In the Know: May 13, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Budget negations resume.
  • 2 p.m. – Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith and OHE Commissioner Larry Pogemiller Lt. Governor Smith will meet with Minnesota State University Mankato students who have walked 147 kilometers to advocate for $147 million in funding for MnSCU. State Capitol front steps.
  • 6 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will deliver the Alexandria Technical and Community College commencement address. 

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., Mineapolis. 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

Sen. Tom Bakk blames House GOP for impasse; recriminations fly, Star Tribune

With clock ticking at Capitol, budget talks continued into night, Star Tribune

State budget talks under ‘cone of silence’ as Monday deadline looms, Pioneer Press

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger: Why must quibbling still come into play in Legislature? Pioneer Press

House GOP frustrated by pace of budget talks, MPR

House GOP plan puts wealthy first, St. Cloud Times

Daudt: Talks must produce deal by tomorrow, Pioneer Press

Budget negotiations at a standstill on taxes, transportation, WCCO

Minnesota budget discussions resume Tuesday as deadline looms, WCCO

Budget talks kick into high gear at State Capitol, KARE

After a morning of bluster, budget talks quiet, MPR

What’s so special about $40 billion? Star Tribune

2016 election

Hagedorn seeks 2016 rematch against Walz for 1st Congressional District seat, Star Tribune

Ortman not seeking re-election to state Senate, Chanhassen Villager

Dayton takes break from ‘productive’ negations to boost Clinton candidacy, Pioneer Press

Jeb Bush to skip GOP Iowa straw poll for Georgia event, Pioneer Press

RNCC attack on Angie Craig exposes Kline agenda, MN Political Roundtable

Will Walker’s budget problems hurt his 2016 bid? Washington Post

Politicos love Minnesota moms, Dayton starts organizing for Hillary, Star Tribune

Jeb Bush says he misinterpreted Iraq query, New York Times



Bird flu cases rising across Minnesota, affecting farms in 21 counties, MinnPost

Capitol renovation

Legislative overtime could hinder Capitol renovations, WCCO 

Education (K-12)

Minnesota teachers’ salaries stall, but health spending soars, Star Tribune


At ground zero of Minnesota’s groundwater crisis, Star Tribune


Minnesota GOP official heads to Iowa for Rand Paul PAC, Star Tribune


MSP readies plan to boost worker pay MPR


This is how you get a gas tax hike passed, MinnPost


Report: Twin Cities minorities have longer commutes, Fox 9

Racial gaps foun in Twin Cities commute times, KARE

Mind the gap: transit-using communities of color face longer commutes than white Minnesotans, MinnPost 

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