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Fired Up, Ready to Go in 2016!
I am excited to announce that I have officially filed for re-election as the Senate Senator from Minnesota's wonderful District 62! Thank you to all my supporters, and I look forward to speaking with you on the campaign trail!
Sunday, May 1: Join me and other elected officials from Minneapolis at the 42nd Annual MayDay Parade and Festival!
This Sunday at 12 pm, take part in proud a Minneapolis tradition that began in 1975 - the MayDay Parade and Festival! Presented by the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, this event includes music, art, puppetry, dancing, food and more. The parade will start at Bloomington Avenue and 25th St, eventually reaching its final destination at Powderhorn Park. We hope to see you there!
Thank you, delegates of SD 62, for offering me the DFL Endorsement!
The DFL delegates of Senate District 62 donated several hours of a beautiful Saturday to decide who should receive their endorsement. After one ballot, a super-majority gave me the honor of serving as their endorsed candidate for 2016. I thank you, and will continue to work hard to maintain your support. Thanks again!
Please support Jeff Hayden, a progressive leader, at the Senate District 62 Convention on April 16!
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota's Senate District 62, which is situated in south-central Minneapolis, has their convention on Saturday, April 16 at South High School (3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis MN 55407). Registration begins at 9 am, and the convention will start at 10. If you are became a delegate or alternate at your Precinct Caucus on March 1, you are able to cast a vote for whom you believe deserves the the DFL Party's endorsement for the State Senate seat. To those who are first-time delegates, welcome! I hope you enjoy the process and continue to be involved in the coming years.
I am asking for you to cast your vote for me on April 16, as I have dedicated my entire first term as a Senator to fighting for progressive legislation. After being re-elected in 2012, I was appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate DFL. I have been able to use my position and experience to pass some very important legislation, including:
-Raised the minimum wage for the first time in nine years. In 2014, the DFL House and Senate passed an increase to the minimum wage and the Governor promptly signed the bill into law.
-Authored a study to better understand and prevent gender violence in the Asian Pacific Islander Community. After speaking with members of the API community, I understood the need to find solutions to this problem.
-Passed the HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equitable) bill. This legislation requires better financial literacy to help reduce the disparities in homeownership in Minnesota.
-Increased funding for basic sliding fee daycare subsidies. Many low-income parents rely on Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help afford daycare. In 2015, we invested an additional $10 million into this program.
-Guaranteed all children access to school lunch, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2013, some students who receive a reduced price lunch were turned away if their accounts were empty. We funded schools so they don’t have to turn anyone away.
I am lucky to represent a district that shares my values so closely. I am proud that we passed marriage equality legislation in 2013, proud that the Senate has beat back every anti-choice bill that Republicans have introduced and proud to have voted to restore the vote to 47,000 Minnesotans. I hope that you will continue to support me so that we can continue to build on the progress we have seen in the last three years.
When you arrive at South High School at 9 AM, you will check in and receive a credential. At the beginning of the convention, which will start at 10 AM, we will vote on party business, elect a convention chair and then begin to vote to endorse House and Senate candidates. SD 62 is lucky to have Representatives Karen Clark and Susan Allen and I hope that you will support us on April 16.
Thank you so much for your support and dedication to our party. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Jeff Hayden
Want to attend your precinct caucus on Tuesday, March 1?
You are likely aware that on Tuesday evening, March 1st, Minnesota has their Precinct Caucuses. I ask that you (and your friends and family, or as many that can make it) drop by these wonderful gatherings, and take part in a Minnesota tradition that begat the political legends of Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Paul Wellstone. To find your caucus site, click here, or send an email to email@example.com with your address and my campaign manager will get right back to you with the info.
New to the District? Register to Vote Online Today!
Are you new to Minnesota, or have you recently moved into a new place to live? You can now register to vote online at this website.
Please Join Jeff, Rep. Karen Clark and Rep. Susan Allen for a Town Hall Meeting on January 10
After more than a decade of budget deficits, Minnesota has moved towards a more stable economy.
Despite the progress, our communities in District 62 still face particular challenges.
Please join Rep. Karen Clark, Rep. Susan Allen and I as we discuss the 2015 session and address some of the issues important to our communities.
