DFL48 | Restoring Common Sense Minnesota Values

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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!


Caucus is  Days Away!

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Your voice matters! Mark your calendars!

What: Senate District 48 Precinct Caucuses
When: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.
6:30 PM – Presidential Candidate Preference Voting starts
7:00 PM – Caucuses start
Where: Eden Prairie High School, 17185 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

  • learn about this year’s candidates
  • debate resolutions that any caucus attendee may introduce for possible inclusion into the Minnesota DFL Party’s Platform
  • elect new precinct chairs
  • select delegates for the upcoming conventions
  • suggested donation – $10 (or MORE, every penny helps to elect strong Dems in SD48)

Help out! Sign up to volunteer here.

Unable to attend that night? If you want to participate in the DFL 48 precinct caucus, but can’t attend in person on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, you can fill out this form.

To help newcomers prepare to attend the DFL Precinct Caucuses, please watch these videos linked below to learn more about the caucus system and how you can make a difference:

Video: What to Expect At Your Precinct Caucus

Video: Introduction to Precinct Caucuses

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Apr/15

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2015 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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Feb/16

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Daily Brief: Monday, Feb. 8th, 2016

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Feb. 8, 2016
228 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
273 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – MN Legal Aid and State TANF Taskforce Committee release report on Minnesota’s welfare program – Minnesota Legal Aid and State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Taskforce Committee’s Jessica Webster hold news conference to release report on Minnesota’s Welfare-to-Program and follow up to the 2015 State TANF Taskforce Report. Webster also provides an update on Gov. Mark Dayton’s ‘actions and bipartisan legislation to raise Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) cash assistance for the first time since 1986. Room 181, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – The House Subcommittee on Licensing will review the Nurse Licensure Compact as well as music therapists requiring licenses. Room 5, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Door knocks begin for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidates for the Feb. 9 special election in Dist. 50B. Meet at 4642 Heritage Hills Dr, Bloomington.
  • 11 a.m. – Twin Cities food service workers highlight ‘need’ for ‘Earned Sick and Safe Time’ – Neighborhoods Organizing for Change Organizer Rod Adams, Wolfpack Promotionals owner Kagalee Brown and fast food workers organizing with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha hold press conference to highlight the ‘need for Minneapolis and St. Paul to pass Earned Sick and Safe Time to support public health.’ Location: Sidewalk outside of Seven Corners Chipotle, 229 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis.
  • 5 p.m. – Phone bank begins for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidates for the Feb. 9 special election in Dist. 50B. Education Minnesota, 7242 Metro Blvd, Ste 200, Edina.
  • On the campaign trail: Everyone is in New Hampshire. Here is the rundown:
    • Sanders: Nashua, Manchester, Derry, Durham
    • Clinton: Manchester, Hudson
    • Trump: Londonderry, Manchester
    • Kasich: Plaistow, Windham, Merrimack, Manchester, Hooksett
    • Cruz: Barrington, Raymond, Manchester
    • Rubio: Nashua
    • Bush: Nashua, Portsmouth
    • Christie: Hudson, Hampstead, Manchester
    • Fiorina: Manchester, Concord
    • Gilmore: Manchester, Hudson 

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 9 – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders 11 a.m., MLK Park Building, 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Join United States Secretary of Labor Perez and local leaders for the first Regional Worker Voice Summit. Regional Summits are focused on bringing together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in this conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Feb. 9 – The New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Senate District 35 special election. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – Door knocks begin at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for Andrew Carlson, the DFL-endorsed candidates for the Feb. 9 special election in Dist. 50B. Meet at 4642 Heritage Hills Dr, Bloomington. A phone bank will run form 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the DFL Office, Edina Community Center, Room 320, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina.
  • Feb. 9 – House District 50B special election. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, to hear a presentation on the Compassionate Care legislation that is currently pending in the Minnesota legislature. Sen. Chris Eaton, the Senate bill author, and Dr. Rebecca Thoman will speak at the event.
  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 13 – Republicans debate in South Carolina on CBS.
  • Feb. 25 – Secretary of State Steve Simon will host the “Secretary’s State on the State of Elections” at noon at the Wellstone Neighborhood House, St. Paul. After the speech, participants can attend one of two workshops, “What happens at a precinct caucus,” or “Building the next generation of poll workers.” For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 26 – Republicans debate in Houston on NBC. The co-sponsors are Telemundo and National Review.
  • Feb. 27 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet. Location TBD.
  • March 6 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate in Flint, Michigan.

