In the Know: October 21, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – The Prison Population Task Force meets. Room 10, State Office Building.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Fundraiser: Beltrami County DFL Fish Fry Fundraiser, Eagles Club, Nielson Ave. SE, Bemidji.

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. 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


DFL newcomer to challenge GOP state Sen. Carla Nelson, MinnPost

Political newcomer to challenge Nelson in 2016, Rochester Post Bulletin 


Ex-Republican Gov. Crist running for Congress as a Democrat, Pioneer Press

Nolan is the right choice, Hibbing Tribune


Clinton, judged winner of debate, holds big national lead over Sanders, Washington Post

Webb exits the Democratic presidential primary, Washington Post

O’Malley, greeted with a picture of him shirtless, makes his case on ‘The View’, Washington Post

Jim Webb drops out of Democratic nomination race, MinnPost

Jim Webb exits Democratic primary, leaves door open for independent bid, MPR

Dayton frowns on possible Biden bid, MPR

Inside GOP focus group, it’s outsiders who stand out, USA Today

Biden casts himself as Obama’s kindred spirit, MPR

Anti-Trump ads to soon air on Spanish-language radio stations in Northern Virginia, Washington Post


Red River beet harvest could be largest on record, MinnPost

U.S. sugar industry prevails in fight over restrictions on Mexican imports, Star Tribune

Budget (federal)

What is GOP’s game plan for dealing with new ‘fiscal abyss’? Star Tribune

Campaign finance

Welcome to the wholly owned Koch subsidiary formerly known as Wisconsin, Huffington Post


Trudeau’s triumph in Canada will impact the U.S., too, Star Tribune

Record 10 indigenous MPs elected to the House of Commons, CBC News

Death penalty

Scalia: ‘Wouldn’t surprise me’ if death penalty struck down, Pioneer Press

Education (E-12)

The great lice debate: More schools are abolishing ‘no-nit’ policies and choosing not to send students home, Star Tribune

Anoka-Hennepin resorts to debt collector for mounting school lunch debt, Star Tribune


Ryan willing to serve as speaker, but with conditions, CNN

Ryan to huddle with conservatives, The Hill

By insisting on the ‘Hastert Rule,’ the House Freedom Caucus is endangering the GOP, Washington Post

Minnesota GOP finalizes process for electing delegates to convention, Star Tribune

Guy Fawkes Day

‘Anonymous’ activists plan Capitol rally Nov. 5, Pioneer Press


Chairman of MNsure oversight committee looks into spending of federal funds, Star Tribune

Mondale, Walter

09.11.15.VPMondaleWhy it’s time to reassess Walter Mondale’s place in history, Talking Points Memo

Politicians gather in D.C. to honor Walter Mondale, WCCO

Former Vice President Mondale honored Tuesday, KSTP

Joe Biden honors Walter Mondale, says he changed vice presidency, Fox 9

Walter Mondale, Joe Biden compare notes on veep job, Pioneer Press

Former president Carter joins Mondale for a Washington Reunion, Reminiscing about a partnership that emphasized human rights and diplomacy, Washington Post


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