- 11 a.m. – Security officers at HealthEast hospitals and AFSCME Council 5 will demand safe staffing after nurses were assaulted by a patient at St. John’s Hospital last year. Bethesda Hospital, 559 Capital Blvd. N., St. Paul.
- 3 p.m. – University of Minnesota physicists Greg Pawloski and Jianming Bian hold a public seminar to present the first results from one of the world’s largest physics experiments, based at the NOvA lab in northern Minnesota. Scientists involved recently saw their first evidence of oscillating ghostly particles, called neutrinos. This confirms that the detector not only functions as planned but also is making progress toward its goal of understanding the cosmos, including antimatter, dark matter and the Higgs boson. University of Minnesota Physics and Nanotechnology Building, Room 10, 115 Union St. NE, Minneapolis.
- 6 p.m. – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will hold a meeting about the Great Northern Transmission Line at the Bigfork School. The 220-mile long, 500-kilovolt line proposed by Minnesota Power would be used to carry to electricity from Manitoba Hydro. The line would cross the border in Roseau County and — with the exact route as yet undecided — probably cut across Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties before reaching its terminus at the Blackberry Substation near Grand Rapids in Itasca County.
- Rep. Erin Murphy, the House author of Gov. Dayton’s universal pre-K initiative, will visit with educators and community members in Duluth about expanding early childhood education opportunities.
Mark your calendars
- Aug. 13 – The legislative working group on Lake Mille Lacs will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
- Aug. 13 – 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will hold a meeting about the Great Northern Transmission Line at Timber Lake Lodge, 144 SE 17th St., Grand Rapids. The 220-mile long, 500-kilovolt line proposed by Minnesota Power would be used to carry to electricity from Manitoba Hydro. The line would cross the border in Roseau County and — with the exact route as yet undecided — probably cut across Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties before reaching its terminus at the Blackberry Substation near Grand Rapids in Itasca County.
- 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 6 p.m.
- Aug. 20 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
- 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.
- Aug. 22 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet. Time and location TBD.
- Aug. 26 – The Herstoric March on Women’s Equality Day will start at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. following the 8 a.m. blessing of the walkers. Many will accompany Helene de Boissiere Swanson for the final four miles of this 7,000 mile spiritual pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The four-mile route passing the White House and on to the Upper Senate Park at National Mall where top feminists and human rights activists will hold a press conference, and then rally for the ERA.
- Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
2015 metro-area primary results, Star Tribune
Duluthians will weigh ranked-choice voting, Lakeside liquor, Duluth News Tribune
The economy wasn’t invited to the Republican debate, The Washington Post
Trump: ‘I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win’, The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton agrees to provide private e-mail server to FBI, The Washington Post
From Trump on down, the Republicans can’t be serious, The New York Times
How Roger Ailes picked Trump, and Fox News’ audience, over Megyn Kelly, New York Magazine
Senate Majority PAC, the main outside group focused on trying to regain control of the upper chamber for Democrats, will begin running its first television ad of the 2016 cycle today. And it might look familiar: a narrator says GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte puts the Koch brothers ahead of New Hampshire families. The spot, which a source tracking the air war says is backed up by $250,000, comes in response to a much larger buy that Americans for Prosperity, part of the Koch political network, placed against Ayotte’s likely challenger last week. “Fifteen months before the election, yet the out-of-state oil billionaire Koch Brothers have already spent $1.2 million dollars here in New Hampshire to keep Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate,” a narrator says. “And, back in Washington, Ayotte voted to protect huge tax breaks for the oil industry—costing taxpayers $40 billion.” The Washington Post
Stephen Colbert booked Jeb for his debut show on CBS. Ratings are likely to be really high because of network promotion and post-Labor Day interest in what he’s all about. The conversation with Bush will be a great window into how much he’s changed since leaving Comedy Central and giving up his faux-conservative character:
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 11, 2015 The Washington Post
Bird flu still affecting Minnesota turkey production, Star Tribune
Internet is essential infrastructure, Agri News
Rural broadband is an essential investment, Albert Lea Tribune
MCA tests show widening gap between black and white Duluth students, Duluth News Tribune
The slow work of tuition freezes, Pioneer Press
Democratic Rep. Tim Walz formally gets behind Iran deal, Star Tribune
Map: How geography affects the value of the minimum wage, The Washington Post
Today in history
Local Government Aid
Legislative session disappointment for greater Minnesota cities, lobbyist says, Morris Sun Tribune
Major League Soccer
Mexico trade mission
Mille Lacs Lake
Dayton optimistic for special legislative session on walleye shortage, Grand Forks Herald
Sex offender program
Opinion: Railway safety continues to be a high priority for Minnesota, Morris Sun Tribune
Judge strikes down NH ‘ballot selfie’ ban, Union Leader
Democrats target Virginia as they push to break down voting restrictions, The Washington Post
Walker’s $400M arena subsidy belies tightfisted image, Pioneer Press
Wisconsin to host two presidential debates by next spring, Pioneer Press