SD 62 Town Hall Meeting
10 AM - 12 Noon
Saturday, January 10
Phillips Community Center
2323 11th Ave S
Please feel free to forward as appropriate.
We'd love to see you there!
Minnesota Legislative Session Concludes: Jeff Appears on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit with Kerri Miller
On May 19, The Deputy Majority Leader spoke with Kerri Miller (@KerriMPR) on The Daily Circuit to discuss the conclusion of the 2014 Legislative Session. He was joined by State Senator Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), the Assistant Minority Leader, where they examined specific items within the bonding bill, and other legislative victories for the DFL majorities and Governor Dayton, such as the Women's Economic Security Act, the Minimum Wage Increase, and the Anti-Bullying Bill.
Jeff offered a spirited defense of the bonding priorities, recognizing the significance of our Capitol building, the renewed investment in our transportation system, and the infrastructure improvements that will occur throughout the state. For more details on the topics covered, click here, and to listen, click here.
James Oberstar - We Will Miss You
On May 3, we lost a wonderful public servant and a great man. A son of one of the first members of the United Steelworkers, Jim would carry on his father's legacy by serving as an exemplary advocate for laborers and their families throughout his life. Jim, a native of Chisholm on the Iron Range, served the U.S. Marine Corps as a civilian language teacher, and helped create the Economic Development Administration before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. During his tenure as a member of the House, he served as chair for the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, led on aviation and rail transit issues, advocated for bicycle paths and trail development, and was a strong voice for the Head Start program and mine safety legislation. He was crucial in obtaining the funds for the rapid re-build of the I-35W bridge, and his steadfast efforts to secure infrastructure investments kept other such disasters from occurring.
In the words of Governor Mark Dayton, "Congressman Oberstar was a true champion for the people of the 8th District, and for our entire state. He worked tirelessly to bring jobs, economic growth and a better quality of life to his constituents."
We will miss you, Jim. Thank you for making Minnesota a better place to live.
Senator Hayden: "Make sure that kids get a good, quality lunch so they can learn"
After a series of reports about schools taking away lunches from children whose parents might have missed a payment, and dumping the food into the trash right in front of the hungry students (here and in Salt Lake City, Utah), Senator Jeff Hayden asked for help from Governor Mark Dayton to put a stop to this horrific practice. "With all of the talk about education and education reform, and making sure that our children are prepared to go into society, there's no better way than to make that sure kids get a good, quality lunch so they can learn," said Hayden. Governor Dayton agrees, and will fight to pass legislation to make sure this no longer happens in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune's Baird Helgeson:
“No child in Minnesota should be denied a healthy lunch,” said Dayton. “We cannot expect our students to succeed on an empty stomach. I look forward to working with the legislature to make this issue a priority in the upcoming legislative session.”
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MNsure Forum - Learn more about the Affordable Care Act!
Please join me for an evening to learn more about MNsure. If you’re uninsured or looking to makes sense of the changes made under the Affordable Care Act, consider attending this meeting to learn more about the high quality, low cost coverage options available.
WHAT: MNsure Town Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Lutheran Social Services, 2400 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis
Join me, representatives from MNsure and local community leaders to learn more and have an opportunity to ask questions.
Light refreshments with be served. I look forward to seeing you!
Jeff Hayden and fellow Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-59) Respond to Peter Bell's commentary on the Trayvon Martin verdict and African-American culture
Racial bias can't be blamed on any one culture or music choice
After the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and the jury trial that followed, the impassioned response among most black Americans demanded respect for the life of Trayvon and, by extension, respect for our community as a whole. Our message was simple: We are Trayvon. President Obama shared this sentiment when he reflected that Trayvon could have been him 35 years ago.
That’s why we were so disappointed to read Peter Bell’s commentary (“Blacks must also look inward, at our culture,” July 23) in which he scolds black Americans, asking, “how can we ... demand respect from others when we show so little of it for ourselves?”
From arguing that black people don’t love themselves enough to berating hip-hop culture, Bell’s ramblings either have nothing to do with Trayvon’s killing or are just plain wrong.
To start with, Bell points the finger at the black community for protesting the racial prejudice manifested in Trayvon’s killing when, he argues, our focus should be on protesting black-on-black violence in our neighborhoods.
