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Daily Brief: Monday, July 15th, 2013

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
July 15, 2013
Events today
  • 9 a.m. – U.S. Rep. John Kline holds a career and jobs fair at Eagan Community Center.
  • Noon – Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. secretary of commerce and head of the newly-formed SuperPAC Republicans for Immigration Reform, R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis, and Paul Williams, deputy mayor of St. Paul, will discuss comprehensive immigration reform and what its passage would mean for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, at a luncheon and panel discussion organized by Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA). The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, 225 3rd Ave. S.
  • 5 p.m. – Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting at the Rondo Community Outreach Library to gather public input that best addresses the transition to new health coverage for people who have been enrolled in the state’s high risk health insurance pool, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA).
  • 6 p.m. – Demonstrators hold rally to protest verdict in George Zimmerman case, and demand justice for Trayvon Martin and Minneapolis case of Terrance Franklin. Hennepin County Government Center.
  • Minnesota lawmakers host the Midwestern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments at the Crowne Plaza-St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, continuing through Wednesday.
2014 election
Republicans return abortion to front burner for 2014 elections, Democrats see gain as result, Star Tribune
How conservatives are helping Democrats for 2014, National Journal
Al DeKruif: Costs mounting, revenues shrinking for Obamacare, Mankato Free Press
Capitol chatter: Upset Peterson undecided on 2014, Duluth News Tribune
Eagan Democrat Thomas Craft hopes to unseat John Kline, Pioneer Press
Newcomer launches Minnesota 2nd District DFL campaign, Fargo Forum
Fundraising success gives Senate Dems financial leg up in 2014, The Hill
Thursday fundraising Roundup: Senators Raise the Bar, Roll Call
Why Republicans think they’ve got the math for a Senate majority, National Journal
Secretary of State
Minnesota GOP SOS candidates tell a couple whoppers, Daily Kos
Rosen still mulling run for governor, MPR
Jeff Johnson on 2014 election: More than a budget battle, Johnson website
Class warfare and the “gerry-rigged” Farm Bill, Minnesota 2020
Gov. Mark Dayton: Governors call for farm bill passage, Winona Daily Times
FACT CHECK: Farm bill doesn’t end food stamps, Winona Daily News
Tea party reveals its politics, Fergus Falls Journal
Anderson, Marge
Marge Anderson — In her own words, Aitkin Age
Budget (state)
Minnesota: Restraint, then growth. Lack of restraint, now what? Pioneer Press
Political Quarry blog: Leaders want credit for surplus, St. Cloud Times
Rep. Tina Liebling: DFL ends era of smoke-and-mirrors budgeting, Rochester Post Bulletin
“Leading figures from Minnesota’s state budget agency are headed to Wall Street for meetings with influential credit rating firms…The bond house trips are typical after a new state budget is adopted and before the state gets ready to issue long-term debt to pay for construction projects…Minnesota is one notch below the best rating with each of the three major agencies. Their ratings help determine interest rates on long-term debt. School district borrowing costs are also tied to the state’s credit score…The four-person delegation is led by Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter. He said ahead of this week’s trip that he will argue to the rating agencies that the state’s fiscal situation has stabilized and past budget problems are being confronted directly.” Morning Take
Other view: Paralysis on Capitol Hill hurts American public, Winona Daily Journal
On eve of showdown over Senate rules, party leaders show little agreement on how to proceed, Star Tribune
Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell relationship hits new low, Politico
Congressional delegation
Michele Bachmann re-enters public eye with some bipartisan words but also more attacks on Obamacare, MinnPost
Rep. Michele Bachmann demands fence be built between U.S. and Mexico, Opposing Views
As of Friday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was set to appear on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss the immigration debate in Congress and House Republican efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act. But when the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict came down late Saturday, producers scrambled to juggle the lineup in response and booted Bachmann in the process. “They updated programming,” Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman said. Bachmann’s replacement? U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor. Star Tribune
With Minnesota health insurance exchange beginning in October, forums address widespread confusion on Affordable Care Act, TC Daily Planet
Do we have the will to fight for the jobless? Washington Post
New bill addresses skills gap between businesses, community colleges, Alexandria Echo Press
Poll: 3/4 in Second District want immigration reform in 2013, Patch
Dem senator: I’d support nuclear option if GOP in White House, The Hill
Klobuchar backs filibuster rule change, MinnPost
