2015 Jackie Stevenson Dinner Announced

  • Announcing the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner Brought to you by the 3rd Congressional District DFL (Click on image for more info.)

CD3’s Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner has been announced.

Here’s the basic details. We’ll be getting more information to you as soon as we can.

But, please mark you calendars now and plan to attend:

What:  Third Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner

When:  Saturday, July 12, 2015

Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5401 Green Valley Dr, Bloomington, MN 55347

Look for information soon on this year’s event sponsorships and tickets soon, too.

You can find information on the Jackie Awards here.

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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: May 27, 2015

Events today

  • 7 p.m. – $15 an hour now and a union panel discussion. Hear from a panel of activists in the on-going campaign for $15 NOW, including airport workers, fast food workers, healthcare workers, big box cleaners, and even college professors.  The call for “$15 NOW and a union” has captured the imaginations of working people across the United States.  April 15 saw strikes take place in more than 230 cities. East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.
  • Gov. Dayton will attend the Woodrow Wilson Center Awards Dinner.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.
  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last. 

2015 session

Slow down Minnesota Legislature’s ’11th-hour express’, Star Tribune

Frustration goes across the state, West Central Tribune 

2015 special session

Dayton and Daudt agree on something: Special session to be in State Office Building, MinnPost

Dayton: We want to get this resolved as swiftly as possible, Pioneer Press

Special session now has a site: State Office Building, Star Tribune

Back DFL, Dayton in putting kids first, St. Cloud Times

Dayton, Daudt search for a way out, WCCO

After vetoes, state leaders search for a way out, KARE

One-day special session to finish Minnesota budget, Fox 9

Dayton, Daudt talk nice but no budget deal, MPR

2016 election

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is bringing his presidential campaign to Minnesota, MinnPost

Vermont Sanders kicks off election to Clinton’s left, Star Tribune

Five things you should know about Bernie Sanders, MPR

Presidential campaign announcement mania ahead, Star Tribune

2016 field grows more crowded, The Hill

A drive for swing state votes has Colorado’s Latinos listening, MPR 

Drivers’ licenses

Advocates to push immigrant driver’s license bill in special session, MPR

GOP

Ruling means Minnesota’s GOP delegates will be bound by caucus vote, MinnPost

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Jobs

Graco takes center stage as Labor Secretary Perez talks up training effort, Star Tribune

Labor

Home care workers celebrate passage of historic first contract, Workday Minnesota

Major League Soccer

Amid private talks with Minneapolis officials, Minnesota United takes case for soccer stadium public,MinnPost

Mental health

$46 million in new funding: NAMI-MN leader summarizes Legislature’s mental health initiatives,MinnPost

Winkler, Ryan

Why the Legislature will miss Ryan Winkler, MinnPost

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In the Know: May 26, 2015

Events today

  • 11 a.m. – U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will meet with Gov. Mark Dayton, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, as part of his “Lead on Leave” tour. The event takes place at an UCare facility on Stinson Boulevard. The independent, nonprofit health plan serves members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with Speaker Kurt Daudt to begin negotiating the terms and details of the special session.  

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.
  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Summit Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last. 

2015 session

A legislative fight to the end, Rochester Post Bulletin

Minn. Legislature’s last-minute imbroglio playing with fire, Star Tribune

With a divided Legislature, what was and wasn’t passed in 2015, Star Tribune

Minnesota legislators hit deal by leaving out the man who had to sign it, Pioneer Press

Jobs bill includes $35,000 for Delano’s July 4 parade, Pioneer Press

2015 Legislature’s top moments, Pioneer Press

Former politicians react to Minnesota legislative session, MPR

Session a success or flop for Greater Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald

Top 10 missed opportunities of 2015 Legislature, Star Tribune

For Senate leader Bakk, end of session means time to repair some relationships, Star Tribune

