In the Know: May 8, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 2 p.m. – Gov. Dayton and an illustrious group of state officials and former officials will gather at the Armstrong Day Bay Area on the shores of Lake Vermilion near the Soudan Underground Mine State Park to hold a groundbreaking for the new Lake Vermilion State Park.  Former Gov. Pawlenty, who initiated the Lake Vermilion State Park plan in 2010, will be at the event.
  • 4 p.m. – A community picnic kicks off the 2015 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Tower Civic Center. The event includes free food, free games, great entertainment and several other activities. Follow along at #MNGFO2015.
  • 5:45 p.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will buy their 2015 fishing licenses at the Soudan Community Store, 30 Main St., Soudan. 

Event tomorrow

  • Midnight – Gov. Dayton, Lt. Gov. Smith, former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, and Congressman Rick Nolan will fish on Lake Vermilion, from the docks at local resident Brian Anderson’s cabin, 1325 Whiskey Point Rd, Tower.
  • 8 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will speak at the Fishing Sendoff Ceremony at Fortune Bay Casino before fishing on Lake Vermilion. Docks and Marina of Fortune Bay Casino Resort, Tower.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will attend a shore lunch at Fortune Bay Casino, Tower.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 12 – The North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada. Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Ramsey County Deputy Manager Heather Worthington will discuss the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant redevelopment.
  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will hold a membership meeting, noon, Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • 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., Mineapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine. 

Events you won’t want to miss!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. Donate $5 or more to help our progressive candidates win and be entered to be Jennifer Granholm’s special guest at the dinner. Click on the image to donate.

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  • 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

With10 days left in Minnesota’s legislative session, visions clash, Star Tribune

State budget talks accelerating, but Daudt says deal ‘quite a ways away’, Star Tribune

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2016 election

Iowa GOP aims to scale back sideshow at 2016 straw poll, cutting cost for White House hopefuls, US News and World Report

Santorum’s visit kicks off presidential campaigning in Rochester, Rochester Post Bulletin

Former appointee to New Jersey Gov. Christie pleads guilty to bridge scandal, Duluth News Tribune

Agriculture

Twin Cities grocers have temporary egg shortages because of bird flu, Star Tribune

Bird flu in Minnesota’s poultry farms: Why you should care, MPR

Budget (federal)

How the GOP House budget takes aim at funding for college students, The Washington Post

Congress

Disturbing data: The rich and powerful get their policies adopted, even if opposed by most voters, MinnPost

Congressional delegation

Franken

Franken proposes $200M to treat mental illness in children, WCCO

Klobuchar, Emmer

Klobuchar, Emmer introduce legislation to aid doctor shortages in rural areas and international doctor backlog, Star Tribune

Nolan

Congressman Nolan discusses tourism industry, Fox 21

Dayton, Mark

The greening of Mark Dayton, MinnPost

Economy

Fewer layoffs than expected coming to Minntac plant, MPR

US employers added 223,000 jobs in April, sending unemployment rate to 7-year low of 5.4 pct., Star Tribune

Education (K-12)

Tackling the achievement gap for American Indian students, Session Daily

Environment

Minnesota pulls out all the stops to protect walleye, MPR

Fishing opener

Boat diplomacy: Minnesota Capitol’s top 3, Dayton, Bakk and Daudt, headed on joint fishing trip, Crookston Times

More than fishing, Mesabi Daily News

Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will open the fishing season Saturday on Lake Vermilion, MinnPost

GOP

Legislature 2015, GOP vision: Raising taxes amid surplus is illogical, Star Tribune

‘Freedom of Conscience’ bill would allow some Minnesota businesses to refuse same-sex wedding services, Star Tribune

Bill would allow refusal of same-sex weddings, Pioneer Press

Lawmaker introduces ‘Freedom of Conscience’ bill; says measure is not anti-gay, MinnPost

Senator’s bill allows business owners ‘of faith’ to deny gay couples wedding services, WCC 

Health and human services

Poppe, DFL stand against House proposal to cut health program, Austin Daily Herald

Budget deal rests on health and human services spending, MPR

MinnesotaCare should not be eliminated in the state budget, U of M Daily

Immigration

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Lottery

Minn. Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery, Star Tribune

Minnesota Senate votes to kill online lottery games, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Senate votes to end online lottery games, Fox 9

Major League Soccer

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn proposes new MLS team be community owned, Star Tribune

Minnesota lawmaker wants Packers-style public ownership of soccer team, Pioneer Press

Taxes 

How the Senate District 48 DFL Communication Team is using information about the House Republicans’ tax bill to show how it is impacting their community:image004

Transportation

Fiery derailment underscores Minnesota has no rail deal, Pioneer Press

New rules may make it harder to get information on Bakken oil trains, Star Tribune

Traffic congestion growing in Twin Cities metro area, Star Tribune

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