Join CD3 DFL at Jake’s In Plymouth Thursday, July 28

Jakes in the Park MapCome join us to eat, drink and watch the Hillary Clinton acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

We’ve reserved their air conditioned party room with a big screen television. All are welcome.

Where:  Jake’s in the Park, 3005 Harbor Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447
When:  Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Our reservations are under the name “CD3”.

Please let us know if you can make it, so we can save you a place.  Send an email to


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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
Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie
Long Lake
Maple Plain
Maple Grove
Medicine Lake
Minnetonka Beach
Spring Park
St. Bonifacius
Tonka Bay
Victoria, and

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Could trains and Trump decide one of Minnesota’s most watched state Senate contests?

The following article by Briana Bierschbach appeared on the MinnPost website July 25, 2016:

Steve Cwodzinski: “For all those years, I’m preaching civic virtue and political efficacy. I wanted to walk the walk.” PHOTO: Jody Russell Photography
Steve Cwodzinski: “For all those years, I’m preaching civic virtue and political efficacy. I wanted to walk the walk.” PHOTO: Jody Russell Photography

Steve Cwodzinski spent more than 30 years teaching civics and American government, but when he retired from Eden Prairie High School earlier this year, he thought it was time to practice what he was preaching.

So Cwodzinski filed to run for a state Senate seat.

“For all those years, I’m preaching civic virtue and political efficacy,” he said. “I wanted to walk the walk.”

On paper, Cwodzinski, who is running as a Democrat, should be a competitive candidate. Senate District 48 covers most of the southwest suburb of Eden Prairie and part of Minnetonka. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were in a dead heat there back in 2012, the same year voters soundly rejected a conservative-backed amendment attempting to ban gay marriage in the state. In the House, the district is represented by both a Republican and a Democrat.

But Cwodzinski, 57, is taking on incumbent Sen. David Hann, the chamber’s minority leader and its highest-ranking Republican. A former Eden Prairie School Board member and one-time candidate for governor, the GOP lawmaker has held his seat for nearly 15 years. “[Democrats] don’t like me,” Hann said. “They think I’m Public Enemy Number One and I would say it’s because we’ve been very effective” in the minority.  (more…)

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Lots of Minnesota officials to speak at Democratic National Convention

The following article by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger was published on the website July 21, 2016, and was updated July 25, 2016:

16-07-25 PP DNC Article PhotoBoth Minnesota senators, Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and freshman Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan will all have speaking roles at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia, the Pioneer Press has confirmed.

Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Dayton have long been vocal supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The senators have stumped for her all over the country. Ellison, of Minneapolis, had been just as strong a supporter of Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, but last week endorsed Clinton.

Ellison, a leader in the national progressive wing of the Democratic Party, said his speech will build on his effort to get people to the polls in November. (more…)

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How Donald Trump uses American anxiety

The following article by Jessica Lussenhop with BBC News Magazine was posted on the website July 25, 2016:

Donald Trump says the US is in a “moment of crisis” and he is the only one who can fix it. How do voters respond to fear?

2016-07-22T100828Z_1_LYNXNPEC6L0KR_RTROPTP_3_USA-ELECTION-REPUBLICANS-1-e1469315948791-668x501In his speech accepting the Republican party nomination for president, billionaire Donald Trump painted a grim picture of life in the US.

“The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life,” he said. “Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.”

The implication is that average Americans are not safe, and Trump cited law-flouting undocumented immigrants, police shootings and homicide rates as evidence of this.

However, many of his statistics were quickly debunked by multiple media outlets or at least shown to be misleading. Though the number of homicides has climbed in several major American cities, the overall crime rate in the US is still at historic lows after falling precipitously in the 1990s. US unemployment is at about 5.5%, down from a peak of 10% during the economic recession.

But Newt Gingrich, one of Trump’s allies, said stats don’t matter as much as feelings “The average American does not think crimes is down; does not think they are safer,” Gingrich told CNN. “Liberals have a whole set of statistics that theoretically may be right, but that’s not where people are. People are frightened.”

