In the Know: June 8, 2015

Events today

  • 3:30 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will announce the introduction of his Restore Democracy legislation to reform campaign financing and change the way we do politics in America. The announcement will take place this Monday in Duluth with the support of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Duluth Area Move to Amend, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Common Cause, Northeast Area Labor Council and others.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • 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.

2015 session

Budget impasse was triggered by 3 a.m. decision, Star Tribune

Minnesota’s last-minute legislating makes a mess of things, Star Tribune

2015 special session

$17 billion education bill finalized, but date for special session to approve funds not set yet, Pioneer Press

Talking Points: Daudt talks looming shutdown, auditor bill issues, WCCO

In wake fail, finish in St. Paul, Duluth News Tribune

Another government shutdown looms, Detroit Lakes Online

Lawmakers go public with budget decisions, Albert Lea Tribune

Road to special session has been more like a roller coaster, Pioneer Press

$17 billion education bill finalized, but date for special session to approve funds not set yet, Pioneer Press

Pre-special session grumbling loud this year, Fargo Forum

Chaos and pointless debate: Is this what Minnesotans want? Hutchinson Leader

Minnesota lawmakers finally go public with hefty budget agreements struck in private, Star Tribune

Spending agreements unveiled but special session date still in question, Session Daily

The complaints come from the back benches, Pioneer Press 

2016 election

GOP candidates take aim at Hillary Clinton for her criticism of laws she says suppress the vote, Star Tribune

Scott Walker leads pack in Iowa, but challenges are on the horizon, Star Tribune

Behind Scott Walker, a longstanding conservative alliance against unions, New York Times

5 things you should know about Rick Perry, MPR

Beyond politicking, the real Iowa, MPR

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Agriculture

Scientists race to decode secrets of deadly bird flu, Star Tribune

Buffer legislation likely to emerge from special session, West Central Tribune

Congressional delegation

Nolan

Nolan introduces restore democracy legislation, KDAL

Paulsen

Paulsen’s in the middle as beer-industry tensions ferment on Capitol Hill, MinnPost 

Economy

Obama has overseen more job creation than both Bushes combined — but less than other recent presidents, The Washington Post

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Education (E-12)

Education bill gives schools option of pre-Labor Day start this year, Pioneer Press

Compromise education bill divides new money between pupil formula, several early ed initiatives, Star Tribune 

Education (higher)

Tuition hikes at University of Minnesota may range from 1.5 percent to 7 percent, Star Tribune

Energy

Sandpiper pipeline receives one of two Minnesota permits for construction, Pioneer Press

Mille Lacs Band vows to fight Sandpiper, Brainerd Dispatch

Gallery: Pipeline protest draws large crowds to St. Paul, Star Tribune

Trades praise PUC decision to move pipeline forward, Workday Minnesota

Environment

Buffer legislation likely to emerge from special session, West Central Tribune

FF lawyer against disbanding MPCA: Citizens’ environmental board on legislative chopping block, Fergus Falls Journal

Minnesota’s water war: Battle brews over needs of tourism, agriculture, Star Tribune

GOP

Brodkorb: Downey’s plan for cutting deputy’s salary draws criticism, Star Tribune

Labor

Fast food workers head for Detroit convention as momentum grows for $15, Workday Minnesota

Legislature

Open the doors on state law-making deals, Star Tribune

Secretary of State Simon

MN Secretary of State stops at CADA for feedback, KEYC

State Auditor

Dayton asks lawmakers to slow down auditor changes, KARE

Speaker: Dayton should come to his senses on State Auditor language, Pioneer Press

Dayton says he’ll accept auditor language with one-year delay, Pioneer Press

Dayton, Daudt fail to reach agreement on State Auditor dispute, Star Tribune

Dayton asks lawmakers to slow auditor issue, WCCO

Star Auditor exemption in political spotlight, Rochester Post Bulletin

10 things to know about the State Auditor, Pioneer Press

The legislative effort to privatize the state auditor’s office is foolhardy and probably unconstitutional, MinnPost

Supreme Court

Supreme Court will rule soon on health care and gay marriage, Star Tribune

Transportation

Time to get serious about transportation funding, Alexandria Echo Press

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