The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, will be the keynote speaker when Minnesota DFLers hold their annual Founders’ Day Dinner on Oct. 11.
The 6 p.m. dinner, billed as “a celebration of progressive politics,” is expected to draw 1,000 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Dinner organizers say O’Malley, in his second term as governor, gets credit for lots of things Minnesota DFLers deem important: record investments in public schools and holding down the cost of college; improvements Maryland’s roads, bridges, and transit projects; raising the minimum wage and establishing the nation’s first living wage in 2007.
They say he took action “to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland, while leading the fight to increase renewable energy production. He signed Marriage Equality into law. He also signed the Maryland DREAM Act, which expands the opportunity for a college education. In 2013, he signed a commonsense law to reduce gun violence. And during the 2014 legislative session, he signed legislation protecting the rights of transgender Marylanders.”
Last year, strategist/pundit James Carville was the headliner.
Tickets for the Oct. 11 dinner range from $75 to $5,000 (which includes VIP reception, upgraded seating and program acknowledgment).