In the Know: July 15, 2015

Events today

  • 2 p.m. – Neighbors Organizing for Change will hold a press conference at Minneapolis City Hall to release new report on the scheduling crisis facing Minneapolis hourly workers organized by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.

Mark your calendars

  • 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 18 – The African American Caucus is seeking volunteers to work at its booth to register voters at the Rondo Days Festival between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The event will take place at 560 Concordia Ave., St. Paul. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Caucus secretary at secretary.DFLAAC@gmail.com by July 17.
  • 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.

2016 election

Some DFL lawmakers who lost in 2014 aim for rematches, MPR

Clinton and Sanders will be in Minneapolis next month, MPR

Groups backed by secret donors take the lead in shaping 2016 elections, The Washington Post

Is the Tea Party serious? Scott Walker is the test, Star Tribune  

Conversations with two prominent Republicans Tuesday indicate they expect another dogfight for the House and aren’t putting much faith in a Republican Senate. The magic number is six in the upper chamber, which is the number of incumbent DFL senators in districts represented by two GOP

House members, indicating a numerical advantage for the GOP, although Skoe and Stumpf are thought to be unbeatable DFL incumbents. Majority Leader Tom Bakk is said to be talking about picking up seats, not losing them. Expect the big money to go to protecting the House. Star Tribune

Dayton for President? With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joining several other governors already running for president, each governor’s home state will be closely scrutinized. I thought it would be interesting to see how Minnesota would stack up if Gov. Dayton were in the race. As you will see, no other state comes close to Minnesota.

  • Mark Dayton (MN). State/local taxes are $498 higher per household than the national average of $5,642, while median household income is $11,312 higher than the national average.
    • Minnesota ranks #1 for business. #2 for education, #3 for quality of life, and #6 in health.
  • Scott Walker (WI). State/local taxes are $1,517 higher per household than the national average, while median household income is $107 lower than the national average.
    • Wisconsin ranks #15 for business, #14 for education, #23 for quality of life, and #23 in health.
  • Jeb Bush (FL). State/local taxes are $866 lower per household than the national average, while median household income is $6,203 lower than the national average.
    • Florida ranks #16 for business, #26 for education, #32 for quality of life, and #32 in health.
  • Rick Perry (TX). State/local taxes are $249 higher per household than the national average, while median household income is $1,110 lower than the national average.
    • Texas ranks #2 for business, #28 for education, #33 for quality of life, and #31 in health.
  • Chris Christie (NJ). State/local taxes are $910 higher per household than the national average, while median household income is $16,956 higher than the national average.
    • New Jersey ranks #39 for business, #5 for education, and #13 for quality of life, and #11 in health.
  • Bobby Jindal (LA). State/local taxes are $251 lower per household than the national average, while median household income is $8,768 lower than the national average.
    • Louisiana ranks #46 for business. #42 for education, #45 for quality of life, and #48 in health.

Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights)
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, the Tax Foundation, and CNBC

Agriculture

Gov. Dayton issues emergency executive order for bird flu relief, KSTP

House ag committee approves bill that would ban state GMO labeling laws, Star Tribune 

Congressional delegation

Peterson, Nolan rock with the Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus, Star Tribune

Some partisanship in Minnesota Congressional delegation statements on Iran, Star Tribune

Peterson Nolan Photo 

Education (E-12)

Unexpected allies work for ‘No Child’ reforms, Star Tribune

GOP

Oklahoma GOP compares food stamp recipients to animals, TPM

OK GOP Food Stamp

The Republican Party of Minnesota (RPM) today announced its 2015 second quarter fundraising results. The RPM posted revenues of $739,000 for the quarter, for a 2015 total of $1.5 million. For the first six months of 2015 the RPM reduced its debt by $330,000 to $1.25 million. morning take

Sack GOP Legacy Iran

Iran deal: What you need to know, The Hill

Obama PR blitz aims to unite Dems, The Hill

GOP crafts attack plan on Iran deal, The Hill

Obama makes his case on Iran nuclear deal, New York Times

Labor

Bill McCarthy elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, Workday Minnesota

Today in history

7-15-15 Today In History

Legislature

Lobbyist sues Rep. Denny McNamara for defamation, Pioneer Press

Major League Soccer

State won’t pay for pro soccer field – but St. Paul might, Pioneer Press

Oberstar

House honors the late Rep. Jim Oberstar as Congress fumbles his greatest passion, The Washington Post

Chisholm post office will be renamed to honor Oberstar, MinnPost

Society

Is America getting more liberal on social issues? MPR

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