It’s true — statistically speaking, Trayvon was more likely to be killed by a black peer than by George Zimmerman. And, most agree, there is an epidemic of violence among black youths plaguing our communities and threatening our children’s futures. Yet, that’s not what happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon in February 2012.
As black leaders in Minneapolis, we’ve participated at vigils and demonstrations in the aftermath of black-on-black murders in our own neighborhoods. We’re heartbroken, outraged, and resolved to build safer communities. But linking Trayvon’s killing to a discussion about black-on-black violence completely misses the point and suggests that this unarmed black high school student wasn’t the victim of unwarranted violence, but somehow had it coming.
Bell goes on to blame the black community as a whole — or at least black entertainers and their fans — for perpetuating racial disparities and injustices through hip-hop lyrics that devalue life and celebrate violence. Bell’s accusation “do we really expect white America not to notice how we present ourselves in public or via popular culture?”smacks of the same ignorance that would accuse victims of sexual violence of “asking for it” because of how they dressed or behaved.
We in no way praise or condone dehumanizing lyrics or destructive behavior from black celebrities, but blaming black music for racial profiling and racial inequities of our criminal justice system is ridiculous.
The racial bias that led George Zimmerman to be suspicious of a 17-year-old black pedestrian was formed by much subtler, more encompassing societal forces than hip-hop lyrics. It is the same racial bias many of us have experienced and all of us share. Truly, the stereotyping and uncertainty that Trayvon experienced as he walked home with a bag of Skittles is something blacks in Minnesota experience every day.
But trying to blame racial bias in America on any one culture or form of expression is as pointless as it is absurd. Instead, we echo President Obama’s observation that, despite this tragedy and the hard emotions it has stirred up, things are getting better and each generation pushes us closer to achieving the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Certainly, we still face serious challenges in Minnesota with some of the widest and most pronounced racial gaps in educational achievement, household income, life expectancy and incarceration rates. Yet, we’ve witnessed again and again how these challenges motivate members of the state’s black community to come together in ways both large and small that uplift our brothers and sisters in the pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.
For example, every year we see the black community raise scholarship funds and open doors for young people to grow a legacy of high-achieving students. Right now, black churches across the metro area are organizing health initiatives promoting healthy living to battle high rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
As the cameras focused on the destruction when a tornado tore through north Minneapolis in 2011, we saw neighbors lift up one another and literally rebuild their community together. This same community (often thought of as Minnesota’s most predominately black neighborhood) is home to the Northside Transportation Network, a civically minded group focused on growing economic opportunities through transit-oriented development.
And as black leaders in the state Legislature, we were proud to be among a coalition of lawmakers that worked to block in Minnesota the exact same “shoot first, ask questions later” law that put George Zimmerman in a position to shoot an unarmed teen in Florida.
These are just a few examples of black people committed to the growth, not the destruction, of our community. An honest evaluation of today’s black community and its image can’t begin and end with hip-hop music and ignore the good works of so many other groups and individuals.
We challenge Mr. Bell to take another look at how blacks here in Minnesota, driven by deep self-respect, are standing up to create a better future for our children and for our entire nation. Even he would agree that, in the famous words attributed to Gandhi, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Jeffrey Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion, both Democrats from Minneapolis, are members of the Minnesota Senate.
Jeff Hayden and Minnesota Senate: The Time for Marriage Equality is Now!
On Monday, May 13, Senator Jeff Hayden had the honor to cast a YES vote to open the institution of marriage to the thousands on Minnesotans in committed same-sex relationships. In his testimony to the Senate, he added, "For a long time, my marriage to my wonderful wife Terri would not have been legal, until the case of Loving v. Virginia opened the door to loving couples of different races.
To those that oppose marriage equality, he adds "It's going to be OK."
Check out your Deputy Majority Leader as he beams with pride while his good friend and colleague, Sen. Scott Dibble of neighboring District 61, and House counterpart Karen Clark, announce the victory to the buoyant crowd here (we'll find video of Jeff's speech as soon as we can!)
Working Hard For You: Watch Jeff's Whirlwind of Legislative Activity on KARE-11
Health Insurance Exchange? Non-violent Sentencing Reform? Properly funding our social services? Nurse staffing ratios? These are merely a sampling of the legislative activity of your new Deputy Majority Leader, as his multiple bills and flurry of committee work has drawn the attention of KARE-11's John Croman (click here for article and video):
"Hayden went from hearing to hearing, reading bills, while ever mindful of the clock to make sure he didn't miss a chance to present his own piece of legislation.
