The U.S.’s top spies issue a challenge to Trump’s agenda

The following article by Ishaan Tharoor was posted on the Washington Post website February 14, 2018:

Credit: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg, Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE

On Tuesday, the top intelligence officials in the United States briefed senators on their annual assessments of the threats facing the country in the year ahead. Although most of these principals were Trump appointees, their testimony reflected the consensus of what some Trump supporters would probably tar as the “deep state,” the shadowy world of Washington bureaucrats and spooks operating at a remove from the public.

The headline concern of their report was something that exasperates the president: the role of Russian meddling in U.S. politics, whether in the form of direct attempts to interfere with the electoral system or the proliferation of Kremlin-sponsored social media bots and “news” websites. Read More

Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

The following article by Mark Berman was posted on the Washington Post website February 14, 2018:

Here is what we know about the allegation that an adult-film star reportedly was paid to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. (The Washington Post)

A longtime personal attorney for President Trump said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 to an adult-film star who had told people she had an affair with Trump a decade before he won the presidency.

Michael Cohen, who had previously dismissed reports about the payment, said he paid Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — using his own money, rather than involving the Trump Organization or the Trump presidential campaign. His comments came after a watchdog group argued that the payout should be viewed as an unreported campaign expense, which Cohen denied. Read More

Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Isn’t Viable in SNAP Overhaul, Officials Say

The following article by Glenn Thrush was posted on the New York Times website February 13, 2018:

People paid for fresh produce using federal assistance at a farmers market in Lake Orion, Mich., in 2013. Credit Lauren Abdel-Razzaq/The Detroit News, via AP

WASHINGTON — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers about 46 million low-income Americans both sustenance and economic choice by providing an allowance to buy the fruit, meat, fresh vegetables, soda, ice cream and kind of bread they want to eat.

But on Monday, the Trump administration sprung a surprise: Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it. Read More

A case of disrespect and incivility

I was struck by the rich irony of the news that my Congressman Erik Paulsen was selected as a member of the recently created Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. The caucus states its mission is to “encourage all members of Congress to act with civility and respect in their political discourse in their congressional districts and in Washington.”

Congressman Paulsen doesn’t respect his constituents enough to talk with them in a public town hall setting and, in a recent letter to donors, called his constituent detractors “trolls.” Read More

Sen. Steve Cwodzinski Update: February 16, 2018

Week of February 12th – 16th

This past Wednesday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School suffered a colossal tragedy; 17 adults and children were killed by gunfire from a former student. This disaster is part of a long line of preventable mass shootings, and has painfully revived the dialogue surrounding gun violence prevention.

We’ve had this conversation too many times for evil of this magnitude to resurface so frequently. America is averaging one school shooting perweek. It’s time for action.  Read More

Rep. Jon Applebaum will not seek reelection to the Minnesota House in 2018

Rep. Jon Applebaum, HD44B

On February 16, 2018, Representative Jon Applebaum announced that he will not seek reelection to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018.

“It has been an honor to serve my hometown district, all of my constituents and the people of Minnesota for the past four years,” Rep. Applebaum said. “Thank you to my constituents for electing me as their representative. Thank you to my colleagues and the staff at the legislature for all the work they do. And thank you to my family, friends, supporters and volunteers, who helped in all my campaigns. Your support has meant the world to me. Read More

2018 DFL Candidates

2018 CD3 DFL Congressional Candidates

Council Member
Adam Jennings

Learn more about him here.

Visit his website at https://jenningsforcongress.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Adam4MN

Following Adam on Twitter @Adam4MN

Brian Santa Maria

Learn more about him here.

Visit his website at https://www.votesantamaria.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BrianSantaMariaforCongress/

Follow him on Twitter @briansantamaria

Dean Phillips

Learn more about him here.

