- 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.
- 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.
Minnesota licensing hurdles frustrate out-of-state teachers, Pioneer Press
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
Medical device tax
The recurring claim that the medical device tax has cost more than 30,000 jobs, The Washington Post
Minnesota’s medical marijuana Q & A, Pioneer Press
Calls to scrap MNsure are premature, Star Tribune
Minnesota Supreme Court
Who will be Minnesota’s next Supreme Court justice? Pioneer Press
U.S. Supreme Court
Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines, The Washington Post