In the Know: September 17, 2015

Events today

  • Today is Constitution Day in Minnesota.
  • Secretary of State Steve Simon will travel to central Minnesota to discuss with St. Cloud area business leaders the work he’s doing to make it as easy as possible for Minnesotans to set up and run their businesses. Secretary Simon will also meet with the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, discuss election-reform issues with county officials, and speak at the Constitution Day Celebration hosted by St. Cloud State University.  Simon has meetings in Pope, Swift, and Stearns County on various topics.
  • 9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will meet with Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Rachad Bouhlal.
  • 9:45 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the U.S. Bank Stadium Steel Topping Ceremony, 1010 S 7th St., Minneapolis.
  • 10 a.m. – Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, Chair of the House JGEA Committee, and Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker. Will hold press conference to preview the JGEA Committee visit to the Sherco Power Plant and public hearing in Becker, MN to discuss the EPA Clean Power Plan and its impacts on Minnesota jobs and energy bills.
  • 10 a.m. – Steve Heine, DEED Labor Market Information Office research director will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for August 2015. 
  • 10:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide testimony before the National Commission on the Future of the Army. NCFA Headquarters, James Polk Building, Polk Conference Room, Room 121518, 2521 South Clark Street, Arlington, VA.

  • 12:30 p.m. – DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • 6 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at Constitution Day. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul.

Mark your calendars

  • Sept. 22 – “Voter Registration Day” in Minnesota. 800,000 Minnesotans are eligible to vote and have not registered.
  • Sept. 26 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will meet at Fond du Lac Community College in Cloquet. Sign in starts at 12:30 p.m., the meeting begins at 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 26 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m. at Hosmer Library, 347 E 36th St., Minneapolis. Guest speakers are Sen. Champion and Rep. Moran.
  • Sept. 26 – The DFL CD 2 Outreach/Inclusion (O/I) and African American Caucus will host a DFL African American Issues Forum. Time and location to be determined.
  • 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.


  • Sept. 20 – 14th Annual Congressional District 2 DFL Fundraiser, 4 p.m., The Wilds, Prior Lake.
  • Sept. 26 – Congressional District 7 has scheduled a fall fundraiser dinner at the Kandi Entertainment Center in Willmar. The keynote speaker is R.T. Rybak, current vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee and former mayor of Minneapolis. A CD7 central committee meeting and a rural candidate training session are both scheduled for earlier in the day.
  • Sept. 26 – The Senate District 7 DFL will host the Annual Solon Munger at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Duluth. Silent auction, dessert auction, speakers and entertaining guests. Contact Tina Welsh for tickets, 218-355-1992.
  • Sept. 27 – Rice County DFL will hold its 4th Annual Hotdish Dinner & Cook-Off Fundraiser – A Celebration of the Middle Class. 4 p.m., Vintage Ballroom & Suites, 129 Central Ave. N, Faribault. For more information, contact Shawn Groth, chair, Rice County DFL,
  • 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 ( or Nancy at
  • Nov. 4 – CD3 DFL Fall Fundraising Event: An Evening with Vice President Walter Mondale, moderated by Don Shelby. The location of the 7 p.m. event will be the Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes, 7499 France Avenue 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.

2015 special election

Bill Hansen receives endorsement from Mayor Don Ness in 3A House race, Northland News Center 

The Minnesota Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund announced an independent expenditure radio advertisement in Minnesota House District 3A against Bill Hansen. “Bill Hansen has tried to campaign as a moderate but the reality is Hansen is the only candidate in District 3A who opposes mining projects like PolyMet. Hansen has twice been endorsed by DFL activists in the past and has been endorsed by liberal-environmentalist special interest groups.” LISTEN: morning take

2016 election

Carly Fiorina’s business record is at least as bad as Donald Trump’s, Huffington Post

Sanders to meet with Black Lives Matter activists, Washington Post

‘Look in the Mirror, Fat Boy’: Ronald Reagan’s sons discuss Donald Trump and 2016, Politico

15-09-17 Toles Jeb Budget

 15-09-17 WaPo GOP Candidate Ranking


Preserving our heritage: Farmland retention has multiple benefits, MinnPost


Dayton heads to Virginia to testify about the Army’s future, Pioneer Press


Bickering over Trump, Bush _ and issues, too! _ in a marathon GOP presidential debate, Star Tribune

The rest of the field figured out how to make Trump not quite as dominant, Washington Post

Fact checking the second round of GOP debates, Washington Post

GOP debate winners and losers, The Hill

Candidates duke it out in 2nd GOP presidential debate, WCCO

Political expert: Fiorina won GOP debate, KARE

GOP hopefuls clash over Iran, Putin, Obama, KSTP

GOP candidates debate Russia, immigration — and Trump, MPR

The second GOP presidential debate: Trump meets his match in Carly Fiorina, Washington Post

What the pundits are saying

RedState’s Erick Erickson:Carly may have won tonight’s debate, but I suspect Rubio has won some Bush donors.”

