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Daily Brief: Thursday, Jan. 29th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Jan. 29, 2015
Events today

  • 8 a.m. – The 2015 Women’s Economic Security Summit, sponsored by the Office on the Economic Status of Women and the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security, will be held at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul. State legislators, community leaders, and advocates will discuss the policies we need now to break down barriers to economic equality.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the 2015 Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Summit.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will chair a meeting of the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board, Mayo Civic Center, Riverview Room Suite C, Rochester.
  • 11 a.m. – The Senate is in session.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The House is in session.
  • 7 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in an AARP tele-town hall with Minnesota seniors.

2014 election
Was the GOP money targeting Collin Peterson in ’14 well spent? Smart Politics
2015 election
St. Paul: Shaping up: a substantial school board race, Pioneer Press
2016 election
Walker says he sees gaps in potential 2016 GOP field, WCCO
Buzz builds around Walker, The Hill
Budget (state)
The prospects of Gov. Dayton’s budget, MPR
How to spend a $1 billion budget surplus, MinnPost

Capitol Press Corps
Pat Kessler makes Washington Post’s ‘Best Political Reporters’ list, WCCO

The list for Minnesota
Brian Bakst, AP
Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost
Patrick Condon, Star Tribune
Tom Hauser, KSTP
Pat Kessler, WCCO
Mary Lahammer, Twin Cities Public Television
Tom Scheck, MPR
Congressional delegation
Klobuchar, Franken raise pet issues at Lynch hearing, MPR
Sens. Klobuchar, Franken question Justice nominee, Star Tribune

Kline on the future of No Child Left Behind law, MPR

Haze issue: Nolan gets ‘A’; EPA an ‘F’, Mesabi Daily News

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson to run for 14th term in 2016, West Central Tribune
Department of Human Services
Human Services cutting jobs, MPR
Here’s how much you have to earn to be in the 1 percent in each state, Huffington Post

Education (K-12)
Minnesota has critical need for school counselors, Star Tribune
Bethune, Hiawatha schools show divide in Minneapolis classrooms, Star Tribune
FACT CHECK: Keystone XL oil pipeline not as bad for environment, good for economy as claimed,Star Tribune
Amendment could jeopardize $100 million Outdoor Heritage Fund bill, Session Daily 
DNR postpones mandatory invasive species training for boaters, Star Tribune
Yellowstone River oil spills fuel Keystone debate in Congress as pipeline accidents increase, Star Tribune
Conflict over Legacy money in House Environment, Star Tribune
EPA outlines air quality deal with four iron mines in Minnesota, Michigan, Pioneer Press

Political tracker asked to leave Burnsville legislative meeting on property taxes, Star Tribune
House Republicans establish panel for Met Council oversight, Star Tribune
Republicans take aim at Met Council, Pioneer Press
Health care
Lawmakers seek to attract health care workers to rural MN, WCCO
Loan forgiveness could attract health professionals to rural areas, Pioneer Press
Minnesota Lottery
House committee seeks to thwart lottery changes, Star Tribune
Minnesota Lottery online expansion targeted by Legislature, Pioneer Press
Dayton’s budget plan includes additional funds for MNsure, MPR
Public Utilities Commission
Gov. Mark Dayton appoints John Tuma to PUC, Star Tribune
Sunday auto sales
Push for Sunday auto sales gets chilly reception from dealers, Star Tribune
Our View: Minnesota taxpayers ready to scream ‘uncle!’ Duluth News Tribune
Dayton releases plan with no general tax increases, Fargo Forum
Local lawmakers talk transportation, International Falls Journal
Transit ridership metrowide up more than 3 percent last year, Star Tribune

Secretary seeks greater voter turnout, International Falls Journal

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