In the Know: November 17, 2015

Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment committee will visit Worthington, Windom, Mankato and St. Peter.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability. Governor’s Press Briefing Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lunch. Landmark Center, First Floor Atrium, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the fifth meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Room 200, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • 2 – 6 p.m. – U of MN AFSCME Locals and Teamsters Local 320 will hold an informational picket to let the University administration know they are united and deserve raises and respect. 100 Church St SE, 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 Trumka. 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.
  • Nov. 20 – Chelsea Clinton will be at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, at 5p.m. to sign her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!” The book signing is free with a book purchase. Details can be found here:
  • 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

Here are the Democratic senators backing Hillary Clinton for president, CNN

Ted Cruz is now favorite (or close to it) in Iowa caucuses, Washington Post

The real presidential debate: 2 world views on terrorism, MPR

Jeb Bush tells closed-door fundraiser that by next GOP debate, ‘Trump will be in decline,’ Washington Post

One year out: 5 big questions that could shape the 2016 election, USA Today

Cheney, Dick

Dick Cheney embraces his Darth Vader side, Pioneer Press


Democrats debate — and few of us paid attention, MinnPost


Republican Party accuses Democrats of having ‘subtle support for ISIS’, Star Tribune

Value of GOP endorsement to be tested in race for Petersen’s old Senate seat, MinnPost 

Income inequality

For women, income inequality continues into retirement, MPR

 Islamic state

Hillary Clinton’s smart counterpunch on whether to call it ‘radical Islam,’ Washington Post

ISIL is winning, and U.S. must lead global effort to fight back, Star Tribune

How to argue about how to describe the Islamic State: Another post-Paris debate in Washington: Should we call those who make up the Islamic State “radical Islamists” or leave out the Islam part? Here’s each side’s basic argument to the question: Washington Post

  • Yes, we should call them radical Islamists: The members of the Islamic State might be a small portion of one of the world’s largest religions. But it’s undeniable their philosophy is derived from Islam. And to fail to grasp a movement’s underpinnings is to not fully understand the movement. “This is not a geopolitical movement; it’s a religiously oriented movement.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday.
  • No, we shouldn’t call them radical Islamists: No one’s denying it’s Muslims who comprise the Islamic State. But they aren’t representative of their religion, and it’s counterproductive to spend so much time dwelling on that, especially when we need our Arab, mostly Muslim, allies to help us defeat the day’s biggest threat. “We are at war with people who use their religion for purposes of power and oppression,” Hillary Clinton said at Saturday’s second Democratic debate, “but I don’t want us to be painting with too broad a brush.”


Ellison urges collective action to boost research support, Workday Minnesota

Opponents spread the word about hazards posed by TPP, Workday Minnesota

Lenczewski, Ann

Ann Lenczewski to leave Minnesota House to become lobbyist, Pioneer Press

Rep. Lenczewski retiring to be a lobbyist, Star Tribune

Veteran DFL state Rep. Ann Lenczewski to resign from Legislature to take government relations job, MinnPost 

Paris attacks

The foreign media doesn’t much like Republicans’ response to the Paris attacks, Washington Post

Why the Paris attacks could doom Ben Carson, Washington Post

France calls for EU security aid, launches new airstrikes on Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Star Tribune

Minneapolis police shooting

Mpls. officials ask federal authorities to investigate police shooting, Star Tribune

Black Lives Matter protest blocks I-94, MPR

Black Lives Matter protesters arrested after shutting down I-94 in Minneapolis, WCCO

43 adults and 8 minors arrested after protestors close down I-94 in Minneapolis, KSTP

Planned Parenthood

Senate GOP could drop attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Washington Post


Dayton won’t oppose Syrian refugees in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees, Washington Post

Dayton, Walker disagree on Syrian refugees, MPR

Cruz to introduce bill to bar Syrian refugees, Washington Post

Minnesota House speaker says U.S. should ‘halt’ acceptance of Syrian refugees, Star Tribune

Pressure builds to block refugees, The Hill

Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics, Star Tribune


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