In the Know: February 22, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Gaining steam, move to end Sunday alcohol sale ban heads to Senate, Star Tribune
Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban, Washington Post
Sunday liquor sales passes Minnesota House, Fox9
Sparks focusing on a budget, Albert Lea Tribune

2017 Municipal Elections
Minneapolis DFL expects to move citywide convention to July 8, Star Tribune

DNC Chair’s Race
Who’s Who in the Race for DNC Chair – and their plans to make Democrats win again, NPR
To Take Back Power, Democrats Need to Fire Up Millennial Voters, WBUR
Keith Ellison: ‘The Democratic Party doesn’t exist for Democrats’, Washington Post
Rep. John Lewis: Ellison is ‘right person’ to lead DNC, The Hill
Rep. John Lewis explains why he’s endorsing Ellison for DNC chair, CNN
Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida backs Perez in DNC race, Tampa Bay Times
Tom Perez Nabs DNC Chair Endorsement from Disability Rights Pioneer<, Huffington Post
Opinion: Win or Lose, I Will Work to Unite the Democratic Party, NBC

Future of National Democratic Party
Democratic Socialists make headway in U.S. after Trump’s win, Reuters
Is the Democratic party with the resistance? This weekend might tell, The Guardian
Move left, Democrats, New York Times

GOP Town Hall Meetings
Minnesota’s GOP representatives in Congress under pressure for town halls, Star Tribune
Letter: Tele-town hall is form of censorship, Red Wing Republican Eagle
Cannon Valley Indivisible hosts town hall for Jason Lewis without him, Northfield News
Rep. Emmer to hold town hall in Sartell, Star Tribune
MN Rep. Tom Emmer to cancel town hall if protests get disruptive, Pioneer Press
One month in, Minnesota Republicans have plenty to like (and a few concerns) about Trump’s presidency, MinnPost

Sen. Al Franken
Franken discusses education, workforce opportunities in Denfeld visit, Duluth News Tribune
Sen. Franken Tours Denfeld Technology Department, Fox 21
Franken talks about rising drug costs, Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar wants independent commission to investigate Trump’s possible Russia ties, MPR
Our View: Russia: Klobuchar in good position to push probe, Mankato Free Press
Local FFA member meets with Sen. Klobuchar, Winona Daily News

Upcoming Events

  • February 23, 7:00 PM — SD47 DFL Executive Committee Meeting, Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Ln, Chaska, MN 55386
  • February 23, 7:00 PM — SD49 Town Hall with Sen. Melisa Franzen (D), Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D) and Rep. Dario Anselmo (R), Edina Community Lutheran Church,
  • February 24, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM — SD49 Day at the Capitol, more information here.
  • February 24, 1:00 PM — SD47 DFL Voter Education Seminar:  Carver County Forecast, Chaska Community Center Theatre, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN. Paul Moline, Carver County Department of Planning and Water Management, will present data, maps and graphs that explain Carver County’s population, economy and the implications for the long-range plan for the county. Come find out who we are, where we are going and the speed we are traveling!
  • 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
  • March 7, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN

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