In the Know: November 2, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will host a reception honoring Mexican exchange students who are studying in Minnesota. 
  • 10:15 a.m. – The Art Subcommittee of the Capitol Preservation Commission meets.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will host a roundtable of women and minority-owned medical technology companies at Spinethera, in Plymouth.

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Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 10 – North Metro Chapter, DFL Senior Caucus, 11:30 a.m., Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada, speaker Ramsey County Sheriff, Matt Bostrom.
  • Nov. 10 – #ReclaimOurCity – Working Families March. Low-wage workers from across Minneapolis will march for $15, paid sick days, fair scheduling, and an end to wage theft in our workplaces, in Minneapolis, and in all Minnesota. 5:30 a.m. University and Broadway, NE Minneapolis. 7:30 a.m. Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis (700 Nicollet Mall). 9:30 a.m. Minneapolis City Hall.
  • Nov. 10 – Congressman Ellison will host a Summit on the Economic Reality of Black Minnesotans from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Franklin Middle School, 1501 Aldrich Ave N, Minneapolis. The event is co-hosted by Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and Rep. Rena Moran. This summit will feature two panels: the first to share the economic reality Black Minnesotans face and the second to lay out solutions, including saving and wealth building, entrepreneurship, combating mass incarceration, and wages and benefits.
  • Nov. 11 – Minnesota DFL Education Priorities and Progress – A Town Hall Event, 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Senate District 61 DFL Central Committee. The event will cover recent activity in the Minnesota legislature and progress toward the DFL Action Agenda, along with hopes and dreams for the 2016 session. Parents of school age children and taxpayers that provide education support through the state budget and local levies are encouraged to attend, become informed, ask questions, and discuss ideas with legislators and key communicators. Panelists include: Rep. Thissen; Sen. Torres Ray; and Josh Crosson from Education Minnesota. 


  • Nov. 4 – CD3 DFL Fall Fundraising Event: An Evening with Vice President Walter Mondale, moderated by Don Shelby. The 7 p.m. event will be held at Hughes Pavilion, Centennial Lakes, 7499 France Ave. S, Edina. Tickets may be purchased online at Reservations can also be made by mail. Checks should be payable to CD 3 DFL and mailed to Nancy Parris, 8350 Airport Rd, Waconia, MN 55387.
  • Nov. 7 – DFL Senior Caucus Fall Gala. Program begins at 4 p.m., buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Royal Cliff Banquet Center, 2280 Cliff Road, Eagan. Reserve your tickets by contacting John Larva at or 612-246-4449.
  • Nov. 10 – SD 44 DFL will host “The-Never-Too-Early-To-Think-About-The-Next-Election” Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction. 6 p.m., LTD Brewing Co., 8 8th Ave., Hopkins.
  • 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.
  • Nov. 27 – DFL Senior Caucus Gala Celebration. Royal Cliff Banquet Center, 2280 Cliff Rd, Eagan. Registration 3 p.m., program 4 p.m. and dinner buffet 5:30 p.m. There will be guest speakers and DFL elected officials. Tickets are $20 for this great conversation and exceptional Italian dinner.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.

2015 election

St. Paul elections: The protest vote, this time around, Star Tribune

Minnesota schools asking voters for $1.8 billion, here’s why, Pioneer Press

Parents could sway referendum vote, St. Cloud Times

Duluth voters may change procedure for determining city councilors’ pay, Duluth News Tribune 

2016 election


Few fireworks in first debate between GOP candidates in Second District, Star Tribune

Almanac: 2nd District Republican Congressional Confab, Almanac

2nd District Republicans agree on budget but throw a few elbows, Pioneer Press

Video replay & transcript: GOP candidates rip Rep. Kline on budget vote, The UpTake

2nd District GOP candidates on the Almanac couch, mnpACT!


