In the Know: July 17, 2015

Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – AT&T, one of the world’s largest and most profitable corporations, has taken Minnesota’s Department of Labor to federal court to prevent the agency from enforcing MN STATUTE 181.9413 SICK LEAVE BENEFITS; CARE OF RELATIVES ACT. For over a year and a half AT&T has stubbornly refused to recognize this law for its employees with over 25 years of service with the company. Union members who have had to take leave to care for medical issues with their children, grandchildren, spouses, siblings and parents have been denied the paid time under the law. AT&T workers and supporters will rally outside the federal building and then pack the courtroom. We want our strong and dignified presence to be a reminder of the human factor. We want them to see the faces of the people actually effected by AT&T’s arrogant refusal to comply with the law. Minneapolis U.S. District Court, 300 S. 4th St, Minneapolis.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Congressman Nolan will tour storm damage in the Brainerd-Lakes area. The first meeting will be with resort owners at 11:45 a.m., followed by the helicopter flyover and then a stop at the relief center for meetings with officials and residents. The delegation will also meet with the press and make a stop at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. 

Events Saturday

  • 9 a.m. – Anyone interested in marching in the Rondo Days parade with the St. Paul DFL can meet at the parade line-up at St. Peter Claver Church, 1060 Central Ave. W, St. Paul, Unit #35.
  • 11 a.m. – 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, please contact the Caucus secretary at
  • 11 a.m. – 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 701 N 3rd St., Minneapolis.

Event Sunday

  • 1 p.m. – Senate District 59 DFL hosts “A Picnic with the Party.” This free event is being held at North Commons Park, 1801 James Av. N., Minneapolis. Food, music and kids’ activities.

Mark your calendars

  • 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

6 takeaways from the 2016 cash race, The Hill

Where the 2016 candidates raised their money, six maps, The Washington Post

Candidates in the 2nd District raise big money, MPR

Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president, MPR

Clinton, Sanders raise thousands in Minnesota, MPR

Kline challengers rake in dough: Craig from ActBlue, Lawrence from herself , Pioneer Press

Minnesota voters give most cash — by far — to Clinton, Star Tribune

The Bernie Sanders predicament: Where do you fit all those people? The Washington Post

Biggest losers in 2016 money count, Politico

In Clinton’s shadow, Democrats meet for first 2016 face-off, KSTP

2016 session

Hefty roster of public works projects lands before Minnesota lawmakers, Pioneer Press

Affordable Care Act

More Democrats are getting health insurance, thanks to Obamacare. Why are Republicans staying away? The Washington Post


Gunman kills four Marines in an act of ‘domestic terrorism,’ The Hill

Shootings in Chattanooga: What we know about the alleged gunman, MPR

Gunman attacks 2 military sites in Tennessee; 4 Marines and shooter are killed, Star Tribune

Criminal justice system

Obama visits prison to call for a fairer justice system, MPR

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Education (E-12)

Franken amendment to Senate education bill would ban LGBT discrimination in schools, MinnPost

Senate approves revisions to No Child Left Behind, setting up showdown with House, Star Tribune


Minnesota employers added 2,900 jobs in June, but the unemployment rate rose a tick, MinnPost

Minnesota adds 2,900 jobs in June; Who’s hiring and firing? Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Education (higher)

Nolan announces $1 million for 8th District colleges, WDIO

Good Question: What are the ethics rules for legislators? WCCO


The high cost of being a Minnesota legislator, MinnPost


Why don’t Americans vote? We’re ‘too busy.’ The Washington Post

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