2015 special session

Growing to-do list for state lawmakers, KARE

Talks between Gov, House Speaker begin Tuesday to avoid shutdown, WCCO

Daudt, Dayton hopeful ahead of special session, WCCO

With more budget vetoes, session and shutdown preparations begin, Capitol Chatter

2016 election

Iowa Straw Poll loses its relevance, Star Tribune

Iowa Straw Poll on deathwatch? The Hill

Agriculture

County hit hard by ripple effects of state’s bird flu epidemic, Star Tribune

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Congressional delegation

Klobuchar

Klobuchar presents Bronze Star to family of WWII vet, KSTP

Education (E-12)

Dayton wrong on early-childhood education, Grand Forks Herald

Dayton proposes tax cut in exchange for more education money, WCCO

The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present, Star Tribune

Minnesota schools hoping cash for upkeep survives education bill veto, Pioneer Press

PoliGraph: Arguing for and against public pre-K, MPR

Mark Dayton visits Westview Elementary to push for pre-school expansion, Pioneer Press

Governor Dayton continues push to provide preschool for all, WCCO 

Education (higher)

Minnesota pilot project offers free ride to technical college, Star Tribune

Environment

Anderson: Dayton’s waterways interest draws attention, Star Tribune

Legacy bill heads to special session, Pioneer Press

GOP

GOP: Education veto overshadows successes of 2015 Legislature, Star Tribune

Minnesota Republicans block the way of true progress, Morrison County Record

Health and human services

Health care bill a victory for Greater Minnesota, West Central Tribune

Labor

Fed official to promote new-parent paid leave Tuesday in Minneapolis, Pioneer Press

Unions sort out wins, losses in legislative session, Workday Minnesota

Marriage equality

Ireland first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, Fox 9

MNsure

For MNsure, attracting small businesses is a big problem, Star Tribune 

Obamacare

Ruling may gut ‘Obamacare,’ but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies, Star Tribune

State Auditor

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto says hurried new bill would leave counties without an auditor, Star Tribune

State parks

Budget battle could put Minn. state park reservations at risk, KSTP

Transportation

Minnesotans enjoying low gas prices – on crumbly roads, bridges, Star Tribune

Vetoes

Dayton vetoes ag-environment and jobs-energy bills, St. Cloud Times

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes jobs, environment bills, Star Tribune

Dayton vetoes two more budget bills, MPR

Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills, KSTP

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Top 10 Missed Opportunities of the 2015 Legislature

The following commentary by House Minority Leader Paul Thissen appeared in the May 23, 2015 StarTribune:

From oil trains to kids, it’s no laughing matter.

With a healthy budget surplus thanks to a growing economy, the 2015 legislative session began with great opportunity to keep Minnesota moving forward. Unfortunately, the session ended in chaotic fashion this past Monday and with few accomplishments.

With David Letterman having read his final top 10 list this week, I thought I would share the (not-so-funny) top 10 failures of the 2015 legislative session:

10. Failed to finish the work on time

Given a $2 billion budget surplus, most believed that the Legislature would be able to work with Gov. Mark Dayton and finish on time. Unfortunately, the Republican majority chose to send us into a special session over their unwillingness to compromise with the governor on his top priority: investments in our youngest learners.

9. Failed to adequately invest in long-term care workers

GOP: Education veto overshadows successes of 2015 Legislature
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In the Know: May 22, 2015

Events today

  • 7:30 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin and GOP Chairman Keith Downey speak to the North Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Mermaid, Mounds View.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will visit a preschool classroom and talk with teachers, parents, administrators, and area legislators about the benefits of preschool for all Minnesota students. Westview Elementary, 225 Garden View Dr., Apple Valley.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Mark Dayton appears on “Almanac” at the top of the show. It ends with DFL Chairman Ken Martin and GOP Chairman Keith Downey talking about the 2015 Legislative Session.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.
  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Award Luncheon, 11 a.m., Double Tree, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington. Click here for more information.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Dayton vetoes public school budget but waits on other bills, MPR

