In the Know: February 3, 2017

2016 Election
Surprise Senate takeover brings fundraising boon to GOP, Rochester Post Bulletin
DFL leaders ‘scratching our heads’ after big spending falls flat, Owatonna People’s Press

2017 Legislative Session
Move to limit state severance after $80k in payouts to 3, Star Tribune
Bill to quash local labor regulations advances at Capitol, MPR
Cities sick leave , other employer mandates targeted by Minnesota GOP lawmakers, Pioneer Press
Health care problem needs long-term solution, Le Sueur News Herald

AG Lori Swanson
AG Swanson joins suit against Trump administration over immigration order, MinnPost

BWCA/ Copper-Nickel Mining
Wilderness supporters rally against Nolan for pro-copper stance, WDAY
Protesters Oppose Mining in National Forest, Fox21
Debate over copper mining near Boundary Waters heats up again, MPR
Wilderness advocates protest against MN Congressman, Bemidji Pioneer
Minnesota Democratic representatives square off over Boundary Waters, INFORUM

DNC Chair Race
Keith Ellison downplays Joe Biden’s endorsement of Tom Perez as ‘demonstration of loyalty’, Mic
Former DNC Chair Endorses Underdog Candidate in Party Leadership Race, NBC News
Fifth labor group breaks with AFL-CIO to back Perez for Dem party chairman, The Hill
Bernie Sanders Muddles Ally’s Message in DNC Race, NBC News
Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, The Nation

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton seeks to open human rights office in Rochester, Rochester Post Bulletin
MN farmers want state aid, more in policy than money, West Central Tribune
Dayton appoints deputy county attorney to judgeship, Brainerd Dispatch

Rep. Keith Ellison
Ellison Holds Capitol Hill Rally Against Trump’s Travel Ban, WCCO

Sen. Al Franken
The Trump Era is Al Franken’s Time to Shine, New Republic
Franken to ask Supreme Court nominee about judicial activism, MPR
Al Franken is pissed at Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Donald Trump, and it’s great, City Pages
Betsy DeVos nomination triggers massive phone campaign in North Carolina, Charlotte Observer

Trump Administration
Trumps facile claim that his refugee policy is similar to Obama’s in 2011, Washington Post
Minnesota Somali nonprofit declines $500,000 federal grant, MPR
Trump adviser cites non-existent ‘massacre’ defending ban, CNN
Kellyanne Conway Literally Fabricated a Massacre To Justify Trump’s Immigration Ban, Huffington Post
Kellyanne Conway cites ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that never happened to defend travel ban, Washington Post
Kellyanne Conway Admits ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ Error, New York Times

Upcoming Events

  • 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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