In the Know: June 23, 2015

Events today

  • 3 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will proclaim Experis to be a Yellow Ribbon Company.  The Yellow Ribbon program recognizes organizations for being supportive of service members, veterans, and military families.
  • President Obama is poised to get the 60 votes he needs in the Senate today to advance Trade Promotion Authority as a stand-alone measure, which will be a big win.
  • 5:30 p.m. – The Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum, Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies, 8605 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.

Save the date!

  • 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 27 – “Awake the Lakes Area DFL” hosted by the Douglas County DFL. 118 City Park Road, Alexandria. 1-3 p.m. music, 3-5 p.m. speakers including House DFL Assistant Leader Erin Murphy, a representative from Congressman Collin Peterson’s office and Mike Simpkins.
  • 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

Editorial: Outstate Minn. gets small wins, Albert Lea Tribune

2016 election

While GOP candidates stammer, Clinton directly confronts race, The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on economic growth under Obama, The Washington Post

Frank discussions on race help define Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, The New York Times

What ‘Mormon problem?’ More would vote for a Mormon than an evangelical Christian. The Washington Post

5,000 people came to hear Bernie Sanders speak in Denver. And that meansThe Washington Post

Clinton’s visit prompts response from Republican Party of Minnesota, WCCO

Hillary Clinton stops in Minn. for fundraiser, KARE

Hillary Clinton in Minneapolis for $2,700-a-ticket fundraiser, Fox 9

For better or worse, Monday belonged to Ted Cruz. His strongly-worded comments opposing gun control post-Charleston vaulted the Texas senator to the top of the White House pack in terms of overall mentions across traditional, online and social media. By 2 p.m. Eastern Monday afternoon, 25 percent of all the 2016 conversation was about Cruz. He garnered more mentions than the next four GOP contenders (Bush, Paul, Perry and Rubio) combined, per our campaign analytics partner Zignal Labs.

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Budget

In Minnesota, a state budget that’s bigger than it seems, Star Tribune

Charleston massacre

Political Junkie: How the Charleston massacre is changing campaign 2016, MPR

President Obama will go to Charleston on Friday to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney. The vice president will accompany him.

Child protection

Hennepin Co. poised to add more than 100 workers to fortify child protection, KSTP

Confederate flag

Gov. Haley announces new push to remove Confederate flag in S.C., MPR

Lawmakers’ changing tone on flag follows 15 years of refusal, KSTP

Congressional delegation

Emmer

Emmer returns campaign money from white supremacist, MPR

Rep. Emmer gives back $500 contribution from supremacist leader, Star Tribune

Environment

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz: Enjoying nature also means fighting to conserve it, Winona Daily News

Guns

How gun ‘suppressors’ became legal in Minnesota — with barely any debate, MinnPost

Labor

Minnesota AFL-CIO president announces retirement, Pioneer Press

 

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Major League Soccer

St. Paul Mayor Coleman met with Minnesota United officials to discuss soccer stadium, MinnPost

Marriage equality

How gay marriage became a major issue for a generation uninterested in marriage, The Washington Post

Ramadan

Two Minnesota women get seats at Obama’s table for Iftar dinner, Star Tribune

Sex offenders

For registered sex offenders, an uphill civil rights battle, MPR

Court ruling affects Minnesota’s pending sex offender cases, Pioneer Press

Republican presidential hopefuls tread carefully in S.C. Confederate flag debate, Star Tribune

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