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Thanks for shedding light on the dead-of-night deal to “cripple the office” of the state auditor (“A foolhardy attempt to gut auditor’s office,” editorial, June 2). The Senate conferees, of which we were two, were told during the day that this agreement by leaders to have the “legislative auditor study the state auditor” was necessary to close the bill. At 3 a.m., there was the bait-and-switch to privatization. We weren’t even aware of the repeal of the auditor’s entire authority to audit local government. I can’t help wondering if a local official wants to hire his brother-in-law to do the audit. We need an independent state auditor to guard the public purse.

State Sen. Sandy Pappas
State Sen. Jim Carlson
Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 4, 2015

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Your 2014 DFL Team and Other Races

 Yvonne Selcer for HD48A

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Joan Howe-Pullis for HD48B

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Mark Dayton and Tina Smith
for Governor and Lt. Governor


Lori Swanson for Attorney General


Steve Simon for Secretary of State


Rebecca Otto for State Auditor


 Al Franken for U.S. Senate

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Sharon Sund for Congress


Mike Freeman for Hennepin County Attorney


Eddie Frizell for Hennepin County Sheriff


Eden Prairie City Council

These seats are non-partisan. No DFL party endorsement has been given.

Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens is running unopposed. We believe Ms. Tyra-Lukens has served the people of Eden Prairie well during her tenures as Mayor and deserves another term.

Council Members Kathy Nelson and Sherry Butcher-Wickstrom are running for re-election along with Andrew K. Moller. We believe Ms. Nelson and Ms. Butcher-Wickstrom have also served the people of Eden Prairie well during their terms. And, therefore, deserve another term.

Mr. Moller filed for office, but doesn’t seem to have a campaign website.

Judgeships on the Ballot

At this month’s Third Congressional District Central Committee meeting, many of the judge candidates spoke to the body. CD3 then compiled information from those discussions and researched candidates. We’re including information on those races in our area with more than one candidate.

Associate Justice — Supreme Court 2, John Hancock, Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright — Judge Wright has a website with an extensive list of DFL supporters including Sharon Sayles-Belton and Karen Thissen.  There is no contact information nor website for her opponent.  http://wrightforjustice.com/

Associate Justice — Supreme Court 3, Michelle L. MacDonald, David Lillehaug —  Judge Lillehaug is a known in the Twin Cities.  Please peruse his list of supporters for your information.  If you wish to know about his opponent, please do an internet search with her name to find out about her.  http://www.justicelillehaug.org/supporters

4th District Court 16 — Bruce Michael Rivers, James A. Moore — Judge Moore did not attend, as he has signed the agreement with the Hennepin County Bar Association to not participate in any partisan activities.  His endorsement list is here for your information: http://www.judgejamesmoore.org/endorsements/. Bruce Rivers joined us and spoke about his experience as a criminal defense attorney.  He is running a grassroots campaign and does not have a campaign website.  He links to his personal law firm website for information:  http://www.riverslawyers.com/

4th District Court 43 — Paul Scoggin, Bridget Ann Sullivan — Both of these very engaging candidates joined us last evening and spoke about their backgrounds, personal views and experience that draws them to run for this open seat.  Paul Scoggin offers an impressive list of supporters for our information:  http://www.scogginforjudge.com/#!supporters/c11vk.  Bridget Ann Sullivan also offers an impressive list of supporters http://www.sullivanfor43.com/index.asp?SEC=EA964D88-8CE3-461C-9D27-72FEC4E3292F&Type=B_EV.  Both are passionate and dedicated to their craft of advocating for justice.

4th District Court 53, Bev Benson, Chris Ritts — We were joined by both candidates for this open seat.  They spoke about their backgrounds, cases they have tried and the passion that drew them to run for this seat.  Bev Benson lists many supporters that will give credence to her speech: http://bevbensonforjudge.com/index.asp?SEC=8A65E138-CA67-4B2A-8866-19EF5E058525&Type=B_BASIC  Chris Ritts has an informative website that covers his background.  http://rittsforjudge.com/

4th District Court 61, Amy Dawson, Bevery J. Aho — We were joined by Amy Dawson, who spoke about her passion, experience and personal drive to serve the needs of justice last evening.  Her list of supporters is as extensive as her passion: http://www.amydawsonforjudge.com/  Her opponent is a known GOP activist, GOP state delegate who raised funds for George W. Bush. There are numerous writings online from her if you need more information.