Visit his website at https://www.phillipsforcongress.org

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/deanphillipsforcongress/

Follow him on Twitter @deanbphillips

2018 DFL Gubernatorial Candidates

State Rep. Erin Murphy

Visit her website at https://murphyformn.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/epmurphymn%20/

Follow her on Twitter @epmurphymn

State Auditor
Rebecca Otto

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Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rebeccalwotto/

Follow him on Twitter @Rebecca_Otto

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz,  for Governor

State Rep. Peggy Flanagan
House District 46A, for Lt. Governor

Visit his website at http://www.walzforgovernor.org

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebookc.om/timwalzforgovernor/

Follow him on Twitter @Tim_Walz

Follow her on Twitter @peggyflanagan

State Rep. Tina Liebling

Visit her website at https://www.tinaliebling.com/

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LieblingforGov/

Follow him on Twitter @TinaLiebling

2018 Secretary of State

Secretary of State
Steven Simon

Visit his website at https://stevesimonmn.com/

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SteveSimonForSOS/

Follow him on Twitter @MNSteveSimon

2018 Attorney General

Matt Pelikan

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Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mattpelikan/

Follow him on Twitter @mattpelikan

Former Commerce Commissioner
Mike Rothman

Visit his website at http://mikerothmanformn.com/ 

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mikerothman4mn

Follow him on Twitter @mikerothman4mn

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

Visit her website at http://www.loriswanson.com/

More information as it becomes available.

2018 State Auditor

Julie Blaha

Visit her website at http://blahaforauditor.org

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlahaForAuditor

Follow her on Twitter @julieblaha

Jon Tollefson

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Follow him on Twitter @JonTollefsonMN

2018 Senate District 33 Candidates

Norrie Thomas
House District 33A

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/worksmarttogether/

Kelly Morrison House District 33B

More information as it becomes available.

2018 Senate District 34 Candidates

Kristin Bahner
House District 34B

Visit her website at http://www.bahnerforhouse.com/http://www.bahnerforhouse.com/

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kristinbahnermn/

Follow her on Twitter @kristinbahnermn

2018 Senate District 35 Candidates

Andy Hillebregt House District 35A

Visit his website at https://www.vote-for-andy.com/

Like his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/electandyhillebregt/

Bill Vikander House District 35A

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Like his Facebook page at http://facebook.com/billforMNhouse

Follow him on Twitter @billformnhouse

Kathryn Schwartz-Eckhardt
House District 35B
Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KathrynforMN/

Join her Facebook campaign support group at https://facebook.com/groups/130993370963351/

Follow her on Twitter @Kathrynformn

2018 Senate District 36 Candidates

Zack Stephenson
House District 36A

View his website at http://www.zack.mn/

View his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/zackstephensonformnhouse/

Follow him on Twitter @zackstephenson

State Rep. Melissa Hortman
House District 36B

Visit her website at http://melissahortman.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MelissaHortman/

Follow her on Twitter @melissahortman

2018 Senate District 40 Candidates

State Rep. Mike Nelson
House District 40A

Visit his website at http://www.nelsonformnhouse.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rep.michael.nelson

 

State Rep. Debra Hilstrom 
House District 40B

Visit her website at https://debrahilstrom.com/ 

Follow her on Twitter @debrahilstrom

 

2018 Senate District 44 Candidates

Ginny Klevhorn
House District 44A

Visit her website at https://www.ginnyklevorn.com

Visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ginnyklevorn

Follow her on Twitter @GinnyKlevorn

   

2018 Senate District 45 Candidates

State Rep. Lyndon Carlson
House District 45A

Visit his website at https://lyndoncarlson.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/State-Representative-Lyndon-Carlson-207632055924786/

2018 Senate District 46 Candidates

 

Brittany Edwards
House District 46A

Visit her website at https://www.brittanyforhouse.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brittanyforhouse

Follow her on Twitter @brittanyforhouse.com

Ryan Winkler
House District 46A

Visit his website at https://www.ryanwinkler.com/

Follow him on Twitter @_RyanWinkler

State Rep. Cheryl Youakim
House District 46B

Visit her website at https://www.cherylyouakim.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CLYouakim

