In the Know: July 20, 2015

Events today

  • The Vikings and the Minneapolis Sport Facilities Authority will host a media tour of the new U.S. Bank Stadium this morning.  The stadium is more than 65 percent complete.
  • 8:15 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide brief remarks at the Annual Conference of the Association of Labor Relations.
  • 12:15 p.m. – Sen. Franken will be joined by Minnesota students, parents, teachers and principals to discuss how the long-needed overhaul of the nation’s “No Child Left Behind” education law will affect Minnesota schools.

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.
  • Aug. 9 – An Environmental Awareness Picnic will be held at the Environmental Learning Center, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 13,500 Dakota Ave S, in Savage. The event is free and sponsored by Senate Districts 55, 56 and Scott County DFL.

2015 election

Progressive activist Peggy Flanagan running unopposed for Minnesota House, Star Tribune

Hoffman enters race for Duluth mayor, Duluth News Tribune

Senate District 46 Central Committee members from 46A unanimously endorsed Peggy Flanagan at the July meeting.  Flanagan is running unopposed for the Minnesota House of Representatives 46A seat that

was vacated by Ryan Winkler in July.  For more information on her campaign visit NeighborsForPeggy.Org.

2016 election

Walker brings announcement tour to Iowa, Stat Tribune

‘Black Lives Matter’ halt Sanders, O’Malley events, The Hill

Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota: ‘I don’t … need to spend a nickel to get elected’, Grand Forks Herald

Can Scott Walker hit South Carolina’s sweet spot? MPR

Seeing crowd, G.O.P. donors holding back, New York Times

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders hope he carries torch of Paul Wellstone, Star Tribune

Liberal activists see Bernie Sanders as champion for causes failed by Obama, The Washington Post

Some surprising winners and losers in the 2016 fundraising race, The Washington Post

Activists disrupt forum featuring candidates O’Malley, Sanders, The Washington Post

‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters flummox O’Malley, Sanders, Politico

Hang Trump around Republican necks, mn progressive project


PHOENIX—Bernie Sanders is unaccustomed to being heckled by protesters. The self-identified democratic socialist was caught off guard here Saturday when African-American and Latino activists jeered him at Netroots Nation. Sanders’ inability to control the audience – he tried to shut them up and then he tried to yell over them – underscores his broader struggle to expand his appeal and highlights why his summer surge is unlikely to last.



Toll of bird flu in Minn. approaching $650M, Albert Lea Tribune

Budget (state)

Another Minnesota surplus — to spend wisely, Star Tribune 

Congressional delegation


Amid Tea Party discontent, Emmer stands firm on his early record, MinnPost


Al Franken visits Winona, talks mental health challenges in criminal justice system, Winona Daily News


John Kline keeps raking in for-profit college cash, City Pages


Congressman Tim Walz meets with local tech start-up, KIMT

Advocating for ethanol: Walz visits Janesville plant, Janesville Argus

Rep. Tim Walz stresses energy independence, KEYC


U.S., Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades, The Washington Post



Minnesota CEO pay takes a big leap, Star Tribune

What the arrival of Amazon means for Minnesota retailers, MinnPost

Education (E-12)

GOP signals possible fight over education funding, Albert Lea Tribune


Forum editorial: Dumb and dumber at NRCC, Fargo Forum

Health and human services

Medicaid enrollment surges under expanded program; states worry about paying for added care, Star Tribune

Minnesota health care programs mute Medicaid expansion costs, WCCO


Unity workers join SEIU, Workday Minnesota

Memorial dedicated for 1934 Teamsters strike, Workday Minnesota





Legislators come and sometimes go too soon, Star Tribune 

Major League Soccer

‘Hell yeah’: Documents detail aggressive effort by St. Paul officials around soccer stadium, MinnPost

Medical marijuana

Why medical marijuana is off to a slow start in MN, MPR

Reproductive rights

Rand Paul may hold up highway bill over Planned Parenthood, Politico

State Auditor

ECM Editorial: Another legislative black eye as State Auditor dealt mean hand, ECM

Storm damage

Dayton, Nolan visit storm damaged areas near Brainerd, MinnPost

Dayton, Nolan visit damaged resorts, meet aid workers, Brainerd Dispatch

Dayton sees storm damage, says Brainerd’s open for business, KSTP 


Wisconsin court ruling may reshape state political landscape, Pioneer Press

Conservative ‘balanced budgets’ reflect unbalanced priorities: Scott Walker vs Barack Obama, mn progressive project 


Taking stock: Women in the economy and public life, MinnPost 

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