In the Know: June 16, 2015

Events today

  • Commerce Commissioner Michael Rothman is in Washington, DC, to participate in the 2015 White House Elder Justice Forum with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The Forum will focus on strategies to prevent and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Forum will provide input for the 2015 White Conference on Aging.

Save the date!

  • June 20 – The DFL African-American Caucus is looking for volunteers to help with voter registration at Juneteenth. 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Mississippi Drive, Minneapolis. For more information contact
  • June 20 – Stonewall DFL will be tabling at the Brainerd Pride Picnic from 2 – 5 p.m. at Lum Park.
  • June 23 – The Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum, 5:30 p.m., Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies, 8605 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.
  • June 27 – Stonewall DFL will at Twin Cities Pride from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the festival grounds in Loring Park. For additional information, contact Gerald Strauss at gerald.strauss@gmail.
  • June 28 – Stonewall DFL will at Twin Cities Pride from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the festival grounds in Loring Park. They will also march in the parade at 11 a.m. For additional information, contact Gerald Strauss at gerald.strauss@gmail.
  • 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 special session

Budget bills passed during special session avert shutdown, Minnesota Budget Project

Minnesota special session: What got done, what didn’t, MPR

Where issues – big and small – stand after Minnesota lawmakers wrap up 2015 session, Star Tribune

Dealing behind closed doors, Pioneer Press

Despite working with a nearly $2 billion surplus this year, the House GOP majority got in the way of the legislature addressing Minnesota’s

serious transportation issues, and prioritized tax cuts for the rich over investing in Minnesota students. YouTube

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2016 election

Jeb Bush has optimistic message, faces challenges in ’16 bid, WCCO

The 2016 GOP primary is basically the most wide open race ever, The Washington Post

Jeb Bush makes it official: He’s running, MPR

Where they stand: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on key issues in 2016 presidential campaign, Star Tribune

Six takeaways from Bush launch, The Hill

Scott Walker will likely announce he is running on July 13, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The $9 billion man? Donald Trump set to announce 2016 plans, KSTP


Congress paddles toward brink of a government shutdown, The Hill 


Federal panel backs $60 million for American Indian schools, Pioneer Press


MN lawmakers pull the plug on pollution-fighting citizens’ council, MPR


Labor buys ‘thank you’ ads for lawmakers who blocked Obama trade pact, The Washington Post


Winkler’s retirement from the Legislature effective June 1, WCCO 

Medical device tax

White House threatens veto of Paulsen’s bill to repeal medical device tax, Star Tribune

Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana program has registered more doctors than patients, Star Tribune


How to sound like you know what you are talking about on trade, The Washington Post

House Republicans and White House try to revive trade bill stalled by Democrats, New York Times

After confusing, dramatic Friday votes in the House, here’s where the trade deal stands, MinnPost


U.S. Bank buys naming rights for stadium, Fox 9

Report: U.S. Bank to pay $220 million to Vikings for stadium naming rights, MinnPost

Vikings confirm new home: U.S. Bank Stadium, Fox 9

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