In the Know: November 19, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Norman County Deputy Auditors-Treasurers Tammy Kappes and Donna Hanson. 16 3rd Ave. E., Ada.
  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for October 2015.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Mahnomen County Crime Victim Services and Safe at Home Application Assistant. Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office-Mahnomen County Courthouse, Level 5 in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 311 N. Main St., Mahnomen.
  • Noon – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Lakes Crisis and Resource Center and Safe at Home Application Assistant. 1339 Pelican Ln., Detroit Lakes.
  • Noon (EST) – The U.S. House of Representatives will meet for legislative business, with plans to vote on a bill to limit entry by Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 2 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead and Safe at Home Application Assistant. Clay County Courthouse, 3rd Floor Boardroom, 807 11th St. N., Moorhead.
  • 3:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Craig Whitney. 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead.
  • 4 p.m. – The funeral service for arts patron and department store heir Bruce Dayton is at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis. The funeral will be streamed on the church’s website.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Clay County Auditor-Treasurer Lori Johnson. 807 11th St. N., Moorhead.


Mark your calendars

  • 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

Rubio lands billionaire GOP donor Frank VanderSloot, Washington Post

Trump rises after Paris attacks, The Hill

SEIU hits GOP field on immigration, The Hill

Donald Trump’s lies inflame bigotry and hurt innocent refugees, Star Tribune

Watching the Latin Grammys tonight? Look out for this ad attacking GOP presidential candidates. Washington Post

Why some Indian-Americans feel abandoned by Bobby Jindal, MPR


Dave Pinto: More cost, less access in Capitol construction zone, Pioneer Press

Disability services

State lawmakers prepare far-reaching reforms to disability services, Star Tribune


Another day, another layoff blow for the Iron Range, MPR

For Iron Range towns, a bad economy gets worse, MPR

Development pops up along Red Line BRT in Eagan, Apple Valley, Star Tribune

Miners out of work fear Minnesota’s iron mining future, Northland News Center

Education (E-12)

Minnesotans leading overhaul of No Child Left Behind education law, Pioneer Press

Congress is very close to leaving ‘No Child Left Behind’ behind, MinnPost


Our two Americas, in 1 map, Washington Post

Democrats just released a 2014 autopsy report. There’s only one sentence in it that matters. Washington Post


Minn. environmental leaders, activists prep for Paris summit, MPR

Safe, clean drinking water eludes many Wisconsinites, MinnPost


Why fear is more prevalent — and powerful — among conservatives, Washington Post


It’s on: Rubio and Cruz clash over immigration and the GOP’s future, Washington Post

Islamic State of Iraq

Rep. Tom Emmer seeks declaration of war on ISIL, Star Tribune


Picketing at U faces on parental leave, Workday Minnesota

Workers occupy lobby of Super America headquarters, Workday Minnesota

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka slams Trans-Pacific trade deal, Star Tribune


DFLers look to aid black Minnesotans in special session, MPR

Special session could address racial disparities, Tom Bakk says, Pioneer Press

Bakk says ‘challenges facing the black community’ should be part of special session, Star Tribune

Bakk weighs in on special session, Mesabi Daily News

Minneapolis police shooting

Police union chief: Jamar Clark wasn’t cuffed, went for officer’s gun, MPR

Police move Black Lives Matter protesters from 4th Precinct camp, MPR

The shooting of Jamar Clark: What we know, MinnPost

Union chief: Jamar Clark was going for Minneapolis officer’s gun, Star Tribune

The National Guard has not been called to Minneapolis, governor and mayor say, Pioneer Press

Protesters, police have tense night outside 4th Precinct HQ, Star Tribune

Minneapolis police confront Black Lives Matter protesters, Star Tribune

North Minneapolis: Caught in the middle, Star Tribune

Protesters, police clash after officers named in Jamar Clark shooting, MPR

Minneapolis police, protesters clash at 4th Precinct, Pioneer Press


Allison O’Toole chosen as MNsure CEO, MPR

MNsure bypasses outside finalist for CEO; choice didn’t apply for job, Pioneer Press

Norton, Kim

State Rep. Kim Norton named MADD’s Legislator of the Year, MinnPost 


Siege in Paris ends with at least 2 dead, 8 suspects arrested, MPR

Fate of Paris attacks mastermind unclear after bloody raid leaves at least 2 dead, 8 arrested, Star Tribune

French officials: Suspected attack mastermind killed in raid, The Hill

Public safety

Minnesota commission backs shorter sentences for first-time drug offenses, Pioneer Press

Task force reviews Minnesota’s drug-related sentencing guidelines, Session Daily


Steve Sack, Nov. 19, 2015 StarTribune
Steve Sack, Nov. 19, 2015 StarTribune

Daudt, Dayton at odds over national Syrian refugee program, Pioneer Press

64 percent of Americans want to either halt Syrian refugees or accept only Christians, Washington Post

Cruz to Obama: Insult me to my face, Washington Post

House to vote on refugee bill on Thursday, White House threatens veto, Washington Post

Gov. Mark Dayton disses governors wanting to reject Syrian refugees, City Pages

Obama, GOP ramp up for refugee fight, The Hill

An angry Obama upbraids critics who want to block refugees from Syria, Washington Post

Dayton rejects House GOP leader’s stance on Syrian refugees, MPR

How Syrian refugees are screened before entering U.S., MPR


2015 has seen six terror attacks deadlier than Paris, Washington Post

Vikings stadium

Minnesota Vikings unveil plans for a ‘showstopper’ ship outside new stadium, Star Tribune


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