In the Know: May 26, 2015

Events today

  • 11 a.m. – U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will meet with Gov. Mark Dayton, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, as part of his “Lead on Leave” tour. The event takes place at an UCare facility on Stinson Boulevard. The independent, nonprofit health plan serves members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with Speaker Kurt Daudt to begin negotiating the terms and details of the special session.  

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • 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 14 – DFL Women’s Summit Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • 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

A legislative fight to the end, Rochester Post Bulletin

Minn. Legislature’s last-minute imbroglio playing with fire, Star Tribune

With a divided Legislature, what was and wasn’t passed in 2015, Star Tribune

Minnesota legislators hit deal by leaving out the man who had to sign it, Pioneer Press

Jobs bill includes $35,000 for Delano’s July 4 parade, Pioneer Press

2015 Legislature’s top moments, Pioneer Press

Former politicians react to Minnesota legislative session, MPR

Session a success or flop for Greater Minnesota, Grand Forks Herald

Top 10 missed opportunities of 2015 Legislature, Star Tribune

For Senate leader Bakk, end of session means time to repair some relationships, Star Tribune

2015 special session

Growing to-do list for state lawmakers, KARE

Talks between Gov, House Speaker begin Tuesday to avoid shutdown, WCCO

Daudt, Dayton hopeful ahead of special session, WCCO

With more budget vetoes, session and shutdown preparations begin, Capitol Chatter

2016 election

Iowa Straw Poll loses its relevance, Star Tribune

Iowa Straw Poll on deathwatch? The Hill

Agriculture

County hit hard by ripple effects of state’s bird flu epidemic, Star Tribune

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Congressional delegation

Klobuchar

Klobuchar presents Bronze Star to family of WWII vet, KSTP

Education (E-12)

Dayton wrong on early-childhood education, Grand Forks Herald

Dayton proposes tax cut in exchange for more education money, WCCO

The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present, Star Tribune

Minnesota schools hoping cash for upkeep survives education bill veto, Pioneer Press

PoliGraph: Arguing for and against public pre-K, MPR

Mark Dayton visits Westview Elementary to push for pre-school expansion, Pioneer Press

Governor Dayton continues push to provide preschool for all, WCCO 

Education (higher)

Minnesota pilot project offers free ride to technical college, Star Tribune

Environment

Anderson: Dayton’s waterways interest draws attention, Star Tribune

Legacy bill heads to special session, Pioneer Press

GOP

GOP: Education veto overshadows successes of 2015 Legislature, Star Tribune

Minnesota Republicans block the way of true progress, Morrison County Record

Health and human services

Health care bill a victory for Greater Minnesota, West Central Tribune

Labor

Fed official to promote new-parent paid leave Tuesday in Minneapolis, Pioneer Press

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

Marriage equality

Ireland first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, Fox 9

MNsure

For MNsure, attracting small businesses is a big problem, Star Tribune 

Obamacare

Ruling may gut ‘Obamacare,’ but Republicans would feel the heat if millions lose subsidies, Star Tribune

State Auditor

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto says hurried new bill would leave counties without an auditor, Star Tribune

State parks

Budget battle could put Minn. state park reservations at risk, KSTP

Transportation

Minnesotans enjoying low gas prices – on crumbly roads, bridges, Star Tribune

Vetoes

Dayton vetoes ag-environment and jobs-energy bills, St. Cloud Times

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoes jobs, environment bills, Star Tribune

Dayton vetoes two more budget bills, MPR

Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills, KSTP

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