In the Know: August 28, 2015

Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – Republican Party of Minnesota holds news conference about Democratic presidential candidates speaking at a DNC meeting.  Minnesota State Fair, Republican booth.
  • 10:50 a.m. – Lincoln Cafee speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation for the “Governor’s Fire Prevention Day” at the Minnesota State Fair. Carnes Avenue and Chambers St., St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – Mayor Coleman, St. Paul police and fire chiefs hold news conference ahead of Saturday’s planned demonstration by Black Lives Matter. St. Paul City Hall, Room 42.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • Noon – Joined by Smokey Bear, Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the DNR Kids Fire Prevention Day event. DNR Building, 1740 Carnes Ave., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Democratic candidates for president will hold a news conference at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:25 p.m. – Martin O’Malley speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Maryland 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
  • 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

Eight candidates seek to become Duluth’s next mayor, Duluth News Tribune

2015 special election

Fourth DFL candidate announces for open District 3A House seat, Duluth News Tribune

2016 election

Clinton, Dems strike fundraising deal, The Hill

Donald Trump weighing whether to sign pledge to back Republicans’ eventual nominee, New York Times

U.S. Congressman Ellison undecided on presidential pick, Pioneer Press

Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year, WCCO

Clinton pulls in big dollars in Minnesota, but state’s progressives are waiting to be convinced, Star Tribune

Fiorina moves to secure spot in second GOP debate, Star Tribune

No, Bernie Sanders is not going to run as an independent, Washington Post

Biden, considering presidential bid, says family is weighing on him, MPR

Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers? New York Times

Democrats get the keys to Obama’s massive campaign email list, Buzz Feed

This guy wants to be president: who should we still pay attention to? mn progressive project

This guy wants to be president: I hardly recognize Wisconsin, mn progressive project

Black Lives Matter

What does Black Lives Matter really want from the State Fair? City Pages

Black Lives Matter: State Fair booth isn’t theirs; Dayton: Protest inappropriate, Pioneer Press

Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with protest plans, Star Tribune

Black Lives Matter booth opens at the Fair, march planned Saturday, MPR

Democratic National Committee

Democratic National Committee gathering draws presidential candidates to Twin Cities, Pioneer Pres

As DNC meets in Minneapolis, Biden considering presidential race, WCCO

Democratic presidential candidates to address DNC in Minneapolis, KSTP

At Minneapolis meeting, key Democrats will get a look at all their presidential candidates under one roof, MinnPost

Democratic presidential hopefuls go big today in Twin Cities, MPR

DNC Biden Bar

Washington Post

The Pioneer Press political team is on scene at the Democratic National Committee meeting in downtown Minneapolis, where presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee will be speaking to supporters and Democratic Party leaders later today. Follow Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and David Montgomery on Twitter, or in the live blog below, for updates. 

Approximate times for the day’s highlights:

  • 10:50 a.m.: Chafee’s speech
  • 11:15 a.m.: Clinton’s speech
  • 1:25 p.m.: O’Malley’s speech
  • 1:50 p.m.: Sanders’ speech

In addition, all the candidates will hold brief news conferences; tune in around noon and 2:45 for coverage of those remarks.



Report card on Green Line businesses: Optimism, now that it’s open, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 

Education (E-12)

Minnesota teens No. 1 on ACT, but stagnant scores and gaps persist, Star Tribune


Gov. Mark Dayton State Fair appearance marked by salty comments, Star Tribune

Minnesota DNR proposes changes for people and fish at Lake Mille Lacs, Star Tribune


MN GOP blasted over gun tweet following Virginia murders on live TV, City Pages

Gun violence

What will it take to end the gun carnage? Star Tribune

Health care coverage

Medicaid, MinnesotaCare backlog nearly resolved; 40,000 face loss of coverage, Pioneer Press

Hurricane Katrina anniversary

Obama returns to New Orleans to remember Katrina and celebrate city’s recovery, Washington Post

Iconic images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating destruction, Washington Post

Infamous Katrina figure visible in Jeb Bush campaign video, CNN

King, Martin Luther

Today in history



In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer, Washington Post

Marriage equality

Kentucky county clerk’s office continues to refuse marriage licenses, MPR

Planned Parenthood

 PP Reality vs Jeb

State Fair

‘Ye Old Mill’ celebrates 100 years at the Minnesota State Fair, Fox 9


This is your brain on tax credits, Minnesota Budget Project

Treaty rights

With surprise move, DNR defuses tribal plan to test treaty rights, Pioneer Press

DNR makes changes to rebuild walleye population, mend Mille Lacs relations, MPR

Wild rice protest defused Thursday, may be revived Friday, Star Tribune


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