In the Know: September 25, 2015

Events today

  • The pope will speak to the United Nations, meet Sept. 11 victims at the 9/11 memorial, ride through Central Park and hold a mass at Madison Square Garden.
  • President Obama and Vice President Biden host China President Xi for an official state visit, including several bilateral meetings and a joint press conference at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will take Chinese First Lady Madame Peng Liyuan on a visit to the National Zoo, where they will visit the Panda House and make “a special announcement.” 

Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – The DFL African American Caucus will meet at Hosmer Library, 347 E 36th St., Minneapolis.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 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.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 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 at Rondo Community Library, at the intersection of University Ave. and Dale St., in St. Paul. Guest speakers are Sen. Bobby Joe Champion and Rep. Rena Moran. Special CD 2 guests include Sen. Jim Carlson. For more information, contact 612-859-9676.

  • 5 p.m. – 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.
  • 6 p.m. – 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. 

Event Sunday

  • 4 p.m. – Rice County DFL will hold its 4th Annual Hotdish Dinner & Cook-Off Fundraiser – A Celebration of the Middle Class. Vintage Ballroom & Suites, 129 Central Ave. N, Faribault. For more information, contact Shawn Groth, chair, Rice County DFL,

Mark your calendars

  • Sept. 29 – DFL special election primary in Dist. 3A.
  • Sept. 29 – University of Minnesota unions will hold a “Rally for Raises and Respect” at noon on Northrop Mall on the East Bank of the University’s Minneapolis campus.
  • 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.


  • 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)
  • Oct. 25 – Senate District 14 DFL will host the Wellstone Dinner, 5 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 404 W Saint Germain St., St. Cloud. Click here for tickets.
  • 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

Ecklund rides labor tide as 3A race enters final week, Minnesota Brown

Hanna’s smears, Ely Timberjay

DFL candidates make their case at Ely forum, Ely Timberjay

2016 election


DFL Chairman responds to Stewart Mills in stinging statement, Northland News Center

Former GOP candidate Mills outlines likely 2016 campaign, Brainerd Dispatch

WomenWinning backs Angie Craig for Congress, MPR

Craig lands important endorsement in CD2 race, Star Tribune


Eden Prairie boy’s message for Ben Carson gets lots of reaction, makes his parents proud, Star Tribune

Senate GOP Leader Hann backs presidential hopeful Fiorina, WCCO

Minnesota leadership team organizes behind Fiorina, MPR

Jeb Bush: Win black voters with aspiration, not ‘free stuff’, Washington Post

8 GOP hopefuls to make their case to conservatives, The Hill

Fundraising deadline will test 2016 field, The Hill

Walker’s campaign manager unloads, Politico

Live by cable news, die by cable news. Trump doesn’t want to actually spend money on advertising. Though a billionaire, he does not necessarily have the liquidity to self-fund massive ad buys even if he wanted to and he’s not raising massive amounts from donors. So Trump’s survival depends on earning free media coverage. This requires him to constantly pick fights and devise ways to stay in the news. Month after month, this strategy becomes more challenging. It requires a higher and higher shock factor. As a result, Trump risks coming across as increasingly desperate. Washington Post


Wide-ranging discussion addresses broad need, Aitkin Age 


China’s Xi to get a pomp-heavy U.S. welcome Friday, but maybe not a warm one, Washington Post


John Boehner will resign from Congress, New York Times

Speaker Boehner to resign at the end of October, Star Tribune

If Schoolhouse Rock remade ‘I’m Just a Bill’ today, it would be depressing, MinnPost


Education (E-12)

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith: All Minnesota students need pre-kindergarten opportunities, Sun ThisWeek

Education (higher)

UMD’s GLBT director resigns, cites hostile environment, Northland News Center 


How to spend $46 million in Minnesota lottery money? Hearings begin, Pioneer Press

Government shutdown

McConnell offers bipartisan stopgap spending bill after bid to punish Planned Parenthood fails, Star Tribune

Senate vote to keep government funded fails as shutdown nears, Washington Post

Boehner, GOP settle on strategy to prevent Oct. 1 shutdown, The Hill

How the threat of a government shutdown becomes normal, MinnPost

The Senate will pass a clean spending bill next week that includes money for Planned Parenthood. Mitch McConnell allowed a vote yesterday to cut off funding for the group; his point was to show that backers don’t have the votes. Seven Republicans joined with the Democrats to block it. Next week, after some procedural hurdles are cleared, the upper chamber will vote on what’s called “a clean CR” in Hill parlance. Washington Post


CEO: PolyMet will honor labor deal, Mesabi Daily News

U workers to rally Tuesday for ‘raises and respect,’ Workday Minnesota

Target Field concessions workers protest treatment by temp agencies, Workday Minnesota

Group of U of M faculty push for union vote, MPR

Push to unionize U Twin Cities faculty growing, Pioneer Press


Branden Petersen, lone GOP state senator to vote for gay marriage, says he’ll resign, Star Tribune

Sen. Petersen, pro-gay marriage GOPer, resigning, Pioneer Press

Critic: Rep. Atkins’ corporate ties at odds with regulatory role, MPR

In cancer treatment, Sen. Metzen, ‘I’m feeling good,’ Pioneer Press

Ness, Don

Mayor Ness examines Duluth, political career in new book, MPR

Pope Francis visit

Pope’s message to Congress finds its mark with Minnesotans, Star Tribune

Congress breaks the rules and gives pope rock-star treatment, Star Tribune

Pope urges Congress to help downtrodden in big speech, Star Tribune

Pope Francis challenges Congress to find unity on climate, immigration, Washington Post

Pope Francis’ address to Congress (as prepared for delivery), CNN

The 10 most political moments in Pope Francis’ address to Congress, MPR

Pope Francis teaches how to disagree, Star Tribune

In Pope Francis’ Congress speech, praise for Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, MPR 

14-09-25 Sack Pope Francis

15-09-25 Horsen Francis Sanders

Real ID

Feds heading to Minnesota to talk ID cards, MPR

Secretary of State Steve Simon

Secretary of State Simon visits Pope County, area, Pope County Tribune


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