In the Know: January 30, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
With insurance help done, legislature’s road gets harder, Star Tribune
MN just passed health insurance premium subsidies. Here’s what it means, Pioneer Press
Legislative leaders say health insurance deal portends a more productive session, MinnPost
Trolling GOP bill wants ‘urban’ bicyclists to get a permit, City Pages
Will the 2017 session be sunny side up for business owners?, Brainerd Dispatch
After strange week at the Minnesota Capitol, does business-as-usual prevail?, Pioneer Press
What happened this week at the Minnesota Capitol, MPR
Sparks, DFL propose broadband investment, Albert Lea Tribune

DNC Elections
DNC candidates spend big on chair race, Politico
Ellison Focuses on Turnout in DNC Chair Bid, National Journal
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio seeks No. 2 DNC Post, The Denver Post
DNC race: Low on energy, ideas, imagination, Politico
Texas gets attention in race for Democratic National Committee chair, Texas Tribune
Tell the DNC what you look for in the DNC chair, Daily Kos
New York’s Powerful Assembly Speaker Backs Bronx Pol’s Bid for DNC Vice Chair, Observer
Ten DNC chair candidates sketch paths for party’s turnaround, Houston Chronicle
Texans can tell you voter fraud doesn’t exist, Texas Tribune

Gov. Mark Dayton
For Gov. Dayton, cancer diagnosis just another challenge in job with many, Star Tribune
Gov. Dayton stands firm on water quality law, Star Tribune
Dayton weighs in on protester legislation, Grand Rapids Herald Review
Why Dayton, DNR say fishing, hunting, boating licenses need to cost more, Pioneer Press
Dayton’s budget plan includes raise for Supreme Court judges, Crookston Times
Dayton budget proposal includes extra $371 million for public schools in Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
Dayton, speakers address water quality in Morris, Morris Sun Tribune
California governor to undergo treatment for prostate cancer, Reuters

Rep. Collin Peterson
Peterson adopts wait-and-see attitude on Trump’s ag policies, West Central Tribune

Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Keith Ellison Joins Protests After Carlos Gimenez Abandons Sanctuary-City Policy, Miami New Times
Keith Ellison, first Muslim congressman, calls for ‘mass rallies’ to stop Trump orders, Washington Post
Rep. Keith Ellison says Trump ‘can’t deny that this is a Muslim Ban’, CBS News
Ellison: Refugee ban ‘contrary to everything we cherish’ about US, The Hill

Rep. Tim Walz
Congressman tells students not to lose hope that they can make a difference, Waseca County News
Walz talks VA care, future in roundtable with veterans, Worthington Daily Globe

Sen. Franken
Franken, education advocates aren’t sold on Trump education nominee Betsy DeVos, Star Tribune
Franken: No Dems will vote to confirm DeVos for secretary of Education, The Hill
Democrats Unite to Vote Against Betsy DeVos, Jezebel

Sen. Klobuchar
Klobuchar introduces bill to curb senior fraud, Brainerd Dispatch
Senate Dem calls for scrutiny of reported Verizon merger, The Hill
Klobuchar hosts roundtable to crack down on human trafficking, WCCO

Trump Administration
House Dems: Trump’s federal ‘gag orders’ likely illegal, The Hill
Minnesota leaders doubtful of Trump voter fraud claim’s accuracy in the state, Brainerd Dispatch

Trump’s Muslim Ban
Thousands in Twin Cities turn out to oppose Trump travel ban, Star Tribune
Minnesotans react to President Trump’s Immigration Ban, WCCO
Rep. Emmer Talks Immigration Order, Trump’s First Days in Office, WCCO
“Irresponsible”, “Probably Unconstitutional” Trump order Resulting in “Chaos” Say Franken and Klobuchar, The Uptake
Minn. Politicians react to Trump ban, KARE 11
Gov. Dayton Reacts to President Trump’s Immigration order, WCCO

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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