- 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
Rashad Turner plans to seek St. Paul seat in Minnesota House, Pioneer Press
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
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
Understanding what makes Trump’s supporters so angry, Washington Post
U. of C. cancels Monday classes after threat to Hyde Park campus, Chicago Tribune
Lawmakers prepare for end of year dash, The Hill
Minnesota, No Child Left Behind overhaul nears reality, Pioneer Press
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
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
Juan Williams: The GOP at breaking point, The Hill
Would PolyMet bring economic boom to Iron Range? Pioneer Press
Mining spin off jobs spin away in downturn, Pioneer Press
Minneapolis shooting and protest
Dayton’s no-win is a win, Fargo Forum
Mark Dayton takes the battle for racial equality seriously, Pioneer Press
Pioneer Press will be in new headquarters on Monday, Pioneer Press
Buildings change, commitment endures, Pioneer Press
Planned Parenthood shooting
GOP contenders nearly silent on Colorado Springs shooting, Washington Post
Poll: Trump drops 12 points in one week, The Hill
Senjem signs letter to keep Syrian refugees out, Rochester Post Bulletin
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Park Rapids stop one on final leg of Secretary of State 87-county tour, Park Rapids Enterprise
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