DFL48 | Restoring Common Sense Minnesota Values

Oct/15

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Welcome

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Thanks for visiting our site. Senate District 48 DFL includes Southern Minnetonka and the majority of Eden Prairie. We bring together two vibrant communities with a diverse population. We believe it’s a great area to live and raise a family.

We also believe, as Sen. Wellstone said, “As free citizens in a political democracy we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community.” If you’re interested in learning more about what we believe and are doing, please visit our site often.  If you’d like to get involved in moving our communities, state and country forward to a progressive future, please contact us. There are lots of ways you can get involved.  Hope to see you soon!

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Apr/15

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2016 Grow with Us Plant Sale In Full Swing

DFL48_grow-with-us_logo-400wThe Grow with Us Plant Sale continues year round!

We’re offering you cards at both Gerten’s Greenhouses and Garden Center in Inver Grove Heights and Wagner’s Greenhouse in Minneapolis and Bloomington.

So, you get quality gardening goods.  We can support Democrats. So, make your purchase now.  We’ll get your plant cards to you asap.

Both are full-service nurseries with all your gardening and lawn supply needs. Stock up for spring now! (more…)

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The Eden Prairie Senate district has changed demographically and SD48-endorsed candidate Steve Cwodzinski is ready to take on Republican David Hann’s failed policies and beat him in the fall.

“I think I can beat him. I know I can.” says Cwodzinski. “The district’s changed. The district’s blue.” Barack Obama won the district in 2012 by a slim 402 vote margin.

“I’ll need money to beat (Hann), says Cwodzinski. “He’ll have the support of the Koch brothers and organizations like that.

Full story from The Uptake here.

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Apr/16

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Register now for the DFL State Convention

Registration is open for the June 4 DFL State Convention at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

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By clicking here, you can register for the State Convention as well find information about the proposed agenda, training sessions and hotels.

*NOTE: Convention Start Time will not be confirmed until voted and approved at the Pre-Convention Meeting, taking place on Saturday, May 14th.

The convention agenda has not yet been finalized. The convention will be called to order in the morning and we will be conducting several items of business, including:

  • Electing 4 Democratic National Committee Members
  • Electing 2 Presidential Electors
  • Electing 16 At Large Directors to State Executive Committee
  • Electing 27 National Convention Delegates and 6 Alternates
  • Considering resolutions for inclusion in the Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda
  • Considering amendments to the party’s Constitution and Bylaws
WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM (CDT)
WHERE
Minnesota Orchestra Hall – 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 – View Map

 

Not a delegate? The DFL is seeking volunteers to help make the event a success. From assembling packets to registering delegates, greeting attendees, staffing the information desk and counting votes, there is something for everyone. For more details and to sign up for a shift or more, please email convention2016@dfl.org.

Prepared and paid for by the Minnesota DFL Party, Ken Martin, Chair. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Apr/16

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Daily Brief: Friday, April 29th, 2016

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
April 29, 2016
146 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
192 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
 
Events today

  • Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Education Minnesota Retirees Conference.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a news conference in the Governor’s Press Briefing Room. Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with county commissioners and state legislators to discuss transportation.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Marchers will gather at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave., in south Minneapolis, then march at 5 p.m. to downtown, where they will rally in front of the Hennepin County Government Center. Led by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee, the march and rally are endorsed by several labor and community organizations.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks to the Minnesota Mayors Association Annual Conference.



Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – DFL African-American Caucus will meet at Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave S., Minneapolis.
  • 10:30 a.m. – CD 2 DFL Convention, Shakopee West Junior High School, 200 10th Ave. E, Shakopee.
  • 1 p.m. – CD 7 DFL Convention, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead.
  • 5 p.m. – The CD 7 DFL will host “A ‘Blue’ Print for Victory!” The event begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour and will be followed by a banquet. Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead. Congressman Ellison will speak.
  • 5:30 p.m. – The White House Correspondents Dinner will air on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.



Event Sunday

  • 2 p.m. – Senate District 51 True Blue Celebration. Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan.



