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Daily Brief: Friday, May 15th, 2015

In the Know
Minnesota DFL
May 15, 2015

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will have breakfast with a delegation of African-American clergy and community leaders for a breakfast meeting at the Governor’s Residence.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Budget negations resume.
  • 10 a.m. – The Minnesota House of Representatives meets in session.
  • 11 a.m. – The Minnesota Senate meets in session.
  • 7 p.m. – All four legislative leaders will appear on “Almanac.”


Constituency Caucus meetings

  • May 16 – The DFL African-American Caucus will meet at 10 a.m., Golden Thyme Coffee House, 921 Selby Ave, St. Paul.
  • May 16 – The DFL Environmental Caucus will hold a membership meeting, noon, Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • May 21 – MYDFL Central Committee meeting, 6:15 p.m., Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St., St. Paul.
  • May 21 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The speaker will be Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights.org. He is knowledgeable on the politics of Prescription Medicine.
  • June 6 – The Senior DFL Caucus will hold its annual meeting at the Sheet Metal Workers Local #10, 1681 East Cope Avenue 55109, Maplewood.


Events you won’t want to miss!

  • June 6 – Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.
  • 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 session

Talks spill into Friday with on resolution, Pioneer Press
Progress made in state budget talks, but big deals still to be cut, Pioneer Press
Bakk: Maybe not enough time to pass taxes, transportation, Pioneer Press
Last minute advice for deal makes: Save surplus, fix roads, Pioneer Press
Small slices of Minnesota’s budget coming together in deal, MPR
Negotiators approve targets for some budget areas, MPR
Minnesota state budget talks drag on as deadline approaches, Star Tribune
MN Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk talks after higher education budget agreement, Star Tribune
As private budget talks continue at Capitol, rank-and-file members fret, Star Tribune
Background for the session’s final days, Pioneer Press
Progress’ and ‘special session’ in same legislative sentence, Duluth News Tribune
Special session looms in St. Paul, Duluth News Tribune
Amid budget negotiations, Daudt steps back from plan to scrap MinnesotaCare, MinnPost
How House Republicans are screwing rural voters, Part 3, mn progressive project 
‘Cone of Silence’ in place, but could legislative deal be near? Star Tribune
Small slices of Minnesota’s budget coming together in deal, WCCO
No Minnesota budget deal, special session next week? Fox 9
State budget talks yield some progress, KARE
A budget deal begins to take shape. . .and not much else, MinnPost

While the House has moved away from killing MinnesotaCare, the Senate may be softening on the gas tax, however Gov. Dayton’s insistence on universal Pre-K remains the biggest obstacle to a deal. morning take

2016 election

Wisconsin’s Feingold to run for U.S. Senate, Pioneer Press
Jeb Bush, the incompetent candidate, Star Tribune
Feingold to seek his old Senate seat in what could be a marquee matchup in ’16, MinnPost


Driver’s licenses

Supporters of immigrant driver’s licenses wait on fate of transportation bill provision, MinnPost


Education (higher)

Higher ed target reached in budget talks, Pioneer Press
Speaker Kurt Daudt, Majority Leader Tom Bakk, Gov. Mark Dayton agree on higher education budget, Star Tribune
MSU students walk to Capitol to urge higher ed funding, Mankato Free Press


Education (K-12)

Minnesota schools petition to start before Labor Day, Pioneer Press



Iron Range legislators, Dayton reach compromise over sulfate standards for wild rice, MPR
Don’t let special interests dilute federal ‘Clean Water Rule’ Star Tribune



A hypothesis about Kurt Daudt, mn progressive project



House votes to ratify labor agreements, compensation plans, Session Daily



Minnesota online lottery games experiment to end, WCCO
Lottery ban bill on its way to Gov. Dayton, again, MPR


Mental health

Lori Sturdevant: Legislature’s dealmakers shouldn’t squeeze out mental health improvements, Star Tribune


Public safety

Law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty honored FridayMinnPost


Safe at Home

Secretary of State discusses Safe at Home program with The Refuge Network, Isanti County News



Rail industry and government struggle to balance safety and efficiency in shipments, Star Tribune
Dibble, Kent: DFL transportation plan does what’s needed, Pioneer Press
Why Minnesota would be better off with no transportation bill than any of the current proposals, MinnPost


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