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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Aug. 27th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Aug. 27, 2014
Events today

  • 9:06 a.m. – How improving employment for men of color could improve race relations, Daily Circuit, MPR
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will read to kids at the Minnesota Department of Education booth at the Minnesota State Fair, Education Building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
  • 11 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will participate in a demonstration with a Department of Natural Resources K9 unit trained to smell and detect aquatic invasive species, including zebra mussels, on boats in Minnesota. Main DNR Stage, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul.
  • 1 p.m. – The Dynamic DFL panel at the DFL booth at the Minnesota State Fair today features a discussion about transit with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Sen. Scott Dibble. [It’s Sen. Dibble’s birthday. If you’re at the State Fair please stop by to join us in singing “Happy Birthday” to him!]

Mark your calendars and spread the word!
23 days until early voting beings Sept. 19
68 days until the Nov. 4 general election
2014 election
Survey USA poll shows Dayton, Franken leading GOP challengers, Star Tribune
The season’s most bizarre political ads, Politico
It’s one sorry campaign season in Minnesota, MinnPost
Minnesota GOP keeps focus on new senate office building, KARE 11
MN Senate office bldg – a buttery issue but a little rancid, mnpACT!
DFL collects more campaign subsidies than GOP, IP, MPR
Minnesota candidate subsidies total $2.4 million, Pioneer Press
DFL: GOP call for Al Franken apology a Hagedorn deflection attempt, Pioneer Press
Johnson, Westrom to attend GOP dinner, Bemidji Pioneer

As recipients of Minnesota fundraising pleas know, a recent SurveyUSA KSTP poll found that Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson and Republican candidate for Senate Mike McFadden are within single digits of the incumbents. The single digit, in both cases, turns out to be 9 percentage points. According to the poll, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton would garner 49 percent of the vote to Johnson’s 40 percent, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken would get 51 percent to McFadden’s 42 percent. More than half of Minnesotans approve of the jobs both Democrats have done in office, according to the poll. The pollster also found that, “Senator Franken’s job approval is today the highest it has been in 5 years of SurveyUSA measurement. Franken today is at Plus 21: 56% approve of the job he is doing, compared to 35% who disapprove.” Star Tribune

Minnesota Supreme Court
Keep political parties out of judicial elections, Star Tribune
Republicans worked through the weekend to try to convince Michelle MacDonald to end her campaign,Minnesota Lawyer


Half-million-dollar subsidy headed to DFL’s Dayton campaign; GOP’s Johnson to get $389K, Star Tribune

U.S. House
Hagedorn issues apology for statements, Mankato Free Press

U.S. Senate
Letter: McFadden’s medical move raises alarm, St. Cloud Times
Potential fall of farmland prices sparks fears of a bust, MPR
Congressional delegation
Franken on fixing Social Security and Medicare — and why repealing Obamacare is a terrible idea, MinnPost

Large solar array planned at Camp Ripley, Star Tribune
Republicans embrace their phoniness, Faribault Daily News


In historic vote, Minnesota home health care workers unionize, Star Tribune
Minnesota home care workers vote to unionize, mn progressive project
Home-care workers vote to unionize, KSTP
Minnesota home care workers approve union, Pioneer Press
Health care providers union YES, mnpACT!
Minnesota home health care aides vote to unionize, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
Video: Health care workers vote to unionize, MN 2020

Legacy funds
Key lawmakers say ‘no’ to Idea for ATV park using legacy tax money, KSTP
The same poll that found a majority of Minnesotans approve of Dayton and Franken’s job performance, also found that a majority disapprove of President Obama’s performance. According to poll, Obama, who twice won Minnesota in presidential elections, now has the disapproval of 52 percent of Minnesotans. Star Tribune
Train carrying propane derails on Canada-US border, prompts evacuation of about 40 people, Star Tribune

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