2017 Jackie Stevenson Dinner

If you weren’t able to join us September 10, 2017, for this year’s Jackie Stevenson Dinner, here are some photos from the evening:

2017 Jackie Stevenson Dinner Reservations Still Possible

We upped our numbers a bit in case there are a few more people who’d like to join us September 10

If you’re unable to make a firm ticket purchase, but are planning on attending, please email us at info@dfl3cd.org with the specifics so we can make certain a place is reserved for you NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6.

This year’s emcee will again be Buck Humphrey.

In addition to our keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, we are honored to have the following dignitaries scheduled to attend:

  • U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (tentative)
  • U.S. Rep. Tim Walz
  • Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman
  • State Sen. John Hoffman
  • State Sen. Steve Cwodzinski
  • State Rep. Andrew Carlson
  • State Rep. Cheryl Youakim
  • State Rep. Debra Hilstrom
  • State Rep. Erin Murphy
  • State Rep. John Lesch
  • State Rep. Laurie Pryor
  • State Rep. Paul Thissen
  • State Rep. Tina Liebling
  • St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
  • CD3 DFL Candidate Adam Jennings
  • CD3 DFL Candidate Dean Phillips
  • State DFL Chair Ken Martin
  • State DFL Vice Chair Marge Hoffa
  • DNC Member J.P. Barone
  • DNC Member Lori Sellner
  • Commissioner Victoria Rhinehart

2017 CD3 DFL Jackie Stevenson Award Winners

Minnesota 3rd Congressional District Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) is pleased to announce the following volunteer award recipients of this year’s Jackie awards. Their outstanding efforts to build and support the DFL will be acknowledged at CD3 DFL’s September 10 Jackie Stevenson dinner.

Phyllis Richerson, SD44 DFL Chair

The 2017 Jackie Stevenson Award for Volunteer of the Year is Phyllis Richerson, Chair, SD44. Phyllis worked for years to develop awareness of the DFL party and values in Senate District 33 prior to redistricting. As CD3 secretary and now the current chair of Senate District 44, she’s bringing new ideas and energy to the DFL in Minnetonka and Plymouth. Phyllis is an amazing repository of wonderful ideas and suggestions to help other chairs build their districts and never fails to support others in their work. We are proud to work with Phyllis to make CD3 a bluer district every day. Read More

Donald Trump’s access to nuclear codes is ‘pretty damn scary’

The following article by Julian Borger was posted on the Irish Times website August 23, 2017:

Obama-era intelligence chief James Clapper questions US president’s ‘fitness for office’ after Phoenix speech

Former US director of national intelligence James Clapper (centre) has joined a growing chorus of alarm over president Trump’s erratic behaviour. Photograph: JimLo Scalzo

Donald Trump’s access to the nuclear codes is “pretty damn scary”, a former US intelligence chief has said, calling Trump’s rally in Arizona on Tuesday night “disturbing”.

James Clapper, director of national intelligence for seven years under Barack Obama, questioned the US president’s “fitness to be in this office” after his demagogic performance in Phoenix, and expressed anxiety about Trump’s power to launch nuclear weapons without consulting Congress or any other official.

Once a president has verified his identity with a code kept constantly on his person or nearby, the military chain of command has no power to block his launch orders. Read More

11 Times Congressman Ted Lieu Beat Donald Trump at His Own Twitter Game

NOTE:  Rep. Lieu is our keynote speaker at next month’s Jackie Stevenson dinner. Want to hear from him yourself? You can purchase your tickets here through 5:00 PM September 1, 2017.

The following article by Ryan General was posted on the Netshark.com website August 25, 2017:

Whether he’s bashing political rivals, the media, other heads of state or random celebrities, President Donald Trump uses Twitter to vent his anger, to the utter annoyance of many.

Quite fittingly, an Asian American congressman has been taking the POTUS to task via the microblogging site over the past few months.

When it comes to dishing it out to Trump in 140 characters or less, no one else comes close to Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu, who uses the platform to criticize Trump and his administration.

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Dem rep: Trump North Korea statements ‘reckless’

The following article by Max Greenwood was posted on the Hill website August 11, 2017:

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday slammed President Trump’s rhetoric toward North Korea as “reckless” and urged him to pursue a diplomatic solution to Washington’s escalating tensions with Pyongyang.

“We need to engage in diplomacy. That’s the one thing that Donald Trumphas not yet done,” Lieu said in a video posted on Twitter by VoteVets, a progressive advocacy group.

“And before the president takes us down the dark and bloody path of a catastrophic war, he needs to first engage in diplomacy,” he added. “He owes that to the American people and I call on the president to do that first before issuing provocative and senseless and reckless statements.” 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.

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What are his generals telling Trump on North Korea?

The following article by James Hohmann with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve was posted on the Washington Post website August 10, 2017:

THE BIG IDEA today is by Robert Costa. James returns next week. 

Remember this scene?

“These are central casting. If I’m doing a movie, I’d pick you general,” a smiling President Trump said months ago (see the video above) during his inaugural luncheon at the Capitol, pointing at Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “And General Kelly,” he added, gesturing toward John F. Kelly, his pick to run the Department of Homeland Security.

Those were simpler times. Now, it’s August and as he works from his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., President Trump is facing one of the biggest crises of his presidency: escalating hostility from North Korea, which intelligence reports show has miniaturized a nuclear warhead. Read More

2017 Jackie Stevenson Awards Nominations

Have someone you think represents the idea of our award namesakes?

Please take a moment and complete the form below and click the “submit” button at the bottom:

The committee will review this nomination form as well as what is provided. No additional research will be done.

Nominations must be received by end of day August 23, 2017.

If you print out the form and want to mail it, nominations should be mailed to:

Cheryl Poling
18980 Pheasant Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Prefer to submit a paper copy? Download a copy here:  2017 Jackie Stevenson Awards


Democrat to ‘Lyin Sessions’: Stop the lies and the leaks will go away

The following article by Brandon Carter was posted on The Hill website August 5, 2017:

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) this week blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Department of Justice is considering stricter measures to prevent leaks, saying the leaks would stop if there were no “lies, crimes and stupid stuff.”

“Dear Lyin Sessions: Leaks are interesting if they expose lies, crimes & stupid stuff,” Lieu tweeted Friday. “Stop the lies, crimes & stupid stuff and leaks go away.” Read More