Category Archives: Seniors

North Metro Senior Caucus Luncheon – Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 am

The third North Metro Senor Caucus Luncheon will be held at a new location and will have Dwayne King and Earl Bower talk about forming a North Metro Senior Caucus Chapter. Open invitation to all. See details below: Continue reading


Frac Mining in Minnesota – a health, environment, jobs issue

Some issues are not just senior issues or DFL issues, but are “everybody” issues; for this generation and those to follow. A video trailer for the documentary The Price of Sand gives a glance into impending open-pit industrial silica sand mining – Frac mining – planned for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Price of Sand covers this issue in a personal and graphic depiction of what Frac mining means to people.

The You Tube video,, is shared below for your convenience.

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Senior Caucus/CD 2 Day on the Hill

From the DFL Dispatch, April 19, 2013

Senior DFL Caucus and Congressional District 2 kick off successful joint ‘Day on the Hill’ – April 17

Day on the hill Last year, the Senior DFL Caucus held its first “Day on the Hill.” In planning their second event for April 17, the Caucus hoped to increase the number of event participants.

At the same time, the Congressional District (CD) 2 DFL was having conversations about hosting a “Day on the Hill.” Roger Gehrke, of Eagan, a member of both organizations recommended the two groups combine their events and a tradition was born. Continue reading

In letter to President House Democrats Reaffirm Commitment to Vital Seniors’ Programs

As reported by the Alliance for Retired Americans, 107 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus) released a letter last Friday in which they implored President Obama not to agree to any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid as part of an upcoming deal over the sequester cuts. Continue reading

MN Health Insurance Exchange

The Minnesota Health Exchange: What is it? When is it open for business? Where can I get more information? Continue reading

Minnesotans receive Valentines’s Day gift for health care reform

A happy Valentine’s Day for health care reform

This is the heading of a February 14 post on the Minnesota Budget Bites blog. This nonprofit presents independent research, analysis and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income Minnesotans; a demographic that includes many seniors. Continue reading

> e-News and Information for Minnesota Seniors

e-News and Information for Minnesota Seniors from the DFL Senior Caucus

Saturday, June 23. A large group of seniors from around the state came to Maplewood today for the Annual Membership Meeting of the DFL Senior Caucus ( They were treated to talks by two of the most knowledgeable and active individuals working on the front line of the Minnesota health care debates.

The first speaker was Senator John Marty (SD 54), a leading advocate of Minnesota health care reform in the legislature. He spoke of the complexity of the issues in the face of the uncertainty of the fate of the federal health care law and the assaults by the GOP on all levels. His ending remarks noted the importance of electing DFL candidates and taking back control of the MN legislature in November to protect recent gains and move forward. His website is . He is also editor of the Apple Pie Alliance newsletter (  ) that provides information and insights on public policy from a progressive perspective and is a good site for finding information on health care plans.

The second speaker was Phillip Crayan, SEIU Organizing Director and a member of the Commerce Department’s Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force.  He spoke on the new Health Insurance Exchange. A handout, “What can the Insurance Exchange do to tackle health disparities? A lot, it turns out.”, provides a lot of information (Click A Lot it Turns Out). Another source for information is the MN Commerce Department website ( ).


Visit the DFL Senior Caucus website ( for updates on health care and the voter and marriage amendments.

Remember the state primary elections are on August 14 this year. The general election is on November 6. Absentee voting begins 46 days before each date.

June 2012 Senior Caucus Annual Membership Meeting


Annual Membership Meeting

(Minutes of Meeting – click here)


When:Saturday, June 23rd 9:30 a.m.to3p.m.

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Forum: The barriers of Voter ID to your voting rights

Click here for a printable copy of this announcement.

Protect your vote and use it! Forum on Feb. 25 at Brookdale Library

Voter Fraud – a Republican myth

The lead editorial in today’s New York Times came down hard on the Republican Myth of Voter Fraud.

It begins with, “It has been a record year for new legislation designed to make it harder for Democrats to vote — 19 laws and two executive actions in 14 states dominated by Republicans… As a result, more than five million eligible voters will have a harder time participating in the 2012 election.

Republicans insist that laws requiring government identification cards to vote are only to protect the sanctity of the ballot from unscrupulous voters not to turn away from the polls people who are more likely to vote Democratic, particularly the young, the poor, the elderly and minorities. Cutting back on early voting, a necessity for many working people, is only to save money.

None of these explanations are true, according to the editorial. In all cases, the Republicans are abusing the trust placed in them by twisting democracy’s machinery to partisan ends.
Please go to the New York Times to read the entire editorial.