In the Know: October 16, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Amanda Barsness. 400 Colorado Avenue, Morris.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will host a breakfast reception at the Governor’s Residence to honor WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and sign the Under2MOU, an international compact among cities, states, and countries to limit greenhouse gas pollution. She will be joined by Minister Johannes Remmel of North Rhine-Westphalia and Commerce Commissioner Rothman. CHS Field, Securian Club, 360 N Broadway St., St. Paul.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Grant County Auditor Chad Van Santen. 10 2nd Street NE, Elbow Lake.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Traverse County Auditor/Treasurer Kit Johnson. 702 2nd Ave N, Wheaton.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Wilkin County Auditor Janelle Krump. 1st Floor, Courthouse, 300 5th Street S, Breckenridge.
  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a meeting of the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board.
  • 3 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Someplace Safe Executive Director Sheila Korby and Safe at Home Application Assistants. 106 S Union Ave., Fergus Falls.
  • Gov. Dayton will visit the Board of Animal Health to thank employees for their avian flu response efforts last spring.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with Carmen Fontes, Consul General of Spain, and Maria Antonia Calvo, Honorary Consul of Spain in Minnesota.

Events Saturday

  • The Twin Cities Book Festival. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will read from her book “The Senator Next Door.” Minnesota State Fairgrounds. More information is available here.
  • 4:30 p.m. – The 13th Annual Cass & Crow Wing County DFL will be held at the Nisswa American Legion, 25807 Main St., Nisswa. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Read More

In the Know: October 15, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer Jean Price. 403 South Mill St., Redwood Falls.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cal Brink. 118 West College Dr., Marshall.
  • 10 a.m. – Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission meeting. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf. 319 N. Rebecca St., Ivanhoe.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Yellow Medicine County Property & Public Services Director Janel Timm. 180 8th Ave., Granite Falls.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 1 p.m. – MNsure oversight committee meets. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 1:35 p.m. – Rep. Ellison will be on WCCO Radio with Chad Hartman to discuss his endorsement of Bernie Sanders and other topics. Read More

Dayton pledges to double down on efforts to address income inequality

cartoon-99ers-vs-1ersThe following article appeared in the Star Tribune on October 12, 2015:

Last month’s U.S. Census account of rising poverty rates among Minnesota’s African-Americans sounds an alarm about a serious economic threat to this state, not to mention a moral embarrassment. It cries out for a high-level response.

That’s what it’s been receiving from Gov. Mark Dayton. His announcement Sunday that he will create an Office of Career and Business Opportunity within the state’s economic development agency was the latest word from a governor who, to his credit, says he’s doubling down on efforts to reverse the African-American income trend line. African-Americans experienced a 13 percent drop in median household income between 2013 and 2014, the census report said, reaching a level that’s just 43 percent of median household income for white Minnesotans. Read More

Voting with Values That Work for All

Children greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in New York.
Children greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in New York.

The following article by Lauren Kokum with Smerican Progress was published on Tuesday, October 13, 2015:

Each year, the Family Research Council sponsors the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit postures itself as the “premiere conservative event” in the nation—one that sets a framework for “values voters.” As in years past, this year’s summit agenda included traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life, and limited government. For decades, social conservatives have championed these issues—which supposedly encompass the entire values universe—along with the discriminatory policies they entail. But this year, the summit was easily upstaged by the prophetic and political nature of an international visitor: Pope Francis. During his U.S. visit in the days leading up to the event, the pope preached a starkly different message—one that was merciful and welcoming rather than judgmental. Read More

In the Know: October 14, 2015

Events today

  • 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. – The House Capital Investment Committee will visit University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Hennepin Center for the Arts, 35W and Lake Street Reconstruction, Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Fence, 10th Ave. Bridge Rehabilitation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters, Hall’s Island, 26th Ave. Overlook , Upper Harbor Terminal, Emergency Operations and Training Facility, Cedar Cultural Center.
  • 9 a.m. – The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement meets in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – The Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission meets in Room 200 of the State Office Building.
  • Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede in Rochester to talk about the Destination Medical Center initiative.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 17 – The Twin Cities Book Festival. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will read from her book “The Senator Next Door.” Minnesota State Fairgrounds. More information is available here.
  • Oct. 18 – Stonewall DFL will have its monthly board meeting at 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in Room N-202. They will discuss outreach plans along with planning for the 2016 election year. 
  • Oct. 24 – The DFL African American Caucus will hold its monthly meet at 10 a.m. at East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis. 