Follow her on Twitter @CLYouakim

2018 Senate District 47 Candidates

David Snyder
House District 47A

Visit his website at https://davidsnyderformnhouse47a.com/home

Visit his Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/DavidSnyderforMNHouse47A/

Follow him on Twitter @DavidSnyderforMNHouse47A

 

Madalynn Gerold

Madalynn Gerold
House District 47A

Vist her website at https://madalynngeroldformn.com

Vist her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/madalynformn/

Follow her on Twitter @MadalynnforMN

Jane Montemayor
House District 47B

 More information as it becomes available.

2018 Senate District 48 Candidates

State Rep. Laurie Pryor
House District 48A

Visit her website at https://lauriepryor.org

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LauriePryorMN

Follow her on Twitter @lauriepryor

Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
House District 48B

Visit her website at https://www.carlieforhouse.com/

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/carlieforhouse

Follow her on Twitter @CarlieforHouse

 

Angie Roesner
House District 48B

More information as it becomes available.

2018 Senate District 49 Candidates

Heather Edelson
House District 49A

Visit her website at https://www.heatheredelson.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/heathermedelson

Follow her on Twitter @heather_edelson

Carolyn Jackson
House District 49A

Visit her website at https://www.jacksonforedina.com

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jacksonforedina

Follow her on Twitter @JacksonforEdina

State Rep. Paul Rosenthal
House District 49B

Visit his website at http://voterosenthal.com/

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/citizensforrosenthal

Follow him on Twitter @PaulRosenthalMN

2018 Senate District 50 Candidates

State Rep. Linda Slocum
House District 50A

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rep.linda.slocum

Follow her on Twitter @RepLindaSLocum

State Rep. Andrew Carlson
House District 50B

Visit his website at https://andrewcarlsonforstaterep.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ElectAndrewCarlson

Follow him on Twitter @ElectAndrewCarlson

 

2018 Hennepin County Sheriff

Sargeant Dave Hutchinson

 

Visit his website at https://www.votehutch4hennepin.com

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/votehutch4hennepin

Follow him on Twitter @realhutchhenn

 

2018 Brooklyn Park Mayor

Hollies Winston

 

Visit his website at http://www.hollieswinston.org/

Visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/votehutch4hennepin

Follow him on Twitter @Hollies4Mayor

 

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:

  • February 17, 10:30 AM — Coffee and Conversation with Dean Phillips, Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436. For more information, email hello@phillipsforcongress.org.
  • February 17, 10:30 AM — Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Hilstrom, Rep. Hortman, Rep. Nelson, Sen. Eaton and Sen. Hoffman, Grand Room, Brooklyn Park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN. More information and RSVP here.
  • February 17, 1:00 PM — Dean Phillips Government Repair Shack Grand Opening, Port of Excelsior, MN 55331. For more information, email hello@phillipsforcongress.org.
  • February 17, 6:00 PM — Reception for Attorney General Lori Swanson, home of Patti and Mike Hatch, 560 Indian Mound St, Wayzata, MN 55391. Suggested contribution $100 or $50, but any contribution appreciated.
  • February 18, 3:00 PM — Meet Adam Jennings, Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • February 19 — Presidents Day
  • February 19, 9:00 AM — Girls Rock the Capitol, Minnesota State Senate Office Building, 95 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN. Girls ages 13-18, more information and RSVP to Ishwari at ishwari@mnwomen.org.
  • February 19, 5:00 PM — Coffee and Conversation with Dean Phillips, Community Room, Lunds & Byerly’s, 13081 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55303. For more information, email hello@phillipsforcongress.org.
  • February 19, 5:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Washington’s Birthday Happy Hours, Unmapped Brewing Co., 14625 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345. More information and RSVP here.
  • February 19, 6:00 PM — Meet Adam Jennings, Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 Read More

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 2,358 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.