In the Know: February 8, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
GOP pushes state control of labor laws, St. Cloud Times
Bill would allow only hands-free cell use for drivers, MPR
GOP, DFL lawmakers back ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving, MNN
Minnesota bill gives state authority over wages, sick leave, Faribault County Register
GOP’s rise powers move to block local sick leave, wage hikes, KFGO

DNC Chair’s Race
Keith Ellison is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe he’s Just what Democrats Need, Mother Jones
DNC race hits the home stretch: Bernie Sanders blasts “failed status-quo”; Keith Ellison attacked on Islamic faith, Salon
Gloria Steinem endorses Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee, Boston Herald
Keith Ellison- The Future of the Democratic Party, Daily Show
Former AG Eric Holder endorses Tom Perez for DNC chairman, USA Today
Eric Holder endorses Tom Perez in DNC chair race, Politico
Eric Holder backs Perez in DNC chair race, The Hill
DNC vice chairman candidate Palacio warns against Gorsuch confirmation, Colorado Statesman

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton to undergo surgery to remove prostate, aiming to excise cancer, Star Tribune
Dayton to undergo surgery for prostate cancer, MPR
Governor’s push to open MinnesotaCare to individual market calls for swift action, St. Peter Herald

Rep. Rick Nolan
Nolan staff to hold ‘Congress Comes to You’ meetings Feb. 21, Ely Echo

Resistance to Trump Administration
As Trump makes waves, Minnesotans flood congressional members with calls, Star Tribune
Trump is energizing DFLers at Minneapolis City Hall, Star Tribune
Minnesota senators critical of DeVos selection Tuesday, Star Tribune
Washington AG: Minnesota bolsters lawsuit against Trump travel ban, Star Tribune
My Point of View: If interested in politics, now is time to get involved, Albert Lea Tribune
Betsy DeVos Vote: Pence’s History-Making Tie Breaker Confirms Controversial Education Secretary, NBC

Russia’s apparent meddling in U.S. Election is not an act of war, cyber expert says, Washington Post

Sen. Al Franken
Al Franken calls Ed secretary DeVos ‘incompetent’; others hail her as reformer, Pioneer Press
Sen. Al Franken asked Republicans to do their job and help our country’s children- they wouldn’t, Daily Kos
Al Franken slams new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: ‘The most incompetent Cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen’, Business Insider
Sen. Franken: DeVos ‘fundamentally incompetent’ to lead Education Department, Fox9

How about Al Franken in 2020, Daily Kos
In confirmation hearings, Franken’s sharp questions provide a morale boost to beleaguered Democrats, MinnPost

Trump’s Republican Party
As Trump fears fraud, GOP eliminates election commission, MPR
Republicans vote to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren in confirmation debate, MPR

Upcoming Events

  • February 9, 6:30 PMLocation Change — State DFL Listening Session, Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. If you were active in your Senate District, a campaign or were a candidate, please attend. Please RSVP here.
  • February 9, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • February 9, 7:00 PM — SD48 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • February 14 — Valentine’s Day
  • February 14, 7:00 PM — SD40 DFL Central Committee Meeting, no location available let
  • February 15, 7:00 PM — CD3 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Council Chambers, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

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