In the Know: March 6, 2017

2017 Legislative Session
In first step, Minnesota House votes to block cities’ wage, workplace rules, Star Tribune
GOP proposal in Congress could mean cuts to Minnesota’s medical Assistance program, Star Tribune
GOP health care plan could cost Minnesota billions, state document shows, Pioneer Press
Hoping to avoid political gridlock, Gov. Dayton steps up outreach to legislators, Star Tribune
Immigrant licenses complicate Real ID effort, Rochester Post Bulletin
Real ID coming up, but do they have the votes?, Star Tribune
The debate begins over the state budget, Sunday Sales on its way to Dayton’s desk, MPR
$2.5 million bill being considered for state multi-use trail, Brainerd Dispatch
Bring on the champagne, Sunday liquor sales passes in Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
GOP efforts to steer LRT funds to roads won’t fly, feds say, Minneapolis Business Journal
GOP tries to stop Minnesota cities from mandating minimum wage hikes, sick leave, Duluth News Tribune

AG Lori Swanson
Minn. Attorney General Lori Swanson takes quiet approach to job, political ambitions, Star Tribune

DNC
DNC chair’s No. 1 job is to elect more Democrats. Period., The Hill
DNC Chairman Tom Perez pokes fun at Trump’s weekly address, USA Today
Can Democrats Turn Activism Into Votes? Special Elections Might Be a Clue, NPR
The new grassroots, Vice News
Why I’m Disappointed, But Not Distraught, Huffington Post
The Democratic Leadership: Far Left and Way More Left, Wall Street Journal

 

Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton’s prostate surgery at Mayo Clinic goes as planned, MPR
Mark Dayton Surgery Successful, KDAL
Recovery slow, but Dayton making progress after prostate surgery, West Central Tribune
Ely group suing Dayton, state, Ely Echo
Iron Range residents sue Dayton over mining near Boundary Waters, MPR
Seven Iron Rangers that Had No Other Choice, Mesabi Daily News

Minnesota DFL
Minnesota DFL re-elects Ken martin to be party chair, Star Tribune
After rough election, state Democrats vote on leaders, MPR
Minnesota Democrats Re-Elect Party Chair Ken Martin, WCCO
Minnesota Democrats re-elect Ken martin as chair, MPR
Despite recent losses, Minnesota DFL re-elects Ken Martin as chair, Pioneer Press
Martin re-elected to lead Minnesota’s DFL party, KFGO
Candidates for governor aim for face time at DFL meeting, MPR

Sen. Al Franken
Al Franken reminds Jeff Sessions : ‘The ambassador from Russia is a Russian’, Washington Post
Read Al Franken’s letter about why Jeff Sessions’ excuses don’t add up, Mic
Sen. Al Franken Voices Concern Over Sessions As AG, WCCO
Franken: Sessions should come back before the Judiciary Committee, The Hill
Franken: ‘We don’t know what the Russians have on Donald Trump’, ABC
Franken: Sessions Should Come Before Senate committee and ‘Explain Himself’, TPM
Franken seeks FBI answers on federal attempts to question Standing Rock protesters, StarTribune

Rep. Tim Walz
Veterans roundtable in Owatonna, Mankato Free Press
Veterans and their families share views on VA with Rep. Tim Walz, KTTC
Rep. Tim Walz Holds Veterans’ Affairs Roundtable, KEYC
Friendly crowd at Walz town hall; lots of questions about Trump, MPR
Walz holds town hall meeting in Worthington, Fairmount Sentinel

Rep. Rick Nolan
Nolan Urges Trump to Reverse Asian Carp Study Delay, KDAL
Nolan urges Trump to reverse Asian carp decision, Brainerd Dispatch
Nolan still weighing run for Minnesota governor, Duluth News Tribune
Congressman Nolan Addresses Healthcare Concerns at Forum, WDIO

The Resistance
Macalester professors lead chapter of anti-Trump group, Mac Weekly
Constituent town halls happen ‘with or without’ congressman, Hastings Star Gazette
Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble, MPR

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar calls on Sessions to testify again, MPR

Trump’s Russia Problem
Russian Hacking was Prominent In Campaign When Sessions Met Ambassador, TPM
Did Jeff Sessions Speak to the Russian Ambassador About WikiLeaks DNC Emails?, Huffington Post
Did Jeff Sessions Commit Perjury?, Slate
So what actually constitutes a lie these days?, MinnPost

Upcoming Events

  • March 7, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN
  • March 8A Day Without Women
  • March 9, 7:00 PM — SD36 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant, 970 Schreiber Terrace, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • March 9, 7:00 PM — SD48 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN
  • March 10, 12:00 PM — Stand Against Trump,  Brookdale Dr. & Xerxes Ave., Brooklyn Park, MN
  • March 12 — Daylight Savings Time begins
  • March 13, 6:30 PM — SD50 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 7001 Cahill Rd, Minneapolis, MN
  • March 13, 7:00 PM — SD44 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Shady Oak Room, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • March 14, 6:30 PM — HD46B Legislative Priorities Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, St Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55426
  • March 14, 7:00 PM — SD40 DFL Central Committee Meeting, Brooklyn Park Library
    8500 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55445
  • March 15, 7:00 PM — CD3 DFL Convention, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • March 17, 12:00 PM — Stand Against Trump, SD40 DFL Treasurer John Schafer is holding a weekly hour of protest and resistance on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm at the corner of Brookdale & Xerxes in Brooklyn Park – See more here.
  • March 18, 10:00 AM — SD44 DFL Convention, RHR Room, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Check with Chair Phyllis Richerson for details at richerson52@comcast.net.
  • March 24, 12:00 PM — Stand Against Trump, SD40 DFL Treasurer John Schafer is holding a weekly hour of protest and resistance on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm at the corner of Brookdale & Xerxes in Brooklyn Park – See more here.

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