In the Know: July 13, 2015

Events today

  • 1 p.m. – Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair RT Rybak, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning and Rep. Mendela Barnes will hold a press conference ahead of Scott Walker’s presidential announcement. Rybak and others will highlight Walker’s wrong priorities as Governor of Wisconsin. With a record of ethics problems, disastrous budgets and an economy that’s lagging both the nation and the Midwest, his priorities are adhering to his ideological views and pleasing special interests at the expensive of working Americans. Holiday Inn, Pewaukee, Wisc.

Mark your calendars

  • July 14 – Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger will visit Forest Lake to host the latest in his series of popular “Pitch the Commissioner” events, in which he talks about public health with community members over a friendly game of horseshoes. The Washington County “Pitch the Commissioner” event will start with horseshoe pitching at 1 p.m. at the Forest Lake VFW, 556 12th St. SW, in Forest Lake. Participants can pitch their ideas to Commissioner Ehlinger about improving the public health in their community and how the state can help them accomplish their goals, while pitching horseshoes. The games of horseshoes will be followed by two presentations at Forest Lake City Hall, located at 1408 Lake Street South. The first presentation will be a 20-minute HealthUP! Community presentation by Fairview Health Services and their community partners. Commissioner Ehlinger will then lead a discussion on “What Does Minnesota Need to be Healthy?” Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to visit and discuss the issues over refreshments.
  • July 14 – The North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Linda Hamilton, Minnesota Nurse’s Union.
  • July 18 – The first marker to commemorate the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes, one of the great watershed moments in the history of the American labor movement, is being installed in downtown Minneapolis. The marker will be unveiled in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at 701 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis.
  • July 19 – Senate District 59 DFL hosts “A Picnic with the Party.” This free event is being held from 1 – 4 p.m. at North Commons Park, 1801 James Av. N., Minneapolis. Food, music and kids’ activities.
  • July 25 – The Kanabec County DFL will host our annual Post-Parade Reception at the Masonic Hall, 800 S Union St, Mora. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Join the Kanabec DFL for hotdogs and discussion.
  • July 30 – The Minnesota Nurses Association would like to cordially invite you to the Medicare turns 50 Birthday BBQ Bash on Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. Paul. Medicare is an American as apple pie (Protect Improve Expand Medicare) so join us for an all American birthday BBQ, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, one of the greatest social safety net pieces of legislation ever signed into law and what we hope to be the basis of a single payer system for our entire nation. Highland Park Picnic Shelter, 1227 Montreal Ave. St. Paul.

2015 session

Minnesota Legislature: Openness, yes. Harmony, no, Pioneer Press

2016 election

Who yelled ‘Everybody into the pool?’ Why are so many Republicans running for president? Star Tribune

Donald Trump antes up on immigration stance at Libertarian conference in Las Vegas, Star Tribune

Clinton wins endorsement from American Federation of Teachers, first union support, Star Tribune

Jeb Bush’s top donors get an exclusive invitation to his parents’ seaside home, Star Tribune

False start for Walker after premature Twitter announcement, MPR

Five things you should know about Scott Walker, MPR

Scott Walker enters GOP field to high expectations and doubts, The Hill

Walker reminds voters of union wins as he enters 2016 race, AP

Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker is poised to declare as voice for smaller government, Star Tribune

The best way to vilify Hillary Clinton? G.O.P. spends heavily to test it, New York Times 

Scott Walker officially announces his presidential campaign today as a somewhat weakened chief executive. After struggling to hold his party together, the Wisconsin governor signed a two-year, $72.7 billion state budget deal Sunday that fails to achieve some top priorities. Meanwhile, his approval rating has taken a significant hit at home. The speech, at 7 p.m. Eastern, will focus on the themes of growth, reform, safety and federalism. “Government that is closest to the people is usually the best,” Walker will say, according to early excerpts. “This is why we should move power and money out of Washington and send it back to our states and communities in key areas like Medicaid, transportation, workforce development and education.” The Washington Post

