In the Know: June 15, 2015

Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – Congressman Keith Ellison will join others at the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul. The Consulate will host a celebration of the remarkable success that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which the Obama administration established to provide temporary protection from deportation for unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children.
  • 10 a.m. – The Supreme Court is expected to hand down one or more decisions, the first of two batches this week. We’re awaiting potentially landmark judgments involving gay marriage, Obamacare subsidies or lethal injection.

Save the date!

  • June 23 – The Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum, 5:30 p.m., Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies, 8605 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.
  • June 28 – Seventh Annual Family Picnic of the DFL Senior Caucus, noon – 3 p.m., Brookview Park, Golden Valley.
  • July 12 – Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Jackie Stevenson Dinner in Bloomington. Get more information here

2015 session

Bakk’s dealmaking this year perturbed his caucus, Star Tribune

2015 special session

Special session of unusual setting, suspense wraps up, Star Tribune

Gov. Dayton to sign final budget bills today, avoiding shutdown, Star Tribune

Incendiary environment bill exposes heated divisions, Star Tribune

Gallery: Special session, Star Tribune

Dayton’s vetoes yield better legislative results, Star Tribune

Lawmakers hold dramatic special session, WCCO

Lawmakers take extraordinary measures to advance late bills, WCCO

Special session deal reached, KSTP

Special session ends; Minn. government shutdown averted, KARE

Jobs bill headed to governor despite environmental qualms, Pioneer Press

After long day, legislators pass budget bills and go home, Pioneer Press

Looking back at 2015 session and ahead to 2016, Pioneer Press

Dayton to sign bills passed in special session, Pioneer Press

Deep in budget bills, hidden nuggets found, Pioneer Press

Photos: An unusual special session, MPR

Dayton relieved session over, will sign all bills, MPR

Education bill passes House amid bipartisan praise, Pioneer Press

Thoughts on special session and Senate dysfunction, mnpACT!

House GOP said we needed divided government, well this is what it is, mnpACT!

Legislature passes bills after dramatic special session, MinnPost

2016 election

Clinton sketches populist message in first major speech of campaign, MPR

Ready to jump in, Jeb Bush has much to prove in leaderless 2016 Republican race for president, Star Tribune

The GOP field: We made a top 10 list, but really, at this point, it’s just three, The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton takes a step toward substance, MinnPost

Congressional delegation


Franken speaks out against pay day loans in St. Paul, WCCO

Education (E-12)

State poised to make historic investment in its 19,000 American Indian students, Star Tribune

American Indian schools get big boost with new education bill, Pioneer Press


GOP takes heat for photo of Dayton doused in cold water, KSTP

In handout, Republican House doueses Dayton, Pioneer Press

Iowa Straw Poll cancelled after waning interest from candidates, Washington Post

Iowa Straw Poll

Michele Bachmann helped kill the Iowa Straw Poll, Daily Beast

The Iowa Straw Poll is dead. Here are 12 dumb political things that should go with it. Washington Post

Johnson, Dean

Former legislator Dean Johnson to lead UMN Board of Regents, Pioneer Press 

Legacy bill

Legacy bill approved, Pioneer Press

Mental illness

Franken, Stanek: Inmates with mental illness are ‘society’s dirty little secret’, Star Tribune

Military families

First of its kind complex in St. Paul, Minn. honors Minnesota military families, Fox 9


Minnesota iron mines offered break on a major expense: electricity, Star Tribune

Sex offender

Legal pressure failed to stir action on sex offender program, WCCO

Social media

Cool chart: Political Twitter is a whole different world, USA Today

State Auditor

Truth elusive in State Auditor claims, MPR


Green Line turns 1: Riders share their love, hate relationship with the train, Pioneer Press


What is it about Minnesota that makes it a top place to work? Star Tribune

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