During her appearance on “This Week,” Klobuchar declared her support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to overhaul the filibuster as it applies to executive branch nominees. Reid wants to employ the so-called nuclear option — changing the rules so executive branch nominees can no longer be blocked by filibusters requiring 60 votes to break. “Why we can’t just do 51 votes is beyond me,” Klobuchar told host George Stephanopoulos. Such a move could pave the route to confirmation for President Obama’s nominees, including his choice to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones. But Democrats and Republicans alike have warned that “going nuclear” could turn the Senate into the House, the chamber where a simple majority reigns supreme. Star Tribune
Bi-partisan effort helping keep $7 billion dedicated to Great Lakes shipping, Northland News Center
Forum editorial: Peterson calls it like it is, Fargo Forum
Walz calls calls GOP-led farm bill an ‘abomination’, Austin Daily Herald
Demographic change amplifying racial inequities, MPR
County DFL to hold annual picnic, Perham
Martin to speak at county DFL picnic July 16, Fergus Falls Journal
Growing wealth gap harms families and the economy, Minnesota Budget Project
A serious local wine industry is taking root in region, MinnPost
Largest employers in Minnesota, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
10. Wells Fargo Bank of Minnesota – 20,000
9.  Wal-Mart Stores, 20,689
8. Health Partners, 21, 855
7. Fairview Health Services, 22,186
6. University of Minnesota, 25, 000
5. Allina Health System, 25, 176
4. U.S. Federal Government, 30, 567
3. Target, 31,100
2. State of Minnesota, 36,899
1. Mayo Foundation, 41,431
Education (federal)
U.S. education secretary to visit Minnesota, Star Tribune
Education (K-12)
More mergers as school districts face tight budgets, fewer students, MPR
Education (higher)
Senate goes back to drawing board on student loans, CBS
A MnSCU for all Minnesotans, Star Tribune
Monticello nuclear plant repairs surge $267 million over budget, Star Tribune
Food stamps
Melinda Henneberger: Food stamp programs work, so why are we cutting them? Pioneer Press
State GOP leader stops in Owatonna to talk taxes, Owatonna People’s Press
Keith Downey: Obamacare will fail, but the fix might be even worse, Rochester Post Bulletin
Gunther LTE: New taxes have arrived, Fairmont Sentential
Hamilton LTE: We’re all paying more with Dems’ tax hikes, Worthington Daily Globe
Franson LTE: Dayton, DFL think you’re Richie Rich, Perham Focus
Erickson LTE: All Minnesotans pay more starting July 1, Kanabec County Times
Health care
Minn. House majority leader touts nursing home legislation, Albert Lea Tribune
Health care town hall meeting set for Tuesday, MPR
Messy rollout of health law echoes Medicare drug expansion, MPR
Pass the bill! New York Times
Kids these days: Unions, workers’ rights and the ‘now’ generation, AFL-CIO
Marriage equality
Washington state’s gay marriage journey offers lessons for Minnesota, Star Tribune
Washington, Minnesota marriage forces move to next causes, Star Tribune
Cities feel squeeze of pension increases, Pioneer Press
Public safety
Some school districts in Green Bay area will allow off-duty officers to bring guns to events, Star Tribune
Reproductive rights
Wisconsin pushes abortion restrictions, Star Tribune
Texas abortion vote joins growing legal frenzy, Star Tribune
St. Paul ballpark
St. Paul Saints pledges another million for ballpark, MPR
Schriock, Stephanie
The force behind EMILY’s List, Politico
Minnesota legislators tout bills that benefit seniors, West Central Tribune
Max and Dave, Washington’s newest power couple, forging friendships and promoting tax reform, Star Tribune
Residents weigh in as Met Council nears key decisions for SW light rail line, MPR
Transportation funding headed for ‘cliff’, Politics in Minnesota
Minnesota GI Bill expansion, Office of Gov. Dayton
Aiding vets in their job hunts gaining steam in Minnesota, Pioneer Press
Zimmerman acquittal
Twin Cities: Local leaders urge peace in wake of Zimmerman acquittal, Pioneer Press
Protesters across the country rally after Zimmerman’s acquittal, advocates call for peace, Star Tribune
President Obama on George Zimmerman verdict: ‘A jury has spoken’, Politico
Dems, civil rights groups urge federal action after Zimmerman trial, The Hill
Via news release from pro-gun control group Protect Minnesota’s Heather MartensVERBATIM: “This deplorable verdict is the direct result of the passage of ‘Shoot First’ in Florida. Under the old law in Florida (and current Minnesota law), if it is possible to safely get out of harm’s way without killing another person, we all have the responsibility to do so. But under ‘Shoot First,’ that is no longer true in Florida…’Shoot First’ places a nearly impossible burden of proof on the prosecution in any murder case where the killer claims he acted in self-defense. And the effect on society is negative. In states with ‘Shoot First’ laws, homicide rates have increased significantly… Protect Minnesota and our allies in law enforcement fought successfully against the adoption of ‘Shoot First’ in Minnesota just last year. For this all Minnesotans should be thankful to Gov. Dayton for his veto…We will continue to fight the adoption of ‘Shoot First’ in Minnesota and work to pass background check laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands.” Morning Take

