In the Know: January 17, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
What’s the holdup on Minnesota $300 million health insurance premium relief?, WDAY
Minnesotans still don’t have health-insurance relief as Dayton, lawmakers haggle over how to make it happen, Pioneer Press
Daudt talks possibility of liquor sales, WCCO
Minnesota Republicans Introduce Two Extreme Gun Bills, City Pages

Affordable Care Act
The Senate GOP Rushed To Repeal Obamacare–And The House Is Set To Join Them, Forbes
Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan, Washington Post
Democrats Rally in Dozens of Cities to Oppose Obamacare Repeal, NPR

DNC Chair’s Race
Phoenix DNC Future Forum Wrap Up., Daily Kos
With One Tweet, Keith Ellison Demonstrates Why He’d Make a Great DNC Chair, Daily Kos
Democrats have lost focus, a candidate to lead the DNC says, NPR
McAliffe joins ex-DNC chairs backing Clinton campaign vet for party role, Washington Post
Can the DNC be saved?, CNN
Democrats’ fissures re-emerge as party seeks new leader, WSJ

Sens. Klobuchar and Franken
Franken helped make sure Sessions answered needed questions, Rochester Post Bulletin
Franken’s role in Trump’s Washington is a work in progress, Star Tribune
Sen. Klobuchar leading national effort against human trafficking, Fox9
Klobuchar leads push to import drugs from Canada, Rochester Post Bulletin
Franken, Klobuchar will oppose Sessions’ nomination for AG, MPR

Trump’s Cabinet
Ethics chief thrust into spotlight by Trump battle, The Hill
HHS nominee’s stock buys raise ethical questions, The Hill
5 Things to look for in Betsy DaVos’s confirmation hearing, MPR
Five things to watch for in round 2 of Trump confirmation fights, The Hill
Trump education pick to face Warren, Sanders, The Hill
Labor pick tweets about hearing after report ‘he may be bailing’,, The Hill
Interior Nominee Zinke to be quizzed on public lands, coal, AP

Trump Inauguration
Minnesotans make inauguration plans, KARE 11
Minnesota congressman Nolan will have front row seat at Trump inauguration, INFORUM
Keith Ellison will Boycott Inauguration Over Trump’s Insult of Rep. John Lewis, Huffington Post
Rep. Ellison Refuses to Attend Trump’s Inauguration, WCCO

U.S Congress
Three Minnesota Democratic Congressman on ag committee, Bemidji Pioneer
Jason Lewis Ditches Talk Radio Past in Congress, MPR

Upcoming Events

  • January 17, 2017, 6:00 PM — Think Again MN January Brooklyns: Increasing Education and Income Equity in MN – In Honor of MLK, Cafeteria, Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN. Please RSVP here.
  • January 18, 7:00 PM — CD3 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Council Chambers, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • January 21, 2017 — Women’s March on Washington-Minnesota, more information here. There is a possibility of a bus from our area being chartered.  Click here to email for more information.
  • January 22, 2:00 PM — CD3 DFL Outreach Retreat, 10467 DuPont Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431
  • January 24, 2017, 6:30 PM — HD46B Legislative Priorities Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Ln, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
  • January 30, 2017, 12:00 PM —Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents ​New Roles for Black Athletes? ​Post-Ferguson and Post-Kaepernick in the Age of Trump, register here.
  • January 23, 7:00 PM — Gov. Dayton’s State of the State Address
  • January 28, 1:30 PM — SD47 DFL Voter Education Seminar:  Electoral College Forum, Dr. Mitchell Krum, Professor of Political Science at Bethel College, will discuss the constitutional origins of the Electoral College, as well as the pros and cons of various ideas for reform. There will be a question and answer session. All are welcome. Chaska Community Theater, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
  • January 31, 2017, 6:00 PM — Senate District 46 Joint Townhall with Sen. Ron Latz, Rep. Peggy Flanagan, Rep. Cheryl Youakim, St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Ln, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
  • January 31, 7:00 PM — SD49 DFL New Office Opening, 7001 Cahill Rd, Suite 21, Edina. Come up the stairs or elevators. See our new digs, enjoy deserts, wine and coffee with us — and great conversation. Donations appreciated.
  • February 1, 7:00 PM — SD46 Central Committee Meeting, Sammy Perrella’s Pizza and Restaurant, 97509 Schreiber Ter N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
  • Feburary 4, 10:00 AM — Post Inauguration Unity Gathering, Community Room, Power’s Ridge Apartments, 132 Lake Drive W, Chanhassen. Candle lighting and short meditation, a change to share your reactions to the inauguration and new administration. Please bring any readings or ideas that have helped you. Music, sage burning. RSVP to Laura Helm at lahelm@aol.com. Call Jodi Holden at 952.240.3846 if you need directions.
  • 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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