In the Know: January 26, 2017

2017 Legislature
Dayton, GOP legislators strike deal on insurance rebates, Star Tribune
Lawmakers back aid for Minnesotans hurt by health coverage cost hikes, MPR
WATCH: Minnesota protesters erupt after Republicans pass bill to charge demonstrators for police overtime costs, Salon

2018 Gubernatorial Race
DFL in jeopardy, Timberjay

Backlash to Trump Administration
National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump, Star Tribune
Badlands National Park Twitter account goes rogue, starts tweeting scientific facts, CBS
South Dakota national park tweets facts about climate change amid EPA blackout, Boston Globe
Minneapolis, St. Paul push back against order to end ‘sanctuary cities’, Star Tribune
Twin Cities mayors defy Trump on sanctuary city order, MPR
MN Secretary of State: Trump’s claims of voter fraud “false” and “irresponsible”, Star Tribune
Dems: Trump voter fraud ‘fantasy’ a distraction from Russian help, The Hill
Trump Still Insists Millions Voted Illegally. (There’s Still No Evidence Of That), NPR
Dems plot ‘constant campaign’ against Trump in war room, The Hill

DNC Chair’s Race
Litmus test for DNC chair- campaign finance and big money, Daily Kos
The Democrats Need to Figure This Thing Out, Esquire
Kirsten Gillibrand Backs Bronx Assemblyman’s Bid for DNC Vice Chair, The Observer
DNC Chair Race: Candidate Faces Ongoing Attacks From Alt-Right media, Daily Kos

DNC Hack
Russian Spy Tied to DNC Hacking Arrested for Treason, TPM

Electoral College
Republicans propose changes to Electoral College rules, Star Tribune
Awarding Electoral Votes by Congressional District is Becoming a Big Temptation for the GOP, New York Magazine

Gov. Mark Dayton
Mark Dayton receives well-wishes from a president, governors, senators, Republicans and Democrats, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Says He Has Prostate Cancer, New York Times

Rep. Rick Nolan
Congressman Nolan Reintroducing Pipeline Bill, KXRA

Sen. Al Franken
Dem senators ask AT&T and Time Warner to show merger’s public benefit, The Hill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar introduces bill to help lower drug prices, Brainerd Dispatch

Trump’s Executive Orders
Trump signs order to begin work on Mexican border wall, Star Tribune
‘A Nation Without Borders is Not a Nation’: Trump Moves Forward with U.S.-Mexico Wall, NPR
Minnesotans on edge over likely refugee restrictions, MPR
Mixed reactions among Minn. Politicians on Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines, Star Tribune

Upcoming Events

  • January 28 — DNC Futures Forum at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • 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 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 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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