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.

Turnout numbers offer a tale of two very different caucus nights for DFL, GOP

The following article by Briana Bierschbach was posted on the Minnpost website February 7, 2018:

State Rep. Jenifer Loon, lower right, speaking to the crowd assembled at a Republican caucus on Tuesday night in Eden Prairie. Credit: MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach

The 2018 election unofficially kicked off in Minnesota Tuesday evening, as tens of thousands of Minnesotans piled into their local school gymnasiums, cafeterias and community centers to signal their preference in the open race for governor and debate the core values of their chosen parties.

It was precinct caucus night across the state, when the Democratic and Republican parties organized gatherings to start the process of selecting candidates in the upcoming election, which will feature an open governor’s race, two U.S. Senate races, three constitutional offices, all eight congressional seats and the Minnesota House on the ballot.  Read More

GOP’s Jeff Johnson, DFL’s Tim Walz get wins in tests at Minnesota caucus meetings

The following article by J. Patrick Coolican was posted on the StarTribune website February 7, 2018:

Party activists weighed in for the first time on the governor’s race in a busy year for state politics.

Stefan Peterson asked a DFL precinct caucus meeting at Eden Prairie High School for a show of hands Tuesday night on who would be willing to serve as delegates to the next party convention. Credit: Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Republican Jeff Johnson and DFLer Tim Walz scored victories Tuesday with party activists who weighed in for the first time in this year’s governor’s race, as Minnesotans by the thousands turned out at precinct caucuses that start the march toward one of the most consequential state elections in years.

Walz, a U.S. congressman from Mankato, was leading Tuesday night by a commanding margin in the nonbinding straw poll of DFL voters. Johnson, the Hennepin County Commission from Plymouth, was winning the GOP straw poll with an even bigger margin, with more than two out of five Republicans favoring him. Read More

Indivisible members stand for Dreamers with light bridge brigade over I-494

The following article by Cam Bonelli was posted on the Sun-Current website January 5, 2018:

Activist group creates message in lights for drivers

On Dec. 19, Indivisible MN03 held lights on the bridge at Xerxes Avenue above I-494 to inform people about the Dream Act

Drivers on Interstate 494 may have seen the message “PASS THE DREAM ACT” overhead or in their rearview mirror in December.

An activist group, Indivisible MN, set out to shed light on a bill to provide a route to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, undocumented or Temporary Protected Status persons and those who attended high school in the U.S. and now attend college. According to the Migration Policy Institute, 5,500 Minnesotans received DACA as of September 2017, and the institute estimates 11,000 more qualify to apply.

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Census Funding Cuts Might Cost Rural America Billions

The following article by Sam Levine was posted on the Huffington Post website December 21, 2017:

“With undercounted communities receiving less than their fair share of public funds, there will be undue economic pressure in rural communities, many of which are already struggling.”

People living in rural areas, particularly in minority communities, are among those that could be most severely affected by underfunding and a lack of preparation for the 2020 Census, a new report highlights.

Census officials have long had difficulty in counting Americans in rural areas, but the challenge could be exacerbated in 2020 by a new focus on getting Americans to respond to the Census using the internet. The rural areas where people are traditionally hard to count have lower internet access and use rates than the rest of the country, according to the report, which was written by demographer William O’Hare for the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

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Rebelling Republican Suburbs Offer Democrats Path to House Control Image

The following article by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns was posted on the New York Times website December 18, 2017:

The House candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, right, and her campaign manager, Erin Mincberg, looking over a map at campaign headquarters in Houston last week.CreditScott Dalton for The New York Times

HOUSTON — As she sat with a glass of sauvignon blanc waiting for a women-focused Democratic fund-raiser to begin, Nancy Sharp let loose in a Texas-seasoned drawl why she and so many other onetime supporters of the Bush family were abandoning the Republicans.

“Have you ever heard of a stupider and trashier man than the president of the United States?” asked Ms. Sharp, an interior designer who lives not far from the elegant condominium where about 75 women gathered this month to help the House candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. “Calling a U.S. senator ‘Pocahontas’ in front of God and everyone!” Read More

Government investment in the Light Rail would create jobs, support small businesses

The following column by Sirish Samba was posted on the Sun-Sailor website October 18, 2017:

Sirish Samba is a Minnetonka business owner.

I am convinced that the best opportunities come at the most challenging times.

