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Daily Brief: Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 2014

In the Know
Minnesota DFL
Nov. 19, 2014

Events today

  • Gov. Dayton will meet with Representative Paul Thissen on Wednesday 19, 2014. This meeting will be closed to the press.
  • 9:00 a.m – The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources will meet in the State Office Building, Room 5.
  • 9:00 a.m. – The Legislative Commission on Data Practices will meet in the State Office Building, Room 10.

2014 Election
The 7 Numbers You Need to Make Sense of the 2014 Midterms, National Journal

State affirms plan to use bridge to reroute Highway 53 across Iron Range mine pit, Duluth News Tribune
Rochester City Council approves 23-story tower development, taxi ordinance changes, KTTC
MnDOT may build state’s highest bridge to replace endangered stretch of highway, Star Tribune
Met Council Chair Haigh to step down, Star Tribune
Backlash grows against sex offender program, Star Tribune

State Legislature
New House committee structure unveiled, Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services
GOP House Structure Leans Rural, AP
Rural issues highlighted in new House committees, MPR
Minn. GOP puts focus on rural issues in state House reorganization, Star Tribune
2015-2016 House Committee Structure and Chair Appointments, Rep. Kurt Daudt Press Release
Speaker Thissen statement on House Republican Committee Structure, Rep. Paul Thissen Press Release
Statement from Rep. Winkler on House GOP Committees, Rep. Ryan Winkler Press Release
Hayden, Champion prevail in Senate Ethics Committee CSI hearing, Insight News
Minn. House Republicans promise compromise, Star Tribune

House GOP looks to block Obama but keep government open, The Hill

Obama Has the Law—and Reagan—on His Side on Immigration, New Republic
Federalist Society Legal Scholars Begrudgingly Accept Obama’s Immigration Powers, Huffington Post

Keystone XL
Keystone XL pipeline bill fails in the Senate, Vox
Minneapolis pastor launches her own anti-Keystone pipeline effort to Sen. Klobuchar’s office, Star Tribune
The Keystone Pipeline Is Still on Hold. Tar Sands Extraction Is Not., New Republic
Franken, Klobuchar ‘No’ On Keystone, AP

Wisconsin jobs agency releases ad campaign to lure companies, Journal Sentinel
Minnesota property taxes could rise 4 percent in 2015, Pioneer Press
U.S. Economic Confidence Index Continues Climb, Reaches -6, Gallup
Risk of triple-dip recession in euro zone: S&P, CNBC
The Best And Worst States For Business, Forbes
Medtronic meets earnings targets in its second quarter, Star Tribune
Target’s 3Q profit beats expectations, Star Tribune

Affordable Care Act
Meet Michael Cannon, the man who could bring down Obamacare, Vox

Congressional Delegation
Delegation Members Want Hibbing VA Inquiry, AP
Klobuchar, Franken, Walz and Nolan seek probe of Hibbing VA clinic allegations, Star Tribune
Sen. Franken to Justice Department: Explain Collection of Americans’ Cellphone Data from Aircraft,Sen. Al Franken Press Release
House Approves Nolan’s Bill to Aid Grand Portage Chippewa, Rep. Rick Nolan Press Release
Nolan Praises MnDOT’s Decision to Proceed with Faster, Cost-Effective Highway 53 Route, Rep. Rick Nolan Press Release

NSA Overhaul Dies in Senate Vote, Roll Call
The Senate rejected a bill to limit NSA spying. Here’s what you need to know., Vox

Mayor Hodges to meet with police union president, Star Tribune
David Brauer, the man who coined #pointergate joins the show and talks about the media wave on which his hashtag has been riding high, The Daily Agenda

Sad Farewell
Prominent political journalist Jim Ragsdale, 64, dies of pancreatic cancer, MinnPost
Star Tribune reporter Jim Ragsdale dies, MPR
Journalist Jim Ragsdale dies of pancreatic cancer at 64, Star Tribune
Jim Ragsdale, former Pioneer Press reporter and Treasure Hunt clue writer, dies, Pioneer Press

Eric Holder on His Legacy, His Regrets, and His Feelings About the Death Penalty, The Marshall Project

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