In the Know: February 23, 2016

2017 and 2018 Election Cycles
Poll conducted by Minneapolis DFL reveals fault lines on the City Council, Star Tribune
Liebling ‘strongly considering’ run for governor, Rochester Post Bulletin

2017 Legislative Session
GOP increases moves to boost punishment for highway protests, Duluth News Tribune
Sparks working on passing local bonding requests, Austin Daily Herald
Sunday liquor sales passes Senate committee, MinnPost
Former Minnesota legislative leaders together again, this time as university regents, Duluth News Tribune
Our Opinion: Support open government transparency, Austin Daily Herald

Affordable Care Act
GOP considers trimming health law’s 10 essential benefits, MPR

DNC Chair’s Race
House Democrats Look Beyond DNC Chairman Race, Roll Call
Democratic divisions on display at DNC debate, CNN
President Trump compliments Rep. Ellison because he didn’t downplay him, Star Tribune
Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey, The Hill
Bill de Blasio: Why I’m supporting Keith Ellison for DNC chair, Washington Post
Keith Ellison Supporters Warn of Fallout If he Loses DNC Chair Race, Huffington Post
DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump, Star Tribune
Howard Dean endorses dark-horse DNC candidate Pete Buttigieg, Washington Post
Howard Dean endorses Buttigieg in DNC race, The Hill
Howard Dean endorses South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for DNC chair, Politico
Howard Dean Endorses Pete Buttigieg for DNC Chair, Daily Kos
Meet Liz Jaff, the DNC vice chair hopeful urging Democrats to embrace grassroots movements, Mic
Off to Atlanta for DNC Elections, Daily Kos

GOP Town Hall Meetings
Few in Minnesota’s congressional delegation hold in-person town halls, MPR
Few outbursts at Minnesota GOP congressman’s event, Star Tribune
Lewis constituents call for town hall, Hastings Star Gazette
Rep. Emmer Holds Tense Town Hall Meeting, WCCO
Hundreds show up for Emmer’s town hall in Sartell, St. Cloud Times
Overflow crowd brings tough questions, civil debate to Emmer town hall meeting, MPR
Rep. Tom Emmer’s town hall proves largely Minnesota Nice, Star Tribune
Rep. Emmer to hold town hall in Sartell, Rochester Post Bulletin
Anger rises across the country at GOP congressional town halls, MPR

Rep. Rick Nolan
Political Landscape Shifts, Mesabi Daily News
Nolan aide gets earful from Ely voters, The Tower TimberJay

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Stop trafficking of synthetic heroin though the mail, CNN

U.S. Bank Stadium
Dayton picks Blatz as interim chief of U.S. Bank Stadium oversight panel, Star Tribune

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 24, 12:00 AM — Stand Against Trump, corner of Brookdale and Xerxes, Brooklyn Park, MN. SD40 DFL Treasurer John Scafer is holding a weekly hour of protest and resistance 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
  • March 7, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN

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