In the Know: November 11, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Sen. Klobuchar and Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Richfield STEM School Veterans Day Program. 7020 12th Ave. S, Richfield.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 13 – The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the River’s Edge Convention Center on Friday in St. Cloud. The meeting will include a panel on Health Care System and Payment Reform and preliminary recommendations from the Health Care Delivery Design and Sustainability Work Group, the Seamless Coverage Continuum and Market Stability Work Group and the Barriers to Access Work Group.
  • 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 – Senate District 51 DFL will host a debate watch party, 7:30 p.m., O’Leary Manor, 1220 Town Centre Dr, Eagan.
  • Nov. 14 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will meet at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood.
  • Nov. 16 – The Theater of Public Policy, in which they interview a public policy figure and then do improv comedy (?!) about the topics discussed, will host Lt. Gov. Tina Smith at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis.
  • Nov. 19 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.


  • 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.

CD6 Unity Dinner: Drawn Together

MN DFL LogoCD6 DFL Presents… 1st Annual Unity Dinner: Drawn Together An evening to celebrate our shared vision, values and purpose. Please join us as we celebrate the vast diversity of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District at our “Drawn Together” Unity Dinner featuring Congressman Tim Walz on Saturday, November 21,2015. In addition to hearing from Congressman Walz, we will be hearing from some of our other statewide DFL dignitaries and celebrating the accomplishments of our local activists with the presentation of our New Voices, Community Partner, Labor Partner and Party Officer of the Year awards. Proceeds from the dinner will help us continue our work to support our State, Congressional and Presidential candidates in 2016. We are not willing to concede Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District to anyone and will be working to activate voters throughout the district to vote for our DFL candidates.  Registration begins at 5pm Dinner 6:00 pm Tickets $45.00 in advance, $50.00 at the door

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  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.

2016 election


Retired Realtor seeks Norton House seat from Rochester, MinnPost

Sauke to run for Minnesota House in 2016, Rochester Post Bulletin

Dario Anselmo to challenge Rep. Ron Erhardt in Edina rematch, Star Tribune

Ilhan Omar’s legislative race taking shape, Mshale


At the U, Rand Paul sounds off on surveillance, Sanders and pot, MinnPost

Black Lives Matter

Charges dropped against organizers of Black Lives Matter protest at Mall of America, MinnPost

Civil Rights Act

Obama supports altering Civil Rights Act to include LGBT discrimination, Washington Post


GOP candidates clash over immigration, Star Tribune

Economy takes center stage in fourth GOP debate, MPR

Christie grabs the spotlight in undercard debate, MPR

We’re finally seeing the deep fault lines at the heart of the GOP nomination battle, Washington Post

GOP debate winners and losers, The Hill

Nobody was less buzzed-about during Tuesday’s debate than Jeb Bush, Washington Post

Sorry, Marco Rubio. Philosophy majors actually make way more than welders, Washington Post

10 take aways from Tuesday’s debates from the Washington Post

1.  No one attacked Ben Carson, who comes out as the frontrunner. 

2.  Jeb Bush “applied the tourniquet” and stopped the bleeding. It’s unclear if he’s bottomed out.

3.  Marco Rubio got lobbed softballs so soft that he could not help but LAUGH at one of them. Literally!

4.  Ted Cruz, who along with Rubio won the last debate, had another great night. He also foreshadowed the very bitter battle to come.

5.  No one is afraid of Donald Trump any more.

6.  John Kasich was the biggest loser.

7.  Chris Christie won the undercard debate.

8.  Mike Huckabee, the other candidate knocked off the main stage to the undercard, was basically a non-factor. 

9.  Rand Paul grabbed for the isolationist mantle, which will probably give him a needed boost with the Ron Paul supporters who have been defecting to Cruz. 

10.  The moderators did not become the story, which made the RNC very happy, but they also let the candidates off easy at several key junctures. 

Deer Hunting Opener

Minnesota hunters registered over 68,400 deer on the first three days of the state’s firearms deer season. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s up over 6 percent from the first three days of the 2014 season, when regulations were tightened to rebuild the state’s deer herd. The buck harvest for the first three days of the firearms season was up 8.5 percent from last year. morning take

Disabled adults

A matter of dignity: Inclusion pays off, Star Tribune


Minnesota tax collections run ahead of projections again, Pioneer Press

Ellison, Keith

Keith Ellison visits Duluth, talks Black America, WDIO

Congressman Ellison in Duluth: The state of Black America, Northland News Center

Congressman Ellison visits Duluth, talks ‘state of Black America,’ Fox 21

U.S. Rep. Ellison, black leaders seek solutions to Minnesota’s racial disparities, Star Tribune

Klobuchar, Amy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar hits ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Star Tribune 


Workers escalate campaign for higher wage, paid leave, Workday Minnesota

View video of Day of Action in the Twin Cities, Workday Minnesota

Cuomo to create $15 minimum wage for New York state workers, New York Times

Workers march through Minneapolis for wages, scheduling, MPR


Stassen-Berger: Turning PolyMet ‘upside down, inside out, backwards and forward’ costs a lot, Pioneer Press

Proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine still faces significant hurdles before it can dig for ore, Star Tribune

Public safety

Appleton sees jobs, state sees problems reopening private prison, MPR

Veterans Day

Veterans Day: Among those who’ve served, none better than the others, Star Tribune


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