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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Aug. 20th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Aug. 20, 2014
Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the National Conference of State Legislatures Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium,  1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis.
  • 1 p.m. – Gov.  Dayton will provide remarks at the McGough Yellow Ribbon Ceremony, McGough Field Operation Facility, Warehouse, 1826 1/2 Buerkle Road, White Bear Lake.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Sen. Al Franken will speak at a program recognizing the 50th anniversary of the national Job Corps program.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Navy skydivers parachute onto the State Capitol lawn in the afternoon as part of a Navy Week celebration in the state.
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar and Cindy McCain will speak together at the National Conference of State Legislatures 40th Annual Legislative Summit. Klobuchar and McCain will headline the “Stopping Human Trafficking in America” session. Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium, 1301 2nd Avenue S.
  • 8:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the 61st Annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way Coronation, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Leinie Lodge Bandshell.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
30 days until early voting beings Sept. 19.
75 days until the Nov. 4 general election.
2014 election
Rasmussen Poll: Dayton and Franken lead GOP rivals, MPR

Johnson’s campaign downplays fundraising expectations, politics mn

U.S. House
MN07 fake news: NRCC Rapid Response guy transforms U prof into Rep. Collin Peterson, Bluestem Prairie
Peterson’s greatest challenge yet, but GOP still looks to 2016, Roll Call
Meet the 5 most interesting Republican House candidates, ABC News
Hagedorn: ‘These are critical times for the U.S.’, Albert Lea Tribune

The U.S. House campaigns of Republicans Stewart Mills III and Torrey Westrom are picking up more national attention during the political doldrums of August. An ABC News piece on the five “most interesting” 2014 GOP House candidates features Mills, labeled the “Republican Brad Pitt,” and Westrom, whom the piece dubbed “the sightless [state] senator who’s never lost an election.” Mills is challenging Democrat Rick Nolan in the Eighth District and Westrom (in center of photo at left) faces Democrat Collin Peterson (at left in photo) in the Seventh District. Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call ran a story on the Westrom-Peterson race Tuesday suggesting this could be the toughest re-election race yet for Peterson, who’s seeking a 13th term in Congress. Star Tribune

U.S. Senate
Newest McFadden ad ‘missed the mark’ misses the mark, mn progressive project
McFadden’s new ad, YouTube
Senate control could rest with well-funded women, Pioneer Press
McFadden talks on recent gas tax fumble, WCCO

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican Party of Minnesota and U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden have teamed up to create McFadden Minnesota Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee for his campaign against Democratic incumbent Al Franken. Joint fundraising committees have become more popular since the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission found that donors were no longer bound by overall limits on how much they could donate to candidates, political parties and political action committees. Federal law still limits how much donors can give to each individual candidate and party, but donors can give to as many candidates and parties as they like. So teaming up to raise money with like-minded groups and candidates has become more lucrative. Franken has several joint fundraising committees, including Franken MVPs — a collaboration between his campaign and his Midwest Values PAC — andFranken Senate Victory 2014 — a partnership with the Minnesota DFL Party. Star Tribune

2016 election
The 65 people who may run for president in 2016, The Hill
Why the likely 2016 candidates for president are holding their tongues on Ferguson, Washington Post
Gov. Dayton to take ALS ice bucket challenge, KSTP
Education (K-12)
Minnesota reigns again on ACT results, Star Tribune
‘Killer Hall': Interior secretary tours crumbling tribal school, Star Tribune
St. Paul: Closing the gap. There’s will. And work on the way, Pioneer Press
$25M sought for struggling Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school, MPR
RNC chairman says focus on minority outreach must extend past midterms as demographics shift, Star Tribune

National group tries to halt union election of personal home care providers in Minnesota, Star Tribune
National Conference of State Legislators
Thousands of state legislators from around U.S. in Minneapolis, Star Tribune
Perry, Rick
Texas Gov. Rick Perry booked on felony abuse of power charges, vows ‘we will prevail’, Star Tribune
Perry booked, gets mug shot, The Hill
Minnesota primary turnout was just above 10 percent despite competitive governor contest, Star Tribune
Sex trafficking
Cindy McCain challenges NFL to tackle sex trafficking during Super Bowl, Pioneer Press
Southwest light rail edges closer to final approval, Star Tribune
I-35E project a drag for east metro commuters, MPR
Southwest light rail: Final, divided hearing sets stage for Minneapolis vote, MPR
Vikings, Kluwe reach settlement, MPR
Chris Kluwe’s settlement with the Vikings calls for team donations to LGBT causes, MinnPost
Vikings, Kluwe settle after 7-month dissent, Fox 9

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