In the Know: November 16, 2015

Events today

  • In accordance with the proclamation issued this evening by President Barack Obama, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota. As directed by the President, flags will be flown at half staff beginning immediately, until sunset on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Nov. 13, in Paris.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Members of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition will rally in St. Paul against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. They rally will take place outside the Minnesota Trade Office in the 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., St. Paul.
  • 1 p.m. – The Minnesota Department of Human Services is co-hosting an information session on annual health plan selection for MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. The information session will give an overview of the annual health plan selection process and the health plans available in 2016. In some counties, including Hennepin County, the plans available in 2016 will be different from the plans available in 2015. The meeting is open to the public, and is being held at Community Action Duluth, 2424 W 5th St., Duluth.
  • Lt. Governor Smith will visit Eisenhower Elementary School in Coon Rapids and Anoka-Hennepin Technical High School in Anoka as part of a visit to the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
  • 4 p.m. – Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea maintenance workers will hold an informational picket outside of the hospital to highlight proposals brought forward by the hospital during their contract negotiations that could harm workers, the hospital and the community. The maintenance workers, who are members of the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, will be joined by community supporters in their attempt to reach a fair contract agreement with the hospital.
  • 7 p.m. – 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 the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 18 – The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents, “The Right Deal for America: Why It’s Time to Rewrite the Economic Rules” with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumk. The visit of Richard Trumka is of special significance for the Humphrey School, as the School hosts the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy, currently held by Professor Morris Kleiner.  The chair was established through a major donation from the AFL-CIO to the Humphrey School in 1983, in honor and memory of the School’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey. 5 – 6:30 p.m., reception, 6:30 p.m., public lecture. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, 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.
  • Dec. 13 – Moms Demand Action: How to Keep Our Kids Safe. This free forum on preventing gun violence will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dakota County Library, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan. Guest speakers include Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Dan Schoen.


  • 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. 1 – Senate District 37 DFL will host a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Club West Club House, 11211 Club W Parkway, Blaine.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 – Senate District 58 DFL will host its winter fundraiser from 4 – 7 p.m. at Carbone’s, 10 N 8th St., Farmington. The tickets, which are $20, are available by mail: SD 58 DFL, 8251 166th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044.
  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m. at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at

2016 election


One state’s unlikely Obamacare replacement plan: Single-payer, Politico


Sen. Barb Goodwin won’t run again, MPR

Sen. Goodwin to retire, two House members to run, Pioneer Press

Minnesota DFL legislative candidate: ‘ISIS isn’t necessarily evil,’ Star Tribune

DFLer abruptly quits race after saying ‘ISIS isn’t necessarily evil,’ Star Tribune


‘Becoming Bernie: The Rise and Record of Bernie Sanders,’ MPR

Clinton has 45-to-1 ‘superdelegate’ advantage over Sanders, MPR

Iowa ground game for GOP prize, The Hill

Donald Trump is either launching a new, even-Trumpier campaign, or he’s self-sabotaging, Washington Post

The 8 best explanations of the Donald Trump-Ben Carson phenomenon, Washington Post

The Iowa caucuses are closer than you think, Washington Post

Ben Carson struggles in post-Paris interview on foreign policy, Washington Post

In presidential campaign, it’s now terrorism, not taxes, New York Times

2016 special election

GOP endorses candidate in race to fill Petersen vacancy in Minnesota Senate, Star Tribune

Affordable Care Act

O-Care repeal teeters in Senate, The Hill


GOP presidential hopefuls shine light on sugar program, Star Tribune

Sen. Franken visits farms using REAP, KIMT

Black Friday

Lt. Gov. Smith announces free admission to state parks on Black Friday, Brainerd Dispatch 

Dayton, Bruce

Bruce Dayton’s influences on his son and state, Pioneer Press 


After Paris attacks, Democrats debate foreign policy, economy; Clinton says she’d be leader, Star Tribune

Sanders aggressive attacks Clinton in second Democratic debate, The Hill

Dem candidates call for destruction of ISIS, The Hill

Winners and losers from second Democratic presidential debate, Washington Post

The CBS Democratic debate transcript, with insight from The Fix, Washington Post

Dem debate fact check: Off-base claims on campaign donors, guns, economics, Star Tribune

