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Thank you for visiting our site. Senate District 48 DFL is made up of 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.” So, if you’re interested in learning more about what we believe in and are doing, please visit our site often.  If you’re interested in getting involved in helping to move our communities, state and country forward to a progressive future, please contact us. There are lots of ways you can get involved.  See you soon!

 

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Sep/14

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No Need to Wait, Vote Early

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Polls opened early September 19, and residents of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are already casting their ballots.

We know midterm elections are all about one thing:  turnout, turnout, turnout.

This year, you don’t have to take time away from work or family to vote on a specific date. You can vote from September 19 through Election Day on November 4.

Visit the city center for the city you live in, and you can vote.  Here are the links:

City of Eden Prairie
City of Minnetonka

For information on our candidates, click here.

 

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Couldn’t make the recent League of Women Voters’ candidate forum for House District 48A and B? Here’s the video:

 

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The record makes it clear. Despite talk of “bipartisanship” and “working across the aisle”, the GOP candidates have a clear history of voting against Minnesota’s best interests.

Stensrud-12-09 How does Kirk Stensrud compare? View the Chart > 
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Oct/14

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October, 2014 Newsletter

It’s Crunch Time!

We’re now in what’s called GOTV (Get Out the Vote) time for our candidates. If you haven’t had time to help, now’s the time when you’re needed the most. Why?

When Dems Vote, Dems Win

We have the number of voters in our district to assure that our candidates win. The problem is getting them to realize that voting when a presidential candidate isn’t on the ballot is critical. That’s where you come in. With your help either going to a voter’s door or calling a voter on the phone can help get them to the polls.

If you’ve got several hours, that’s wonderful. If you only have an hour or so, your time will still make a difference. So, please join us.

Rep. Yvonne Selcer, HD48A

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Rep. Selcer’s Get Out the Vote efforts are being handled as the rest of her campaign events have been, at the CD3 DFL Coordinated Campaign Office, 915 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN. When you have a spare hour or more, go there and help her reach more voters.

Joan Howe-Pullis, HD48B Candidate

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Joan continues to knock doors and phone people daily. Her campaign events are on our SD48 DFL calendar on this site.

Starting October 31, we’ll be moving to GOTV efforts on the B-side of our district working from 18285 Croixwood Ln.

If you’d like to help Joan’s campaign or if you’d prefer to not leave the district to help our DFL ticket, that’s where you should go. We’ll be posting more specifics about this as we move toward Election Day, November 4.

HD48B GOTV Efforts from October 31 through Election Day

If you’re able to help with phoning or knocking and don’t want to work outside our district, e-mail us at info@dfl48.org. Let us know what times your available and what you’d like to do. We’ll get back to you with specifics on our GOTV efforts. We’ll need help with lot of different things.

Here’s an easy way for you to volunteer:

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When Democrats vote, Democrats win. Here are ways you can help make that happen:
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Can You Host a Lawn Sign?

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Our local House candidates are hoping to build visibility with lawn signs. If you’re willing to have one in your yard between now and Election Day, please e-mail us at info@dfl48.org. We’ll pass your information along to our candidates.

Our DFL Ticket

To see who else is on the ballot, visit this post. We’ve also included information on the Eden Prairie City Council seats up for election this year and information on the judicial races we’ll have on the ballot.

Toward the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to print out actual sample ballots to take with you to the polls.

Did You Vote Early?

You can check the status of your ballot by visiting this website. If you see there’s a problem, you have time to get things straightened out by contacting your City Clerk.

If You Haven’t Cast Your Ballot Early, You Still Have Time

If you hate waiting in lines or aren’t certain if you can make it to the polls, you have the option this year to do early, no excuse absentee voting.

