Our Representative in Congress hasn’t held a public town hall since February 10, 2010. 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 — but no traditional town hall.
Tuesday, June 13, there was another Paulsen Town Call lottery in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.
For years now Rep. Erik Paulsen claims to have had many town hall events. What most constituents would label a Town Hall — a public, in-person meeting with plenty of notice and no entrance fee — doesn’t seem to happen. As a lottery winner on Tuesday, you would have received an unexpected, dinner-time call from an unidentified caller. Thus, to really win, you must be both available and willing to pick up that call.
Earlier this year I left my number with Paulsen’s Eden Prairie office to increase my chances of getting a call. So far, indicating an interest hasn’t garnered a call. At that time I asked about a transcript, but was told they do not have that capability. The staff member I spoke with said ‘someone’ may be recording these calls so I could try a search online. To me that suggests Mr. Paulsen is checking off a box labelled Constituent Contact with no concern for quality, accuracy or real communication. (more…)
2017 Legislative Session
Lawmakers detail shutdown plan; Dayton mounts defense, MPR
After budget veto, Minnesota Senate plans to shut down in July; House in September, Pioneer Press
Letter: Gruenhagen perpetuated urban, rural myths, Hutchinson Leader
2018 Election Cycle
Tollefson enters race for state auditor, MPRBWCAW
Battle escalates over mining moratorium near BWCAW, Duluth News Tribune
DFL Congressional Delegation
Congress wants Great Lakes carp protection plan released, Duluth News Tribune (more…)
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:
- Indivisable CD3 Phone Script(s) Townhall
- ISSUE & OPTIONAL SCRIPT: My name is _(Name)________ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in _(City)_____. I am calling to understand why Rep. Paulsen voted for a healthcare bill that was touted by the President as “incredibly well crafted” and that his is now calling “mean.” I do not support this bill and I cannot understand why Rep. Paulsen would have supported it, especially when he said he was going to protect pre-existing conditions and did no such thing. SOURCE
- Phone Numbers: 202.225.2871 (DC) or 952.405.8510 (MN).
- June 24, 8:00 AM — Progressive Message Framing Workshop, North Hennepin Community College Grand Hall in the Center for Business and Technology, 7411 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. More information, get ticket(s) here.
- June 24, 9:30 AM — Swing Left/DFL I’ve Never Been Political, but I Need to DO SOMETHING Event, Oxoboro Public Library, 8801 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420
- June 24, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM — Twin Cities Pride Festival, Loring Park, 1382 Willow St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
- June 24, 11:00 AM — Indivisible CD3 at the Rogers Parade, meet at the Rogers Fire Station, 21201 Memorial Dr, Rogers, MN 55374. More information and RSVP here.
- June 25, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM — Twin Cities Pride Festival, Loring Park, 1382 Willow St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Parade starts at 9:00 AM.
- June 25, 2:30 PM — Swing Left Door to Door Outreach in Bloomington. More information and RSVP here.
- June 26, 7:00 PM — Chaska Indivisible meeting, more information and RSVP here.
- June 26, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Plymouth meeting, Lunds & Byerly’s Meeting Room, 13081 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305. More information and RSVP here.
- June 27, 12:00 PM — Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415
- June 27, 7:00 PM — Indivisible CD3 Book Club: Dark Money, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305. More information and RSVP here.
- June 27, 7:00 PM — OFA MN: What is Single Payer Healthcare? Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, Walker Ave S. & Rice St E. Wayzata, MN 55391. More information and RSVP here.
- June 28, 6:30 PM — I <3 My Neighbor, Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346, an inter-faith conversation about “Who is my neighbor?”. More information here.
- July 1, 11:30 AM — Resistance Summer Community Cookout, Harrison Park, 1701 W 100th St, Bloomington, MN 55431, more information and RSVP here.
- July 11, 12:00 PM — Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415
- July 14 – July 16 — Camp Wellstone Minnesota. More information here.
- July 12 — Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, more information here.
The following article by Meghan Davy Sandvold was posted on the Eden Prairie News website June 22, 2017:
EDEN PRAIRIE — Faith leaders and constituents of District 3 recently gathered outside U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Eden Prairie office. They said they were mourning the potential deaths of those who may not be alive for long if significant changes are made to their health care plans.
Clergy and faith leaders from Congressional District 3 gathered outside of Paulsen’s oce at 250 Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie, on Wednesday, June 21, to raise awareness of the impact the proposed American Health Care Act could have on thousands of Minnesotans. (more…)
To the Editor:
True confession: I voted for Erik Paulsen — twice! He seemed like a nice guy, was a fellow St. Olaf graduate, and a friend vouched for him. That was enough to get this Democrat to back the “moderate” Republican. I felt comfortable with him as my representative. Are you comfortable with him? If so I encourage you to dig deeper: The truth about Erik Paulsen may surprise you.
An examination of Paulsen’s voting record reveals the truth about Erik, who works hard to maintain his “nice guy” image, even as his votes betray our trust. Paulsen has voted in favor of every single policy put forth by President Trump — even those that are devastating: the wildly unpopular AHCA, loss of our internet privacy, and stripping environmental protections. These votes are far from moderate or “nice” — some are literally deadly. (more…)
2017 Legislative Session
Lawmakers want more info on agencies, but they won’t pay for it, MPR
Some Mpls. Businesses worry $15 hourly minimum wage will cost them, MPR
2018 Election Cycle
Albert Lea’s Minehart seeking seat in Congress, Worthington Globe
Rep. Cheryl Youakim (46B) – Legislative Update
Last Friday, the jury in the trial of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez came out with a verdict of not guilty. The journey from the senseless killing of Philando Castile to the verdict on Friday was a long one, but it is far from complete. We would not be doing justice to Mr. Castile if the discussion ended here. I share the disappointment of many with the verdict and in the sadness many feel. It is hard when the system does not produce the result we would like to see or when we feel that justice has not been achieved.
In 1967, Hubert Humphrey said, “Freedom is not real to me when I have it and my brother does not, when my nation enjoys it and another does not, when my race achieved it and others have not.” It is hard to believe that we are still waging the same war for justice, but we are. We must continue to push for reforms in our legal system so that it is truly fair for all. We need to continue to reach out to each other and to learn from each other in order to break down the walls of fear. Only when we work together can we make our communities safe and strong for this generation and the next. (more…)
The following article by Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner was posted on the Washington Post website June 19, 2017:
In August, as tension mounted over Russia’s role in the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sat down to dinner with a business associate from Ukraine who once served in the Russian army.
Konstantin Kilimnik, who learned English at a military school that some experts consider a training ground for Russian spies, had helped run the Ukraine office for Manafort’s international political consulting practice for 10 years.
At the Grand Havana Room, one of New York City’s most exclusive cigar bars, the longtime acquaintances “talked about bills unpaid by our clients, about [the] overall situation in Ukraine . . . and about the current news,” including the presidential campaign, according to a statement provided by Kilimnik, offering his most detailed account of his interactions with the former Trump adviser. (more…)
The following fact check article by Glenn Kessler was posted on the Washington Post website June 19, 2017:
While Obamacare was under consideration, McConnell had strong words for the Democratic majority’s tactics, criticizing them for going ‘the partisan route.’ Now, he seems to be using them. (Video: Meg Kelly/Photo: Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post/The Washington Post)
“Unfortunately, it will have to be a Republicans-only exercise. But we’re working hard to get there.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in remarks to reporters June 13
It has become a regular feature of the U.S. political system that the politicians in the minority accuse the politicians in power of cutting deals behind closed doors to advance controversial legislation — only to engage in similar tactics once they regain power. (more…)