The year 2008 was not the best year for small business owners. The Minnesota economy, like that in many states, was hit hard by the Great Recession and many companies faced the reality of insecure funding streams.

Our company, Sambatek, was no exception. We were primarily a land development/municipal engineering firm that specialized in designing retail stores, apartment buildings, hotels and municipal infrastructure projects. Our services were not of much use in an economic bust.

But as a civil engineer, I was trained to see the solution that might be hidden to others. And I saw the recession as an opportunity to grow our company in a new direction. We decided to create a new specialty in transportation, including public transportation.

It has been almost 10 years and we have never looked back.

By 2014, we were the 48th fastest growing company in the country, with offices in Minnesota and North Dakota. We could not have become as successful as we have without a devoted staff and, strange as it may seem, sustained public investment in our public transportation systems.

When our government prioritizes public transportation, it not only keeps our systems running, but it spawns job creation in companies all along the supply chain.

Our firm employs 100 professionals in what we often refer to as the “Sambatek family.” Plain and simple, we would not be able to provide sustainable careers for these individuals without local, state and federal investment in public transportation.

Currently, we are working on several projects with Metro Transit including the Blue Line Extension and Southwest LRT projects. Not only do these projects provide jobs for hardworking Minnesotans, but they will spur economic growth in our state once they are completed.

Already, the Southwest LRT corridor has experienced more than $515 million in new development in anticipation of the project’s completion, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association. Once it’s done, estimates hold that the line will create 16,600 jobs near the new stations and 18,500 jobs in downtown Minneapolis.

The Blue Line Extension corridor’s development has grown from $358 million in spring 2016 to $489 million today. It is estimated that, once completed, the Blue Line Extension’s 11 new stations will mean 4,600 new jobs along the route – a 30-percent growth for the region, not to mention the 20,000 jobs created downtown.

So when the federal government invests in public transportation, it’s doing much more than creating a rail in a vacuum. It is supporting small businesses, creating jobs within the supply chain, and facilitating long-term economic growth and long-term jobs.

When politicians fund public transportation, they are investing in our communities and in economic development.

Both the Southwest and the Blue Line Extension LRT rely on several different funding streams, including federal investment. They are both recipients of Capital Investment Grants (CIG grants), which come from the federal government.

Yet federal allocation for public transportation is far from secure. I am calling on Congressman Erik Paulsen and others to designate vital transportation resources in the federal budget next year.

Our politicians often speak about their focus on job creation and economic growth. They can act on these priorities and create real change in their districts and across the country with designated funding for public transportation.

After all, it is more than just the transit systems that benefit from this investment. Our employees would not have jobs without federal investment in Metro Transit’s system.

It was federal investment in public transportation that set our company on a pathway of growth back in 2008 – and what has kept us successful all these years.

I hope that if our politicians truly care about job creation and supporting small businesses in our country, they will support and fund public transportation.

Sirish Samba is a Minnetonka business owner.

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Republican Tax Plan is a Bad Deal for Working Families

The following column was written by State DFL Chair Ken Martin:

As Congress turns to tax reform, details surrounding the Republican tax plan remain blurry. But we know one thing for sure: The plan balances massive handouts for the wealthy on the backs of working Americans.

The Republican tax proposal is written by Wall Street, for Wall Street. Literally. President Donald Trump tapped two former Wall Street executives—Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn—to secretly craft a tax plan and force a partisan vote without the American people knowing how much they’ll be harmed. Read More

First meeting of Trump’s voting commission makes clear that suppression is the goal

The following article by Kira Lerner was posted on the ThinkProgress website July 19, 2017:

Yet Mike Pence claims the panel has “no preconceived notions.”

Vice President Mike Pence claimed during the first meeting on Wednesday of the White House’s Commission on Election Integrity that the group will go about its work with “no preconceived notions.” Just minutes later, commissioners took turns insisting there is mass fraud across the country that could influence elections.

Kansas Secretary of State and commission co-chair Kris Kobach claimed in his introduction that as many as 18,000 non-citizens could be registered to vote in Kansas, without mentioning the shady math and questionable studieshe used to arrive at that number. The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky insisted that massive fraud is occurring across the country. And even New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Garder, a Democratic commissioner, argued against making voting easier, saying it doesn’t require a massive amount of fraud to influence elections. Read More