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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Dec. 8, 2015
Events today

  • The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Evenwel vs Abbott, a case that threatens the democratic principle of “one person, one vote,” that for decades has ensured that everyone in America, regardless of who they are or where they live, is entitled to equal representation. Evenwel could force states to leave out large segments of their populations when drawing legislative districts, simply because they are not voters, including children under 18 and legal permanent residents. If Sue Evenwel, the Republican operative filing the suit along with her Tea Party colleagues has her way, a majority (55 percent) of Hispanics would be left out of our democracy for purposes of representation. The same holds true for one-third of Native Americans, 30 percent of African-Americans, and 45 percent of Asian Americans.
  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Special election in Dist. 3A. District residents can find their polling place here.
    Voter Registration – Voter Information Portal
    Minnesota Voter Tools … Minnesota’s official voter resource from the Office of the Secretary of State
    Read more…
  • 10 a.m. (EST) – Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Lee, the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, will hold a committee hearing on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s proposal to purchase SABMiller. The hearing will examine how the proposed merger of the world’s two biggest beer producers would impact competition and consumers across the country.
  • 11:30 a.m. – North Metro Senior Caucus meeting, Little Venetian Inn, 2900 Rice St #240, St Paul.
  • 6 p.m. – Erin Maye Quade for State House-Campaign Kick Off [Dist. 57A], 6 p.m., Rascals Bar and Grill, 7721 147th St. W, Apple Valley.
  • 7 p.m. – A meeting to discuss the art in the Capitol will be held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington.

Mark your calendars

  • Dec. 13 – Moms Demand Action: How to Keep Our Kids Safe. This free forum on preventing gun violence will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dakota County Library, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan. Guest speakers include Sen. Jim Carlson and Rep. Dan Schoen.
  • Dec. 13 – MYDFL will hold a central committee meeting. Noon, St. Louis Park Library.
  • Dec. 14 – There was a great turnout for the Dec. 1 action in support for SEIU Local 284 Custodians whose jobs are being threatened by outsourcing. Teachers and other staff from the Elk River School District 728 turned out on a cold, snowy morning to give a “welcoming” message to district administrators and prospective bidders. The message was clear; teachers, paraprofessionals and custodians are united. However, the fight is not over and the biggest action will take place on Dec 14. SEIU Local 284, Elk River Education Association and the East Central Area Labor Council are asking for your support.  The demonstration is Dec 14 at 4:30 p.m. Everyone will meet at Gateway Church 13913 185thAve. NW, Elk River. After dinner everyone will head over to the Board of Education meeting at Elk River City Hall, 13065 Orono Parkway, Elk River.
  • Dec. 15 – Hillary Clinton will visit Minnesota.
  • Dec. 16 – Congressional District 3 DFL Winter Party. 7 p.m. Nelson home, 8983 Preserve Blvd., Eden Prairie.
  • Dec. 17 – South Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will be meeting at 12:30 p.m. atCurran’s, 4201 Nicollet, Minneapolis.
  • Dec. 20 – Senate District 46 DFL will host Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, to talk about education issues coming up in the next legislative session. 6 p.m., Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies, 663 Winnetka Ave., Golden Valley.


  • Dec. 13 – Senate District 58 DFL will host its winter fundraiser from 4 – 7 p.m. at Carbone’s, 10 N 8th St., Farmington. The tickets, which are $20, are available by mail: SD 58 DFL, 8251 166th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044.
  • 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.com.


2016 election
Meet your new Iowa frontrunner: Ted Cruz, Washington Post
How the war against Islamic State became center stage in the 2016 campaign, Washington Post
Trump continues to lead the polls. Here’s why he might not win the election. Washington Post
After San Bernardino, how the foreign policy debate may be shifting for GOP candidates,Washington Post
Obama’s ISIS response stirs Dem angst about 2016, The Hill
Donors wanting female president backing both Fiorina and Clinton, The Hill

Art in Minnesota Capitol
Minnesota military leader defending Civil War art at Capitol, WCCO
Budget (state)
Realty Check: Minnesota’s budget surplus, WCCO
Campaign finance
Tea Party and Democrats aligned against campaign finance measure, MPR
Dayton, Mark
Mark Dayton will rest (but still govern) after surgery, Pioneer Press
Department of Human Services
Mark Dayton names general counsel to lead Human Services, Pioneer Press
Dayton looks to senior ranks for new Human Services chief, MPR
Dayton adviser Emily Johnson Piper is named Human Services commissioner, MinnPost
Bernie Sanders puts forward ambitious plan to combat climate change, Washington Post
Beijing issues its 1st smog red alert, urging schools to close, restricting traffic, factories, Star Tribune
Fantasy sports
Rep. Joe Atkins will debate fantasy sports legality at national conference, Star Tribune
Supreme Court rejects gun owners’ appeal of suburban Chicago assault weapons ban, Star Tribune
Trump calls for ‘shutdown’ of Muslims entering US, The Hill
Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering U.S., MPR
Experts: Trump’s Muslim entry ban idea ‘ridiculous,’ ‘unconstitutional,’ Washington Post
Economic opportunity delayed for 30,000 Minnesotans, Minnesota Budget Project
Medical marijuana
What pain qualifies for Minnesota medical marijuana, Pioneer Press
Dayton administration: No need for PolyMet health study, Pioneer Press
State agency heads nix PolyMet public health impact review, MPR
Gov. Dayton backs off health risk review of PolyMet mine, Star Tribune

The significance of the Minnesota GOP straw poll, MinnPost
Cut taxes on behalf of jobs, jobs, jobs, Pioneer Press

How many terrorists has President Obama actually ‘taken out’? Probably over 30,000.Washington Post
U.S. will launch new ‘National Alert System’ for terrorist threats, MPR

Even with large surplus, Minnesota needs road, transit funding, Star Tribune
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota’s athletic department investigation will be public Tuesday, Star Tribune

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