Fundraisers

  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • Feb. 2X – The DFL Senate District 13, and in partnership with the College Democrats of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University will host “An Evening with Secretary of State Steve Simon.” 6:30 p.m., Gorecki Conference Center on the campus of the College of St. Benedict. Space is limited, and tickets should be ordered in advance, by no later than Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Price is $30, with a special discounted price for students of $15.  If paid by check, please make payable to “DFL SD 13” and send to: Dennis Molitor, SD 13 Treasurer, 923 Parkview Lane, Sartell, MN 56377.  Or you may pay on-line by credit card, by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-secretary-of-state-steve-simon-tickets-21175533591
  • Feb. 27 – SD36 DFL Fundraiser and Elections Pre-Caucus Rally. North Hennepin Community College, College of Business & Technology, Grand Hall, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Participants will discuss the importance of Elections in Minnesota and your local Senate District. Keynote speakers are Minnesota Secretary of State,
  • Steve Simon and Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Suggested donation $20. All donations appreciated. Please RSVP with Reva Chamblis at rchamblis@gmail.com or call Reva at 763-657-1459.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • March 12 – The Senate District 16 DFL fundraiser will be held at Jackpot Junction, Morton. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feather a buffet meal, silent and live auctions and speakers. 

2016 election
Legislature
Stenglein to seek Senate District 10 seatEcho Journal
Pieper seeks rematch against DavidsRochester Post Bulletin
U.S. House
Competitive U.S. House races cost millions — does any of that money benefit the districtMinnPost
Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will endorse Angie Craig for Congress. morning take
President
The utter nastiness of Ted CruzWashington Post
Ex-NAACP head endorses SandersThe Hill
In debate with Clinton, Sanders makes it clear: He’s a radicalMinnPost
Sanders joins Larry David on SNLThe Hill
Candidates look to comedy and late-night shows for new soap boxStar Tribune
John Kline backs Rubio for presidentBemidji Pioneer
Hillary’s secret weapon is Bernie’s colleaguesMother Jones
The return of Jeb BushSlate
Marco Rubio doubles down on repetition in post-debate rally, vows not to change message,Washington Post
In Flint, Clinton casts herself as a problem-solver — and looks past N.H., Washington Post
What to expect in Minnesota prior to ‘Super Tuesday,’ Fox 9
Looking for a presidential parallel? Think 1968Star Tribune
Ramping up town halls, debates puts spotlight on DemocratsStar Tribune
Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinman scold young women about supporting Bernie SandersStar Tribune
As Clinton-Sanders fight escalates, young women consider issues, symbolismStar Tribune
Rubio’s debate speech is a broken record — with a broken messageMinnPost
Though conservatives theoretically abhor identity politics, many Rubio supporters freely cite his Cuban ethnicity, youth and affiliation with the swing state of Florida as the reasons they back him.Another reason Rubio himself offers up is that his humble roots will make it hard for Democrats to caricature him in the fall. “I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck,” he says. “I’ve had student loans.” Others invoked the Bill Buckley Rule, named after the founding editor of National Review, who said activists should get behind the most conservative candidate who can win. After eight years in the wilderness, many Republicans are willing to look the other way when it comes to Rubio’s inexperience and apostasies because they think he would post up best against Clinton. Washington Post

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Feb/16

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Daily Brief: Friday, Feb. 5th, 2016

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Feb. 5, 2016
231 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
276 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
25 days until DFL 48 Caucuses, Mar. 1

 
Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will travel to Madelia to meet with community members affected by the recent fire.
  • 11:30 a.m. – will meet with school counselors at Dakota Meadows Middle School for School Counselors Week.

