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Daily Brief: Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Jan. 24, 2014

Events today

  • Gov. Mark Dayton will meet Duluth Mayor Don Ness.
  • 2 p.m. - Gov. Mark Dayton hosts student forum in Duluth to discuss Minnesota’s future. Weber Music Hall, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1151 University Drive, Duluth.
  • 5:15 p.m. - Gov. Mark Dayton provides remarks at 34th Annual Arrowhead EMS Conference and Expo, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Gooseberry Falls Room, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth.

Event Saturday

  • 9 a.m. - Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman presents training about rulemaking and administrative law, the process that occurs at the department level after a bill is signed into law, at St. Louis Park City Council chambers, third floor.


2014 election
Republicans gearing up to run against MN DFL Rep. Erhardt, Star Tribune

Zellers adds his money haul to the list, Star Tribune
Zellers brings in $403,000 for gubernatorial bid, MPR

U.S. House
He plans to run for Congress — in 4 states, CNN

The Rothenberg Political Report has moved its rating of Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District race from “Democrat favored” to “lean Democratic.”The western Minnesota district has long been held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. He is being challenged this year by Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom, and Republicans have been hammering Peterson with more vigor than they have in past elections. Peterson has not said whether he will run for re-election this year. Star Tribune

Tim Commers, Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline’s campaign manager, sent Republicans a note this week about his GOP opponent David Gerson’s turmoil with a former staff member.  The former staff member, Boone Leach, had posted expletive-filled, violent Twitter messages. After the Star Tribune contacted the Gerson campaign about the messages, the campaign quickly fired Leach. But in Commers’ telling, the Gerson campaign dragged it on. “The Gerson campaign first labeled this the words of a ‘sweet’ kid, then said it was ‘inappropriate,’ and finally fired the staffer when the press kept asking questions,” Commers said in an email to local Republicans. The Kline campaign did not respond to a question from Hot Dish about their differing chronology. Star Tribune

U.S. Senate
GOP challenger to Franken in Crookston on Saturday, Crookston Times
GOP Senate hopeful stops in Moorhead, WDAY
MN GOP Senate candidates – not much there, mnpACT!
2014 session
U of M officials making case for bonding bill funds, MPR
2016 election
Obama’s fund-raisers get behind Hillary Clinton, MinnPost
Capitol complex
Capitol art: Rethink images of Natives and ‘civilizers,’ Star Tribune
Capitol art: First Minnesota at Gettysburg is a must-keep, Star Tribune
Congressional delegation
Klobuchar, Franken, Paulsen
Klobuchar, Franken, Paulsen fight for safety and efficiency of medical device approval process, ECM

Minnesota’s brutally cold temperatures kept tens of thousands of students – and a congressman – out of school Thursday. The wicked weather waylaid U.S. Rep. John Kline’s plans to meet with seniors at Prior Lake High School. Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Education Committee, took to his Twitter account to share his disappointment. School officials hope to reschedule his visit. Star Tribune

Rep. Betty McCollum discusses new Armory with Stillwater city leaders, KSTP
Gov. Dayton will be joined by several hundred students from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Lake Superior College, the College of St. Scholastica, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for an interactive conversation focused on Minnesota’s future…At the forum, which is taking place at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Weber Music Hall, Governor Dayton and Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller will be interviewed by UMD Chancellor Lendley Black. After that brief interview, Governor Dayton, Commissioner Pogemiller, and Duluth-area legislators will take questions from college students on a variety of topics concerning Minnesota’s future…Duluth-area legislators participating in the event include Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, state Rep. Tom Huntley, state Rep. Mary Murphy, and state Rep. Erik Simonson. Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Lake Superior College President Patrick Johns, and St. Scholastica President Larry Goodwin will also attend the forum. Morning Take
Minnesota adds 9,500 jobs in December; unemployment rate stays at 4.6%, MinnPost
Education (early)
The only way to be successful in addressing the achievement gap, MinnPost
Education (K-12)
January school closings may lead to make up days in June, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s teacher basic skills test would be scrapped under proposal, Pioneer Press

Boehner tells Leno on ‘Tonight Show’ he’d enjoys simple pleasures too much to be president, Star Tribune
Democrats pounce on Huckabee’s birth control comments, Star Tribune
Las Vegas wants to host 2016 GOP convention, Star Tribune
Iowa, NH would retain presidential influence in new GOP rules to shorten primary process, Star Tribune
GOP rescinds vote of ‘no confidence’ in MN Sen. Petersen, Star Tribune
Huckabee’s comments on birth control gift for Dems, Pioneer Press
Paul Ryan doesn’t want to be House speaker, Politico
Huckabee: Democrats think ‘women can’t control their libidos’, The Hill
Tevlin: Sen. Nienow’s common sense makes little sense, Star Tribune
Steve Drazkowski proposes big government intervention to stop safe driving classes, mn progressive project
Tougher gun laws may not deter most persistent offenders, data show, MPR
Metrodome demolition continues, slowly, in the brutal cold, Pioneer Press
Minimum wage
Raising Minnesota’s minimum wage: Washington state shows one way, MinnPost
Questions raised on key data for PolyMet mine, Star Tribune
DNR: New water data could alter PolyMet environmental study, MPR
PolyMet critics say environmental review flawed, Pioneer Press

MNsure must react to sobering diagnosis, Star Tribune
MNsure leaders face big decisions, bleak projections, MinnPost
Dayton pledges to improve MNsure, MPR
Report: State should consider scrapping MNsure, MPR
On MNsure – Dayton is asking the right questions, mnpACT!
50 years of war: Poverty in Minnesota, TC Daily Planet
State of the Union
The states of our union … are not all strong, Politico

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Rick Nolan have announced their guests for President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Franken will host Erick Ajax, vice president and co-owner of E.J. Ajax and Sons, a Minneapolis-based metal-stamping company. McCollum’s guest will be Clarence Hightower, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties. Nolan will have two guests — Carri Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Melanie Benjamin, executive director of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Star Tribune
Ramsey’s mid-day bus, with rarely more than one rider, looks like a bust, Star Tribune
130 groups push for more Minn. transportation money, MinnPost
Southwest LRT sidelined projects in Minneapolis and Maple Plain, MPR
Move MN coalition to push Legislature for transportation improvements, Star Tribune

Unemployment insurance
Democrats renew push for jobless benefits, The Hill
Welder lauded by Scott Walker in speech is sex offender, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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