In the Know: October 20, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources meets. Room 5, State Office Building.
  • 9:15 a.m. (EST) – George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration hosts “Walter Mondale: A Living Legacy.” The symposium will explore the domestic and foreign policy issues central to the legacy of Vice President Mondale. Panels will cover topics such as the Mondale Vice Presidency, reconciling national security and the U.S. Constitution, and the fight for civil rights.
  • 9:30 a.m. – The Legislative Commission on Data Practices meets to discuss Real ID, DPS Data Breach and other future meeting topics. Basement Hearing Room, State Office Building. 
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the fourth meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster, blizzard, or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 6 p.m. (EST) – Celebrating Fritz: An Evening with Walter Mondale. Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C. Dinner Co-chairs: The Honorable Jimmy Carter, The Honorable Madeleine Albright; United States Senators Dianne Feinstein, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Patrick Leahy; and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 22 – State Rep. Leon Lillie (DFL – North St. Paul), Rep. Peter Fischer (DFL-Maplewood), Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury), and Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) are hosting a pollinator policy forum which will be moderated by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) at 6:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center.
  • 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. Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota will be joining the CD4 Vento Dinner. 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. 7 – DFL Senior Caucus Fall Gala. Program begins at 4 p.m., buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Royal Cliff Banquet Center, 2280 Cliff Road, Eagan. Reserve your tickets by contacting John Larva at or 612-246-4449.
  • 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. Ticket information coming soon. 

2016 election


Ward rules out 2016 run for Legislature, Brainerd Dispatch 


We are now on our 12th timeline for a Biden announcement, Washington Post

6 things we know Joe Biden is thinking, Washington Post

Bill Clinton to headline his first rally for wife’s 2016 bid, KSTP

Waiting for Biden: Impatience, rampant speculation boil over into chaotic waiting game, Star Tribune

Washington Post pulls Biden campaign launch story after ‘glitch,’ Politico

Fox News reports Joe Biden to enter presidential race, Star Tribune

Dems join Trump’s 9/11 bashing of Jeb, The Hill

Jim Webb may be contemplating running as an independent instead of as a Democrat, Washington Post

Donald Trump and Ben Carson now stand alone at the top of the Republican field, as Carly Fiorina’s brief foray into the top tier of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president appears to have ended. A new CNN/ORC poll finds Fiorina has lost 11 points in the last month, declining from 15 percent support and second place to 4 percent and a tie for seventh place.

At the same time, Carson has gained eight points and joins Trump as the only candidates in the field with support above 20 percent. As in early September before Fiorina’s spike in support, Trump and Carson are the first choice candidate of about half of the potential Republican electorate. All told, nearly two-thirds of Republican voters choose Trump or Carson as either their first or second choice for the nomination.

No other candidates made significant gains since the last CNN/ORC poll conducted just after the Republican debate hosted by CNN and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. CNN


Son of late PM Trudeau becomes prime minister as Liberals defeat Harper Conservatives, Star Tribune

Trudeau elected Canada’s prime minister as Liberals assume power, Minnesota Public Radio

Coleman, Norm

Former Sen. Norm Coleman reveals he has cancer, WCCO

Former Sen. Norm Coleman has throat cancer, Star Tribune


Secretary of State lends ear to rural businesses, Marshall Indpendent


State Supreme Court asked to step into pipeline battle, Star Tribune


Mille Lacs winter walleye season coming; DNR sees hopeful signs, MPR

General Mills, Best Buy and Target enlist in Obama’s global warming initiative, Star Tribune


Ryan nears decision on speaker’s race as Congress returns, Washington Post


Read it and weep: The NRA will fall, Star Tribune


Dayton to host kids’ Halloween at governor’s mansion, Worthington Daily Globe


The rise and fall of Minneapolis’ Working Families Agenda, MinnPost


Documents renew probe into senator’s nonprofit role, KARE

Sen. Hayden to face ethics panel over nonprofit’s demise, MPR


Despite CEO threat, Cliffs says no plans to shut Iron Range plants, MPR


Poll: Obama’s approval rating hits an 18-month high, is back over 50 percent, Washington Post

Clinton’s support jumps 10 points post-debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll, Reuters 

Precinct caucuses

What it will take for GOP presidential contenders to win Minnesota’s caucuses, MinnPost


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