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Daily Brief: Thursday, Jan. 21st, 2016

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Minnesota DFL
Jan. 21, 2016
292 days until the general election
Events today

  • 9 a.m. 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will meet with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker Kurt Daudt at the Governor’s Residence. This meeting is closed to the press. Following that meeting, Governor Dayton will meet with House DFL Leader Paul Thissen.
  • 12:30 p.m. – The South Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Uptown Lunds at 1450 W Lake St. Minneapolis. The speaker is Sen. Bobby Jo Champion.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Winter Conference. Marriot Northwest, 7025 Northland Dr. N, Brooklyn Park.
  • 3 p.m. – Congressman Rick Nolan will host a Social Security and Medicare Roundtable at the Chisholm Senior Center, 319 W. Lake St., Chisholm.
  • 4 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Auditorium, 875 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

Mark your calendars

  • Jan. 31 – The MN DFL Disability Issues Forum will hold an event from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth, West St. Paul. Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Minneapolis), Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) and Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) will discuss 2016 Legislative possibilities for people with disabilities. The event is free and open to all.
  • Jan. 31 – The DFL Progressive Caucus will meet at The DFL Progressive Caucus will meet beginning at 1 p.m.and again / continued at 3 p.m. with web meeting participation available. For more information, contact.
  • Feb. 4 – Jim Wallis, public theologian, political activist, author and commentator on ethics and public life, and founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, will speak on “America’s Original Sin: Racism and White Privilege,” noon, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis. Free and open to the public.
  • Feb. 19 – MYDFL will hold a debate watch party and happy hour, 7 p.m., Legends Bar & Grill.
  • March 3 – The Women’s Consortium will host the 3rd Annual Women’s Economic Summit. This half-day conference focused on the current women’s economic security issues most affecting Minnesota. Exact time and place to be determined.


  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m.at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at www.dflcd2.org.
  • Jan. 30 – Senate District 47 DFL will host a fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Secretary of State Steve Simon is a guest speaker. The $15 event, which includes a light dinner with beverages available for purchase, will be held at a private residence in Victoria, so a RSVP is required due to space limitations. Information about the event can be obtained from Mary Leizinger at  or .
  • Feb. 12 – Humphrey-Mondale Dinner featuring Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. St. Paul RiverCentre.
  • Feb. 19 – Congressional District 5 DFL will host its Heart of the Party fundraiser. 7 p.m., 301 on Main, Minneapolis. There is free parking adjacent to the building in an open surface lot. Tickets are $35.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., location TBD.

2016 election
Minneapolis Sen. Hayden draws DFL challenger, Star Tribune

U.S. House
McCollum gets Republican challenger, Gregory Ryan, Pioneer Press

The difference between Palin and Trump? Trump wields a bullhorn; Palin carries a dog whistle. Washington Post
Sarah Palin is a no-show at Trump campaign event in Iowa, Washington Post
Bernie Sanders’ new, more aggressive campaign game, MPR
New study shows millennials drive rise in Latino eligible voters, MPR
Sanders prepares to challenge Clinton on Super Tuesday and beyond, Washington Post
Clinton calls in the heavy hitters, The Hill
Palin’s endorsement fails to excite Trump rallygoers, Reuters
Trump didn’t expect Palin’s endorsement speech to be ‘quite that long,’ Washington Post

The Republican establishment cavalry never came to take on Donald Trump — and now, at least one major figure is siding with Trump over Ted Cruz. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, said a Cruz nomination would be “cataclysmic” for the party and would lead to “wholesale losses.” Even if Cruz did win, Dole said he couldn’t get anything done in Congress because “nobody likes him.” Trump, on the other hand, could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker,” Dole said. CNN

2016 session
‘Bonding’ will be one of the most important debates at the Minnesota Legislature this year. So how does the process actually work? MinnPost
Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota? Star Tribune
2016 special session
Fact Check: Who’s to blame for no Minnesota special session, Northland News Center
Affordable Care Act
How would Paul Ryan replace Obamacare? Only time will tell, Washington Post
Capitol complex
Capitol parking ramp partially closed, millions needed to prevent collapse, KSTP
Data privacy
State lawmakers unveil bipartisan privacy plan, MPR
Minnesota lawmakers take on student data privacy, Pioneer Press
6 privacy loopholes in Minnesota and what’s being done to close them, KARE
Obama touts shift in fortune for the Motor City, Washington Post
NOAA, NASA: 2015 was hottest on Earth by a wide margin, Washington Post

In April 2014, the hardscrabble and financially broke town of Flint, about 66 miles northwest of Detroit, switched its water supply from Detroit to the Flint River in an effort to save money. Soon after, residents began complaining of murky, smelly water that gave their children rashes. In September, researchers found lead in the water and abnormal spikes of lead in Flint children’s blood levels, a sign of potentially irreversible lead poisoning. A public health crisis about above-average levels of lead in Flint’s water supply has turned into a political crisis for Michigan’s governor, who along with local, state and federal officials has come under criticism for waiting too long to address it. It’s unclear how Gov. Rick Snyder (R), in his second of two terms, will come out of this — a few are calling for his resignation, including Bernie Sanders — but the fact that they’re talking about it here in Washington conveys the magnitude of the problem. Washington Post

U.S. illegal immigrant population falls below 11 million, continuing nearly decade-long decline, report says,Washington Post
Minneapolis students stage walkout to protest immigration policies, Star Tribune
Refugee bill stalls in Senate after battle over Trump amendment, The Hill
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Hills college chief faces no-confidence vote over spending, MPR
Koch brothers
‘Hidden History’ of Koch brothers traces their childhood and political rise, MPR
U faculty file petition toward union vote, MPR

Today in history – Jan. 21, 2003
Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 17 and Teamsters Local 120 held a joint demonstration and march to support Minneapolis workers. The unions and their supporters rallied at noon at the Federal Building plaza before marching through downtown. They honored the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as supported Minneapolis workers who are seeking to exercise their rights. Specifically, the demonstration put a focus on workers who had gone more than two years without a contract at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, and workers who were trying to unionize at 25 parking ramps and lots in downtown Minneapolis managed by Municipal Parking Inc.

CNN/WMUR Poll: Trump leads, Cruz climbs in New Hampshire, CNN
Trump up 20 in New Hampshire: poll, The Hill

White Earth tribe
White Earth tribal chairwoman resigns amid power struggle, Pioneer Press
Embattled White Earth chair Erma Vizenor resigns. MPR

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