- 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and other officials will hold a call with reporters to discuss their trade mission to Mexico.
- 10 a.m. – The legislative working group on Lake Mille Lacs will meet in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
- 11 a.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.
- 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.
Mark your calendars
- 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., Minneapols.
- 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 Hilstrom (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 legislative session
Trump, like Ventura? Dudes, your day has come again, Star Tribune
It’s not just Trump: Voter anger fuels other candidates, The Washington Post
Martin O’Malley will unveil his list of “15 goals to rebuild the American Dream” during a speech on The Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair today. He’s spending the next three weeks traveling the state. The Washington Post
Affordable Care Act
Number of uninsured has declined by 15 million since 2013, administration says, New York Times
Near Madeline Island, fight looms over hog feedlot, Star Tribune
What capitalism has to fear from inequality, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s upbeat fiscal story pays off, Star Tribune
The U.S. Labor Department announced that total hiring rose 2.3 percent to 5.18 million in June, the most in six months and second-highest total since the recession ended in June 2009, per the AP. “Employers posted fewer job openings, but that figure has risen strongly in the past year. And more people quit their jobs, which is a good sign because many people quit when they have new jobs lined up, typically at higher pay.” The Washington Post
Indigenous Peoples Day
St. Paul council passes resolution renaming Columbus Day, Pioneer Press
Major League Soccer
St. Paul soccer stadium ‘closer to a plan than a hope’, Pioneer Press
Kentucky clerk ordered to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, The Washington Post
Mexican Trade Mission
MNsure software upgrades due later this month, Star Tribune
Sex offender program
The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota State University, Mankato, have reached agreement on a three-year extension for the Vikings to continue holding training camp on the Minnesota State Mankato campus…The agreement means the Vikings will train at Minnesota State University, Mankato, beyond 50 years, or more than one-third of the lifetime of the institution that began as Mankato Normal School in 1868 and will celebrate its 150th year in 2017. morning take