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 2,179 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

Join Us Wednesday: Dessert and Discussion

Please join the CD3 Central Committee for an evening of desserts and discussion with our congressional candidates;  Alicia Donahue, Adam Jennings, Dean Phillips and Brian Santa Maria.

This will be an informal meet and greet where we can meet all of the candidates one-on-one, and begin brainstorming how we can flip CD3 from red to blue.

Please invite anyone else who is ready to push up their sleeves and get to work in the 3rd!

When:  Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 – 8:45pm
Where:  Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd,  Minnetonka, MN

Bring a dessert to share.  CD3 will be providing coffee and water.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Kay Lewis at 952.491.0748 or kay.lewis@gmail.com.

Note This will be in lieu of our August Central Committee meeting. Our regularly scheduled meeting will resume in September.

Why control of the U.S. House could hinge on Minnesota in 2018

The following article by Sam Bordey was posted on the MinnPost website August 10, 2017:

From north to south, woods to prairie, the vast majority of the state of Minnesota will be hotly contested political turf in the 2018 election cycle.

Of the state’s eight U.S. House seats, five are among the handful of races considered legitimately competitive — and a few even rank as top national priorities for both parties.

It’s not a stretch to say that control of the House could be decided in the North Star State: with Republicans commanding a 23-seat majority, and Democrats aiming to chip away, or even reverse, that total, having a slate of five competitive races in one state is a big deal. Read More

Congress will have 12 working days to prevent a debt default and keep the government open.

The following article by Kelsey Snell filling in for James Hohmann with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve was posted on the Washington Post website August 11, 2017:

THE BIG IDEA today is by Kelsey Snell. James will be back on Monday.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have a lot to do when Congress returns next month. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

August is supposed to be a time when Washington recharges, relaxes and refreshes. But just beyond that happy hour cocktail or beach blanket is a looming fiscal battle over funding the government and raising the debt limit.

Exciting, right? When Congress returns in September the House will have just 12 legislative days to raise the federal borrowing limit to avoid default — and the same amount of time to approve a spending deal to avert a government shutdown. Those things alone would make for a hefty lift under even the best political circumstances. But the high-stakes deadlines comes as GOP lawmakers are still bruised and angry over the dramatic failure of their most recent push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Read More

The @nti-Trump: Rep. Ted Lieu hits the president where he lives

The following article by Gabby Kaufman was posted on the Yahoo News website August 9, 2017:

Ted Lieu at the “From Russia With Trump” panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

There’s no evidence President Trump, in his Twitter persona of @realDonaldTrump, has been paying any attention to Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., or even to @tedlieu. He hasn’t replied to any of the second-term congressman’s provocative tweets, hasn’t bothered to insult or attack him and hasn’t unleashed on him the army of trollbots supposedly working in the service of the Trump campaign.

Others are paying attention — Lieu’s 337,000 followers, at least, representing an increase of hundreds of thousands in the months since he began his campaign of answering the deluge of bombast and untruths from the president’s Twitter account with his own stern correctives.

It’s a thankless job — unless you are, say, a certain 48-year-old minority-party backbencher from Torrance who has been rewarded with newfound stature in his party and increased face time on cable news.

Read More

Tax Propaganda

The following article was posted on the TrumpAccountable.org website August 10, 2017:

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Republican tax reform advocates and the Trump White House have taken note of the mistakes made during the hapless Obamacare repeal effort that culminated in failure in the Senate. One of the biggest mistakes Republicans made was an inability to make the case to the broader population that their replacement was going to be in any way better.

Tax reform advocates friendly to the Republican agenda have already begun a campaign to help the Republican leadership deliver talking points about the need for tax reform. The American Action Network recently launched a 15 second video across national cable platforms featuring Albert Jones, a laid off metal worker from Ohio, who claims that he lost his job because of the U.S. tax code. Read More

GOP group launches TV ads in Third District

The following article by Jennifer Brooks was posted on the Star Tribune website August 9, 2017:

Brace yourselves, Minnesota voters. Campaign ad season came early this year.

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Republican who represents a district Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, is getting a boost from a $2.5 million national television ad buy from a deep-pocketed GOP advocacy group.

American Action Network, a political nonprofit helmed by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, announced today it will be airing television ads — featuring an Ohio metalworker who pins the blame for his layoff of the current tax code — in 24 vulnerable Republican districts, including Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. Read More

Don’t Forget: Our Dessert and Discussion Gathering

Please join the CD3 Central Committee for an evening of desserts and discussion with our congressional candidates;  Alicia Donahue, Adam Jennings, Dean Phillips and Brian Santa Maria.

This will be an informal meet and greet where we can meet all of the candidates one-on-one, and begin brainstorming how we can flip CD3 from red to blue.

Please invite anyone else who is ready to push up their sleeves and get to work in the 3rd!

When:  Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 – 8:45pm
Where:  Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd,  Minnetonka, MN

Bring a dessert to share.  CD3 will be providing coffee and water.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Kay Lewis at 952.491.0748 or kay.lewis@gmail.com.

Note This will be in lieu of our August Central Committee meeting. Our regularly scheduled meeting will resume in September.

Join Us for Dessert and Discussion

Please join the CD3 Central Committee for an evening of desserts and discussion with our congressional candidates;  Alicia Donahue, Adam Jennings, Dean Phillips and Brian Santa Maria.

This will be an informal meet and greet where we can meet all of the candidates one-on-one, and begin brainstorming how we can flip CD3 from red to blue.

Please invite anyone else who is ready to push up their sleeves and get to work in the 3rd!

When:  Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 – 8:45pm
Where:  Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd,  Minnetonka, MN

Bring a dessert to share.  CD3 will be providing coffee and water.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Kay Lewis at 952.491.0748 or kay.lewis@gmail.com.

Note This will be in lieu of our August Central Committee meeting. Our regularly scheduled meeting will resume in September.