In the Know: June 29, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference. St. Paul River Centre, Grand Ballroom ABEF.
  • 9 a.m. – The Supreme Court will hand down its final three decisions for the term.
    • Lethal injection: “Death-row inmates in Oklahoma are objecting to the use of the sedative midazolam in lethal-injection executions after the drug was implicated in several botched executions. Their argument is that the drug does not reliably induce a coma-like sleep that would prevent them from experiencing the searing pain of the paralytic and heart-stopping drugs that follow sedation.”
    • Independent redistricting commissions: “Roughly a dozen states have adopted independent commissions to reduce partisan politics in drawing congressional districts. The case from Arizona involves a challenge from Republican state lawmakers who complain that they can’t be completely cut out of the process without violating the Constitution.”
    • Mercury emissions: “Industry groups and Republican-led states assert that environmental regulators overstepped their bounds by coming up with expensive limits on the emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants without taking account of the cost of regulation at the start of the process. The first-ever limits on mercury emissions, more than a decade in the making, began to take effect in April.”
  • 1 p.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin meets with MinnPost staff to review the 2015 session.
  • 2 p.m. – Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association will release data from recent statewide poll regarding the public perception of police officers in Minnesota.  The poll was conducted June 15-16, 2015 and covers the topics including: police job approval rating, public’s perception of safety in their localities, personal interactions with police, and police judgement in using deadly force. 
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will travel to southwest Minnesota to meet with county officials and discuss several election reform issues, including upcoming initiatives such as ensuring Minnesota is prepared in the event a large scale incident affects an election….Secretary Simon will meet with county election officials in Cottonwood, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, and Jackson counties. 

Event Thursday

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Rochester for a fundraiser brunch and town meeting at 9 a.m. in the Rochester International Event Center.

2015 session

Craig Clark: Session didn’t deliver on high hopes, Austin Daily Herald

2016 election

Hillary Clinton in Minnesota: Quiet, but coordinating, Star Tribune

NBC distances itself from Donald Trump: ‘We do not agree with his positions’, Star Tribune

As left wins culture battles, G.O.P. gains opportunity to pivot for 2016, New York Times

‘Abide by the law’: Campaign trail responds to same-sex marriage ruling, MPR

Christie to announce Tuesday that he’s running for president, MPR

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to visit Rochester, Rochester Post Bulletin

Bernie Sanders to make second visit to Minnesota, MPR

Cruz: Opposition to gay marriage to be front and center in 2016 campaign, MPR

Nearly a month into his run, O’Malley hires a campaign manager, The Washington Post

Chris Christie will use his Tuesday announcement, at the high school where he graduated, to present himself as the candidate in the 2016 field with the biggest and boldest ideas. The New Jersey governor plans to continue unveiling a steady stream of provocative policy plans in the coming months aimed at

generating free media coverage and forcing Republican rivals to say whether or note they agree. Immigration and tax reform are on tap. “He wants to be the guy driving the national conversation,” an adviser told us Sunday afternoon.

  • “Telling it like it is,” the campaign’s slogan, is part of a broader strategy to fight his way back into the top tier, which also includes embracing the mantle of underdog, campaigning like a guerrilla and camping out in New Hampshire. He has already spent at least 19 days in the Granite State this year. He’ll go straight there from his announcement and stay on the ground through the Fourth of July.
  • Christie earned positive coverage from education, foreign policy and entitlement plans he rolled out the past few months. Several of the proposals would be problematic in a general election – like raising the retirement age and means-testing benefits – but, in the short-term, they highlight Christie’s conservative bona fides and make him look like a maverick. “They call it the third rail of American politics,” he bragged recently as he talked about Social Security. “They say, ‘Don’t touch it.’ So we’re going to hug it!” The Washington Post

Affordable Care Act

PoliGraph: Claims about Obamacare, MPR

Who is using Obamacare and how much money are they getting? WCCO

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Economy

Senator’s View: To remain global leader, U.S. must invest in biomedical research, Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota No. 1 for business, Bemidji follows trend: Locals say city falls in line with state on education, quality of life, Bemidji Pioneer

Summer reading: new reports show that policy choices build ladders to economic opportunity, Minnesota Budget Bites

Leaders want economic summit, Mesabi Daily News

Even the Twin Cities suburbs are feeling the impact of income equality, Star Tribune

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Education (K-12)

Minnesota’s neediest schools have fewer tenured staff Detroit Lakes

Sen. Schmit: Native American achievement gap a ‘black eye’ for Minnesota, Rochester Post Bulletin 

Environment

Biofuels are better for the environment, rural economy, St. Cloud Times

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Equality

Next, gay rights leaders will fight bias in employment, housing, Star Tribune

Minnesota man who fought for right to marry partner in early ’70s praises gay marriage ruling, Star Tribune

Court approves same sex marriage, Star Tribune

Analysis: Opponents will keep fighting, but history is hard to reverse, Star Tribune

Minnesota politicians respond to same-sex marriage ruling, MinnPost

Brodkorb: Kriesel ‘disappointed’ with GOP on same-sex marriage, Star Tribune

How unbelievably quickly public opinion changed on gay marriage, in 5 charts, The Washington Post

Why conservatives gave up fighting gay marriage, The Washington Post

A history of same-sex marriage in Minnesota, Pioneer Press

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And here is what Republican candidates had to say since the Court’s decision:

  • Bush: “I believe in traditional marriage.”
  • Walker: “The only alternative left is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” 
  • Rubio: “I believe that marriage…should be between one man and one woman.”
  • Perry: “I’m a firm believer in traditional marriage… I fundamentally disagree with the court rewriting the law and assaulting the 10th Amendment.”
  • Jindal: “Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”
  • Fiorina: “I do not agree that the Court can or should redefine marriage.”
  • Huckabee: “The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress…to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

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GOP

In a fast-changing culture, can the GOP get in step with modern America? The Washington Post

Immigration

‘We’re always stronger when we’re united’: How Lucina Dominquez is creating a better life for immigrant workers, MinnPost

Labor

AFSCME, MAPE come to tentative contract agreements with state of Minnesota, Star Tribune

State reaches contract deals with two largest unions, MPR

Legislative staff

Meet the Fiscal Notes: A barbershop quartet of Minnesota legislative staffers, MPR

MNsure

Should state dump MNsure? Money, control are key issues, Star Tribune

Minnesota Police and Peace Officers

Ad campaign to highlight Minnesota cops’ good work, MPR

Mississippi

Despite Supreme Court’s ruling, Mississippi won’t allow same-sex weddings, Star Tribune

Obama

Analysis: Obama secures his legacy and gains vindication, Star Tribune

Obama plans visit to La Crosse for economic event Thursday, Star Tribune

Pride

Overwhelming turnout, fluttering glitter, ‘Love wins!’ embrace Mpls. Gay Pride Parade, Star Tribune

Pride marchers, onlookers celebrate historic ruling, MPR

Pride celebrations wrap Sunday with Minneapolis parade, Fox 9

Secretary of State

County, Secretary of State work together to stop domestic violence, ECM
Secretary of State seeks input from local businesses, New Ulm Journal

Transportation

Franken: Make rail safety a top priority in Minnesota, Detroit Lakes

Put simply: our broken roads are broke! McLeod County Chronicle

U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion drips with contempt, Star Tribune

GOP candidates rip ‘imperial court’ for legalizing gay marriage, The Hill

Veterans

No tax break is a slap in the face to veterans, Alexandria Echo Press

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