In the Know: May 20, 2015

Events today

  • 7:20 a.m. – Gov. Dayton is on WCCO radio.
  • 9 a.m. – House Republican leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • 9:30 a.m. – House DFL leaders hold a press conference about the session.
  • Noon – Lt. Gove. Smith will attend a lunch event with former Vice President Walter Mondale and the University of Minnesota – Humphrey School Policy Fellows. 

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 He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 
  • May 31 – Stonewall DFL – Political Support Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to screen candidates for CD 2 at DFL Headquarters. A board meeting will follow the Political Support Meeting and will be voting on the recommendation of the Political Support Committee for CD 2 endorsement. 
  • 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

Minnesota Legislature leaves $1 billion to fight over next year, Star Tribune

Dayton signs 17 measures into law, including Uber, Lyft insurance requirements, Star Tribune

Minnesota lawmakers hit deadline with too much undone, Star Tribune

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

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger: Another tumultuous end to legislative session, Pioneer Press

Did Minnesota House pass wrong budget bill? Maybe, Pioneer Press

Are you pleased with the outcome of the session? MPR

A messy end to a messy session, MinnPost

Why the 2015 legislative session will quickly be forgotten, MinnPost

This session was a sausage factory – and it stinks, mnpACT!

SESSION 2015: Where notable issues stand as Legislature ends, KARE


Lori Sturdevant: Legislature’s work impeded by Capitol’s reconstruction, Star Tribune

Session complete, Capitol reconstruction gains speed, KSTP


Minnesota could see push to raise cigarette purchasing age to 21, Pioneer Press

Education (E-12)

Liberal group launches post-session education ad buy, MPR

Dayton makes good on veto, calls for special session, Star Tribune

Mark Dayton keeping veto promise on education bill, Pioneer Press

Dayton vetoes education bill, slams Republicans, MPR

How will Minnesota pre-K funding shake out in a special session? MPR

For some early ed advocates, pre-K pitch raises frustration, uncertainty, MPR

In veto message, Dayton rails against ‘astonishing’ education bill; promises to call special session, MinnPost

Why hold the ed budget hostage over pre-K? mnpACT!

Special session possible after Dayton rejects education bill, KSTP

VETO: Gov. Dayton’s rejection letter to House Speaker Daudt, Fox  

Education (higher)

Lawmakers turn down U of M’s tuition freeze request, MPR 


Big industry, utilities win on energy legislation in Minnesota, Star Tribune


Lawmaker wants an apology for ‘hate the public schools’ remark, Pioneer Press

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 4, mn progressive project

How Minnesota Republicans are screwing rural voters Part 5, mn progressive project

The GOP escalates their war on women in new and uglier ways, mn progressive project 

Human trafficking bill

After drama, human trafficking bill sails to Obama’s desk, Star Tribune 


Unions sort out wins, losses in legislative session, Workday Minnesota


Anderson: Millions on hold for fishers projects, Star Tribune


Lottery restrictions become law, but games won’t go dark just yet, Star Tribune

Major League Soccer

Legislature ignores pitch for soccer stadium tax break, MPR

State Auditor

Dayton says he’ll fight to preserve state auditor authority, WCCO 


Minnesota lawmakers stick with status-quo on transportation bill, Star Tribune

Transportation advocates blast ‘duct tape’ approach to funding, Workday Minnesota

Group criticizes MN lawmakers for making no progress on transportation funding, WCCO





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