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Daily Brief: Thursday, July 10th, 2013

In the Know

Minnesota DFL July 10, 2013

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – Americans United for Change will host a press conference call with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), leading gun safety advocates, and a former ATF special agent to implore the committee’s members to put public safety first by moving B. Todd Jones’ confirmation forward. Washington D.C.
  • 11 a.m. – Attorney Jeff Anderson and a local clergy abuse survivor will to ask court to unseal list of 33 priest offenders in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.
  • In WashingtonXcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke testifies in front of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Joint Economic Committee Hearing on Veterans’ Employment; Hearing will examine business practices that create opportunities for veterans and explore new strategies for helping veterans find good jobs; Klobuchar invited CEO of Xcel Energy to testify about his company’s successful efforts to hire veterans.

2013 session
Starting Line: Recap of 2013 Session, Minnesota House of Representatives
New taxes, same-sex marriage mark 2013 session, Minnesota House of Representatives
League of Cities honors 30 state lawmakers for their help, MinnPost
New taxes and the legalization of same-sex marriage were hallmarks of a legislative session in which DFLers wielded more power than they’ve had in a generation.
The DFL controlled the House, Senate and governor’s office for the first time in 22 years, and it shows in the two-year budget that lawmakers wrapped up Monday night. Their plan calls for raising $2.1 billion in new taxes, hiking rates for smokers and the rich. Much of the new money will go to education, including landmark funding for all-day kindergarten and tuition freezes at the state’s public colleges and universities.

Party leaders who summed up their work on Tuesday also pointed to $440 million in property tax relief, job-creation efforts such as money to support a Mayo Clinic expansion, and erasure of a $627 million deficit.

“We have reset the clock in Minnesota,” said Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook). After years of crises, he said, lawmakers balanced the budget with “no gimmicks and no borrowing,” putting the state on a stable fiscal path. Minnesota House of Representatives

2014 election
Secretary of StateReinert out, Kalin in for Minnesota secretary of state race, Duluth News Tribune

1st CD
Republican Aaron Miller, of Byron, is taking a look at running for the First Congressional District seat held by Democrat Tim Walz. Miller, an account manager for a biologic company, said he is talking to people about the run and “doing as much listening as we are talking.” The 44-year-old has volunteered for some area campaigns but has not been heavily involved in politics before, which, he said, may be an advantage. Miller, an Army reservist, said he has been all over the world during his 27 years with the military, including Iraq twice, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. “You can really look across the world and really look at how good we do have it in the United States, and sometimes some of the issues that people squabble over, they tend not to look at the big picture,” he said. Republican state Rep. Mike Benson declared his intention to run for the seat last week. Star Tribune

2nd CD
With $1.1M, Kline is way ahead of Democratic challenger in fund-raising, Star Tribune
Rep. John Kline is one of 7 House GOP members that would fare better in 2014 if there is approval of a new immigration bill, Public Policy Polling
Via news release, VERBATIM: “Thomas Craft of Eagan will be holding an event in the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. to announce his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican John Kline. Craft will seek the Democratic Party’s endorsement and hopes to unseat the incumbent in the 2014 mid-term election.  BACKGROUND: Craft, 30, was born in Little Falls and grew up on a small rural farm near Staples. His father worked as a union machine operator for the railroad and his mother is a Title One teacher’s aide at the local elementary school. He learned the value and rewards of hard work from his upbringing, where his dad’s union job “meant the difference between getting by and getting ahead,” he said. Morning Take

6th CD
Emmer raises $220,000 in race to replace Bachmann, Star Tribune

Redistricting helps GOP in House, but raises worries about immigration, presidential contests, Star Tribune

Johnson to seek GOP gubernatorial nod, Brainerd Dispatch
Hann Won’t Run for Governor, Will Focus on Senate, Minnetonka Patch

Congressional delegation
Bachmann Michele Bachmann Calls Obama’s Push For Health Care Reform ‘Selfish And Calculating’, Huffington Post
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Michele Bachmann?, Advocate.com
Bachmann calls for fence before immigration reform, St. Cloud Times
Bachmann out to kill immigration overhaul, USA Today
The Minnesota Republican contends immigrants who came to the United States illegally shouldn’t be rewarded with legal status. She says they are taking jobs from American citizens and depressing wages because they work for less. Creating a path to legal residency is a key piece of the bill passed by the Senate last month…Bachmann wants to finish building a fence along the border to stop the flow, and then – and only then – consider what to do with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country…She hopes to persuade fellow House Republicans at a special meeting Wednesday to dump any idea of a broader overhaul until the fence is built. USA Today
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture, Huffington Post
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss topics ranging from voting rights and immigration reform to student loan rates and high unemployment among blacks. It was Obama’s first meeting with the group in two years. Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the caucus chairwoman, told reporters that members emphasized the need to protect minority voting rights in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. – Star Tribune

Kline: Time for Senate Democrats to Step Up, Act on Long-term Solution for Student Loan Interest Rates, MENAFN 

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits Lake of the Woods, Walleye Outdoor First
President Obama’s pick to lead the FBI sat across from a familiar face during his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday: Law school classmate Amy Klobuchar. James Comey and Minnesota’s senior senator graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. When Obama nominated Comey to head the FBI, Klobuchar praised Comey’s “intelligence, strength of character, breadth of experience and ability to reach across the aisle and work with others.” A registered Republican, Comey served as deputy attorney general during the George W. Bush administration and now works as a senior research scholar at Columbia University Law School. – Star Tribune

Statement for the Record Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, Congressional website
I along with the majority of my colleagues voted against the House Republican’s extreme bill. Now farmers in Minnesota and across this country are depending on Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement that will continue to grow our agricultural economy and enable us to best meet our future agriculture needs.
In the past, the Farm Bill has received strong bipartisan support. Members of Congress from both rural and urban districts found common ground to support our agriculture sector, keep food affordable, and continue investments in agricultural research. However, this year the House Republican Leadership chose to put partisan politics before the best interests of our farmers, ranchers, and communities.

