In the Know: May 12, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 1 p.m. – Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith and legislative leaders will resume budget negotiations at the Governor’s Residence. 

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 12 – The North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada. Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Ramsey County Deputy Manager Heather Worthington will discuss the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant redevelopment.
  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will hold a membership meeting, noon, Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine.  

Events you won’t want to miss!

2015 session

MN Sen. Tom Bakk says lawmakers not close on budget deal, Star Tribune

One week left, lawmakers deep in talks, Pioneer Press

The fishing opener is over: Legislators have seven days to deal with these eight issues, MinnPost

Budget negations focus on health care divide, MPR

Budget talks change venues, topics, MPR

Big differences remain on budget, taxes at the Capitol, MPR

Conceptualizing final negotiations, Pioneer Press

Minnesota budget deal talks continue as clock hits one-week mark, Pioneer Press

Stand up for greater Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch

Divided government = big impossible mess, mnpACT!

Last week of session but hey, they are still smiling, mnpACT!

Among leaders, misunderstandings Monday but ‘no agreements, no concessions,’ Pioneer Press

Transportation bill may be doomed by fight over taxes, MPR

D.J. Tice: Crunch time at the State Capitol. Advantage: Dayton, Star Tribune

Despite ‘fish summit,’ legislators deadlocked on budget talks, WCCO

Legislative session in final days to reach compromise, KSTP

Budget talks kick into high gear at the State Capitol, KARE

I’m told by a House aide that Thursday is the day when if they don’t have a global deal the mechanics of finishing on time (Monday night) start to look dodgier. Star Tribune

2016 election

Dayton to attend Clinton campaign event, MPR

Dayton, Smith pitching Hillary Tuesday, Pioneer Press

Political Junkie: The crowded 2016 GOP field, MPR

Hagedorn gunning for 2016 rematch vs. Walz, Pioneer Press


Minnesota April tax collections netted $2.5 billion, beating expectations, Star Tribune

Millennials are now the work force’s largest age group, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Education (K-12)

Area schools say state funding bills fall short, St. Cloud Times

Poll: Make education a legislative priority in Minnesota, Star Tribune

As budget talks intensify, Dayton doubles down on school funding, Star Tribune

Dayton floats extra K-12 funding in sprint to budget deal, WCCO


Sen. Gazelka’s freedoms are kind of mixed up, mnpACT!

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 2, mn progressive project 


This session, House Democrats are pushing for the Working Parents Act so that Minnesota families have access to paid parental leave. House Republicans, however, have blocked the measure. HBO’s John Oliver recently called out Minnesota Republicans who opposed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), which was passed last year. Watch Oliver’s discussion of Minnesota Republicans beginning before the 10-minute mark of this video clip. (Warning — adult language):image001

“You can’t have it both ways. You can’t go on and on about how much you love mothers, and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them.” 


MinnesotaCare must not be a casualty of this year’s Legislature, Star Tribune

Minnesota Constitutional Convention

If you think Minnesota Republicans and Democrats are far apart today, look back at the state’s constitutional convention, MinnPost

Obama library

Obama library will be on Chicago’s South Side, MPR

Political Contribution Refund program

Drazkowski leads charge to get rid of campaign refund program, Rochester Post Bulletin 


Undocumented immigrants contribute $87 million in Minnesota taxes, more expected with immigration reform, Minnesota Budget Project


Transportation bill may be doomed by fight over taxes, MPR


MN Senate passes elections bill, would allow early voting, restore felon voting rights, Star Tribune

Senate fills in bubble for early voting, House not on board, WCCO

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