In the Know: October 7, 2015

Events today

  • 8:30 a.m. – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources will meet in Room 5 of the State Office Building.
  • 9 a.m. – In a media conference call, Sen. Franken and Sen. Markey will urge Senate Republicans to drop a push to include a rider in their budget that would outright block the FCC’s net neutrality rules that prevent internet providers from charging more for using different kinds of websites and services.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will participate in a reconstruction kick-off event for the Minnesota Children’s Museum. 10 West 7th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities will meet in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
  • 1 p.m. – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today she will visit Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Elementary, 212 Uran St., Waubun.

Mark your calendars

  • Oct. 8 – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today she will visit Highland Elementary School, 801 Central Avenue N., Cookston (9 a.m.) and Frazee-Vergas Public Schools Early Childhood Center, 305 N. Lake St., Frazee (3:30 p.m.).
  • Oct. 8 – The House and Senate higher education committees will co-host a hearing this week to address issues related to new teacher qualifications that jeopardize the state’s popular College in the Schools program. The program allows high school students to take dual-credit college courses and participation has risen sharply in recent years. But the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation group serving 19 states, recently increased standards for college instructors. This means many high school teachers would no longer qualify to teach dual-credit courses and thousands of students would not have access to this program. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, said legislation he has authored would help to address this issue by incentivizing teachers – prospects or those already on the job – to attain a master’s degree in their licensure field. Urdahl’s proposal passed the House as a provision in this year’s House tax bill, but that package was not enacted and officially remains on hold in a conference committee. The tax credits are $2,500 in current form, but Urdahl said he is receptive to raising that amount in light of these recent developments.
  • Oct. 8 – The East Central Chapter of the Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Bowe’s Restaurant and Bar, 118 Railroad Ave N E in Mora. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting starting at I p.m. Featured speaker will be Don Samuelson, former president of the Minnesota Senate. He has been active in Health and Human Services as well as current Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
  • Oct. 8 – Issues facing the immigrant community in the Osseo school district will be discussed at a meeting organized by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The meetingwill be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the offices of Education Minnesota Osseo, 9210 Wyoming Ave. N., Suite 200, Brooklyn Park.
  • Oct. 9 – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) traveling across Minnesota this week meeting with educators, administrators, and superintendents to discuss and promote pre-k initiatives. Today at noon she will visit Alexandria Public Schools Early Education Center, 1410 S. McKay Ave., Suite 201, Alexandria.
  • Oct. 10 – The College Democrats of Minnesota are holding a 2015 Fall Leadership Summit. Noon, Teamsters Council Joint 32, Minneapolis.
  • Oct. 13 – The first Democratic debate takes place in Las Vegas. It will air on CNN.
  • Oct. 17 – The Twin Cities Book Festival. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will read from her book “The Senator Next Door.” Minnesota State Fairgrounds. More information is available here.
  • 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.

 

Fundraisers

  • Oct. 10 – Congressional District 8 will host its first Oberstar Dinner. 5 p.m., Hibbing Park Hotel and Suites, 1402 E Howard St., Hibbing. Congressman Rick Nolan will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined by special guest Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Texas. For more information, click here.
  • Oct. 11 – Senate Districts 25 and 26 will hold a FDR dinner at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester. The keynote speaker is Javier Morillo-Alicea, SEIU #26 President, political commentator and activist. He will share stories about his entry into progressive politics. DFL elected officials and candidates will also speak. For more information or tickets, contact Randy at 651-210-3981 (randyschub@yahoo.com) or Nancy at namzr@hotmail.com.
  • Oct. 17 – Le Sueur Co. DFL’s Annual Fall Fundraiser. American Legion Hall in Montgomery. The event includes a social hour (5 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.), program and live auction (7 p.m.). Contact Janet Straub for tickets: 612-710-5783.
  • 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.
  • 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 cd1dfl@live.com.
  • 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 www.dfl3cd.org. 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.

2016 election

Legislature

Somali candidates challenge Rep. Kahn for DFL nod, MPR

Ilhan Omar to challenge Kahn in District 60B race, MinnPost

Congress

Former Minnesota Rep. to announce plans for political future, KSTP

President

Clinton tries to turn tables on congressional Republicans in new ad, Washington Post

Cardona: Democrats will tell voters why America IS great in their first debate, Washington Post

Jeb Bush’s misleading claim that ‘I cut taxes’ by $19 billion over eight years (Fact Checker biography), Washington Post

Draft Biden, super PAC urging VP to run for president, launches TV ad focusing on his family, Star Tribune

Blurring facts, harsh attacks reward GOP’s 2016 front-runners, Duluth News Tribune 

Agriculture

In Washington, lives saved when farm rules are enforced, Star Tribune

Capitol complex

Senate Official Building still controversial as it nears completion, WCCO

Questions raised about lack of public access to Capitol, KARE

Congressional delegation

Kloubuchar

Sen. Klobuchar gets top honor from National Consumers League, MinnPost

Economy

Job openings in Minn. at near record levels, KARE

Education (E-12)

The Boehner and Duncan retirements might be just the excuse Congress needed to do nothing about education policy, MinnPost

No, Minnesota’s dual-credit plan is NOT broken, Star Tribune

Teach for America partnership with UMN to get federal grant money, Pioneer Press

Environment

DNR names 17 to Mille Lacs committee, new point man for lake, Pioneer Press

GOP

McCarthy tells GOP conservatives ‘I’m not John Boehner’ as he seeks support for speaker, Star Tribune

After Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe, race for House speaker heats up, Star Tribune

Guns

Hillary Clinton’s gun proposals expose Democratic divide, MPR

Ben Carson on Oregon: ‘I would not just stand there and let him shoot me’, New York Times

Judiciary

Public defender Jill Eichenwald Cornwell named to Duluth judgeship, MinnPost

Eichenwald appointed to 6th District bench, Duluth News Tribune

Labor

Minnesota organizers to speak at White House labor summit, MPR

Minnesotans to take part in White House ‘Worker Voice’ Summit, Workday Minnesota 

Planned Parenthood

Special House committee set to probe Planned Parenthood allegations, Washington Post

House’s Planned Parenthood fight sets up a headache for GOP senators, The Hill

Transportation

More N.D. oil trains entering Twin Cities via the west metro suburbs, Star Tribune

As Minnesota stalls, some states ramp up transportation funding, Star Tribune

MnDOT finalizing design on ‘mumble strips’ for rural highways, KSTP

Trans Pacific Partnership

Industry, labor and environmental groups gear up to oppose TPP trade deal, Washington Post

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