The bill that I voted against included an unprecedented cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Of the almost $40 billion in cuts, more than half come from a devastating reduction to the nutrition assistance for poor children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. An estimated 38,000 Minnesotans and nearly 2 million Americans would lose their SNAP benefits entirely and 210,000 children would no longer receive free meals at school. Congressional website

Walz, Steele County students hope student loan rates don’t double, Owatonna People’s Press

Federal lawmakers seek disaster declaration for Minnesota farmers, Echo Press
After weather delays planting of crops, farmers hope for high yields, St. Cloud Times
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Governor’s of North and South Dakota send a letter to Congress urging passage of the Farm Bill, Scribd
GOP Leaders Struggle to Find Votes for Farm Bill Without Food Stamps, Roll Call
House GOP considers splitting farm bill into 2 after embarrassing defeat last month, Star Tribune
Gov. Dayton joins Dakota governors in urging Congress to pass farm bill, MinnPost

Budget (federal)
Deficit talks on life support, The Hill

Minnesota Capitol renovation promises to be “miserable”, Star Tribune

Hickenlooper, Dayton, among speakers on Saturday at Aspen SummitAspen Daily News

Education (K-12)
New Education Minnesota leader brings new style, Star Tribune

Education (higher)
Franken: Student loan squabble “incredibly frustrating”, Star Tribune Lawmakers say loan changes tough on black students, MPR
Senate Democrats can’t find the votes for a short-term student loan fix, MinnPost

Job openings, hiring up in May, MPR

Oil companies to pay $7.4 million for wrongly tapping state cleanup fund, Star Tribune
Senate Democrats set for decisive meeting on ‘nuclear option’, The Hill
Frac mining’s pros and cons: Debate focuses on southeastern Minnesota, MinnPost

Republican women’s PAC holds forum on engaging women voters, MinnPost
Minnesota’s GOP leaders warn of new tax-hike era as budget cycle starts, Pioneer Press
GOP quandary: Deport or accept 11M unauthorized immigrants, MPR
GOP wants delay in health law’s individual mandate, MPR

General Assembly overrides governor’s veto of concealed carry bill, Chicago Tribune

Health care
House GOP considers vote to delay ObamaCare individual mandate, The Hill
U.S. Struggles to Meet Health-Law Deadline, Wall Street Journal
Affordable Care Act has unique proving ground in Minnesota, MPR
Latinos important constituency in health care overhaul, MPR

Housing Affordability Must Account for Transportation, Minnesota 2020
Student video documents ‘invisible’ homeless in Minneapolis, MinnPost

House GOP set for critical immigration reform talks, The Hill
GOP quandry: Deport or accept 11M unauthorized immigrants, MPR
Former President Bush pushes for ‘positive resolution’ on immigration reform, Star Tribune
Millions more immigrants under the Senate bill, MPRIRS GOP seeks to torpedo IRS budget, The Hill

At least 500 lawmakers from across the region will descend upon St. Paul next week for the Midwestern Legislative Conference. The conference, which brings together lawmakers and their guests for sessions about leadership, civility and policy topics, will be at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront fromJuly 14-17. The Minnesota House’s Rep. Alice Hausman is the conference chair. Star Tribune

Marriage equality
Carlbom to lead national same-sex marriage effort, Star Tribune
Minnesota’s Carlbom to lead gay marriage campaigns in other states, MinnPost
Minnesota’s chief backer of same-sex marriage takes a national job, MPR
The New State-by-State Fight for Gay Marriage, The Atlantic
NJ governor: Gay marriage ruling a ‘bad decision’, Pioneer Press
Minnesotans United to hold same-sex wedding reception on eve of legalization, MinnPost

National Security Administration
Nation Will Gain by Discussing Surveillance, Expert Tells Privacy Board, NY Times
The price of surveillance: Phone companies charge millions for costs, while web data is cheap, Star Tribune

Obama Reassures House Democrats On Cuts To Social Security, Medicare, Huffington Post

Olmstead Plan
Room packed for ‘Olmstead’ disability hearing, MPR

Reproductive rights
Number of abortions performed in Minnesota drops again, Pioneer Press
State-by-state abortion limits appear headed for the courts, MPR

Synthetic drugs
Committee hears call for tougher laws on synthetic drugs, MN House website
Minnesota Subcommittee Begins Looking into State’s Synthetics Problem, Northland News
MN lawmakers considering ways to fight ‘designer drug’ epidemic, WCCO
Committee holds hearing on synthetic drugs’ impact, KARE

Minnesota cigarette taxes rise on Monday, Pioneer Press

Minneapolis’ 10th Avenue SE Bridge to get major repair work in summer 2014, Twin Cities Daily Planet
Road to Minnesota transportation funds is not a smooth one, Pioneer Press
Is it time to start dismantling downtown freeways?, MinnPost