Fundraisers

  • Oct. 17 – Le Sueur Co. DFL’s Annual Fall Fundraiser. American Legion Hall in Montgomery. The event includes a social hour (5 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.), program and live auction (7 p.m.). Contact Janet Straub for tickets: 612-710-5783.
  • Oct. 17 – The 13th Annual Cass & Crow Wing County DFL will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Nisswa American Legion, 25807 Main St., Nisswa. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.   Read More

In the Know: October 13, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at a forum concerning the Environmental Initiative’s Clean Power Plan: Shaping Minnesota’s Response. Hamline University, Klas Center.
  • 9:30 a.m. – The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx are hosting a press conference to announce details of a new major partnership extension with Target. The announcement is being held on the actual 25th anniversary date of the opening of Target Center.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will celebrate the expansion of Interstate 94 and the opening of a FedEx Ground facility in Rogers, FedEx Ground, 19705 Rogers Dr., Rogers.
  • Noon – Lt. Gov. Smith will attend the Northside Achievement Zone’s One Future Luncheon. The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • 1 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in a community conversation facilitated by the Central Minnesota NAACP. Great River Regional Library, 1300 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Read More

GOP in chaos

Road ClosedWe’re watching yet another dysfunctional event unravel in Washington. Here are five nuggets of wisdom to take from this whole speaker mess from the Washington Post.

  • Republicans are at war: With each other, that is. One year after a major victory at the polls, the party is in complete disarray — “on the verge of ceasing to function as a national political party,” writes The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty. The key battle line is drawn between about 30 to 40 Tea Party-aligned lawmakers and the more moderate establishment. Those Tea Party lawmakers, known as the House Freedom Caucus, are frustrated that Republicans haven’t been able to undo President Obama’s agenda and are now staking out demands their leaders can’t possibly deliver on, such as passing a spending bill that doesn’t fund Planned Parenthood. Read More

Taking action to address economic disparities

GovMarkDaytonDec2012_640Gov. Dayton has announced he will create a new Office of Career and Business Opportunity. The Office, which will be housed at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), will provide the focus and leadership necessary to help workers and businesses of color find career paths and business opportunities in Minnesota. 

“This is a first and important step in addressing the troubling economic disparities facing people of color in Minnesota,” said Gov. Dayton. “We cannot afford to admire or ignore these problems any longer. It is time now to take action to improve the lives and economic futures of all Minnesotans.”

The new Office of Career and Business Opportunity will be led by a director and overseen by a senior level staff member who will be a member Commissioner’s senior leadership team. This will ensure that the mission of the Office is a high priority for DEED and the Dayton Administration, and that the work is integrated in the overall organization. The Office will identify and help break down barriers to employment and business opportunities for communities of color across Minnesota. The search to fill these two positions will begin immediately. 

The Office of Career and Business Opportunity will be tasked with achieving the following objectives: Read More

In the Know: October 12, 2015

Events today

  • 7:15 a.m. – Sunrise ceremony in honor of Indigenous People’s Day at Bde Maka Ska, also known as Lake Calhoun. 3700 Thomas Av. S., Minneapolis.
  • 9 a.m. – Red Shawl Round Dance followed by brunch and panel discussion, American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 10:15 a.m. – The Art subcommittee of the Capitol Preservation Commission will meet at 10:15 AM  to discuss Dakota and other Native Americans in current Capitol Art. 
  • 11:30 a.m. – St. Paul Indigenous Peoples Day, Crowne Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul. Appearing at the event are Lt. Gov. Smith, St. Paul Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann, Chief Executive Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Melanie Benjamin, and St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Director Jessi Kingston.
  • Gov. Dayton will also meet with Aurora community members and elected officials.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour ENKI Brewing Company, which received an Agriculture Value-Added Grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 7929 Victoria Dr., Victoria.
  • 5 p.m. – The Indigenous People’s Day Hip Hop Show. Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis.

Events tomorrow

  • 6 p.m. – Join Congressman Ellison and members of Witness for Peace’s recent delegation to Colombia for insights on issues of race, human rights, labor and trade. Emerge Building-Phillips Room, 1834 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fundraiser – Senate District 49 DFL 3rd Annual Fall Forward. Arneson Acres Terrace Room, 4711 W 70ty St., Edina. Special guest speaker Read More