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 20 — First day of Legislative Session
  • February 20, 4:30 PM — Indivisible MN03 Time for a Town Hall, Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Office, 250 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-5370. More information and RSVP here.
  • February 20, 6:00 PM — Meet Adam Jennings, Rum River Branch/Anoka County Library, 4201 6th Ave NW, Anoka, MN 55303
  • February 20, 6:30 PM — Brittany Edwards for House House Party, 7337 W Franklin Ave, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. More information and RSVP here.
  • February 21, 4:30 PM — Indivisible MN03 Pass a Clean Dream Act, Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Office, 250 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-5370. More information and RSVP here.
  • February 21, 6:00 PM — Town Hall with Adam Jennings, Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 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 2,361 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

Gowdy Launches Oversight Investigation Into Rob Porter Scandal

The following article by Griffin Connolly was posted on the Roll Call website February 14, 2018:

‘How in the hell was he still employed?’ House Oversight Committee chairman asks

Rep Gowdy, R-SC, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, launched an investigation into the Rob Porter scandal Tuesday evening. Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched an investigation into the White House’s handling of senior aide Rob Porter, who was not issued a permanent security clearance due to allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

“Who knew what, when, and to what extent? Those are the questions that I think ought to be asked,” the committee’s chairman, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, said Wednesday on CNN. Read More

Wall Street might not like this: Inflation rises 2.1 percent, faster than expected

Heather Long authored the above article, which was posted on the Washington Post website February 14, 2018:

“The consumer price index, which measures how quickly prices are going up in the U.S. economy, rose at a faster than anticipated 2.1 percent in January, compared with a year ago, triggering fears of another rocky run on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points at the open, but traders ultimately dismissed the news and the Dow closed up over 250 points.

Inflation around 2 percent is still very low, but Wall Street traders worry that this could be the beginning of a quick run up in wages and prices. There’s a big reassessment going on about what the future holds for the U.S. markets and economy.”

View the rest of the article here.

2018 CD3 and State DFL Convention Information

Interested in Becoming a Delegate?

The next step in the endorsement process after caucus night election of delegates is for those delegates to move on to the senate district conventions.

At the senate district conventions, delegates will be elected to participate in the endorsement process at the 3rd Congressional District DFL convention.  Endorsement of the state constitutional officers will happen at the State DFL convention.

To help in planning, here are the dates of these conventions. (Check with your senate district for your district’s convention. If we are able to, we will post this information, but your best source is your local senate district.)

CD3 DFL Convention:  April 14, 2018, Maple Grove Senior High School, 9800 Fernbrook Ln, Maple Grove, MN 55369. More specifics as they become available.

State DFL Convention:  June 1 through 3, 2018, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904. More specifics as they become available, or check the State DFL website.

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

Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn

The following article by Matthew Rosenberg, Charlie Savage and Michael Wines was posted on the New York Times website February 13, 2018:

Leaders of American intelligence agencies testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Credit Lawrence Jackson for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Russia is already meddling in the midterm elections this year, the top American intelligence officials said on Tuesday, warning that Moscow is using a digital strategy to worsen the country’s political and social divisions.

Russia is using fake accounts on social media — many of them bots — to spread disinformation, the officials said. European elections are being targeted, too, and the attacks were not likely to end this year, they warned.

“We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States,” Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee at its annual hearing on worldwide threats. Read More