Innovative ideas brewing to house nearly 900 aging veterans, Minnesota House of Representatives

Vikings Stadium
Vikings stadium: Minneapolis approves next step in area development plan, Pioneer Press

Voting rights
The Next Defense for Voting Rights, Minnesota 2020
Voter ID debate could resurface with task force study, MPR

White House
White House Determined to Start Obamacare Money Flow, Town Hall
White House ramps up effort to sell Obamacare, Washington Post
White House touts economic benefits of immigration reform, The Hill

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Daily Brief: Fri, June 28, 2013

In the Know
Minnesota DFL
June 28, 2013

Events today

Friday, June 28:

  • • 12 p.m. – Closing luncheon for Mississippi River Mayors with David Miller, FEMA administrator for flood mitigation. St. Cloud, River’s Edge Terrace.

Saturday, June 29:

  • • 7:30 a.m. – Implosion of Gage Towers on Minnesota State, Mankato campus.
  • • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. – Twin Cities Pride Parade. The Stonewall DFL Caucus is participating in the event. Loring Park, Minneapolis.

Sunday, June 30:

  • • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – Local Civil Air Patrol squadron holds annual fundraising breakfast at St. Cloud Airport.
  • • 2-9 p.m. – Somali Independence Day Festival. The Minnesota DFL will have an information booth at the event. Lake St. between Blaisdell and Pleasant, Minneapolis.

2014 election
Brainerd-area businessman to challenge DFL’s Nolan for House seat, Duluth News Tribune
Ratings change: Minnesota’s 8th District, Roll Call
Mills is a Packer backer, Brainer Dispatch

Rosen considers run for governor, New Ulm Journal 

Rosen, who has been on the list of Republican political watchers for years as an ideal candidate for higher office, said she is finally likely to do so. Strong encouragement from friends and colleagues is influencing her decision.

“It’s a very real possibility [that I run],” said Rosen.

Rosen, who has served in the Minnesota Senate from 2003, could be formidable challenge to Gov. Mark Dayton, because she is a woman and enjoys relative popularity as a lawmaker.

However, she may face a very challenging battle to win the Republican endorsement or even a primary race. She was chief author and a major player in passage of the Vikings stadium bill, which grew heavy criticism from many state Republicans.

In a general election run, she could face criticism for voting in favor of the controversial constitutional amendments for voter ID and banning same-sex marriage. She was also against the statewide moratorium on frack sand mining, which has increasingly become an issue in out-state areas. New Ulm Journal

Top Republican women aim to recruit female candidates for 2014, The Hill

Congressional delegation
USA: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Great Lakes, Dredging Today
Officials seek input from veterans in East Grand Forks, WDAZ
Vulnerable Dems risk defeat with yes votes on immigration bill, The Hill
AIPAC, others, laud Kerry’s efforts in Senate meet, Jerusalem Post
Sen. Franken Applauds President’s Speech on Climate Change, Congressional website


Klobuchar Hitting Trail For Fellow Dems, National Journal

McCollum on Defense of Marriage Act Supreme Court Ruling: ‘Victory for Love and Equality’, Woodbury Patch


Six weeks after Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

“Today is a victory for love and equality over blatant discrimination,” Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who represents Woodbury, said in a statement. “This ruling will afford legally married same-sex spouses all of the federal rights and benefits afforded to opposite-sex married couples.”


“For same-sex couples who will soon be married in Minnesota, this decision is a victory for equality,” McCollum said. “Still, I am reminded that there is more work to do to guarantee all LGBT Americans equal rights and full marriage equality in all 50 states.”

Starting Aug. 1, Minnesota will recognize same-sex unions. Legislation passed by the Minnesota House and Senate and was signed into law May 12. Woodbury Patch

2016 election
Potential 2016 GOP candidates split, The Hill

Three potential Republican presidential contenders split on the Senate’s immigration vote on Wednesday afternoon, highlighting divisions within the party that could echo in 2016.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), one of the bill’s architects, voted in favor, while Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) opposed it.


The bill passed 68-32, with 14 Republicans and every Democrat voting in favor.

Their votes came as little surprise and followed a split earlier Thursday, when the Senate voted to end debate on the bill.


Paul and Cruz have opposed the bill because it lacks what they believe to be adequate border security provisions.


Their position aligns with that of most conservative grassroots and Tea Party groups, which formed the backbone of their support in their Senate runs. The Hill
What happens with farmers, food stamps and the USDA with no farm bill?, Washington Post

First big hurdle coming for Ryan’s plan, Finance and Commerce
Minnesota likely to avoid states’ budget shock from ACA’s ‘welcome mat’ effect, MPR

Climate change
Minnesota likely out in front of carbon emissions, climate change mandates, Star Tribune
IMF: ‘Climate change will create jobs’, The Hill

Dayton will be down for days because of a torn hip muscle, Star Tribune
Dayton shrugs off GOP call to repeal new sales tax, Pioneer Press

Minnesota eating Wisconsin’s economic lunch, MPR
House panel reviews economic development strategies, MN State legislature website
Minn., Sweden officials sign bioenergy agreement, Bio Mass Magazine
Other view: An improving economy — on a pre-tax basis, Duluth News Tribune
New Americans crucial to Minnesota’s economy, Minnesota Budget Bites

