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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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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

The article  below was posted on the National Memo website on November 23, 2015. We thought it might ease some holiday interactions:

The guy your aunt met on ChristianMingle.com is going to be in such a good mood. His third “Make America Great Again” hat just came in the mail. He’s certain that his prolific Internet commenting as “RINOHUNTz69” has singlehandedly dismantled the candidacy of Jeb Bush. And the last two years of off-year elections have helped Republicans… (more…)

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Republicans are the ones hiding behind ‘political correctness’

The following authored by Eugene Robinson appeared in the Washington Post November 23, 2015:

Donald Trump at a campaign stop Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. (Eric Schultz/Associated Press)

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.

Take Donald Trump’s claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, “I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

The Post’s Fact Checker columnist, Glenn Kessler, found no evidence to support Trump’s claim and gave him Four Pinocchios, reserved for the most baldfaced lies. PolitiFact gave the statement aPants on Fire rating, denoting extreme mendacity. But when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed the GOP front-runner to explain himself, noting that “police say it didn’t happen,” Trump resorted to what has become a familiar dodge.

“I know it might not be politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down,” Trump said. (more…)

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GOP Racist Messaging

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.27.43 PM“Yesterday the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party posted the following statement on their Facebook page: “MN #‎DFL now propose a “special session” to deal with their self-created “#‎Negroproblem”.

 You don’t have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging.  However, this is not the first time the Minnesota Republican Party and their affiliates have posted racially insensitive material.

“The GOP is clearly out of touch on issues of race here in Minnesota and around the country.  Regrettably these comments have become commonplace in the Republican Party  and it should be no surprise that they are now an accepted and normal part of their conversation.

 While our community is still struggling with the death of a young man and trying to find answers for his family, the Republican Party of Minnesota decided to chime in with racist and bigoted comments. There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state and we call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment from the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party.”  

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Governor to Convene Statewide Water Quality Summit in February

800px-fort-snelling-state-park-confluence_cropThis past weekend, Governor Mark Dayton announced his plans to convene a statewide Water Quality Summit in February. The summit will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders.

“My father believed – as I believe – that stewardship is a profound responsibility of each of us. To take what we have been given – or have acquired – and leave it in better condition for those who will inherit from us,” said Governor Dayton. “This is everyone’s challenge, and everyone’s responsibility.” 

In his remarks to the Minnesota Farm Bureau this weekend, Governor Dayton elaborated on the need for a statewide Water Quality Summit, and provided some additional information about what the summit may address. Audio of the Governor’s remarks can be found here

Additional details about the Governor’s Water Quality Summit will be provided in the coming weeks. 

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In the Know: November 20, 2015

Events today

  • 7:30 a.m. – Congressman Nolan speaks about the future of rural broadband at the Blandin Foundation Broadband Builders Breakfast, Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel, 9960 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Congressman Nolan speaks at the event announcing completion of the Chambers Grove Habitat Restoration Project – and new funding for the 21st Avenue Project in the St. Louis River Area of Concern. Chambers Grove Park, 134th W Ave.,  Duluth.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Supreme Court ceremony for Justice Natalie Hudson. Landmark Center, Cortile, 75 5th St., St. Paul.
  • 4:30 p.m. – A rally and candlelight vigil will be held outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s precinct headquarters in north Minneapolis, where activists have been maintaining a presence since Jamar Clark’s shooting a few blocks away early Sunday.
  • 5 p.m. – Chelsea Clinton will be at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, to sign her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!” The book signing is free with a book purchase. Details can be found here: http://www.redballoonbookshop.com/event/chelsea-clinton. (more…)

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Seth Meyers on GOPers’ Syrian Refugee Situation

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The Syrian Refugee Debate: A Closer LookSeth takes A Closer Look at American politicians who are closing their doors to Syrian refugees.

Posted by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday, November 19, 2015

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In the Know: November 19, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Norman County Deputy Auditors-Treasurers Tammy Kappes and Donna Hanson. 16 3rd Ave. E., Ada.
  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for October 2015.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Mahnomen County Crime Victim Services and Safe at Home Application Assistant. Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office-Mahnomen County Courthouse, Level 5 in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 311 N. Main St., Mahnomen.
  • Noon – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Lakes Crisis and Resource Center and Safe at Home Application Assistant. 1339 Pelican Ln., Detroit Lakes.
  • Noon (EST) – The U.S. House of Representatives will meet for legislative business, with plans to vote on a bill to limit entry by Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. (more…)

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In the Know: November 18, 2015

Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment Committee tours Luverne, Marshall, Montevideo, Appleton and Willmar.
  • 9 a.m. – The Prison Population Task Force will meet, Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 9 a.m. – The House and Senate Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee will meet to discuss a focus on reform of controlled substances.
  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, Blueberry Pines Golf, Dining & Event Center, 39161 U.S. 71, Menahga.
  • 10 a.m. – The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission meets, Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with Minnesota delegates to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Science Museum.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve  Simon will hold a roundtable discussion with David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, and other Park Rapids Area community leaders. Hubbard County Courthouse, Board Room, 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids. (more…)

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In the Know: November 17, 2015

Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment committee will visit Worthington, Windom, Mankato and St. Peter.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability. Governor’s Press Briefing Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lunch. Landmark Center, First Floor Atrium, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the fifth meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Room 200, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • 2 – 6 p.m. – U of MN AFSCME Locals and Teamsters Local 320 will hold an informational picket to let the University administration know they are united and deserve raises and respect. 100 Church St SE, Minneapolis.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 18 – The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents, “The Right Deal for America: Why It’s Time to Rewrite the Economic Rules” with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The visit of Richard Trumka is of special significance for the Humphrey School, as the School hosts the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy, currently held by Professor Morris Kleiner.  The chair was established through a major donation from the AFL-CIO to the Humphrey School in 1983, in honor and memory of the School’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey. 5 – 6:30 p.m., reception, 6:30 p.m., public lecture. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis. (more…)

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Sen. John Hoffman’s Capitol Corner


Business is Booming in the Northwest Metro

Last month, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), reported that Minnesota’s unemployment rate was sitting at a steady 3.8 percent. The economic health of our state has been widely reported for the past few years, the announcement that we have recovered from the recession has been proclaimed far and wide by many. But it wasn’t too long ago that Minnesota was far from healthy. When I was first running for Senate in the summer of 2012 – our state’s unemployment rate was sitting at 5.7 percent.

I believe remembering how far Minnesota has come since the low point, when our state’s unemployment rate reached nearly 8 percent in June of 2009, is incredibly important. Looking back can help make celebrating current business expansions and the creation of new jobs – all the more exciting.

Two businesses have chosen to relocate and expand in our district in the last year. Wurth Adams Nut & Bolt, an industry-fabricated metal products manufacturing company is moving its headquarters to Brooklyn Park. The $30 million, 160,000 square foot expansion will create 20 jobs. German-owned Wurth Adams – which manufactures nuts, bolts and other types of fasteners – has been headquartered in Maple Grove since 1995. The company said it decided to move to the new site because it needs more office and warehouse space. The project is receiving $590,000 from the State through the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. (more…)

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