In the Know: June 4, 2015

Events today

  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will present the 2015 Governor’s International Trade Awards. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 
  • June 9 – The June meeting of the North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will be held at the Little Venetian Inn in Little Canada at 11:30 a.m.
  • June 20 – The June meeting of the African-American Caucus will be held at Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis at 10 a.m.

Save the date!

  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.
  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 special session

Special session plans teeter as Dayton, GOP dig in on auditor fight, MPR

Dispute over state auditor duties becomes a sticking point during budget talks, Star Tribune

Minnesota budget agreements are still in the works, Duluth News Tribune

Make Dayton would halt special session over state auditor provision, Pioneer Press

Auditor’s concerns require a full airing, Pioneer Press

Dayton to stall special session till anti-state auditor law repealed, WCCO

Why Dayton wants a 1-sentence provision he signed rescinded, Fox 9

Tussle over State Auditor stalls special session talks, KARE 

2016 election

Rick Perry announces presidential bid, MPR

5 things you should know about Lincoln Chafee, MPR

Lincoln Chafee’s improbable quest for the White House, MPR

Launching 2016 bid, Rhode Island’s Chafee refuses to rule out talks with Islamic State group, Star Tribune

GOP’s top 10: Who is making the debate cut, The Hill

How will the economy play in 2016? The Hill

Congressional delegation

Klobuchar

Klobuchar visits dairy farm in rebuilding mode after fire, ECM

Destination Medical Center

Rochester’s economic engine shifts into overdrive with Destination Medical Center plans, MinnPost

Economy

Minnesota provides relief to save jobs at U.S. Steel, Star Tribune

Energy

Key vote on Minnesota oil pipeline expected this week, MPR

Environment

How the MPCA’s Citizens’ Board did itself in, MinnPost

FBI surveillance flights

Sen. Al Franken is demanding information from FBI on surveillance flights, Star Tribune

Sen. Franken seeks answers over FBI surveillance flights, WCCO

Health insurance

Health insurers seek higher premiums in Minnesota, MPR

8 Minnesota health plans propose big premium hikes for 2016, Pioneer Press

8 Minnesota health plans propose big premium hikes for 2016, KSTP

Transportation

One year in, Green Line endangers U research, MPR

Study: Trains still better than buses for Southwest light rail line, MPR

Eden Prairie end of line is likely to take the brunt of Southwest LRT cuts, MinnPost

Voting

Democrats challenge voter limits in battleground states, Pioneer Press

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