But there are clear reasons why depicting America as a scary, impoverished place is good for Trump. (more…)

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Judge Rejects Bid To Toss Trump University Lawsuit

The following article by Marty Graham appeared on the National Memo website July 23, 2016:

2016-07-22T100828Z_1_LYNXNPEC6L0KR_RTROPTP_3_USA-ELECTION-REPUBLICANS-1-e1469315948791-668x501A U.S. judge on Friday tentatively rejected Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Trump University students who said they were defrauded through its real-estate seminars.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego told a hearing he would take under consideration arguments on both sides in the case and issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.

The 2013 lawsuit, one of three over the defunct Trump University venture, was filed on behalf of students who paid up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors. The plaintiffs have sought class-action status. (more…)

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Sen. Hann (48-R) Supports Trump

Earlier in July, CD3 resident Sen. David Hann (Eden Prairie-Minnetonka, SD48, R) spoke at an event on how he’s supporting Donald Trump and bi-partisanship. We have to say that for one of the architects of the State Government Shutdown of 2011 when Republicans controlled both the State House and State Senate, he really didn’t learn what bi-partisanship really is.

Please click the play icon. Sen. Hann begins his endorsement, etc. at around the 1:45 mark.

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Rep. Peggy Flanagan to Speak at DNC

The following article (with great video) by Boua Xiong and Nicholas Peterson appeared on the KARE 11 website July 22, 2016:

Peggy Flanagan_1469226392484_4273511_ver1.0The Democrats are gearing up to showcase their message at their convention in Philadelphia.

Minnesota Representative Peppy Flanagan, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken are scheduled to speak at the DNC. Flanagan found out she was take the DNC stage last week.

“I got an invitation and I needed to sort of keep to myself which was a little hard to do. Tough secret to keep, recalled Flanagan.

Now that the secret is out, she can’t wait.

“I’m so excited. I can hardly stand it. I’m honored and humbled to be able to represent Minnesota and a little nervous too,” said Flanagan. (more…)

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Rep. Youakim Update: July 22, 2016

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46BDear Neighbors,

While the 2016 legislative session adjourned with some significant work left unfinished, we did enact many proposals into law. Each of these is given an “effective date;” sometimes the day the bill is signed into law, sometimes July 1, sometimes August 1, and sometimes an arbitrary date per a provision contained within the bill.

July 1 was the start of Minnesota’s Fiscal Year. As a result, many of the bills with funding allocations contained take effect this day. For many bills with just policy provisions, they become effective August 1.

A summary of selected new laws that took effect July 1, 2016, can be accessed at: (more…)

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Chair Martin on Sec. Clinton’s Vice Presidential Nominee

Tim KaineToday, Sec. Hillary Clinton announced Sen. Tim Kaine as her nominee for vice president. We couldn’t be more proud to have such an experienced, sensible, and accomplished team to lead our party going into our national convention and general election. Sen. Kaine is a dedicated public servant who has the background and leadership bona fides necessary to serve as the next Vice President of the United States.

Sen. Kaine was born here in Saint Paul and was raised by hardworking parents in Kansas City with strong progressive values. As a former Mayor, Governor, and now as a U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine has a 20 year record of making a real difference in people’s lives through public service. American families are ready for another administration that will help usher in a new era that is built on the idea that we are stronger together than we are apart.  (more…)

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#textsfromTrump: Erik Paulsen Edition

After the final day of the Republican National Convention, EMILY’s List got a hold of the following text message conversation* between Donald Trump and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, who decided not to attend this year’s RNC.

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*Note: Not a real conversation 


Paulsen Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood Five Times. [H.R. 3762Vote #6, 1/06/16; HR 3762, Vote #568, 10/23/15; H. Con. Res. 79, Vote #527, 9/30/15; HR 3495, Vote #524, 9/29/15; HR 3134, Vote #505, 9/18/15] (more…)

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