Most Americans Know NFL Kneelers Aren’t Protesting Flag

The following article by Janice Williams of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website October 15, 2017:

Colin Kaepernick’s movement is starting to catch on in America.

new poll released on Saturday by HuffPost/YouGov found 57 percent of Americans knew that players were protesting police violence when they kneeled during the national anthem–up from 48 percent of Americans who knew what kneelers were protesting in September.

Meanwhile, 66 percent of self-described football diehards said they knew NFL protests were in response to police brutality, which was 13 percent more than fans who knew why protesters were kneeling in September. Read More

Trump’s not going to be able to avoid blame for kneecapping Obamacare

The following article by Philip Bump was posted on the Washington Post website October 13, 2017:

President Trump on October 4, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

This article has been updated.

Let’s set aside for the moment President Trump’s decision to end Obamacare’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers, a system under which insurers are subsidized to help keep costs low for low-income insurance recipients.

Let’s also set aside the other ways in which the Trump administration has been deliberately undermining enrollment in the Obamacare marketplaces. We’ll set aside that the administration has slashed funding to outreach programs by as much as 92 percent, ended partnerships with state groups aimed at getting people enrolled, cut funding for advertising the enrollment period and even decided it would shut down the enrollment website for 12 hours a week for maintenance. Read More

Contraceptive Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

The following article by Jamila Taylor and Nikita Mhatre was posted on the Center for American Progress website October 6, 2017:

Over the past several months, the Trump-Pence administration, as well as Congress, have attacked women’s health and rights numerous times. Greater access to affordable and effective contraception has been one of the hallmark achievements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But now, the current administration is threatening to limit these gains with the release of sweeping regulations that would allow any employer, insurance plan, school, or individual to use the guise of religious or moral objection to deny access to no-cost contraception.

By requiring coverage for contraceptives with no out-of-pocket costs, the ACA increased women’s access to a wide range of contraceptives. Read More

DFL Chairman Statement on Disrespectful Comments about Minnesota Workers in New York Times

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement today in response to disparaging comments made about Minnesota workers in a recent New York Times Magazine story on mining:

“My brother, Trevor, is a hardworking carpenter. Every morning before the sun comes up, he wakes up, packs up his tools in his truck, and drives through Minnesota to a job site. He works long hours performing back-breaking work to put bread on his table for his family. When I read the disrespectful remarks made about workers in the New York Times article on mining, I immediately thought of Trevor.”

“These judgmental comments wrongfully disparage thousands of hard-working Minnesotans. There’s no question that the issue of mining in Northern Minnesota is a contentious one. But there’s no room in the debate for sharp-tongued attacks on Minnesotans who work hard every day to provide for their families and support our state’s economy.”

“As the campaign manager for the landmark Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment in 2008, I know firsthand how important it is to protect our natural resources for future generations. I also know that there are few people who value the environment more than the men and women who hunt, fish, and hike outside their homes on the Iron Range.”

“Here in Minnesota, we value civility. We treat each other with respect. We must keep this debate healthy, productive, and focused on the issue at hand. Because at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: a better life for our family and a brighter future for our state.”

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:

  • Today through November 6 — Early No Excuse Voting in municipalities and school boards holding elections. Check those entities for locations and times.
  • October 14, 11:00 AM — The People’s Rally for Justice, Minneapolis State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 14, 1:30 PM — Pie and Politics with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Zack Stephenson, Champlin Community Center, 12450 Gettysburg Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 16, 6:15 PM — Westside Progressive Meeting:  Campaign Finance Reform, Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 4900 Nathan Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55442. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 16, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Candidate Town Hall with Tina Liebling, Chaska Moravian Church, 115 E 4th St, Chaska, MN 55318. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 17, 6:30 PM — Indivisible North Metro Free Screening:  First Daughter and hte Black Snake, Coon Rapids Middle School Auditorium, 11600 Raven St NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
  • October 17, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03:  Representative on the Record, finding out what Rep. Paulsen’s positions are is difficult without town halls, individual meetings are off the record. Find out what people who’ve met with Rep. Paulsen have learned. South Shore Community Senior Center, 5735 Country Club Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331.  More information and RSVP here.
  • October 18, 6:30 PM — DACA:  In Depth Discussion with Immigration Attorney Kara Lynum hosted by Indivisible MN03, Wayzata Public Library, 620 Rice St E, Wayzata, MN 55391. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 19, 7:00 PM — Indivisible Northwest Metro Meeting:  Twitter 102, Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main St, Maple Grove. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 21, 2:00 PM — League of Women Voters:  Bold Women of Medicine, Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Sq, Edina, MN 55436
  • October 22, 12:30 PM — Sen. Elizabeth Warren:  The Democratic Party at a Crossroads — The Wellstone Way and Economic Populism, Ted Mann Concern Hall, 2128 4th St. S, Minneapolis, MN 55454. More information and RSVP
  • October 22, 1:00 PM — Swing Left Minnetonka Voter Canvassing and Get Out the Vote for City Council. More information and RSVP here.
  • October 22, 2:00 PM — Leader Melissa Hortman Tree Celebration FUndraiser, 8710 WIndsor Ter, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443. More information and tickets here. 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 2,234 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

Businesses Lead the Way

The following article by Susan Milligan was posted on the U.S. News website October 13, 2017:

Corporate America has discovered that having LGBT-friendly policies helps the bottom line.

Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — In 1991, Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel made no bones about why it fired gay and lesbian workers, saying in a company memo that the firm’s “traditional American values” could not co-exist with those “whose sexual preference fails to demonstrate normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society.”

This year, the restaurant and gift shop is a corporate partner at the Out & Equal Summit, an annual meeting of companies and organizations seeking to promote workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And putting its money where American consumers’ mouths are, the company handed out coupons offering a 35 percent discount on all online purchases into December, but only if buyers enter “EQUAL35” in the promo code line. Read More

‘Dreamers’ Deal May Hinge On Separating Trump From Hard-Liners On His Staff

The following article by Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett of the Tribune Content Agency was posted on the National Memo website October 10, 2017:

Credit: Evan Vucci/AP

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers who favor a deal to protect some 700,000 young immigrants facing possible deportation because of the end of the Obama administration’s DACA program are seeking to drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and hard-liners on his staff, launching appeals directly to a president who they see as potentially sympathetic to people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

In his public comments, Trump has shown an unwillingness to be boxed in by his most hard-line advisers on immigration. He initially wavered on what to do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected the young immigrants known as “Dreamers,” then openly contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions hours after the attorney general announced the end of the program last month. Read More

The striking new evidence that expanding health coverage reduces crime

The following article by Dylan Scott was posted on the Vox website October 10, 2017:

Credit: Oscar Gronner

It seems like we spend all of our time debating whether health insurance actually improves people’s health and, to a lesser extent, how much financial security it provides them.

Those things are important! But health coverage also changes our society in ways that aren’t so obvious.

For instance: Health insurance seems to help fight crime.

This concept has been floating out there for a while: Friend of VoxCare Adrianna McIntyre wrote about “Obamacare’s secret crime-fighting potential” back in 2014. Read More