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Daily Brief: Friday, Feb. 6th, 2015

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Minnesota DFL
Feb. 6, 2015
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will attend a press conference celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Minnesota Lottery, Minnesota Science Museum, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
  • 10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will host a roundtable to discuss impact of Greater Minnesota broadband internet investments. Rock County Law Enforcement Center, 1000 N. Blue Mound, Luverne.
  • 10 a.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Transportation Forum at Cambridge City Hall, 300 3rd Ave. NE, Cambridge.
  • 1:30 p.m. – University of Minnesota workers join with community members, students and state legislators for a forum on the realities of working at the university. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will tour Alemar Cheese Factory, 622 N Riverfront Dr., Mankato, to highlight the importance of the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation initiative.

Events Saturday

  • Minnesota to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
  • 9 a.m. – The DFL Veterans Caucus will meet. Choir Room, Monticello Middle School, 800 E. Broadway St., Monticello.
  • 10:30 a.m. – The State Central Committee holds its Business Conference, Monticello Middle School, 800 E. Broadway St., Monticello.
  • 5:30 p.m. – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold its second annual Social Justice Gala, with the theme “Civil Rights through Creative Expressions.”5:30-8:30 p.m. Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall, University of Minnesota.
  • 7 p.m. – Taya Kyle, widow of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, and “American Sniper” co-author Jim DeFelice speak at Beth El Synagogue’s Heroes Among Us series. Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry St. W., St. Louis Park.

Events Monday

  • 9 a.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Transportation Forum at Baxter City Hall, 13190 Memorywood Dr., Baxter.
  • 3 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Transportation Forum at Duluth City Hall, 411 W 1st St., Duluth.

2014 election
Winning majority unlocked loads of new money for House GOP, MPR
GOP House members gave big cash to their caucus campaign, Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s post-election money blitz at a glance, WCCO
2016 election
5 things the vaccine debacle reveals about the 2016 presidential field, MPR
Senate Democratic campaign chairman: Majority or bust in 2016, The Hill 

Budget (state)
Dayton ‘hopeful’ for good news from next budget forecast, Pioneer Press
Congressional delegation
Emmer on Cuba embargo: ‘Clearly that’s not working,’ MinnPost

Globe U. ends scam criminal justice program – Kline is silent, mnpACT!
St. Paul mayor amid 5-day exploration of Cuba, Pioneer Press
Dayton Cabinet
Dayton pay raises rile Republicans, MPR
Gov. Dayton gives cabinet members raises of thousands of dollars, citing need for talent, Star Tribune
Are massive raises for Dayton’s Cabinet ‘outrageous’? WCCO
Drinking age
Minnesota drinking age debate resurfaces with federal ruling, Pioneer Press
Another month of solid job growth above 200,000 is expected for January, Star Tribune
US stocks open slightly higher following strong jobs report; bond prices fall, Star Tribune

Education (early)
Dayton’s expanded pre-K plan faces criticism from experts, MPR
Early learning plans compete for money, MPR
Bipartisan buzz at Capitol for preschool scholarships, KARE
Early ed is hot at the Capitol, but with a rift: Focus on all kids or at-risk kids? MinnPost
Education (K-12)
Additional state funding for teacher evaluations proposed, Star Tribune
Dayton supports DFL education funding plan, KSTP
Climate Change in Minnesota: More heat, more big storms, MPR
Minnesota’s efforts to fight climate change lose steam, MPR
Farmers markets
Are farmers market sales peaking? That might be good for farmers, MPR
Challenge the Rep. Davids rants on MNsure, mnpACT!
Juvenile justice system
Group calls on lawmakers to overhaul juvenile justice, MPR
Local government
State auditor releases report on state of the cities, Star Tribune
Marriage equality
Plaque at Minneapolis City Hall commemorates same-sex marriage, KSTP
Minneapolis marks same-sex marriage with City Hall plaque, Star Tribune
Plaque honoring state’s first same-sex marriages to be unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall,MinnPost
What’s the best way to improve MNsure? Star Tribune
Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day
Celebrating Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day, Star Tribune
“We’ve gone in one generation to girls hoping there was a team, because for their grandmothers there wasn’t a team, to girls hoping they’d make the team,” said Dr. Nicole M.LaVoi who was honored with the Special Merit Award, serving as the associate director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.
Nellie Stone Johnson
Event celebrates legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson, Workday Minnesota
Public safety
App developed at University of Minnesota alerts teens, parents to risky driving, Star Tribune
House GOP considers trail fee for pedestrians, MPR
Minn. stops accepting TurboTax returns, for now, MPR
Minnesota stops taking TurboTax returns due to possible fraud, Star Tribune
Minnesota stops accepting TurboTax filings due to possible fraud, KSTP

Let’s agree on road plan this session, Owatonna People’s Press
Park Board gets feds to order more extensive review of Southwest LRT, MinnPost

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