In the Know: February 24, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Gun control advocates try to keep pressure on, despite legislative losses, Star Tribune
Access to technology narrows rural-urban gap, Mankato Free Press
Senate Republicans, new to the majority, unveil ‘Advancing Minnesota’ agenda, Star Tribune
One step closer to Sunday liquor sales, Wahpeton Daily News
House passes bill banning Israel boycotts among state contractors, Brainerd Dispatch 
DFL lawmakers, police seek to stem gun violence, KARE 11
Minnesota House Passes Real ID Bill, WCCO

DNC Chair’s Race
Tight race for Democratic National Committee chair heading into Saturday election, CBS
DNC Race: How the Democratic Party Picks Its New Leader, NBC
Gay DNC candidate slams Trump administration’s move on transgender students, The Hill
With stakes high, Ellison presses his case to lead Democrats, MPR News
Why does the right wing favor Keith Ellison in the DNC race?, Salon
How the DNC Race Turned Into a Group-Therapy Session, Five Thirty Eight
Ellison courts last minute support in Atlanta ahead of Democratic Party Chair vote, Star Tribune
Fox’s Bob Beckel, on DNC Chair Race: “[Keith] Ellison Is A Muslim And That’s Going To Be A Problem”, Media Matters
DNC candidate Harrison drops out, backs Perez for chairman, The Hill
Tully: Pete Buttigieg for DNC chair- the smart choice, IndyStar
DNC chair candidate: Most Americans ‘know which election was rigged’, Yahoo
An Open Letter to the DNC Voting Members, Daily Kos

Future of National Democratic Party
What Democrats should resist: Our View, USA Today

Gov. Mark Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton blasts Trump administration over transgender bathroom edict, Pioneer Press
Dayton: Transgender students ‘deserve our compassion’, Star Tribune
Dayton attacks Trump on transgender reversal, Duluth News Tribune
Dayton blasts Trump’s transgender bathroom reversal, Washington Post

Minnesota’s Second Congressional District
Angie Craig: Republican ‘reform’ shouldn’t repeal protections for consumers, Pioneer Press
Anger amid expected transparency: Some Minnesota members of Congress holding town halls, others opting out, Winona Daily News

Minnesota’s Third Congressional District
Plymouth meeting without U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen draws hundreds, Star Tribune
Constituents hold town halls ‘with or without’ their congressmen, Fox9

Rep. Keith Ellison
Ellison: Begin investigations on impeaching Trump, The Hill

Rep. Rick Nolan
Nolan to host two Northland forums, Duluth News Tribune

Rep. Tim Walz
Walz finds supportive audience at town hall, Mankato Free Press

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken
Just do it: Klobuchar, Grassley, McCain urge new HHS secretary to consider importation of prescription drugs from Canada, Detroit Lakes Online
Americans should get used to pop culture blending with politics, The Hill

U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings stadium: Dayton taps ex-Minnesota court chief for stadium agency, Pioneer Press
Former Supreme Court chief justice to lead Minnesota stadium authority, Fox9
Dayton taps Blatz as interim stadium authority chief, MPR


Trump Administration
Devos : ‘My job isn’t to win a popularity contest with the media’, The Hill

Upcoming Events

  • 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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