 538’s Nate Silver wrote that “Fiorina won the first half of the debate, Rubio won the second half, and Bush won the third half.”

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin says Carly had the best night, Carson shined, and Jeb held his own, but no one delivered a knockout blow. His report card: Fiorina A–, Carson B+, Trump B+, Bush B, Rubio B.

Fiorina’s success will draw tougher scrutiny of her business record. E.J. Dionne Jr. calls her the “big winner” but thinks that “she lost some ground as the debate wore on” and that “she lost the exchange with Trump over her stewardship of Hewlett-Packard.” Other journalists, like Vox’s Sarah Kliff, point out that Fiorina pretty significantly exaggerated what is on the Planned Parenthood undercover videos, at least the ones that have been released. Washington Post

Carly Wins 



DFL gives contributions from Bill Davis to charity, MPR

DFL Party chair calls on state GOP chair to apologize to park officer, Star Tribune

Domestic violence

Family killings frustrate domestic violence groups, MPR


News from the Census: More people have health coverage, poverty rate unchanged and policy choices lift millions out of poverty, Minnesota Budget Project

Delta raises pay for ground crew, flight attendants by 14.5%, Star Tribune

Black household income plunges in one year in Minnesota, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)

Columbia Heights students walk out over Facebook post about Muslims, MPR

Columbia Heights students, faculty walk out to protest anti-Muslim comment, Star Tribune

Don’t make it harder to earn college credits while in high school, Star Tribune

Federal Reserve

Rep. Ellison asks Fed to wait on raising interest rate, MPR

Government shutdown

Another government shutdown looms at the end of the month, MPR

15-09-17 Toles Govt Shutdown

Hispanic Heritage Month

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of Hispanic Americans and the integral role they’ve played in our society, begins today. From communities who have lived here for generations and helped build our country into what it is today, to immigrants who arrived in search of a better life for their families, to the DREAMers who are among the brightest hope for our future, we celebrate Hispanic Americans.

“It is troubling when a Republican candidate like Donald Trump enters the presidential race spewing hateful rhetoric about Mexican immigrants and jumps to the top of the polls. It is frustrating to see other Republican candidates follow his lead by endorsing some of the same divisive immigration policies. But it is downright disheartening to see Republicans suggest denying the American citizenship of children born in this country to undocumented parents, with even Jeb Bush referring to these American children using a vile and disgusting term.

“These Republicans would do well to take some time over the next month to learn and appreciate the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans. Just as importantly, they should join Democrats in supporting policies – like increasing the minimum wage, promoting equal pay, expanding opportunities for higher education, and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care – that help Hispanic middle class families, and those still climbing the ladders of success to get there.

“Hispanic Americans are valuable members of our community, and comprehensive immigration reform will help bring more of our friends and neighbors out of the shadows. Meanwhile the Democratic Party will continue to support President Obama’s plan to keep immigrant families together and will keep fighting for the American Dreams of Hispanic communities across the country.”


New report: Landmark year in bargaining raises wages for millions, Workday Minnesota

Back pay dispute spurs union pickets at Victoria, Minnetonka groceries, Star Tribune

Today in history



Lewis and Clark water project

Minnesota senators, representatives urge strongest level of funding for Lewis & Clark water project, Worthington Daily Globe

Major League Soccer

A compelling case for soccer, Pioneer Press

Office of Economic Status of Women

Once again, the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women is launching a statewide listening tour to hear the stories of women from across Minnesota. The sessions are informal, simply consisting of the questions “What are the primary economic issues for women in your area?” “What are the economic success stories of women in your area?” and “What are barriers to women’s economic success in your area?” For further information or to RSVP, contact

  • Sept. 22 – 2 p.m., Cloquet Public Library
  • Sept. 23 – 9 a.m., Rainey River Community College, International Falls
  • Sept. 23 – 3 p.m., Northland Community College, Thief River Falls
  • Sept. 24 – 10 a.m., Bemidji Library
  • Sept. 24 – 3 p.m., Brainerd Library
  • Sept. 30 – 1 p.m., Southwest State University, Marshall
  • Oct. 1 – 1 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Austin


Pope Francis’ message resonates with American Catholic voters, poll says, Star Tribune


Top 100 best places to live, Livability

Rochester’s rise to the top of our Best Places index has been steady but not surprising. The city first appeared on the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2014 as the seventh best city, then climbed to No. 2 on 2015’s index. New scores for Rochester’s schools, civil engagement, health-care scene and, most notably, its diverse range of affordable housing, pushed it to the top spot. Home to the renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester is experiencing an economic boom that is bringing in thousands of new residents and new businesses, and giving those who live here an expanding assortment of entertainment options.

Refugee crisis

Minnesota’s delegation falls sharply partisan on aid and U.S. placement for Syrians, Star Tribune

Refugee agencies expect trickle of Syrians to Minnesota, Pioneer Press

Unclaimed property

Unclaimed money in Minnesota hits record $711.5 million, Fox 9


How Asian-American voters went from Republican to Democrat, MPR

Register to vote in September, Detroit Lakes Online


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