In the Know: November 3, 2015

Events today

  • 7 a.m. – Polls open for Election Day 2015! This is voting in 28 cities, 50 school districts and an uncontested legislative race in House District 46A. Check your ballot here
  • 9:15 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation at WE Day. Xcel Energy Center, 199 W Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will vote at Summit Church.
  • 2 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Division of Indian Work, encouraging Minnesotans to donate to their local food shelves. 1001 E Lake St., Minneapolis.
  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour Olympus Surgical Innovation Center, 9600 Louisiana Ave. N, Brooklyn Park.
  • Gov. Dayton will provide remarks after accepting the Autism Hero of the Year Award from the Minnesota Autism Recovery Foundation.

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. 14 – Olmsted 25 DFL, SD 25 DFL, SD 26 DFL will host a “Big Tent Debate Watching Party” for the Democratic Presidential Debate. All Democrats and friends are invited.  The party will be in the lower level of the downtown VFW Post 1215, 16 6th Street SW in Rochester. This is a union establishment. Appetizers will be served. People attending will purchase their own beverages. Since we are serving food, youth are welcome to join us. No cost to attend.



  • 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. To inquire about ticket availability, please contact Phyllis Richerson, event co-chair at
  • 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

Election Day 2015: Races to watch, what’s on the ballot, MPR

Minn. school districts hope voters in giving mood on Election Day, MPR

2016 election


Controversy surrounds GOP ‘loyalty pledge’ in Second District, Star Tribune 


CARLY for America hires Minnesota director, Pioneer Press

Ninety days until Iowa caucuses: Turmoil in the Republican race, The Hill

Budget (federal)

Democrats prepare for another shutdown showdown in December, Washington Post


Ornstein: Congress is even worse than worse, Pioneer Press


The GOP’s debate mutiny shows how the party simply can’t and won’t be led, Washington Post

Trump’s campaign says he’ll negotiate directly with TV networks on debates, Washington Post

What’s happening: After the much-maligned CNBC debate on Wednesday, the GOP presidential campaigns are working together to try to negotiate more favorable debate rules with the hosting networks. Their wish lists are all over the map, but one thing they can agree on: The Republican Party’s guiding hand isn’t really doing the job.

Some background: The Republican National Committee stepped in to organize debates this election cycle to avoid 2012’s deluge of 20 primary debates, which many GOP candidates thought was too many and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus blamed in part for Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama. The RNC is trying to be helpful this time around, but candidates feel like crowded debate stages with who-knows-what-you’ll-get moderators and awkward undercard debates haven’t been executed smoothly even under the RNC-brokered deals.

What it means going forward: “This is a power play by the campaigns,” says Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, who along with Post reporter David Weigel is covering the ins and outs of the story. If the campaigns get their way, we could see party officials back out of debate prep and go back to letting the campaigns negotiate directly with the networks. Donald Trump’s campaign said Monday afternoon he’s doing just that, Republican Party be damned. More campaigns could follow his lead.                                              Washington Post

GOP demands – Washington Post

Strategists for at least 11 GOP campaigns huddled in a D.C.-area hotel over the weekend and strategized what they wanted to ask for.

Weigel obtained the latest draft of their demands, which he notes the candidates haven’t signed off on yet. Still, it offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into debate prep — mostly that no detail is too small to be considered by the candidates who want to impress you, the voter. You can read the whole letter here. Below is a snippet of what the campaigns would prefer not to be a part of the debates:

  • Ask the candidates to raise their hands to answer a question
  • Ask yes/no questions without time to provide a substantive answer
  • Have a “lightning round”
  • Allow candidate-to-candidate questioning
  • Allow props or pledges by the candidates
  • Have reaction shots of members of the audience or moderators during debates
  • Show an empty podium after a break (describe how far away the bathrooms are)
  • Use behind shots of the candidates showing their notes
  • Leave microphones on during breaks


White House calls Ryan immigration remarks preposterous, Pioneer Press

Immigration uncovered: Untold stories of moving north, MPR

Speaker Ryan plays politics with immigration reform, Star Tribune

Klobuchar, Amy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to young women going into politics: ‘It’s worth it,’ ABC News

Klobuchar stumps for Clinton, intervenes in Florida Senate primary, Pioneer Press


Nurses see tie between understaffing, lower safety rankings, Workday Minnesota

Minnesota Capitol

What do YOU think should be done with the state Capitol’s art? Pioneer Press

Prison population

How a new state law could dramatically worsen prison overcrowding in Minnesota, MinnPost

Silver Tsunami

Upcoming wave of aging Minnesotans will need better-coordinated, smarter supports, panel says, MinnPost


Embattled St. Paul VA official takes the Fifth Amendment before a House panel, Star Tribune


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