Because some of the hearings were happening simultaneously Hayden relied on legislative aides to remind him which critical bills were getting close to a vote.
"It is tough," Hayden admitted.
"But that's why you people elect us, to come here and get a lot of work done."
Deputy Majority Leader Hayden's Legislative Agenda: Fund Spinal Cord Injury Research; Ensure Access to Quality School Lunches for All Children
One month into the 2013-14 Legislative Biennium, Sen. Hayden is seeking to address two immediate concerns shared by constituents within and outside of Senate District 62.
The Jablonski/Rodreick Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Program
First, Senate File 111, also known as the Jablonski/Rodreick Bill, seeks to bring $4,000,000 per year of state funds to create a grant program for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research, all while establishing an advisory committee for such injuries. Despite the economic crunch accompanying our still-nascent recovery, "There's money out there", says Senator Hayden.
Riding the crest of publicity for this push to enhance the funding of research (Andy Mannix of local alt-weekly CityPages featured Rodreick in a recent cover story, "Stalking the Blue Demon"; and last Thursday, the Senator and other supporters of the legislation attended a showing of "Without Help, a documentary about spinal cord injuries featuring one of our favorite supporters of the successful VOTE NO campaigns, Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, which can be viewed at this link), Hayden can count Senators Kari Dziedzic and Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis); John Hoffman (DFL - Champlin); and David Tomassoni (DFL - Chisholm) as co-authors to the bill. Companion legislation (HF-262) has been authored in the State House by Representatives Laurie Halverson; Roger Erickson; Dan Schoen; Paul Marquart; John Ward; Joe Radinovich; Yvonne Selcer and JoAnn Ward.
Expansion of the School Lunch Program for Children from Low-Income Households
Senator Hayden has authored SF 146, a bill to enhance access to a quality school lunch for Minnesota's children. "With all of the talk about education and education reform, and making sure that our children are prepared to go into society, there's no better way than to make that sure kids get a good, quality lunch so they can learn," he told Julie Siple of Minnesota Public Radio (listen here). Co-authors include Sen. Dick Cohen (DFL - St. Paul); David Tomassoni (DFL - Chisholm), Branden Petersen (R - Andover); and Karin Housley (R - Forest Lake). Representative Ryan Winkler (DFL - St. Louis Park) has authored companion legislation (HF-336) in the House.
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder: Sen. Hayden Describes "Full-Time Responsibilities of Part-Time Role" le
Interested in learning about the day-to-day life of a State Senator? Check out this profile of Senator Hayden by Charles Hallman in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (via Twin Cities Daily Planet).
Sen. Hayden selected as Deputy Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate!
After a wildly-successful Election Day, Jeff was offered the honor of serving as the Senate's Deputy Majority Leader. Joe Kimball of MinnPost has the story:
"I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work of building consensus and finding the common ground that will move our state forward. We can't fall back into the political stalemates of recent years," Hayden said.
THANK YOU, SD 62, Minnesota & the United States!
THANK YOU VOTERS! Last night, you gave our President another 4 years, elected a great man in Rick Nolan (in addition to Representatives Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz and Collin Peterson), gave State Rep. Karen Clark, State Rep. Susan Allen and I a DFL legislature to make Gov. Mark Dayton's agenda a reality, and defeated two freedom-crushing amendments (and look at those percentages, we were streets ahead of every other district for NO on Photo ID)! You added my former colleague Linda Higgins to our County Board of Commissioners, chose Lois Conroy and Liz Cutter to serve in our judiciary, and honored me by asking me to serve a full term as your State Senator. I humbly thank you, SD 62, Hennepin County, and Minnesota!
Senator Hayden recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by Minnesota Nurses Association!
Citing his "...exemplary leadership on issues affecting nurses, patients and working families", Senator Jeff Hayden was honored this evening as one of four legislators to tie for the award of Minnesota Nurses Association "Legislator of the Year." While being recognized for his work as a member of the State House of Representatives, he continued fighting for Minnesota Nurses after his election to the State Senate in October 2011.
Jeff has dedicated his time in the Capitol to lead on legislation that aids the causes of working people throughout Minnesota, and has a voting record that shares the values exhibited by Minnesota's Nurses.
