In the Know: February 9, 2017

2016 Election
Winona-area state elections ran up big bills in 2016, Winona Daily News

2017 Legislative Session
DFL Rep. Jon Applebaum introduces legal pot bill, Star Tribune
DFLers introduce bills to legalize recreational weed in Minnesota, City Pages
Our View: Let Bakk’s pay fuel thorough review, Duluth News Tribune
Auditor: U.S. Bank Stadium Authority Violated Core Ethical Principles with Free Tickets for Friends and Family, Mesabi Daily News
Minnesota lawmakers to consider cell phone driving restriction bill, KFGO

2018 Election
GOP already targeting 8th District seat for 2018, Duluth News Tribune
NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018, Roll Call
Gov. candidate Otto to be in Morris Feb. 23, Morris Sun Tribune

DNC Chair Race
The Race for DNC Chair is Heating Up, MSN
U.S. attorneys join Eric Holder in backing Perez for DNC chair, Washington Post
O’Malley backs Buttigieg in DNC chair race, Politico
O’Malley endorses Buttigieg to lead DNC, The Hill
Martin O’Malley backs Pete Buttigieg (over Tom Perez) for DNC, Baltimore Sun
In Race for DNC Chair, Tom Perez Pledges to Woo Back Red, Rural America, NBC
Perez adds endorsements from top state officials in DNC race, Politico
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper backs Tom Perez in DNC chair race, Cleveland.com
Steny Hoyer backs Tom Perez for DNC, Baltimore Sun
DNC chair hopeful runs in face of faction fight, The Hill
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton endorses Rep. Keith Ellison to lead national party, LA Times
California’s John Burton backs Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, Sacramento Bee
What the Democrats’ chair selection says about the direction of their recovery, Dallas Morning News
Country needs Democrats to step up their game, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Governor Mark Dayton
Monson promotes Dayton agenda, Marshall Independent
Gov. Dayton: Not a fan of bills to override local wage, sick rules, INFORUM
Governor calls for reform after ‘secret’ sex offenders KARE11 Investigation, KARE11

Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District
Group asks Paulsen to hold town hall meetings, Eden Prairie News

Minnesota Special Election
Minnesota House seat election in Chisago County, Star Tribune

Rep. Keith Ellison
It’s Time for the Congressional Progressive Caucus to Raise its Game, The Nation
Keith Ellison: Trump Sounds like ‘Dictator’ with Anti-Judge Comments, Daily Beast

Rep. Rick Nolan
Nolan faces pushback over request to Trump, The Timberjay

Rep. Tim Walz
Rep. Tim Walz joins Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, The Column

Sen. Al Franken
Sen. Franken Introduces Paid Family Leave Bill, Lakeland Public Television
More and more pundits think Al Franken could be the one to take down Trump in 2020, Business Insider

Trump’s Republican Party
GOP-backed measures seek to rein in science used at EPA, MPR

Upcoming Events

  • February 9, 6:30 PMLocation Change — State DFL Listening Session, Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. 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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