In the Know: August 11, 2015

Events today

  • 11 a.m. – MNsure Interim CEO Allison O’Toole will visit AdvisorNet Financial in Austin, a MNsure broker enrollment center, as staff there begin preparing for the 2016 open enrollment period.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.
  • Aug. 15 – Training for DFL State Fair volunteers, 1 p.m., Minnesota DFL.
  • Aug. 16 – SD44 DFL “Meet Your Neighbors” picnic, North Shelter, Parker’s Lake Park, 15505 County Rd 6, Plymouth, 4 to 8 pm.
  • Aug. 22 – A MN Seniors’ Legislative Issues Forum will be held at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Rd, in Eagan, from 2 – 4 p.m. The event is free and sponsored by The DFL CD 2 Outreach/Inclusion Committee and DFL Southwest Metro Senior Caucus. Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), Sen. Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield), Rep. Debra Hillstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center), and Rep. Sandy Masin (DFL-Eagan) will speak about legislation benefiting seniors’ income, health, transit, and housing, as well as advocacy that can be done for upcoming legislative efforts.
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

2016 election

Who will be Hillary Clinton’s running mate? Probably a man. The Washington Post

Clinton to propose $350 billion plan to make college more affordable, reduce student debt, Star Tribune

Hillary Clinton starts taking some risks — and landing some punches, Star Tribune

Social video shows huge crowd for Sanders in Oregon, The Washington Post

Another huge crowd for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, The Washington Post

National nurses union backs Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post

Trump still leads in Iowa; Fiorina on fire; Paul tanking, Public Policy Polling

Can Donald Trump win? Here are 5 things he needs to do — but probably won’t. The Washington Post

Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff as fundraising dries up, The Washington Post

Political Junkie: The Republican primary debate aftermath, MPR

Trump keeps talking — and our discourse keeps sinking lower and lower, MinnPost

Rubio, Paul, and Walker assembling campaigns in Minnesota, KBJR

Jindal on Trump

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a big underdog in the GOP race. But as his fellow presidential underdog Perry has found out, jabbing up at Donald Trump is a way to get some attention. So on Monday in Iowa, Jindal said, he will randomly insert “Donald Trump” into his speech. “I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various points, thereby ensuring that the news media will cover what I have to say,” Jindal said. The Washington Post

Ted Cruz’s operatives are quietly reaching out to Rand Paul’s early supporters and endorsers, making the case that the Texas senator is their best bet if they want a Republican nominee who is friendly to libertarians. The Kentucky senator, who is simultaneously running for reelection and president in 2016, is struggling to expand his coalition while consolidating the libertarian purists. After spending 2013 as a media darling, he’s drifted out of the conversation and slipped in the polls. A survey released yesterday by Public Policy Polling found Paul getting just 3 percent among likely Iowa caucusgoers, down from 10 percent in April. (Cruz is in sixth place at 9 percent.) The Washington Post


MN turkey growers want bird flu vaccine, but it’s no cure-all, MPR

Farmers, feedlots chafe at consumer demands for change, MPR

New agricultural buffer zone rules enacted, MPR 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protests in St. Paul, MPR

In St. Paul, demonstrators show solidarity with Ferguson, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation


Franken makes several stops in Rochester, KIMT

DNC Summer Meeting in Minnesota – Aug. 27 – 29

All the announced Democratic candidates for president will address the DNC membership and guests in an open session. Stay tune for information regarding candidate visits to the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

2015 Dem Pres Candidates

Dill David

David Dill update from family, funeral set, WDIO

Saturday, Aug. 15, 3 p.m.

Backus Auditorium, 900 5th St., International Falls, MN


State tax collections beat forecast by $30 million in July, Pioneer Press

Minnesota: Stocking the workforce, Pioneer Press

List leaders: Minnesota’s biggest employers 2015, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Education (E-12)

Minnesota schools tighten belts despite boost in state aid, Pioneer Press

Education (higher)

Good Question: How do we pay for college? WCCO


Hourly workers launch ‘Minneapolis Works’ campaign, Workday Minnesota


Leader in payday loans makes his presence felt at Minnesota Capitol, Star Tribune

Planned Parenthood

Assault on Planned Parenthood was years in the making, The Hill

Sex offender program

Governor Dayton unveils possible reforms to troubled sex offender program, Star Tribune

Minnesota officials expect costly sex offender program fix, MPR

Judge Frank denies media request to attend sex-offender program hearing, MinnPost

Mark Dayton says sex offender program talks inconclusive, Pioneer Press

Talking Points: Closed-door meeting on sex offender program, WCCO

Judge will order changes to Minn. sex offender program, KARE

Teague, Norwood

Star Tribune’s Amelia Rayno adds her own story to Teague scandal, Star Tribune

Star Tribune reporter has own ‘shiver-inducing’ Norwood Teague story, Fox 9

Complaints against Teague date back to 2012, Star Tribune

Reporter’s claim of sexual harassment by Norwood Teague poses dilemma for HR departments, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal


Minnesota Democrats tout importance of Moorhead underpass funding, Fargo Forum


Vikings led NFL in arrests over the past five years, report says, Pioneer Press


Sack Voter Suppression

Sack Voter Suppression 


Walleye woes on Mille Lacs won’t affect Minnesota diners, Star Tribune


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