In the Know: July 16, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for June 2015. 

Mark your calendars

  • July 18 – The first marker to commemorate the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes, one of the great watershed moments in the history of the American labor movement, is being installed in downtown Minneapolis. The marker will be unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at 701 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis.
  • July 19 – Senate District 59 DFL hosts “A Picnic with the Party.” This free event is being held from 1 – 4 p.m. at North Commons Park, 1801 James Av. N., Minneapolis. Food, music and kids’ activities.
  • July 25 – The Kanabec County DFL will host our annual Post-Parade Reception at the Masonic Hall, 800 S Union St, Mora. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Join the Kanabec DFL for hotdogs and discussion.
  • July 30 – The Minnesota Nurses Association would like to cordially invite you to the Medicare turns 50 Birthday BBQ Bash on Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. Paul. Medicare is an American as apple pie (Protect Improve Expand Medicare) so join us for an all American birthday BBQ, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, one of the greatest social safety net pieces of legislation ever signed into law and what we hope to be the basis of a single payer system for our entire nation. Highland Park Picnic Shelter, 1227 Montreal Ave. St. Paul.

2016 election

O’Malley raised $2 million during first month of presidential campaign, he tells donors, The Washington Post

Bush, Clinton dominate early presidential fundraising in what is already $390 million race, Star Tribune

Fifteen months from election day, Minnesota politicos post fundraising numbers, Star Tribune

Senate Minority Leader David Hann took exception with my [this is written by Patrick Collican of the Star Tribune] two unnamed Republicans who said a Senate majority looks like a longshot and said he is confident entering the cycle.

Here, condensed and edited for clarity, is what he told me:

Both Stumpf and Skoe are beatable. The numbers in those districts are good, and we’re going to mount a campaign.

There are other districts beyond the six with two GOP House members where the numbers are also good.

The Democrats have no consistent message and are fractured.

He pointed to the chaos of the end of the session, the fight between metro area environmentalists and outstate DFL senators concerned about protecting jobs and ag and mining. Hann doesn’t think Hillary Clinton will drive DFL turnout outstate.

On candidate recruitment:

As many as a dozen or 15 challengers will have announced by the end of the year.

On money:

We need to raise close to $2 million, and I think we can do it.

Hann said he expects 15 seats are in play.

Star Tribune

The second quarter fundraising numbers, which poured in through midnight, underscore how long the Republican nominating battle may drag on. Sheldon Adelson’s support for Newt Gingrich and Foster Friess’ support for Rick Santorum in 2012 made it possible for both candidates to stay in the presidential race far longer than they would have been able to before the 2010 Citizens United decision. In 2016, there will be several more Sheldons and Fosters.

The proliferation of outside groups formed by wealthy donors, which in most cases raised more than the candidates they were created to support over the past three months, will make it that much harder to winnow the field. With no overwhelming frontrunner, a candidate who has just one super generous benefactor can live to fight another day and another after that – as long as said benefactor keeps the spigots open. If there are split decisions in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the fight for the Republican nomination could become a slog that lasts through June. That’s in spite of new Republican National Committees rules explicitly designed to shorten the primary calendar.

For the first time, outside groups are poised to spend more than the campaigns themselves. My colleagues Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy calculate an amazing statistic in their story on the Q2 reports this morning: $4 out of every $5 raised so far on behalf of GOP White House contenders has gone to independent groups rather than the official campaigns. Put another way, outside groups have already amassed more than $235 million — more than three times the $67 million raised collectively by the Republican field through June 30. The Washington Post

Several candidates are already struggling to raise hard money, but they could nonetheless be formidable because of super PACs—

  • Rick Perry, no longer governor of Texas, raised just $1 million, a tiny fraction of what he got in his first quarter as a candidate in 2011. BUT his outside groups took in more than $16 million. Almost all of that came from just THREE guys. His campaign finance chair, oil pipeline executive Kelcy Warren, donated $6 million.
  • Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor, raised less than $600,000 during his first week as a candidate, but the three outside groups set up to help him already collected more than $8 million.
  • Ted Cruz raised $14.3 million directly for his campaign, an impressive sum, while the outside entities supporting him brought in $37 million. His main outside backer is hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer.
  • Marco Rubio raised $12.1 million and got $33.1 million in outside help, a big chunk of it from Norman Braman, a billionaire Miami auto dealer who has employed the Florida senator’s wife at his foundation.
  • Mike Hukcabee, the former Arkansas governor, raised only $2 million, but his outside groups got three times that: $6 million.
  • Carly Fiorina raised $1.7 million, less than during her first quarter as a Senate candidate, but her super PAC took in $3.4 million.

The Washington Post


More revenue, more restraint, Pioneer Press 

Confederate flag

President Obama was greeted in Oklahoma by Confederate flag-waving protesters. “About nine or 10 protesters waved the Confederate battle flag, as well as an American flag, across the street from the hotel where Obama is staying,” Katie Zezima reports from Oklahoma City. “A Confederate flag rally was also held in Durant, Okla., where Obama unveiled a pilot program to bring high-speed broadband to low-income people in public housing at the Choctaw Nation. The president is visiting a federal prison Thursday, part of a week-long focus on criminal justice issues.” The Washington Post

OK Confederate Flags 

Congressional delegation


Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus dines with a Democrat on the Hill, The Washington Post

Digital divide

Right now, even though more than 98 percent of Americans have access to internet service, one in four doesn’t have it at home. For low-income Americans, that number jumps to one in two.

This is a problem. A high-speed connection is no longer a nice-to-have for the privileged few. Increasingly, you need an internet connection to find a job, to do your homework, and to stay in touch with the people you know. It’s an economic necessity when it comes to communicating, collaborating, and doing business on a global scale.

Democrats are doing something big to fix this. Yesterday, the President traveled to Durant, Oklahoma to announce ConnectHome — a new pilot program launching in 27 cities and one tribal nation, and initially helping to connect more than 275,000 low-income households with the support they need to access the internet at home.

Digital Divid

White House


GOP chips away at debt, but pile of IOUs remains, WCCO


Democratic lawmakers hit Walker on opposition to minimum wage, WMUR


State Rep. Schoen takes job with medical marijuana provider, Pioneer Press

Legislator who pushed medical marijuana bill hired by cannabis firm, Star Tribune


Reality Check: Lobbyists spending in Minnesota, WCCO


Hundreds rally in Minneapolis for better working conditions, MPR

Unity Hospital workers vote to unionize, MPR

Today in history

7-16-1877 In History 


Adventurer couple plan full year in BWCA to oppose copper mining, Duluth News Tribune


State health task force, not GOP, best to weigh MNsure’s future. Star Tribune

Storm damage

Dayton to tour Brainerd-Lakes area storm damage, Pioneer Press 


House approves $8 billion highway funding extension, The Hill

Viking stadium

Reality Check: Trip to Pluto cost less than Vikings stadium, WCCO


Counterpoint: Voter registration proposal is simply practical, Star Tribune

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