In the Know: September 4, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Non-profits Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) and The Advocates for Human Rights (AHR) come together in partnership to launch a campaign to debunk myths of immigration enforcement tactics against non-criminal recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and encourage eligible undocumented immigrants to seek legal counsel and apply for the program’s benefits. The press conference will be held in State Office Building, Room 181.
  • 11 a.m. – Republican congressional candidate David Gerson kicks off next phase of 2016 campaign in 2nd District. State Office Building, Room 181.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Congressman Keith Ellison will visit the DFL booth at the State Fair.
  • Noon – DFL Chairman Ken Martin will take part in taping “Almanac” in front of a live audience at the TPT booth at the State Fair.

Sunday, Sept. 6

  • Noon – Congressman Keith Ellison will host his annual Labor Day Picnic. Wabun Park, 4655 46th Ave. S, Minneapolis, Picnic Area D. Please RSVP www.keithellison.org/2015laborbbq Donations will be accepted for the Second Harvest Food Shelf.

2015 Ellison Labor BBW 

Labor Day Events

  • 11 a.m. – Labor Day parade in Cloquet.
  • Noon – Free picnic, Cloquet Labor Temple.
  • Noon – AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic, Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth.
  • Noon – Brainerd Trades & Labor Solidarity Picnic, Baxter City Park.
  • Noon – St. Cloud Trades and Labor Assembly Labor Day Picnic,
  • Noon – Iron Range Labor Assembly Picnic, Alcott Park, 9th Ave W & 7th St N, Virginia.

2016 election

Third-party bid lingers as threat to both parties in 2016, The Hill

‘Fireworks’ likely as 2016 rivals enter government funding fight, The Hill

Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge, The Hill

Trump’s party loyalty pledge ends one GOP problem, brings others, The Washington Post

Legion of tech volunteers lead a charge for Bernie Sanders, New York Times

Puerto Rican voters prized by Democrats, Republicans, AP

Minnesota State Fair visitors show potential of Trump candidacy, Star Tribune

House DFL Leader Paul Thissen: Let Minnesota Republicans run on their records, Star Tribune

Mapping Minnesota’s competitive 2nd District, Pioneer Press

Bias and objectivity in 2016 campaign coverage, MPR

Bush-Trump feud gest nastier, Washington Post

Obama-Trump Logo

 Capitol renovation

‘Under the dome’

Rep. Matt Dean, a Republican from Dellwood and an architect by training, recently shared with us some thoughts about the Capitol restoration, and about changes in “turf” and territory over the years, “under the dome.”

“One hundred years ago, Minnesotans attracted to their marvelous gleaming white Capitol could find nearly the entirety of state government within her walls, but Cass Gilbert’s original design for the building limited each legislator’s space to the area of his desk. Members didn’t have an office,” wrote Dean, who earlier described the structure to us as “a jewel of a building” and “probably the most beautiful capitol in the country.”

“The agencies once housed in the Capitol now have ‘capitols’ of their own throughout the city,” he said. “The budget has grown. The population has grown and changed, but the job of a legislator really hasn’t changed all that much in a century.”

The new Senate Office Building “has created a glut of legislator space,” maintains Dean, a member of the Capitol Preservation Commission overseeing the restoration. “Rather than build more legislative offices, we should restore the use of the building to its original intent. Cass Gilbert would smile down from heaven if Minnesotans could buy a fishing license in what was once a senator’s office.” Pioneer Press

Congress

Iran deal looks like a done deal, so here are the next crises for Congress, MPR

Congressional delegation

Franken

Franken convenes forum on rural Minnesota broadband access, Pioneer Press

Kline

GOP chairman John Kline to retire, The Hill

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., will not seek re-election, Star Tribune

Obama: U.S. Rep. John Kline has never been afraid to stand up for what he believes in, Pioneer Press

GOP Kline says he won’t seek reelection, KSTP

GOP Rep. Kline won’t run again for U.S. House, MPR

Who might run to replace U.S. Rep. Kline? Pioneer Press

John Kline won’t seek re-election, MinnPost

Economy

General Mills sells Green Giant, Le Sueur business, MPR

Economy adds 173K jobs in August, The Hill

Minnesota job vacancies rise to 98,000 in second quarter – vacancies at highest level in 14 years

Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed to 98,000 in the second quarter of 2015, a 15.7 percent increase from the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said Minnesota has 1.2 unemployed people for each vacancy, compared with 1.6 unemployed people per vacancy a year ago. The ratio of unemployed people to vacancies in the second quarter was the third-lowest on record.

Total vacancies in the quarter were the highest since the second quarter of 2001, when state employers had 115,072 job openings. DEED

Environment

Believe in Climate Change

Iran

He may be a ‘mensch,’ but Jewish leaders remain skeptical after Biden defends Iran deal, Washington Post

Labor

First TV ad backing Walker touts fight with unions, Pioneer Press

Minnesota is no utopia for workers; Labor Day and the fight for $15 an hour, TC Daily Planet

From the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Radisson Hotel is currently being picketed by the Duluth Building Trades due to their insistence to use non-union labor for their remodeling. It is extremely unfortunate that this hotel is taking such a position against union families in our beautiful city. We ask that our brothers and sisters in the labor movement respect this picket and find other accommodations for their visits to Duluth at least until this matter is resolved.

1950-09-04 Today in History

Legislators

Daudt says he supports Kelly and Mack, Rochester Post Bulletin 

Major League Soccer

Soccer stadium for St. Paul? Minneapolis isn’t rolling over, Star Tribune

Marriage licenses – Kentucky

GOP candidates blast ‘absurd’ jailing of Kentucky marriage clerk, The Hill

With defiant Kentucky clerk in jail, her deputies promise judge they’ll license gay marriages, Star Tribune

Huckabee compares Kim Davis to Abraham Lincoln, Think Progress

Minnesota State Fair

A totally subjective guide to every political booth at the Minnesota State Fair, MinnPost

Political parties traffic in State Fair stunts, Star Tribune

 Daudton Abbey Door

#DaudtonAbbey

National Voter Registration Month

September is National Voter Registration Month (NVRM). In honor of NVRM, Secretary of State Steve Simon released a video, titled “Stay Restless,” which was filmed on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, that highlights the importance of Minnesotans using their vote as their voice and encourages eligible citizens to register to vote.

The voter registration process in Minnesota is easier and more convenient than ever before.

Voter registration applications are available online in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. They’re also available at every state agency and all 87 county offices throughout the office.

Minnesotans can also register to vote online, using same-day registration, or when getting their driver’s license. For more information on how to register to vote in Minnesota, visit: http://bit.ly/MinnesotaNVRM

Planned Parenthood

House Democrats: Congress should investigate anti-Planned Parenthood activists, too, Washington Post

Transportation

Senate panel gets earful over oil train safety concerns, WCCO

University of Minnesota

Complaints sideline another athletics administrator at the University of Minnesota, Star Tribune

U of M rolls out new policy defining sexual consent, MPR

Minion Consent 

Washington Post

After visit to Minnesota, WaPo reporter says it’s not so ugly after all, Star Tribune

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