DFL In the Know: October 1, 2015

Events today

  • 11 a.m. – Rep. Joe Atkins will hold a press conference to update the press on his efforts to reunite the people of Minnesota with their unclaimed property. Room 181, State Office Building.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 8 – The East Central Chapter of the Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Bowe’s Restaurant and Bar, 118 Railroad Ave N E in Mora. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting starting at I p.m. Featured speaker will be Don Samuelson, former president of the Minnesota Senate. He has been active in Health and Human Services as well as current Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
  • Oct. 10 – The College Democrats of Minnesota are holding a 2015 Fall Leadership Summit. Noon, Teamsters Council Joint 32, Minneapolis.
  • Oct. 13 – The first Democratic debate takes place in Las Vegas. It will air on CNN.


  • Oct. 11 – Senate Districts 25 and 26 will hold a FDR dinner at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The keynote speaker is Javier Morillo-Alicea, SEIU #26 President, political commentator and activist. He will share stories about his entry into progressive politics. DFL elected officials and candidates will also speak. For more information or tickets, contact Randy at 651-210-3981 (randyschub@yahoo.com) or Nancy at namzr@hotmail.com.
  • 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. 24 – Pizza, Pie & Politicians DFL SD48 Fall Function! 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Homeward Hills Park Barn, 12000 Silverwood Dr., Eden Prairie. (more info)
  • Oct. 25 – Senate District 14 DFL will host the Wellstone Dinner, 5 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 404 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud. Click here for tickets.
  • Nov. 4 – CD3 DFL Fall Fundraising Event: An Evening with Vice President Walter Mondale, moderated by Don Shelby. The 7 p.m. event will be held at Hughes Pavilion, Centennial Lakes, 7499 France Ave. S, Edina. Tickets may be purchased online at www.dfl3cd.org. Reservations can also be made by mail. Checks should be payable to CD 3 DFL and mailed to Nancy Parris, 8350 Airport Rd, Waconia, MN 55387. 

2016 election


GOP buzzing about possible Jason Lewis run for Congress, Star Tribune

Top Republican candidate says no to 2016 run in Colorado, National Journal

Rep. Joe Atkins to announce whether he will run for Congress, KSTP


Move over Donald Trump: Ben Carson now GOP frontrunner — on Facebook, Star Tribune

Why Illinois should be the first 2016 primary state, Washington Post

Who’s in and who’s out of the next Republican debate, Washington Post

A 74-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont essentially matched Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fundraising over the past three months, and he probably has even more cash on hand than she does, a remarkable development certain to make already-nervous supporters of the Democratic frontrunner even more so. Clinton raised $28 million from July 1 to Sept. 30. Bernie Sanders raised $26 million. Hillary personally headlined 58 fundraisers during that time period, the same number as she did during the previous quarter. Sanders only appeared at seven finance events! Almost all of his money came from online. Clinton aides in Brooklyn stress that they are on pace to reach their goal of raising $100 million by the end of the year, and that they’re breaking records. They also have the backing of a serious super PAC, which can raise unlimited money, something Sanders has eschewed.  Washington Post

2016 session

House DFL Leader Paul Thissen letter to Speaker Daudt: Let public participate in 2016 session, Minnesota House DFL Caucus

Black Lives Matter

St. Paul police threaten arrests to prevent disruption of Twin Cities Marathon, Star Tribune

Dayton: I’m willing to meet with Black Lives Matter, Pioneer Press

St. Paul vows arrests if Twin Cities Marathon disrupted, MPR


House to vote on new speaker next week, MPR

Republicans worry new Speaker could face old problems, The Hill

Education (E-12)

Are charter schools unconstitutional? Star Tribune

Government spending

Dayton says Minnesota not spending beyond its means; GOP begs to differ, Pioneer Press

Government shutdown

Emmer lone Minnesota vote against measure to fund federal government, Star Tribune

House votes to prevent shutdown, The Hill

Senate passes bill to fund government through December, MPR


Democrats slam GOP leader McCarthy for comments on Benghazi dragging down Clinton poll numbers, Star Tribune

In style — and campaign cash — Minnesota House Republicans are close to speaker-candidate McCarthy, MinnPost

McCarthy does damage control after saying Benghazi committee pushed Clinton’s numbers down, Star Tribune


Planned Parenthood

GOP shifts Planned Parenthood attacks, The Hill 

Walker, Scott

Walker’s Wisconsin approval rating lowest ever, Pioneer Press


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