In the Know: February 15, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Serco power plant: The wrong project, for the wrong reasons, at a big cost, Star Tribune
House committee endorses bill to reshape U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel, Star Tribune
Legislature looks to revamp Vikings stadium governance, MinnPost
Ely angles for state funding: After meetings with Dayton, lawmakers, mayor voices optimism, Ely Echo
The value of process and product, St. Peter Herald

2018 Gubernatorial Election
Group looks to recruit Nolan for governor, Duluth News Tribune
‘Draft Nolan’ letter going out to thousands of DFLers, Star Tribune
Group Urging Nolan to Run for Governor, KDAL
Rick Nolan for Governor Group Grows Following, Mesabi Daily News

DNC Chair’s Race
Tom Perez on why the Democratic Party needs a dramatic culture shift, Washington Post
Hispanics are split on DNC race, The Hill
Tension in the DNC Chair Race Comes From Outside- Not Inside- The Party, NBC
A New DNC Chair: This Time it Really Counts, Roll Call
Millennial Veteran DNC Chair Candidate Calls Out Rigged Primaries, Corrupt Dems, Observer
Who should be the new DNC Chair?, Daily Kos

AG Lori Swanson
Minnesota AG Swanson launches opioid awareness campaign, MinnPost
Minnesota launches anti-opioid ad campaign, MPR
Minnesota hopes stark opioid ad saves lives, Star Tribune

Health Care
To replace Obamacare, GOP pushes ‘high-risk’ pool, Austin Daily Herald
Dems ask Trump admin to protect rule on seniors’ health costs, The Hill

Sen. Al Franken
“Distorting reality”: Politicians, mental health experts say they’re worried about Donald Trump, Salon
Al Franken Says Trump’s Russia Mess is Bigger than Flynn, Huffington Post

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar: An early start for a strong farm bill, Owatonna People’s Press
Klobuchar calls for investigation into former National Security Adviser Flynn, Fox9
Klobuchar: White House’s Russia ties put U.S. in ‘very vulnerable position’, MPR
Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Make Voting Easier for All Americans, KEYC

Special Election
Republican margin shrinks but holds in Chisago County special election, Pioneer Press
Chisago County race goes to GOP’s Anne Neu, Star Tribune

Trump Administration
Trump was informed 17 days ago that Flynn had not been truthful on Russia, New York Times
Fallout from Michael Flynn’s resignation has some asking about leaks to the media, LA Times

Upcoming Events

  • February 15, 6:30 PM — MYDFL Youth Forum, DFL Headquarters, more info here.
  • February 15, 7:00 PM — CD3 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Council Chambers, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • February 20, 6:30 PM — SD50 DFL Central Committee, Room C102, Kennedy High School, 9701 Nicollet Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55402
  • February 20, 7:00 PM — SD44 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Large Meeting Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • February 21, 6:30 PM — HD46B Legislative Priorities Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Meeting Room, Hennepin County Library, 22 11th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343
  • February 24, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM — SD49 Day at the Capitol, more information here.
  • February 25, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Town Hall with Steve Cwodzinski (SD48) and Laurie Pryor (HD48A), Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • February 27, 5:30 PM — SD Progressive Activist Fair, RHR Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55304.

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