In the Know: February 20, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Push to raise $100,000 for Nellie Stone Johnson statue at State Capitol, Star Tribune
State Capitol mute button riles lawmakers, KARE11
District 41 legislators highlight goals for 2017 session, Sun Focus
GOP’s fight vs. labor laws shows hypocrisy, St. Cloud Times
Talking Points: Is This The Year for Sunday Liquor Sales?, WCCO
POLL: Should Sunday Liquor Sales Be Banned Minnesota?, Saint Paul Patch
John Lesch: In stadium outrage, Drazkowski ignores GOP Speaker Daudt’s suite deal, Winona Daily News
Marquart bill would help Becker pay legal fees: Up to $150K to help defend against State Auditor’s lawsuit, DL-Online

2018 Gubernatorial Race
Rep. Sarah Anderson: A name for the 2018 statewide mix?, Star Tribune

Affordable Care Act
GOP Leaders Urge Return to ‘High-Risk Insurance Pools’ that Critics Call Costly, NPR

AG Lori Swanson
Operation opioid: Website, other efforts warn about opioid dangers, SW Bulletin
Lori Swanson: Your legal rights: Get the facts before buying a timeshare, Owatonna People’s Press

DNC Chair’s Race
Why Keith Ellison Must Be our next DNC Chair, Daily Kos
Will Keith Ellison Move the Democrats left?, The New Yorker
Teachers union president backs Ellison for DNC chair, The Hill
UAW to endorse Ellison for DNC chair, Politico
SEIU urges affiliated DNC members to support Ellison for chair, Politico
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Endorses Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, Afro-American
N.H. official drops bid to lead Democratic National Committee, Boston Globe
Buckley exits DNC chair race, backs Ellison, CNN
NH Dem drops out of DNC race, endorses Ellison, The Hill
DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison, NBC
Ray Buckley Drops Out of DNC Chair Race and Endorses Keith Ellison, Huffington Post
New Hampshire’s Buckley drops out of race for DNC chair, The Charlotte Observer
Perez and Ellison pick up more labor endorsements in DNC race, Washington Post
South Bend mayor remains a dark horse in DNC race, South Bend Tribune
Indiana Democrat getting buzz in DNC race, Indy Star
Buttigieg endorsed by ex-treasurer in DNC race, The Hill
This 35-year-old Indiana mayor says he can revive Democratic Party, USA Today
Samuel Ronan: Democrats ignored working class for years, Al Jazeera

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton: Using National Guard for immigration roundups would be “concerning”, Star Tribune
Rural Finance Authority Loan Bill Signed by Gov. Dayton, Austin Daily Herald
Gov. calls for big boost in higher education funding, Alexandria Echo Press
Gov. Dayton Signs Farm finance Bill, KEYC
Gov. Dayton signs off on $35M in new state loans for farmers, Star Tribune

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith
Lt. Gov. Smith stops by Duluth for business chat, Duluth News Tribune
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Talks Broadband, Economy in Duluth, WDIO

National Democratic Party
Demos look to future, prepare to pick DNC chair, MSN
Democrats Are Eager to See the End of the Race for DNC Chair, NBC
Inquiries Into Russian Election hacking Include Three FBI Probes, Huffington Post
Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk, Politico

Rep. Rick Nolan
Reader’s View: Nolan no friend of national parks this time, Duluth News Tribune
Reader’s View: Minnesota needs Kennedy-esque Rick Nolan, Duluth News Tribune

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, state’s Democrats want open investigation of Trump Russia ties, Star Tribune

Sen. Al Franken
FCC chair responds to Franken’s net neutrality concerns, The Hill
AT&T, Time Warner defend deal, The Hill
Franken Addresses Trump’s new Immigration Measures, WCCO

U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium officials work to determine new leadership, answer questions about finances, Star Tribune
Mondale, Kelm-Helgen leave U.S. Bank Stadium panel in wake of luxury suite flap, Star Tribune
Uncertainty over Vikings stadium leadership after dustup, Faribault County Register
Super Bowl Plans Move Forward Despite Stadium Turmoil, KSTP
The Latest: Dayton says he didn’t ask for stadium departures, USA Today

Upcoming Events

  • February 20, 7:00 PM — SD44 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Large Meeting Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • February 20, 6:30 PM — Kennedy High School, 9701 Nicollet Ave S, Bloomington, MN  55420
  • 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 25, 1:00 PM — SD47 DFL Voter Education Seminar:  Carver County Forecast. Paul Moline, Carver County Dept. of Planning and Water Management, will present data, map and graphs explaining Carver County’s population, economy and the implementations for the long-range pan for the county. Come find out ho we are, where we’re going and the speed we’re traveling!
  • 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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