In the Know: January 19, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Commentary: Senators vs. Gridlockers, Chaska Daily Herald
New legislators weigh ending Minnesota’s Sunday booze ban, Washington Post

2018 Gubernatorial Race
Gov. Nolan? Congressman mulls entry into crowded race to succeed Dayton, Ely Echo

DNC Chair’s Race
Dems engage in friendly debate for DNC Chair, The Hill
Top DNC Candidates Rebuke Megadonor For Keith Ellison Smear, Huffington Post
Ellison says he’s got what it takes to turn Democratic Party around, Star Tribune
Ray Buckley Wants to be the DNC’s Organization Man, Huffington Post
Letter to DNC Voters and Fellow Democrats, Huffington Post
DNC Chair Race: Idaho Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown Makes Her Case, Daily Kos
Ellison bags another top union endorsement in DNC chair race, Politico
Keith Ellison prods Bernie Sanders to help out DNC, CNN
Agriculture head backs Perez in DNC race, The Hill
Ag. Sec. Vilsack Backs Tom Perez in DNC Chair Race, NBC News

Labor
How 35,000 Minnesota state employees got paid family leave—for now, City Pages

Trump’s Inauguration
Minnesota Group to Protest Trump’s Friday Inauguration, WCCO
Minnesotans Taking Key Roles in Trump Inauguration, WCCO
Minnesota women for Trump are hoping for change, Star Tribune

Sen. Al Franken
Al Franken is the ideal Democrat for the Age of Trump, CBSNews
Warren and Franken make Trump’s Cabinet picks squirm, Politico
Al Franken skewers Betsy DeVos on basic education policy question, Boston Globe
Franken says he’ll vote against education secretary nominee, Duluth News Tribune
Sen. Al Franken to vote against Trump’s education secretary nominee, Star Tribune
WATCH: Sen. Al Franken confronts Betsy DeVos over student debt, MSN

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar, Steelworkers like Trump’s Commerce pick, Duluth News Tribune
Klobuchar Presses Commerce pick on Steel Dumping, Mesabi Daily News
Klobuchar pushes for bill to lift protections for Wolves, WCCO

Trump’s Cabinet
Betsy DeVos has no idea what the difference between proficiency and growth is, Mic
Al Franken confronts Trump nominee over conversion therapy donations, LGBTQ Nation
What we learned about Betsy DeVos’s higher education positions… not much, Washington Post
Here’s a Look at the Education Questions Betsy DeVos Struggled to Answer, TIME
Interior pick Zinke on climate change: ‘I don’t believe it’s a hoax’, Politico
Overnight Energy: Zinke makes case to be Interior chief,Dems prep for battle with EPA nominee, The Hill
Dems call for delaying Price hearing over ethics concerns, The Hill

Upcoming Events

  • January 21 — 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, 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 PMCenter 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, 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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