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Daily Brief: Friday, Aug. 28th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Aug. 28, 2015
Events today

  • 10:30 a.m. – Republican Party of Minnesota holds news conference about Democratic presidential candidates speaking at a DNC meeting.  Minnesota State Fair, Republican booth.
  • 10:50 a.m. – Lincoln Cafee speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks and present a proclamation for the “Governor’s Fire Prevention Day” at the Minnesota State Fair. Carnes Avenue and Chambers St., St. Paul.
  • 11 a.m. – Mayor Coleman, St. Paul police and fire chiefs hold news conference ahead of Saturday’s planned demonstration by Black Lives Matter. St. Paul City Hall, Room 42.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • Noon – Joined by Smokey Bear, Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the DNR Kids Fire Prevention Day event. DNR Building, 1740 Carnes Ave., St. Paul.
  • Noon – The Democratic candidates for president will hold a news conference at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:25 p.m. – Martin O’Malley speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, will visit the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mark your calendars

  • Aug. 29 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Seniors Coordination Council will meet at the Hilton Minneapolis Hilton at 1001 Marquette Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information contact DFL Senior Caucus Vice Chair Karla Sand at .
  • DNC presidential primary debates
    • Oct. 13 – CNN – Nevada
    • Nov. 14 – CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register – Des Moines, IA
    • Dec. 19 – ABC/WMUR – Manchester, NH
    • Jan. 17 – NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Charleston, SC
    • February or March – Univision/Washington Post – Miami, FL
    • February or March – PBS – Wisconsin

2015 election
Eight candidates seek to become Duluth’s next mayor, Duluth News Tribune
2015 special election
Fourth DFL candidate announces for open District 3A House seat, Duluth News Tribune

2016 election
Clinton, Dems strike fundraising deal, The Hill
Donald Trump weighing whether to sign pledge to back Republicans’ eventual nominee, New York Times
U.S. Congressman Ellison undecided on presidential pick, Pioneer Press
Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year, WCCO
Clinton pulls in big dollars in Minnesota, but state’s progressives are waiting to be convinced, Star Tribune
Fiorina moves to secure spot in second GOP debate, Star Tribune
No, Bernie Sanders is not going to run as an independent, Washington Post
Biden, considering presidential bid, says family is weighing on him, MPR
Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers? New York Times
Democrats get the keys to Obama’s massive campaign email list, Buzz Feed
This guy wants to be president: who should we still pay attention to? mn progressive project
This guy wants to be president: I hardly recognize Wisconsin, mn progressive project
Black Lives Matter
What does Black Lives Matter really want from the State Fair? City Pages
Black Lives Matter: State Fair booth isn’t theirs; Dayton: Protest inappropriate, Pioneer Press
Black Lives Matter pushes ahead with protest plans, Star Tribune
Black Lives Matter booth opens at the Fair, march planned Saturday, MPR

Democratic National Committee
Democratic National Committee gathering draws presidential candidates to Twin Cities, Pioneer Pres
As DNC meets in Minneapolis, Biden considering presidential race, WCCO
Democratic presidential candidates to address DNC in Minneapolis, KSTP
At Minneapolis meeting, key Democrats will get a look at all their presidential candidates under one roof, MinnPost
Democratic presidential hopefuls go big today in Twin Cities, MPR


Washington Post
The Pioneer Press political team is on scene at the Democratic National Committee meeting in downtown Minneapolis, where presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee will be speaking to supporters and Democratic Party leaders later today. Follow Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and David Montgomery on Twitter, or in the live blog below, for updates.

Approximate times for the day’s highlights:

  • 10:50 a.m.: Chafee’s speech
  • 11:15 a.m.: Clinton’s speech
  • 1:25 p.m.: O’Malley’s speech
  • 1:50 p.m.: Sanders’ speech

In addition, all the candidates will hold brief news conferences; tune in around noon and 2:45 for coverage of those remarks.
Report card on Green Line businesses: Optimism, now that it’s open, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Education (E-12)
Minnesota teens No. 1 on ACT, but stagnant scores and gaps persist, Star Tribune
Gov. Mark Dayton State Fair appearance marked by salty comments, Star Tribune
Minnesota DNR proposes changes for people and fish at Lake Mille Lacs, Star Tribune
MN GOP blasted over gun tweet following Virginia murders on live TV, City Pages
Gun violence
What will it take to end the gun carnage? Star Tribune
Health care coverage
Medicaid, MinnesotaCare backlog nearly resolved; 40,000 face loss of coverage, Pioneer Press
Hurricane Katrina anniversary
Obama returns to New Orleans to remember Katrina and celebrate city’s recovery, Washington Post
Iconic images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating destruction, Washington Post
Infamous Katrina figure visible in Jeb Bush campaign video, CNN
King, Martin Luther
Today in history
In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer, Washington Post
Marriage equality
Kentucky county clerk’s office continues to refuse marriage licenses, MPR
Planned Parenthood


State Fair
‘Ye Old Mill’ celebrates 100 years at the Minnesota State Fair, Fox 9
This is your brain on tax credits, Minnesota Budget Project
Treaty rights
With surprise move, DNR defuses tribal plan to test treaty rights, Pioneer Press
DNR makes changes to rebuild walleye population, mend Mille Lacs relations, MPR
Wild rice protest defused Thursday, may be revived Friday, Star Tribune

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