In the Know: November 10, 2015

Events today

  • 7:30 a.m. – #ReclaimOurCity – Working Families March. Low-wage workers from across Minneapolis will march for $15, paid sick days, fair scheduling, and an end to wage theft in our workplaces, in Minneapolis, and in all Minnesota. 5:30 a.m. University and Broadway, NE Minneapolis. 7:30 a.m. Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis (700 Nicollet Mall). 9:30 a.m. Minneapolis City Hall.
  • ·9:30 a.m. – The Legislative Task Force on Child Protection meets to discuss the final report and hear public testimony.
  • 10 a.m. – The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing focused on the achievement gap.  Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius will testify.
  • 11:30 a.m. – North Metro Chapter, DFL Senior Caucus, Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, speaker Ramsey County Sheriff, Matt Bostrom.
  • 11:30 a.m. – After the Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting, Minneapolis City Council Members Kevin Reich and Linea Palmisano, two authors of a freight rail safety resolution, will talk about the importance of rail safety. Rep. Phyllis Kahn will speak about the state’s advances in rail safety regulation, and a leader from the Twin Cities chapters of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS) will speak about how this resolution serves as a model that other communities around the country are encouraged to emulate.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Congressman Ellison will host a Summit on the Economic Reality of Black Minnesotans at Franklin Middle School, 1501 Aldrich Ave N, Minneapolis. The event is co-hosted by Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and Rep. Rena Moran. This summit will feature two panels: the first to share the economic reality Black Minnesotans face and the second to lay out solutions, including saving and wealth building, entrepreneurship, combating mass incarceration, and wages and benefits.
  • 6 p.m. – Fundraiser – SD 44 DFL will host “The-Never-Too-Early-To-Think-About-The-Next-Election Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction.” LTD Brewing Co., 8 8th Ave., Hopkins. 



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  • 8 p.m. – The GOP candidates for president will debate in Milwaukee. The debate, sponsored by Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal, will air on Fox Business News.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 11 – “Ask The Governor:  An Evening with Gov. Mark Dayton.” Gov. Dayton will be interviewed by Gary Eichten, MPR news editor-at-large. 7 p.m., Rm. 204, Gorecki Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. Free and open to the public.
  • Nov. 14 – The Democratic National Committee, CBS News, Twitter, Drake University, KCCI, The Des Moines Register, and the Iowa Democratic Party will host the second Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate from Drake University in Iowa. The debate will be broadcast live exclusively on the CBS. CBS News Political Director and Moderator of Face the Nation, John Dickerson, will be the principal moderator.
  • Nov. 14 – Olmsted 25 DFL, SD 25 DFL, SD 26 DFL will host a “Big Tent Debate Watching Party” for the Democratic Presidential Debate. All Democrats and friends are invited.  The party will be in the lower level of the downtown VFW Post 1215, 16 6th Street SW in Rochester. This is a union establishment. Appetizers will be served; people attending will purchase their own beverages.
  • Nov. 14 – Moorhead State University and Concordia Democrats will host a pizza/debate watching party. 7 p.m., Langseth Hall, Room 104, 600 11th St S, Moorhead.
  • Nov. 14 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will meet at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood.


  • Nov. 21 – CD 6 Unity Dinner – Drawn Together. 5 p.m., Teamsters Local 120, Blaine. Keynote speaker is Congressman Tim Walz. Click here for ticket information.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.

