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 2,270 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

December CD3 DFL Congressional Candidate Forum

If you haven’t been able to attend any of our earlier DFL Congressional Candidate forums, we have one final forum before the holidays. (There will be one additional forum in January, more information as it becomes available.) and start of the caucus and convention season after the first of the year.  Here are the specifics:

Where:  Southdale Hennepin County Public Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

When:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017,  doors open at 6:00 PM.  Forum begins at 6:30 PM.

Please submit your questions by end of day December 1, 207, here.

States Face Children’s Health Coverage Uncertainty

The following article by Sandhya Raman was posted on the RollCall website November 20, 2017:

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About two months after federal funding lapsed for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, state officials still don’t know exactly when they’ll run out of money or when Congress will renew funding — leaving families that depend on the program increasingly anxious about their benefits.

At least a few states say that they could exhaust funds as soon as next month. States are growing more concerned about the program with just a few days left on the congressional calendar until December and no signs that lawmakers plan in the immediate future to renew funding.  Read More

The White House has finally acknowledged its position on Roy Moore and it’s repulsive

The following article by Melanie Schmitz was posted on the ThinkProgress website November 20, 2017:

Kellyanne Conway on “Fox & Friends”, Monday, November 20, 2017. (Credit: Fox & Friends)

During an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged Alabamans to vote for Republican Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of child sex abuse, in the upcoming special election. Her reasoning: congressional GOP members needed a win on tax reform.

Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled,” she said. “He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He’s strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners. And Doug Jones is a doctrinaire liberal, which is why he’s not saying anything and why the media are trying to boost him.” Read More

The Trump Administration’s Slow But Steady Undoing of the Department of Education

The following article by Coleton Whiaker, Abel McDaniels and Stephenie Johnson was posted on the National Memo Website November 20, 2017:

President Donald Trump stands with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as he arrives to speak during a school choice event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, May 3, 2017. Credit: AP/Evan Vucci

Nearly one year ago, on November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Betsy DeVos, a pay-for-play billionaire with no experience working in public schools, to be his secretary of education. This move signaled to students, parents, educators, and public school advocates that Trump intended to make good on his promise to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. During his 2016 campaign, Trump rarely mentioned education except to call repeatedly to eliminate the department or to chastise urban public schools and districts. Once in office, he quickly nominated DeVos to turn his campaign rallying cry into a reality.

Historically, the Department of Education has worked to make sure that students are prepared for an increasingly global economy by providing supplemental funds to support students in low-income schools, students with disabilities, and other students who are historically underserved; distributing and monitoring trillions of dollars in funds to help students pursue higher education; and collecting and disseminating data about the nation’s schools. The department also protects students by ensuring that factors such as race, income, language, sexual orientation, and disability are not barriers to high-quality schooling. Read More

Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

The following article by David S. Cloud was posted on the Los Angeles Times website November 17, 2017:

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Shortly before last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. flew to France for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian peace activist, who says she meets regularly with Russian officials, and her French husband, who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Donald Trump’s eldest son dined with his hosts, Randa Kassis and Fabien Baussart, at a corner table in the opulent Louis XV Salon. That night, Trump Jr. addressed a seminar organized by Baussart, who heads an obscure foreign policy think tank, for a fee of at least $50,000.

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Why This House Tax Scheme Is For IDIOTS

The following article by David Cay Johnston was posted on the DCReport.org website November 17, 2017:

The House tax bill is an all-out attack on the future prosperity of America, not that any of the major news organizations are telling you that in plain English. Lost in the dense bureaucratic language of modern news reports is the simple fact that the House bill takes from striving students so that the already rich and major corporations can have more.

This bill is a long-term disaster in terms of what economists call opportunity costs. That term refers to a benefit that a person could have received, but gave up, to take another course of action. This tax bill gives up the future wealth from investing in brainpower in favor of permanent tax cuts for the already rich and corporations. Read More

Collins airs concern about harassment charges against the president

The following article by Sarah Kaplan and Sean Sullivan was posted on the Washington Post website November 19, 2017:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) says harassment allegations against President Trump concern her and were one reason she did not vote for him in 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) went further Sunday than most of her Republican colleagues in expressing worry about the sexual assault allegations against President Trump, saying they were one of the reasons she did not vote for him.

“Those allegations remain very disturbing,” Collins said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” She noted that she did not support Trump in the 2016 campaign in part because of news reports about women accusing him of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has denied those allegations, which include 12 women detailing incidents that occurred over many years. Read More

‘Hot potato’ shows why workers won’t benefit from Trump’s corporate tax cut

The following article by Prof. Steven Pressman of the Economics Department at Colorado State University was posted on the Conversation website November 17, 2017:

Many children have played hot potato, a game in which they pass a spud to other children quickly so they don’t get stuck with it when the music stops.

Taxes are like that potato. No one likes paying them; everyone tries to pass them to others. The game of hot potato sheds some light on the debate over Republican tax cutting plans, particularly when it comes to companies.

The House just passed its tax cut bill. It would give about two-thirds of roughly US$1.5 trillion in net tax cuts over the next decade to businesses, mainly by lowering the corporate income tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent. That puts a lot of money on the table. About $100 billion in U.S. corporate profits would be retained by companies rather than paid to the government each year. Read More

Mueller requested DOJ hand over documents related to Comey firing: report

The following article by Olivia Beavers was posted on the Hill website November 19, 2017:

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Special counsel Robert Mueller asked the Justice Department within the past month to turn over a wide array of documents as part of its ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, ABC News reported Sunday.

His team is particularly interested in materials that relate to Trump’s dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘s decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe earlier this year, a source who was told about the request informed ABC News. Read More

Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • Today through December 23 — ACA Open Enrollment Period, visit MNSure.org to check out insurance plans if you need coverage for new options.
  • November 21, 7:30 PM — Indivisible MN03 Tax Scam Poetry Slam, 318 Water St, Excelsior, MN 55331. More information and RSVP here.
  • November 23 — Thanksgiving
  • November 27, 5:00 PM — Indivisible Plymouth Social Event with Dr. Tim Magee, El Ateca, 3500 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447.  More information and RSVP here.
  • November 29, 6:30 PM — Monthly meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin area chapter of Sandy Hook Promise, Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN. More information and RSVP here or email shpahregion@gmail.com.
  • November 30 — Presentation by Prof. Richard Painter, former GW Bush Ethics Chief hosted by Common Cause, MN, more information and RSVP here.
  • November 30, 5:00 PM — Hilstrom for Attorney General Hiliday Party, Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432. More information and RSVP here.
  • November 30, 7:00 PM — Indivisible NW Metro Monthly Meeting, Room 133, Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street N, Osseo, MN 55369
  • December 2, 2:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Holiday Cards and Community, Second Floor Meeting Room, Southdale Hennepin County Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
  • December 7, 9:30 AM — DFL Women Meeting, 12800 Marion Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Candidates for state offices on the ballot November, 2018, have been invited. More specifics as they become available. Read More