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Daily Brief: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Minnesota DFL
March 2, 2016
204 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
250 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – A joint Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance meets. Room 1200, Minnesota Senate Building.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will participate in meetings of the Executive Council, State Board of Investment, and Land Exchange. Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building, 60 Empire Dr, Room 106, St. Paul.
  • 1 p.m. – The Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing meets. Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Building.
  • 1 p.m. – The Senate Capital Investment Committee meets. Room 1100 Minnesota Senate Building.
  • 6 p.m. – The Select Committee on Affordable Child Care meets. Waite Park City Hall (Chamber Room), 19 13th Avenue North, Waite Park.

Mark your calendars

  • March 3 – Republican candidates for president debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit and be broadcast on Fox News at 8 p.m.
  • March 6 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate in Flint, Michigan at 7 p.m. on CNN.
  • March 8 – The 2016 Legislative Session gets underway.
  • March 8 – The United Steelworkers will host a rally at 11 a.m. on the State Capitol Lower Mall steps to tell legislators to do the right thing and extend the unemployment benefits for laid off workers! Job 1 on Day 1!
  • March 8 – The North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada.
  • March 9 – Gov. Dayton will give his State of the State.
  • April 30 – CD 2 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Shakopee West Junior High School, 200 10th Ave. E, Shakopee.
  • April 30 – CD 7 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead.
  • May 7 – CD 5 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., South High School, 3131 S 19th Ave., Minneapolis.
  • May 7 – CD 8 DFL Convention, 10 a.m., Duluth Holiday Inn, 200 W 1st St., Duluth.
  • May 14 – CD 1 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr., Worthington.
  • May 14 – CD 3 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Osseo Senior High School, 317 2nd Ave. NW, Osseo.
  • May 21 – CD 6 DFL Convention, noon, St. Cloud Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N, St. Cloud.
  • May 22 – CD 4 DFL Convention, noon, Carpenters Union Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.


  • March 5 – DFL Senate District 8 DFL Fundraiser. Afternoon social begins at 3 p.m., dinner is at 4:30 p.m. Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Rd. SE, Alexandria. $35 per person. RSVP to LaRon Adkins,  or Beth Jansen at .
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • March 12 – The Senate District 16 DFL fundraiser will be held at Jackpot Junction, Morton. It kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feather a buffet meal, silent and live auctions and speakers.

2016 election
Why Democrats didn’t feel the Bern, Washington Post
Campaign 2016: Who is winning the race for delegates? Star TribuneBill Kristol, the executive editor of the Weekly Standard, was a little more sanguine. “Cruz and Rubio together have won more votes and more delegates than Trump so far,” he said. “So they just have to combine. Simple. Cruz-Rubio 2016.” Washington Post
2016 session
Minnesota’s prospect for tax cuts? Shrinking, Pioneer Press

Capitol art
Debate continues over art at the Capitol, MPR
Democratic National Convention
Would Democratic superdelegates steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders? Probably not. Washington Post

Minnesota presses clean power plan as Supreme Court tells feds to wait, MPR
Catch and release only on Mille Lacs? Brainerd Dispatch
GOP hawks float disobedience if Trump is commander in chief, The Hill
After Super Tuesday, the Republican Party is figuring out how to grieve, Washington Post
Minnesota childcare providers say no to union, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s in-home childcare providers vote down union, Pioneer Press
Minnesota child care providers vote against mandatory unionization, Fargo Forum
Dayton: PolyMet environmental announcement to come Thursday, MPR
Minnesota takes part in Super Tuesday
Caucus 2016 inspires massive turnout in Crow Wing County, Brainerd Dispatch
Willmar DFL caucus prefers Clinton, West Central Tribune
Crow Wing County DFL Caucus, Brainerd Dispatch
Democrats flock to caucus sites in Duluth, Duluth News Tribune
Local caucus results, Worthington Daily Globe
Minnesota caucus results, Pioneer Press
Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders win Minnesota caucus; heavy turnout reported, Pioneer Press
Marco Rubio gets first win with Minnesota caucus, Pioneer Press
Bernie Sanders decisively wins Minnesota Democratic caucuses, Pioneer Press
Rubio, Sanders score big wins in Minnesota caucuses, MPR
Long lines and makeshift ballots: Democracy in action with a caucus rookie, MPR
Photos: Scenes from caucus night across Minnesota, MPR
Rubio, Sanders win in Minnesota caucus, Star Tribune
Rice County residents fill rooms, hallways for Northfield caucuses, Northfield News
In St. Paul suburb, a quick run to the store to print more ballots, New York Times
Rubio rallies in Minnesota’s Sixth District, Star Tribune
Voter discontent with existing order can’t be ignored, Star Tribune
Turnout at MN GOP caucus may break 2008 record, WCCO
Minnesota DFL party sees heavy Super Tuesday turnout, WCCO
Rubio and Sanders take Minnesota on Super Tuesday, KSTP
Republican, DFL parties caucus in Minnesota during ‘Super Tuesday,’ KSTP
PHOTOS: Minnesota caucuses, KARE
Hillary Clinton makes surprise visits in Minneapolis on Super Tuesday, Fox 9

