In the Know: December 1, 2015

Events today

  • Today is Worlds Aids Day.
  • The Senate Capital Investment committee will tour the northeastern suburbs today.  Tomorrow, the committee visits Fort Snelling, Apple Valley, Hastings and Inver Grove Heights. On Thursday, the group will review projects in Blaine, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.
  • 7:30 a.m. – The Elk River School District is seeking to outsource custodial jobs. Current custodians are members of SEIU Local 284. This morning there will be an action outside the Handke Center, 1170 Main St., Elk River where a pre-proposal meeting for contractors will be held.
  • 9:30 a.m. – The Legislative Commission on Data Practices will meet. Basement Hearing Room, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the groundbreaking for a new north Minneapolis Work Force Center and community resource center at 800 West Broadway. Walgreens Building, 2nd Floor, 627 W Broadway, Minneapolis.
  • 10 a.m. – The House Education Innovation Policy Committee will meet. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 1:30 p.m. – The Minnesota Department of Human Services is co-hosting an information session on annual health plan selection for MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance at the Hmong American Partnership (HAP) Community Center in St. Paul.
  • 2 p.m. – The House Rules Committee will meet to discuss a resolution authorizing amicus brief on Minnesota Sex Offender Program litigation.
  • 6 p.m. – Minnesotans are invited to help shape policies regarding art in the newly renovated and preserved Minnesota Capitol. Hamline University’s Anderson Center, 774 Snelling Ave N, St Paul.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Senate District 37 DFL will host a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction at the Club West Club House, 11211 Club W Parkway, Blaine.

Mark your calendars

  • Dec. 6 – DFL Disability Caucus social, 1 – 5 p.m., Eagles Club, 2507 E 25th St., Minneapolis. Hot dish, dessert, and coffee or tea available for $5, or order from the menu.
  • Dec. 8 – Special election in Dist. 3A.
  • Dec. 13 – Moms Demand Action: How to Keep Our Kids Safe. This free forum on preventing gun violence will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dakota County Library, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan. Guest speakers include Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Dan Schoen.
  • Dec. 13 – MYDFL will hold a central committee meeting. Noon, St. Louis Park Library.
  • Dec. 15 – Hillary Clinton will visit Minnesota.
  • Dec. 16 – Congressional District 3 DFL Winter Party. 7 p.m. Nelson home, 8983 Preserve Blvd., Eden Prairie.


  • Dec. 13 – Senate District 58 DFL will host its winter fundraiser from 4 – 7 p.m. at Carbone’s, 10 N 8th St., Farmington. The tickets, which are $20, are available by mail: SD 58 DFL, 8251 166th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044.
  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m. at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at

2016 election


In Second District, Lewis announces support from GOP lawmakers, Pioneer Press


George W. Bush’s chief strategist thinks Jeb Bush has ‘incredibly low’ odds of being the Republican nominee, Washington Post

It’s now or never for Chris Christie, Washington Post

Donald Trump ponders charging CNN for his debate participation, Washington Post

Trump mulls debate boycott unless CNN donates $5M, USA Today

Nurses union vows to continue backing Bernie Sanders through its super PAC, despite his anti-super PAC stance, Washington Post

Ted Cruz gains in Iowa, looks to broaden appeal, Star Tribune

Crowded GOP field gives Iowa more heft, Star Tribune

Trump insists ‘most’ black pastors endorsing him, The Hill

Conservative Koch brothers to target Wisconsin Latinos, Pioneer Press

Donald Trump botched what should have been a simple meeting with African American clergy on Monday. Over the holiday weekend, he announced a private meeting with 100 African American Evangelical pastors and indicated many of those pastors were expected to endorse him publicly afterward. That wasn’t the way many clergy members (who took heat on social media for being on the list) saw it: Some said they simply wanted to sit down and talk issues with the GOP front-runner. Others said they were invited to sit down with Trump and hadn’t even accepted that invitation. By Sunday, Trump had to walk back his endorsement announcement, calling it all a misunderstanding. By Monday, the drama of what should have been a simple meeting had become a national news story, almost entirely of Trump’s doing. Washington Post

2016 session

Should lawmakers meet in Capitol construction zone? Rochester Post Bulletin

Affordable Care Act

Senate to vote on Obamacare repeal this week, Washington Post

Senate GOP sees way forward for ObamaCare repeal, The Hill

Berman, Hy

Colorful UMN historian Hy Berman dies, Pioneer Press

Hy Berman, longtime U professor, political commentator, has died, Star Tribune

Black Lives Matter protest

Mayor Hodges calls for end to Black Lives Matter vigil outside 4th Precinct, Star Tribune

Mpls. protesters refuse calls to end 4th Precinct ‘occupation’; protest shooting suspects charged, MPR

Minneapolis mayor asks Jamar Clark protesters to stand down, KSTP

Four charged in shooting of Minneapolis protesters, New York Times

Protest shooters won’t be charged with a hate crime. Here’s why that would have been mostly symbolic anyway, MinnPost

4 men charged in shooting at Jamar Clark protest, Pioneer Press

Budget (state)

MN surplus expected to top $1B, possible tax cuts in ’16, WCCO


Speaker Paul Ryan eyes strategy for government shutdown fight, The Hill


Unions press for action on climate change, Workday Minnesota

As big food feels threat of climate change, companies speak up, MPR

Heating Up: an NPR News Special on the Climate Summit in Paris, MPR

Citing urgency, world leaders converge on France for climate talks, New York Times


The two sides of the PolyMet debate mapped, Pioneer Press

Minnesota officials request presidential meeting to talk steel, Pioneer Press

Planned Parenthood shooting

Cruz: The Colorado shooter may have been a ‘transgendered leftist activist,’ Washington Post


Will millennials dig Rochester’s ambitious downtown plan? MPR

Special session

Minnesota special session on police shooting, racial disparities floated, Pioneer Press

Stock the Shelves

Plight of laid-off steelworkers looms large at fundraiser, MPR


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