In the Know: August 12, 2015

Events today

  • 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 karlaviolets@hotmail.com.
  • 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 election

2015 metro-area primary results, Star Tribune

Duluthians will weigh ranked-choice voting, Lakeside liquor, Duluth News Tribune

2016 election

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

Sanders vows anti-racism fight in LA campaign event, KSTP

‘Little House on the Prairie’ actress runs for Congress. Can she win? MPR

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:

.@JebBush will be on #LSSC Sept. 8! My first GOP candidate! Luckily I do 200 shows a year, so I think I can fit them all.

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 11, 2015 The Washington Post

Agriculture

Bird flu still affecting Minnesota turkey production, Star Tribune

Broadband

Internet is essential infrastructure, Agri News

Rural broadband is an essential investment, Albert Lea Tribune

Economy

CBO: Full sequester relief could add as many as 1.4M jobs, The Hill

Education (E-12)

MCA tests show widening gap between black and white Duluth students, Duluth News Tribune

Education (higher)

The slow work of tuition freezes, Pioneer Press 

Iran

Klobuchar backs Iran nuclear deal, Franken leans toward support as Obama courts votes, Star Tribune

Klobuchar comes out in favor of Iran deal, MinnPost

Walz to back nuclear deal with Iran, MPR

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz formally gets behind Iran deal, Star Tribune 

Labor

Map: How geography affects the value of the minimum wage, The Washington Post

Businesses brace for game-changing labor decision, The Hill 

Today in history

1881-08-12 Labor

Local Government Aid

Local Government Aid dominates Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities talk at city hall, Crookston Times

Legislative session disappointment for greater Minnesota cities, lobbyist says, Morris Sun Tribune 

Major League Soccer

MLS continues to consider Minneapolis and St. Paul, KARE

Major League Soccer tours possible St. Paul stadium site, MPR

Mexico trade mission

Dayton signs education and agriculture collaborations during Mexico trip, MinnPost

Mille Lacs Lake

Gov. Dayton fishes for bass on Mille Lacs, KARE

Chippewa bands proposed season-long catch-and-release for Mille Lacs, Star Tribune

Dayton optimistic for special legislative session on walleye shortage, Grand Forks Herald

Sex offender program

Nobody is in a rush to fix Minnesota’s sex offender program, MinnPost

Teague, Norwood

Amid questions over AD, U of M launches investigation, KARE

Transportation

Opinion: Railway safety continues to be a high priority for Minnesota, Morris Sun Tribune

MnDOT study to re-imagine, potentially revamp I-94 between Mpls. and St. Paul, KSTP

Voting

Judge strikes down NH ‘ballot selfie’ ban, Union Leader

Democrats target Virginia as they push to break down voting restrictions, The Washington Post

Wisconsin

Walker’s $400M arena subsidy belies tightfisted image, Pioneer Press

Wisconsin to host two presidential debates by next spring, Pioneer Press

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