Mark your calendars

  • May 3 – Join neighbors, allies, and DFL- endorsed candidates Lindsey Port and Erin Maye Quade for a Reclaim the South Metro Community Forum to discuss issues we want to see addressed throughout the election season and beyond with neighbors and future elected officials. Education Minnesota Apple Valley, 7373 W. 147th St., Suite 107, Apple Valley.
  • May 7 – CD 5 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., South High School, 3131 S 19th Ave., Minneapolis.
  • May 7 – CD 8 DFL Convention, 10 a.m., Duluth Holiday Inn, 200 W 1st St., Duluth.
  • May 7 – Chairs, vice chairs, secretaries, treasurers, outreach officers and directors are invited to register for an informative webinar designed to help new DFL leaders. The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Click here to register.
  • May 11 – U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will host his sixth annual bipartisan competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hotdish casserole. He is scheduled to be joined by the rest of the Minnesota delegation. Last year, Rep. McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish” beat out the competitors to take top-prize. Rep. Walz’s “Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish” won in 2014, and his “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place in 2013. In 2012, Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R-Minn.) “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.” 11:30 a.m. (EST), Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430, Senate HELP Committee.
  • May 14 – CD 1 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr., Worthington.
  • May 14 – CD 3 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Park Center High School auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park.
  • May 21 – CD 6 DFL Convention, noon, St. Cloud Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N, St. Cloud.
  • May 22 – CD 4 DFL Convention, noon, Carpenters Union Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
  • June 7 – Primary season ends.
  • June 12 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Annual Luncheon, 11 a.m. reception, noon luncheon, 12:45 p.m. award ceremony. Ticket information and list of award recipients are available here.



Fundraisers

  • May 7 – The Congressional District 8 DFL will host a dinner beginning a 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in the Duluth. Keynote speaker is Congressman Rick Nolan. The evening will include a program to honor Don Bye for his many years of service to the DFL. For information, visit https://www.dfl.org/cd8/.
  • May 21 – Senate District 14 DFL will hold a Red to Blue Post-Convention Party. $20 Suggested Donation. Michael’s Restaurant, 510 US-10, St Cloud. Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/dfl-senate-district-14-3077414154



2016 election
Legislature
Local DFL convention attendees endorse Gillespie, plus incumbentsWoodbury Bulletin
Minneapolis Council Member Warsame backs Mohamud Noor in race vs. Rep. KahnStar Tribune

President
Republican donors deny Cruz, Kasich needed funds, data showMPR
What Fiorina does for Cruz — and the Republican PartyMPR
Cory Booker is Clinton secret weaponThe Hill
Trump deals up debate about genderStar Tribune
 
2016 session
Budget preseason nears end, negotiations to beginMPR
Lawmakers push plan to stop end-of-session cramMPR
Minnesota Legislature’s final budget pieces set stage for negotiationsPioneer Press
Last of three multi-subject budget bills gets House approval; heads to SenateSession Daily
Tensions are rising between Gov. Dayton and GOP leaders as Minnesota legislative session winds downStar Tribune
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Apr/16

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Senate DFL Update: April 27, 2016

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TOP STORIES

VOTING: MN Senate DFL renews aim to expand felon voting rights, MPR News

SPEECH: SCOTUS expands employee rights ahead of 2016 election, Star Tribune

GUNS: Bills to curb gun violence get late informational hearing in MN Senate, MPR News

DEMOGRAPHICS: GOP may be in trouble in the future unless it changes, MinnPost

SAFETY: Gov. Dayton appoints rail director amid concerns, Star Tribune

ICON: Split Rock Lighthouse receives $68,000 in federal money for preservation, Pioneer Press

WAGES: Governments may have a hard time enforcing living wage laws, Star Tribune

IPHONE: Apple profits dip for first time since 2003, Reuters

TURKEY: Prime Minister insists country’s constitution will remain secular-based, BBC News

RIOT: Fighting near Moria detention facility on Greek island, Al Jazeera

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Apr/16

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Daily Brief: Monday, April 25th, 2016

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
April 25, 2016
150 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
196 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
 
