In the Know: June 22, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the National Governor’s Association Talent Pipeline Policy Academy Cross-State Summit.
  • President Obama will host an Iftar dinner at the White House celebrating Ramadan.
  • 11:15 a.m. – GOP Chairman Keith Downey, Vice Chairman Chris Fields and Chairwoman Aly Eichman of the Minnesota College Republicans will hold a news conference regarding Hillary Clinton’s visit to Minnesota.
  • 5 p.m. – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend a fundraiser hosted by Ellen Lugar.

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 24 – Are you alarmed at the rising rate of income inequality in our country? Are you tired of working hard and not getting ahead? The current state of the economy for working people is not inevitable. Learn how you can change the direction of our economy. Join the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation’s Community Connections’ workshop on Common Sense Economics. East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, 7 p.m., free and open to all
  • 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 election

Checking in with St. Paul School Board candidates, Pioneer Press

2015 session

Outstate interest groups say the Minnesota Legislature disappointed them, Star Tribune

Despite dissent, Bakk retains post as Senate Majority Leader, Star Tribune

Minnesota business groups upbeat about legislative session, Star Tribune

How to guide a legislative session Daudtfully, Star Tribune

Municipal officials, rural lobbyists blame lawmakers for poor Greater Minnesota session, Albert Lea Tribune

Non-metro areas snubbed in session, Duluth News Tribune

Editorial: The 2015 Legislature’s failures for west central Minnesota, West Central Tribune

Our View: Outstate gets small wins at Capitol, Mankato Free Press

Was special session good for Greater Minnesota? Detroit Lakes

Coalition says Legislature did very little for Greater Minnesota, Detroit Lakes

Agreement lacking on Legislature greater Minnesota accomplishments, Alexandria Echo Press

Greater Minnesota officials not pleased, Mesabi Daily News

Special session ends in anger, Agri News

Dayton did Senate leader Bakk no favors, Morrison County Record

Loyal DFL senators rally around Bakk, Mesabi Daily News

Bennett looks back on 2015 session, Austin Daily Herald

Dayton’s vision was better for our region, Worthington Daily Globe

Stop the secret deals, Worthington Daily Globe

Legislators rightfully upset over this session’s special interest orgy, Ely Timberjay

PoliGraph: Daudt spending claim mostly true, MPR

DFL legislature helped turn Minnesota around, Morris Sun Tribune

2016 election

Huckabee says voters want presidential candidates focused on economy, national security, Star Tribune

Why the GOP’s presidential nominee will back legalizing undocumented immigrants, Star Tribune

Pope’s climate-change encyclical puts GOP candidates in an awkward place, MinnPost

Minneapolis’ Ole Savior on long list of 2016 presidential candidates, MinnPost

Republicans tread carefully in criticism of Confederate flag, New York Times

Marco Rubio, everyman, Politico

Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act repeal would increase federal deficit, Star Tribune

Washington whipped into a frenzy ahead of Obamacare ruling, The Hill

CBO: Repealing Obamacare would leave 19 million uninsured; raise federal deficit

  • Jeb Bush has said repealing the Affordable Care Act would be a “high high” priority in his first 100 days of his presidency.
  • Ted Cruz stated he would repeal every “bloody word” of Obamacare.
  • Rand Paul said he “would do everything possible to stop Obamacare.”
  • Marco Rubio said the healthcare law “will have to be repealed.”
  • Scott Walker has said “hands down” he would repeal the Affordable Care Act altogether.
  • Rick Perry has said that if he ever elected president, “Obamacare will be wiped out as much as it can be.”
  • Ben Carson claimed that Obamacare “is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”


Avian flu outbreak slows, but impact still being felt, Swift County News Monitor


Minneapolis A.M.E. church vows openness after Charleston killings, MPR

Congressional delegation


Interview: Congressman Keith Ellison, Harvard Political Review


Klobuchar to speak to Nebraska Democrats, WCCO


Poverty nearly doubles in Twin Cities suburbs, Star Tribune


Boosting exports to Cuba, creating jobs in Minnesota, Detroit Lakes

Education (E-12)

Small but vital funding step builds momentum for Indian school construction, Star Tribune

Reception is mixed on new education bill, Hutchinson Leader

Fight brews over if charters will be included in integration aid funding, Pioneer Press

Education (higher)

Lawmaker: U’s low out-of-state tuition hurts Minnesota students, Star Tribune


The environment: Somewhere in the mix is a project for you, Star Tribune

Klobuchar, Franken shouldn’t bow to lobbyists on Clean Water Rule Star Tribune

Eken fights MPCA, says costs could break Greater MN cities, Detroit Lakes

Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Three WHS students are guests at DFL political dinner, Worthington Daily Globe


As Minnesota taconite producers cut their costs, labor contracts are next, Duluth News Tribune

Fired after joining strike, four janitors suspect retaliation, Workday Minnesota

In this episode  of the AFL-CIO’s “Minnesota Works,” United States Senator & union member Al Franken joins us to talk about his experience as a union member. He also tells us why he voted against Trade Promotion Authority. Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Director Jennifer Schaubach also stops in with a review of what did and didn’t happen during the 2015 Legislative Session. 

Marriage equality

Before its term ends next week, the Supreme Court appears very likely to recognize a Constitutional right to gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges. Such a landmark ruling, which could be announced as early as today or Thursday, would end the bans still in effect across more than a dozen states, from Ohio and Michigan to Kentucky and Tennessee

  • Long term, this should take the marriage issue off the political table. GOP leaders in Washington overwhelmingly – but mostly privately – support gay rights. They’re eager for the chance to say that the Court has spoken and the subject is settled, even as they publicly express disagreement.
  • Short term, the Court’s expected ruling will put gay marriage front and center in the 2016 GOP primary. With a field of almost 20 candidates, the undercards are looking for every opportunity to stand out. Though attitudes have shifted rapidly, social conservatives who oppose same-sex unions retain the power to decide who wins Iowa’s caucuses and South Carolina’s primary. The National Organization for Marriage is determined to make support for a Constitutional amendment overturning the SCOTUS decision a litmus test. Last week, it began publicly prodding 2016 candidates to sign a pledge that they will do everything possible to “overturn” an “illegitimate” decision.


50 Minnesota innovations that changed the world, MinnPost


Rail safety must remain a key priority in Minnesota, Rochester Post Bulletin

Insisting on gas tax dooms long-term road funding, Red Wing Republican Eagle

Post session job 1 – create a transportation plan, ECM

U.S. Supreme Court

Couples, courthouses, opponents nationwide readying for Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, Star Tribune 

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