In the Know: June 30, 2015

Events today

  • The PCR expires today. If you haven’t made your refundable donation to the Minnesota DFL, please click here.
  • Today is the final day of the second fundraising quarter. Presidential candidates, at least the serious and credible ones, spend the majority of their time raising money. The last-minute scrambles on the final day of March, June, September and December are always fun to watch. Chris Hughes, the owner of The New Republic, and his husband are hosting a Hillary Clinton finance event in Manhattan today. Marco Rubio is raising money this evening in Orange County; Ted Cruz, in Houston; Rand Paul, in Denver.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Chris Christie announces he is running for president in New Jersey and then goes straight to New Hampshire for a town hall meeting.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Senate Republican leader David Hann will hold a news conference to call on Gov. Dayton to limit pay raises. 

Events Thursday

  • President Obama will visit the La Crosse area “for an event on the economy.”
  • 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.

2016 election

Presidential hopefuls on last-minute money drive ahead of Tuesday fundraising deadline, Star Tribune

Agriculture

Corn syrup’s DC attack on sugar could hit Minnesota beet industry, Star Tribune

Education (K-12)

MN student testing faces big cuts after lawmakers slash budget, MPR

Minnesota licensing hurdles frustrate out-of-state teachers, Pioneer Press

Labor

Obama proposes extending overtime to 5 million, says too many workers getting short-changed, Star Tribune

President Obama overtime rule could raise wages for 5 million Politico 

Obama proposed news rules to make 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. “Employers can now often get around the rules: Any salaried employee who’s paid more than $455 a week — or $23,660 a year — can be called a ‘manager,’ given limited supervisory duties and made ineligible for overtime,” the AP reports. “Obama says that the level is too low and undercuts the intent of the overtime law. The threshold was last updated in 2004 and has been eroded by inflation … The long-awaited overtime rule

from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, to $970 a week by next year. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week.” The president previews a speech he’ll give on this topic later this week in Wisconsin with an op-ed in the Huffington Post. The Washington Post

Marriage equality

Gay marriage opponents pushing for religious exemption bill, WCCO

Medical device tax

The recurring claim that the medical device tax has cost more than 30,000 jobs, The Washington Post

Medical marijuana

Minnesota’s medical marijuana Q & A, Pioneer Press

Mining

Environmental groups want Dayton to intervene in copper-nickel mine review, Star Tribune

Environmentalists press Dayton on PolyMet MN copper mining plan, MPR

MNsure

Calls to scrap MNsure are premature, Star Tribune

Minnesota Supreme Court

Who will be Minnesota’s next Supreme Court justice? Pioneer Press

New laws

Laws affecting bingo, Uber, tuition and much more will take effect, Star Tribune 

Sex trafficking

Sen. Klobuchar, Cindy McCain team to fight sex trafficking, KARE

Sen. Klobuchar, Cindy McCain team up to fight sex trafficking, Pioneer Press 

State commissioners

Gov. Dayton seizes opportunity to reinstate commissioner pay raises, Star Tribune

Dayton says he’ll OK commissioner raises, MPR

Transportation

Beyond cost cuts, Southwest light rail faces new barriers, Star Tribune

U.S. Supreme Court

Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines, The Washington Post

‘The Supreme Court just did the Republican party a huge favor’, MinnPost
Could Supreme Court decision lead to death of the gerrymander? MPR

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