DFL In the Know: November 30, 2015

Events today

  • President Obama attends a climate summit in Paris, where he will attend bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • 10 a.m. – MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole will join state Rep. Jeanne Poppe and state Sen. Dan Sparks to discuss the state’s health insurance exchange at the Town Center Building, 329 N. Main St., Austin.
  • 11 a.m. – The Highway 12 Safety Coalition will announce efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the highway by challenging motorists to go 12 months without a fatal crash. In the past five years (2010 – 2014), there have been 12 fatal crashes on Highway 12 resulting in 16 deaths. The 38 mile stretch in Wright and Hennepin Counties has the highest fatal crash rate in the metro, compared with similar highways. 1918 County Rd. 90, Maple Plain.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at Sen. Bakk’s “Stock the Shelves” fundraising event for foods shelves on the Iron Range. The Liffey, 175 7th St. W, St. Paul.
  • 6 p.m. – Training for Allies of Transgender People, Westcott Library, 1340 Westcott Rd., Eagan. Learn about how you can better support transgender friends, co-workers, and family members. Sponsored by Outfront MN. For more information, contact Outfront at 612-822-0127.
  • 6 p.m. – Minnesotans are invited to help shape policies regarding art in the newly renovated and preserved Minnesota Capitol. A series of public input meetings are being held throughout the state this fall, where citizens have the opportunity share their opinions with policymakers on how Minnesota should be conveyed through art. Tonight’s meeting is at Bemidji State University’s American Indian Resource Center.

Mark your calendars

  • Dec. 1 – The Elk River School District is seeking to outsource custodial jobs. Current custodians are members of SEIU Local 284. On Dec. 1 at 7:30 a.m. there will be an action outside the Handke Center, 1170 Main St., Elk River where a pre-proposal meeting for contractors will be held.
  • Dec. 8 – Special election in Dist. 3A.
  • Dec. 13 – Moms Demand Action: How to Keep Our Kids Safe. This free forum on preventing gun violence will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dakota County Library, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan. Guest speakers include Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Dan Schoen.
  • Dec. 13 – MYDFL will hold a central committee meeting. Noon, St. Louis Park Library.
  • Dec. 15 – Hillary Clinton will visit Minnesota.
  • Dec. 16 – Congressional District 3 DFL Winter Party, 7 p.m., at the Nelson home, 8983 Preserve Blvd., Eden Prairie 


  • Dec. 1 – Senate District 37 DFL will host a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Club West Club House, 11211 Club W Parkway, Blaine.
  • Dec. 13 – Senate District 58 DFL will host its winter fundraiser from 4 – 7 p.m. at Carbone’s, 10 N 8th St., Farmington. The tickets, which are $20, are available by mail: SD 58 DFL, 8251 166th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044.
  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m. at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at www.dflcd2.com.

2015 Special Election

Our view / endorsement: Ecklund is best-prepped to represent 3A, Duluth News Tribune

2016 Election


Rashad Turner plans to seek St. Paul seat in Minnesota House, Pioneer Press

Twin Cities Black Lives Matter leader running for state Legislature, WCCO

Message testing for legislative elections, mn progressive project


Clinton to campaign in Minneapolis on Dec. 15, Star Tribune

Black activist punched at Trump rally, Washington Post

Plan A for GOP donors: Wait for Trump to fall. (There is no Plan B.) Washington Post

Trump denies knowing the disabled reporter he mocked; man says that’s not so, Star Tribune

Bernie Sanders refuses to accept his fate — and keeps talking about important issues, MinnPost

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability, MPR

How Donald Trump courted the right-wing fringe to conquer the GOP, Washington Post

Hispanic GOP leaders shun Trump, The Hill

Bernie Sanders makes it clear: He’s playing this game to win, Washington Post

5 takes on 2016 as the campaign kicks into high gear, Politico

Understanding what makes Trump’s supporters so angry, Washington Post Jeb Can Fix It

  Sack GOP and Trump


For farmers, great harvests can bring on hard times, MPR

Minnesota researchers quietly prep for next bird flu fight, MPR

Budget (federal)

GOP eyes spending bill as leverage in refugee fight, The Hill


U. of C. cancels Monday classes after threat to Hyde Park campus, Chicago Tribune

Chicago announces expansion of police body-camera program, AP


Lawmakers prepare for end of year dash, The Hill 

Education (E-12)