Eden Prairie

Weekdays between now and October 31, you can go to the City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd, to vote. You will be able to vote between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. On November 1, you can vote between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. On November 3, you can vote from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Minnetonka

Visit the City Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 during the hours below:

Saturday, October 25:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 29, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 30:  8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 1:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, November 3:  7:30 am to 5:00 pm

If You Vote Early, Take a Dem Friend

You can help make a difference by talking with a Dem friend or neighbor and inviting them to come with you. You can vote together at your local City Center (no separate polling locations until Election Day).  Know someone who can’t or doesn’t drive? Take them with you. You’re ensuring their vote counts.

Not Certain if You’re Registered to Vote?

This year, you can visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website to:

If you’d prefer to register in person, you can go to the City Clerk’s office at your municipality’s City Center and fill out the form there.

 Have College Students in Your Family?

Make certain they’re voting this election, especially if they’re in Minnesota. If possible, have them vote at home. That helps our local House candidates as well as our “upticket” candidates.

If they’ve voted via absentee ballot, you can use the Secretary of State’s website to determine if their ballot has been received.

League of Women Voters House Candidate Forums

Didn’t get to the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum? You can watch it here:

 

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Back in July, Rep. Loon outlined her opposition to SWLRT:  “The overall return on investment of this $1.7 billion project does not warrant support. It lacks a completed environmental study of its impact on Eden Prairie. Moreover, ridership projections fall well below levels necessary to support the long-term operating budget of the line.” (July 10 letter to the editor).

I was alarmed and disappointed to learn that our state representative seems to be basing her opposition to SWLRT on very flimsy rationale. I soon realized her opposition was shared by almost every other Republican lawmaker, including the current Republican candidate for governor, Commissioner Jeff Johnson and our own Eden Prairie City Council member Brad Aho.

So I did some research. I learned that MnDOT publishes annual mass transit reports that detail the ridership and operating costs of every single mass transit system int he state. This is what I learned:

  • The average operating cost per ridership (total operating costs divided by total number of riders) for the years 2006 through 2012 for Metro Light Rail (Blue Line (LRT) $2.43; Metro Fixed Bus:  $3.42; Southwest Transit:  $7.21. Since fares run between $1.75 and $3 per ride, that means that the Metro Light Rail is the only metro transit system that is currently potentially covering all the operating costs with ridership fares.
  • In 2012, the last year data is available, ridership levels for Metro Light Rail exceeded year 2020 projections by 29 percent with 31,300 average weekday boardings.

Eden Prairie needs a stat representative who bases her positions and votes on the best interests of her community, the economy, the environment — not the deceptive and wrong ideology of her political party. Please join me in voting for Joan Howe-Pullis on Nov. 4.

Ellen Hoerle
Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie News, October 23, 2014

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Oct/14

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Selcer reflects community’s values

The residents of Minnetonka House District 48A (northern Eden Prairie and southern Minnetonka) deserve two more years of representation in St. Paul by incumbent Yvonne Selcer.

During the 21 years that my family has lived in northern Eden Prairie, I have personally met with and/or been able to work with all of our Republican and DFL state representatives beginning with Republican Tom Workman in the mid-1990s. They are good people.

Although I have very much enjoyed meeting Kirk Stensrud on several occasions and have more than once considered attending one of the informational, local Republican get-togethers at the Gold Nugget Restaurant, I am recommending a vote for incumbent Yvonne Selcer.

Yvonne Selcer clearly reflects the values of our beautiful swath of geography given her two-session voting record. She is strong for education, small business, voter rights, marriage equality, government clarity and budget accountability. Regarding the later, she voted against an Omnibus Tax bill because there was no companion bill to increase government efficiencies. Yvonne Selcer also voted against Gov. Dayton’s business-to-business tax, a law that has since been rescinded.

Yvonne Selcer reflects the values of her constituents even when they are not aligned with the agenda of the DFL House Caucus. Mr. Stensrud’s campaign messaging and legislative record as a conservative Republican,, demonstrate that he is unable to process community values into good legislation if they are not aligned with the Republican agenda.

Jeff Strate
Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie News, October 23, 2014

Editor’s Note:  Strate produces Democratic Visions, a politically left-leaning cable TV show.

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