In the Know: January 20, 2017

2017 Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota health insurance premium relief for 120,000 passed by House, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota House passes $300 million health premium rebate plan, Star Tribune
Minn. Lawmakers reach negotiation stage on health premium relief, MPR
Republican Lawmakers in 5 States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest, UpRoxx
In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes, Washington Post

Cong. Tim Walz
Walz: ‘Everything’s on the table’ for VA this year, Mankato Free Press

DNC Chair’s Race
DNC candidates defend Ellison against charge of anti-Semitism, The Hill
The DNC Contenders Are Not Interested In Your Populist Moment, Huffington Post
DNC Candidates Sound the Alarm on Trump, Politico
Dems debate whether DNC should accept lobbyist donations, The Hill
The DC bubble is strangling the DNC, The Hill
The Next DNC Chair Must Abandon Color-Blind Politics, The Nation
Keith Ellison on his DNC vision, the Democrats’ down-ballot collapse, and identity politics, Vox
Who’s afraid of Keith Ellison, New Republic

Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Lt. Gov. Smith visits Worthington to push for water pipeline, Worthington Daily Globe
Smith seeks support of ag property tax credit, Worthington Daily Globe

Prescription Drugs
Cory Booker’s explanation for voting against cheap prescription drugs doesn’t track, New Republic

Sen. Al Franken
Sen. Franken Takes Spotlight At Trump Cabinet Hearings, WCCO
Sen. Franken to Rick Perry: ‘I don’t think you’re ever going to be a climate scientist’, Think Progress
WATCH: Rick Perry’s Comment About ‘Fun’ On Sen. Al Franken’s Couch Gets A Laugh, NPR
‘I’m not going to vote for her,’ Al Franken says of Betsy DeVos, Boston Globe

Trump’s Cabinet
5 things you may have missed at the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Mic
Rick Perry expresses ‘regret’ for pledging to abolish Energy Department, Washington Post
Trump nominated the wrong Secretary of Education, North Texas Daily
Trump nominees say climate change is no hoax, but still invite skepticism, CNN
Tom Price, HHS Nominee, faces Tough Questions On Stock Deals and Obamacare, NPR
Democrats pummel Price on stock trades, sweetheart deals, Politico
Betsy DeVos just gave a master class in what not to do in a confirmation hearing, Washington Post
Choice for Health Secretary is Vague on Replacing Affordable Care Act, New York Times

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 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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