In the Know: November 6, 2015

Events today

  • 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton Deer Hunting Opener Community & Guest Breakfast at the Sawmill Saloon, Virginia.
  • 7 p.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin appears on “Almanac.”

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 9 – Newly-elected state Rep. Peggy Flanagan will be sworn in at 3 p.m. in the Veterans Services Building’s 5th Floor Conference Room.
  • 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 – The GOP candidates for president will debate in Milwaukee. The debate is sponsored by Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal.
  • 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 – The Democratic National Committee, CBS News, Twitter, Drake University, KCCI, The Des Moines Register, and the Iowa Democratic Party will host the second Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate from Drake University in Iowa. The debate will be broadcast live exclusively on the CBS. CBS News Political Director and Moderator of Face the Nation, John Dickerson, will be the principal moderator.
  • 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. 14 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will meet at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood.



  • Nov. 7 – 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.
  • 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.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.

2015 election

St. Paul voter turnout was low, low, low, Pioneer Press

  • If the 12.5 percent figure holds — and the final figure will be close — it would be the lowest turnout for decades in city elections. In 2011 and 2007, just over 14 percent turned out.

2016 election

Bernie Sanders still sees a path to the presidency, MPR

Off-year elections reveal a 2016 map with sharper borders, Washington Post

Rand Paul visiting Minnesota campuses Monday, Pioneer Press

Heritage Action wants more specifics from Ben Carson, has concerns about Marco Rubio’s higher education plan and worries about Carly Fiorina’s ties to the GOP establishment. 

The political arm of the prominent conservative think tank will release a 24,000-word report on Monday, exactly 365 days before the general election, evaluating a dozen Republican candidates on their records and policy positions. The group will not explicitly endorse a candidate, but they’ve vetted the contenders across half a dozen categories. Washington Post

  • Dr. Carson’s instincts on opportunity-related issues like education and welfare policy appear to be sound, but he has not put forward a detailed policy agenda addressing impediments to mobility.
  • Rubio has innovative ideas on opportunity, though not all are consistent with limited government principles.
  • Fiorina has recently delivered a strong critique of crony capitalism, but has previously aligned herself with the Washington establishment.
  • Ted Cruz has been willing to pay a political price for taking on government favoritism.

2016 special election

Facing long odds, a DFL lifer gets his shot in Senate District 35, MinnPost

2016 election

Carson, Trump authorized for Secret Service protection, The Hill

Sanders says there’s ‘earlier butt’ to kick before the GOP’s, Washington Post

Sanders draws differences with Clinton on oil pipeline, trade, Boston Globe

Rand Paul’s new book sells fewer than 500 copies in two weeks, Buzz Feed

Ted Cruz calls Marco Rubio a moderate and says the Republican primaries will come down to a two-way race between a conservative and a moderate: “Historically, there have been two major lanes in the Republican primary,” the Texas senator told CNN’s Jake Tapper last night. “There’s been a moderate lane and a conservative lane. And, in past cycles, there’s been a consensus moderate choice early on…Look, I think Marco is certainly formidable in that lane. I think the Jeb campaign seems to view Marco as his biggest threat in the moderate lane. And so I think they’re going to slug it out for a while. But, when you look at the conservative lane, what I’m really encouraged by is that conservatives are consolidating behind our campaign… And once it gets down to a head-to-head contest between a conservative and a moderate…I think the conservative wins.” Washington Post

Congressional delegation

Reps. McCollum, Walz heading to China with Nancy Pelosi, Star Tribune

Dayton, Mark

DIW Horizons Unlimited – Gov. Dayton and Community Partners, Vimo

Gov. Dayton taking time away from state business to be with his father, Pioneer Press


Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard at GOP debate, while Pataki, Graham cut entirely, Star Tribune

Christie, Huckabee get cut from main debate, The Hill

Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been kicked off the main stage for next Tuesday’s GOP debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal; Lindsey Graham and George Pataki are not even being allowed into the undercard. David Weigel: “Thirteen Republican presidential campaigns had started the week in a kind of solidarity, brainstorming ideas to make the cable news debates more fair. They ended the week in pathos and disarray, after Fox Business announced that two candidates would be shunted from prime time to an ‘undercard’ debate, and two mainstays of the undercard debate would not make it to the Nov. 10 forum at all.” How they are reacting: Washington Post

