- 10 a.m. – Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, members of the Minnesota Falls Prevention Coalition, members of the public will kickoff of fall season with “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” event featuring a sample Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance class taught by Dr. Fuzhong Li, who developed the program.
- President Obama, Vice President Biden and their wives welcome Pope Francis to the White House on the South Lawn. Later, Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Francis in the Oval Office while Biden hosts Vatican officials in the Cabinet Room. Finally, Biden attends a mass delivered by Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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, email@example.com.
- 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. 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 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.
2015 special election
Our view/endorsement: Ecklund the DFL pick for House 3A, Duluth News Tribune
Stassen-Berger: Jobs vs. environment big in special election, Pioneer Press
Scott Walker’s exit puts a focus on a fickle GOP electorate, Washington Post
Rep. Ellison statement on comments by GOP presidential candidates, Congressman Ellison’s Office
What was wrong with Scott Walker? Scott Walker. Star Tribune
Scott Walker dropped out after learning that his campaign had amassed a debt of roughly $700,000 in two months, and that he would struggle to raise the $1 million a month he’d need to stay viable. “We didn’t have a spending problem,” manager Rick Wiley told The Post. “We had a revenue problem.” Washington Post
DFL lawmaker promotes affirmative consent bill, West Central Tribune
Taiwan buys Minnesota grain, West Central Tribune
Columbia Heights school board member won’t step down, Star Tribune
South St. Paul legislator at the Mayo for treatment, Pioneer Press
Major League Soccer
Pope Francis visit
His Holiness visit complicates holiest day for Jewish lawmakers, Washington Post
White House guest list for the pope irks some conservatives, Washington Post
Democrats block 20-week abortion ban, The Hill
Let’s make sure successful tax credits reach all struggling workers, Minnesota Budget Project