Education (K-12)
Watkins, Jett report challenges for St. Cloud school district, SC Times
St. Paul teachers seeking $23.7 million over two years, Star Tribune
High school seniors fare no better than in 1970s, Pioneer Press

Education (higher)
University of Minnesota students push for more sustainable, transparent food purchases from University Dining Services, TC Daily Planet
Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1, NPR
Student loan deal seems on edge of falling apart, MPR

A Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers Stirs a Tech Debate, NY Times
With changes to its unemployment law, NC becomes 1st state to drop federal jobless funds, Star Tribune

Minneapolis mayoral candidates talk energy issues at environmental forum, TC Daily Planet

Health care
Minnesota Medicaid rolls could expand rapidly with health reform law, Star Tribune
Republican lawmaker to NFL and NBA: Don’t do ObamaCare’s ‘dirty work’, The Hill
How will MN health-insurance exchange software work? Think TurboTax, MSP Business Journal
MNsure I.T. costs up nearly $5M, MPR
GOP wants Minn. special session on warehousing tax, SF Gate
Minnesota GOP lawmakers seek special session to stop warehouse tax, Grand Forks Herald
Senate GOP fight breaks open over spending bills, The Hill
Are GOP and businesses crying wolf over impact of new warehouse tax?, MinnPost


Twin Cities residential building permits up again in June, MinnPost

In Senate Floor Speech, Rubio Explains His Immigration Push, NY Times
Immigration overhaul: Senate passes historic bill, MPR
Senate approves immigration bill 68-32, The Hill
More than half of GOP senators vote no, The Hill
Boehner facing Dem pressure as immigration fight moves to House, The Hill
Senate’s Immigration Joy Could Turn To Ashes In House, MPR

IRS scandal report prompts partisan sniping in House, LA Times

Lobbyists that have not Filed Disbursement Reports Due June 17, 2013, CF State Board

Marriage equality
Minnesota gay rights activists exult in decision, while opponents say fight continues, Star Tribune
Supreme Court Trifecta-plus: What this week’s big decisions mean for Minnesotans, TC Daily Planet
Rybak introduces first same-sex couples to marry in Minneapolis, Star Tribune
City Hall will host 40 gay marriages on morning of Aug. 1, Star Tribune
Some Minnesotans in Congress speak up on gay marriage ruling, others duck, Star Tribune
Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop 8, Minnetonka Patch
After marriage ruling, many Minnesota politicians eager to move on, MPR
DOMA ruling could limit ObamaCare eligibility, The Hill

New Firm in Town
Richard Carlbom, manager of the successful Minnesotans United campaign to defeat a gay marriage ban and to legalize same-sex marriage, has joined with former St. Paul mayoral staffer Sarah Erickson and Minnesotans United fundraiser Kristen McMullen to form United Strategies. The new Twin Cities firm will do fundraising, lobbying and “coalition building.” Included in the trio’s announcement: praise for the three from Minnesota House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, and St. Paul Chamber president Matt Kramer, a former commissioner under Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Obama calls for House to act on immigration, The Hill
Obama: Visit to Goree Island a ‘very powerful moment’, The Hill
Love Lost Between Africa And President Obama?, MPR
Obama: Time For A Mutually Beneficial Alliance With Africa, MPR
Minnesota Pollution
MPCA issues alarming report on nitrogen pollution in southern Minnesota watersheds, TC Daily Planet

Reproductive rights
Perry: ‘Unfortunate’ Davis didn’t learn from her experience as a single mother, The Hill
Texas governor says filibuster star’s own life story should make her oppose abortion, Star Tribune

St. Paul Saints
Demolition begins on new St. Paul Saints ballpark site, Pioneer Press

Senate News
Minn. Senate leaders won’t settle Brodkorb lawsuit, Kare 11

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, on Wednesday explained a bit of the reasoning behind why he believes the Senate was right to dismiss communications director Michael Brodkorb in 2011. Brodkorb was fired after then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from leadership in the wake of an affair she had with him. “His employment was terminated because he didn’t have a direct supervisor to report to,” Bakk said. “And, I should say, that’s not unlike when Sen. [John] Hottinger stepped down [in 2004] as majority leader, that communications director was dismissed. When Sen. Dean Johnson was beaten in his election [in 2006], that communications director was dismissed. So it has been the precedent of the Senate that the communications directors report directly to the majority leader. When she [Koch] was no longer the majority leader, he had no supervisor and he had no position.” Brodkorb is suing the Senate, claiming that he was fired because of the affair while female employees who had affairs were allowed to keep working. Star Tribune

Senators begin drive for tax reform by wiping the slate clean, The Hill

Foxx confirmed for transportation chief, The Hill
New I-94 entry in the works for Minneapolis, MSP Business Journal
Public transit agencies deride ‘patent trolls’, MPR
DEED gives $15 million to five highway projects to spur economic development, MinnPost

U.S. Supreme Court
Roberts Pulls Supreme Court to the Right Step by Step, NY Times