Please look into all these candidates, read about them and make your decisions. Then, call them for a lawn sign and share your information with your friends, neighbors and family. Judges decide many issues in our community and we need to do our due diligence to make property decisions to elect those who share our values.

You can check on the licensure and other basic information of lawyers here.

Sample Ballots

We were able to download sample ballots and mark our endorsed candidates on them. If you’d like to take a completed sample ballot with you when you go to the polls, just click the link for the area you live in.

House District 48A Living in Eden Prairie

House District 48A Living in Minnetonka

House District 48B 


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July, 2014 Newsletter

What Our Candidates are Doing

Rep. Yvonne Selcer, HD48A


Rep. Yvonne Selcer and her team have been busy with great conversations at the doors and on the phones with many of you. She’s also continued to attend wonderful community events in our area, including the Hopkins Raspberry Festival and the Minnetonka ICA Food Shelf’s grand opening.   She looks forward to seeing many of you at upcoming Neighborhood Night Out gatherings; if you would like her to stop by or have an event you would like to invite her to attend.

Rep. Selcer continues to have her nation leading legislative POSA (Protect Our Students Studying Abroad) work highlighted, most recently in the Gail Rosenblum’s July 20 StarTribune column.  As she door knocks, she’s finding the face-to-face conversations she is having on your legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session very helpful.

The response to Rep. Selcer, her work and her message continues to be positive, but her race is a top target for outside organizations such as the billionaire Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity.  She needs your help to win in November and continue the good work begun in the last two legislative sessions.  You’ll find Yvonne’s door knocking schedule on our Senate District 48 website.  to help with door knocking or in any way you prefer and time allows.  As always, Rep Selcer is grateful for all the help and support she’s receiving, and looks forward to celebrating victory with you in November.

Joan Howe-Pullis, HD48B Candidate

joan-440-300x285If you haven’t seen Joan in your neighbor-hood, you’ll be seeing her soon.

Joan and her great group of volunteers continue to be out talking with voters just about every day of the week.

She’s excited by the conversations she’s having with the voters of the southern side of Eden Prairie.

If you have time to join her campaign, they’d love to have you join them. Like every campaign, help reaching out to talk with voters about what’s important to them is our most important task. So, any time you can spend door knocking or phoning with Joan, would be appreciated.

Joan also needs help with your treasure. To get her message out, your contribution is critical.  If you’re able to help, contributions can be made on her website.

“First, I want to thank all the great volunteers who’ve already come out to support my race,” said Joan. “I’m honored you’ve given of yourself to help me.” If you’d like to find out more about Joan, her positions on issues or more, just

Laurie McKendry, SD48

laurie-mckendryWhere this isn’t my election cycle, I’m continuing to work with both of our House candidates. I’ve enjoyed going out to the doors with both Rep. Selcer and Joan Howe-Pullis. We’ve had fun and it’s been a pleasure dealing with weather that, for the most part, has been more moderate than when I ran in 2012. It’s been great seeing familiar faces from my door knocking when I ran in 2012, as well as meeting new people.

My work continues with the Eden Prairie AM Rotary. I continue to enjoy the opportunity to be of service and working with my fellow Rotarians. I know many of them tend to vote the other side of the ticket. Although we differ in our political believes, we always work through our differences to come to a stronger solutions to whatever we’re working on. I truly value this and believe this is what we need in our government at both the state and national level to move the People’s business forward.

So, as we move toward November, look for our House candidates and me at your door some day soon.

Last Call for Plant Certificates


2015 UPDATE:  Holasek Greenhouses is now out of business. We have no information on how to receive refunds. Please contact the organization you purchased your certificates from for further information.

Have some plants that haven’t worked out or have run their course? Through July 31, you can still get quality plants from Holasek’s Greenhouse and support our district and our candidates. So, visit our sale page now and make your purchase.

We had a great time July 4th

???????????????????????????????We had great weather and a great group of volunteers at our booth this year. Hope you were able to stop by. If you didn’t, please look for us next year.

Think Erik Paulsen is a moderate math guy?


Well, he’s playing with money — big money — to re-elect John Boehner. He holds what we call “drive by Congress on Your Corners” with little to no notice. Or, he does the “sorry I missed you” tele townhall.

But, he can host a fundraiser with a $10,000 price tag for the U.S. Speaker of the House who’s presided over a Congress that has done less than any other for their paychecks.

