of Distinction Award

The Sun-Post published the following article written by Joe Bowen on August 1, 2015:

Freiberg, Rest honored by League of Minnesota Cities

2015 Legislator of Distinction award is third in a row for Freiberg, 11th for Rest

The League of Minnesota Cities selected Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley), Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope), and 26 other state lawmakers as “Legislators of Distinction” for 2015.

The distinction marks the third time in as many years that Freiberg has earned the award, and is Rest’s 11th. She also won the inaugural award in 1996.

State Representative Mike Freiberg earned his 2015 “Legislator of Distinction” recognition from the League of Minnesota Cities because he authored a bill that appropriated money to train elected officials in data practices compliance. He has been recognized in previous years for working to extend sales tax exemptions for joint powers government organizations, such as Crystal and New Hope’s shared fire department, the West Metro Fire-Rescue District. (Submitted photo)

A statement released by the league says Freiberg was chosen this year for his authorship of a bill that appropriated money to provide elected officials with enhanced training in data practices compliance.

“There’s a lot of misunderstandings about it,” Freiberg said of the state’s Data Practices Act, adding that he likes to think other issues also influenced the league’s decision, such as legislation extending existing sales tax exemptions to joint powers governmental organizations like the West Metro Fire-Rescue District, which is a shared fire department between by New Hope and Crystal. A previous legislature approved a law exempting government organizations from sales taxes on everyday purchases, but did not include shared organizations like West Metro, prompting Frieberg and other lawmakers to push legislation including them in the exemption. That measure passed in 2014 and is set to be implemented in 2016.

“I’m exited,” Freiberg, a former Golden Valley council member, said of the recognition. “I think it helps that I was on (more…)

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Sen. Klobuchar Book Signing at the State Fair

08.29.15.SenKlobucharThe Minnesota DFL is excited to welcome Sen. Amy Klobuchar to our booth Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. to sign copies of her book, “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.”

The book chronicles Sen. Klobuchar’s journey to the U.S. Senate. She hopes it reminds people of why politics matters – and why more people need to get involved to reclaim our democracy. The book also has great stories about life and the people Sen. Klobuchar has met along the way, including a few that will make you smile.

If you miss Sen. Klobuchar on Tuesday, follow the Minnesota DFL on Twitter for additional dates and times she will be on hand. Signed copies of the book are also on sale at the DFL booth. We are located at the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St. on the State Fair grounds.

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The GOP Needs a Lesson on Women’s Equality Day

classroomOn Aug. 26, the Democratic Party celebrated Women’s Equality Day. Ninety five years ago, women won the right to vote, guaranteeing them one of the most basic rights available to an American citizen. 

While Democrats are fighting to protect women’s rights every day, it occurs to us that the GOP presidential candidates are in serious need of a lesson on women’s equality. When it comes to paid leave, equal pay, women’s health, and the importance of raising the minimum wage, the GOP candidates don’t have a clue! 

So as a favor to anyone who has the chance to school these candidates on equal rights, we hope you find the following lesson plan helpful. 

TITLE: Women’s Equality 101 

OBJECTIVES: To teach the GOP presidential candidates the importance of women’s equality; to correct policy positions that will take women backwards 

STUDENTS: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry 

BASE KNOWLEDGE OF SUBJECT: Minimal  

MISCONCEPTIONS OF SUBJECT: Candidates lack understanding of the following:

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Chair Wasserman at the Summer DNC Meeting

Debbie Wasserman SchultzNot able to attend last week’s meeting?  Here are some highlights from Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman:

Every single one of our candidates believes to their core that middle class families are worth fighting for, and those still struggling to get there themselves. The next Democratic candidate – no matter who he or she may be – is committed to ensuring all Americans have a level playing field and a fair shot to get ahead. 

The same cannot be said for the Republican Party.  Simply, they are out-of-touch, and their policies are outdated. They want to turn back the clock, to the failed policies of the past.  It doesn’t matter how many candidates Republicans have, because they’re all working from the same, old, tired Republican playbook of policies that hurt women, immigrants, and the middle class.  

Last week Scott Walker came here to Minnesota and announced his so-called health care plan. I bet you can guess what it does:

  • Immediately takes away health care coverage from 19 million Americans;
  • Puts insurance companies back in control, allowing them to discriminate against women and make it harder to get insurance if you have a pre-existing condition;
  • Increases seniors’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and preventive care; and
  • Cuts health funding for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, children, pregnant women and others who depend on Medicaid.

Sound familiar? Of course it does, because it’s the same Republican repeal plan they’ve been pushing for years.

