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Daily Brief: Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Nov. 17, 2015
Events today

  • The Senate Capital Investment committee will visit Worthington, Windom, Mankato and St. Peter.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability. Governor’s Press Briefing Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
  • Noon – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lunch. Landmark Center, First Floor Atrium, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the fifth meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Room 200, State Office Building, St. Paul.
  • 2 – 6 p.m. – U of MN AFSCME Locals and Teamsters Local 320 will hold an informational picket to let the University administration know they are united and deserve raises and respect. 100 Church St SE, Minneapolis.

Mark your calendars

  • Nov. 18 – The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents, “The Right Deal for America: Why It’s Time to Rewrite the Economic Rules” with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumk. The visit of Richard Trumka is of special significance for the Humphrey School, as the School hosts the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy, currently held by Professor Morris Kleiner.  The chair was established through a major donation from the AFL-CIO to the Humphrey School in 1983, in honor and memory of the School’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey. 5 – 6:30 p.m., reception, 6:30 p.m., public lecture. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis.
  • Nov. 19 – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
  • Nov. 20 – Chelsea Clinton will be at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, at 5p.m. to sign her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!” The book signing is free with a book purchase. Details can be found here:http://www.redballoonbookshop.com/event/chelsea-clinton.
  • 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.


  • Nov. 21 – CD 6 Unity Dinner – Drawn Together. 5 p.m., Teamsters Local 120, Blaine. Keynote speaker is Congressman Tim Walz. Click here for ticket information.
  • Dec. 1 – Senate District 37 DFL will host a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Club West Club House, 11211 Club W Parkway, Blaine.
  • Dec. 2 – SD54 DFL, River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 S Hwy 61, Cottage Grove, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • 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
Here are the Democratic senators backing Hillary Clinton for president, CNN
Ted Cruz is now favorite (or close to it) in Iowa caucuses, Washington Post
The real presidential debate: 2 world views on terrorism, MPR
Jeb Bush tells closed-door fundraiser that by next GOP debate, ‘Trump will be in decline,’ Washington Post
One year out: 5 big questions that could shape the 2016 election, USA Today
Cheney, Dick
Dick Cheney embraces his Darth Vader side, Pioneer Press
Democrats debate — and few of us paid attention, MinnPost
Republican Party accuses Democrats of having ‘subtle support for ISIS’, Star Tribune
Value of GOP endorsement to be tested in race for Petersen’s old Senate seat, MinnPost
Income inequality
For women, income inequality continues into retirement, MPR
Islamic state
Hillary Clinton’s smart counterpunch on whether to call it ‘radical Islam,’ Washington Post
ISIL is winning, and U.S. must lead global effort to fight back, Star Tribune

How to argue about how to describe the Islamic State: Another post-Paris debate in Washington: Should we call those who make up the Islamic State “radical Islamists” or leave out the Islam part? Here’s each side’s basic argument to the question: Washington Post

  • Yes, we should call them radical Islamists: The members of the Islamic State might be a small portion of one of the world’s largest religions. But it’s undeniable their philosophy is derived from Islam. And to fail to grasp a movement’s underpinnings is to not fully understand the movement. “This is not a geopolitical movement; it’s a religiously oriented movement.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday.
  • No, we shouldn’t call them radical Islamists: No one’s denying it’s Muslims who comprise the Islamic State. But they aren’t representative of their religion, and it’s counterproductive to spend so much time dwelling on that, especially when we need our Arab, mostly Muslim, allies to help us defeat the day’s biggest threat. “We are at war with people who use their religion for purposes of power and oppression,” Hillary Clinton said at Saturday’s second Democratic debate, “but I don’t want us to be painting with too broad a brush.”

Ellison urges collective action to boost research support, Workday Minnesota
Opponents spread the word about hazards posed by TPP, Workday Minnesota
Lenczewski, Ann
Ann Lenczewski to leave Minnesota House to become lobbyist,Pioneer Press
Rep. Lenczewski retiring to be a lobbyist, Star Tribune
Veteran DFL state Rep. Ann Lenczewski to resign from Legislature to take government relations job, MinnPost
Parris attacks
The foreign media doesn’t much like Republicans’ response to the Paris attacks, Washington Post
Why the Paris attacks could doom Ben Carson, Washington Post
France calls for EU security aid, launches new airstrikes on Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Star Tribune
Minneapolis police shooting
Mpls. officials ask federal authorities to investigate police shooting,Star Tribune
Black Lives Matter protest blocks I-94, MPR
Black Lives Matter protesters arrested after shutting down I-94 in Minneapolis, WCCO
43 adults and 8 minors arrested after protestors close down I-94 in Minneapolis, KSTP
Planned Parenthood
Senate GOP could drop attempt to defund Planned Parenthood,Washington Post
Dayton won’t oppose Syrian refugees in Minnesota, Star Tribune
Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees, Washington Post
Dayton, Walker disagree on Syrian refugees, MPR
Cruz to introduce bill to bar Syrian refugees, Washington Post
Minnesota House speaker says U.S. should ‘halt’ acceptance of Syrian refugees, Star Tribune
Pressure builds to block refugees, The Hill
Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics, Star Tribune
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