In the Know: October 28, 2015

Events today

  • House DFL Leader Paul Thissen will travel to Park Rapids, Bemidji and Baudette.
  • 8 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks and present a proclamation at the IV South American Trade Forum 2015. 
  • 11 a.m. — MNsure will hold a walk through with reporters before open enrollment begins
  • 12:30 p.m. — Social lunch for DFL Seniors. Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis.
  • 3 p.m. — Legislative Energy Commission will meet to discuss fracking.
  • 5 p.m. – CNBC airs undercard debate featuring Republican candidates for president.
  • 7 p.m. – The top GOP candidates for president debate. The debate will air on CNBC. Not certain where to find that on your system?  Use this channel finder.
  • 7:20 p.m. (EST) – Congressman Tim Walz will take part in the Congressional Football Game which supports charities that benefit military and law enforcement families, including the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids. Teams feature Members of Congress and former NFL players vs. the U.S. Capitol Police. Watkins Recreation Field, 420 12th St SE, Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 29 – House DFL Leader Paul Thissen and Rep. Ben Lien will hold a roundtable discussion at noon on college affordability at Moorhead State University, Comstock, Room 205.
  • Nov. 3 – Election Day! Check your ballots here and bring a progressive friend or two when you go to the polls. Turnout will be critical.
  • 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 Vice09.11.15.VPMondale 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


The race for a Minneapolis House seat draws three serious DFL candidates — and a bunch of questions, MinnPost

2 candidates drop out of Shakopee city races, Star Tribune 


Stu Rothenberg: Kline’s open seat ‘toss-up,’ Nolan ‘leans Dem,’ Peterson ‘safe,’ Star Tribune


Why we should care about the next veep, Baltimore Sun

Donald Trump to Iowa: ‘What the hell are you people doing to me?’ Washington Post

Facing dip in polls, Trump asks Iowa voters, ‘Will you get your numbers up, please?’ Star Tribune

On the ground in Iowa, Clinton tries to fix her 2008 mistakes, Washington Post

Why aren’t the GOP’s presidential stragglers dropping out of the race? Washington Post

If Trump is what we want, I am lost. We all are. Pioneer Press

Why millennials love Bernie Sanders, and why that may not be enough, Washington Post

On Stephen Colbert’s show, Clinton said she would let big banks fail as president. She cited support from the New York Times’ Paul Krugman for her Wall Street plan. “They have to know that yes they will fail. If they are too big to fail then they may have to be broken up,” she said of the big banks.

  • Hillary said her presidency would not bring a return to the 1990s: “We’re not going back. I’m not running for my husband’s third presidency, or President Obama’s third term. I’m running for my first term.”
  • And she told Colbert that she and Bill “finally finished” catching up on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” She said she also watches “Madam Secretary” and “The Good Wife,” both of which are, like Colbert, on CBS. Watch the full show here. Washington Post


500 Minnesota districts eating farm-to-school lunches, Fox 9

Budget (federal)

Two-year budget deal does not preclude a year-end showdown, USA Today

Paul Ryan walks fine line on budget as he prepares for speaker’s chair, Washington Post

Champions for Children

National children’s advocacy group calls Franken, Klobuchar, Ellison and McCollum ‘Champions for Children,’ MinnPost


Deeply divided Republican electorate drifts toward Ben Carson, poll shows, New York Times

Campaigns erupt over greenrooms at third GOP debate, Politico

Carson faces his biggest night yet, The Hill

Carson enters GOP debate with momentum; Bush seeks jumpstart, KSTP 

The stakes in tonight’s debate are as high for Jeb Bush as anyone else. A week after his campaign’s major downsizing, this reporter is hearing from some already-nervous Bush donors that they will close their checkbooks if the ex-Florida governor doesn’t have a breakout moment. Because he’s slipped in the polls, Jeb’s podium will move further from center stage toward the wings. This makes his mission of standing out even harder. Washington Post 

Education (E-12)

Minnesota fourth-graders see drop in math, reading scores on national exam, Star Tribune

Role of officers in metro schools, KARE

National report card gives Minnesota students lackluster grades, Pioneer Press

Education (higher)

Minnesota ranks fifth in the nation for student debt, Star Tribune


MPCA opens public comment period on wild rice standards, Pioneer Press


Hormel, union wrestle with contract negotiations, MinnPost

Study shows connection between unions and well-being of children, Workday Minnesota


Minnesota’s diversity grows, but Legislature stays mostly white, MPR 


Dayton: PolyMet must set aside funds for mine cleanup, MPR

Pondering PolyMet, Dayton visits site of South Dakota mining disaster, Star Tribune

Dayton details tour of South Dakota mine ahead of PolyMet decision, KSTP

Dayton tours S.D. mine ahead of PolyMet decision, Pioneer Press


Duluth airport to dedicate Oberstar Terminal on Friday, Pioneer Press


Poll watch: Ben Carson edges ahead nationally in Times/CBS News Poll, New York Times

Carson rockets up GOP rankings as Bush falls to 5th, Kasich to 6th, The Hill

Ranked-choice voting

Editorial counterpoint: Duluth, don’t jump on the ranked-choice voting bandwagon, Star Tribune 

School levy campaigns

Controversial consultant takes on Minnesota school referendums, WCCO

School levy campaign finance reports filed for St. Paul suburbs, Pioneer Press


Should felons have the right to vote?, MPR


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