In the Know: January 23, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Minnesota GOP charts new course in response to protests, Star Tribune
Minnesota health insurance premium relief for 120,000 passed by House, Duluth News Tribune
Higher ed, health care and more: Here’s what to look for this legislative session, Minnesota Daily
‘Protect Life’ sign in Minnesota Senate Building office window stirs controversy, Star Tribune
Minnesota Republican health plan: Lower costs, but really bad insurance, City Pages
They levy $120M a year for transit— and now might disband, Pioneer Press

DNC Chair’s Race
As Keith Ellison seeks new role, potential successors squirm, Star Tribune
The DNC Candidates Get that the Party Messed Up the 2016 Primary, Huffington Post
Keith Ellison on his DNC vision, the Democrats’ down-ballot collapse, and identity politics, VOX
Top Democratic donors urged to invest more at state level, Politico
Tom Perez is the leader the Democratic Party needs, The Hill
Race for DNC Chair: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Outlines His Plan, Daily Kos
If Ellison wins DNC post, state Sen. Scott Dibble will run for Congress after all, Star Tribune
State Sen. Scott Dibble says he’ll run for Congress, if Ellison gets DNC nod, MPR

DNC Hack
What’s the difference between Manning leaks, hacked DNC emails?, Baltimore Sun

Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith
Fairness and farming: Lt. Gov. visits Glendon to garner support of tax bill, INFORUM
Fish and Wildlife Budget Could Run Out of Money, KSTP
Minnesota’s Game and Fish fund faces looming budget deficit, Star Tribune
Lt. Gov. Smith helps kick off new East Side business incubator,
Gov. Dayton Preps for Monday’s State of the State, WCCO
Dayton to deliver annual State of the State speech Monday, Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota Lawmakers on Inauguration
White House Pushes ‘Alternative Facts.’ Here Are the Real Ones., New York Times
Minnesotans in Congress split by party in reaction to Trump speech, Star Tribune
Minnesota party chairs say America should come together, but differ on Trump, MNN
Willmar couple attend inauguration… Rep. Tim Walz give sup seats, KWLM
Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Responds to Inauguration, KVVR
Local politicos attend Trump inauguration, Brainerd Dispatch
Minnesota Politicians React to Trump’s Inauguration, WCCO
DNC hits Trump for ‘ranting’ about his crowd size, The Hill

Minnesota Women’s March
Two days, two marches and very different hopes under a Trump presidency, MPR
Women’s March brings thousands to St. Paul, KARE 11
Rep. Betty McCollum Talks Women’s March, Rights, MSN

Rep. Rick Nolan
Our View: Critical to keep unpredictable Trump close, Duluth News Tribune

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar Questions Nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Hibbing Daily Tribune
Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill tour, Minnesota Farm Guide
Sen. Klobuchar honors Roers Family Bakery, Echo Press
Unidentified ‘woman’ in selfie with senators is, well, our senator, Star Tribune

Sen. Al Franken
Franken emerges as liberal force in hearings, The Hill
Al Franken Mocks the Trump Administration’s Lie About Inauguration Crowd Size, Cosmopolitan
At a post-march party, Al Franken rallies crowd and DJ Samantha Ronson spins anti-Trump tunes, Washington Post
Franken shows he’s the real deal at cabinet confirmation hearings, Detroit Lakes Online

Trump’s Cabinet
Trump nominees say climate change is no hoax, but still invite skepticism, CNN
Trump nominees dodge ‘climate denier’ charge, the Hill
Betsy DeVos: Dangerously unqualified to be education secretary, Daily Kos

Upcoming Events

  • January 23, 7:00 PM — Gov. Dayton’s State of the State Address
  • 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 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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