2015 special election
Mary Sawatzky announces her candidacy for DFL endorsement in District 17B race, West Central Tribune
DFLer Rep. Rick Hansen decides against a CD 2 run, Pioneer Press
Democrats: Sanders unelectable, The Hill
Party rules to streamline race may backfire for G.O.P., New York Times
Hubbard on Walker: ‘He has to figure out how to break through,’ Pioneer Press
Watch out for Carly Fiorina; she’s all talk, Star Tribune
Five other times Fiorina has distorted things, Washington Post
Obama dives into 2016 fray, The Hill
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina got a taste of that Wednesday as the only woman on the 11-person Republican primary debate stage. The most obvious example of different standards was when she was asked to respond to Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about her looks. (No one else on stage had to talk about their looks or respond to Trump’s comments about them.)
Black Lives Matter
Before Vikings game, Black Lives Matter halts St. Paul rail, Pioneer Press
More money. Yay. Don’t spend it. Pioneer Press
Promising perks, parties seek million-dollar donors, Star Tribune
Republican ad against Nolan smears and doesn’t inform, Duluth News Tribune
No, black income didn’t plunge 14% in the last year, mn progressive project
Speaker tries to pipe blame to Dayton, Fargo Forum
Our View: Dayton pheasant plan affirms commitment to hunting, environment, Mankato Free Press
Anderson: Behold, a governor with conservation in mind, Star Tribune
This week, a delegation of Iowa legislators will be visiting Minnesota to engage in a clean water and soil health tour of the State. The tour is being organized by Iowa State Rep. Chuck Isenhart, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. Starting Monday next week, twelve state legislators and other stakeholders from Iowa will be spending three days visiting the Minnesota State Capitol and three counties in southern Minnesota. They will be learning from Minnesota leaders about policies, programs, incentives and best practices they can take back to Iowa.
Pope Francis visit
Pope’s visit will produce largest security operation in U.S. history, Washington Post
Here are seven of the major issues on which Pope Francis differs from most Republican politicians: Washington Post
- He wants to open Cuba.
- He strongly backs immigration reform.
- He calls for aggressive climate change action.
- He supports the Iran nuclear deal.
- He recognizes Palestinian statehood.
- He talks about income inequality more than even the Democratic presidential candidates.
- A devotee of social justice, this Pope has repeatedly urged more public assistance for the poor.
Real ID Act
- 9:30 a.m. – Taiwanese trade officials, business leaders, and representatives of Minnesota agricultural producers will join Gov. Dayton for a trade event.
- 11 a.m. – Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL – Brooklyn Park) will discuss a bill that will allow more Minnesota residents to take action on climate. She will be available to explain her proposal for the 2016 session. State Office Building, Room 181, St. Paul.
- 7 p.m. – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) will visit Concordia, Moorhead State and the University of Minnesota Morris to meet with administrators, professors and women’s studies majors to discuss affirmative consent. She will host a Q&A on affirmative consent culture and her affirmative consent legislation at 7 p.m. at Moorhead State University, Comstock Memorial Student Union, Room 207.
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.
- Sept. 26 – The DFL CD 2 Outreach/Inclusion (O/I) and African American Caucus will host a DFL African American Issues Forum. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 3:30 p.m. at Rondo Community Library, at the intersection of University Ave. and Dale St., in St. Paul. For more information, contact 612-859-9676.
- 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. 22 – The Minnesota Environmental Partnership will hold a rally at the St. Louis County Courthouse to commemorate the designation of the St. Louis River as one of the top “10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.” After the 8:45 a.m. rally, speakers and supporters will attend the St. Louis County Board meeting to ask the board to pass a resolution recognizing the designation of the St. Louis River as endangered.
- 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, email@example.com.
- Oct. 2 – Rock Your Vote with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, 7 p.m., Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nancy at email@example.com.
- 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)
- 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. Checks payable to CD 3 DFL for tickets or sponsorship can be mailed to Nancy Parris, 8350 Airport Rd, Waconia, MN 55387.