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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Jan. 6th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Jan. 6, 2015
Events today

  • 11 a.m. – Minneapolis Federal Reserve gives 2015 economic outlook briefing. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.
  • Noon – The 2015-2016 Legislative Session convenes.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Opponents hold rally, march before public hearing on the Sandpiper pipeline proposal in Duluth. Rally begins at 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota Power Plaza, corner of Lake and Superior. March to public hearing begins to leave between 1-1:10 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – Minnesota Public Utilities Commission holds second of five public hearings into the Sandpiper pipeline proposal. Downtown Holiday Inn, Great Lakes Ballroom-Lake Huron Room 200, W. 1st St., Duluth.
  • Gov. Dayton will travel to the White House in Washington, D.C., to attend the Third Annual National Governors Association Executive Committee Meeting with the President. Governor Dayton will return to Minnesota in the evening.

Event Saturday

  • 7 p.m. – North Star Ball to celebrate Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith’s inauguration. Union Depot. Ticket information available here http://bit.ly/13PeWGK.

Black Lives Matter Mpls to urge no charges at Bloomington meeting, MPR
Speakers oppose prosecution of MOA protest organizers, Star Tribune
2015 Legislative Session
2015-16 Minnesota House of Representatives preview, Minnesota House of Representatives 
Rural lawmakers to press housing, jobs, water issues at Capitol, MPR
Politicians plan focus on rural Minnesota in 2015, MPR
Minnesota Legislature to start with wants, limits, Red Wing Republican Eagle
New political complexion marks Minnesota Legislature’s return to action for 5-month session, Star Tribune
MN DFL lawmakers map out legislative plans with constituents in Duluth, Northland News Center
New hands at wheel as Minnesota Legislature returns for duty, KSTP
And so it begins…The Minnesota Legislature convenes today, with a new Republican House majority and a new speaker, the 41-year old wunderkind Rep. Kurt Daudt, who will have less legislative experience than any speaker since the 1930s. Today will be mostly ceremonial, with Daudt being elected speaker and the swearing in of members. Families and friends will witness the pomp and ceremony.

Daudt will make a short speech. Expect talk about civility and bipartisanship and problem solving.
Your House, by the numbers, via the House Information Service: 72 Republican members; 62 DFL members; 90 men; 44 women; 54GOP men; 36 DFL men; 18 Republican women; 26 DFL women.

Newbies: 26 newly elected members; 21 of them Republicans, 5 of them DFLers; 20 of them are men; 6 are women.

The rest: 90.7 percent of incumbents were re-elected; 0 Republican incumbents lost; 11 DFL incumbents lost.

Here’s the full roster. Star Tribune
2016 election
Weighing 2016 bid, Bobby Jindal to meet with pastors in Iowa, AP
Capitol complex
Renovation Capitol visitors, senators, Capitol Chatter
Guide to new members, The Hill
Boehner detractors are likely to add some GOP drama to House speaker vote, Washington Post
GOP: Senate will take tough votes, work five-day weeks ‘like the rest of America’, The Washington Times
Congressional delegation
Michele Bachmann’s 6 most insane moments, Salon

Exclusive: Emmer faces full plate in Washington, St. Cloud Times

Lyft to Sen. Al Franken: We are guarding customer privacy, Star Tribune

Rep. Rick Nolan announces daughter’s lung cancer diagnosis, Pioneer Press
The gap between the rich and the rest of us is the widest it’s been in 30 years. Here’s one reason why. Mother Jones
Republicans in state governments plan juggernaut of conservative legislation, Washington Post
Dayton stresses education in second inaugural speech, MPR
Inauguration surprise: No Daudt or Bakk, MPR
Photos: Inauguration day in St. Paul, MPR
As session opens, Dayton puts focus on education, Star Tribune
DFL constitutional officers sworn in at inauguration ceremony opening, Star Tribune
At inaugural, Dayton sets education as priority, Star Tribune
Dayton: Minnesota is doing better, but more investment needed in education, MinnPost
Mark Dayton sworn in for second term, Pioneer Press
Dayton starts new – and last – term of long career, WCCO

Long-term care
Long-term care a growing but vexing budget issue, MPR
Middle-aged Americans unrealistic about their future health-care needs, U of M study finds, MinnPost
MNsure touts health plan sign-ups, says it’s on track to meet goal, MPR
MNsure remains optimistic it’ll hit key enrollment goal, Pioneer Press

Sandpiper Oil Pipeline
Conflicting views aired at hearing on oil pipeline from N.D., Pioneer Press
St. Paul public hearing on proposed Sandpiper Oil Pipeline stirs controversy, Fox 9
U of M Board of Regents
Interviewing for public office: Choosing the U’s Board of Regents, MPR

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