DFL Senior Caucus
The DFL Senior Caucus promotes the active participation of Minnesota seniors in the political process. Our caucus gives a voice to seniors in Minnesota elections and politics.
The goal of the caucus is to affect public policy by bringing focus and accountability to senior issues, and by working to elect public officials who support:
- Affordable health care
- Fair and equitable tax policies
- Sound transportation systems
- Fair prescription-drug coverage
- Affordable housing
- Safe and livable communities
DFL Senior Caucus
2018 DFL Gubernatorial Candidate
This short voter’s guide is to help Senior Caucus members decide what gubernatorial candidate to support at the 2018 DFL precinct and senate district caucuses and at the state convention. The guide arose from the Community Caucus Gubernatorial Candidate Screening on December 16, 2017 at the South St. Paul Secondary school. At the event, six gubernatorial candidates were screened by those community caucuses with the opportunity to endorse, including the Senior Caucus:
State Representative Paul Thissen
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman;
State Representative Erin Murphy
State Auditor Rebecca Otto
State Representative Tina Liebling
US Representative Tim Walz.
The candidate screening allowed the caucuses to interview each candidate individually for twenty minutes on the issues important to the caucuses; this guide presents responses given by candidates to questions from the Senior Caucus. Unfortunately, due to time and space limitations each caucus was restricted in members attending; the Senior Caucus was limited to a small number of Senior Caucus Board members.
Use this guide for what it is intended; as part of the background for your gubernatorial choice.
Jim Reid, DFLSC Secretary
click here for the Voters Guide to Gubernatorial Candidate 2018 – 010918
Current News & Upcoming Events
The January 2018 issue of the Senior News is now available for your reading pleasure.
Inside, find out what Walter “Fritz” Mondale told us what was the most difficult and challenging decision of his long and successful public life when we interviewed him last October for this issue. His answer may surprise you and the year was 1968 and not 1979 or 1984 as you may have thought.
And a lot more… just click the link above.
Senior Caucus Book Club
Next Meeting Discussion
POLITICAL TRIBES BY AMY CHUS
The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers
a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive
political tribalism at home
DAVANNI’S, 41 Cleveland Avenue South, St Paul, MN 55105
MAY 2, 2018 11:00 – 1:00
Here are five resolutions that were
supported by the
DFL Senior Caucus Board
February 6, 2018 Precinct Caucus
Click on the resolution link to display the resolution.
You are invited….MONTHLY SENIOR CAUCUS LUNCHEONS and MEETINGS. Check the Calendar for the latest information.
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Articles on News and Events
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The most recent article is shown below:
WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH IT
For the past 40 years we have witnessed our politicians attempt to improve our Health Care System without success. They continue to put band aids on a system that is one of the worst in the industrialized world. We rank 46th in life expectancy in spite of the fact we spent more than any other country in the world..Talk to almost any senior citizen in this country and they will tell you they are very happy with Medicare Health Insurance .The cost is low compared to any other health care insurance and the coverage is much better. The system is in place and it works. The only problem is that you have to be at least 65 years old to be eligible. If my 7 year old grandson were reading this he would probably ask, “So why not make it available to everyone?” Switching to a single-payer system would save $500 billion dollars in administrative costs alone. Everyone would have access to any doctor or hospital in the country. It is estimated that over 45,000 people die each year because of inadequate health care, and It is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the USA.. Lots of young people don’t have insurance now and when they have a serious accident we all wind up paying the bill. Poor people use the emergency room and we pay for this as well.One change I would make to Medicare is to allow Medicare to buy drugs at the 40% discount rate the V.A. does now.Don’t take my word for it, talk to a senior citizen, do a little research, and then call your Congressman and tell him or her what you think.
500 Greenhaven Dr.
Burnsville, Mn. 55306