In the Know: October 22, 2015

Events today

  • 2 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Minnesota Housing Finance Authority’s affordable housing awards announcement. Ashland Place, 1990 Ashland Drive Northwest, Rochester.
  • 5:30 p.m. – MYDFL kicks off a series of social and networking events at Bull Run Coffee. 3346 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 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 the Maplewood Community Center.

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. 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


‘Done Wishing’: Ilhan Omar on why she’s running for House District 60B, MinnPost


Full text: Biden’s announcement that he won’t run for president, Washington Post

Joe Biden: Window ‘has closed’ for a White House bid, MPR

Joe says no to presidential bid; VP Biden stays out of race in a boost for Clinton, Star Tribune

Why Joe Biden running for president would have been a very bad idea, Washington Post

Is Hillary Clinton a liberal? Increasingly, Democrats say yes. Washington Post

Turns out Bernie Sanders was right: America is tired of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, Washington Post

Why Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are so eager to fight about 9/11, Washington Post

Clinton now has tight grip on Dem nomination, The Hill

Trump nears 100 days on top, The Hill

Trump tells packed Iowa crowd he’ll beat Hillary, Des Moines Register

Black Lives Matter

DNC gives blessing to Black Lives Matter presidential town hall — but won’t add debate, Washington Post

Capitol complex

Politics aside, the state Senate should operate under one roof, Star Tribune


Back to the (democratic) future, Pioneer Press 

Domestic violence

Secretary of state spotlights domestic violence program, Fergus Falls Journal

Education (E-12)

Academy offers educators lessons in police work, school safety, Star Tribune

Education (higher)

Ellison and progressives call for end to Social Security garnishment for student debt, MinnPost


Freedom Caucus not ready to endorse Ryan for speaker, The Hill

Ryan has votes to become speaker, The Hill


Loaded gun found in backpack at St. Paul’s Harding High School, MPR

Run of fatal shootings has alarmed even veteran police officers, Star Tribune


Home health care workers reaffirm support for their union, Workday Minnesota

Canadian unions cheer as voters toss out conservative party, Workday Minnesota

Adjunct faculty at Hamline seek support for first contract, Workday Minnesota

Critics challenge Minnesota’s new home care union, WCCO

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

Minnesota GOP lawmaker alleges meeting law violation, MPR

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, Pioneer Press

Mondale, Walter

In Washington, a day to honor Walter Mondale’s legacy, MinnPost

President Carter joins tribute to Mondale’s legacy, KARE

Oil trains

Oil trains in metro area prompt response from Dayton, MPR

State tells railroads to revise oil disaster plans, MPR

Governor criticizes BNSF for rerouting oil trains into downtown Minneapolis, Star Tribune

Public safety

Mothballed Minnesota prison reconsidered amid overcrowding discussion, Pioneer Press 

Ranked-choice voting

Vote counts? Duluth mulls ranked-choice elections, MPR


End the inhumane detention of refugee women and children, Star Tribune

Sports facilities

Reusse: Minnesota is the new sports facilities capital, Star Tribune


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