In the Know: October 19, 2015

Events today

  • 8:45 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend Cargill’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
  • Noon – Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius kicks off a statewide tour of all four- and five-time Reward Schools in the state, seeking to gain insight into what efforts are having the greatest impact for students. Her first visit is at Valley Crossing Community School, 900 Park Crossing, Woodbury.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius visits Twin Cities Academy High School, 835 5th St E, St Paul.
  • Canada’s federal elections are today.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 24 – The DFL African American Caucus will hold its monthly meet at 10 a.m. at East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis.
  • Nov. 3 – Election Day! Check your ballots here


  • Oct. 21 – Beltrami County DFL Fish Fry Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Club, Nielson Ave. SE, Bemidji.
  • Oct. 24 – Pizza, Pie & Politicians DFL SD48 Fall Function! 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Homeward Hills Park Barn, 12000 Silverwood Dr., Eden Prairie. (more info)
  • Oct. 25 – Senate District 14 DFL will host the Wellstone Dinner, 5 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 404 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud. Click here for tickets.
  • Oct. 25 – Congressional District 4 DFL will host the Vento Dinner 2015. Doors open at 4 p.m. New location – Midpoint Event Center, St. Paul. For ticket information, go here .
  • Nov. 1 – CD 1 DFL will host its Autumn Dinner with Congressman Tim Walz. The keynote speaker is DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak. Special guests include Secretary of State Steve Simon and Attorney General Lori Swanson. 5 p.m., Owatonna Veterans of Foreign Wars, 135 Oakdale St., Owatonna. Please RSVP by Oct. 21 with meal choice (turkey dinner or vegetarian lasagna) to Shawn Groth at
  • 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. 21 – CD 6 Unity Dinner – Drawn Together. 5 p.m., Teamsters Local 120, Blaine. Keynote speaker is Congressman Tim Walz. Ticket information coming soon.  

2015 election

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2016 election


Petricka eyeing Republican party nomination for MN District 20 race, Northfield News


Howe, others putting big money into 2nd District campaign, Winona Daily News


Clinton’s big-spending gamble, The Hill

Bush and Rubio go after each other as their Florida friendship turns to feud, Washington Post

Joe Biden bid for White House would begin in a $60-million hole, NBC News

Bidenites say it ain’t over yet, MinnPost

In campaign money race, Democrats vastly outpacing Republicans, Washington Post

In Alabama, Clinton blasts GOP on voting rights, KSTP

Report: Trump, Carson to receive Secret Service protection, The Hill

Hundreds of Obama bundlers missing from Clinton’s elite fundraising ranks, USA Today

Jeb Bush, no longer the Republicans’ Mr. Inevitable, Washington Post

Sanders planning ‘major speech’ on democratic socialism, he tells Iowa supporters, Washington Post

6 Republican 2016 hopefuls woo faithful at Texas megachurch, AP

Think about it: Sanders uses the word ‘socialist’ and is still a leading candidate, MinnPost

Campaign finance: Democrats are putting a bigger emphasis on raising money for their actual campaigns, while Republicans seem to be focusing more on their technically separate super PACs that can accept unlimited checks. Which strategy works best should be a key question come November 2016. Washington Post

Chaffee First Day

Damn Emails Cartoon

2016 special election

Election for Branden Petersen’s state Senate seat to be Feb. 9, MinnPost

Special election set for suburban state Senate seat, MPR


Divisions deep over feds’ back-up plan to mass kill bird if avian flu returns, MPR


House panel questions longtime Clinton confidante Huma Abedin on Benghazi attacks, emails, Star Tribune

Budget (federal)

US budget gap for 2015 at $439B, lowest in 8 years, as tax revenue tops gov’t spending rise, Star Tribune

All eyes are on Ryan as the debt fight looms, The Hill

Budget (state)

Economists’ views: What to do with Minnesota’s budget surplus, MPR

Capitol complex

Minnesota Senate office building nearing completion, controversy continues, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Senate’s contentious new office building to open by December, Pioneer Press

Dayton, Mark

Mark Dayton to reimburse state for travel costs questioned by auditor, Pioneer Press

Dayton to reimburse state $1,688 for travel to political events, Star Tribune


CNBC agrees to Trump demand on debate, The Hill

What’s the best format for political debates? MinnPost

Department of Natural Resources

Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr takes arrows from all sides, Star Tribune


A few things to understand about R.T. Rybak’s criticism of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, MinnPost


Franken discusses rural skills gap, St. Cloud Times

Education (E-12)

At one suburban school, a 380 percent increase in poverty – and they’re not alone, Pioneer Press

How schools can support parents in helping their kids, MinnPost

Education (higher)

Minnesota private colleges try to soften $50K-60K ‘sticker shock,’ Star Tribune

Turmoil swirls around U of M president, Albert Lea Tribune


COMMENTARY: Ensuring nonprofits are included in America’s energy efficiency efforts, Alexandria Echo Press

Enbridge, PUC ask Minnesota Supreme Court to take up Sandpiper pipeline case, Brainerd Dispatch

Governor’s Pheasant Opener 2016

Opener returns to Montevideo: Community emphasizes region’s outdoor opportunities in bid for event, West Central Tribune


Sympathy for the Speaker: as congressional Republicans implode, former caucus leaders in Minnesota empathize, MinnPost

GOP presidential hopefuls courting Daudt, MPR

House Republicans return to Capitol to confront leadership mess, await word from Rep. Ryan, Star Tribune

Speaker dilemma awaits Congress, Star Tribune


Senate Democrats’ gun-control push is doomed from the start — so why bother? MinnPost

Senate Dems push new gun control laws, MPR


Should Minnesota increase the minimum wage?, MPR


Senate Bonding Committee heading to dam sites, Austin Daily Herald


Lynx celebrate third WNBA Championship, Star Tribune

Photos: Lynx celebrate 3rd WNBA title, aiming for more, MPR

‘I’m not a sports person!’ How the Minnesota Lynx made me a superfan, Star Tribune

Sack Congrats Lynx

Medical research

Klobuchar leads medical research tour throughout the state, KSTP


Cliffs CEO: Essar jeopardizes Range facility,

Minnesota v. Wisconsin

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Does the progressive paradise win? Power Line

15-10 MN v WI GDP Dollarsimage007 

Mondale, Walter

Humphrey School hosts two Washington, DC, events to honor the life and legacy of Walter F. Mondale, University of Minnesota

Minnesota’s elder statesman Mondale to be honored Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Star Tribune

Celebrating Fritz: An Evening with Walter Mondale, Star Tribune

Nursing home residents

Minnesota AG seeks protection for nursing home residents, Pioneer Press

Reding, Leo

Friends and family remember a ‘classic public servant,’ Rochester Post Bulletin

Leo John Reding, 91, Austin Daily Herald 

Stassen, J. Robert

J. Robert Stassen, former state senator and civic leader, dies at 88, Pioneer Press


Highway 14: Expedite funding for corridor of commerce, Austin Daily Herald

Walker, Scott

How Scott Walker spent $90,000 a day to lose an election, Washington Post


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