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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 2014

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Minnesota DFL
Dec. 16, 2014
Events today

  • 1 p.m. – The Advisory Committee to the Office on the Economic Status of Women will meet to priority women’s economic issues and the role of OESW.

Capitol security
Departing members pan Capitol security panel, MPR
Senate has end of 113th Congress is sight, The Hill
Senate confirms surgeon general despite opposition of National Rifle Association, The Hill

Franken: Uber still has work to do to protect privacy, Star Tribune
Uber responds to Franken’s privacy inquiries, but senator not satisfied, Pioneer Press
Franken tells TV network: ‘I’m ready for Hillary’ to be presidentStar Tribune

Spending bill
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement after voting against a comprehensive spending bill in the Senate that he said would strip away key Wall Street reform measures and further erode the nation’s already broken campaign finance system: “I didn’t support this spending bill because Minnesotans deserve a government that helps make the economy work for the middle class and those aspiring to be in the middle class—not a government that puts U.S. taxpayers on the hook to bail out Wall Street,” said Sen. Franken. “This bill reverses important rules that were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, putting tens of millions of Americans back at risk. And this bill further erodes our nation’s campaign finance laws by giving wealthy individuals even greater influence in our election system. After closely studying the legislation, I could not in good conscience vote for it.”

Elizabeth Warren says she’s not running for president, but what does that mean?, Minnpost

Rep. Kline optimistic, Star Tribune
John Kline predicts GOP will dismantle No Child Left Behind, Pioneer Press
Obama braces for immigration battle, Washington Post
Govt urges dismissal of lawsuit over immigration, Star Tribune
Jeb Bush to ‘actively explore’ run for president, MPR
This day in history 1977: Eight women in Willmar, Minnesota, initiated the first bank strike in U.S. history. They earned international attention as The Willmar 8. Although they didn’t win their strike, they became enduring symbols in the struggle for women’s rights and for social and economic justice. Read more about their legacy, The Willmar 8 made equal pay impossible to ignore.

MNsure extends enrollment deadline, MPR
MNsure extends enrollment deadline to Saturday, Pioneer Press

Prettner Solon
Prettner Solon considering options, including running for mayor of Duluth, Duluth News Tribune
Prettner Solon considering run for Duluth mayor, MPR
Prettner Solon to consider run for Duluth mayor, Star Tribune
Prettner Solon to consider run for Duluth mayor, Pioneer Press
Wisconsin elections board looks at ballot design, Pioneer Press

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