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 2,234 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

November CD3 DFL Congressional Candidate Forum

If you haven’t been able to attend any of our earlier DFL Congressional Candidate forums, we have one scheduled in November.  Here are the specifics:

Where:  Council Chamber, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

When:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (this is in place for the monthly CD3 DFL Central Committee meeting).  Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Forum begins at 6:30 PM.

Please submit your questions in advance here.


Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Latest Survey on “Tax Reform”

We know many of you aren’t on Rep Paulsen’s list.  And, many more have been bumped from the list. So, here’s a link tothe latest survey for you to complete.  Granted, there isn’t a plan in place, and not much information has been made available (kind of like with the health care bill he voted for).

It does sign you up for his emails.


Most Americans Know NFL Kneelers Aren’t Protesting Flag

The following article by Janice Williams of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website October 15, 2017:

Colin Kaepernick’s movement is starting to catch on in America.

new poll released on Saturday by HuffPost/YouGov found 57 percent of Americans knew that players were protesting police violence when they kneeled during the national anthem–up from 48 percent of Americans who knew what kneelers were protesting in September.

Meanwhile, 66 percent of self-described football diehards said they knew NFL protests were in response to police brutality, which was 13 percent more than fans who knew why protesters were kneeling in September. Read More

The Bizarre Story of How Trump Won’t Stop Claiming a Fake Renoir Painting He Owns Is Real

The following article by Chris Sosa was posted on the AlterNet website October 13, 2017:

This president has a long, disturbing history of ignoring reality

Biographer Tim O’Brien told Vanity Fair an amazing anecdote about how President Donald Trump owns a Renoir print and straight-up refuses to acknowledge it’s not the original painting.

O’Brien spotted the print on Trump’s plane and asked him if it was an original, apparently to see if he’d lie.

Trump told O’Brien it was. The biographer responded, “No, it’s not Donald.” Instead of letting it go, Trump argued with him.  Read More

Trump ramps up the culture war

The following article by Jonathan Easley was posted on the Hill website October 15, 2017:

President Trump is expanding the culture wars, launching new attacks against institutions that he views as liberal, elitist or both.

With his agenda stalled in Congress and his poll numbers sagging, Trump has kept his base engaged and the left inflamed by escalating feuds with key figures in sports, entertainment, tech and media, effectively dragging politics into every corner of public life.

Trump’s aim is straightforward: To convince voters that there is a privileged class that scoffs at their patriotism and cares more about political correctness and diversity than ordinary Americans, their traditions and their economic plight. Read More

Trump’s not going to be able to avoid blame for kneecapping Obamacare

The following article by Philip Bump was posted on the Washington Post website October 13, 2017:

President Trump on October 4, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

This article has been updated.

Let’s set aside for the moment President Trump’s decision to end Obamacare’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers, a system under which insurers are subsidized to help keep costs low for low-income insurance recipients.

Let’s also set aside the other ways in which the Trump administration has been deliberately undermining enrollment in the Obamacare marketplaces. We’ll set aside that the administration has slashed funding to outreach programs by as much as 92 percent, ended partnerships with state groups aimed at getting people enrolled, cut funding for advertising the enrollment period and even decided it would shut down the enrollment website for 12 hours a week for maintenance. Read More

Fact-checking President Trump’s speech on the Iran deal

The following article by Glenn Kessler was posted on the Washington Post website October 14, 2017:

President Trump announced Oct. 13 that his administration would take new steps going forward to confront Iran. (The Washington Post)

In his speech on the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump made a number of factual assertions. The deal was negotiated by Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China), Germany and the European Union.

Here’s a guide to some of his rhetoric, in the order in which he made these statements. Read More

Trump governs by disruption — and overloads all the circuits

The following article by Dan Balz was posted on the Washington Post website October 14, 2017:

President Trump reveals new Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Nine months into his first term, President Trump is perfecting a style of leadership commensurate with his campaign promise to disrupt business as usual in Washington. Call it governing by cattle prod.

It is a tactic born of frustration and dissatisfaction. Its impact has been to overload the circuits of government — from Capitol Hill to the White House to the Pentagon to the State Department and beyond. In the face of his own unhappiness, the president is trying to raise the pain level wherever he can.

The permanent campaign has long been a staple of politics in this country, the idea that running for office never stops and that decisions are shaped by what will help one candidate or another, one party or another, win the next election.

President Trump has raised this to a high and at times destructive art. He cares about ratings, praise and success. Absent demonstrable achievements, he reverts to what worked during the campaign, which is to depend on his own instincts and to touch the hot buttons that roused his voters in 2016. As president, he has never tried seriously to reach beyond that base. Read More

Trump Will Speak At A ‘Hate Group’ Event

The following article by Harriet Sinclair of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website October 13, 2017:

President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a “rogues’ gallery of the radical right.”

Trump will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka. Read More