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Want to know what DFL51 precinct caucus attendees and convention delegates think are our most compelling priorities? Check here the Resolutions we ADOPTED at our April 2nd convention. We’ve sent these on to the state DFL Platform Committee for its consideration as potential platform elements.
(View here ALL the resolutions [pdf file, 62K, 11 pages] .)
Congratulations, convention delegates and alternates, on your election! You’ll be representing your precincts at the Senate District 51 DFL Convention this coming Saturday, April 2, at Black Hawk Middle School, 1540 Deerwood Drive in Eagan. [map]
If you haven’t been to a SD51 Convention before, here’s what you can expect:
Thanks to the 3,345 citizens that participated in our March 1 precinct caucuses at Eagan Senior High School! From everything we saw first hand and have heard since, our caucuses held robust and stimulating conversations about the future we would like to see in our community, state and nation. They elected local precinct leaders and delegates to the Senate District convention, and adopted resolutions. Oh, and by the way, they gave Bernie 56.8% and Hillary 42.5% of the votes cast in the Presidential preference ballot.
Many of you are aware of the PRECINCT CAUCUSES coming up on March 1, 2016.
This is an important occasion for every citizen!
Let your voice be heard on who will represent the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election, propose resolutions to address issues that you believe are important, elect delegates to the Senate District convention, and meet your like-minded neighbors. The precinct caucus is the first “tier” of meetings. The next for those who become delegates is the convention of the Senate District (April 2), followed by the Congressional District convention (April 30), and the state DFL convention (June 4). [more…]
Karen Farber passed away at home at 4:00 a.m. on September 19th.
If you’ve ever wondered whether it makes a difference to have one party or the other in a leadership position, or if you’ve thought that divided government might get us the best of both worlds, take a look at the these lists. They tell a dramatic story about what Democrats and Republicans have stood for over the last three legislative sessions, and the special session, when it really mattered at the State Capital. And, yes, it makes a difference. A big difference. [Click here to view/print a copy of the leadership flyer.]
- Helped make Minnesota the MOST business-friendly U.S. state (CNBC)
- Raised the minimum wage
- Repaid the money to our schools that Republicans borrowed to balance the state budget
- Funded all-day kindergarten and secured $100 million in 2015 for early learning initiatives
- Froze tuition for students in public colleges and universities
- Tripled the new investment in K12 Education over what Republicans proposed (to $525M)
- Tripled the new investment in Higher Education over what Republicans proposed ($166M)
- Enacted a new buffer strip law to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams
- Made marriage equality a reality for all Minnesotans
- Finished work on time and invested in the future when they controlled the Legislature and the clock
- Fought to award big tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest households
- Fought against economic security measures for families; limited the amount of broadband funding available to bring high speed Internet to rural Minnesota
- Blocked serious funding to meet consensus transportation and transit needs
- Fought to undermine Minnesota’s long standing commitment to health care
- Removed the freeze on college tuitions, which has already led to announced tuition increases, and opposed early learning initiatives
- Raided funds meant for keeping Dakota Co. landfills from polluting our drinking water
- Missed opportunities to grow clean energy jobs and undermined smart energy policies
- Rolled back decades of environmental protection and eliminated the key citizens’ voice for the environment
- Undercut the authority of our state watchdog, the State Auditor, to make sure taxpayer money is properly spent
- Failed to get their work done on time and forced a Special Session because they would not compromise
So, yes, who represents us in St. Paul really matters. And that it makes such a profound difference is something we must never forget. Not the next time a DFL candidate knocks on our front door and asks us for money or for our vote. Not the next time they ask us to help them door knock or make a few phone calls. And, certainly, not the next time we vote!
Last week saw several decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Two landmark decisions concern the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.
While Minnesota has a state health insurance exchange program (MNSURE) and wasn’t directly affected by the case, the U.S. Supreme Court found that subsidies gained through the federal Affordable Care Act website are, in fact, constitutional. Hopefully, this will be the last of the many Republican attempts to undermine this profoundly important law. Thanks to the law and the subsidies it provides, millions of Americans now have affordable health insurance. This is good for them, of course, but also for a national economy in great need of their full participation.
In its second big decision of the week, the Supreme Court found that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Sixteen states still ban same-sex marriages, but the court’s decision nullifies those bans.
Minnesota played a leading role among the states in legalizing same-sex marriage, with voters rejecting a proposed state constitutional ban and Governor Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature enacting a state law authorizing the marriages. As people in Minnesota and, now, across the country have so eloquently said: “Love Won!”
So, two big decisions well worth celebrating!