Second quarter fundraising numbers from The Washington Post

  • Marco Rubio raised $12 million last quarter. That’s in addition to the $32 million we already knew about from the super PAC and nonprofit. Campaigning in Nevada yesterday, the Florida senator defended his support for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. He also recalled watching the 1983 movie “War Games” as a child living in Las Vegas and worrying when Mathew Broderick’s character picked the city as a target.
  • Lincoln Chafee brought in less than $30,000 last quarter. The former Rhode Island governor, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, loaned himself $364,000. The presidency is the first office that Chafee has sought as a Democrat.
  • Rand Paul raised $7 million since getting into the race in April. Contributions came from 108,205 people, with an average donation of $65. The fact that 96 percent of the Kentucky senator’s total haul came from people who gave $100 or less speaks to the power of his grassroots base but also the weakness of his high-dollar fundraising.
  • Rick Perry only raised $1.1 million during his first quarter in the race, compared to more than $17 million when he ran in 2011. Three separate super PACs set up to help the former Texas governor announced late Friday that they raised $16.8 million. About $15 million of that came from just three people.
  • Two entities created to help Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), New Day for America, raised $11.5 million by the June 30 deadline.

With Scott Walker’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement: 

“With today’s announcement, Scott Walker has indicated that he intends to bring his Wisconsin brand of politics to Washington, but the reality is that he’s already brought the worst of Washington to Wisconsin.

“To promote adherence to his rigid partisan views and to please the special interests that have backed his campaigns, Walker has pit the people of Wisconsin against each other in contentious ideological fights. He’s gutted education, refused investments in infrastructure and health care, and shuttered women’s health clinics, while pushing tax policies that have overwhelmingly benefitted the wealthiest few. 

“Walker promised to eliminate the deficit but his state was $2.2 billion in the red, and Walker’s Wisconsin sits at the bottom in his region for job growth, while his job-creation agency is mired in mismanagement and questions about tax credits that went to his political donors.

“It’s that type of divisive, ineffective politics, and mismanagement that middle class Americans don’t need any more of in Washington. Walker simply has the wrong priorities for America.” 

Capitol

Fire, intrigue and ambition: How Minnesota got one of the country’s great Capitol buildings, MinnPost

Confederate flag

McCollum halts Confederate flag backers’ stealth move, MPR

Congress

How conservative or liberal are Minnesota’s members of Congress? Pioneer Press

Economy

Minnesota tax growth stays ahead of expectations, Star Tribune

Minnesota banks on higher taxes, minimum wage as script for growth, Reuters

Education (E-12)

Families of deaf children lose a lifeline after change in Minnesota law, Star Tribune 

Education (higher)

Undergrad strategies are producing results for the U of M, Star Tribune

Officials concerned over enrollment drop at U of M Rochester, MinnPost

Elections

Pastors eye a move from God’s house to the statehouse, MPR

Energy

Community solar coming to Xcel Energy customers, MPR

Marriage equality

Same-sex marriage ruling: Can a movement suffer from success? Star Tribune

From DOMA to marriage equality: How the tide turned for same-sex marriage, MPR

Obituary

Obituary: Jerome Hughes, former president of the Minnesota Senate, early-ed pioneer, Star Tribune

Public safety

Reps. Joe Atkins and Dan Schoen call for ban on gun-shaped cell phone cases, Star Tribune

Secretary of State

New Secretary of State Simon is crisscrossing Minnesota, Star Tribune

Taxes

Our tax system should serve Main Street, not Wall Street, AFL-CIO

Transportation

Highway bill still stalled as deadline nears, National Journal

Veterans

‘A beautiful tribute’ U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visits Kittson County Veterans Memorial, East Grand Forks Exponent

Voting

Mpls. councilman has plan to boost voter turnout among renters, KSTP

Wisconsin

Highlights of Wisconsin budget signed by governor, KARE

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