Voting rights
Al Franken calls on Congress to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, Politicus USA

White House
White House requests $70 billion for new intelligence programs, operations, The Hill
White House set to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh, The Hill


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Daily Brief: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

In The Know

Minnesota DFL
Jun. 27, 2013
Events today:
  • 10:30 a.m. State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) and several impacted business owners will hold a press conference urging Gov. Dayton to call a special session to repeal the new sales tax on warehousing and storage services.
  • Mayor Rybak introduced Aug. 1st same-sex wedding couples.
  • 11: 30 a.m. More than 20 Mississippi River mayors hold press briefing to announce developments in their work to make the Mississippi more sustainable in St. Cloud.
  • Sen. Al Franken and Senate Democrats will hold a press conference in Washington DC to offer solutions to prevent student loan rates from doubling.
2014 election
Minnesota: Challengers to Gov. Dayton line up. Good., Pioneer Press
Sen. Thompson now formally fourth GOP candidate for governor, says education is top issue, MinnPost
Dave Thompson’s run for Minnesota governor formally announced, Pioneer Press
Republican Sen. Dave Thompson launches 2014 campaign for governor, Politics in Minnesota
Sen. Dave Thompson joins Minnesota governor race, Duluth News Tribune
GOP state Sen. Thompson launches bid for governor, Star Tribune
Zellers touts experience, roots in goal for governor, St Cloud Times
Minnesota governor candidate Kurt Zellers visits Duluth, Duluth News Tribune
Stewart Mills eyes a run against Rep. Rick Nolan in 2014, Politics in Minnesota
Businessman Stewart Mills announces 8th District challenge to Nolan, MinnPost
Stewart Mills to run for 8th Dist. seat, MPR
Mills will seek to unseat Nolan in the 8th District, Brainerd Dispatch
Mills Fleet Farm exec hopes to oust U.S. Rep. Nolan, D-Minn, Star Tribune
Stewart Mills, Minnesota congressional hopeful, is a Packers fan, City Pages
The Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Rethink Our Food System Priorities?, MN 2020
Minnesota needs to measure budget effectiveness, Star Tribune
Congressional delegation
Pelosi: ‘Who Cares?’ About Bachmann’s DOMA Reaction, Roll Call
Michele Bachmann: DOMA, Proposition 8 Rulings ‘Attacked Our Constitution’, Huffington Post
DOMA ruling: What Michele Bachmann said, FOX 9
Aid to Syria unites Bachmann and Nolan, MinnPost
Rep. Keith Ellison: In the Richest Nation in the World, Our Farm Bill Should Not Lead to More Hunger, Huffington Post
Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP has chance to ‘rebrand’ with reaction to voting rights ruling, Washington Times
In a speech delivered from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged action to prevent the rate hike on student loans slated to take place on July 1.
“Countless students at schools across Minnesota demonstrate tremendous perseverance and grit in getting a college education and in cobbling together the resources to pay for it,” Sen. Franken said in his speech. “They are working incredibly hard, and they are still taking on significant amounts of debt—debt that will stay with them for a good portion of their lives. Paying for college shouldn’t have to be that hard.” ECM
Rep. Walz statement on Supreme Court ruling, WXOX News
Hip-muscle tear hobbles Gov. Dayton, but he plans to make Pride parade, MinnPost
Dayton will be down for days because of a torn hip muscle, Star Tribune
Dayton expects more than $3 billion in bonding requests but will limit proposal to $1 billion, MinnPost
Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates, City Pages
Nick Hanauer: The Capitalist’s case for a $15 minimum wage, Politics in Minnesota
42 Business Expansions in the First Quarter, DEED Reports
Stocks rise as spending increases, jobless claims fall; market headed for third straight gain, Star Tribune
Jobless benefit applications fall again, MPR
Minnesota businesses seen as winners in DOMA decision, MinnPost
Minnesota survey: 77% of business-service firms expect stable or improved revenue, MinnPost
Education (K-12)
On standardized tests, 17-year-old students are doing no better than they did decades ago, Star Tribune
Education (higher)
State raises aid to part-time, working students by $24 million, St. Cloud Times
Our opinion: An educated move, Austin Daily Herald
Report: Minnesota a Top 10 clean energy state, MPR
What Obama’s Climate Plan Means for MN, MN 2020
GOP Candidates Should Heed Lessons of the Past 15 Years, NextMinnesota
Sen. Fischbach’s recorded Brodkorb chat may bring sting at Capitol, St. Cloud Times
Senate prepared to pay out $500,000 more in legal costs for Brodkorb case, Star Tribune
Senate panel set to approve next Brodkorb-related legal bill, Star Tribune
State Senate earmarks $500,000 for Brodkorb suit, MPR
Minn. Senate leaders won’t settle Brodkorb lawsuit, KARE 11
House Republicans may split farm bill in two, Politico
Gun control
Ideas for legislation abound, but little happens, Albert Lea Tribune
Minnesota Medicaid rolls could expand rapidly with health reform law, Star Tribune
MNsure I.T. costs up to nearly $5M, MPR
Timing of legislation becomes key to immigration reform chances, The Hill
GOP prepares to pummel red-state Dems on immigration reform votes, The Hill
Minnesota Dream Act opens state aid to immigrant students, Alexandria Echo Press
Senate nearing OK of historic immigration bill offering citizenship to millions here illegally, Star Tribune
Paul Ryan: House won’t take up Senate immigration bill, Politico
Marriage equality
DOMA decision will grant equal rights to MN couples, FOX 9
What do this week’s Supreme Court’s decisions mean to you? Marriage equality, voting rights, affirmative action – and more, TC Daily Planet
Minnesota Reactions to SCOTUS Decision on DOMA, WCCO
What’s next for local gay marriage movement, KARE 11
What’s Next After Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision, WCCO
Supreme Court boosts gay marriage, The Hill
Major victories for same-sex couples, equal rights, Star Tribune
With DOMA struck down, Minnesota activists cheer, jeer, MPR
Al Franken Urges the Restoration of Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, Politicus
Gay marriage rulings greeted in Minnesota with joy and new resolve, Pioneer Press
Supreme Court delivers major victories for those seeking marriage quality, MinnPost
Minnesota delegation begins weighing in on DOMA decision, MinnPost
Gay lobby’s next target: Benefits in all 50 states, The Hill
Minnesota gay rights activists exult in ruling; opponents say fight continues, Star Tribune
Some Minnesotans in Congress speak up on gay marriage ruling, others duck, Star Tribune
Mayor to officiate at Mpls. 1st same-sex weddings when Minn. gay marriage law takes effect,
Star Tribune
City Hall will host 40 gay marriages on morning of Aug. 1, Star Tribune
After marriage ruling, many Minnesota politicians eager to move on, MPR
A couple of day-after points from the marriage rulings, MinnPost
Minneapolis firsts: It’s tears and smiles as Rybak introduces Aug. 1 wedding couples, MinnPost
Gay rights lobbyists plan to use their victory at the Supreme Court to push legislation that would ensure married same-sex couples are eligible for federal benefits in all 50 states. Activists triumphed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday when the majority ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a Clinton-era law that had prevented gay couples from receiving federal benefits, is discriminatory and unconstitutional. But the groups said their victory was incomplete because it’s not clear from the court ruling if married gay couples would lose their benefits if they move to one of the 37 states where gay marriage is illegal.
That means another major lobbying battle is at hand for groups on both sides of the marriage debate. –The Hill
Obama follows on gay rights – again, Politico
Obama praises ruling on gay marriage while in Africa, where many nations outlaw homosexuality, Star Tribune
Obama: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Has More Documents, MPR
Reproductive rights
Texas Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis’ Fort Worth Office Firebombed, Daily Kos
Legislative Analysis: Too Much Spending, Taxing, Too Little Reform, NextMinnesota
Minnesota Republicans want special session on warehousing tax, Pioneer Press
Letter: Willing to pay, Pioneer Press
Rochester to boost neighboring cities with sales tax dollars, MPR
Minnesota DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler tweets, deletes “Uncle Thomas” reference to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Star Tribune
Minnesota Rep. Ryan Winkler apologizes for ‘Uncle Thomas’ tweet, FOX 9
Wis. Republicans craft amendment to eliminate treasurer, secretary of state, Star Tribune

