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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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