Session ‘brews’ over in Bemidji: Area legislators take part in ‘Pints & Politics’ event, Bemidji Pioneer

Range provisions could be in jeopardy, Mesabi Daily News

What Greater Minnesota got out of the 2015 legislative session, MinnPost

2015 election

Flanagan announces bid for Winkler’s House seat, MPR

2015 special session

Tent? Hotel? Hunt for special session venue underway, MPR

Where will legislators meet during a special session? WCCO

2016 election

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Capitol renovation

Sen. Tom Bakk sends out news release on proposed $7.2 million underground garage, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation

Rep. Keith Ellison to speak at mosque inauguration in Coon Rapids, Star Tribune

Sen. Franken jumps on Cuba bandwagon, plans visit, Star Tribune

Nolan calls for Duluth Airport runway reconstruction, KDAL

Economy

State adds 7,400 jobs, unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent, MPR

Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent; 7,400 jobs added in April, MinnPost

Education (E-12)

Dayton formally vetoes education bill, Pioneer Press

GOPers with teaching experience seek meeting with Dayton, MPR

Gov. Dayton pushes for K-4 program already in GOP Wisconsin, KTTC

Dayton falls through on veto threat, rejecting education budget bill, Star Tribune

Universal school readiness requires universal access, Star Tribune

School budgets in limbo as Governor vetoes education bill, KARE

Environment

Counties stake middle ground I clean water, runoff fight, MPR

Environmental groups ask for veto, get cookies, MPR

Put Minnesota water quality first by vetoing bill, Star Tribune

GOP

The Tea Party is not happy with Minnesota House Republicans, MinnPost

Health and human services

Snag in bill may muck up health insurance approvals, MPR

Health and human services budget combines some good investments with harmful changes,Minnesota Budget Project

Memorial Day

In accordance with the proclamation issued today by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25, in honor of those who have served on our behalf this Memorial Day. 

State Auditor

Minnesota State Auditor suspects political plot against her, Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the future of the State Auditor’s Office, KFGO

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto says hurried new bill would leave counties without an auditor,Star Tribune

Transportation

‘Duct tape’ doesn’t work for roads: Advocates push for long-term transportation funding from St. Paul, Bemidji Pioneerimage002Winkler, Ryan

Sharp-tongued Democratic Rep. Winkler to resign seat in Minnesota House, move to Brussels, Star Tribune

Winkler retiring from Legislature, MPR

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In the Know: May 21, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Steve Hine, DEED Labor Market Information Office research director will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for April 2015. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Lawmakers look back on efforts, ahead to likely special session, Session Daily

Legislators put budget together, but it’s not a done deal, Minnesota Budget Project

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2015 special session

GOP wants special session soon, MPR

Good Question: How often are there special sessions? WCCO

Special session’s agenda just won’t be education, WCCO

Dayton receives a lot of requests as special session approaches, Star Tribune

Basic facts about the Legislature’s special session, Duluth News Tribune

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Capitol renovation

Sen. Bakk wants underground garage for State Capitol, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Dayton and Daudt were only $25 million apart over $17 billion education bill, Star Tribune

GOP not to blame for pending education bill veto, Daudt says, Star Tribune

Another Mark Dayton-Legislature ed-funding fight – over words, Pioneer Press

Dayton stands by remark about GOP, public schools, KARE

Budget impasse puts school plans on hold, MPR

Education (higher)

Legislature mandates tuition cuts at 2-year colleges, Star Tribune 

Environment

Dayton: Veto of environment bill might not yield a better bill, MPR

Environmental groups, key DFLers urge veto of environmental bill, Star Tribune

Health and human services

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, Minnesota Budget Project

Budget deal on MinnesotaCare triples out-of-pocket costs, raises premiums for working Minnesotans, MinnPost

Labor

Twin Cities department store cleaners sue over wages, overtime, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Transportation