2016 election

Clinton making gender a focus of her presidential bid, Washington Post

GOP’s Rand Paul courts students with small government message, Star Tribune

Rand Paul rallies Minnesota crowd, Pioneer Press

Rand Paul: I want government so small I can barely see it, Pioneer Press

Paul wants government that ‘minds its own business’, MPR

In Minnesota, Rand Paul seeks some of Sanders’ backers, MPR

Hillary Clinton adviser: ‘We are going to win’ Minnesota, Pioneer Press

This guy wants to be president: are Carson and Rubio lying or delusional? mn progressive project

Hillary Clinton will visit Minnesota before 2016, WCCO

Ted Cruz on the rise before the GOP debate, The Hill 

Affordable Care Act

Senate moves to right for ObamaCare repeal votes, The Hill


Eight candidates will be on stage in Milwaukee for a debate hosted by Fox Business News. (It starts at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Fox Business, and for those of you who have cut the cord it will be streamed for free.) Here are the three storylines we’ll [the Washington Post] be watching:

  • Ben Carson’s past — and how honest the retired neurosurgeon has been with voters about it — is likely to be a focus, at least at first. But his fate rests in part in his competitors’ hands: Will other candidates around him come to his defense and agree the media is unfairly targeting people’s pasts? Or will they say it’s a legitimate question of whether Carson tried to stab somebody, in which case Carson will be on the defensive?
  • Jeb Bush’s urgency: It’s make-or-break time for for the former Florida governor. I know we’ve been saying some form of this for the past few debates, but there’s increased pressure on the once-front-runner to perform as he continues to decline in the polls. Bush just isn’t that great of a campaigner, but he’s going to have to figure out how to be good enough.
  • Marco Rubio and Marcomentum: Speaking of Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has him to thank in part for his breakout moment in the last debate, where he owned Bush as Bush attempted to attack Rubio for his missed Senate votes. It was a mike-drop moment for Rubio, who went on this week to weather questions about his personal finances and spending habits. The question is whether Rubio even wants to keep his momentum going; his campaign has downplayed his debate performance in apparent hopes of peaking at the right time. Is Rubio going to be assertive or quiet Tuesday? It will say a lot about his strategy.

The bottom line: 364 days before Election Day, it’s still anyone’s race on the GOP side.

Disabled Minnesotans

A matter of dignity: Epic wait for unspent aid, Star Tribune


Greenhouse gases hit new milestone, fueling worries about climate change, Washington Post

Governor’s Deer Opener

Mountain Iron hosts 13th Annual Governor’s Deer Opener, WDIO


Appeals court rules against Obama immigration plan, MPR

Appeals court deals blow to Obama’s immigration plan, NPR


Low-wage workers plan numerous actions Tuesday, Workday Minnesota

Unions react to pipeline rejection, Workday Minnesota


Thissen wants to end legislative open records exemption, Pioneer Press

Peggy Flanagan takes oath to represent Dist. 46A, Minnesota House of Representatives

Flanagan sworn in as newest lawmaker, Pioneer Press

Klobuchar, Amy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, YouTube

Medical marijuana

State may be close to allowing pot for pain relief, MPR


Minneapolis med-tech conference explores next big thing, Star Tribune


A long, careful process toward copper-nickel mine: Pioneer Press editorial, Pioneer Press


Cost hikes coming to MinnesotaCare, contradicting state’s notices, Pioneer Press 


Poll: NJ voters think Christie should drop out of race, The Hill

Ben Carson is still the most popular presidential candidate. And it’s not close. Washington Post

State government

Minnesota: squeaky clean image hides ethical problems, St. Cloud Times

Nonprofit gives Minnesota D- for public integrity, Pioneer Press


Officials gather for Highway 53 project groundbreaking, Duluth News Tribune

Kickoff of construction for the relocation of Highway 53, Duluth News Tribune

Transportation bottom line: Delays costs us more, mnpACT!

Investigation probes what caused 2 Wis. train derailments, MPR

IQ2 debate: raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure? MPR

Walker, Scott

Scott Walker makes first post-dropout appearances with presidential candidates, Washington Post

Vikings stadium

Cost of pedestrian bridge near Vikings stadium surges to $9.65 million, Star Tribune

Polaris a ‘founding sponsor’ for new Vikings stadium, Star Tribune

Voter registration

Democratic group launches campaign to make voter registration automatic, Star Tribune


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