In the Know: October 29, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the state’s Judiciary Recruitment Summit.
  • The Senate Capital Investment Committee will visit Albert Lea, Medford, Fairbault, Dennison and Cannon Falls.
  • 7:20 a.m. – Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is on WCCO to talk about last night’s Republican debate.
  • 9 a.m. – The Legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations will meet to consider approval of new elements of collective bargaining agreements. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation board. Mayo Civic Center – Riverview McDonnell Suite, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester.
  • Noon – House DFL Leader Paul Thissen and Rep. Ben Lien will hold a roundtable discussion on college affordability at Moorhead State University, Comstock, Room 205.
  • 3 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the grand opening ceremony for Moventas, Beacon Bluffs Business Center, 1065 Phalen Blvd, Suite 100, St. Paul.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 3 – Election Day! Check your ballots here as well as our post.
  • 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 Deadline for reservations fast approaching, so act now.
  • 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. Click here for ticket information.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.

2015 election

Race for Eden Prairie school board includes two Somali-Americans, Star Tribune

2016 election


What the latest fundraising reports tell us about the very different campaign strategies of Angie Craig and Mary Lawrence, MinnPost


Pawlenty weighs in on how GOP stragglers can stay in the presidential race, MinnPost

What’s up next for presidential candidates? Star Tribune

Bush needed a debate touchdown. He didn’t come close. Washington Post

Carson defend his stance on homosexuality, The Hill


Political Notebook: Southeast Minnesota projects in the spotlight, Rochester Post Bulletin

Budget (federal)

By sweeping bipartisan vote, House passes budget plan, debt limit increase, Star Tribune

MN Republicans split on two-year budget deal, unify to support Paul Ryan for next Speaker of the House, Star Tribune


GOP nominates Paul Ryan as speaker, House set to OK, MPR

Boehner’s budget deal caps extraordinary execution of an exit strategy, MPR


Minn. lawmakers to visit Cuba, KSTP 


GOP clash on economy gets nasty, The Hill

Bush, Rubio fight for GOP mainstream support in debate; Trump, Carson defend campaigns, Star Tribune

Republican debate: CNN’s Reality Check team inspects the claims, CNN

GOP presidential candidates discuss spending, job market in third debate, KSTP

G.O.P. candidates take sharp tone in third debate, New York Times

Insiders: Bush bombed, Rubio won, Politico

Who lost the Republican debate? The media, Time

A breakout moment for Cruz and Rubio, but will GOP voters respond? Washington Post

GOP debate winners and losers, The Hill

5 takeaways from the Washington Post

  • The consensus that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz won hardened overnight. Though each is 44-years-old, in his first term and represents the Sunbelt, they occupy very different lanes. Rubio is playing to be the bridge candidate, backed by the establishment while able to make inroads with conservatives angry at that same establishment. Cruz is the ideologically pure conservative who is unapologetic about his wars against leadership. Playing the long game, the Texan spent the summer cozying up to Donald Trump in hopes that he might eventually emerge as the guy best able to tap into the intense anger and yearning for an outsider.
  • Jeb Bush’s failure to deliver may doom his already-struggling campaign. Near the top of the debate, with the stakes higher for him than anyone else, the former Florida governor tried to force a moment by criticizing Trump’s tax plan. The moderators would not let him. Then he tried to attack Rubio for blowing off his Senate day job. But the younger rival had well-rehearsed comebacks at the ready. “Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” he said, ending the discussion. Later, Jeb delivered a nominally funny and mundane response to a question about fantasy football regulation. Chris Christie, who had a good night, jumped in and ripped him for it. “Are we really talking about getting the federal government involved in fantasy football?” he asked.
  • Donald Trump faded into the backdrop, but he didn’t lash out. The billionaire debated pretty well, especially in the second hour. But after sucking up all the oxygen from the first debate and much of it from the second, he felt kind of like a non-factor. He did not, as was widely expected, attack Ben Carson, who has overtaken him in Iowa polls.
  • Ben Carson is not prepared to be the front-runner, but no one landed a punch on him. The retired neurosurgeon could not really offer specifics when pressed, but kept his cool and (like Cruz) turned the audience against the moderators, especially over his sketchy relationship with a medical company that paid $7 million to settle a deceptive-marketing lawsuit. John Kasich said Carson would dismantle Medicare and the moderator noted that Carson;s tax plan (which he’s likened to tithing) would cause huge deficits. “That’s not true,” Carson replied.
  • CNBC struggled to control the debate, and the candidates’ attacks on the mainstream media resonated with those watching at home. 


Sen. Matt Schmit: Let’s grow Minnesota’s rural economies, Winona Daily News

Why do many highly educated immigrants face underemployment? MinnPost

Education (E-12)

Dayton calls for further testing reduction after Obama administration’s recent announcement, Star Tribune


Impacts of oil boom on Minnesota focus of energy hearing, Session Daily

Occidental Petroleum quits North Dakota oil patch, Star Tribune


DNR begins planning for maps of farmland water buffer strips, Pioneer Press


Republicans officially nominate Paul Ryan for House speaker, Washington Post

Hastert pleads guilty in deal that recommends up to 6 month in prison, acknowledges hush money, Star Tribune


Student found with gun at Minneapolis high school, MPR

Gun discovered at Henry High in Minneapolis, Star Tribune


Brooklyn Park forum to connect labor, community, Workday Minnesota

Major League Soccer

Big hopes riding on Minnesota United FC fans using Green Line, Pioneer Press


MNsure says it’s ready for rush of third open enrollment, Pioneer Press 

Rubio, Marco

‘You are ripping us off’: A Florida newspaper calls for Marco Rubio’s resignation, Washington Post


Price tag increases by almost $500 million for Bottineau Blue Line LRT, Star Tribune


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