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Daily Brief: Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Minnesota DFL
April 29, 2016
146 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
192 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
Events today

  • Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Education Minnesota Retirees Conference.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will hold a news conference in the Governor’s Press Briefing Room. Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with county commissioners and state legislators to discuss transportation.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Marchers will gather at Lake St. and Nicollet Ave., in south Minneapolis, then march at 5 p.m. to downtown, where they will rally in front of the Hennepin County Government Center. Led by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee, the march and rally are endorsed by several labor and community organizations.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks to the Minnesota Mayors Association Annual Conference.

Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – DFL African-American Caucus will meet at Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave S., Minneapolis.
  • 10:30 a.m. – CD 2 DFL Convention, Shakopee West Junior High School, 200 10th Ave. E, Shakopee.
  • 1 p.m. – CD 7 DFL Convention, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead.
  • 5 p.m. – The CD 7 DFL will host “A ‘Blue’ Print for Victory!” The event begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour and will be followed by a banquet. Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S, Moorhead. Congressman Ellison will speak.
  • 5:30 p.m. – The White House Correspondents Dinner will air on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Event Sunday

  • 2 p.m. – Senate District 51 True Blue Celebration. Eagan Civic Arena, 3870 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan.

Mark your calendars

  • May 3 – Join neighbors, allies, and DFL- endorsed candidates Lindsey Port and Erin Maye Quade for a Reclaim the South Metro Community Forum to discuss issues we want to see addressed throughout the election season and beyond with neighbors and future elected officials. Education Minnesota Apple Valley, 7373 W. 147th St., Suite 107, Apple Valley.
  • 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 7 – Chairs, vice chairs, secretaries, treasurers, outreach officers and directors are invited to register for an informative webinar designed to help new DFL leaders. The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Click here to register.
  • May 11 – U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will host his sixth annual bipartisan competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hotdish casserole. He is scheduled to be joined by the rest of the Minnesota delegation. Last year, Rep. McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish” beat out the competitors to take top-prize. Rep. Walz’s “Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish” won in 2014, and his “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place in 2013. In 2012, Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R-Minn.) “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.” 11:30 a.m. (EST), Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430, Senate HELP Committee.
  • 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., Park Center High School auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park.
  • 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.
  • June 7 – Primary season ends.
  • June 12 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Annual Luncheon, 11 a.m. reception, noon luncheon, 12:45 p.m. award ceremony. Ticket information and list of award recipients are available here.


  • May 7 – The Congressional District 8 DFL will host a dinner beginning a 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in the Duluth. Keynote speaker is Congressman Rick Nolan. The evening will include a program to honor Don Bye for his many years of service to the DFL. For information, visit https://www.dfl.org/cd8/.
  • May 21 – Senate District 14 DFL will hold a Red to Blue Post-Convention Party. $20 Suggested Donation. Michael’s Restaurant, 510 US-10, St Cloud. Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/dfl-senate-district-14-3077414154

2016 election
Local DFL convention attendees endorse Gillespie, plus incumbents, Woodbury Bulletin
Minneapolis Council Member Warsame backs Mohamud Noor in race vs. Rep. Kahn, Star Tribune

Republican donors deny Cruz, Kasich needed funds, data show, MPR
What Fiorina does for Cruz — and the Republican Party, MPR
Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon, The Hill
Trump deals up debate about gender, Star Tribune
2016 session
Budget preseason nears end, negotiations to begin, MPR
Lawmakers push plan to stop end-of-session cram, MPR
Minnesota Legislature’s final budget pieces set stage for negotiations, Pioneer Press
Last of three multi-subject budget bills gets House approval; heads to Senate, Session Daily
Tensions are rising between Gov. Dayton and GOP leaders as Minnesota legislative session winds down, Star Tribune

Bonding bill
Our view: No bonding bill? No way! Duluth News Tribune

DFL blasts GOP broadband plan, KWLM
Cruz, Ted
Ex-Speaker Boehner derides Cruz as ‘Lucifer in the flesh,’ MPR
Cruz’s latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don’t like the guy, Washington Post
Education (E-12)
Dayton adds school counselors to budget wish list, MPR
Dayton wants to use early loan repayments on counselors and preschool classrooms, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Senate education debate includes student discipline, testing, Pioneer Press
Education (higher)
Franken introduces legislation to help make college more affordable, KDAL
MnSCU hops on the rebranding bandwagon, Star Tribune
Dayton, NAACP announce equity audit, MPR
Dayton backs NAACP equity audit for Minnesota, Pioneer Press
Dayton announces state government diversity audit, WCCO
IRRRB change advances in House, Duluth News Tribune
Minn. Muslim leaders file discrimination charges over work prayer time, KSTP
Range rebound? Cliffs reiterates plan to reopen two mines this year, MPR
Planned Parenthood
Lawmakers voting on de-funding Planned Parenthood, WCCO
Senate honors Prince, Roll Call
Prince: The activist, MPR
Policy would allow MnSCU to scour employees’ phones, Fox 9

Public safety
Minnesota legislators, law enforcement strike landmark drug reform deal, Star Tribune
Minn. police cite 972 drivers for texting during crackdown, some more than once, Star Tribune
Sad stat: 100 Minnesota traffic deaths already in 2016, MPR
Compromise needed on long-term road funding, Mankato Free Press
Red Line bus service, which links MOA to south suburbs, to get $15M tune-up, Star Tribune

GOP warms to Trump, The Hill
Five takeaways from Donald Trump’s jeremiad on U.S. foreign policy, MinnPost
GOP women push Trump on VP pick, The Hill

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