In the Know: October 23, 2015

Events today

  • In honor and remembrance of Deputy Steven Sandberg, who was killed in the line of duty Oct. 18, 2015, Gov. Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, today.
  • Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today “Lights on Afterschool Day” in Minnesota, to highlight the importance of after school programs in improving school performance and providing safe places for children. Communities around the state and the nation are holding celebrations today to bring attention to the programs.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton appears on “Almanac.”

Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – The DFL African American Caucus will hold its monthly meet at East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis.
  • 6 p.m. – Fundraiser: Pizza, Pie & Politicians DFL SD48 Fall Function! Homeward Hills Park Barn, 12000 Silverwood Dr., Eden Prairie.

Events Sunday

  • 5 p.m. – Fundraiser: Senate District 14 DFL will host the Wellstone Dinner. Courtyard Marriott, 404 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud. Click here for tickets.
  • 4 p.m. – Fundraiser: Congressional District 4 DFL will host the Vento Dinner 2015. 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 .

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 3 – Election Day! Check your ballots here
  • Nov. 11 – Minnesota DFL Education Priorities and Progress – A Town Hall Event, 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Senate District 61 DFL Central Committee. The event will cover recent activity in the Minnesota legislature and progress toward the DFL Action Agenda, along with hopes and dreams for the 2016 session. Parents of school age children and taxpayers that provide education support through the state budget and local levies are encouraged to attend, become informed, ask questions, and discuss ideas with legislators and key communicators. Panelists include: Rep. Thissen; Sen. Torres Ray; and Josh Crosson from Education Minnesota.



  • 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


Minnesota Democrat wins congressional progressive caucus backing, Roll Call

Dem Poll: Rep. Nolan leads Stewart Mills by 11 points, Star Tribune


Dayton suggests Sanders is not a real Democrat, MPR

Pro-Trump super PAC shutting down amid questions about ties to Trump campaign, Washington Post

FCC chief vows to require ‘equal time’ on TV for candidates, National Journal

Chafee drops out of race for Democratic presidential nomination, Star Tribune

This has been the best week of the Clinton presidential campaign. After Hillary won the first debate, Joe Biden declared he would not challenge her on Wednesday. Then yesterday she tamed House Republicans during an 11-hour appearance before the Benghazi panel. The trio of big wins gives her big momentum going into tomorrow’s Jefferson-Jackson Democratic Party dinner in Des Moines. If she had stumbled at the debate, Biden jumped in and/or a bombshell dropped during her congressional testimony, the race for the White House could look very different. Instead, 100 days out from the Iowa caucuses, HRC is as much the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination as ever. Washington Post 

Eight reasons from the Washington Post why Hillary Clinton emerged not just unscathed, but stronger, from her marathon Benghazi testimony

  1. The GOP landed no solid punches. In a striking moment after the hearing adjourned at 9 p.m., committee Chair Trey Gowdy told reporters he learned nothing new from Clinton’s testimony.
  2. Clinton looked like a fighter, something the Democratic base craves. 
  3. Clinton rose above the political fray. Hillary didn’t appear to be testifying for a Democratic primary audience, leaving the political points to her Democratic counterparts on the committee.
  4. Clinton became a sympathetic figure when the Republicans badgered.
  5. Clinton committed no made-for-TV gaffe. 
  6. Clinton did not seem evasive, which could help with her trustworthiness problem. Sitting there and taking every question made Hillary look transparent, especially after the spring scandal over her failure to turn over e-mails and the summer stories about refusing to give interviews to the national media.
  7. Clinton looked presidential.
  8. The 67-year-old showed impressive stamina. Not counting the breaks, Hillary (who turns 68 on Monday) spent more than eight hours testifying.

15-10-23 Sack  

Benghazi hearing

Clinton, back in the Benghazi hot seat, withstands Republicans’ grilling, Washington Post

Full text: Clinton testifies before House committee on Benghazi, Washington Post

GOP lands no solid punches while sparring with Clinton over Benghazi, Washington Post

Clinton’s Benghazi hearing in three minutes, Washington Post

 15-10-23 Podesta Quote

Budget (Minnesota)

New report shows Minnesota is half way towards budget reserve goal, Minnesota Budget Project

Deer opener

Countdown clock to Gov. Dayton’s opener

Defense policy bill

Obama vetoes $612 billion defense policy bill over budget dispute with Republicans, Star Tribune


3M to lay off 1,500 workers worldwide, Star Tribune

Education (higher)

College debt drags down parents, too, Star Tribune


Ryan officially announces he is running for speaker, The Hill

Finding signs of unity, Paul Ryan enters House speaker race, MPR

Key Ron and Rand Paul adviser acquitted in Iowa corruption trial, Washington Post

Ryan said he will respect the so-called “Hastert Rule,” which requires at least half of Republicans support legislation for it to move to the floor. That will prevent Ryan from marginalizing the right by making deals with Democrats. In practice, this means that comprehensive immigration reform, which Ryan has supported in the not-distant past, is more dead than ever., an anti-Ryan site on the right, claimed that he also promised hard-liners a return to regular order, changes to the steering committee that decides committee assignments and “an end to retaliation against Republican members who vote their conscience.” Washington Post

Hurricane Patricia

Mexico braces for Patricia; forecasters say its strongest hurricane seen in Western hemisphere, Star Tribune

‘Potentially catastrophic’ Patricia becomes strongest record hurricane ever recorded, to slam Mexico today, Washington Post


Twin Cities religious leaders stand up for Working Families Agenda, WCCO

Faith leaders in Minneapolis rally for workers’ paid sick leave, KSTP

Minneapolis City Council set to put off paid sick leave until 2016, MinnPost

Major League Soccer

Chamber: Mayor Coleman and McGuire plan to announce St. Paul soccer stadium Friday, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

The MLS is coming to St. Paul – stadium deal announcement expected Friday, Pioneer Press


Dayton ‘undecided’ on PolyMet but says ultimate decision will be his Pioneer Press

Mark Dayton wants firm for study of PolyMet finances, Pioneer Press


15-10-23 Stassen-Berger Tweet

National Rifle Association

Gallup: Most Americans support NRA, despite scrutiny after shootings, MPR


Revolt jeopardizes ObamaCare repeal bill, The Hill

Oil trains

Dayton: Railroads better call me, personally, if they put Minnesotans at risk, Pioneer Press

Dayton orders inspections as oil train traffic jumps in downtown Mpls., MPR

Public safety

Minnesota’s prison overpopulation problem tied to harsher penalties for drunk driving, drugs, MinnPost


Business community torn on transportation funding, not fond of high taxes, Pioneer Press


Off the campaign trail, Scott Walker is changing the way Wisconsin holds elections, Washington Post


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