Range highway victim of end of session rush, MPR

$500 million in cuts planned for Southwest rail line, MPR

Experts say railroad funding is key to safety, Star Tribune 

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In the Know: May 20, 2015

Events today

  • 7:20 a.m. – Gov. Dayton is on WCCO radio.
  • 9 a.m. – House Republican leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • 9:30 a.m. – House DFL leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • Noon – Lt. Gove. Smith will attend a lunch event with former Vice President Walter Mondale and the University of Minnesota – Humphrey School Policy Fellows. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 session

Minnesota Legislature leaves $1 billion to fight over next year, Star Tribune

Dayton signs 17 measures into law, including Uber, Lyft insurance requirements, Star Tribune

Minnesota lawmakers hit deadline with too much undone, Star Tribune

Despite chaotic end to session, leaders say key bills passed, Pioneer Press

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger: Another tumultuous end to legislative session, Pioneer Press

Did Minnesota House pass wrong budget bill? Maybe, Pioneer Press

Are you pleased with the outcome of the session? MPR

A messy end to a messy session, MinnPost

Why the 2015 legislative session will quickly be forgotten, MinnPost

This session was a sausage factory – and it stinks, mnpACT!

SESSION 2015: Where notable issues stand as Legislature ends, KARE

Capitol

Lori Sturdevant: Legislature’s work impeded by Capitol’s reconstruction, Star Tribune

Session complete, Capitol reconstruction gains speed, KSTP

Cigarettes

Minnesota could see push to raise cigarette purchasing age to 21, Pioneer Press

Education (E-12)

Liberal group launches post-session education ad buy, MPR

Dayton makes good on veto, calls for special session, Star Tribune

Mark Dayton keeping veto promise on education bill, Pioneer Press

Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans, MPR

How will Minnesota pre-K funding shake out in a special session? MPR

For some early ed advocates, pre-K pitch raises frustration, uncertainty, MPR

In veto message, Dayton rails against ‘astonishing’ education bill; promises to call special session, MinnPost

Why hold the ed budget hostage over pre-K? mnpACT!

Special session possible after Dayton rejects education bill, KSTP

VETO: Gov. Dayton’s rejection letter to House Speaker Daudt, Fox  

Education (higher)

Lawmakers turn down U of M’s tuition freeze request, MPR 

Energy

Big industry, utilities win on energy legislation in Minnesota, Star Tribune

GOP

Lawmaker wants an apology for ‘hate the public schools’ remark, Pioneer Press

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 4, mn progressive project

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 5, mn progressive project

The GOP escalates their war on women in new and uglier ways, mn progressive project 

Human trafficking bill

After drama, human trafficking bill sails to Obama’s desk, Star Tribune 

Labor

Unions sort out wins, losses in legislative session, Workday Minnesota

Legacy

Anderson: Millions on hold for fishers projects, Star Tribune

Lottery

Lottery restrictions become law, but games won’t go dark just yet, Star Tribune

Major League Soccer

Legislature ignores pitch for soccer stadium tax break, MPR

State Auditor

Dayton says he’ll fight to preserve state auditor authority, WCCO 

Transportation

Minnesota lawmakers stick with status-quo on transportation bill, Star Tribune

Transportation advocates blast ‘duct tape’ approach to funding, Workday Minnesota

Group criticizes MN lawmakers for making no progress on transportation funding, WCCO

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Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin on Gov. Dayton veto of education bill

“The Legislature is being forced into a special session by Republicans who refused to compromise and are more interested in providing tax giveaways to corporations than investing in education. Until Republicans stop prioritizing the want of a few special interests over the needs of tens of thousands of Minnesota children, they will continue to block the progress needed for future economic success.

“Make no mistake, the Senate and House DFL caucus and Gov. Mark Dayton are committed to early learners and investing in a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans. Now is the time for Minnesotans to stand with Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators and tell Republicans that with a budget surplus after a decade of scarcity and cuts, now is the time to provide more opportunities for success for our children.”

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