Executive Meeting Minutes: August 8 2017

  • Introductions: Name, role, favorite summer snacks
  • Guest: Debra Hilstrom, running for AG if Lori Swanson runs for governor. She answered questions about:
  • Redistricting: The DFL needs to hold the governorship to protect against gerrymandering. She worries about this as her district is a target for gerrymandering both by the GOP and the DFL, and believes that both parties need to be committed to drawing lines fairly.
  • Criminal justice reform: She advocates for restoring the vote to felons and is against suspending licenses so freely as it places more individuals in the system and gives more reason to pull people over. She helped Minneapolis change marijuana citations from misdemeanor to petty misdemeanor (from an arrest to a ticket).
  • For-profit schools: They were targeting constituents in her district. When Swanson sued them and they lost their license, the GOP fought for them to have a path to restoring their license. Hilstrom fought again that.
  • Directors’ reports
  • Chair:
    • Filing breakfast went well. About 40 people, including many elected officials, were there.
    • Next month, we’ll vote to fill the secretary position.
  • Vice Chair: Not in attendance
  • Outreach Director: Convo around increasing voting, especially absentee voting
  • Treasurer:
    • Currently have $41,000
    • $36,000 committed to coordinated campaigns for the fall, $1,200 for accounts payable
    • About $4,000 left
    • More fundraising needs to happen
  • Old business: None
  • New business:
  • Social/happy hour to help committee get to know each other better outside of the meetings. Renee, Adam, and Chris will plan a date and time.
  • Danielle, math graduate student at UMN, asked for funding to attend a conference at UW-Madison in October about redistricting. She would report back to the DFL so we can use that information to advocate for fair redistricting. Cost is $1,064.96 for one person or $1,309.96 for two people.
    • Proposal that Saint Paul DFL will contribute $250 if state DFL will contribute $500. Libby will forward this proposal to the state DFL.
  • Adjourn to committees:
  • Outreach:
    • Coordinated campaigning for candidates
      • Attend forums that candidates have already committed to
      • Reverse doorknocking: doorknocking on houses with unregistered voters (so we’d have address data, not names)
      • Set up outside grocery stores on a few Saturdays
    • Presence needed at summer festivals
      • State fair: State DFL will have a booth. Saint Paul DFL would like a Saint Paul day where we have the mayoral and school board candidates present
      • Selby Jazz Festival
      • Payne Arcade Harvest Festival
      • Safe Summer Nights
      • Saint Paul food truck fair
      • Minnesota roller derby (Oct. 21): Danielle will reach out to them
    • For both doorknocking and events, give out absentee voter applications (or registration applications)

 

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