In the Know: September 23, 2015

Events today

  • 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,
  • 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 special election

Iron Range labor leader ‘shocked’ by 3A DFL candidate’s statements about trades union workers, Mesabi Daily News

Our view/endorsement: Ecklund the DFL pick for House 3A, Duluth News Tribune

Stassen-Berger: Jobs vs. environment big in special election, Pioneer Press

2016 election


Minnesota’s Mills closer to a rematch with Nolan, Roll Call

How runs for the Second District, a conservative, but electable, Pioneer Press

Smaller-than-expected field for Rep. Kline’s seat grows by 1, WCCO

Second Republican joins race to replace Kline, MPR


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

Traditional GOP candidates try to adapt as ranks thin, AP

Why media’s Donald Trump addiction is costing his rivals big bucks, Star Tribune

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

Affirmative consent

DFL lawmaker promotes affirmative consent bill at MSUM, Fargo Forum

DFL lawmaker promotes affirmative consent bill, West Central Tribune


Taiwan buys Minnesota grain, West Central Tribune 

Campaign finance

Bernie Sanders would be the big winner in new public-funding model, MPR

Congressional delegation


Congressman Rick Nolan hears the needs of mental health services, KBJR


‘Where do we go from here?’ Supporters of the Minnesota DFL party attend Beltrami County’s fall fundraising banquet in Bemidji, Bemidji Pioneer

Education (E-12)

School board member faces upset community, KARE

Columbia Heights school board member won’t step down, Star Tribune


Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline, MPR

Clinton comes out against Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill 

Government shutdown

Senate Republicans introduce spending bill to avert shutdown, defund Planned Parenthood, Washington Post

If the government shuts, don’t plan on visiting Yellowstone, financing your home or getting your tax refund, Washington Post


Shrill rhetoric in the GOP primary race could come back to haunt the party, Washington Post


Minneapolis moving forward on new worker protections, will consider minimum-wage study, MinnPost

Mpls. City Council approves $15 minimum wage study, KSTP


DFL Sen. Metzen being treated for lung cancer, MPR

South St. Paul legislator at the Mayo for treatment, Pioneer Press

Major League Soccer

Game over: why St. Paul is all but guaranteed to be the future home of Minnesota’s MLS franchise, MinnPost

Dayton to advocate for law changes to build soccer stadium, WCCO

Pope Francis visit

Pope Francis arrives in U.S., faces a polarized country, MPR

His Holiness visit complicates holiest day for Jewish lawmakers, Washington Post

White House guest list for the pope irks some conservatives, Washington Post

Real ID

Dayton: Airline travel calls for tougher ID than Minnesota driver’s license, Pioneer Press

Reproductive rights

Democrats block 20-week abortion ban, The Hill


Astronaut shares epic shot of Minneapolis from hundreds of miles in sky, Star Tribune

Stassen, Harold

The long political saga of Harold Stassen, MinnPost

Tax credits

Let’s make sure successful tax credits reach all struggling workers, Minnesota Budget Project


California looks like it’s about to start automatically registering people to vote, vox

Volunteers working to get voters registered today, WCCO


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