In the Know: February 2, 2017

2016 Election
GOP, DFL spent roughly the same in hard fought 2016 race: DFL decries “dark money”, Star Tribune
Fight for Minnesota Legislature was spendy, MPR
Reports show heavy spending at close of 2016 campaigns, Faribault Daily News
St. Cloud-area legislative races draw big money, St. Cloud Times

2017 Legislative Session
Minn. House speaker launches effort to make state’s tech work easier, more efficient, Star Tribune
Minn. Speaker Daudt on sanctuary cities: ‘We’ll let the federal government fight with cities’, Duluth News Tribune
Daudt announces tech-focused initiative involving committee, public, KSTP
Republican legislators take aim at Public Utilities Commission, MinnPost

2018 Gubernatorial 
Governor hopefuls get 2018 fundraising going, MPR

AG Lori Swanson
Minnesota AG Swanson joins suit against Trump’s immigration order, MPR
Minnesota suing Trump administration over refugee order, Star Tribune
Minnesota joins lawsuit over Trump’s refugee order, WDAZ
Minnesota Attorney General joins lawsuit against travel ban, Fox9
Minnesota suing over Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Pioneer Press

DNC Chair Race
Biden, Sanders weigh in on race to lead Democratic Party, Star Tribune
Joe Biden endorses Tom Perez for DNC chair, Mic
Joe Biden Endorses Tom Perez for DNC Chair, TPM
Biden endorses Perez in Race to Lead Democratic Party, Bloomberg
Biden endorses Perez in DNC chair race, Politico
Biden endorses Perez for DNC chair, The Hill
Perez makes Case to Become Head of Democratic National Committee, Bethesda Magazine
The DNC needs to accelerate its election timeline- we need a functioning party NOW., Daily Kos

DNC Hack
Trump, recalling DNC hack, boasts of his election win to cyber experts, Politico
Trump refers to DNC Hacking in Cybersecurity Remarks, ABC News

Gov. Mark Dayton
Gov. Dayton criticizes Trump’s orders, Rochester Post Bulletin
Dayton criticizes Trump travel ban, pledges to defend affected Minnesotans, Star Tribune

Minnesota DFL U.S. Representatives
Walz: Customs officials refused to discuss travel ban, MPR
Minnesota Democratic Representatives square off over Boundary Waters, INFORUM
Minnesota Reps. Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan clash over appeal to Trump on mining, Pioneer Press
Nolan asks Trump to halt mineral lease freeze, Tower TimberJay

Reaction to Trump Administration
Minnesota Politicians Respond to Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, WCCO
House Dems to Trump: Boot Bannon off National Security Council, The Hill

Sen. Al Franken
Franken spars with Republicans at nomination hearing, Star Tribune
Tension Erupts Between Franken, Cornyn, Ahead of Sessions Confirmation Vote, TPM
Senators spar at hearings as Democrats fume over Trump picks, MPR
Sen. Al Franken Voices Concern Over Sessions as AG, WCCO
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record, The Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Trafficking calls increase in 2016, St. Cloud Times
Democrat on Senate Judiciary Panel Weighs in on Sessions Nomination, NPR

Upcoming Events

  • Feburary 4, 10:00 AM — Post Inauguration Unity Gathering, Community Room, Power’s Ridge Apartments, 132 Lake Drive W, Chanhassen. Candle lighting and short meditation, a change to share your reactions to the inauguration and new administration. Please bring any readings or ideas that have helped you. Music, sage burning. RSVP to Laura Helm at Call Jodi Holden at 952.240.3846 if you need directions.
  • February 9, 6:30 PM — State DFL Listening Session, Wayzata Central Middle School Auditorium, 305 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447. If you were active in your Senate District, a campaign or were a candidate, please attend. Please RSVP here.
  • February 9, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • February 9, 7:00 PM — SD48 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • February 14 — Valentine’s Day
  • February 14, 7:00 PM — SD40 DFL Central Committee Meeting, no location available let
  • February 15, 7:00 PM — CD3 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Council Chambers, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

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