In the Know: July 7, 2015

Events today

  • The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate reconvene after their 4th of July recess.
  • 9 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin meets with the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune.
  • 10 a.m. – Rep. Frank Hornstein, Rep. Sheldon Johnson, first responders, and concerned community members will hold a press conference on the release of the rail companies emergency preparedness plans. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Parking Lot, 520 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin, Rep. Tina Liebliing and Rep. Kim Norton meet with the editorial board at the Rochester post Bulletin.
  • Noon – DFL Chairman Ken Martin hosts a lunch for local DFLers at Valentino’s Pizza in Rochester.


Mark your calendars

  • July 8 – Join the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation and the Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades Council as we break ground on a new home. 3 p.m., 385 W 7th St., St. Paul.
  • July 8 – Senate District 42 DFL will host a prevailing wage/right to work forum from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 N Hamline Ave., Roseville.
  • July 12 – The Congressional District 2 DFL will host a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Legislative Issues Forum from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. For further information, contact Terry Friedrichs, CD 2 Outreach/Inclusion Committee, at 612-859-9676.
  • 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 Legislative Session

DFL Chair Ken Martin on Bakk-Dayton, Daudt’s performance, and ‘throwaway’ legislative deals, MinnPost 

2016 election

GOP State Sen. Branden Petersen won’t seek reelection, MinnPost

GOP state Sen. Branden Petersen won’t seek re-election, MPR

State senator Branden Petersen joins list of Republicans exiting Minnesota Legislature in 2016, Star Tribune

Former local party chairman to seek state Senate seat, Chanhassen Villager

Upcoming polls to lock in GOP debate field, Politico 

What’s happening today on the campaign trail: Marco Rubio will deliver his first major domestic policy address of the campaign in Chicago, focusing on technology issues, before attending a fundraiser in Windsor Heights, Iowa, hosted by Chris Hagenow. Hillary Clinton will give her first national television interview of the 2016 election cycle to CNN at 5 p.m. Ben Carson will speak at a business breakfast in New Hampshire hosted by Renee Plummer. The Washington Post

Confederate flag

6 key moments from the South Carolina Senate’s strikingly blunt Confederate flag debate, The Washington Post

S.C. Senate votes to take down flag; House OK still needed, MPR

Holiday parade wasn’t time or place to display Confederate flag on city truck, Star Tribune

Sack Confed Firefighter

Congressional delegation


Aspen Ideas Festival: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, MPR


High-tax Minnesota number 1, Fargo Forum

Study finds African immigrants more powerful economic force than previously thought in Twin Cities, Star Tribune

There’s more to a booming economy than taxes, MPR

Political Junkie: Will Greece’s troubles affect U.S. economy? MPR

Our View: How can we solve ‘workforce squeeze’? Rochester Post Bulletin

Education (E-12)

Minnesota gets more preschool funding, but for fewer kids, some predict, Pioneer Press 

As Congress debates education this week, Republicans will highlight how far to the right they have moved on the issue since the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001. Even though the law significantly expanded the federal government’s role, only six Republican senators opposed it. Keep in mind that, running for president just five years before the law was approved, Bob Dole supported eliminating the Department of Education altogether. But George W. Bush pulled his party along with him by pushing for passage of NCLB. It was actually GOP negotiators pushing hardest for standards, challenging both teacher unions and what Bush 43 memorably called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” In case you need another reminder, this is no longer George W. Bush’s Republican Party. Though his brother Jeb continues to support Common Core, with softened rhetoric, conservative grassroots activists have re-embraced their federalist roots and historic skepticism of any federal involvement. The Washington Post


Today in history


Marriage equality

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) will push Speaker John Boehner for a resolution of disapproval concerning the Supreme Court’s gay marriage. It would be nonbinding but could force Republicans to go on the record anew. “We should bring it to the floor and have a debate and let people register their positions,” the congressman told The Post’s Ed O’Keefe in an interview yesterday afternoon. King, who has a lot of sway with activists in conservative northwest Iowa, wants 2016ers to weigh in more on the issue. He complained that he’s heard “a good number of tepid responses” from presidential candidates on this. “I think it’s important to let the public know where they stand,” he said. The Washington Post 

Minnesota Capitol

Too many governor portraits? State Capitol art panel to hear from public, MPR

After state Capitol remodel, where should the art go? Pioneer Press

Secretary of State

Secretary of State pays rare visit to county, Pipestone County Star News

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