In the Know: June 17, 2015

Events today

  • Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Minnesota Pipe Trades Association Annual Convention.
  • 10 a.m. – June marks the one-year anniversary since the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced the Clean Power Plan, a responsibility under the federal Clean Air Act that will reduce national electricity sector emissions that contribute to global warming by an estimated 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, the equivalent pollution benefit of taking 150 million cars off the road.  Will Steger will join business leaders, health advocates and Minnesota youth to call for implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Minnesota for greater job growth, cleaner air and a brighter future.

Save the date!

  • June 18 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus meets at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Café, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 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 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
  • July 14 – Senate District 53 and Senate District 39 Summer Picnic, 5:30 p.m., Tartan Park, Lake Elmo.

2015 session

Legislature done, celebrate by planning a legislative election, Pioneer Press

With session over, did rural Minnesota’s GOP bet pay off? MPR

Journalists look back at the legislative session, MPR

2016 election

Donald Trump begins presidential bid citing outsider status, The Washington Post

Donald Trump elbows into 2016 race, Pioneer Press

Donald Trump says he’ll be greatest jobs president that ‘God ever created’, Star Tribune

Donald Trump’s use of Neil Young song blasted by singer’s manager, The Hill

As budget fight rages at home, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker goes abroad, The Washington Post

What if it’s Jeb vs. Hillary in 2016? MPR


Dayton signs bill to allow equity crowdfunding, Star Tribune

Legislature approves utility rate cuts for big business, MPR 


Report shows interest group shelled out funds prior to trade votes, Star Tribune


Who would want to be a legislator? Plenty it seems. Pioneer Press


Reports offer peek at state Capitol lobbying in 2015 session, Pioneer Press


Franken, other senators send letter to PayPal about its new policies, Star Tribune

Sex offender program

Judge to rule on Minnesota’s long-term sex offender program, WCCO

Special election

Special election to fill Winkler seat will be Nov. 3, Star Tribune 


Amid a celebration of the Green Line’s first year, a call for more light rail, MinnPost

MnDOT says Winona bridge over the Mississippi is ‘structurally deficient’ but safe, MinnPost

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