 
Events Saturday

  • 11 a.m. – Nurses employed by Allina Health will rally Saturday as they go into contract negotiations. Other nurses and supporters are expected to participate in the solidarity rally at the Ramada Plaza, 330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis. The rally is organized by the Minnesota Nurses Association.
  • 7 p.m. – Republicans debate at St. Anselm College. The debate will air on ABC.
  • 7 p.m. – The Brooklyn Park DFL will host a GOP debate watching party. Kelly’s Ninth Hole, 8432 Noble Ave. N, Brooklyn Park. Suggested donation is $10.

 
Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 9 – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders 11 a.m., MLK Park Building, 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Join United States Secretary of Labor Perez and local leaders for the first Regional Worker Voice Summit. Regional Summits are focused on bringing together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in this conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Feb. 9 – The New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Senate District 35 special election. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – House District 50B special election. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate. 
  • Feb. 9 – North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, to hear a presentation on the Compassionate Care legislation that is currently pending in the Minnesota legislature. Sen. Chris Eaton, the Senate bill author, and Dr. Rebecca Thoman will speak at the event.
  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 13 – Republicans debate in South Carolina on CBS.
  • Feb. 25 – Secretary of State Steve Simon will host the “Secretary’s State on the State of Elections” at noon at the Wellstone Neighborhood House, St. Paul. After the speech, participants can attend one of two workshops, “What happens at a precinct caucus,” or “Building the next generation of poll workers.” For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 26 – Republicans debate in Houston on NBC. The co-sponsors are Telemundo and National Review.
  • Feb. 27 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet. Location TBD.

 
Fundraisers

  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • Feb. 2X – The DFL Senate District 13, and in partnership with the College Democrats of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University will host “An Evening with Secretary of State Steve Simon.” 6:30 p.m., Gorecki Conference Center on the campus of the College of St. Benedict. Space is limited, and tickets should be ordered in advance, by no later than Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Price is $30, with a special discounted price for students of $15.  If paid by check, please make payable to “DFL SD 13” and send to: Dennis Molitor, SD 13 Treasurer, 923 Parkview Lane, Sartell, MN 56377.  Or you may pay on-line by credit card, by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-secretary-of-state-steve-simon-tickets-21175533591
  • Feb. 27 – SD36 DFL Fundraiser and Elections Pre-Caucus Rally. North Hennepin Community College, College of Business & Technology, Grand Hall, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Participants will discuss the importance of Elections in Minnesota and your local Senate District. Keynote speakers are Minnesota Secretary of State,
  • Steve Simon and Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Suggested donation $20. All donations appreciated. Please RSVP with Reva Chamblis at rchamblis@gmail.com or call Reva at 763-657-1459.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • March 12 – The Senate District 16 DFL fundraiser will be held at Jackpot Junction, Morton. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feather a buffet meal, silent and live auctions and speakers.

