- Rand Paul holds “Stand with Rand” rallies in Minnesota, today. 11:30 a.m., U of M; 1:45 p.m., University of Minnesota-Duluth; and 4:30 p.m., Rochester.
- 2 p.m. – DNC, DPW, Mayor Barrett and people impacted by Republican policies will address reporters in Milwaukee at Milwaukee City Hall to preview the Fox Business GOP Debate.
- 3 p.m. – Newly-elected state Rep. Peggy Flanagan will be sworn in at 3 p.m. in the Veterans Services Building’s 5th Floor Conference Room.
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 – 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 – “Ask The Governor: An Evening with Gov. Mark Dayton.” Gov. Dayton will be interviewed by Gary Eichten, MPR news editor-at-large. 7 p.m., Rm. 204, Gorecki Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. Free and open to the public.
- 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.
- Nov. 14 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will meet at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood.
- 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. www.dflsd44.org
- 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.
Carson tries to weather the storm, The Hill
Getting ahead of ourselves: Where would Ben Carson’s support go? Washington Post
New setback for Christie just as hope was high, New York Times
The countdown begins, Star Tribune
GOP senators desert Bush for Rubio, The Hill
As GOP voting looms, long-shot candidates bet on a single state, Washington Post
As Iowa debate nears, Clinton seems inevitable again, Des Moines Register
Governors flop in Republican race, The Hill
Review: Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ New York Times
Ben Carson has clearly been caught off guard by the scrutiny that comes with leading the polls in a presidential campaign. On yesterday’s Sunday shows, the retired neurosurgeon asserted repeatedly that no one has ever been vetted like he’s being right now. That is not backed up by the facts, but it is also clearly something that he believes very sincerely. His complaints underscore a common problem for first-time candidates. When someone like Carson or Donald Trump tries to gets into politics by starting at the top of the ladder, they invariably don’t appreciate what it takes: from building an organization to forging coalitions, raising money and, yes, being vetted. Nothing compares to the white hot spotlight of running for president, but those who have run for governor or Senate have at least gotten a taste of it – and they can dismiss some of the negative stories that came out during those earlier races as old news. Washington Post
The road ahead, Star Tribune
- Through Nov. 20: Filing period for New Hampshire primary
- Nov. 10: Republican debate in Milwaukee
- Nov. 14: Democratic debate in Des Moines
- Dec. 15: Republican debate in Las Vegas
- Dec. 19: Democratic debate in Manchester, N.H.
- Jan. 17: Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C.
- Feb. 1: Iowa caucuses (both parties)
- Feb. 6: Republican debate in New Hampshire
- Feb. 9: New Hampshire primary (both parties)
- Feb. 10: Republican debate in Florida
- Feb. 13: Republican debate in South Carolina
- Feb. 20: Nevada Democratic caucuses and South Carolina Republican primary
- Feb. 23: Nevada Republican caucuses
- Feb. 26: Republican debate in Houston
- Feb. 27: South Carolina Democratic primary
- March 1: Super Tuesday. Primaries/caucuses in several states, including Minnesota
- July 18–21: Republican National Convention in Cleveland
- July 25–28: Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
- Nov. 8: 2016 Election Day
If Carson drops, where does his support go?
A matter of dignity: Dead end jobs, low pay, Star Tribune
A matter of dignity: Alone and at risk, Star Tribune
Barack Obama: The jobs president that Republicans were looking for? Washington Post
Some Minn. high schools try going without subs, Star Tribune
Public shut out from Mille Lacs fisheries meetings, Brainerd Dispatch
Obama rejects Keystone pipeline, The Hill
Today in history
PolyMet mine review says project would meet state standards, Pioneer Press
10-year review of Polymet mine comes out, Star Tribune
Polymet primer: Where do we go from here? Duluth News Tribune
DNR did great job on PolyMet, Mesabi Daily News
Peterson on transportation, Speaker shift and 2016, Marshall Independent
Sandra Peterson was a rare, remarkable woman, who deserves more attention, Morrison County Record
Link to cross tabs, KSTP
Minnesotans warn of threats posed by massive trade deal, Workday Minnesota
MnDOT says cost to fix roads is up 30 percent, Pioneer Press
Long-awaited Highway 53 bridge project to begin, Hibbing Daily News
Local view: Honor veterans’ legacies, not decorations, Duluth News Tribune
Virginia wants outside lobbyist, Mesabi Daily News
The astonishing decline of the American swing voter, Washington Post