Events today

  • 7 a.m. – The annual AFL-CIO Worker’s Memorial pancake breakfast will be served from 7-9 a.m. with welcoming statements by the City of Duluth Mayor and Central Labor Body President at 8:30am. At 9:15 a.m., a tree planting ceremony will take place outside on the grounds of the Duluth AFL-CIO Labor Temple.
  • 10:30 a.m. – An initiative designed to help develop strong bipartisan relationships and enhance entrepreneurial thinking among Minnesota legislators will be launchedMonday at the State Capitol complex including Sens. Terri Bonoff, Michelle Benson, Melissa Franzen, Jeremy Miller, Carla Nelson, Sean Kershaw of the Citizen’s League, Dean Phillips of the Phillips Foundation and Studio/E Founders Nate Garvis and Tom Weise.
  • 10:30 a.m. (EST) – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will convene a roundtable discussion at the Harriet Tubman Center Shelter with community leaders and local advocates to discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and what improvements can be made in the next Congress when the current reauthorization expires. Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Leahy helped pass the 2013 VAWA reauthorization into law which contained many important changes to the previous law, such as consolidating duplicative programs and streamlining others; providing greater flexibility for how communities use resources; and including new training requirements for people providing legal assistance to victims. It also included Klobuchar’s provision to strengthen federal stalking laws and help law enforcement more effectively target high-tech predators. The current reauthorization will expire in 2018.
  • 11 a.m. – The Senate meets in session.
  • 4 p.m. – The House meets in session.


Mark your calendars

  • April 26 – Sen. Franken’s “Rural Education Tour,” aimed at learning more about the challenges rural educators face to ensure that students in rural communities have access to high quality education, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Northeast Service Cooperative, 5525 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron.
  • April 26 – Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Minneapolis) will be hosting a town hall meeting with Reps. Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg), Kathy Lohmer (R-Stillwater), Abigail Whelan (R-Anoka), Matt Dean (R-Dellwood), and Jeff Backer (R-Browns Valley) on realigning sentencing and the Appleton Prison. They will be joined by Justin Terrell from Justice 4 All and Jamil Jackson from TakeAction Minnesota. 6 – 9 pm., University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center – 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis.
  • April 26 – Volunteers with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, will join gun violence survivors, gun owners, law enforcement officers, faith leaders, and other local and state leaders at a rally to urge lawmakers to pass Senate File 2493.
  • April 27 – Lt. Gov. Smith and Rep. Rena Moran will hold a Town Hall on Racial
    Equity for Women & Girls of Color. 6 p.m., The City View Grille, St. Paul Technical College, 235 Marshall Ave. St. Paul.
  • April 28 – Sen. Franken’s “Rural Education Tour,” aimed at learning more about the challenges rural educators face to ensure that students in rural communities have access to high quality education, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Lakes Country Service Cooperative, 1001 E. Mt. Faith, Fergus Falls.
  • April 28 – Chairs, vice chairs, secretaries, treasurers, outreach officers and directors are invited to register for an informative webinar designed to help new DFL leaders. The webinar begins at 6 p.m. Click here to register.
  • April 29 – Marchers will gather at 4:30 p.m. at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave., in south Minneapolis, then march at 5 p.m. to downtown, where they will rally in front of the Hennepin County Government Center. Led by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee, the march and rally are endorsed by several labor and community organizations.
  • April 30 – CD 2 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Shakopee West Junior High School, 200 10th Ave. E, Shakopee.
  • April 30 – CD 7 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead.
  • April 23 – DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m. at Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave S., Minneapolis.
  • April 28 – On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Find an event near you.
  • May 3 – Join neighbors, allies, and DFL- endorsed candidates Lindsey Port and Erin Maye Quade for a Reclaim the South Metro Community Forum to discuss issues we want to see addressed throughout the election season and beyond with neighbors and future elected officials. Education Minnesota Apple Valley, 7373 W. 147th St., Suite 107, Apple Valley.
  • May 7 – CD 5 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., South High School, 3131 S 19th Ave., Minneapolis.
  • May 7 – CD 8 DFL Convention, 10 a.m., Duluth Holiday Inn, 200 W 1st St., Duluth.
  • May 7 – Chairs, vice chairs, secretaries, treasurers, outreach officers and directors are invited to register for an informative webinar designed to help new DFL leaders. The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Click here to register.
  • May 14 – CD 1 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr., Worthington.
  • May 14 – CD 3 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Park Center High School auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park.
  • May 21 – CD 6 DFL Convention, noon, St. Cloud Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N, St. Cloud.
  • May 22 – CD 4 DFL Convention, noon, Carpenters Union Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
  • June 7 – Primary season ends.
  • June 12 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Annual Luncheon, 11 a.m. reception, noon luncheon, 12:45 p.m. award ceremony. Ticket information and list of award recipients are available here.


