Response to attack ad against millenial Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff (Post by Mike Vogel)

A poll was recently released in the Georgia 6th Congressional District, putting Democrat Jon Ossoff up against his nearest Republican rivals, which would guarantee him a spot in the runoff if his numbers hold.  This was the district that was represented in US Congress by Tom Price, a Republican who is now in charge of HHS.  The district is in the suburbs near Atlanta, and has been traditionally Republican, except that Donald Trump only carried the district by 1 point over Clinton in the presidential race, and a Democrat is now in the lead, at least for the first round.  Even more impressive when you consider Ossoff is 30 years old, and now endorsed by Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.  Ossoff represents the GOP’s greatest fear…politically active millennials.

Naturally, the GOP would react with an attack ad.  This attack ad goes after the fact that in college that Mr. Ossoff used to film comedy skits in cosplay and was in Georgetown’s Glee Club writing comedy songs, and claims he’s not capable of being serious.  The ad argues that there was some crossover time between some of these activities and the 5 year work he did as a foreign policy staffer under Congressman Hank Johnson.  The ad does not mention his education at Georgetown or the London School of Economics, or his 2016 documentary to BBC exposing the atrocities of ISIS.  The ad argues he is merely playing dress up.  The attack ad smacks of the assumption that a millennial who may like comedy, cosplay and glee club cannot be serious.

I am 31 years old.  I do stand-up comedy.  I was president of the Butler University Men’s Glee Club.  I’m a father of two, and I write parody songs about changing diapers and potty training. I look excellent dressed up as the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who at comic book conventions. I’m also an attorney licensed in Minnesota since 2010.  As an attorney, I’ve been a Social Security Disability Advocate, I’ve done document review in connection with lawsuits and government investigations, and am now a Compliance Attorney.  Finally, I am the Vice Chair of DFL’s Senate District 34.  The GOP would probably like me to think I should apologize for the fact that I cosplay, do comedy, write parody songs, and sang in a glee club.  To the GOP, I say: I’m very serious, and you don’t scare me!

To other millennials, the GOP just noted that they think you are not welcome in politics.  The GOP, in their attack ad has just indicated that they don’t think millennials can be serious.  Meanwhile, Ossoff has received multiple key Democratic endorsements, and has raised in excess $3 million.  This isn’t just limited to the Georgia 6th, as the Democrats have pushed a very large campaign to get millennials interest in the campaign bench (see e.g. “Run for Something”).  This entire race dynamic has shown that the Democrats want to embrace millennials, and the Republicans want us to go away.

Us millennials are aren’t going anywhere, and the new generation of capable representatives and leaders are right before us.  The Democrats aren’t running from this.  The Republicans are running scared.

Caucus Training Sessions

Here are a list of Caucus Training Sessions that CD 3 is putting on. If you want more information on what the Caucuses are and what you should expect feel free to attend.

  • Jan 29th, 3-5 PM, Eden Prairie Community Center – Come to Caucus – hosted by SD48 (Babara Khan)
  • Feb 3rd Come to Caucus – Oxboro Library, Bloomington – hosted by SD50 (Ben Sunderlin)
  • Feb 13th Come to Caucus – Penn Lake Library, Bloomington – hosted by SD50 (Ben Sunderlin)
  • Feb 20th Come to Caucus – Penn Lake Library, Bloomington – hosted by SD50 (Ben Sunderlin)
  • Feb 20th, SPANISH/En Español – Vengan a la Caucus – Augsburg Park Library, Richfield – hosted by SD50 (Ben Sunderlin/Paula Cole)

SD34 Convention – Saturday March 15th

The 2014 SD34 DFL Convention will be held on Saturday March 15th at Fernbrook Elementary School in Maple Grove.

Saturday March 15th
Registration opens at 8:00am, Convention convenes at 9:30am

Fernbrook Elementary School
9661 Fernbrook Ln N
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Convention Documents:
Proposed Convention Agenda
Proposed Convention Rules
Current SD34 DFL Constitution (There are no changes proposed)

For reference, the State DFL Party Official Call and Constitution is available here.

Any questions can be directed to Amy Van Schepen at

Precinct Caucuses – Tuesday February 4th

Precinct caucuses are scheduled for Tuesday February 4th, 2014.

