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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Nov. 12, 2014
Events today

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks and present a proclamation at “WE Day” at the Xcel Energy Center.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Senate Health, Human Services and Housing committee meets.
  • Noon – More than 50 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will rally outside AT&T in downtown Minneapolis, calling on the multibillion dollar corporation to comply with Minnesota state law and stop denying senior employees the ability to use and be paid for personal sick leave benefits earned over decades of employment with AT&T. In June 2014, the Minnesota Department of Labor found AT&T to be out of compliance with the law and issued a directive for the corporation to comply with Minnesota statute 181.9413, paying for the sick leave benefits long-term employees have earned and deserve to use.
  • 2 p.m. – Rural Task Force meets to hear a presentation on workforce development and discuss rural permitting with the Coop Network, AgriGrowth Council and Commission John Linc Stine.

2014 election
News Flash: Progressives have a winning economic narrative — and Democrats who used it won, Huffington Post
Election Night: Behind-the-scenes moments at the DFL, Star Tribune
Luck of the draw breaks tie vote in Cook County, Star Tribune
GOP waves knocks out bench of future Democratic candidates, Star Tribune
How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota, MinnPost
GOP House candidates swept rural Minnesota. Does that mean voters there are monolithically Republican? MinnPost
Tumbling dice: Moe wins tiebreaker for Cook County Board, MPR
Mindset of young voters in Central Minnesota? Complex, St. Cloud Times

By the numbers: Digging into Minnesota House data, Star Tribune

Some good stats on the new Minnesota House, courtesy of the staff at Session Daily: 72 GOP, 62 DFL; 90 men and 44 women, or a two-to-one ratio; 26 newly elected members, including 21 from the GOP; 20 newly elected men, 6 women; nearly one-in-five members of the new House did not serve last session; despite all the turnover, 91 percent of incumbents were re-elected. Star Tribune

U.S. House
The best congressional campaigns of 2014, Roll Call

U.S. Senate
The best candidate of the 2014 election, Washington Post
Alaska counting thousands of outstanding ballots that will decide Senate, governor races, Star Tribune
GOP US Senate sweep continues as Sullivan upsets incumbent in Alaska race, Star Tribune

Congressional delegation
Minnesota Rep. FitzSimmons will lead U.S. Rep. Emmer’s staff, Star Tribune

Franken backs Obama call for Internet to be regulated as public utility, MinnPost

Rep. Tim Walz faces uphill climb to top spot on VA committee, Star Tribune
Minnesota tax collections in October netted $1.69 billion, up nearly 5 percent from previous forecast, Star Tribune
Women are much more pessimistic than men are about the US job market, Star Tribune

Tax revenue came in at $1.687 billion in October, up nearly 5 percent from officials’ February projections. For the year, revenue is up 0.5 percent from an earlier projection. The numbers are preliminary and can bounce around, but continued strong results could help smooth budget negotiations next year. – Star Tribune
Worrisome trends in Minnesota voter turnout, Star Tribune
Do we really need midterm elections? MPR
As much as they dislike MNsure, Republicans may only tinker with it, MPR
#pointergate reveals deeper City Hall rift between city, police union, Star Tribune
Tevlin: Little nonprofit is feeling the love in wake of ‘Pointergate’, Star Tribune

Few Minnesota taxpayers survive ‘domicile swamp’, Star Tribune

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