  • Lindsey Graham: “It is ironic that the only veteran in the race is going to be denied a voice the day before Veterans Day,” said campaign manager Christian Ferry. “In the end, the biggest loser is the American people and the Republican Presidential primary process that has been hijacked by news outlets.”
  • @JebBush said that Graham should be allowed in the debate: “His foreign policy message is an important one in particular.” 
  • Christie defiantly tweeted #BringItOn. “It doesn’t matter the stage, give me a podium and I’ll be there to talk about real issues like this,” he wrote, linking to a Facebook video of him talking about addiction.
  • Mike Huckabee: “I’m happy to debate anyone, anywhere, anytime. We are months away from actual votes being cast and neither the pundits nor the press will decide this election, the people will. Washington is stealing from seniors, punching American workers in the gut, and bankrupting our kids and grandkids. I refuse to let that stand.”

Deer opener

Guide: 2015 Minnesota Firearms Deer Season Opener, KSTP

Minnesota hunters prepare for Saturday firearms deer opener, MPR

Disability access

Disability-access lawsuits spark calls for legislation, Pioneer Press

Education (E-12)

Lawsuit claims Minnesota fails to educate poor, minority students in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Star Tribune

Suit alleges policies promote Twin Cities school segregation, MPR

Lawsuit accuses Mpls., St. Paul schools of segregating students, WCCO

New teacher licensure rules presenting challenges, lawmakers hear, Session Daily

Reports conflict on Minnesota teacher licensing reform, Pioneer Press

Lawmakers pressure state board to streamline licenses for out-of-state teachers, MPR


Minnesota political consultant seeks to ditch debts, legal history, Star Tribune

Political activist/blogger disciplined by Minnesota Supreme Court, Pioneer Press

Former President George HW Bush criticizes Cheney, Rumsfeld in new biography, Star Tribune

Debate over Medicare, Social Security, other federal benefits divides GOP, Washington Post

  • There are two kinds of Republicans: those who want to win elections and those who want to govern. “This is the biggest fault line in the party: whether Republicans should be talking about reducing benefits,’ conservative economist Stephen Moore told Bob. “Republicans have fallen on their sword for 30 years trying to reform Social Security and Medicare but the dream lives on — and it makes everyone nervous. Some see a political trap; others see it as necessary.”


A lot of people believe the Twin Cities needs more affordable housing; a lot fewer agree on where to build it, MinnPost 

Major League Soccer

St. Paul council, flush with momentum, eyes MN United stadium, Ford site, Pioneer Press


Key question in PolyMet mine fight: Whose data to trust? MPR


Pentagon paid sports teams millions for ‘paid patriotism’ events, MPR


This new poll gets to the bottom of why Republicans seem so angry in this election, Washington Post

A Fox News Poll of registered voters showed Trump with 26 percent, Carson with 23 percent, while Bush dropped 3 points since September to just 4 percent. Cruz and Rubio were tied with 11 percent. Trump and Carson remain the leaders if voters are asked to pick their second choice, but Rubio leapfrogs past Cruz and Jeb gains slightly. Trump does lose — badly — on the question of who voters think is “honest” and “trustworthy,” coming in 7th with 38 percent while Carson and Huckabee win on that score. On the Democratic horse race, the Fox survey finds Clinton leading Sanders nationally by 25 points, 56 to 31 percent. Washington Post 

There were also some early state numbers. In South Carolina, likely Democratic voters support Hillary over Bernie by 56 points, 71 to 15 percent, according to a Winthrop University poll. Washington Post


‘Anonymous’ hits Capitol with litany of protests, Pioneer Press

Public safety

Sen. Franken to introduce anti-stalking app bill, WCCO

State Auditor

State Auditor prepares to sue Legislature over her job duties, Grand Forks Herald


Minnesota tax brackets inch up with inflation, Pioneer Press


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