In the Know: April 6, 2015

In the Know
Minnesota DFL
April 6, 2015

Events today

  • DFLer Angie Craig announces that she is running for the DFL endorsement to challenge Rep. John Kline in 2016.
  • 10 a.m. – Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will host the State of Public Health Forum.
  • 10 a.m. – Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will be in Austin at Accentra Credit Union touring the AARP Tax center.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton attends a ribbon cutting for Andersen Windows’ expansion announcement in Bayport, 100 4th Ave. N, Bayport.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton hosts a town hall meeting at Legvold Farms, 5103 315 St. W, Northfield.
  • 3 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan will host a forum in International Falls regarding rail service to the community.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Good Jobs and Wages Forum with Congressman Keith Ellison, Mt. Vernon Church, 1800 Dupont Ave N, Minneapolis.

2015 session

What 6 Minnesota lawmakers are saying about session, Pioneer Press

Minnesota: Rest and restraint, Pioneer Press

After break, real work begins at the Capitol, Pioneer Press

At the Legislature, just about every bill is still on the table, Pioneer Press

As Legislature heads for final weeks, Dayton agenda in question, Star Tribune

Minnesota House representative among youngest in the country, Star Tribune

Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities: It’s going to take leadership, compromise, Crookston Times

No strong case for new state budget office, Star Tribune

Health care advocates on edge as GOP pushes budget cuts, MPR

2016 election

Budget, economy in Wis. complicate Walker’s pitch for 2016, Pioneer Press

Iowa pastors play influential role in 2016 presidential race, WCCO

Which elector-rich states will flip in 2016’s presidential race? Smart Politics

How will Hillary announce? The Hill

Jeb Bush as inevitable choice? Republicans say not so fast, New York Times

Rand Paul walks line between libertarian, conservative support, Star Tribune

White House Brief: Things to know about expected ’16 GOP candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Star Tribune

The center-right fights back, Politico

GOP on Pence


 Sack on Bush


Gov. Dayton talks buffer plan in Austin, Owatonna People’s Press

Sparks: Buff bill unworkable, Austin Daily Herald

Big feedlots feed big worries in southern Minnesota, MPR

Budget (state)

PoliGraph: Claims about the GOP budget, MPR

GOP wants $2 billion in tax cuts, Alexandria Echo Press

Child care tax credit

Childcare tax credit to expand in MN? Detroit Lakes


Optimism fades for Minnesotans in Congress, MPR

Congressional delegation


Democrats target Kline as part of college ad campaign, Star Tribune

College Democrats at the University of Minnesota commend DCCC ads calling out John Kline for slashing college funding

College Democrats at the University of Minnesota are commending the DCCC’s ads calling out Congressman John Kline for his vote against higher education funding. As college students, many of our members and their families rely on federal student aid to pay a part of our college educations.

As was reported, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will hit 15 Republican congressmen and women who voted to cut funding for higher education by placing those ads in college newspapers in their districts.

The DCCC’s new ad effort targets Minnesota Republican John Kline, who represents more than 42,000 college or graduate students, and whose district includes several prominent universities. Last week, Kline voted for the Republican Budget, which makes college less affordable for many by freezing Pell Grant award levels, cutting mandatory funding for Pell Grants, and eliminating $89 billion in funding increases that Congress has already paid for.

Kline Tuition


What exactly is Amy Klobuchar up to? Washington Post 

Education (early)

Preschool plan may need more cash for classrooms, officials say, Pioneer Press 

Education (higher)

At MnSCU, can ‘Steven’s project’ be a shared goal? Star Tribune

It’s time to reimagine remedial courses to increase college graduation rates in Minnesota, MinnPost

Education (K-12)

Schools consider tough spending decisions as lawmakers negotiate budgets, Pioneer Press

School Trust Lands supposed to be earning money for schools, Duluth News Tribune

School districts mulling chance for teens to sleep later, Star Tribune

Giant’s Ridge

State-subsidized Giants Ridge ski resort leaves trail of red ink, Star Tribune


Indiana public relations campaigns may not quickly restore battered image after religious law, Star Tribune

Dayton: No Indiana travel ban, Star Tribune

Indiana business will suffer the consequences, CNBC


Small employers in Minnesota drop health insurance at faster clip, Star Tribune


University of Minnesota, Mayo and 3M ranked among top U.S. employers by Forbes, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal


Union organizers call McDonald’s wage raise ‘publicity stunt’ – April 15 strike still looms, TC Daily Planet

Minnesota study finds broad benefits from sick leave, family leave, Star Tribune


Minnesota Governor on the Iron Range mine idling: ‘They came back stronger’, Northland News Center

Steelworkers pin hopes on October call backs; but what will happen by then? Mesabi Daily News

Klobuchar pushing for legislation, Mesabi Daily News

Dayton heads to Iron Range as layoff concerns loom Finance and Commerce

Minnesota ethnic councils

Minnesota’s ethnic councils pressured to change focus, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Teaching Board

Minnesota state teaching board sued over licensing practices, Pioneer Press

Public safety

Are Minneapolis laws that ban spitting, ‘lurking’ racist? MPR

DNR hires a new fleet of planes to douse wildfires, MPR

State boards, councils and committee vacancies

April 2015: Notice of vacancies in state boards, councils and committees, Secretary of State


PoliGraph: Jobs Coalition ad mostly right, MPR

Highway and bridge funding stalemate frustrates Minn. business owners, KSTP


State official raises concerns about aging election equipment, Litchfield Independent Review


Walker’s Wisconsin still lags in job growth, AP

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