In the Know: February 7, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Minnesota bill gives state authority over wages, sick leave, Star Tribune
Washington worries hang over Minnesota’s budget, MPR
Legislators will unveil bill to ban motorists from using hand-held devices, Star Tribune

City of Rochester
Rochester considers major transportation overhaul, MinnPost

DNC Chair’s Race
Democrats are Desperate for Bernie Sanders’ Email List, Mother Jones
Can the DNC replicate Bernie’s fund-raising magic, Daily Kos
Gloria Steinem Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, Jezebel
Gloria Steinem Endorses Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee Chair, Variety
Gloria Steinem Throws her Support Behind Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, New York Magazine

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton seeks quick vote on MinnesotaCare ‘buy-in’, Star Tribune
Gov. Dayton: It’s time to give Minnesotans a more affordable choice for health insurance, DL-Online
Gov. Dayton, pushing lake/river cleanup, says he won’t “retreat” from controversial buffer law, MNN
Water quality a ‘wicked problem’, AgriNews
Gov. Mark Dayton calls for new plan to improve state’s water quality, Minnesota Daily
Mark Dayton: Add human rights offices to boost Minnesota workforce, Pioneer Press

Health Insurance
Trump, congressional GOP back off from immediate Obamacare repeal, MPR
Minnesota Moves to Shore Up health Insurance Market, NPR

Sec. of State Steve Simon
Retooling the State’s voting system, Mesabi Daily News

Sen. Al Franken
Why ‘Al Franken for president’ isn’t as crazy as you might think, Washington Post

Trump’s Immigration Ban
Appeals court will hear arguments on Trump travel ban, Politico
Trump says Journalists ‘Have their Reasons’ to Play Down Terror Threat, New York Times
DOJ Files Brief in Appeals Court, Defending Trump’s Immigration Executive Order, NPR

Trump’s Cabinet
Warren: GOP ramming DeVos ‘down the throats of the American People’, The Hill
Franken: DeVos ‘fundamentally incompetent’ to lead Education Dept., The Hill

University of Minnesota
$25 million gift to help U of M Law School’s center focused on immigration, Star Tribune

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 11, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM — Phone calls to help turn out Democrats for the House District 32B Special Election on Valentine’s Day, DFL Headquarters, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN.  Virtual phone bank available, just visit the website for more information.
  • February 11, 12:00 and 4:00 PM — Door knocking to support Laurie Wagner’s Special Election, Laurie Warner’s home 40589 Golden Ave, North Branch, MN 55056
  • February 12, 12:00 to 8:30 PM — Phone calls to help turn out Democrats for the House District 32B Special Election on Valentine’s Day, DFL Headquarters, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN.  Virtual phone bank available, just visit the website for more information.
  • February 12, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM — Door knocking to support Laurie Wagner’s Special Election, Laurie Warner’s home 40589 Golden Ave, North Branch, MN 55056
  • February 13, 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM — Phone calls to help turn out Democrats for the House District 32B Special Election on Valentine’s Day, DFL Headquarters, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN.  Virtual phone bank available, just visit the website for more information.
  • February 11, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM — Door knocking to support Laurie Wagner’s Special Election, Laurie Warner’s home 40589 Golden Ave, North Branch, MN 55056
  • February 14, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM — Phone calls to help turn out Democrats for the House District 32B Special Election on Valentine’s Day, DFL Headquarters, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN.  Virtual phone bank available, just visit the website for more information.
  • February 11, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM — Door knocking to support Laurie Wagner’s Special Election, Laurie Warner’s home 40589 Golden Ave, North Branch, MN 55056
  • February 14 — Valentine’s Day
  • February 14, 7:00 PM — SD40 DFL Central Committee Meeting, no location information available
  • 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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