In the Know: September 22, 2015

Events today

  • It’s “Voter Registration Day” in Minnesota. 800,000 Minnesotans are eligible to vote and have not registered. Get information about register to vote here. Secretary of State Steve Simon will visit Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul and speak with students about the importance of voting and civic engagement. Secretary Simon will then speak at a National Voter Registration Day event hosted by the City of Minneapolis.
  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with Presidents of NAACP chapters from across Minnesota. 
  • 8:45 a.m. 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 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.
  • 10 a.m. – The Legislative Task Force on Child Protection will meet.
  • 2 p.m. – The Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women will hold a listening session to hear the stories of women from across Minnesota at the Cloquet Library.
  • 4 p.m. (EST) President Obama, Vice President Biden and their wives greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrew Air Force Base.
  • 7 p.m. – Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-Saint Paul) will be at the University of Minnesota Morris to meet with administrators, professors and students to discuss affirmative consent. She will also be meeting privately with girls at Heartland Girl’s Ranch. After the day’s events, she will be hosting a public discussion and Q&A on affirmative consent culture and her affirmative consent legislation at 7 p.m. in Room 2950 of the Science Building on the University of Morris campus.
  • Yom Kippur begins at sunset.

Mark your calendars

  • 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. Guest speakers are Sen. Bobby Jo Champion and Rep. Reena Moran. 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. 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
  • 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)
  • 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 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 election

Race for northern MN House seat defies convention, MPR

2016 election


McNamar will seek DFL endorsement for House District 12A, Morris Sun Tribune


State Rep. Drazkowski will not run for Congress, Pioneer Press

Howe enters race for Congress, MPR


Wisconsin’s Walker exits ’16 race with harsh words for Trump, Pioneer Press

Minnesota Walker supporters not picking a second favorite — yet, Pioneer Press

Wisconsin Gov. Walker drops presidential bid, MPR

Scott Walker’s last day in Iowa, Star Tribune

Scott Walker, an early contender, makes surprise exit from 2016 race, Washington Post

With Scott Walker out, the race for his supporters is on, Washington Post

Rand Paul to Ben Carson: There’s no religious test in politics, Washington Post

Council on American-Islamic Relations: Ben Carson should quit presidential race, MPR

Joe Biden on decision to run for president: ‘It’s not quite there yet’, Star Tribune

Republican Ben Carson embraces benefits of Muslim criticism, KSTP

Scott Walker believed that surviving the recall prepared him for the rigors and scrutiny that come with running for president. He was wrong. Winning three elections in four years in a blue state like Wisconsin clouded his judgment and made him overconfident in his own abilities.

He shuffled off to his super PAC some of his closest, long-term advisers who helped him get onto the national stage. From there, they could not coordinate with him. He surrounded himself with an oversized entourage that didn’t seem to understand what made him tick. He wound up looking like a flip-flopper who was not ready for primetime and who was constantly telling audiences what they wanted to hear. Washington Post

Who benefits the most from Walker dropping out? Establishment types turned to Walker because they didn’t like Jeb. Will they settle for the former Florida governor now? Or will they look to someone else?

  • John Kasich is now the only Midwestern governor still running. He’s doing well in New Hampshire and can make a compelling case that he’ll be competitive in the region during a general election; he’s the only incumbent governor running who is actually popular in the state he leads.
  • Carly Fiorina is getting her moment right as a bunch of talent and donors come on the market. The Des Moines Register speculates that she will gain the most.
  • Marco Rubio: The Florida senator competed with Walker for much of the year to be the bridge candidate between the tea party and establishment wings of the party. Rubio has kept his head down, hoping to peak late, a strategy validated by Walker’s rapid rise and fall. Washington Post


Turkey farmers brace for possible return of bird flu, MPR


From income gaps to teen mothers: what we learned about Minnesota from the latest census data, MinnPost

Education (E-12)

Fate of education bill rests with conference committee — if Congress can remember how a conference committee works, MinnPost

School board to urge member resign over post about Muslims, MPR

Early education: The earlier, the better, Star Tribune


Lawmakers spar over impact of federal environmental regulations, Star Tribune

EPA mandates likely mean changes at Sherco coal plant, Star Tribune

Letters: Garofalo calls Clean Power Plan ‘devastating’, Dayton promises review, Pioneer Press

EPA orders 40 percent cut in Minnesota carbon emissions by 2030, WCCO

Government shutdown

Rep. Nolan: Members of Congress should go without pay in potential government shutdown, Star Tribune

Income disparities

Dayton seeks advice, ideas on minority income disparities, Pioneer Press

Gov. Dayton to meet with black leaders on disparities, Pioneer Press


Union members among new NAACP leadership team, Workday Minnesota

Lunds buys Glen Lake’s Market, Star Tribune

Labor tap-dances on Walker’s political grave, Politico 

Pope Francis

[Rochester] Mayor befuddled by invitation to see Pope Francis, KARE

Planned Parenthood

Senate GOP starts fast-track on bill to block Planned Parenthood funding, The Hill


Fall has arrived but road construction season is not over, Star Tribune


Billboards blast Minneapolis VA as part of national campaign to ‘shame change’, Star Tribune


Implement new voting options, St. Cloud Times


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