In the Know: January 27, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
Dayton signs bill bearing health insurance premium relief, Star Tribune
Governor, GOP Agree on Health Insurance Premium Relief Provisions, Twin Cities Business
Premium relief bill nears finish line at MN Capitol, MPR
DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment, Fox 21
GOP Cools to $75M wish to Expand Preschool, WCCO
Minnesota lawmakers weigh presidential politics, MPR

2018 Election
Mpls. Minimum wage hike plan poised for election-year comeback, MPR

Affordable Care Act
Republicans have plans to replace Obamacare- now they need to agree on one, MPR

Ellison Focuses on Turnout in DNC Chair Bid, National Journal
Perez picks up union endorsement, Politico
Democrats are lost right now. The DNC chairman’s race isn’t helping, Boston Globe
How do you even begin to fix a Democratic Party this f’d up? Primaries could be a start, Daily Kos
Litmus test for DNC chair- campaign finance and big money, Daily Kos
Russian Security Expert Maintains Putin Was Behind DNC Hack, NPR

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton wants big bucks out of natural resources, Duluth News Tribune
Mark Dayton weighs in on bills heightening penalties for illegal protest, Pioneer Press
Gov. Dayton proposes $7 million for state prisons to improve mental health care, reform solitary confinement, Star Tribune
When Mark Dayton got into politics, MPR

Opposition to Trump Administration
National park Service climate change Twitter campaign spreads to other parks, Guardian
Mexico’s President Cancels Planned D.C. Trip to meet with Trump, NPR

Rep. Betty McCollum
McCollum hosts town hall meeting in St. Paul, Woodbury Bulletin


Rep. Rick Nolan

Nolan introduces prison employee gun bill, Brainerd Dispatch

Nolan Applauds Trump Support For American Steel in Pipelines, KDAL

Rep. Tim Walz
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz to visit Luverne Friday to discuss veterans affairs issues; present Bronze Star, Worthington Daily Globe
Baldwin, Walz join calls for Trump to exempt VA, vets from hiring freeze, La Crosse Tribune

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Franken: No Democrat will vote for Betsy DeVos as education secretary- and we’re seeking Republicans to oppose her, Washington Post
Klobuchar, others introduce synthetic drug legislation, Winona Daily News

Trump’s Team
Trump strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’, New York Times

Upcoming Events

  • January 28, 10:00 AM — Rep. Andrew Carlson (HD50B) will be leading the door knock for Laurie Warner, who’s running in a special election for House District 32B.  Rep. Carlson is heading out from his home, 4642 Heritage Hills Dr, Bloomington, at 8:45 AM with a van that seats 6. If you want to caravan with him, please be there by 8:40 AM. If you’re able to knock, they’ll be staging from Gustaf’s Gallery, 13025 Lake Blvd., Lindstrom, MN 55045
  • 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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