In the Know: May 29, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with Speaker of the House Daudt.
  • 10 a.m. – Sen. Klobuchar and St. Paul Mayor Coleman will host Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson to highlight the importance of strengthening cultural, economic, and diplomatic ties between the United States and Ireland. Klobuchar, Minnesota’s first elected female U.S. senator, will also highlight the importance of women in leadership with Anderson, who is the first female Irish ambassador to the United States.
  • 1:40 p.m. – Sen. Franken will be at his St. Paul office, where he will discuss his recent five-day trip to Cuba and the potential benefits to Minnesota that can come from improved relations with that country. Immediately following that, he will announce the winners of his fourth annual Poetry Contest for Minnesota students and present them with their awards.  

Event Sunday

  • 10 a.m. – Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Minnesota to kick off his Presidential campaign. American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, 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 session

House DFL Leader Paul Thissen talks disappointment in Legislative Session, KEYC

Echo Press Editorial: Legislature fails to get job done – again, Alexandria Echo Press

2015 special session

9,451 MN workers face layoffs with no budget deal, MPR

Minnesota budget negotiators looking to compromise, Duluth News Tribune

2016 election

George Pataki announces 2016 presidential bid, MPR

Sen. Bernie Sanders to visit Minneapolis Sunday, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Early learning experts called in by GOP, Dayton for pre-K discussions, Star Tribune

Daudt visits preschool to highlight GOP education plan, WCCO

Competing preschool visions in political spotlight, KARE

How Republicans want to fund preschool, Fox 9

The pre-K post talk sidebar, Pioneer Press

Pro pre-school consensus marred by divisions over details, Pioneer Press

Special session should mark the beginning of the end for Minnesota’s achievement gap, MinnPost

Economy

Duluth waterfront project expected to boost port’s global reach, MPR

Energy

Minn. regulators approve site permit for huge solar project, MPR

Friday funny

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GOP

Former US House Speaker Hastert accused of evading banking laws to hide hush money payments, Star Tribune

Michael Brodkorp: Minnesota Republicans lose rules fight over ’16 RNC, Star Tribune

Medical marijuana

Minnesota hospitals will be able to dispense medical marijuana, MPR

Mental health

Facing chronic shortages, Minnesota’s mental health system gets a boost, Star Tribune

Transportation

Texting: New transportation bill increases fines for repeat offenders, Star Tribune

Veterans

Minneapolis Veterans Home receives $38M to complete project, Pioneer Press

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