In the Know: May 28, 2015

Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation. 
  • 9:45 a.m. – Speaker Daudt and Art Rolnick will visit New Horizon Academy, an early education program in St. Paul.
  • 7 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Northside Achievement Zone Community Celebration, which honors scholars and parents for their achievements. Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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 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 special session

Senate Majority Leader: Special session could start as early as next week, Pioneer Press

As leaders feud, shutdown looms, Pioneer Press

Dayton, Daudt find common ground after two hours of talks, Star Tribune

Bakk expects special session soon, says he’ll be at Dayton’s side, Star Tribune

Special session: The makings of a bad end game, mnpACT!

Special session date on hold as Dayton, Daudt meet again, WCCO

For Dayton, Democrats as big a hurdle as Republicans, MPR

Lt. gov. briefs state workers on possible shutdown, MPR

5 things: Special session and looming layoffs, MPR

What to expect when you’re expecting a special session, MinnPost

Lawmakers, governor urged to reach agreement to avoid shutdown, Workday Minnesota

Tight quarters for hopefully short session to finish Minnesota budget, Fox 9

Dayton and lawmakers refocus fight on education, KARE

2016 election

Rick Santorum announces Republican presidential bid, seeks working-class support, Star Tribune

Santorum hopes to catch lightening in a bottle the second time, MPR

Rand Paul’s vision seems headed for obscurity, Star Tribune

Former state Rep. Terry Morrow to run Walz’s re-election campaign, MinnPost

With Rick Santorum’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman released the following statement:

“Rick Santorum’s backwards views fit right in with the rest of the Republican presidential hopefuls: policies that would shift the burden to the middle class while making it easier for the wealthiest and corporations, an inexcusable denial of the realities of climate change, attacks on LGBT Americans, and much more. This is today’s Republican Party and the field is pretty crowded with his views already.”

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Agriculture

Agriculture summit in St. Paul focuses on women’s leadership opportunities, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Republicans don’t hate public schools – it’s worse, mnpACT!

Dayton and lawmakers refocus budget fight on education, WCCO

Republicans stake a claim on early ed, MPR

Environment

Minnesota reaction mixed to EPA rule widening clean water protections, Star Tribune

Health and human services

Legislative gains for mental health, nursing home care in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Senate office building

Minnesota Senate building nears halfway point, TC Daily Planet

State Auditor

Counties square off against Otto over audits, MPR

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