In the Know: November 18, 2015

Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment Committee tours Luverne, Marshall, Montevideo, Appleton and Willmar.
  • 9 a.m. – The Prison Population Task Force will meet, Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 9 a.m. – The House and Senate Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee will meet to discuss a focus on reform of controlled substances.
  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, Blueberry Pines Golf, Dining & Event Center, 39161 U.S. 71, Menahga.
  • 10 a.m. – The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission meets, Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with Minnesota delegates to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Science Museum.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve  Simon will hold a roundtable discussion with David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, and other Park Rapids Area community leaders. Hubbard County Courthouse, Board Room, 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Clearwater County Auditor Allen Paulson. 213 Main Ave. N, Bagley.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in a meeting of the Board of Pardons.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Red Lake Falls City Administrator Kathleen Schmitz. City Hall, 108 2nd St. SW, Red Lake Falls.
  • 3 p.m. – The Legislative Energy Commission meeting. Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth and Safe at Home Application Assistant. County Attorney’s Office, 816 Marin Ave., Ste. 125, Crookston.
  • 5 p.m. – 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.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 19 – Thursday’s funeral service for arts patron and department store heir Bruce Dayton will be live-streamed from the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Av., in downtown Minneapolis. The funeral, at 4 p.m., will be streamed at the church’s website for those who can’t attend.

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  • 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

Democrats plan a message shift to attract more votes, Star Tribune


A campaign gone in 139 characters, Pioneer Press

Former New Prague councilman to run for state Senate, Mankato Free Press


Kittelson joins DFL field in Minnesota’s 2nd District, MPR


SEIU endorses Clinton for president, The Hill

Bobby Jindal drops out of White House race, The Hill

Jindal suspends presidential campaign: ‘This is not my time,’ Washington Post

Bernie Sanders to deliver much-awaited speech on democratic socialism Thursday, Washington Post

Labor unions close ranks around Hillary, The Hill

Jeb Bush headed to Minnesota for fundraiser, Pioneer Press

GOP leaders: National security will end Carson and Trump campaigns, Politico

Ben Carson is struggling to grasp foreign policy, advisers say, New York Times


Hennepin County finding new ways to fill rash of upcoming job openings, Star Tribune

Verso may sell Duluth paper mill, or declare bankruptcy, MinnPost


GOP backlash against refugees is ugly and un-American, Washington Post

Dayton: Republicans should office wherever they please, Pioneer Press


Improving federal and state policies can expand immigrants’ contributions to Minnesota, Minnesota Budget Project 


Senate DFL backs Gov. Mark Dayton’s request for special session for steel workers, Star Tribune

Senate backs special session for Real ID, unemployed miners, Pioneer Press

Wedge Co-op faces union push from workers, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

Wedge Co-Op workers vote to form union, Workday Minnesota

Albert Lea hospital workers hold informational picket, Workday Minnesota

Cliffs Natural Resources laying off 540 workers at Northshore Mining taconite operation, Star Tribune

Dayton says special session on steelworker aid ‘imperative,’ KSTP


New House member spurs committee changes, Session Daily

DFL wants to call session for miners and Real ID, Pioneer Press


Dayton considers health review of PolyMet copper mine, Star Tribune

Forest Service backs land exchange for PolyMet mine site, Duluth News Tribune

Minneapolis police shooting

Man shot by Minneapolis police has died, BCA confirms, Star Tribune

Black Lives Matter demonstrators dig in at Mpls. police precinct, undeterred by rain, cold, MPR

Autopsy: Gunshot to head killed Jamar Clark in Mpls. police shooting, MPR

BCA has video from fatal shooting by police; no release yet, Star Tribune

Two Mpls. officers set to speak with BCA about fatal shooting, union chief says, Star Tribune

Dayton said he’s closely monitoring unrest in North Side shooting, Star Tribune

A search for answers in police-involved shooting in Minneapolis, Star Tribune

Paris attacks

Paris police launch raid on apartment where attacks planner believed holed up; 2 killed, Star Tribune

Paris attacks force Sanders to adjust campaign strategy, The Hill


Donald Trump bolsters lead in New Hampshire, poll shows, New York Times


Dayton condemns refugee-blocking governors as ‘ludicrous,’ Pioneer Press

Mark Dayton: Governors barring Syrian refugees just ‘swagger,’ Pioneer Press

Nolan, Mills clash on refugees, Brainerd Dispatch

Dayton decries political ‘showmanship’ on Syrian refugees, KSTP

Minnesota governor: ‘Showmanship’ by 27 trying to block Syrian refugees, Fox 9


Reps. Walz, McCollum tout China’s progress in climate change, tolerance in trip to Tibet, Star Tribune


Gov. Dayton to swear in Winona Model Legislature Nov. 19, Winona Daily News


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