|Party Chairman||Ken Martin|
|Senate Leader||Tom Bakk|
|House Leader||Paul Thissen|
|Founded||April 15, 1944|
|Headquarters|| 255 Plato Blvd E|
Saint Paul, MN 55107-1623
|Political ideology|| Liberalism|
|Political position|| Fiscal: Socialist|
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a separate but affiliated branch of the national Democrat Party that uniquely operates in Minnesota. It was formed on April 15, 1944, when the state's Democrat and Farmer-Labor parties merged with the instrumental assistance of Hubert H. Humphrey.
The formation of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party took place in a context of intense factional struggle between Popular Front liberals and a more moderate bloc that lasted from the death of Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1936 to the election of Hubert Humphrey to the U.S. Senate in 1948. Many of Humphrey's allies became active in national politics—Orville Freeman, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Donald Fraser, —and did not oppose Cold War foreign policy till well into the Vietnam war era.
For many years, the DFL has championed the causes of farmers and skilled union workers, though in recent years, the former has taken a distant backseat to the latter as well as to the interests and goals of the national Democrat Party. All Democrat politicians in and from Minnesota work under the DFL header, though this has become more of a matter of tradition than of any substantive meaning.
The DFL, which has had virtual single party control for 70 years in Minnesota and is a powerful influence in both the Democratic National Committee and national political affairs through its two vice presidents and two Democrat presidential nominees, has this to say about its African American Caucus:
"We hope to live in a Minnesota where African Americans will have full access to all opportunities and their interests are seen as critical to the wellbeing of the state."
Evidently after 70 years of a near totalitarian grip on the state, and undo influence in Washington, D.C., Minnesota has not overcome its systemic racism. While blacks are still "hoping for opportunities," their white Democrat plantation massas see "their interests as critical" to white Democrat electoral success. The DFL has also since formed Feminist, Muslim, Somali, Latino, Progressive, Environmental, Seniors, Disability, Veterans, American Indian, Asia-Pacific, Asian Indian, Hmong, and LGBT caucuses, as well. Its Hunting and Fishing caucus presumably is its good 'ol boy network.
On September 27, 2020 James O'Keefe of Project Veritas posted a report on illegal ballot harvesting for cash in Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's district. On October 16, 2020 Facebook sent notification warnings to every user that reposted the Project Veritas' report.
- Multiple references:
- Republican Campaign Aide Murdered in Minneapolis — Staffer for Lacy Johnson Who Is Running Against Ilhan Omar Shot Dead in Drive-By Shooting
- Campaign staffer, 17, for Ilhan Omar's Republican congressional opponent is shot and killed in Minneapolis
- Teenage campaign staffer for Ilhan Omar's opponent killed in Minneapolis shooting
- Ilhan Omar’s GOP challenger shocked after campaign aides shot in random drive-by, teen staffer dies
- Suspect arrested in murder of 17-year-old staffer of GOP challenger to Ilhan Omar