Caucuses for Senate District 34 (Dayton, Maple Grove, Osseo, and Rogers) will be held at Maple Grove High School starting at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm).

Maple Grove High School
9800 Fernbrook Lane N
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Click here for map

To learn more about precinct caucuses, click here to view introductory videos and to find what precinct you live in.

If you are unable to attend on caucus night, you can still participate by submitting a letter of nomination (PDF).

April 23rd – Three Rivers Progressive Forum

Three Rivers Progressives Forum

Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, and Rogers


Stay on top of the issues.

Have fun with people who share your views and interests.

Talk with researchers, candidates, issue experts, elected officials.

Get active in campaigns, community projects, issues, and the DFL.


Tuesday, April 23      6 p.m. Dinner       7 p.m. Program

Dehn’s Country Manor, 11291 Fernbrook Lane N, Maple Grove  

darby_nelsonDarby Nelson – Author of the book, For the Love of Lakes

The State of our Lakes, especially in the NW Metro



Darby Nelson has a PhD in aquatic ecology.  He taught at Anoka Ramsey Community College, and served 3 terms as a MN State legislator.


Nelson has received many awards including the Minnesota Post-Secondary Science Teacher of the Year; Faculty Excellence Award; Golden Chalk Award from students; as well as awards from the Sierra Club, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Izaak Walton League.  He has served on The Nature Conservancy Board and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and is now on the boards of Conservation Minnesota and the Freshwater Society.  


For Love of Lakes is Darby Nelson’s first book.  He will donate royalties from the book to Conservation Minnesota. Darby will tell us the story of the journey he undertook to write For Love of Lakes, a journeywhich started at Dayton’s Diamond Lake.

RSVP: Please contact John Madrodt to let him know you’re coming so he can give Dehn’s the count and also for any questions you have: (763) 657-7701,


March 26 – Three Rivers Progressive Forum

Please RSVP!

Three Rivers Progressives Forum

Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, and Rogers

Tuesday, March  26th

6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program

Dehn’s Country Manor, 11291 Fernbrook Lane N, Maple Grove

Manny Munson-Regala


Assistant to the MN Commissioner of Health for Health Care Reform


The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange: The Opportunities and Challenges It Presents


“Manny was excellent in explaining the health insurance exchange.”


Minnesota is designing its own Health Insurance Exchange.  Find out how it will work and the important considerations in its design.

Manny Munson Regala served as Deputy Exchange Director at the MN Department of Commerce.  He has extensive experience in public service with state agencies as well as in the private sector.   He was Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Ceridian, Deputy Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Director of Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs at United Healthcare, Vice President of Government Affairs at GeoVera Holdings, Inc. and Discover Re, and AVP and Senior Corporate Counsel at Travelers Insurance and St. Paul Companies.

Mr. Munson-Regala has also served as a board member at SteppingStone Theatre and a board member/past president of the Minnesota Justice Foundation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Join us at our beautiful setting for the Three Rivers Progressives Forum.  Wind along Fernbrook, still a country lane, about a mile north of Highway 81.
RSVP to Sharon Bahensky, so she can let Dehn’s Country Manor know how many people will attend.  Dehn’s is providing a spacious room for us to meet.

Hosts:  Sharon and Jerry Bahensky, Judy and Dick Nelson, and Susan and John Manrodt. Questions can be emailed to

SD34 DFL Convention – March 21, 2013

Senate District 34 DFL will be holding its 2013 convention on Thursday, March 21st, 2013. The official call to convention has been sent via U.S. Mail to all convention delegates elected at the 2012 DFL Caucuses.

March 21, 2013 (Thursday)

Maple Grove Government Center
Emergency Operations Center (Lower Level)
12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N
Maple Grove, MN 55369

This is an accessible site. For any accommodations, please email or call 763-634-1180.

Convention Documents:
Convention Agenda
Proposed Rules
Current SD34 DFL Constitution
Proposed Constitution Changes

SD34 Holiday Party in Maple Grove – Thursday Dec. 20 at 7pm

SD34 Holiday Party in Maple Grove – Thursday Dec. 20 at 7pm
14861 62nd Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55311
Lee and Ann Carlson are opening their home for our annual holiday party on Thursday Dec. 20th.  Please note this is a week later than our usual meeting date.  Please bring a dish to share.  A brief central committee business will be convened for routine post-election business.