MINNESOTA TO BECOME A 2020 'SUPER TUESDAY” PRIMARY STATE!
State joins potent voting bloc on March 3 as it shifts to presidential primary.
FEBRUARY 22, 2019, StarTribune
Minnesota will return to an open primary system next year and participate in Super Tuesday, voting alongside nine other states in a chaotic presidential election process that’s likely to weed out a growing list of Democratic hopefuls.
The primary is set for March 3, 2020.
“This really puts Minnesota in the spotlight,” said Secretary of State Steve Simon, who oversees state elections. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase our political involvement and energy.”
Party leaders finalized a joint agreement Friday, just one week before the required deadline to alert Simon’s office about potential calendar changes. Proponents signaled an enthusiasm for more national exposure of a state that consistently leads the country in voter turnout.
Super Tuesday refers to the first — and largest — multistate presidential primary, often a make-or-break day for candidates. It includes several of the nation’s largest states, like California and Texas, that have the most national convention delegates up for grabs. The primary also features Alabama, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
“I know there is some worry about being lost in the fray, but I think that it’s also something that gives some excitement and energy to Republicans and Democrats — and voters in general,” said Becky Alery, spokeswoman for the Minnesota GOP.
Read more at http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-to-become-a-2020-super-tuesday-state/506231872/
“STATE OF THE CITY” FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY
With a focus on Bloomington’s people, places and progress, the 2019 State of the City address will provide a look at the city through many lenses. Mayor Gene Winstead will talk about the past year’s accomplishments
Creekside Community Center 9801 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington 55431
Free. Register by Thursday, April 2
For more information and/or to register: 952-563-4944 - or - CommunityCenter@BloomingtonMN.gov.
LWVB MEMBERS AT “DAY AT THE CAPITOL’ ——>
Several LWVB members participated in LWV of Minnesota “Day at the Capitol” on March 6, 2019, The day included “Advocacy TIps” by Nick Harper, LWVMN Civic Engagement Manager. They also attended hearings at the Capitol and meetings with their legislators.
Note: LWV is a non-partisan organization.
FROM LWV MINNESOTA PRESIDENT MARTHA MICKS
Good News: LWV Minnesota membership has increased 11% over the past year! In 2017, it had a record increase of 14%. The LWV Bloomington membership grew by 36%! Click on JOIN to see how you, too, can be part.
Another thing to look forward to is this year’s very special LWV Minnesota Centennial Convention in St. Paul. In 1919, Minnesota women were given partial suffrage, with the right to vote for presidential electors (full suffrage did not occur until the 19th amendment was ratified). The MN Women Suffrage Association became the League of Women Voters of Minnesota with Clara Ueland as president. Some local Leagues in Minnesota will also be celebrating their Centennial.
While the MN Legislature is in session and it’s too cold to be outside, I suggest a good activity. Go to the website www.leg.state.mn.us and then find for the “Bill Search and Status” section. Click on either House Bills or Senate Bills. Then use the "Search by Keyword" section to find bills related to a keyword of your choice, and from there you can click into a specific bill to get recordings of the committee hearings if you want to follow what is being presented and discussed.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES APRIL
Tuesday, April 9 9:00-10:30am Join Mayor Winstead as he shares the State of the City and the past year’s accomplishments. See article below.
Monday, April 22 EARTH DAY
Friday, April 26 – Legacy Lunch (or Dinner) and the launch of the LWVMN traveling exhibit at Landmark Center in St. Paul
Friday- Sunday April 26-28 – LWV Convention 2019, hosted by LWV St. Paul at Saint Paul Hotel; more info to come.
Details on these and other upcoming events on our EVENTS page.
KEY DATES IN THE MN LEGISLATURE
• Jan. 8: The Legislature convened.
• Feb. 19: Deadline for Gov. Walz to present his proposed budget.
• March 31: Deadline for recommendations from the Legislative Salary Council.
• April 13-22: Easter-Passover break for the Minnesota Legislature.
• May 20: Deadline to end the 2019 legislative session.
• June 30: End of the fiscal year _________________________________
LWV BLOOMINGTON: ABOUT US
The League of Women Voters Bloomington is a non-partisan, political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
LWVB never endorses any political candidate or party.
The Bloomington League has a long history in the community and is a resource for questions about issues, candidates, voting procedures, and resident involvement.
We meet regularly throughout the year, and coordinate candidate forums, community service projects, informational events, and other activities.