- Latino community leaders from across the state, including those of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, will gather at the Minnesota State Capitol for a rally and meetings with legislative leaders in support of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
- 10:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith provides remarks at Social Work Day at the Capitol, Crown Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E, St. Paul.
- 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
- Noon – The House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee scheduled to debate roughly 30 proposed amendments to the omnibus transportation bill.
- Noon – Workers at the country’s biggest banks will meet in the Twin Cities to take their calls for better working conditions directly to their employers and deliver to Wells Fargo a petition with over 10,000 signatures calling for an end to sales goals that hurt workers and customers. They will be joined at a rally and press conference by community leaders calling for a range of other bank reforms, including assistance in sending money to family members in Somalia and a halt to foreclosure during the school year. Wells Fargo, 430 Wabasha St., St. Paul.
- 2:10 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Sibley County Auditor Marilee Peterson, 400 Court Ave, Gaylord.
- 3:30 p.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
- 4 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Renville County Auditor/Treasurer Marc Iverson, 500 E. DePue Ave, Ste. 202, Olivia.
- 6 p.m. – The St. Cloud Muslim community holds an open community forum with guest from U.S. Department of Education. Atwood Memorial Center, theater, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud.
- 7 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon discusses election reform and take questions at public meeting sponsored by Willmar Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Kandi Entertainment Center, 500 19th Ave SE, Willmar.
- 7 p.m. – Minnesota policy makers are considering approval of a new Enbridge Energy oil pipeline, Sandpiper, to be built across Northern Minnesota. A forum that presents all opinions on this issue will be held tonight at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple Street, Mahtomedi.
Save the date
- April 16 – Rally for transportation, noon, lawn in front of the State Capitol. Gov. Dayton and DFL legislators will speak.
- June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
- June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.
Clinton campaign has advantages, and burdens, Star Tribune
Hillary Clinton weighs how to recast ties to Obama, The New York Times
Iowa Democrats want Hillary Clinton to woo them, The New York Times
Hillary hits the road, The Hill
As Hillary heads to Iowa, five questions she’ll face, The Des Moines Register
Hillary Clinton’s announcement video, The New York Times
Rubio bets it all on 2016, The Hill
Rubio looks to find his opening in the Republican field, Star Tribune
For 2016, a tidal wave of cash, The Hill
DNC Chair Statement on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 announcement
In response to Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“I would like to welcome Hillary Clinton as the first official candidate for President of the United States to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been a forceful advocate for women, children, and families, and an effective ambassador on the global stage.
“While we expect a competitive primary for the Democratic nomination, one thing is for certain — next November, voters will face a choice between Democrats who will continue to build on the middle class economic success of President Obama, and Republican candidates who want to bring back the failed, trickle-down economics of the past. I look forward to the contributions that Secretary Clinton, and all of our eventual candidates, will bring to this debate between two very different visions for the country.”
Hearings begin on omnibus agriculture finance bill, Session Daily
Republicans commit $0 to broadband funding, Hibbing Daily Tribune
Broadband funds out, complaints come in, Fargo Forum
Dayton fights GOP tax cuts, Detroit Lakes
Resource measures basic needs budget for Minnesota counties, Minnesota Budget Project
Don’t block remittances to Somalia, The New York Times
Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods, Star Tribune
Klobuchar tours Bertha engineering facility, Wadena Journal
Over spring break Nolan hits the road, re-connects, Chisago County Press
Range lawmakers rally around Dayton, Mesabi Daily News
Teen guest describes special bond with Dayton, Star Tribune
Minnesota pulls in extra $100M in taxes in February, March, Pioneer Press
How many kids need preschool in Minnesota? Pioneer Press
Streamline rules for teacher licensure in Minnesota, Star Tribune
Minnesota GOP bill would sabotage clean energy, mn progressive project
DNR tout proposal officials say would strengthen wildlife, forests, timber industries, Owatonna People’s Press
Minnesota GOP chair Keith Downey easily wins re-election, Pioneer Press
Week of Action puts focus on better jobs, Workday Minnesota
Major League Soccer
Mark Dayton says no MLS meeting without stadium details, Pioneer Press
Minneapolis Urban League
Move with caution on MinnesotaCare redo, Star Tribune
It’s not nice to mess with the Mother of MinnesotaCare, Star Tribune
Sunday liquor sales
Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota still a long shot, Pioneer Press
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