In the Know: December 3, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Lessard-Sams Heritage Council meets to review the RFP process for 2016.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans, State Economist Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, and State Budget Director Margaret Kelly will release the State of Minnesota November Budget and Economic Forecast.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability in the Skjegstad Room at the Minnesota Department of Revenue, 600 North Robert St., St. Paul, to respond to the November forecast.
  • DFL legislative leaders will hold a press availability to comment on the November forecast. Taking part in the event, which will be held after Gov. Dayton’s availability, are Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Cohen (DFL-St. Paul), House DFL Leader Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis), Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook), and Senate Tax Reform Division Chairwoman Sen. Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope).
  • 2:30 p.m. – The Legislative Commission on Metropolitan Government will convene to elect officers an review Metropolitan Council Unified Budget for 2016.

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. 17 – South Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will be meeting at 12:30 p.m. at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet, Minneapolis.


  • Dec. 8 – Erin Maye Quade for State House-Campaign Kick Off [Dist. 57A], 6 p.m., Rascals Bar and Grill, 7721 147th St. W, Apple Valley.
  • 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

DFL staffs up for ’16 election, Star Tribune

Intra-party challengers start to emerge, Pioneer Press


The odd congressional candidacy of David Benson-Staebler, MinnPost

House Freedom Caucus looking to flex its new muscle in 2016 races, Washington Post


Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee, Washington Post

A radical proposal for Jeb Bush to save the GOP from Donald Trump, Washington Post

Ben Carson dives in national polls as support among evangelical voters sinks, Washington Post

How Elizabeth Warren is winning the Democratic presidential primary season, Washington Post

Memo on Donald Trump from Ward Baker to NRSC senior staff, Washington Post

Affordable Care Act

GOP on cusp of Obamacare win, The Hill

Black Lives Matter

Protesters criticize Rep. Ellison, who backs cause, MPR

Policing, economic concerns keep protesters at 4th Precinct, MPR

Governor: Forcible removal of Minneapolis protesters not my call, KARE

Police clearing Fourth Precinct protest site after neighbors bring frustrations to City Hall, Star Tribune

Mpls. police clearing 4th Precinct protest site, MPR

Arrests made as police clear protesters from 4th Precinct, WCCO

Minneapolis police tear down protesters’ camp, Pioneer Press

Budget (state)

State faces expected surplus, of both money and ways to spend it, MPR

California shooting

14 killed in California social services center shooting; 2 suspects dead, motive unknown, Star Tribune

San Bernardino suspects identified; probe turns to motive, planning, Washington Post

How the 2016 presidential candidates are reacting to the California mass shooting, Washington Post


Education Minnesota pushes for schools that serve as community hubs, Star Tribune

House votes to rewrite ‘No Child Left Behind’ _ but testing requirements remain, Star Tribune


Republican candidates slam Obama’s focus on climate change, MPR 


Walker Methodist trying again to bust union, workers say, Workday Minnesota

Minneapolis to host AFL-CIO racial commission, Workday Minnesota


Dakota County employee charged for sharing data on Mack, Kelly, Star Tribune

Medical marijuana

Minnesota OKs using medical pot for pain, MPR


Gov. Mark Dayton will decide Thursday whether to go after Essar Steel Minnesota, Star Tribune

Dayton doubles down on PolyMet EIS, Mesabi Daily News

Minnesota cuts royalty payments for taconite producers, Pioneer Press


Trump favorability: Stable overall, divisions among groups (POLL), ABC

Public safety

Lawmaker looking to change MN hate crime laws, KARE


The San Bernardino shooting continues a disturbing trend: No week since 2013 without a mass shooting, Washington Post

Where 2015’s mass shootings have occurred, in 1 map, Washington Post

Special session

Minnesota legislature special session negotiations set for next week, Duluth News Tribune


Study: Americans’ trust in government at historic lows, MPR


Sen. Klobuchar among bipartisan group supporting visa program overhaul, Star Tribune


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