In the Know: August 27, 2015

Events today

  • 5:40 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith kicks off the start of the State Fair at the opening gates.
  • 9 a.m. – The Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) holds a general session. Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board.  Immediately following the DMCC, the Board plans to conduct a walking tour of the Rochester International Airport. 
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton speaks at “Ye Old Mill” at the State Fair. He has proclaimed this to be “Ye Old Mill Day” in Minnesota. The honor recognizes the “Tunnel of Love” ride’s 100-year anniversary.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton appears live on MPR at the State Fair.
  • 11 a.m. – As the 15th anniversary of the death of State Patrol Cpl. Ted Foss approaches, the Minnesota State Patrol will hold a news conference to remind drivers to move over or slow down when seeing flashing lights ahead. Minnesota State Patrol, Rochester District headquarters, 2900 48th St. N.W., Rochester.
  • 2 p.m. – The DNC Rural Council meets, Minneapolis Hilton.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment will tour the Mall of America, visit the Armory and Roberts Street Bridge in St. Paul, and the Swing Bridge in Inver Grove Heights.
  • 8 p.m. – American Federation Teacher President Randi Weingarten will visit the DFL booth at the State Fair.

Friday, Aug. 28

  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Massachusetts Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • 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
  • Oct. 3 – Founder’s Day Dinner. See information below.
  • 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

The Big Bird test for the 2016 election, The Washington Post

Demographics and the 2016 election scenarios, Real Clear Politics

Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump, The Hill

Clinton offers rural proposals in Iowa, WCCO

Joe Biden told members of the Democratic National Committee that he’s trying to decide if he has the “emotional fuel” to run for president. “We’re dealing at home with … whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run,” the vice president said in a conference call with the Democratic National Committee, referencing his son’s death, according to multiple media accounts. “If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up.” The Washington Post

Hispanic views GOP

Black Lives Matter

As Black Lives Matter plans State Fair protest, police union pushes back, Pioneer Press

Balancing First Amendment rights at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, Star Tribune


The new debt limit date; Obama looks ahead to the fall and worries about the right, The Washington Post

Congressional delegation


Congressional update from Emmer, MPR


Klobuchar visits St. Croix Crossing site, Stillwater Gazette


Rep. Betty McCollum seeks review of military aid to Israel, Pioneer Press


Nolan will raffle tickets for Washington, D.C. Papal visit, KDAL


Erik Paulsen: He makes it worse, mnpACT!

DFL Founders Day Dinner

10th Founders Day Dinner

DNC meeting

The DNC summer meeting is in Minneapolis starting today, as well. Tomorrow is the big day for candidates, with Clinton, Sanders, the guy from “The Wire” and Chaffee, the former governor of Rhode Island, all there. Reading the tea leaves, sure seems like if V.P. Biden were serious, he’d be here to make a speech if nothing else. Star Tribune


There are issues with Minnesota’s abandoned mines; the possibility of a toxic spill isn’t one of them, MinnPost


DFL calls MN GOP’s State Fair shirt plug ‘tasteless’, WCCO 

Gun violence

Why it’s so hard to pass gun control laws (in one graph), The Washington Post

Clinton calls for action on gun violence, lawmakers and candidates grieve shootings, The Washington Post

Manifesto purportedly sent by Virginia gunman cites ‘race war’, The Hill


Health care

Protest seeks to block Medicare policy changes on prosthetics payments, Star Tribune

Rival insurers oppose UCare’s request to halt Medicaid, MinnesotaCare overhaul, Star Tribune


Immigration on the mind as Julian Castro visits Minneapolis, WCCO

Reality Check: Faction v. fiction in the immigration debate, WCCO

HUD Secretary Castro rallies Latino voters on Lake Street in Mpls., Star Tribune


1 worker dead, 1 injured in fall from roof at Vikings stadium, Star Tribune

Today in history

15-08-27 Day in History


Since President Obama took office, 85 of 98 state legislative bodies got more Republican, The Washington Post 

Major League Soccer

City Council supports soccer stadium in St. Paul, MPR

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota Independence Party touts State Fair cameo by Deez Nuts, WCCO

Minnesota State Fair opens 12-day run through Labor Day, KSTP

A schedule of Minnesota House of Representatives members appearing at the House booth at the Minnesota State Fair. The booth is located in the Education Building.

President Obama

In Alaska, Rand Paul offers a prebuttal to President Obama, The Washington Post

Next week, President Obama is heading on the most extensive Alaska tour in history by a sitting president, writes The Post’s White House bureau chief, Juliet Eilperin. 

Obama will be making the case for his environmental agenda by flying over glaciers, meeting with fishing operators and visiting a town 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

It’s the perfect time to share some trivia about the other presidents’ trips to the 49th state. For example, did you know that:

  • Warren G. Harding was the first to visit the state in 1923, voyaging to Alaska by steamer and making nine stops on a train tour of the state?
  • Alaska became a state under Dwight Eisenhower, who paraded through Anchorage during a brief stop there in June 1960 on his way to Asia?
  • Japanese Emperor Hirohito became the first Japanese emperor to step on foreign soil when he visited Alaska alongside President Nixon in 1971? The Washington Post

Secretary of State Simon

SOS Simon sides with court: no need for ‘ballot selfie’ ban, Pioneer Press

Secretary checks in on Koochiching, International Falls Journal


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