 
2016 election
Legislature
DeNucci joins race for House 6A seatMesabi Daily News
Republicans launch TV ad in local House raceStar Tribune
Congress
Candidate loans play big role in 2nd District fundraisingRochester Post Bulletin
Kern announces she will challenge Emmer in Sixth DistrictStar Tribune
“GOP First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn criticized incumbent Democrat Tim Walz for sponsoring an advertisement in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that condescendingly criticized Minnesotans for unspecified anti-Muslim bigotry. Hagedorn said Walz’s “politically correct pro-Muslim lecturing” further demonstrates how radically out-of-touch the five-term congressman is with his First District constituents. “Southern Minnesotans understand the serious threat of radical Islam and want a congressman who will speak the truth about Islamic terrorism and support the Peace through Strength policies needed to defend the United States and protect the American people,” said Hagedorn. morning take
President
Cruz-Carson-Christie-Trump — the GOP’s circular firing squadStar Tribune
Kline endorses Rubio for presidentMPR
Is Marco Rubio the most electable Republican running for president? MPR
The Latest: Trump says ‘I don’t care’ about Iowa disputeStar Tribune
Democratic establishment starts to gang up on SandersThe Hill
Anti-Trump super-PAC’s secret weapon: John McCainThe Hill
The fury of Ben CarsonPolitico
Hillary Clinton keeps seizing the political moment on FlintWashington Post
Marco Rubio’s biggest problem, explained by Rubio supporter Rick SantorumWashington Post
Campaign notes – Washington Post

  • Ben Carson slashed staff as funds dry up: more than 50 staffers to be cut, salaries reduced — and the doctor may be back to flying commercial, reports Robert Costa.
  • A longtime Trump friend seeded a pro-Trump super PAC with $1 million, reports Matea Gold.
  • George W. Bush is appearing in a Right to Rise ad for his brother, reports Politico.

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Feb/16

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Daily Brief: Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2016

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Feb. 4, 2016
232 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
277 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
26 Days until DFL SD48 Caucus
 
Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will travel to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Sen. Al Franken regarding direct flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Tokyo, Japan.
  • 10 a.m. – House DFL Leader Paul Thissen, House Deputy Leader Melissa Hortman (DFL –Brooklyn Park), State Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL – Eagan) and other House DFL legislators will hold a press conference to unveil new campaign finance reform proposal to increase transparency in Minnesota elections. Room 181, State Office Building.

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 6 – Nurses employed by Allina Health will rally Saturday as they go into contract negotiations. Other nurses and supporters are expected to participate in the solidarity rally that will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza, 330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis. The rally is organized by the Minnesota Nurses Association.
  • Feb. 6 – Republicans debate at St. Anselm College on ABC the Saturday night before the New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders 11 a.m., MLK Park Building, 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Join United States Secretary of Labor Perez and local leaders for the first Regional Worker Voice Summit. Regional Summits are focused on bringing together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in this conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Feb. 9 – The New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Senate District 35 special election. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – House District 50B special election. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, to hear a presentation on the Compassionate Care legislation that is currently pending in the Minnesota legislature. Sen. Chris Eaton, the Senate bill author, and Dr. Rebecca Thoman will speak at the event.
  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 13 – Republicans debate in South Carolina on CBS.
  • Feb. 25 – Secretary of State Steve Simon will host the “Secretary’s State on the State of Elections” at noonat the Wellstone Neighborhood House, St. Paul. After the speech, participants can attend one of two workshops, “What happens at a precinct caucus,” or “Building the next generation of poll workers.” For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 26 – Republicans debate in Houston on NBC. The co-sponsors are Telemundo and National Review.
  • Feb. 27 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet. Location TBD.

Fundraisers

  • Feb. 6 – The Brooklyn Park DFL will host a GOP debate watching party. 7 p.m. Kelly’s Ninth Hole, 8432 Noble Ave. N, Brooklyn Park. Suggested donation is $10.
  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • Feb. 27 – SD36 DFL Fundraiser and Elections Pre-Caucus Rally. North Hennepin Community College, College of Business & Technology, Grand Hall, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Participants will discuss the importance of Elections in Minnesota and your local Senate District. Keynote speakers are Minnesota Secretary of State,
    Steve Simon and Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Suggested donation $20. All donations appreciated. Please RSVP with Reva Chamblis at rchamblis@gmail.com or call Reva at 763-657-1459.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • March 12 – The Senate District 16 DFL fundraiser will be held at Jackpot Junction, Morton. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feature a buffet meal, silent and live auctions and speakers.

