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Daily Brief: Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Dec. 18, 2014
Events today

  • 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for November 2014.
  • 11 a.m. – Media availability to discuss teen driver licensing changes. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, media room, 445 Minnesota St., Suite 110, St. Paul.
  • 1 p.m. – Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign announces 2015 policy agenda. State Capitol, Room 181, St. Paul.
  • 5 p.m. – 30th annual Homeless Memorial March and Service. Silent march begins at Hennepin County Government Center followed by memorial service at Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Mall of America to protesters: Keep it outside, Star Tribune
2014 election
Candidate less than thrilled with tweets from senator, The Laker & Pioneer 
2015 session
Session preview: The year of the porta-potty? Politics in Minnesota
Why are Minnesota’s elected officials studying a 30-year-old legislative session? MinnPost
2016 election
Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawed, Salon
With Cuba spotlight, Rubio looks to emerge from Jeb’s shadow, The Hill
Does Jeb Bush have a Mitt Romney problem? The Hill
Bush vs. Clinton race? A ‘merger between political and economic power’, MinnPost
Congressional delegation
Al Franken gets real, MSNBC
Some of Sen. Franken’s questions on Uber customer privacy, data remain unanswered, KSTP
Suicide prevention bill sponsored by Walz blocked in Senate, MPR
Rick Nolan on new relations with Cuba: ‘monumental step’, Pioneer Press
Minnesota’s Nolan praises Cuba policy, plans trip, WCCO
For Minnesota’s Cuban community, change was a long time coming, Star Tribune
Rubio denounces U.S. shift on Cuba relations, MPR
After working against embargo, Cargill welcomes Cuba news, MPR
Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba as American is released by Havana, Washington Post
Obama picks new fight over Cuba, The Hill
On restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba: why Obama did it — and why now. MinnPost
Minnesotans with Cuban ties hopeful after US, Cuba restore relations, KSTP
Minnesotans and Cubans tied together with art, music, Fox 9
A record-setting quarter for Minnesota exports. Blame Canada. MinnPost
State employers add 6,600 jobs in November
Minnesota employers added 6,600 jobs in November, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state has gained 51,065 jobs in the past year, including more than 35,000 jobs in the past four months.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 3.7 percent in November, well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. The state unemployment rate is at its lowest level since May 2001.
Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right-to-work plan, Pioneer Press
Firing of baggage handler may spur Metropolitan Airports Commission to adopt labor ordinance, TC Daily Planete
Marriage equality
Supreme Court could decide in January to add gay marriage to term’s calendar, Star Tribune
MNsure still struggling with old IT issue; meanwhile, enrollment up, Pioneer Press
Rate of uninsured adults in Minnesota falls to record low, MPR
Public safety
More police protection requested after more vandalism at St. Cloud’s Islamic Center, MinnPost

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