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Daily Brief: Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Dec. 17, 2015
Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will chair a public meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board. Mayo Civic Center – Riverview McDonnell Suite, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will meet with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt to discuss the parameters of a possible special session. This meeting will take place at the Governor’s Residence.
  • 12:30 p.m. – South Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will be meeting at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet, Minneapolis.
  • 1 p.m. – Rob Ecklund will be sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives, Room 200, State Office Building.
  • 5 p.m. – 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 Ave. 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.
  • 5 p.m. – GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz will hold a rally on Harriet Island in St. Paul. Doors open at 5 p.m., rally begins at 6:10 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – The Clay County DFL will gather with Rep. Ben Lien at Billiards, 701 Center Ave, Moorhead, for a little holiday cheer.

Mark your calendars

  • Dec. 18 – The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the Eagan Community Center on Friday in Eagan. The Health Care Delivery Design and Sustainability Work Group will provide recommendations to the full task force. The meeting will include a preliminary discussion on the full package of recommendations, as well as public comment. This meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to attend. Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.
  • 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 from7 – 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
GOP presidential debate gets messy — but with lots of good moments, MinnPost
For Republicans, debate highlights the battle to define their party’s foreign policy posture, Star Tribune
Eager novices turn out for Trump volunteer training, Des Moines Register
Trump: I don’t want Jeb’s endorsement, The Hill
Sanders rips Trump’s ‘xenophobic,’ ‘racist’ comments, The Hill
Bernie Sanders has now received 2 million campaign contributions, aides say, Washington Post. 


2016 special election
Senate District 50 DFL has endorsed Bloomington City Councilmember Andrew Carlson for the Dist. 50B seat in the Feb. 9, 2016 special election. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Rep. Ann Lenczewski. Dist. 50B includes much of the City of Bloomington in Hennepin County.
Budget (federal)
Funding deal hits backlash over increase in foreign worker visas, The Hill
Leadership allies reject effort to move funding bill to the right, The Hill
Fiscal deal winners and losers, The Hill
What’s inside the $622B tax deal, The Hill
GOP debate verdict: Dump Trump and give Bush credit, Star Tribune

Three things you can use to sound smart about Tuesday’s debate from the Washington Post:

1.      The Republican field seems to have come to a consensus on Trump: Attacking him doesn’t work. With the exception of the struggling Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, almost no one went after Trump. They’ve apparently decided trying to take down the front-runner is not worth drawing a Trump retort and/or the suspicion directed at them from his supporters. But Fix Boss Chris Cillizza argues stepping aside from the Trump steamroll might not be the best move if the party doesn’t want him as their nominee.

2.      CNN did the best job giving candidates fair speaking time : Note that “fair” doesn’t always mean even. Not all nine candidates on the main debate stage could talk for an equal amount of time, but The Fix’s Callum Borchers matched the candidates’ standing in the polls with their allotted speaking time and found Tuesday’s debate distributed things pretty fairly.

3.      Donald Trump’s “winning” message is catching on: The Fix’s Philip Bump noticed a peculiar trendTuesday night — candidates co-opting Trump’s very stark black-and-white ideas about “winning” and such.

Education (E-12)
After St. Paul Central attack, superintendent promises to enhance school safety, Pioneer Press
Key oil pipeline decisions go before Minnesota regulators, Pioneer Press
Superior is one of the more rapidly warming lakes, study finds, Star Tribune
Federal Reserve
What does the Federal Reserve rate hike mean for 2016? Washington Post
Federal Reserve raises key interest rate by quarter-point, ending 7 years of near-zero rates, Star Tribune
Humphrey-Mondale Dinner
DFL dinner to feature three presidential hopefuls, MPR
Three Democratic presidential candidates to attend Feb. 12 DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, MinnPost
All three Democratic presidential candidates to attend Feb. 12 DFL dinner, Pioneer Press
Clinton, O’Malley, Sanders returning to Minnesota for fundraising dinner, Star Tribune
Feds keep close eye on Twitter in Twin Cities terror recruiting fight, MPR

Special session
Mark Dayton will discuss special session with top lawmakers on Thursday, Northland News
New MnDOT plan would slash cost of Mpls.-Duluth high-speed rail, MPR
Fork in the road for MN transportation funding: Gas tax or sales tax? MPR

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