In the Know: October 2, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend a meeting of the Land Exchange Board. Fifth Floor Conference Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • 3 p.m. – Congressman Tom Emmer and Congressman Tim Walz will meet with St. Cloud Veterans Affairs staff, union officials and veterans and their families and then hold a roundtable discussion addressing questions raised in an Inspector General report. American Legion Post #621, 1894 247th St., St. Augusta.
  • 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks and present a proclamation at the inauguration ceremony for Hamline University’s 20th President, Dr. Fayneese Miller. Hutton Arena, Hamline University, 1569 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 8 – The East Central Chapter of the Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Bowe’s Restaurant and Bar, 118 Railroad Ave N E in Mora. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting starting at I p.m. Featured speaker will be Don Samuelson, former president of the Minnesota Senate. He has been active in Health and Human Services as well as current Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
  • Oct. 10 – The College Democrats of Minnesota are holding a 2015 Fall Leadership Summit. Noon, Teamsters Council Joint 32, Minneapolis.
  • Oct. 13 – The first Democratic debate takes place in Las Vegas. It will air on CNN. 


  • Oct. 11 – Senate Districts 25 and 26 will hold a FDR dinner at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The keynote speaker is Javier Morillo-Alicea, SEIU #26 President, political commentator and activist. He will share stories about his entry into progressive politics. DFL elected officials and candidates will also speak. For more information or tickets, contact Randy at 651-210-3981 ( or Nancy at
  • Oct. 17 – Le Sueur Co. DFL’s Annual Fall Fundraiser. American Legion Hall in Montgomery. The event includes a social hour (5 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.), program and live auction (7 p.m.). Contact Janet Straub for tickets: 612-710-5783.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

2016 election

Suddenly, Bernie Sanders looks like a threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Star Tribune

October is a critical month for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Star Tribune

It’s not over yet for Jeb Bush’s GOP candidacy, Star Tribune

Rand Paul raised $2.5 million last quarter, Washington Post

Rubio campaign boots Bush-backing tracker from Iowa event, Politico

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter says it will not disrupt Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon, Star Tribune

Black Lives Matter: Protest, but no disruption of Twin Cities Marathon, MPR

Black Lives Matter St. Paul organizer wanted to be a cop, now challenges police, Pioneer Press

Police: If you disrupt the Twin Cities Marathon, you’ll be arrested, WCCO

Congressional delegation


Opinion: Sen. Klobuchar brings good news to meeting, ECM


U.S. employers added only 142,000 jobs in September, while unemployment remained at 5.1%, the government said. CNN

Education (E-12)

Corporate tax law shortchanges Minnesota schools, report says, Pioneer Press 

Government shutdown

No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open, MPR


Republicans try to clean up McCarthy’s Benghazi mess, The Hill

Gun violence

Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead, Star Tribune

Obama decries ‘routine’ response of country to shootings, KSTP

Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’, Washington Post

Obama on mass shooting: ‘Somehow, this has become routine,’ Washington Post

Obama: Mass shootings are ‘something we should politicize,’ The Hill

Politics of the issue:

  • New gun laws are NOT going to pass. Period. If the Democratic-controlled Senate could not pass expanded background checks after 20 children were massacred at an elementary school, the Republican-controlled Senate is not going to do anything that conservatives would see as interfering with the Second Amendment. Action is even less likely in the House, where the activist right just felled Speaker Boehner.
  • BUT the shooting is about to generate a serious debate among Democratic presidential candidates. This benefits Hillary Clinton and hurts Bernie Sanders, especially going into their first debate on Oct.  13.
  • Gun control is one of a very small number of issues on which Clinton is to the Vermont senator’s left. (He’s also upset Latino groups with his stance on immigration.)
  • The National Rifle Association backed Sanders when he first ran for Congress, and he has a mixed voting record on gun issues. (The backstory, from David Fahrenthold, is here.)
  • Bernie is already on the defensive. On MSNBC last night, host Chris Hayes pressed him on why he voted against the Brady Bill (which was signed into law by Bill Clinton) and against allowing victims to file lawsuits against gun manufacturers. He didn’t respond directly when asked whether his views have evolved, only saying that he supports instant background checks and closing the gun show loophole.
  • With the left so hungry for action, Sanders’ full answer on MSNBC sounded surprisingly tone deaf: “I don’t know that anybody knows what the magic solution is,” he said. “What we do know is the current situation is not tenable. It is clearly not working. And as the president indicated, we can and must do a lot better.  … You can sit there and say I think we should do this and do that. But you’ve got a whole lot of states in this country where people want virtually no gun control at all. And if we are going to have some success, we are going to have to start talking to each other.” Washington Post

There has been plenty of TALK and little action on gun violence.

  • This was the 45th shooting at a SCHOOL in 2015, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
  • Not one calendar week has passed during President Obama’s second term without a mass shooting, defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot. Washington Post

Clinton on gun violence:

“I was proud when my husband took the NRA on, and we were able to ban assault weapons, but he had to put a sunset on so 10 years later. Of course Bush wouldn’t agree to reinstate them,” she said. “I’m going to speak out, I’m going to do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA and we’re going to do whatever we can. … The idea that you can have an open carry permit with an AK-47 over your shoulder walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket is just despicable.” Washington Post

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Health insurance

Regulators approve premium jumps averaging as much as 49 percent in Minnesota, Star Tribune

South Country, UCare win partial reprieves on Medicaid deals, Pioneer Press

Ouch! Officials unveil big hikes in 2016 MNsure insurance rates, MPR 

The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton regarding health insurance rate increases in Minnesota’s private individual market.

“I am extremely unhappy with these extremely high insurance rate increases. The insurance companies, who are responsible for them, will force Minnesotans into plans with less complete coverage or drive them out of the insurance market entirely. Given these large rate increases, I strongly encourage Minnesotans to shop on MNsure so they can access tax credits to help reduce their costs.   

“If health insurance companies make good coverage unaffordable for Americans, I believe citizens will soon demand that insurers’ excessive administrative overheads be eliminated, and that they be removed as the providers of health insurance.”


Immigrant professionals outraged over government reversal, Star Tribune


Brawl over scheduling rules is just ahead at Minneapolis City Council, Star Tribune

‘Working Families Agenda’ sparks debate among small business owners in Minneapolis, MinnPost 

Today in history

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DFL Rep. Atkins decides not to run for Congress, defends MNsure in wake of rate hikes, Star Tribune

Rep. Atkins skips run for congressional seat, MPR

Atkins, like many before him, passes on a Second District Congressional run, Pioneer Press

Mall of America

Mall of America unveils another addition with luxury retail, hotel, offices, Star Tribune


State must figure out how to deal with Essar Steel’s deadline miss, Star Tribune

Trump, Donald

Donald Trump’s bankruptcies reveal how fat cats win, MinnPost


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