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Daily Brief: Friday, June 5th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
June 5, 2015
Events today

  • 3 p.m. – The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate  Finance Committee will hold a joint hearing to conduct an informal walk through of the bills to be heard during special session. Room 200, State Office Building.
  • Lt. Gov. Smith will tour the Mercy Hospital emergency center and discuss mental health issues.

Events Saturday

  • 9 a.m. – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 E Cope Ave., Maplewood.
  • 5:30 p.m. – The 4th Annual Humphrey Mondale Dinner, Hilton, Minneapolis.

Event Sunday

  • 6 p.m. – Senate District 42 hosts “Pints and Politics,” Hampton Inn, 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview.

Constituency Caucus meetings

  • June 9 – The June meeting of the North Metro Chapter of the DFL Senior Caucus will be held at the Little Venetian Inn in Little Canada at 11:30 a.m.
  • June 20 – The June meeting of the African-American Caucus will be held at Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis at 10 a.m.

Save the date!

  • June 14 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame, 11 a.m., Doubletree Bloomington, tickets available here.
  • June 20 – Registration is now open for the DFL Training Summit. Attend and learn how you can help the party build to win, built to last.

2015 special session
Minnesota legislators strike deal for $373M public works bill, Star Tribune
See a list of the bonding projects here.
Special session draws near as Minnesota leaders shape budget but a few items prove vexing, Star Tribune
Lawmakers to get briefings on bills, FridayKSTP
Deal reached on Minnesota public works spending, MPR
Prospects of Saturday special session in doubt, MPR
Public works spending agreement reached for special session, MinnPost
Lawmakers cut deal on $373 million bonding bill; special session still awaits, Pioneer Press

2016 election
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is back in the running, making his 2016 GOP bid official, Star Tribune
Where Rick Perry stands on the issues, Star Tribune
Perry announces White House bid with video, KSTP
Hillary Clinton to hold Minneapolis fundraiser, MPR

Congressional delegation
FEC questions Rep. Tom Emmer over 1Q reports, Star Tribune
The economy added 280,000 jobs in May, The Hill
Education (higher)
Minnesota colleges face challenge in getting extra state cash, Winona Daily News
UMN renews concerns about Green Line’s effect on lab research, Pioneer Press
The Sandpiper Pipeline: In favor and opposed, Star Tribune
Sandpiper: In favor — it’s the safest way to move oil and means jobs, Star Tribune
Sandpiper: Opposed — pipeline’s detriments outweigh benefits, Star Tribune
Franken finds sandwich shop’s noncompete rule ridiculous, Star Tribune
Restaurant operators encourage Dayton to include tipped employee tier in bill, KSTP
Gawker Media employees vote to form a union, and the bosses approve, New York Times

Chaotic sessions, last-minute votes: Is there a better way to run the state Legislature? MinnPost
Secretary of State Simon
Secretary of State travels around state, talks about domestic violence in A.L., Austin Daily News
All 1,075 Minnesota vets finally pictured in Vietnam memorial in D.C., Fox 9
Nonprofit receives grant to provide mental health services to female veterans, MinnPost
Hillary Clinton calls for sweeping expansion of voter access, The Washington Post

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