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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 2015

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Minnesota DFL
Dec. 16, 2015
Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment committee continues to tour projects today in St. Cloud and St. Louis Park.
  • 10 a.m. – The House Civil Law and Data Practices, House Public Safety and Senate Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing on police body cameras.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mayor Don & Laura Ness invite you to a special evening featuring some great music, a few laughs (mostly at Don’s expense), and special guests. Don Ness will give his last major address as mayor – a thank you to this community. 5:30 p.m., DECC, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth. A free-will donation will be accepted to help pay the artists and facility charges.
  • 7 p.m. – Congressional District 3 DFL Winter Party. Nelson home, 8983 Preserve Blvd., Eden Prairie.

Mark your calendars

  • Dec. 17 – South Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will be meeting at 12:30 p.m. at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet, Minneapolis.
  • Dec. 17 – Rob Ecklund will be sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives. 1 p.m., Room 200, State Office Building.
  • Dec. 17 – The annual march and memorial service for people who have died in the past year while homeless will be Dec. 17 in Minneapolis. Marchers will march silently, starting at 5 p.m., from the Hennepin County Government Center. They’ll walk on 5th Street to Nicollet Avenue then south to Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 1st Av. South. The memorial service will begin at 6:30 p.m.and the name of each person who has died this year while homeless, or advocated for them, will be read.
  • Dec. 19 – ABC will host a debate between the Democratic candidates for president from New Hampshire. The debate will air at 7 p.m. Central Time.
  • Dec. 20 – Senate District 46 DFL will host Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, to talk about education issues coming up in the next legislative session. 6 p.m., Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies, 663 Winnetka Ave., Golden Valley.


  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m. at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at www.dflcd2.com.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., location TBD.

2016 election
Donald Trump’s prospects as an independent trending toward dismal, MinnPost
Famed investor Warren Buffett to give stamp of approval to Clinton, KSTP

Bernie Sanders campaign released a statement targeting the “corporate” media for not giving Sanders the coverage he deserves.

A recent study on media coverage of all the candidates found that not only is it dominated byDonald Trump, but he himself is getting far more coverage than Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley combined.

The study focuses on campaign coverage from the major nightly newscasts, and during this entire election season (up to the end of November), Trump has gotten 234 minutes on the nightly news, Clinton has gotten 113 minutes, and Sanders has only gotten 10 minutes.

That led the Sanders campaign to release a statement titled “Why the Bernie Blackout on Corporate Network News?”

2016 session

  • April 1, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
  • April 8, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and
  • April 21, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

By law, legislators must adjourn this session by May 23.

Budget (federal)
Ryan unveils sweeping $1.6T deal on government funding, taxes, The Hill
Winners, losers in Congress’ year-end budget and tax endgame, AP

Harry Reid says the deal is being held up because of disagreements over a plan to lift the 40-year ban on oil exports and proposed changes to the Child Tax Credit, Kelsey Snell relays. “Republican leaders have not accepted a request from Democrats to increase tax breaks for renewable energy producers in exchange for agreeing to lift the oil export ban.” But they’re also arguing about GOP demands to limit fraud in the tax credit program that Democrats believe would negatively affect low-income workers. Ocean conservation is also being debated. Washington Post
Clinton, Hillary
Hillary Clinton calls for disruption of recruitment to battle homegrown terror, Pioneer Press
Clinton in Minneapolis: U.S. needs ‘360-degree’ anti-terror strategy, MPR
In general-election mode, Hillary Clinton seeks balance in fight against ISIS, MinnPost
Hillary Clinton says U.S. needs a ‘360-degree’ strategy to combat terrorism in US, Star Tribune
‘We cannot give into fear,’ WCCO
Clinton: US needs ‘360-degree’ anti-terror strategy, KSTP
Clinton outlines counterterrorism plan at U of M, KARE
Hillary Clinton’s 5-part plan to prevent radicalization, Fox 9
Hillary Clinton wants Minnesota as model for fighting domestic terror recruitment, Star Tribune
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger: Clinton talks policy specifics, Pioneer Press
Clinton seeks stark contrast with GOP on terrorism and national security, Washington Post
Clinton highlights Minnesota program in anti-terrorism speech, MPR
Hillary Clinton called Muslim-Americans the “first, last and best defense against homegrown radicalization and terrorism” Tuesday as she laid out a plan to combat homegrown terror. Clinton also proposed more strict screening of anyone entering the country who had visited a country known to be a hotbed for terrorism. And she called for shutting down ISIS-inspired Facebook and Twitter profiles and removing terrorist content. CNN
Congress racing to finish $1.6T spending and tax cut package, The Hill

Trump vs. Bush, Cruz vs. Rubio in contentious GOP debate, The Hill
GOP debate winners and losers, The Hill
Six takeaways from the fifth Republican debate, USA Today
GOP candidates have an unruly fight over serious issues, with no clear winner, Washington Post
The GOP debate’s revealing exchanges: On leadership, character and experience, Washington Post
There was real news out of Tuesday’s debate. Here’s what you need to know about it. Washington Post
GOP field clashes over a single question: Who can keep the country safe? Washington Post
Cruz and Rubio spar over national security, Bush clashes with Trump in GOP debate, Star Tribune

The dominant storyline coming out of last night is Ted Cruz vs. Marco RubioThat is the lead of every story in every major newspaper this morning after the widely-anticipated and hoped-for Cruz vs. Trump throw down did not materialize. There’s a lot to like about the Cruz vs. Rubio narrative: Two Cuban-Americans, sons of immigrants, first-term senators, elected as tea party darlings, from the Sunbelt, in their 40’s, etc., etc., etc. Washington Post

Ben Carson whiffed on the Commander-in-Chief test. He got multiple tries to look presidential, and he just could not. His meandering and soft-spoken answers show he’s really not absorbing his lessons in foreign policy. Conservative columnist S.E. Cupp said his campaign is now on life support: “Carson’s campaign is in cardiac arrest right now. Anyone know a doctor?” Washington Post

“Donald, you’re not going to insult your way to the presidency,” Jeb Bush. Bush had his best debate showing yet — and it’s because he found a role to play: Bush seemed determined to take down Donald Trump. He didn’t push Trump over the edge, but he badgered him repeatedly and seemed to get under the front-runner’s skin. “He’s a chaos candidate, and he’d be a chaos president,” Bush said. In that exchange — like every other — Trump’s comeback was to belittle Bush. “Jeb only said that because he has failed in this campaign. It’s been a total disaster. Nobody cares,” Trump said. Witness this exchange, as Bush hit one of Trump’s terrorism proposals — and talked over Trump. CNN
DFL Party has joint fundraising groups with Craig, Clinton, Sanders, Pioneer Press
Policymakers should prioritize building a state economy that works for all Minnesotans, Minnesota Budget Project
Education (E-12)
Graduation gap is closing in MN, just like everywhere else, MPR
Gov. Dayton pursues $795 million in funding for clean water, wildlife habitat, Office of the Governor
Dayton pushes for $800 million water-quality farmland easement plan, Pioneer Press
In Flint, Mich., there’s so much lead in children’s blood that a state of emergency is declared,Washington Post
Congressmen Tom Emmer and Keith Ellison on immigrants and security, MPR
What we know about Minnesota’s undocumented immigrant population, MinnPost
Obama chief of staff to visit the Iron Range, Pioneer Press

Sex offender program
Court issues full stay of judge’s order on Minnesota sex offender program, Pioneer Press

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