In the Know: November 9, 2015

Events today

  • 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.  
  • 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

There was a lot of good news for progressives that you may have missed on Tuesday night, Daily Kos

2016 election

One year before 2016 election, voters share messages for candidates, MPR


Sen. Sean Neinow faces Republican challenger for re-election, Star Tribune

Fierce legislative campaigns expected statewide in 2016, WCCO

New evidence connects Freedom Club to negative mailings from Liberty Minnesota PAC, Star Tribune


Carson tries to weather the storm, The Hill

Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied, Politico

Ben Carson’s ‘West Point’ story isn’t totally accurate. Here’s why that could be a problem. Washington Post

A tale to two Ben Carsons, CNN

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

So now Bernie Sanders wants to talk about Hillary Clinton’s ‘damn e-mails,’ Washington Post

Live from New York, Donald Trump took the stage as host of ‘SNL’ amid protests, Star Tribune

The countdown begins, Star Tribune

Christie: Drop from main debate stage boosted fundraising, The Hill

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

Ben Carson reps admit he made up West Point acceptance story, Fox 9

Governors flop in Republican race, The Hill

Review: Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ New York Times

Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show, Washington Post

Rand Paul targets college-age voters in campaign swing through Minnesota, MinnPost

Forget West Point, focus on Carson’s crackpot ideas, MinnPost

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?

Carson Support

 Sack Carson Speak Softly

Trump SNL 

Campaign finance

Juan Williams: Politics, a sport for billionaires, The Hill


For debate, Fox Business aims to be the anti-CNBC, Politico 

Disabled citizens

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

The unemployment rate doubled under Bush. It’s fallen by more than one-third under Obama. Vox

What Progress Looks Like 

Education (E-12)

At Bemidji charter, American Indian students excel, Star Tribune

Some Minn. high schools try going without subs, Star Tribune


Politics, lies, and journalism: Why the public does not care if politicians lie, Schultz’s Take


Public shut out from Mille Lacs fisheries meetings, Brainerd Dispatch


Caryn Sullivan: Checking in with Mike McFadden; life after the campaign trail, Pioneer Press

Sack Ryan Te Party 

Keystone pipeline

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline, The Hill

Greens declare victory over fossil fuels after Keystone decision, The Hill

Obama blocks Keystone pipeline, ending debate for rest of term, MinnPost

Obama’s Keystone pipeline rejection is both symbolic and legacy-defining, Washington Post

President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline plan, MPR

Minnesota congressional delegation splits on Keystone rejection, Star Tribune

Kline, John

John Kline proves again he’s Minnesota’s most anti-gay congressman, City Pages


Target had quiet talks with labor on Minneapolis workplace rule, Star Tribune

Today in history

1955-11-09 Today in History


PolyMet mine review says project would meet state standards, Pioneer Press

Report says proposed PolyMet mine meets state standards, WCCO

Nolan urges forward progress on Polymet after release of FEIS, KDAL

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

Mondale, Walter

Gov. Arne Carlson: Walter Mondale’s political career in retrospect — and in respect, Star Tribune

Peterson, Collin

Peterson on transportation, Speaker shift and 2016, Marshall Independent

Peterson, Sandra

Sandra Peterson was a rare, remarkable woman, who deserves more attention, Morrison County Record


KSTP/SurveyUSA: Clinton trails 4 of 6 GOP candidates in Minnesota, KSTP

Link to cross tabs, KSTP

State government

Minnesota’s state government, like most states, receives a near-failing grade from Center for Public Integrity, Star Tribune

Super PACs

Ted Cruz, and why super PACs sometimes terrify the candidates they support, Washington Post


Minnesotans warn of threats posed by massive trade deal, Workday Minnesota


MnDOT says cost to fix roads is up 30 percent, Pioneer Press

Minnesota road costs jump as lawmakers debate how to pay for it, Pioneer Press

Derailed trains released more than 18,000 gallons of ethanol into Mississippi, Star Tribune

Wis. train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol, KSTP

2nd train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil, MPR

Long-awaited Highway 53 bridge project to begin, Hibbing Daily News

Toles Ryan Hiway Bill 

Veteran’s Day

Klobuchar, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to appear at Richfield school’s Veterans Day program, Star Tribune

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


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