Please Help Turn Out the Vote for Rebecca Otto

There’ll be several phone banks to help let Democrats know it’s important to turn out and vote for Rebecca in the August 12 primary. Here’s a list of upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, August 9, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with Rep. Melissa Hortman
  • Saturday, August 9, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 10, 12:00 to 4:00 pm with Rep. Lyndon Carlson
  • Monday, August 11, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with Rep. Jason Isaacson
  • Tuesday, August 12, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with Congresswoman Betty McCollum
  • Tuesday, August 12, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

State Auditor Rebecca Otto will be stopping by the Primary Election GOTV Action Center at DFL Headquarters at 255 E Plato Blvd in St. Paul.

Get a group of friends together, carpool to St. Paul and help make certain Rebecca’s on the ballot in November.

RSVP to Jessica Andrist at 651.214.6443 or [email protected].

Don’t be a “Drop Off Dem”

Haven’t heard the above phrase? It’s what people involved in politics call those of us who only bother to vote in presidential elections.

And, it’s what we’re betting Sen. David Hann hope you’ll be this November.


We have the numbers to elect the people who are putting all their efforts into running for office if we just bother to vote.

What happens when we don’t?

Remember 2010? That’s the last non-presidential election. We wound up with a Republican-controlled Legislature. That legislature shut down our government for the longest time in our state’s history. It also brought us the two constitutional amendments that so divided our city.

Have You Seen This Piece of Literature?

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If you’ve received this piece of literature at any time since July 19, please let us know.

The State DFL has served the Stensrud campaign with a cease and desist action.

Your report of where and when you’ve received the literature will help the State DFL hold Mr. Stenrud and his campaign accountable for “stretching the truth” again.


CD3 DFL Picnic

You’re Invited to Our Annual Picnic

Picnic BasketEnjoy good food, good friends — plus meet new ones — and great conversations with your elected officials, candidates, party officials and special guests.

August 9, 2014, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Round Lake Park Pavilion, Eden Prairie

The park is located near the southwest corner of Valley View Road and Eden Prairie Road. You can enter the park from Valley View Road (across from Eden Prairie Community Center). The parking is free.

Round Lake Park Map

You’ll find fun for your family.

The park offers a playground, Splash Pad, walking trails, restrooms, fishing lake and more.

The event will be held rain or shine.

There’s no charge, but free will donations will be accepted.

Rebecca Otto Needs Your Vote

Rebecca_OttoAt the last minute, State Auditor Rebecca Otto had a challenger file to run against her in a DFL primary. She needs your vote to be on the ballot this November.  So, please take the time to vote.

No Excuse Early Voting for Primary Happening Now

img-vote-rebecca-otto-2014If you’re not able to vote in the August 12 primary, you can go to your City Hall and place an early ballot between now and the day before the election.

So, please vote for Rebecca. She’s done a great job and will continue to do so for us when she’s re-elected.

Your Vote for Judges Matter

gavelThe people running for Hennepin County judgeships run as non-partisan people. That doesn’t mean they don’t have views, experiences, etc. that impact their decisions from the bench. We recommend you do some checking on everyone’s background.

To get you started, here’s some information:

We’ll be voting on two open seats, Districts 43 and 61. In both situations, the top two vote getters for each district will move on to the November ballot.

District 43 has 7 people running for this seat. From the information we’ve been able to find, we believe there are two people to consider voting for:

Brian C. Hagerty

Paul Scoggin 

There are 5 people running in District 61. After reviewing the information we could find on these positions, we believe there two people to consider voting for:

Jean M. Brandl

Amy Dawson 

You may be wondering why we don’t mention Bev Aho as a candidate to consider. As the two above, please do your research. We believe that her activity as a major fundraiser for George W. Bush, positions with the local Republican political party and her work for other Republican candidates raise red flags on her ability to put the Republican point of view away when it comes to judgments from the bench.

August Primary Early Voting Going on Now


Want to vote in the August 12 primary but have plans to be away from home that day? Thanks to no excuse absentee balloting, voting in Minnesota is now easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Request an absentee ballot online from the Minnesota Secretary of State and election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you after receiving your application.
  2. Fill out the absentee ballot. You’ll be asked to have a registered voter or notary verify that you received a blank ballot and you were the person to vote.
  3. Return the absentee ballot via mail or drop it off in person at your city or county election office up to the day before the election.

You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to your county election office. Some cities and towns also provide ballots at their offices. Beginning Friday, you can cast your vote for the August 12 primary:

  • Monday – Friday during normal business hours
  • The last Saturday before Election Day – Aug. 9 – from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Aug. 11 until 5 pm

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the election office.

Remember, there’s no excuse not to vote in 2014! Cast your vote to support our DFL-endorsed candidates.



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