Minnesota legislators meet with Israeli counterparts at Knesset

The following article by GIl Hoffman was posted on the Jerusalem Post website November 29, 2017:

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) organized the delegation of Minnesota State Legislators and other Minnesota leaders to Israel for the second year in a row.

A group of six Minnesota state legislators discussed their progress on fighting BDS in their state at the Knesset Wednesday with Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren, and MKs in the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) and Yehuda Glick (Likud),

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) organized the bipartisan and bicameral delegation of Minnesota State Legislators and other Minnesota leaders to Israel for the second year in a row. Read More

Many people showed up

Since taking our oaths of office last January, we have both been continually inspired by our constituents’ level of civic engagement. We had more than 110 people attend the forum at Minnetonka High School on Saturday, Nov. 11, and would like to thank all of you who showed up and made your voices heard.

We hope you found the morning to be as edifying and delightful as we did. Read More

Rep. Laurie Pryor (HD48A) Update: November 22, 2017

Rep. Laurie Pryor (48A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Thanksgiving is a time we share a meal and celebrate with our friends and family. This is a great time to reflect upon the year that has nearly passed, but also to look ahead and consider the values that are important to our community and what makes Minnesota such a special place to live. For my part, I’m grateful for the engaged constituents I have the honor to represent. Here are more topics that were discussed at our recent Town Hall Meeting.

Pre K-12 Education

This is an issue that remains on the minds of many and with good reason. Good schools form the foundation for shared success in our community. We must strive to set kids on the right path toward achievement. One area we still have to make more progress in is pre-K education, which has a tremendous impact on student success down the road. Another area that needs improvement is special education. Every single child in Minnesota deserves an education; this is a basic civil right. Clearly, the federal government hasn’t provided its share of the responsibility toward this, but we must keep our commitment to these students. Read More

Rep. Laurie Pryor Update: November 17, 2017

Rep. Laurie Pryor (48A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

I’d like to take an opportunity to thank everyone who attended the Town Hall Meeting Sen. Steve Cwodzinski and I hosted this past weekend. More than 100 engaged neighbors attended with terrific questions for Steve and me. These questions touched on a variety of topics – some positive, and some troubling – and led to lively discussions.

In this update and ones that will follow, I’ll be touching on some of these topics. Read More

Rep. Laurie Pryor (HD48A) Update: November 7, 2017

Rep. Laurie Pryor (48A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Today is Election Day. Polls are open until 8 p.m. for our local elections for school board and if you live in Minnetonka, the city council. If you’re in doubt as to where you vote, the Secretary of State has a poll finder which you can access here.

Town Hall Meeting Reminder

I’d like to again invite you to the Town Hall Meeting Sen. Steve Cwodzinski and I are hosting on Saturday. As I’ve been out and about the community this fall, people have told me how glad they are that there is an opportunity for neighbors to get together and talk about the issues important to them. We know that our community values civic engagement and civil conversation, and Steve and I are looking forward to the discussion. Read More

Rep. Laurie Pryor (HD48A) Update: October 27, 2017

Rep. Laurie Pryor (48A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

While it’s almost November, it’s certainly hard to believe snow is already flying in the state of Minnesota. With Halloween almost upon us, I hope any trick-or-treaters in your family have a safe and fun evening with costumes and candy. Here is an update from the Capitol.

Town Hall Meeting

As we look to gather input from community members prior to the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Steve Cwodzinski and I invite you to attend an upcoming Town Hall Meeting. We will gather on Saturday, November 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Minnetonka High School in the Forum Room. This will be a good opportunity to share ideas, ask questions and provide feedback. I hope you will be able to join us for some quality conversations with your neighbors about the important issues on the legislature’s agenda. Read More

Rep. Laurie Pryor Update: August 8, 2017

Rep. Laurie Pryor (48A) – Legislative Update

Dear Neighbors,

Starting this Friday, it will be an exciting weekend in St. Paul as the celebration of the State Capitol’s Grand Opening gets underway. Following almost four years of work on an intricate restoration, the State Capitol reopened earlier this year with the same glory it held when it originally opened in 1905. Simply, the results are breathtaking. Artwork which had deteriorated for several decades is now as vibrant as ever. Space available to the public has nearly doubled. Energy efficiency has been improved, technology upgrades have been implemented, and accessibility has been enhanced to standards of the present day. Read More

Sen. Cwodzinski selected for emerging leaders program

The following article by Sean Miner was posted on the Sun-Current website July 24, 2017:

State Sen. Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) was one of 50 selected to participate in the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Held every year on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators, the program is designed to inspire and educate the country’s freshman elected officials. The four-day program took place July 10-13.

“I am incredibly excited to learn and gain the skills to become the best senator that I can be,” said Cwodzinski before attending. “It is an honor to be selected, and I will soak up as much knowledge as I possibly can during these next four days.”

Discussions examined qualities and characteristics of leadership like ethics, the arts of compromise and coalition building and the philosophical under-pinnings of representative democracy.

View the post here.