Reelect Dick Cohen

Dick writes about the PCAH in Oct. 2016

Nationally, I am proud of being one of the original members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (appointed by President Obama in 2009 and one of only eight of the 37 members not from New York, Washington D.C., or Los Angeles). The signature program of the Committee, the Turnaround Arts program, is the single best achievement gap program I have seen. I was able to secure the participation of four Minnesota schools as a part of Phase II.

See Turnaround Arts for more on this public-private partnership.

Dick’s Oct. 2016 Reflection

During this past term I believe that my leadership has been of benefit not only to our district but to the state of Minnesota. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee I have helped lead the effort to finally secure a structurally balanced budget. In particular, Sen. Rod Skoe and I authored the successful effort to place one third of any budget surplus into the budget reserve which has helped Minnesota regain its AAA bond rating.

Among the particular successes has been my authorship of the financial support to begin the revitalization of the University of Minnesota medical school, the establishment of the Housing Support bill (SF 3167) to secure more affordable housing, and my chairmanship of the Legacy Subcommittee has allowed the continued support for clean water, conservation, the arts, and parks and trails. This year my supplemental finance bill was the only major bill passed and signed into law by the Governor.

A Letter From Dick

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your support during the primary season! I am writing to ask for your support for my re-election.

During my years representing you in the Minnesota State Senate, I think I have been one of the more progressive voices in the Senate on issues of choice for women, civil rights for everyone, and this year especially the GLBT community in our state, progressive taxation, gun control legislation, strong protection for our environment, and enhancement of our arts and cultural life.

For 8 years, as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, I was the voice in opposition to the regressive Pawlenty budget, and this year I was the Senate lead in support of Governor Dayton’s efforts to bring about a smart budget for our schools and higher education system. If re-elected and the DFL returns to the majority, I expect that I will return to chairmanship and lead the charge to help Governor Dayton finally bring to Minnesota a budget that works not only for a select few, but for all Minnesotans.

Please fell free to contact me through the website or call me at 651-699-4476. And please don’t forget to Vote on November 6th. Thank you.


Primary Party and Fundraiser, 6/19

Let’s do what we can to show our support for Senator Dick Cohen, a champion for Saint Paul and our endorsed candidate!

Join co-hosts Rep. Michael Paymar, Rep. Erin Murphy, Councilmembers Melvin Carter, Chris Tolbert, Russ Stark, & Dave Thune, Howard Orenstein, Jim Scheibel, Bob Tracy, Jon & Beth Commers, Stuart Alger, Pat Sellner & Angie Klein, Dave Pinto, Pat & Maureen Flahaven, & Barb Frey at a party hosted by Bill Strusinski and Kirsten Libby.

11 Crocus Hill
6-8pm, Tuesday, June 19


Absentee Ballots

If you are unable to vote in person in the primary election on August 14th, please be sure to vote by absentee ballot. For information on how to vote absentee, please look at the Secretary of State’s page on absentee voting.

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