In the Know: June 2, 2015

Events today

  • 8 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Mower County Auditor/Treasurer Steven Reinzrtz, 201 1st. St. NE, Austin.
  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon visits Freeborn  County Crime Victims Crisis Center, 411 S. Broadway Ave., Albert Lea.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Lyon, 113 S. Nicollet St., Blue Earth.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon visits Committee Against Violence Abuse Shelter, Mankato.
  • 3 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Steel  County Auditor Laura Ihrke, 630 Florece Ave., Owatonna.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon visits Faribault’s Hope Center, 1003, 7th St. NW, Faribault.

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

Speaker Daudt deserves a good grade, ECM

Editorial: Doing too much can leave much undone in session, Austin Daily Tribune 

2015 special session

Budget talks break through; Minn. government shutdown unlikely, MPR

Daudt: Europe trip on hold because of budget talks, MPR

Political chatter: Reporters take what information they can get in budget talks, Capitol Chatter

Dayton, House GOP move toward final budget deal, Star Tribune

Dayton says he and Legislature are very close in deal to avoid shutdown, Pioneer Press

House GOP looks to make a deal; 9,500 workers get layoff notices, Pioneer Press

In Brainerd, DFL leader talks special session, Brainerd Dispatch

State budget deal imminent, KARE

Agreement over education funding clears way for special session, MinnPost


2016 election

Sen. Lindsey Graham joins battle for Republican nomination, MPR

South Carolina’s Graham opens 2016 bid on grim note about US enemies and a vow to defeat them, Star Tribune

Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president, Pioneer Press

Explaining the Bernie Boom: At Minneapolis rally, many talk of an alternative to Hillary Clinton, MinnPost



Clearer view emerges of income inequality in Minnesota counties, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Dayton and GOP push pre-K aside, but parents want it, MPR

GOP’s Daudt offers extra $525M for education in negotiations with Dayton, Star Tribune

Dayton, House GOP reach tentative deal on education, WCCO

Education (higher)

Kline concerned about Corinthian students – what about the rest? mnpACT!


Study of Minnesota lakes finds widespread drug contamination, MPR


Labor activists to receive Wellstone Awards from DFL, Workday Minnesota

Layoff notices

Layoff notices set to hit state workers’ desks 1 month before shutdown, WCCO

Shutdown notices sent, House wants to make a deal, Pioneer Press

Layoffs for 9,400 state employees, Dayton willing to concede to avoid shutdown, Fox 9

Medical marijuana

Registration opens for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, Star Tribune

Medical pot patients could be in a bind, Pioneer Press

Patriot Act

Political Junkie: NSA surveillance program expires, MPR

In debate over Patriot Act, lawmakers weigh risks vs. liberty, New York Times

Secretary of State Simon

Statewide safety for survivors: MN Secretary of State visits Women’s Resource Center, Winona Daily News

Minnesota Secretary of State visits Rochester Women’s Shelter to discuss Safe at Home program, KTTC

New improved anonymity program helps battered women, KAAL

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