Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

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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
Social: Liberal
International affiliation
Color(s) Blue (unofficial)

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.[1]

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.

Outside the state, DFLers are typically referred to by their colleagues in the United States Congress and by the mainstream media simply as "Democrats."

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."[2]

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.

In 2018 the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party deputy communications director William Davis made a Facebook post that called for bringing Republicans "to the guillotines."[3]

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