2016 election
Legislature
Third candidate steps forward in House 6A race, Northland News Center
Rep. Dan Schoen will run for seat being vacated by Sen. Katie Sieben, Star Tribune
 
President
Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders had a good caucus. But primaries are another matter. Washington Post
Trump calls for Iowa do-over, says Cruz stole election, MPR
Donald Trump accuses Ted Cruz of stealing Iowa — and demands new caucuses, Washington Post
Rand Paul drops out of presidential race, Star Tribune
Rick Santorum drops presidential bid, endorses Marco Rubio, CNN
Should Bernie Sanders get credit for making the Democratic party more liberal? Washington Post
Iowa’s young voters fell in love with Bernie, MinnPost
Why Marco Rubio now has the best chance of winning the GOP nomination, Washington Post
Cruz disrupts Senate from campaign trail, ABC News
Army of Clinton staffers leave Brooklyn headquarters to aid in New Hampshire, Washington Post
Iowa revealed the three themes that define the 2016 campaign, Washington Post
Clinton defends progressive record against Sanders critique, Star Tribune
Female senators urge Warren: Back Hillary Clinton, The Hill
Rubio overtakes Bush in endorsements, The Hill
Inside Rand Paul’s slow-motion collapse, Politico
Signs of ‘Marco-mentum’ for Rubio in New Hampshire, MPR
Chelsea Clinton campaigns for mom in Minnesota, MPR

The Republican field is two candidates smaller than it was yesterday, and the survivors are talking lawsuit. Ben Carson is attacking Ted Cruz, who is attacking Donald Trump, who is attacking Ted Cruz. Contenders who called each other “good friends” last month now have new language to describe their pals: “Hysterical.” “Fragile.” “Unhinged.” Washington Post

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Feb/16

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Daily Brief: Feb. 2nd, 2016

In the Know
Minnesota DFL
Feb. 2, 2016
234 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
279 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
 
Events today

  • Minnesota’s state candidates, parties and political groups will release 2015 spending and fundraising reports.
  • 8 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the STEP-UP Achieve Annual Partners Breakfast, Target Field, Metropolitan Club, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability to take questions from reporters.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate Education Committee will hear from the Department of Education about a newly released report that evaluates the successes and effectiveness of the Early Learning Scholarships Program. The nearly three-year-old program was allocated $104 million during last session…The Committee will also hear from MinneMinds, and Wendy Webster, the Director of Community Services at the St. Anthony-New Bright School District.
  • Noon – Gov. Dayton will host students from the Future Farmers of America Agricultural Policy Experience for lunch at the Governor’s Residence.

Mark your calendars

  • Feb. 3 – The Democratic candidates for president will appear in a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.
  • Feb. 3 – The Congressional District 3 DFL will host a precinct caucus training. 6 – 7:30 p.m., Oxboro Library – 8801 Portland Avenue South Bloomington. Key topics include: voting rules, volunteering for local commissions, DFL party structure/endorsement, and core items related to the state caucuses March 1: volunteering in the local DFL party, changing the DFL party platform, convention delegate selection, and selecting the democratic candidate to be nominated for president.
  • Feb. 6 – Nurses employed by Allina Health will rally Saturday as they go into contract negotiations. Other nurses and supporters are expected to participate in the solidarity rally that will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza, 330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis. The rally is organized by the Minnesota Nurses Association.
  • Feb. 6 – Republicans debate at St. Anselm College on ABC the Saturday night before the New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Worker Voice Regional Summit with US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and local leaders 11 a.m., MLK Park Building, 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. Join United States Secretary of Labor Perez and local leaders for the first Regional Worker Voice Summit. Regional Summits are focused on bringing together seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country who are lifting up workers’ voices to be active participants in this conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • Feb. 9 – The New Hampshire primary.
  • Feb. 9 – Senate District 35 special election. Roger Johnson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – House District 50B special election. Andrew Carlson is the DFL-endorsed candidate.
  • Feb. 9 – North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, to hear a presentation on the Compassionate Care legislation that is currently pending in the Minnesota legislature. Sen. Chris Eaton, the Senate bill author, and Dr. Rebecca Thoman will speak at the event.
  • Feb. 11 – Democrats debate in Wisconsin, to air on PBS.
  • Feb. 13 – Republicans debate in South Carolina on CBS.
  • Feb. 26 – Republicans debate in Houston on NBC. The co-sponsors are Telemundo and National Review.
  • Feb. 25 – Secretary of State Steve Simon will host the “Secretary’s State on the State of Elections” at noonat the Wellstone Neighborhood House, St. Paul. After the speech, participants can attend one of two workshops, “What happens at a precinct caucus,” or “Building the next generation of poll workers.” For more information, click here.


