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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 2016

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Minnesota DFL
Jan. 5, 2016
308 days until the election
Events today

  • 2:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith and DOT Commissioner Zelle will announce $32 million in grants through Minnesota’s Transportation Economic Development Program for 11 state highway improvement projects. 7831 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington.
  • President Obama will unveil executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. The effort contains provisions that would impose mandatory background checks for some private sales as well as more funding for mental health treatment, the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.

Mark your calendars

  • Jan. 6 – The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband meets at 10 a.m.
  • Jan. 7 – The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO will host a workshop for people who want to know more about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and how to talk with others about the future of these important Safety Net programs. 1 – 4 p.m., AFL-CIO office. Information about the event is available here.
  • Jan. 7 – Legislative Working Group on Real ID compliance will meet at 10 a.m.
  • Jan. 9 – Stonewall DFL membership meeting, 11 a.m., DFL HQ.
  • Jan. 9 – Candidates for the DFL endorsement in CD 2 will take part in a forum in Prior Lake.
  • Jan. 10 – Candidates for the DFL endorsement in CD 2 will take part in a forum in Hastings.
  • Jan. 12 – President Obama’s last State of the Union address.
  • Jan. 14 – The next GOP debate, in South Carolina, airs on Fox Business.
  • Jan. 15 – Gov. Dayton releases his bonding proposal.
  • Jan. 17 – The next Democratic debate, in Charleston, airs on NBC. It’s being sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
  • Jan. 23 – The DFL African American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m. to hold board elections at the Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis.
  • Jan. 24 – Candidates for the DFL endorsement in CD 2 will take part in a forum in Burnsville.
  • Jan. 31 – Candidates for the DFL endorsement in CD 2 will take part in a forum in West St. Paul.
  • Feb. 21 – Candidates for the DFL endorsement in CD 2 will take part in a forum in Northfield.


  • Jan. 27 – The Minnesota Young DFL will kick off 2016 with a debate watch party and fundraiser at Legends Bar and Grill in Minneapolis.
  • 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.
  • Feb. 12 – Humphrey-Mondale Dinner featuring Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. St. Paul RiverCentre. Tickets available here.
  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., location TBD.


What to watch for in 2016: the year ahead in Minnesota government, politics and culture, MinnPost
2016 election
2nd District candidates to hold forums, MPR

Former President Bill Clinton kicks off tour for wife Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Star Tribune
Rubio’s presidential campaign steps up efforts in Minnesota, MinnPost
The one big screw up in Donald Trump’s first ad, Washington Post
Chris Christie just made a compelling argument for why Republicans shouldn’t nominate Donald Trump, Washington Post
Election 2016: The sprint to Iowa and NH begins, Star Tribune
Terrorism dominates GOP race, The Hill
Why Trump may be winning the war on ‘political correctness,’ Washington Post
Forget hopes and dreams: The GOP race is all about nightmares, Washington Post
In Wall Street speech, Sanders will pledge to break up big banks within first year in office,Washington Post
Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center
State psychiatric hospital in Anoka threatened with loss of federal funding, Star Tribune
Bonding bill
Thissen urges passage of bill to highlight potential disparities in proposed legislation, Star Tribune

Dayton, Mark
Daudt: Dayton will not finish term as governor. Well, maybe. Star Tribune
Education (E-12)
State assistance is a welcome boost for full-service community schools, Star Tribune
South Washington County levy dispute ruling expected by week’s end, Pioneer Press
Obama moves ahead on background checks for guns purchased online or at gun shows, Star Tribune
Minnesota Supreme Court to rule on whether BB guns are firearms, KSTP
Obama, Dems all in on gun control in 2016, The Hill
Obama, NRA on collision course, The Hill
Obama thrust gun debate into 2016 election, AP
Obama defends forthcoming gun restrictions as constitutional, MPR
Human trafficking
MN woman named to federal human trafficking council, KARE
Today in History – Jan. 5, 1914
The Ford Motor Company raised its basic wage from $2.40 for a nine-hour day to $5 for an eight-hour day. The move was made by company founder Henry Ford. While his primary objective was to reduce worker attrition—labor turnover from monotonous assembly line work was high—newspapers from all over the world reported the story as an extraordinary gesture of goodwill. Ford also said a higher wage would enable workers to buy his cars.
Larson, Emily
Gallery: Emily Larson, the first female mayor of Duluth, Star Tribune
New Duluth mayor’s challenges: Build bridges, keep economy on track, MPR
Mayor Larson makes it official, Duluth News Tribune
Mills Fleet Farm
Mills Fleet Farm to be sold to investment giant KKR, Star Tribune
MNsure enrollments double over this time last year, Pioneer Press
Feds monitor armed group that took over national refuge in Oregon, but keep their distance, Star Tribune
Cruz calls for a peaceful end to Oregon standoff, Washington Post
The Oregon occupiers’ land dispute, explained in 9 maps, Washington Post
The armed Oregon ranchers who want free land are already getting a 93 percent discount,FiveThirtyEightPolitics

It’s unclear from media interviews exactly what the armed occupiers who have taken control of a federal outpost in rural southeastern Oregon want so this standoff can end peacefully. On Mondayafternoon, the newly named “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom” gave a news conference in the snow, listing their demands. On the surface, it seems they want justice of some kind for the local father and son ranching duo who have been convicted of arson and who reported to prison Mondayfor five-year sentences. To better understand the takeover in Oregon, it also helps to know that out West, who owns the land (and what they do with it) is one of the dominant issues. Tensions between the federal government and folks out West have existed for more than a century — basically since the government stopped giving away land and started actively preserving some of it. Washington Post

Poll: Trump holds 17-point lead, The Hill
Precinct caucus
Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, De Le Fuente make it on to Minnesota caucus ballots, Pioneer Press

Senate office building
Senate Republicans decry use of Senate funds to subsidize staff parking in new building, Star Tribune
GOP questions state Senate parking fees, MPR

Retiree Council presents workshop on Social Security, Medicare, Workday Minnesota

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