GOP campaigns vent at RNC on eve of debate summit, Washington Post

This guy wants to be president: winning those young voters, mn progressive project

Amy Klobuchar energizes Florida Democrats on Hillary Clinton’s behalf, Tampa Bay Times

GOP candidates rally party faithful in Northwest Iowa, The Hill

Can Jeb Bush come back? Washington Post

Sanders dropping $2 million in ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, WCCO

5 messages in Bernie Sanders’ first campaign ads, MPR

Cruz seeks to build on debate momentum in Iowa after months in the middle of the GOP field, Star Tribune

Bush-Rubio confrontation tells us little about either guy’s fitness to be president, MinnPost

Tump Maze 

2016 session

House DFL Leader discusses legislative issues during Park Rapids stop, Park Rapids Enterprise

Capitol complex

State Capitol beefs up security ahead of re-opening, Pioneer Press


In Ryan speakership, Republicans and Democrats see chance for a fresh start, MinnPost

Lawmakers hope for calm after the storm on Capitol Hill, Pioneer Press 

Paul Ryan, just four days after being elected as the new Speaker of the House, appeared on all five major news programs on Sunday (“The Full Ginsburg”): Washington Post

  • He said the current Republican Party’s lack of vision has caused unnecessary strife. “We fight over tactics because we don’t have a vision,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’ve been too timid on policy; we’ve been too timid on vision – we have none.”
  • He presented himself as a unifying figure. “If I pick up where John Boehner left off, then I think we won’t be successful,” he said on ABC. “That’s not a discredit to John Boehner, that’s just a discredit to the way the job has been done.”
  • He suggested he won’t allow a shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood. “I think we need to be very clear about what we can and cannot achieve and not set expectations that we know we can’t reach given the constraints of the Constitution,” he said on CNN.
  • Ryan promised no immigration reform as long as Obama is president: “I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself.”


RNC pulls out of NBC debate, The Hill

GOP candidates call for debate reforms on Sunday shows, The Hill

QUIZ: Can you distinguish the CNBC debate’s ‘rude’ questions from the other debates? Washington Post

Stephen Colbert’s brutal takedown of the CNBC debate, Washington Post

Education (E-12)

Urban school districts are among least integrated, Star Tribune

Education (higher)

MN House Minority Leader Thissen and Rep. Ben Lien hold roundtable at MSUM to find solutions to student debt, WDAY

College graduates cope with the debt that follows, Star Tribune


Backer voted with science-denying House GOP, Morris Sun Tribune

Republicans ‘don’t have a vision,’ Ryan says, Pioneer Press


Dayton defends raises in state employee contracts, Star Tribune

Lawmakers split over state employee contracts, Workday Minnesota

Hennepin County workers seek fair contracts, Workday Minnesota

Ryan dismisses calls for family leave law, The Hill 

Today in history

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Mental health

Shortage of state psychiatric beds leaves local hospitals jammed, Star Tribune


Minnesota Gov. Dayton says mine, community need interaction, Grand Forks Herald

PolyMet unaffected by new rice rules, at first, Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Mark Dayton said Polymet decision possible in 2016, Pioneer Press

Dayton lauds community monitoring of mine in Michigan, Star Tribune

Gov. Dayton’s ‘due diligence’ on PolyMet copper mine, MPR


Oberstar Terminal dedication, Fox 21

Duluth airporter terminal, Chisholm post office named after Oberstar, Pioneer Press

Northern Minnesota airport terminal named in Oberstar’s honor, KSTP 


Risky business: Confronting racism in America, MPR

Rybak, R.T.

Rybak gaining higher profile on national stage, Star Tribune

Sex offender program

Minnesota sex offenders hope for release after program found unconstitutional, WCCO

Judge orders review of all Minnesota sex offenders in civil commitment, Fox 9

State government

Minnesota seeks diverse executives for state government, Star Tribune


Angel investment tax credit pricey but has defenders, Star Tribune 


So how, exactly, do officials figure out how many people will use mass transit projects? MinnPost

Doing nothing is the costliest transit plan for Twin Cities, Star Tribune


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