"This is a great honor, and I plan to continue to advocate for the safety and quality of patient care delivered in Minnesota." – Senator Jeff Hayden
Governor Dayton appoints Judge Wilhemina Wright to Supreme Court!
On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Wilhemina Wright to fulfill a vacancy of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Wright, who began as a judge within Ramsey County's District Court, and spent time as Assistant US Attorney for the State of Minnesota, was originally appointed to the state's Court of Appeals by then-Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002. Justice Wright is the first African-American woman to serve within our Supreme Court, where she will join Justices Alan Page (the first African-American), Paul Anderson, G. Barry Anderson, Christopher Dietzen, David R. Stras and Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea.
Citing her lengthy resume of community involvement, and her record of advocacy for enhancing opportunities for public school students, Senator Hayden wants to offer his congratulations (and a welcome) to our newest member of the State Supreme Court, Justice Wlihemina Wright!
One of the Many Reasons Why I Love Senate District 62
We live in amazing Senate District. One can find incredible examples of creativity occurring in SD 62 on virtually night. For example, the weekend of June 9th and 10th featured four exciting, family-friendly events that showcased the artistic energy and volunteer spirit of the citizens of south Minneapolis.
After a successful concert fundraiser last October, The Friends of the Cemetery invited Duluth legends Low and local faves Zoo Animal to serenade a lucky crowd with ethereal, glacially-paced pieces of music. Thanks to Dandelion Kitchen and Hola Arepa, the event was a treat for ears and taste-buds alike. Proceeds will aid the Fence Restoration Project, and other efforts to save this historical landmark.
Later that evening, the Midtown Greenway Coalition presented "Greenway Glow", an illuminated night-time ride and walk along the popular bicycle trail. A south-Minneapolis subsidiary of the awesome Northern Spark (#nspk), Greenway Glow featured live music, movies, activities and some dazzlingly-lit art-bikes. Funds raised from the event will support the projects and programs of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, such as Trail Watch safety patrol; managing the cleanliness of the trail; outreach to communities surrounding the Greenway; and working with developers to encourage Greenway-friendly buildings.
Here's a creation called Tunnel Vision, by local artist Eben Kowler:
Illuminated bikes at Northern Spark's festival at Intermedia Arts:
As the clock struck noon on Sunday, a sizable group of dedicated volunteers from Senate District 61 and 62 (Kelly O'Brien and Jay Damberg, among others) threw together a slammin' fundraiser/barbecue/concert festival at Painter Park in the Lyndale neighborhood. With assistance from the campaign teams of Senator Amy Klobuchar; Representative Keith Ellison; School Board candidate Tracine Asberry and member Carla Bates; City Councilmembers Robert Lilligren, Elizabeth Glidden, John Quincy and Gary Schiff; State Representatives Susan Allen, Karen Clark, Frank Hornstein, Marion Greene, Scott Dibble, Paul Thissen and Jim Davnie; and State Senators Scott Dibble and yours truly; it was a feat to maintain that level of energy among such an arid 95-degree day. The 515 Players offered an intriguing take on how we can talk about the importance of voting NO on the anti-marriage amendment, and Sen. Scott Dibble implored us to also remember to oppose the Photo ID amendment, which will eliminate the Minnesota tradition of same-day registration and thrust antiquated voting limitations into a progressive state.
The day after performing for Friends of the Cemetery, several members of Low trekked over to Painter Park to rouse the attendees as their rock 'n roll alter-ego, Retribution Gospel Choir. Also entertaining the crowd was Actual Wolf and Me and My Arrow.
While we were raising money for our DFL goal of defending freedom and advancing social justice, a 22-block section of Lyndale Avenue was opened to bicycles, skateboards and pedestrians for the second-annual Open Streets Minneapolis. As an avid biker, Senator Hayden was sad to miss the event, but is excited for 2013, especially since the 2012 redistricting placed the eastern side of Lyndale Avenue, from where it meets I-94, all the way south to 50th Street, into SD 62.
From 44th Street to Franklin St, the spirit of southern Minneapolis was on display, and like Blue BBQ, the torrid temperatures did not faze our community from enjoying the bounty of riches found along this amazing avenue.
Just another weekend in Senate District 62!
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