In the Know: May 19, 2015

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • 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 RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood. 

Save the date!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • June 7 – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview
  • 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 session

The House Republicans end the 2015 session in chaos, The UpTake

Frenzied session ends with work left undone, Star Tribune

Dayton’s education funding fight is a lot like one fought by Arne Carlson, with one big difference, MinnPost

Clock runs out on the 2015 Legislature with some funding bills left in limbo, Session Daily

Photos of the session’s last minutes, Pioneer Press

Despite chaotic end to session, leaders say key bills passed, Pioneer Press

Session ends in chaos, Pioneer Press

Legislature roundup: Buffer strips, transportation, public safety and more Pioneer Press

Session at a glance by the numbers, Pioneer Press

Session ends in a rush; special session likely, MPR

Session limps to a close with lawmakers dismayed, MPR

Lawmakers await word from Gov. Dayton on budget, special session, KSTP

What’s in $42 billion? Minnesota’s next budget at a glance, WCCO

Dayton’s so-called pout over universal preschool should be called leadership, MinnPost

The final hour of the legislative session becomes very entertaining TV and Twitter.  Sleep has been short, and last night the final minutes of the session resulted in the Senate President slipping with a “shit” from the chair, to House DFLers screaming at the Speaker in the final moments of debate – just like the GOP has done when in the minority in previous years at the deadline.  The Senate ended with a speech about the history the chamber, while the House ended in a screaming battle between the DFLers and the Speaker. morning take

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 2015 special session

St. Paul Hotel: We’ll host your special session for free, Pioneer Press

For special session, when and up in the air, WCCO

Capitol

House Chambers are no more, Pioneer Press

House doubles down on reopening chambers next year, Pioneer Press

Demographics

The seniors are coming to Twin Cities housing, Star Tribune

Economy

Bird flu takes $300 million bite out of Minnesota economy, Fox 9

Education (E-12)

Educators both praise and fret over Dayton’s veto promise, Pioneer Press

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 Environment

Environmentalists want another veto from Dayton, MPR 

GOP

Leader Thissen: Republicans failed to capitalize on opportunity, YouTube

 Labor

Airport workers say MAC min. wage hike not high enough, Fox 9

Airports commission tables minimum wage vote, KARE 

Legacy funding

House repasses $540 million omnibus legacy bill, Senate does not, Session Daily

Letterman, David

10 times Letterman made an impact on politics, The Hill

MNsure

MNsure survives another session despite lawmaker anger, MPR

Legislators toss fate of MNsure to task force, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

State Auditor

State Auditor Otto calls privatization measure a ‘backstabbing’, Star Tribune

State Auditor angry over budget bill, MPR

Taxes

Tax the rich – an animated fairy tale, YouTube

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An eight minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org. © 2012 California Federation of Teachers

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Transportation

‘Transit gap’ for minorities requires state attention, Minnesota report says, Star Tribune

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Voting

Cheap and fast, online voter registration catches on, MPR

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