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Daily Brief: April 2, 2015

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Minnesota DFL
April 2, 2015

Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a public meeting to discuss his proposed initiative to improve Minnesota water quality and animal habitat through the use of buffer strips. Worthington Fire Hall, Conference Room, 830 2nd Ave., Worthington.
  • 11 a.m. – Sen. Klobuchar will join medical experts, researchers, and affected Minnesotans to discuss the importance of lower prescription drug prices.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a public meeting to discuss his proposed initiative to improve Minnesota water quality and animal habitat through the use of buffer strips. Hormel Nature Center, Ruby Rupner Auditorium, 1304 21st St. NE, Austin.
  • 2 p.m. – House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and Rep. Paul Marquart will hold a roundtable discussion about education. University of Minnesota – Morris.

 2015 session

Minn. DFL House lawmakers deliver session update in Duluth, Northland News Center

House DFL leaders visit AL on statewide tour, Albert Lea Tribune

House DFLers speak out against GOP budget, Albert Lea Tribune

Minnesota DFLers give session update, Fox 21

2016 election

The week Mike Pence’s 2016 dreams crumbled, Politico

Poll: Bush now tops GOP field; Clinton runs ahead of all Republicans, Washington Post



White House: Obama to criticize GOP’s ‘fiscally irresponsible’ plan to repeal estate tax, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation


Sen. Al Franken urges David Letterman to run for Senate, Star Tribune

Franken to Letterman: Run for Senate, The Hill

Franken discusses new Indiana law on ‘Letterman,’ MinnPost


Kline joins House Republican delegation trip to Middle East during congressional recess, Star Tribune

Data privacy

How the politics of data privacy defy party labels in Minnesota, MinnPost

Driver’s license

St. Paul City Council supports ‘driver’s license for all’ bill, Pioneer Press 


Dayton considering Indiana travel ban, Pioneer Press

Minneapolis Fire Department cancels staff trip to Indiana due to religious objections law, MinnPost

Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws, Pioneer Pres

What Indiana, Arkansas religious freedom laws really mean, MPR

Storm swells for GOP over state religious freedom bills, The Hill

Final Four coaches attack ‘discrimination’ ahead of Indiana games, The Guardian

Dayton: Minnesota may respond to controversial Indiana law, Star Tribune

Brownback is bad for Kansas, conservative policies are bad everywhere, mn progressive project

Here is what matters with the Indiana law, mnpACT!

Indiana’s law: Republicans are on the wrong side of history, Star Tribune

Context for the debate on ‘religious freedom’ measures in Indiana and Arkansas, New York Times


Obama vetoes Republican attempt to block new union rules, Huffington Post

McDonald’s raising wages for 90K workers, The Hill


Some Republicans not sold on eliminating MN Care, MPR

Sex offender program

Minnesota sex offender program reform in limbo, Pioneer Press 

Steelworker layoffs

As steelworkers brace for hundreds of layoffs, politicians call for change, WDIO

Smith on steelworker layoffs: We are here to help, WDIO

Steel ‘dumping’ blamed for Iron Range layoffs, MPR

NRCC targets Nolan on Minntac, Keetac layoffs, MPR


St. Louis Park says MnDOT is ignoring huge traffic headaches, Star Tribune

Unclaimed property

Minnesotans, get your money back, Star Tribune


Secretary of State visits to talk voting, Chaska Herald


Town’s contaminated water highlights a larger problem for Minnesota, Star Tribune


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