In the Know: February 17, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Senate passes Xcel natural gas plant bill, MPR
Ted Mondale quits stadium authority amid suits controversy, MPR
Metsa Introduces Family Leave Act, Mesabi Daily News
Diversity, crisis training for cops gets bipartisan push at Capitol, MPR
Bonding Bill Passed By Committee Includes Some Regional Projects, Drops Others, Mesabi Daily News

Auditor Rebecca Otto
State auditor, legislators spar over her lawsuit against Minn. Counties, Star Tribune
Bill would help Ramsey County fight Rebecca Otto lawsuit, Pioneer Press

DNC Winter Meeting
Proposed DNC resolution mocks FBI Director James Comey, Star Tribune
The Hard Left Needs to Make Up their Minds on the DNC!, Daily Kos
Rep. Ellison sews up DNC delegates in five states, Star Tribune
Davis: Ellison for DNC Chair, The Hill
Ellison tells DNC members that DNC chair rival is trying to skew race, Washington Post
Ellison pushes back on Perez’s DNC whip count, Politico
Keith Ellison Pushes Back Against Perez Whip Count in DNC Race, Huffington Post
Protester urges Tom Perez to back Democratic primary challengers, Washington Post

Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
Mesabi Metallics CEO ask to meet with Dayton on leases, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota Democrats Want to Crack Down on Wage Theft, WCCO

The Resistance
Protesters rally, restaurants close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’, Pioneer Press
With town hall script flipped on GOP, will history repeat itself?, MPR
Groups plan demonstrations during Rep. Emmer’s visit, St. Cloud Times

Rep. Rick Nolan
Commentary: Bill combines jobs, stewardship, recreation, International Falls Journal

Rep. Tim Walz
Walz joins Dems in calling for Russia, election investigation, Austin Daily Herald

Secretary of State Simon
Secretary of State Simon talks over domestic abuse issues in Pine City, Pine City Pioneer

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar: Russia ties put U.S. in ‘very vulnerable position’, Albert Lea Tribune
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Investigating Trump and Russia, NPR

Trump’s Republican Party
Paulsen, emboldened by full GOP rule but skeptical of Trump, tries to shape federal tax reform, Star Tribune
GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law, MPR

Trump and Russia
Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador, Washington Post
Bring on the Special Prosecutor, 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

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