Minnesota, No Child Left Behind overhaul nears reality, Pioneer Press

Segregated by choice, state’s charter schools face a test, Star Tribune


Dayton announces plans for Water Summit, AgriNews

Water quality is a worthy signature issue for Dayton, Star Tribune

Worldwide climate rallies draw hundreds of thousands, Washington Post

Climate conference offers an opportunity for a global response, Star Tribune

More than 140 world leaders are gathering for high-stakes climate talks that start today. It’s a big legacy play for President Obama, and every key administration figure is in Paris. Expectations are high, but so are the stakes: Research suggests that the world can ultimately expect to see about seven feet of gradual, long-term sea-level rise for every degree of warming. “The central goal of the gathering is to forge an agreement that would set the world on a path to ultimately restrict planetary warming to less than two degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures,” Chris Mooney reports in a preview of the talks. “But as ambitious as this effort is, time and numbers are working against it. Some scientists and analysts now suggest the two-degree target may be all but out of reach. The world has waited so long to cut emissions, they say, that sticking to two degrees may require extremely harsh cuts that could damage economies, or the assumption of future technologies that have not been invented yet.” Washington Post


The GOP’s self-inflicted wounds, Washington Post

Minnesota GOP volunteer dismissed after ‘Negro problem’ tweet, WCCO

Rep. Peppin says GOP focus is on jobs, not benefits, MPR

Minnesota Republicans criticized for ‘#Negroproblem’ post, City Pages

The GOP’s identity-politics crisis: Holding race-card aces but loath to play them, Washington Post

Juan Williams: The GOP at breaking point, The Hill



Minnesota immigrants scale back hopes for Obama’s temporary programs, Star Tribune 

Jesson, Lucinda

Dayton’s longtime Human Services commissioner up for seat on Appeals Court, Star Tribune

Human services chief eyed for MN appeals court post, MPR

Juhnke, Al

Juhnke takes job as director of Nebraska pork group, Ag Week


Minnesota workers press wage, scheduling demands on Black Friday, MPR

Business group pushes paid sick leave in Minneapolis with ‘Shop Your Values’ campaign, MinnPost

Workers’ rights classes seek to turn workers into leaders — in their workplaces and at city hall, MinnPost


Daudt, other state lawmakers in Turkey as part of U.S. group, Star Tribune 

Local government

Municipal liquor stores: Minnesota cities don’t belong in this business, Star Tribune



PolyMet mine’s future rests on disputed environmental effects, Pioneer Press

Would PolyMet bring economic boom to Iron Range? Pioneer Press

Mining spin off jobs spin away in downturn, Pioneer Press

On boom-or-bust Iron Range, this downturn feels different, Star Tribune

Rep. Nolan pushes on two fronts to protect American steel, Star Tribune

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups, MinnPost

Minneapolis shooting and protest

Dayton’s no-win is a win, Fargo Forum

Mark Dayton takes the battle for racial equality seriously, Pioneer Press

St. Paul police union criticizes AFSCME for support of Jamar Clark protesters, Star Tribune

Minneapolis police suggested ‘protesters wanted shootings,’ report says, Pioneer Press

U.S. Rep. Ellison emerges as key political leader amid Jamar Clark protests, Star Tribune

Smoke, looming snow prompt fire chief to meet protesters at camp, Star Tribune

Waiting for charges, protesters hold worship service, MPR

Fire officials talk safety concerns with protesters ahead of snowstorm, WCCO

Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press will be in new headquarters on Monday, Pioneer Press

Buildings change, commitment endures, Pioneer Press

Planned Parenthood shooting

Standoff at Planned Parenthood ends with arrest of North Carolina man; 3 killed, 9 wounded, Star Tribune

‘No more baby parts,’ suspect in attack at Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic told official, Washington Post

GOP contenders nearly silent on Colorado Springs shooting, Washington Post

Huckabee: ‘Disingenuous’ to blame clinic shootings on anti-abortion activists, The Hill

Obama on Planned Parenthood shooting: ‘Enough is enough’, The Hill

Minn. Planned Parenthood centers undeterred by Colo. shootings, WCCO


Poll: Trump drops 12 points in one week, The Hill


Senjem signs letter to keep Syrian refugees out, Rochester Post Bulletin

Reality Check: Syrian refugees and Minnesota, WCCO

Secretary of State Steve Simon

Secretary Simon’s statewide tour saves the best for last, KVRR

Park Rapids stop one on final leg of Secretary of State 87-county tour, Park Rapids Enterprise

Sex offenders

Minn. political leaders struggle to fix constitutionally questionable sex offender policy, Star Tribune

Special session

Minneapolis police shooting, disparities spur talk of special session, Pioneer Press

State Capitol

The art of the Capitol, Pioneer Press


Tax cut consensus is building at the Minnesota Capitol, Pioneer Press

Rep. Paul Marquart: Property tax increases are a betrayal of rural Minnesota, Morris Sun Tribune


Editorial: If surplus must be spent, spend it on the roads, Albert Lea Tribune


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