Fundraisers

  • April 30 – A “Blue” Print for Victory! 7th Congressional District DFL Social Hour and Banquet, 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead. The banquet includes grilled chicken with white wine sauce, peppercorn pork loin, Caesar or mixed greens salad, glazed baby carrots, mashed potatoes and cupcakes. The cost is $40, to be paid at registration, but you must reserve a seat by contacting CD7 Chair Nancy Larson at nanlars@embarqmail.com or 612-961-5408 before April 26.
  • May 1 – Senate District 51 True Blue Celebration. 2 p.m., Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan.
  • May 7 – The Congressional District 8 DFL will host a dinner beginning a 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in the Duluth. Keynote speaker is Congressman Rick Nolan. The evening will include a program to honor Don Bye for his many years of service to the DFL. For information, visit https://www.dfl.org/cd8/.
  • May 21 – Senate District 14 DFL will hold a Red to Blue Post-Convention Party. $20 Suggested Donation. Michael’s Restaurant, 510 US-10, St Cloud. Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/dfl-senate-district-14-3077414154

9/11 inquiry
White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiryStar Tribune
 
2016 election
Legislature
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Olson, Kulp win DFL endorsement for District 8, 8BAlexandria Echo Press
Two candidates endorsed by local DFLHutchinson Leader

U.S. House
Hinson hopes to challenge 7th District Congressman Collin PetersonKFGO
House primaries to watch on TuesdayThe Hill
Duluth groups endorse Rick Nolan for CongressFox 21

Vice president
5 people Hillary Clinton might pick as her vice presidentWashington Post

President
Cruz dominates, Trump falls short as more states pick delegatesWashington Post
Five internet powerbrokers who could shape the electionThe Hill
Cruz, Kasich strategies align with goal of beating TrumpMPR
Trump: Cruz/Kasich alliance ‘horrible act of desperation’The Hill
Why Tuesday could determine the nominees in both presidential primariesMPR
5 takeaways from the latest fundraising reportsThe Hill

  • Bernie Sanders is on a spending spree
  • Donald Trump is going pro
  • Hillary Clinton is grinding it out the old-fashioned way
  • Ted Cruz is not (yet) catching fire
  • John Kasich is running on financial fumes

Ted Cruz and John Kasich are coordinating in an effort to stop Donald Trump from clinching the nomination before Cleveland. With Trump favored to win all five states that vote tomorrow, the Ohio governor has agreed to pull out of Indiana to help Cruz. In exchange, the Texas senator will step out of Oregon and New Mexico to boost Kasich’s chances in those contests. The calculus: “Limited public polling in Indiana has shown that Cruz stands the best chance of stopping Trump,” report Sean Sullivan and David Weigel. “Cruz allies believe Kasich is siphoning votes away from him, as evidenced by a pro-Cruz TV ad released last week that urged voters not to back Kasich. A loss to Trump in Indiana would be a devastating blow to Cruz, who is hoping to undercut some of Trump’s momentum heading into the final month of the race.” Washington Post

Billionaire businessman and Republican financier Charles Koch made some surprising comments Sunday about the presidential race, hinting that he might support Hillary Clinton, given the available crop of GOP White House hopefuls. In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” Koch pointed to former President Bill Clinton’s record on federal spending and economic growth, suggesting that a Clinton regime could be the best option after 2016. Clinton, who has been critical of the conservative donor network spearheaded by Charles Koch and his brother, David Koch, wasn’t having it. “Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote,” her campaign tweeted after the interview. CNN
 
2016 session
Capitol Catch-Up: Budget plans nearly ready for battlePioneer Press
 
Affordable Care Act
ObamaCare premiums expected to rise sharply amid insurer lossesThe Hill
 
Bathrooms
Rural Minnesota, not the North Carolina Bathroom Bill, is the real issueMorris Sun Tribune
Conservative group launches boycott of Target over transgender policyStar Tribune
How bathrooms and transgender rights have become a flash point in the GOP raceStar Tribune

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