In the Know: February 16, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Diversity, crisis training for cops gets bipartisan push at Capitol<, MPR
Car rental or share? Difference could mean a tax break in Minnesota, MPR
Bakk: GOP now has responsibility to fix health care, The Tower TimerJay
Minnesota GOP creates loophole to discriminate and deny trans health coverage, LGBTQ Nation
Head of embattled stadium agency resigning, MPR

32B Special Election
Republicans expand Minnesota House majority with special election victory, MinnPost
Trump carried this Minnesota seat by 29 points, but the GOP won it by just 6 in a special election, Daily Kos

Auditor Rebecca Otto
State auditor, legislators spar over her lawsuit against Minn. Counties, Star Tribune
MN House panel grills state auditor over lawsuit, MPR
3 Minnesota counties foot bill to fight state auditor lawsuit, INFORUM

Democrats Respond to Trump Administration Issues
Dems launches panel to review presidential removal procedures, The Hill
Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out, The Hill
Democrats push for full investigation of Flynn’s resignation and Trump administration’s ties to Russia, LA Times

DFL On GOP Members of Congress
Letter: Lewis needs to represent all constituents, Prior Lake American
Petitioners ask Paulsen to hold town hall meetings, Eden Prairie News

DNC Chair’s Race
Race for DNC Chair Heads Behind Closed Doors in Final Stretch, NBC
Baltimore City Council president, members back Ellison for DNC chairman, Baltimore Sun
Democratic National Committee chair race: Could Ellison win it?, MinnPost
Perez’s DNC campaign claims 180 of 224 needed votes, Politico
Perez says he’s closing in on DNC chairmanship with 180 votes, The Hill
Two Former DNC Chairs Back Underdog Buttigieg in Party Leadership Race, NBC
DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez on Flynn, Russia: Trump ‘Might As Well Put Putin in the Cabinet’, Jezebel

Gov. Mark Dayton
Our View: Hunters and anglers are paying enough, Rochester Post Bulletin
Our View: Funding a must to allow school districts to improve, Faribault Daily News

Rep. Rick Nolan
Wednesday Q+A With Rep. Rick Nolan, National Journal
Activists Send Out Draft-Nolan for Minnesota Governor Letters, Roll Call

Rep. Tim Walz
Walz upholding country’s values, Mankato Free Press
Walz works to protect democratic principles, Mankato Free Press
Walz right to challenge ban, Mankato Free Press
Walz should be commended, Mankato Free Press

Rural Minnesota
MN Veterans Home in Luverne earns state honor for new program, Worthington Daily Globe

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken
Sen. Klobuchar wants to know why Trump administration is ‘eager’ for Russia connection, PBS
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Investigating Trump and Russia, NPR
Sen. Franken: We Must Investigate Alarming Ties Between President Trump and Russia, KARE11

Trump’s White House
Trump White House wrestles with a crush of crises, MPR
Trump, Meeting with Netanyahu, Backs Away from Palestinian State, New York Times
Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts with Russian Intelligence, New York Times

Upcoming Events

  • February 19, 12:00 PM — State DFL Outreach and Inclusion Meeting, DFL Headquarters, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN
  • February 20, 7:00 PMSPECIAL DATE, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • February 20, 7:00 PM — SD44 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Large Meeting Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • February 21, 6:30 PM — HD46B Legislative Priorities Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Meeting Room, Hennepin County Library, 22 11th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343
  • February 24, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM — SD49 Day at the Capitol, more information here.
  • February 25, 10:00 AM — Town Hall Meeting with Steve Cwodzinski (SD48) and Laurie Pryor (HD48A), Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN
  • February 27, 5:30 PM — SD44 Progressive Activist Fair, RHR Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55304.
  • March 4, 10:30 AM — HD46B Legislative Priority Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Meeting Room, Hennepin County Library, 22 11th Ave N, Hopkins, MN
  • March 4, 11:30 AM — DFL Business Conference, Grand Casino Convention Center, 777 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley, MN