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Daily Brief: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Minnesota DFL
May 10, 2016
135 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
181 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • 11 a.m. – The Senate meets in session.
  • 11:30 a.m. – The North Metro DFL Senior Caucus meeting will feature long time union activist and current president of the AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Bill Moore. He will speak to us about the Memorial Day for workers. The statics are sobering. He will all address “Right to Work” legislation currently being considered in the MN legislature – consequences for wages and worker rights. Little Venetian Inn, Little Canada.

Mark your calendars

  • May 11 – U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will host his sixth annual bipartisan competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hotdish casserole. He is scheduled to be joined by the rest of the Minnesota delegation. Last year, Rep. McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish” beat out the competitors to take top-prize. Rep. Walz’s “Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish” won in 2014, and his “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place in 2013. In 2012, Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R-Minn.) “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.” 11:30 a.m. (EST), Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430, Senate HELP Committee.
  • May 13 – Community Picnic for Governor’s Fishing Opener. A free picnic will be served from 4 – 7 p.m. at Pine Rail Park in McGregor. Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith will speak at the event.
  • May 14 – CD 1 DFL Convention, 1 p.m., Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr., Worthington.
  • May 14 – CD 3 DFL Convention, 10:30 a.m., Park Center High School auditorium, 7377 Noble Ave N, Brooklyn Park.
  • May 14 – The SD 41 DFL is hosting a combined candidate meet and greet/fundraiser from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Crooner’s Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Highway 65 NE. SD 41 DFL candidates include Rep. Carolyn Laine, Rep. Connie Bernardy and Mary Kunesh-Podein. The guest speaker is House DFL Leader Paul Thissen. All are welcome.
  • May 14 – The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will once again spread out across America to help provide assistance to Americans who are struggling with hunger. For more information about the annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive effort in your community, ask your letter carrier or go to nalc.org and find “Food Drive” under “Community Service.”
  • The Food Drive effort is the nation’s largest single-day drive. In 2015, 70.6 million pounds of food was collected, which brought the grand total of donations to more than 1.3 billion pounds of food collected since the drive began in 1992.
  • May 17 – Please join the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition for a rally in support of Paid Family Leave. Tell the Legislature, our families can’t wait. Pass Paid Family Leave this session! Paid Family Leave Rally, noon, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • May 21 – CD 6 DFL Convention, noon, St. Cloud Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N, St. Cloud.
  • May 22 – CD 4 DFL Convention, noon, Carpenters Union Hall, 700 Olive St., St. Paul.
  • June 7 – Primary season ends.
  • June 12 – DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Annual Luncheon, 11 a.m. reception, noon luncheon, 12:45 p.m. award ceremony. Ticket information and list of award recipients are available here.


  • May 21 – Senate District 14 DFL will hold a Red to Blue Post-Convention Party. $20 Suggested Donation. Michael’s Restaurant, 510 US-10, St Cloud. Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/dfl-senate-district-14-3077414154

2016 election

U.S. House of Representatives
Former radio talker Lewis wins GOP endorsement in 2nd Congressional District, MinnPost
2016 session
Top-level negotiations to begin on ending legislative session, MPR
Editorial: An intersection on which to build consensus, Pioneer Press
House and Senate have different priorities in their supplemental budgets, Minnesota Budget Project
Conference committee takes first look at supplemental budget proposals, Session Daily
Bill shortening drug-offense prison sentences in Minnesota clears first test, Pioneer Press
Minnesota legislative deal-making ‘constructive, not productive’ Monday, Pioneer Press
MN Legislature: I guess we are going with ‘nothing is needed,’ mnpACT!
Ritual at the Residence: Session talks start slowly, MPR
Legislators hoping for transportation, public-works bill are on edge, Star Tribune
Bonding bill
Bonding battle heats up with bill failure, Fargo Forum
Trump questions consume the GOP, The Hill
Former ‘stop Trump’ megadonor switches sides, Politico

Teamsters pension fund to Congress: We need your help, Star Tribune
North Carolina
The legal fight over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law, in 4 questions, Washington Post
Paulsen, Erik
Republicans and Democrats alike are rebuking Donald Trump’s extremism. Erik Paulsen plans on supporting Trump as the Presidential nominee. Minnesota DFL
Legislature hurries to aid Prince heirs, MPR
Death of Prince sparks Minnesota bill to clarify artists’ rights, KSTP
Ryan, Paul
Ryan: If Trump asks, I’ll step down as co-chair MPR

Paul Ryan says if Donald Trump asked him to step aside as chairman of the Republican National Convention, he’d oblige, setting up an out as the two are continuing their chilly standoff. Ryan made the comments in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published Monday. He was asked if he would give up the post should Trump ask. CNN
Sanders, Bernie
Study: Sanders’ proposals would add $18 trillion to debt over 10 years, MPR
Minnesota United FC stadium bill’s clock is ticking, Pioneer Press
Minnesota United hits Capitol to push stadium bill, WCCO
St. Paul officials hope to score with soccer push, MPR
Smith, Tina
Why there has never been a lieutenant governor like Tina Smith, MinnPost
Minnesota businesses need transit, and we need it now, Star Tribune

Donald Trump will soon have access to top security intelligence, Star Tribune
West Virginia
West Virginia: 5 things to watch, The Hill
The striking decline in women’s support for Donald Trump (in 2 graphs), Washington Post

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