In the Know: January 25, 2017

2016 Election
How Russia Hacked our Voters in the 2016 US Election, Forbes
Voter fraud allegations reignite squabble, The Hill

2017 Legislative Session
Activists, DFLers push back against bill to hold protesters liable for costs, MPR
GOP’s crackdown of protestors draws noisy opposition, MinnPost
Daudt asks trump to reverse decisions, Fergus Falls Journal
School choice, tax breaks for private school tuition debated at Minn. Capitol, INFORUM

Affordable Care Act
The Republican Health Plan that Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare, The Atlantic

DNC Chair’s Race
Can Democrats appeal to all races? Internal dispute on race heats up in DNC contest, Salon
Our top two DNC-chair candidates were not at Women’s March, which proves misplaced priorities, Daily Kos
Candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee all agree: Black Lives Matter, International Business Times
DNC chair candidate wants to ‘shut other white people down (when they interrupt)’, Fox

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton focuses on school, roads, health care in budget plan, Star Tribune
Dayton: I have prostate cancer but expect to finish term, MPR
Dayton’s two-year budget plan hiked spending by $1.2 billion, MPR
Governor Dayton in Good Spirits After Announcing Cancer Diagnosis, KVRR
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Says He Has Prostate Cancer and Will Discuss Treatment Options With Doctors Next Week, ABC News
A day after collapse, Mark Dayton proposes $45.8B budget at the Capitol, Pioneer Press

Rep. Rick Nolan
Another big win for Minnesota’s Iron Range, Aitkin Age
Commentary: America celebrates democracy, International Falls Journal

Sen. Al Franken
Let Senator Al Franken Be Your Political Role Model, Seriously, MTV News
Net Neutrality Under Trump: Sen. Al Franken to ‘Fight Every Step of the Way’ Against Rolling Back Open Internet, International Business Times

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
People Are Pissed After a Female Senator was Just Called a “Woman” in a pic with Male Senators, Buzzfeed

Trump’s Cabinet
DeVos doesn’t know the ABCs of public education, The Hill

Trump Administration
Trump Gives Green Light to Keystone Dakota Access Pipelines, NPR
Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees, INFORUM
Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout, AP

Women’s March
Note to DFL leaders: The Women’s March shows the path back, MinnPost


Upcoming Events

  • 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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