In the Know: April 13, 2015

Events today

  • 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.

2015 session

An open letter to Speaker Daudt: Please act on these common-sense bills, Star Tribune

2016 election

Clinton campaign has advantages, and burdens, Star Tribune

In second campaign, Hillary Clinton to focus on middle-class economic security and opportunity, Star Tribune

Hillary Clinton expected to go small with big announcement, MPR

Second shot: Hillary Clinton running again for President, KSTP

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

A presidential candidate again, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to ‘champion’ every day Americans, Star Tribune

Where they stand: Hillary Rodham Clinton on some issues of the 2016 presidential campaign, Star Tribune

Clinton announces presidential campaign, hops in a van to Iowa, MPR

Rubio bets it all on 2016, The Hill

Rubio looks to find his opening in the Republican field, Star Tribune

White House Brief: Things to know about Marco Rubio., a likely 2016 candidate, Star Tribune

Rubio’s path to the nomination and 3 obstacles in his way, MPR

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.”

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Agriculture

Bird flu outbreak confirmed at 14th Minnesota turkey farm; 3rd to hit a Kandiyohi County farm, Star Tribune

Hearings begin on omnibus agriculture finance bill, Session Daily

Deadly bird flu claims 872,000 turkeys at 13 Minnesota farms, Fox 9

Broadband

Republicans commit $0 to broadband funding, Hibbing Daily Tribune

Broadband funds out, complaints come in, Fargo Forum

GOP bill cuts rural broadband grants, MPR 

Budget (state)

Dayton fights GOP tax cuts, Detroit Lakes

Resource measures basic needs budget for Minnesota counties, Minnesota Budget Project

Star Tribune editorial: How we’d craft Minnesota’s budget, Star Tribune

Budget bills head to Senate, House committees at the Capitol, MPR

Congressional delegation

Ellison

Don’t block remittances to Somalia, The New York Times

Kline

Ask Kline why he’s against making college more affordable, mnpACT!

Klobuchar

Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods, Star Tribune

Klobuchar tours Bertha engineering facility, Wadena Journal

Nolan

Over spring break Nolan hits the road, re-connects, Chisago County Press

Dayton

Dayton on direction of the state, his legislative priorities, MPR

Hear Governor Dayton’s State of the State address and legislative reaction, MPR

Range lawmakers rally around Dayton, Mesabi Daily News

Teen guest describes special bond with Dayton, Star Tribune

The four things we learned from Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, MinnPost

Economy

Minnesota pulls in extra $100M in taxes in February, March, Pioneer Press

Minnesota tax collections in February, March netted $2.3 billion, beating expectations, Star Tribune

Companies labor to get visas for skilled foreign professionals, Star Tribune

Education (early)

How many kids need preschool in Minnesota? Pioneer Press

Education (K-12)

Superintendents share priorities, concerns about session with Minnesota legislative leaders, Morris Sun Tribune

Streamline rules for teacher licensure in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Energy

Minnesota GOP bill would sabotage clean energy, mn progressive project

Environment

DNR tout proposal officials say would strengthen wildlife, forests, timber industries, Owatonna People’s Press

Flying

State legislators fight REAL ID Act, KARE

GOP

Minnesota GOP chair Keith Downey easily wins re-election, Pioneer Press

Keith Downey re-elected as state Republican Party chairman, Star Tribune

Downey re-elected as chair of Republican Party of Minnesota, MPR

Video replay: MN GOP proposes tax cut tilted to rich, The UpTake

Minnesota House GOP already failing Greater Minnesota, mnpACT!

Downey re-elected as Minnesota Republican Party chair, MinnPost

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Human rights

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Labor

Week of Action puts focus on better jobs, Workday Minnesota

Twin Cities fast food workers plan April 15 strike, The UpTake 

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Major League Soccer

Mark Dayton says no MLS meeting without stadium details, Pioneer Press

Tom Bakk, Minnesota United owner to meet, possibly over soccer stadium, Pioneer Press

Will lawmakers warm to soccer stadium funding? WCCO

Minneapolis Urban League

Minneapolis Urban League under fire for potential double billing, Star Tribune

MinnesotaCare

Move with caution on MinnesotaCare redo, Star Tribune

It’s not nice to mess with the Mother of MinnesotaCare, Star Tribune

Public safety

Minnesota college sex-assault prevention strengthened under bill, Pioneer Press

Sunday liquor sales

Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota still a long shot, Pioneer Press

Daudt: Sunday liquor sales amendment has 50-50 chance of clearing House, Star Tribune

House Speaker Daudt raises hopes for Sunday liquor sales, MPR

Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt supports Sunday liquor sales, WCCO

Transportation

Forum to be held on development opportunities for East Metro BRT line, MinnPost

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