Minnesota DFL Party Moves State Convention Online
April 24, 2020 – St. Paul – Today, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) announced that the Party’s State Convention will, for the first time in the 76 year history of the party, no longer be held in-person. The convention will instead be moved online and conducted via a remote balloting system.
The Minnesota DFL Party’s State Convention was originally scheduled for May 30-31 in Rochester.
Ken Martin, Chairman of the Minnesota DFL Party, released the following statement: “Today, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s Executive Committee made the difficult decision to move the DFL Party’s State Convention online due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.
“I understand this is disappointing for our grassroots activists, party leaders, and endorsed candidates, and I share their disappointment. Our State Convention has historically been a tremendous opportunity for DFLers to hear from our elected officials, network with other activists, and learn more about the stakes of the upcoming elections. However, our first responsibility is to protect the health and well-being of the people of Minnesota.
“It is crucial we all remember that by staying home, we are protecting the health care workers, first responders, child care providers, and grocers on the front lines of this pandemic. By staying home, we are taking care of older Minnesotans and those with compromised immune systems. By staying home, we are saving lives. While this was not an easy decision to come to, I am confident that it is the right one and that DFL Party members will understand the urgent need to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
DFL Party Releases Slate of Endorsed State Legislative Candidates
May 12, 2020 – St. Paul – Today, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party released its slate of endorsed candidates for the Minnesota legislature. The DFL Party’s state legislative endorsements were decided by party supporters and activists who voted in online conventions from April 25th to May 4th. Endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives will be decided via online balloting from May 14th to May 23rd.
Click here to view the list of DFL- endorsed candidates for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.
51 State Democratic Party Chairs Sign Letter Urging Protection of U.S. Elections from COVID-19.
On March 31, 2020, fifty-one State Democratic Party Chairs from across the United States, the Territories, and Democrats Abroad released a letter urging swift action from federal and state elected officials to protect our voting infrastructure from the coronavirus. The full text of the letter and a list of signatories can be found in the body of this press release and at the following link: Protecting American Democracy from COVID-19
Democratic National Convention Committee Announces Date Change in Response to Unprecedented Coronavirus Outbreak.
In a press release dated April 2, 2020, the DNC convention team announced a date change in response to the unprecedented Coronavirus outbreak. “This is a very fluid situation — as the convention’s plans are further finalized, more details will be made available”, said the DNC. Please see the complete press release at the following link: Democratic National Convention date change
COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments.
From the Minnesota Department of Revenue: “The Minnesota Department of Revenue would like your help in getting information out about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. The IRS has already started sending out these Economic Impact Payments. They have requested our help in spreading the word to all Minnesota communities.” For the most up-to-date information on the payments, see the following link: Coronavirus economic impact payments