In the Know: June 1, 2015

Events today

  • Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will travel across southern Minnesota to visit with organizations helping victims of domestic violence, speak with a local chamber of commerce, and meet with county officials to talk about election-reform issues recently passed by the Minnesota Legislature. Today Simon visits Winona, Lanesboro, Rochester, and Caledonia.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.
  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last. 

2015 session

2015 session shows importance of transparency, St. Cloud Times

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2015 special session

Dayton gives on pre-k plan but still no budget deal with GOP, Rochester Post Bulletin

Dayton drops pre-kindergarten plan to settle budget, Fargo Forum

In Minnesota, special sessions are very special anymore, Star Tribune

Budget talks take a step ‘backwards,’ Dayton says, Star Tribune

Bad day in Minnesota budget talks; layoff notices pending for 9,500 state workers, Star Tribune

Dayton gives on pre-k plan but still no budget deal, KARE

Gov. Dayton calls latest budget negotiations disappointing, KARE

Dayton calls latest budget talks disappointing, MPR

Hope turns into recriminations in Friday’s negotiations, Pioneer Press

With a tax swap, DFLers hope to wedge transportation funding into special session, Pioneer Press

In Brainerd, DFL leadership talks special session, Brainerd Dispatch

Special session represents ‘do-over’ for Greater Minnesota, Faribault Daily News

State budget remains unresolved, agencies prepare, WCCO

Layoff notices pending for nearly 9,500 state workers, KARE

5-29-15 House GOP Education Offer

2016 election

Overflow crowd in Minneapolis hears Bernie Sanders, Star Tribune

Democrats’ 2016 presidential field expands with entry by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Star Tribune

Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley banks on vitality, credentials, Star Tribune

Democrats seek richer roster of donors to match Republicans in 2016, Star Tribune

O’Malley pledges new leadership as he launches 2016 bid, The Hill

O’Malley’s challenge to Clinton: Ideological or generational? Or both? The Washington Post

Minnesota Republican group wants Fiorina included in presidential debates, MinnPost

5 things you should know about Martin O’Malley, MPR

Sanders hopes populist fire kindles presidential campaign, MPR

Bernie Sanders calls for debates, rallies supporters in Mpls stop, MPR

Overflow crowd in Minneapolis hears Sen. Bernie Sanders, Star Tribune

Spring Grove School Board member to challenge Davids, Rochester Post Bulletin

Sen. Bernie Sanders hopes to win voters at Minneapolis event, WCCO

State budget unresolved, state agencies prepare, KSTP

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders draws 4,000 to Minneapolis ‘town hall’, Fox 9

Big crowd in Minneapolis to hear Bernie Sanders, KARE

In response to Martin O’Malley’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“I welcome Martin O’Malley to the field of candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. As Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley demonstrated his solid commitment to social justice and economic opportunity.

“Governor O’Malley has been a leader on fighting for equal pay for women, increasing access to quality health care and expanding voting rights. On issues from college affordability to increasing the state’s minimum wage, Governor O’Malley exemplifies the Democratic Party’s middle-class economics, highlighting the significant differences between the priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties, regardless of who emerges as each party’s nominee. 

“I look forward to Governor O’Malley joining Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders on the campaign trail as they make the case to the American people that the Democratic Party is on their side.”

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Agriculture

Egg shortage from bird flu trickling down to consumers, Star Tribune

Dayton vetoes ag funding bill, Agri News

Cuba

Franken returns from five-day trip to Cuba, KSTP

Education (higher)

Rep. John Kline says he is in favor of loan forgiveness for Corinthian students, Star Tribune

Franson, Dick

A frequent name at Minnesota ballot box, Dick Franson dies at 86, Pioneer Press

Dick Franson, frequent candidate, dies at 86, MPR 

Immigration

Young migrants present state’s schools with tangle of needs — and examples of resilience, Star Tribune 

Legislature

The Iron Range way in St. Paul, Hibbing Daily Tribune 

Medicaid

In wake of federal reform, Minnesota’s Medicaid enrollment surges to 1 million, Star Tribune

Patriot Act

Parts of Patriot Act expire, even as Senate moves on bill limiting surveillance, MPR

Patriot Act expires as Paul blocks final vote on NSA reform, The Hill

In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying, The Hill

Sex trafficking

New federal law aids underage sex workers, targets traffickers, Star Tribune

Transportation

Senator Klobuchar tours Winona bridge project, WXOW

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