Fundraisers

  • Feb. 6 – The Brooklyn Park DFL will host a GOP debate watching party. 7 p.m. Kelly’s Ninth Hole, 8432 Noble Ave. N, Brooklyn Park. Suggested donation is $10.
  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • Feb. 27 – SD36 DFL Fundraiser and Elections Pre-Caucus Rally. North Hennepin Community College, College of Business & Technology, Grand Hall, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Participants will discuss the importance of Elections in Minnesota and your local Senate District. Keynote speakers are Minnesota Secretary of State,
    Steve Simon and Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. Suggested donation $20. All donations appreciated. Please RSVP with Reva Chamblis at rchamblis@gmail.com or call Reva at 763-657-1459.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • March 12 – The Senate District 16 DFL fundraiser will be held at Jackpot Junction, Morton. It kicks off at5 p.m. and will feather a buffet meal, silent and live auctions and speakers.


2016 election

Legislature
Jake Coleman raises over $50K for legislative campaignStar Tribune

President
On the bubble: Whose White House dreams will burst firstMPR
Hillary’s more electable than Bernie — or is sheMinnPost
Clinton and Sanders, all even after Iowa voting, are poised for a long slogWashington Post
After close finish in Iowa, Sanders says he can win primaries and caucuses around the countryWashington Post
How Sanders caught fire in Iowa and turned the Clinton coronation into a real raceWashington Post
Martin O’Malley, we hardly knew yeWashington Post
Iowa caucuses leave Republican and Democratic contests far from settledWashington Post
Cruz, Rubio eye NH momentum as Dems gird for long fightMPR

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Feb/16

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Minnesota ranks #1 in job creation!

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Minnesota ranks #1 in job creation

A new report released by the Gallup Inc. polling company ranks Minnesota first in the nation in job creation. Gallup’s annual Job Creation Index report, which can be found here, is the latest in a string of national ratings demonstrating Minnesota’s strong economic growth and high quality of life.

Here is what you need to know:

1st in Job Creation – Today’s news from Gallup ranks Minnesota first in the nation in the annual Job Creation Index. This is the first time Minnesota has achieved this national distinction.

Best State for Business – CNBC recently ranked Minnesota the best state in the nation for business.

 2nd-Strongest State in the Nation – Politico recently ranked Minnesota the 2nd-strongest state in the nation in its annual “The States of Our Union” report.

Best State to Retire – The AARP recently ranked Minnesota the best state to retire in – offering some of the best housing, health care, and other services to our older residents.

5th-Best Run State – Minnesota was recently named one of the five best-run states in the nation by 24/7 Wall Street.

 3rd-Best Place to Own a Home – This week, Porch and Redfin ranked Minnesota the 3rd-best state to own a home.

READ MORE about the announcement, and learn about the Gallup study, in this news release.

More work to do

Despite Minnesota’s strong economic progress, not everyone is feeling the state’s recovery – including laid-off miners on the Iron Range, and people of color across Minnesota who now face larger unemployment rates and much lower median incomes. That is why Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith remain strongly committed to doing the work necessary to ensure everyone, in every region of the state, shares in Minnesota’s prosperity. That’s why they are:

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