Click on each of the resolutions for 2018 in the list below to open a one page PDF file in the approved Minnesota DFL Resolution Form which you can download, print or share with others. You may also scroll down to read just the text of each Group-E resolution.

The PDF forms are editable so you can​ fill in the other required information (your name, district, precinct, etc) and print or email the form, or you may also print and fill out the other fields by hand. A blank form is available if you wish to write your own resolution. Bring copies of the completed form to your Caucus or email it to your caucus organizer. If you are unable to attend in person please also download and submit the Non-attendee-form.

  1. Campaign Finance

  2. Climate Change

  3. Electoral College

  4. Gun Research

  5. Income Equality

  6. Opioid Epidemic

  7. Sexual Harassment

 

Blank Resolution Form

Non-attendee-form for the 2018 DFL Caucus

 
Electoral College Conversion 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Minnesota should award all our electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. In the 2000 and 2016 elections, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes lost the electoral college.

  2. Currently, narrow state outcomes can drastically change the electoral college outcome.

  3. Currently, “safe” states receive less candidate attention

 

Income Equality 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Our state and country should enact policies to reduce income inequality among its residents and increase fairness of wealth generation and distribution without unduly disincentivizing income growth. This can be accomplished by various means including:

  1. more progressive individual tax rates,

  2. living wage laws,

  3. caps on excessive income disparity within companies, and

  4. automatically funded social programs that enable low income growth

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. Income inequality is a significant cause of many problems in society.

  2. It drives negative impacts for everyone including crime, homicide and prison costs, health problems and costs, reduced life expectancy, and lack trust in government.

  3. It is economically inefficient reducing income and wealth for everyone.

  4. It has become significantly worse in the last 30-40 years

  5. It is unjust and inhumane to those at the bottom of the income distribution.

 

Sexual Harassment

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Sexual harassment protections and policies should be enhanced via new or strengthened federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Including:

  1. Awareness and prevention programs,

  2. Whistleblower protections,

  3. Victim support services, and

  4. Due process procedures

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. No person should be subjected to harassment or coercion,

  2. Existing frameworks have proven insufficient,

  3. Minnesota is best when all of our residents achieve their full potential.

 

Gun Control and Gun Research

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Restrictions on publicly-funded research into gun use and gun violence should be ended and the State of Minnesota Department of Health should study and publish findings on its causes and solutions commensurate to the public health risk that they pose.

BRIEF EXPLANATION

1.     Minnesotans deserve to live in a society without the astronomically high threat of gun violence, gun deaths and increased rate of suicide enabled by easy access to guns.

2.     The lack of trusted public based research and focus stifles debate and policy changes that would reduce gun violence in the same way that our society has help reduce injury and death from tobacco, automobile accidents

3.     The single most important difference in gun violence and deaths in the U.S. versus any other country is the high ownership and availability of guns.

 

Opioid Epidemic

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

Minnesota should require prescribers and dispensers to review a patient’s history in Minnesota’s prescription drug monitoring database before prescribing or dispensing controlled substances.

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population but uses 80% of the world’s prescription opioid painkillers

  2. Opioid-related overdoses are the leading cause of drug-related deaths in Minnesota, with prescription opioids contributing to more deaths than heroin

  3. Research indicates that required use of a drug monitoring program is effective in reducing prescription painkiller abuse and doctor-shopping.

  4. THEY.  KILLED.  PRINCE.

[NOTE: The above information is according to Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General.]

 

Climate Change 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The DFL supports undertaking efforts immediately to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and to bring the level of CO2 in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million, including legislation to fund a statewide climate change education initiative to educate citizens on the causes, consequences, and choices we face related to climate change.

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. There is scientific consensus the Earth’s climate has changed primarily due to the CO2 released to the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.

  2. The United States is the second largest contributor to CO2 in our atmosphere, though it is home to just 4.4 percent of the world’s population.

  3. The effects of climate change, in increased temperatures, increased sea levels, increased ocean acidity, and decreased ice and snow, will have a significant impact on both the natural world and on human populations.

 

Campaign Finance

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The DFL Party supports requiring disclosure of spending on electioneering communications.

BRIEF EXPLANATION

  1. The United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United opened the door to increased election spending independent of the candidates, resulting in the influx of millions of dollars into Minnesota campaigns;

  2. Under Minnesota law, political action committees and other groups not associated with candidates need to disclose their spending on election advertisements only when certain “magic words” are used, such as “vote for” or “defeat” and need not disclose spending on “electioneering communications” that do not use the magic words;

  3. The National Institute on Money in State Politics has given Minnesota’s campaign finance laws an “F” because Minnesota does not require disclosure of electioneering communications;

  4. The federal government and 25 states require disclosure of electioneering communications, and the United States Supreme Court has approved of disclosure as a means of providing transparency for the electorate; and

  5. Disclosure of electioneering communications is in the public interest and gives voters the information they need to cast an informed vote;

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