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Daily Brief: Monday, Apr. 28th, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
April 28, 2014
Events today

  • Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.
  • 9:06 a.m. – House Capital Investment Committee Chair Rep. Hausman and Rep. Matt Dean, Republican lead for the House Capital Investments Committee, are on MPR’s The Daily Circuit to talk about the bonding bill.
  • 10 a.m. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, St. Paul Mayor and President of the League of Cities Chris Coleman and others announce new partnership to connect young people to the outdoors. Harriet Island Pavilion.
  • 10:45 a.m. – State Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato, receives the Parents United Distinguished Leadership in Education Award. TIES Conference Cneter, 1640 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Minnesota House of Representatives is in session.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Senate is in session.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Open house on Interstate 494/35W interchange design proposal. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Community Room, St. Richard’s Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield.

2014 election
DFL-ers come out strong at First Congressional District Convention in FaribaultFaribault Daily News
Is there a battle if only one side is fightingMorrison County Record
2014 MN District 2 DFL ConventionmnpACT!
Both parties going all out to win women’s voteWashington Post
Dayton, Democrats try to head off perennial midterm problem: bigger voter drop off on their endStar Tribune

Nancy Taffe will continue campaign for state representativeMorris Sun Tribune
Will Republican unity follow in wake of 7th ballot Franson endorsement in House District 8BBluestream Prairie

U.S. House
Name recognition doesn’t guarantee singer Clay Aiken, a Democrat, a seat in Congress from NCStar Tribune
Democrats endorse Rep. Tim Walz for fifth termWinona Daily News
Obermueller wins DFL bid to take on KlinePioneer Press
Kline offers 2 reasons for another term and one definitive truthMN Political Roundtable
GOP challengers sharpen criticism of frontrunner EmmerSt. Cloud Times
MNCD6: Krinkie brings up Emmer’s old arrests on DWI charges; Sivarajah mentions failed RNC bidBluestream Prairie
Editorial: The evolution of a candidateWorthington Daily Globe
In fight to control Congress, Democrats have fundraising edgeStar Tribune
MNCD1: Where’s Aaron Miller’s campaign consultant Brad Biers hanging his hat these daysBluestream Prairie

U.S. Senate
Ortman votes against Women’s Act days after blasting Franken for being anti-womenCity Pages
Williams: Dems’ hopes rise to keep SenateThe Hill
Democrats hope Senate minimum wage vote will draw November support from women, young votersStar Tribune
2014 session
Hot Dish Politcs : Hair-threading exemplifies work of ‘unsession’Star Tribune
2016 election
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker looks ahead, afarStar Tribune
Hillary Clinton says faith in God should inspire care for othersStar Tribune
Report: Rick Perry to meet with New Hampshire activistsThe Hill
Supporters look to MN Senate for broadband fundingMarshall Independent
Our View: Senate should free broadband funding hostageMankato Free Press
We need broadband expansionMesabi Daily News
Budget (federal)
The impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget on Minnesota:

  • 4,747 millionaires would get an $87,000 tax break.
  • Middle class families would pay $2,000 more in taxes.
  • 59,373 seniors would pay more for medicine by bringing back the prescription drug donut hole.
  • 11,520 college students wouldn’t receive Pell Grants.
  • 290 domestic violence victims would lose access to the STOP Violence Against Women Program.
  • 1,850 children would lose access to Head Start.

Budget (state)
Budget priorities shaping upMinnesota Budget Project
Congress gets back to work Monday looking like it will do what it does best: the bare minimumStar Tribune
Congressional delegation
Netflix to Al Franken: Comcast takeover would harm consumersCNN

Senator talks job training on central Minnesota tourPark Rapids Enterprise

Along with Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was among the expected guests at Saturday’s Sedona Forum put on by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, the Arizona Republic reported. The theme of the conference was “Crisis in the Middle East: Values, Strategy and Options.” Star Tribune

Rep. Nolan touts U.S. steel, oreGrand Rapids Herald
Rep. Rick Nolan announces legislation to help steel and mining industriesNorthland News Center
Data privacy
Drug database generates data-privacy concerns for some lawmakersRochester Post Bulletin
Reverse outsourcing: state aid lures India company to DilworthMinnPost
Education (higher)
As enrollment falls, SCSU focuses on grad rates, moreSt. Cloud Times
House passes Rep. Erickson’s bill to study propane heating alternativesWalker Pilot Independent
New DNR parks and trails director takes your questionsMPR
Who’s protecting Minnesota’s rural rivers from cropland runoffStar Tribune
Pumping curbs pollution but stresses Minnesota groundwater supplyMPR
Food labeling
Minn. GMO labeling bill hearing draws heated support, criticismMPR
In Maine, Rand Paul urges the creation of a bigger, more welcoming Republican PartyStar Tribune
From nixing ERA to opposing equal pay, Phyllis Schlafly’s still at itMinnPost
As she died, Sen. Nancy Brataas posed a final question: ‘Unconventional?’ MinnPost
Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidatesWashington Post
Tea party conservatives making waves in WisconsinPioneer Press
Tea Party PACs are just another Washington scammnpACT!
Rep. Mary Franson infuriated by Earth Day, calls it ‘Pagan holiday’City Pages
From FDR to today’s GOP: How the meaning of ‘freedom’ changedMinnPost
Gun restrictions on domestic abusers, stalkers gain bipartisan support in MinnesotaStar Tribune
EDITORIAL: The changing face of homelessnessHutchinson Leader
Home values bounce back around metroStar Tribune
Boehner’s immigration problemThe Hill
Indigenous People’s Day
Minneapolis creates Indigenous People’s Day on Columbus DayMinnPost
Faculty at two Twin Cities colleges organizing into unionsWorkday Minnesota
Building Trades remember those killed and injured on the jobWorkday Minnesota
Postal Service actions jeopardize security of the mail, workers sayWorkday Minnesota
April 28: Worker’s Memorial DayMN Political Roundtable
Minnesota House approves measure increasing disclosure of officials’ potential conflictsStar Tribune
Marriage equality
SD women marry in Minn., plan to challenge SD gay marriage banKSTP
Andrew, Brodkorb, others join Star Tribune as bloggersStar Tribune
Andrew Wallmeyer named publisher of MinnPostMinnPost
Newspapers missing out on digital-ad boomMinnPost
Medical marijuana
Senate panel votes to legalize medical marijuanaStar Tribune
Medical marijuana’s prospects grow with Minnesota Senate panel voteMPR
Minn. Senate panel approves medical-marijuana billKSTP
Editor’s column: Waiting for their miracleMarshall Independent
Medical marijuana bill clears senate health committee hurdleCity Pages
Minimum wage
Our View: Will Minnesota minimum wage impact St. Croix CountyHudson Star-Observer
Public safety
Gun restrictions on domestic abusers, stalkers gain bipartisan support in MinnesotaStar Tribune
New Minn. law requires crime labs to meet national standardsMPR
Golden Valley mother pushes for lifeguard training billKARE
Punch Pizza
President Obama praises Punch Pizza againStar Tribune
Obama gives another helping of praise for Punch PizzaMinneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Southwest LRT critics, defenders trade claimsStar Tribune
All are not aboard for Minnesota’s transportation billStar Tribune
Central Minnesota business leaders seek flights to BakkenSt. Cloud Times

Women’s Economic Security Act
Minnesota Senate approves added job aid for womenSt. Cloud Times
PoliGraph: Pappas stats about women workers correctMPR

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