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Daily Brief: Friday, Nov. 29th, 2013

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Nov. 29, 2013
Event today

  • 11 a.m. – Minnesotans from faith, labor and community organizations who know that the workers who make Black Friday happen deserve better than the poverty wages that many are paid from corporations making billions of dollars in profits. They will rally at University and Griggs in St. Paul.

2014 election
Dems, Obama, head into 2014 distant, determined, Pioneer Press
DFLers flock to rare open seat in 64B, Politics in Minnesota
Republican Honour earned $1.7 million last year, Star Tribune
In GOP field, Honour made most and paid most taxes, Crookston Times
Seifert makes campaign stop, Fairmont Sentential
U.S. Senate
Franken opponent offers substance to race, Marshall Independent
2016 election
Potential 2016 Dem candidate: Amy Klobuchar, USA Today
U.S. farm bill could shape Minnesota’s shrinking prairie, Star Tribune
Budget (state)
Norm Coleman’s budget bungle, Minnesota 2020
Congressional delegation
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has informed the House Ethics Committee that she accepted a gift of more than $25,000 in free travel for herself and her son, Harrison, to tour Israel at the beginning of November. The U.S. Israel Education Association paid for the 10-day trip, including airfare to Tel Aviv, for the Bachmanns along with six other members of Congress and a relative each. According to documents filed with the Ethics Committee, the lawmakers were to receive briefings on U.S.-Israeli relations and Israel’s diplomatic dealings with other countries in the region. Star Tribune
Ellison: Pope’s message on capitalism’s evils will ‘change the debate,’MPR
Franken + Coleman + airplane + Twitter, Star Tribune
Minnesotans lose in wake of new healthcare law, Jordan Independent
Rep. Kline says health care law will undermine education, Star Tribune
Our view: Despite ‘hell,’ support for PolyMet mining, Duluth News Tribune
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz’s STOCK Act may have its initial public offender. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, last week alerted the House Ethics Committee that he may have violated the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which prohibits members of Congress from engaging in certain stock transactions. O’Rourke bought shares during Twitter’s initial public offering. The freshman lawmaker told The El Paso Times that he didn’t see a Nov. 5 Ethics Committee memo warning members of Congress about participating in IPOs. President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law last year. Star Tribune
Democrats and Republicans
How Republicans and Democrats ended up living apart, MPR
Weekly US unemployment benefit applications drop to 316,000, signaling fewer layoffs, Star Tribune
US futures rising as US reports improving landscape for jobs; trading light ahead of holiday, Star Tribune
Education (higher)
Minnesota: Overcoming inertia at MnSCU and beyond, Pioneer Press
Why you might get fewer robo calls in future elections, Pioneer Press
Food shelf fundraiser
Just a couple months ago, Leslie Rosedahl served as Senate GOP communications chief under state Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie. On Tuesday, she was down in the Capitol press offices promoting a cause for Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a Democrat. Rosedahl now works as director of communication and grassroots advocacy for Lockridge Grindal Nauen. Part of her new job is to promote the annual Stock the Shelves food drive. Last year, Bakk’s event raised $110,000 for the Arrowhead Region Food Shelf. This year’s event is Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Liffey in St. Paul. There is a 3:30 p.m. private event for sponsors and a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $25. Democrats and Republicans are welcome.Star Tribune
Giving this holiday season
Tis the season of giving and getting — Where to donate and receive in the Twin Cities, TC Daily Planet
Poll suggests GOP outreach not reaching, mn progressive project
Recommendation to extend Capitol gun ban is defeated with tie vote,Star Tribune
Events across Minnesota put spotlight on low-wage workers, TC Daily Planet
Subsidizing Ronald McDonald, Minnesota 2020
Labor, businesses gird for Black Friday, The Hill
Greater Minnesota Worker Center rallies against unfair hiring practices,TC Daily Planet
Airport workers protest for higher wages, ‘basic human rights’, WCCO
Hundreds of airport workers protest low wages on high travel day, KARE
LGBT rights
Petition piques interest, Minnesota Daily
Local government
Update: Consultant says Willmar City Council is dysfunctional; now it is up to voters, West Central Tribune
Before open pit copper mine opens in northern Minnesota, the expansion debate has started, Star Tribune
Northeastern Minnesota mining opponents find hero in state auditor,Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota Racing Commission
Minnesota Racing Commission gets new executive director, Pioneer Press
Julie Bunn: Two wrongs don’t make a policy right, Pioneer Press
MNsure to double-check 30,000 applications for tax credit qualification,MinnPost
Obama gatekeeper McDonough takes on health care fix, Star Tribune
Split among states on Obamacare ‘fix’ is mostly red vs. blue, MinnPost
Office of Broadband Development
Gov. Dayton names first leader for Office of Broadband Development,Star Tribune
SCSU survey shows approval down for Dayton, Obama, St. Cloud Times
Minnesotans warm on Klobuchar, cool to Bachmann, survey shows,Pioneer Press
Rybak’s “Unauguration” farewell party planned for First Avenue, MPR
Tax exemptions for political groups
IRS, Treasury push to rein in tax-exempt political groups, Star Tribune
Municipalities raising taxes despite boost from state money, MPR
Joe Soucheray: We still can’t afford light rail, and now we’re thinking streetcars? Pioneer Press
Vikings stadium
It’s a go: Work begins on the new Vikings stadium, MPR

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