Bernie Sanders wins the DFL straw poll with 61 percent of the vote including all congressional districts.  CD3 and CD5 were Clinton’s strongest where she kept Sanders under 60 percent. Marco Rubio won with 36.7 percent of the vote, Ted Cruz was in second at 28 and Donald Trump finished third at 21 percent.  Cruz won CD’s 6, 7 and 8, while Rubio won the rest.  Notable that Donald Trump finished second in CD8. morning take
The Washington Post exit poll in Virginia found that six in 10 Democratic voters wanted to continue Obama’s policies. Clinton won those voters by about 60 points, while Sanders held a 2-to-1 lead among those who wanted more liberal policies. “Experience” was the most desired quality. About a third of voters picked it as the most important attribute in choosing who to vote for, and Hillary won nine in 10 of them. Washington Post

From the Washington Post’s Virginia exit poll: 55 percent of Republican voters said they would be dissatisfied with Trump becoming the party’s nominee. Those who made up their minds in the past week broke for Rubio over Trump (39-19). Trump won men by 10 points but lost women to Rubio by five points. Trump won voters who have no more than a high school diploma by 29 points. Rubio won Republicans with college degrees. Washington Post
Super Tuesday
Winners and losers from Super Tuesday, Washington Post
Southern states help Clinton extend her lead over Sanders, Washington Post
Trump owns Super Tuesday, but Cruz and Rubio see glimmers of hope, Washington Post
Super Tuesday shows why the Republican nomination is so much harder to wrap up, Washington Post
Huge Minnesota caucus turnouts give Rubio his only Super Tuesday win; Sanders beats Clinton, MinnPost

Bernie Sanders did not make the inroads he needed to among minority votersNone of the states with large African American and Latino populations were even close. HRC extinguished the Bern in Alabama (78-19), Arkansas (66-30), Georgia (71-28), Tennessee (66-32), Texas (65-33) and Virginia (64-35). Washington Post

By winning four states, Sanders got a rationale to carry on. He prevailed in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses, demonstrating that he can continue forcing Clinton to spend money and tack leftward. Speaking in his home state of Vermont, which he won handily, he pledged to stay in until all 50 states have voted. Delegates are awarded proportionally, so Sanders will still get some from the states where he got blown out. The Sanders campaign invited reporters to a “path forward” breakfast later this morning, where they’ll outline a theory of the case. By Saturday, the senator will campaign in Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. And he’ll have the money to stay in as long as he wants: he raised $42 million in February, including $6 million on Monday alone.Washington Post

Ted Cruz had a super Tuesday. The Texas senator has suffered through a string of rough news cycles, from losing evangelicals to Donald Trump in South Carolina to firing his communications director and finishing behind Marco Rubio in Nevada. But Cruz finally caught a few big breaks last night, and he could now emerge (once again) as the best bet to stop Trump. He won his home state of Texas by 17 points (the day’s biggest delegate prize), the neighboring state of Oklahoma (in a surprise) and the caucuses in Alaska (underscoring his appeal to libertarians and in spite of Sarah Palin’s support for Trump). He lost Arkansas to Trump by just 2 points. Washington Post

Rubio, meanwhile, had a very disappointing night and continues to not live up to his potential. He won only the Minnesota caucuses and wound up losing Virginia, which was fertile territory and where he campaigned hard. Washington Post

Kasich came within three points of winning Vermont. “We have absolutely exceeded expectations,” he said, promising to fight on in Michigan and Ohio.Washington Post
Town hall addresses how to pay for transportation, West Central Tribune
What is the chance that Trump dominates Super Tuesday but doesn’t win the nomination? Washington Post
The GOP has two weeks to take down Donald Trump. Washington Post
The many pained expressions of Chris Christie standing behind Donald Trump, Washington Post
Court deals a setback to Donald Trump in fraud case against Trump University, Washington Post
Paul Ryan rejects Trump’s KKK comments, but not his candidacy if he wins GOP nomination, Washington Post
7 reasons why Trump is dominating, The Hill

On the day with the most delegates at stake, Trump won seven of 11 states. He romped in the Deep South while proving again that he’s not a regional candidate. His strongest performance actually came in Massachusetts, where he took 49 percent of the vote. Washington Post

Women’s History Month
Gov. Dayton has proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month” in the State of Minnesota. While women’s history should be celebrated and studied throughout the year, this is a time to observe the role women have played in shaping Minnesota’s history, and the critical role all women play in shaping our state’s future.

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