The Affordable Care Act has survived two Supreme Court cases, (more…)

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In the Know: August 31, 2015

Events today

  • U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison works side-by-side with a Minneapolis home care worker as part of a “Work-a-Day” that will highlight the crucial work that home care workers do every day.
  • 9 a.m. – Labor and Greater Twin Cities United Way will be working together at the MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the State Fair with a daylong volunteer event to repurpose old t-shirts into bags for local food shelves.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and the “Missing Money Man” help fairgoers search a database for their unclaimed property. Commerce Dept. booth, State Fair Education Bldg.
  • 1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation at the Minnesota State Fair declaring it “Minnesota State Patrol Day.” Expo Place, Outdoor Tent, Murphy Avenue/Cooper Street, State Fairgrounds.
  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Governor Smith will visit the Minnesota Bees and Honey exhibit and the Department of Agriculture’s Pollinator Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair to highlight the importance of Minnesota bees. Agriculture/Horticulture Building, State Fairgrounds.

2016 election

In search of a senate majority leader in MN, Sen. David Hann visits DL to rally Republican troops for 2016, Detroit Lakes Online

Presidential politics hit Minnesota State Fair; Martin O’Malley serenades crowd, Pioneer Press

Bill Clinton on Donald Trump’s campaign: ‘Let him burn himself out’, Star Tribune (more…)

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In the Know: August 28, 2015

Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – Republican Party of Minnesota holds news conference about Democratic presidential candidates speaking at a DNC meeting.  Minnesota State Fair, Republican booth.
  • 10:50 a.m. – Lincoln Cafee speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation for the “Governor’s Fire Prevention Day” at the Minnesota State Fair. Carnes Avenue and Chambers St., St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – Mayor Coleman, St. Paul police and fire chiefs hold news conference ahead of Saturday’s planned demonstration by Black Lives Matter. St. Paul City Hall, Room 42.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • Noon – Joined by Smokey Bear, Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the DNR Kids Fire Prevention Day event. DNR Building, 1740 Carnes Ave., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Democratic candidates for president will hold a news conference at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:25 p.m. – Martin O’Malley speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

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Sen. Hoffman’s Back to School Capitol Corner

It’s that time of year again, when the air starts to cool, the leaves begin to turn and school buses are back in your neighborhood. Most schools in our corner of the metro begin the day after Labor Day, on Sept. 8.  As thousands of children pour back into schools, it’s an important time to remember to slow down and keep a lookout for all the little ones as they wait for their bus.

This school year also brings other changes some parents might notice. This session we made significant investments in early childhood education. We invested $30.75 million in the School Readiness program, which offers pre-k programming for Minnesota 3 and 4-year-olds to help prepare them for kindergarten. We also appropriated $48.25 million for Early Learning Scholarships. According to the Minnesota Department of Education this money equals about 5,700 scholarships per year will be awarded throughout the state. This figure represents about 12 percent of the eligible children in Minnesota. You can find more information about the scholarships and how to apply by visiting the department’s website.

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All of these new investments for our youngsters mean parents of young children have more affordable options to prepare their children for their academic careers. Studies have shown that early learning programs are directly correlated to helping close the achievement gap. I’ve stopped by several pre-k classrooms over the last year and I’ve been really impressed by what I’ve found. Teachers have so many success stories about kids coming in and how much the pre-k programming has prepared them to tackle the challenges of elementary school. We did a lot for early education at the legislature this year, but I promise to continue working to ensure all Minnesota children have access to a quality pre-k program. (more…)

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In the Know: August 27, 2015

Events today

  • 5:40 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith kicks off the start of the State Fair at the opening gates.
  • 9 a.m. – The Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) holds a general session. Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board.  Immediately following the DMCC, the Board plans to conduct a walking tour of the Rochester International Airport. 
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton speaks at “Ye Old Mill” at the State Fair. He has proclaimed this to be “Ye Old Mill Day” in Minnesota. The honor recognizes the “Tunnel of Love” ride’s 100-year anniversary.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton appears live on MPR at the State Fair.
  • 11 a.m. – As the 15th anniversary of the death of State Patrol Cpl. Ted Foss approaches, the Minnesota State Patrol will hold a news conference to remind drivers to move over or slow down when seeing flashing lights ahead. Minnesota State Patrol, Rochester District headquarters, 2900 48th St. N.W., Rochester.
  • 2 p.m. – The DNC Rural Council meets, Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment will tour the Mall of America, visit the Armory and Roberts Street Bridge in St. Paul, and the Swing Bridge in Inver Grove Heights.
  • 8 p.m. – American Federation Teacher President Randi Weingarten will visit the DFL booth at the State Fair.

Friday, Aug. 28

  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Massachusetts Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • Oct. 3 – Founder’s Day Dinner. See information below.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

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