Democrats’ debate subdued at the start, feisty at finish, Pioneer Press

Sanders failure to score in debate is helping Clinton pull ahead, Star Tribune

CBS Democratic debate: 8.5 million viewers, CNN

Many expected that Hillary Rodham Clinton would show a command of global issues that the senator from Vermont lacked, further consolidating her status as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Clinton indeed highlighted her experience, but the shift wound up working to Sanders’ advantage. For the first 30 minutes of the two-hour debate, the former Secretary of State was on the defensive about everything from the Obama administration being caught off guard by the rise of the Islamic State to her 13-year-old vote for the Iraq war. Washington Post

DNC Wifi

Looking ahead, Clinton understands that the Democratic race has, once again, become a referendum on her. “You’ve heard a lot about me in this debate,” she said in her closing statement. “I’m going to keep talking and thinking about all of you.” Washington Post 

Disabled Minnesotans

A needed push to modernize services for the disabled in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Counterpoint: 11 ways we can strive to hire the disabled, Star Tribune


Solar garden options rolling out for Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota, Star Tribune


Sanders: Climate change still greatest threat to national security, The Hill


Carson says cutting benefits will sharply cut illegal immigration, Star Tribune

Seven key questions on immigration, and how top GOP candidates answer, Washington Post


Report offers new insight into workplace struggles, Workday Minnesota

Minnesota Teamsters gather to discuss pension crisis, WCCO

Klobuchar, Amy

A special visit from a U.S. Senator, Faribault County Register

Minneapolis protests

Protests erupt after man shot by police in Minneapolis, MPR

Protests of officer-involved shooting continue in Minneapolis, KSTP 

Paris attacks

Paris attacks were carried out by three groups tied to Islamic State, official says, Washington Post

What we know, MPR

Minnesota Muslim group condemns Paris terrorist attacks, MPR

Paris attacker was blocked from entering soccer stadium: report, The Hill

Parris responds with a massive air strike on ISIS, The Hill

Obama: Paris massacre ‘an attack on all of humanity,’ The Hill

Sack Paris Attack
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Democrats l-o-v-e Hillary Clinton in new WaPo-ABC poll. Bernie Sanders? Not so much. Washington Post

Why the shift? Well, as we’ve written here before, Clinton had a great debate performance in October, when she and Sanders first met on stage. She also nailed an 11-hour Benghazi hearing in Congress. Sanders, meanwhile, has struggled to clearly define what his particular brand of “democratic socialism” would mean for America, and as he becomes more well-known, it seems he hasn’t made any inroads with minority voters. 

The takeaway: Sanders is losing momentum as Clinton is gaining it. Perhaps that would explain why Sanders has been going on the offensive lately, clarifying that yes, he does think the FBI should continue its investigation into Clinton’s “damn e-mails” and casually dropping at a campaign event “there’s earlier butt to kick” before the general election.

15-11 Dem Pres Polling


PolyMet mine opponents call for objections to new review, Pioneer Press

PolyMet debate heats up with review, Ely Timberjay

Environmentalists urge more comment on PolyMet, Duluth News Tribune

Real ID

Dayton seeks ID extension from feds, MPR

Dayton formally asks feds for more time to deal with Real ID, Pioneer Press


Jeb Bush: U.S. assistance for refugees should focus on Christians, Washington Post

The likelihood that at least one of the suicide bombers in Paris came to France as a refugee via Greece will make it much harder for President Obama to accept more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year. A showdown is brewing on the Hill: Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has been trying to include a rider in the year-end spending bill that would prohibit the Obama administration from spending any money to admit Syrian refugees until the intelligence community approves the process. “The White House indicated on Sunday that it intended to move ahead with the refugee program, and top Democrats in the Senate had been pushing back against Mr. Grassley’s proposal before the Paris attacks,” reports the New York Times’ Carl Hulse. “But the new developments are likely to make many Democrats more cautious about lending strong support to the refugee plan and perhaps provide momentum for Mr. Grassley’s proposal.” Washington Post

Reproductive rights

Justices agree to hear first abortion case since 2007, Pioneer Press

Supreme Court takes up major challenge to abortion restrictions, Washington Post


Lobbyists scramble to weigh in on transportation bill as momentum builds for passage, Star Tribune

New urgency for roads and bridges, Alexandria Echo Press

Congress faces highway deadline, The Hill


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