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Daily Brief: Monday, Feb. 9th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Feb. 9, 2015
Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Transportation Forum at Baxter City Hall, 13190 Memorywood Dr., Baxter.
  • 9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the opening of the temporary British Consulate in Minneapolis, RBC Tower, Suite 285, 60 S 6th St., Minneapolis.
  • 10:40 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will speak at the Minnesota Dairy Growth Summit, Continuing Education & Conference Center, Room 135 AC, University of Minnesota, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul.
  • Gov. Dayton will meet with Rep. Betty McCollum and east metro leaders to discuss the Gateway Corridor.
  • 11 a.m. – The Senate is in session.
  • 3 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Transportation Forum at Duluth City Hall, 411 W 1st St., Duluth.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The House is in session.

2015 session
Our View: Resist divide, focus on all Minnesotans’ needs, Duluth News Tribune
The Legislature doesn’t have to pass a bonding bill in 2015. But it will. MinnPost
Legislative committee will hold hearing Monday in Willmar: Propane affordability focus of public testimony, West Central Tribune
Capitol Wrap: Dayton commissioners hit salary jackpot; lottery celebrates 25th anniversary, KSTP
2016 election
One year out, Iowa gets an early taste of the presidential crop, Star Tribune
Not yet a formal candidate, Jeb Bush already taking hits from Democrats’ Mitt Romney playbook, Star Tribune
Governors, senators set for 2016 brawl, The Hill
Economic plan is a quandary for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, New York Times
Could Scott Walker become Wisconsin’s strongest Presidential candidate in history? Smart Politics
Black History Month
Rosa Parks

Getting connected: Lt. Gov. Smith visits Luverne to mark $5 million for broadband expansion, Worthington Daily Globe
Child protection
Survey: Minnesota child protection workers swamped, Star Tribune
Congressional delegation
Minn. politicians seek time with Obama on money transfers to Somalia, MPR

Congressman to hear public’s ideas on roads, Duluth News Tribune
Ken Martin re-elected chairman of Minnesota DFL Party, WCCO
Minnesota DFL re-elects Ken Martin as chairman, Pioneer Press
Ken Martin reelected for third term as DFL Chairman, Northland News Center
Ken Martin re-elected to 3rd term as chair of Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Star Tribune

AP-GfK Poll: Obama approval and views of the economy inch up ahead of strong jobs report, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s future starts now — and certain things still need to be done, MinnPost

11 Mos of Job Growth
Education (early)
Early education debate foreshadows national fight, Star Tribune
Is Minnesota ready to go all in on early education? Star Tribune
Dayton’s budget throws support to Promise Neighborhood, Star Tribune

Education (K-12)
Urdahl pushes for real reform in education, Litchfield Independent Review
Senate priorities will help our local schools, Albert Lea Tribune
Indian schools need a boost from GOP, Star Tribune

Education (higher)
State Senate asked to delay picking U of M regents, MPR
Shrinking budgets, enrollment impact SCSU’s future, St. Cloud Times
Drop in oil price squeezes ethanol producers, Star Tribune
Minn. Speaker of the House visits Duluth on ‘Better-Paying Jobs Tour’, WDIO
With handwritten plea, 84-year-old hunter charms lawmakers, WCCO
Workers thrilled, employers underwhelmed by skilled immigration changes, Star Tribune
Campaign for paid sick leave and safe time kicks off in Duluth, Workday Minnesota
Marriage equality
MNsure goes social in its pitch to younger adults, Star Tribune
Minnesota Lottery
Dayton: Lottery must be allowed to modernize, should share revenue, Pioneer Press
Dayton says campaign contributions driving lottery bill, KSTP
Nursing homes
Nursing home administrators are lobbying the Legislature to rethink funding method, Star Tribune
Page, Alan
Vikings great Alan Page to leave Minnesota Supreme Court this year, but no plans to slow down, Star Tribune
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page in his own words, WCCO
Sex offender program
Trial may bring changes to sex offender program, MPR
Minn. sex offender program heads to court, KSTP
Is the Minnesota Sex Offender Program constitutional? Fox 9
Minnesota sex offender program goes on trial Monday, KARE
Smith, Tina
New Minnesota Lt. Governor visits Duluth and Chisholm, KDAL
Minnesota resumes accepting TurboTax filings after suspicions of fraud, Star Tribune
Residents talk taxes at forum, Park Rapids Enterprise
Farmer tax fix may not be immediate, Capitol Chatter
Klobuchar co-sponsors bill that cuts small craft brewery barrel tax, KSTP
Lt. Governor Tina Smith urges Minnesotans to claim tax credits, KARE
Bill would exempt farmland from school building levies, KARE
Tomassoni, David
Sen. David Tomassoni gives up job despite campaign board opinion in his favor, Pioneer Press
Minn. state Sen. Tomassoni gives up outside job after conflict questions raised, Star Tribune
Senator David Tomassoni steps down from lobbying group, Northland News Center
After weeks of blowback, Tomassoni drops Range job, MPR
Will we pay for good highways? Aitkin Age
The Drive: Major mess ahead for Hwy. 100 drivers, Star Tribune
Measles outbreak has vaccine opponents on the defensive, Star Tribune

Please, let felons like me vote again, Star Tribune
Walker’s Wisconsin
Wisconsin officials call Scott Walker’s budget ‘nonsensical’, Think Progress
Walker’s cuts To SeniorCare could leave some struggling, WCCO
Wright, Wilhelmina 
Sens. Klobuchar, Franken push Minnesota Supreme Court justice for federal judgeship, Star Tribune
Minnesota Justice Wright recommended for federal bench, WCCO

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