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Daily Brief: Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Dec. 18, 2014
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for November 2014.
  • 11 a.m. – Media availability to discuss teen driver licensing changes. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, media room, 445 Minnesota St., Suite 110, St. Paul.
  • 1 p.m. – Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign announces 2015 policy agenda. State Capitol, Room 181, St. Paul.
  • 5 p.m. – 30th annual Homeless Memorial March and Service. Silent march begins at Hennepin County Government Center followed by memorial service at Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Mall of America to protesters: Keep it outsideStar Tribune
2014 election
Candidate less than thrilled with tweets from senatorThe Laker & Pioneer 
2015 session
Session preview: The year of the porta-pottyPolitics in Minnesota
Why are Minnesota’s elected officials studying a 30-year-old legislative sessionMinnPost
2016 election
Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawedSalon
With Cuba spotlight, Rubio looks to emerge from Jeb’s shadowThe Hill
Does Jeb Bush have a Mitt Romney problemThe Hill
Bush vs. Clinton race? A ‘merger between political and economic power’MinnPost
Congressional delegation
Al Franken gets realMSNBC
Some of Sen. Franken’s questions on Uber customer privacy, data remain unansweredKSTP
Suicide prevention bill sponsored by Walz blocked in SenateMPR
Rick Nolan on new relations with Cuba: ‘monumental step’Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s Nolan praises Cuba policy, plans tripWCCO
For Minnesota’s Cuban community, change was a long time comingStar Tribune
Rubio denounces U.S. shift on Cuba relationsMPR
After working against embargo, Cargill welcomes Cuba newsMPR
Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba as American is released by HavanaWashington Post
Obama picks new fight over CubaThe Hill
On restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba: why Obama did it — and why nowMinnPost
Minnesotans with Cuban ties hopeful after US, Cuba restore relationsKSTP
Minnesotans and Cubans tied together with art, musicFox 9
A record-setting quarter for Minnesota exports. Blame CanadaMinnPost
State employers add 6,600 jobs in November
Minnesota employers added 6,600 jobs in November, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state has gained 51,065 jobs in the past year, including more than 35,000 jobs in the past four months.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 3.7 percent in November, well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. The state unemployment rate is at its lowest level since May 2001.
Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right-to-work planPioneer Press
Firing of baggage handler may spur Metropolitan Airports Commission to adopt labor ordinanceTC Daily Planete
Marriage equality
Supreme Court could decide in January to add gay marriage to term’s calendarStar Tribune
MNsure still struggling with old IT issue; meanwhile, enrollment upPioneer Press
Rate of uninsured adults in Minnesota falls to record lowMPR
Public safety
More police protection requested after more vandalism at St. Cloud’s Islamic CenterMinnPost

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