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Daily Brief: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
June 26, 2013

Events today
  • 6:45 a.m. – MN350 hosted Enbridge pipeline field trip to northern Minnesota. Group meets at IATP Stevens Building. Returns around 9 p.m.
  • 9 a.m. – Hubert H. “Skip” Humphrey, assistant director of Consumer Education and Engagement for the Office of Older Americans, was the keynote speaker at Clay County’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit, “There’s No Excuse for Elder Abuse.”
  • 10 a.m. –  Republican state Sen. Dave Thompson launched his campaign for governor with a four-stop tour of Minnesota. St. Paul – 10 a.m., State Capital – Duluth – 12:30 p.m., Rochester – 3 p.m., Lakeville – 5:30 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. – Gov. Mark Dayton participated in grand opening celebration for Endeavor Air, formerly known as Pinnacle Airlines, at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Endeavor Air Headquarters.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency discussed findings of its study of nitrogen in surface waters. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
  • 11 a.m. – Some of Minnesota’s Christian faith leaders hold news conference to release a new, joint statement calling on Congress to pass compassionate immigration reform. U.S. Courthouse plaza.
2013 session
NextMinnesotans’ Legislative Analysis: Too Much Spending, Taxing, Too Little Reform, Next Minnesota
2014 election
Second Republican Announces Bid for Bachmann Seat #MN06, Roll Call
Pederson joins the GOP field in MN-06, MN Progressive Project
Flashback: Tom Emmer – The Next Michele Bachmann, Big Eddie Radio
Congressional Candidate Tom Emmer At Wright County Tea Party Patriots July 2, St. Michael Patch
Mills Fleet Farm executive to vie for Congress, Star Tribune
Stewart Mills eyes a run against Rep. Rick Nolan in 2014, Politics in Minnesota
With Michele Bachmann out, Democrats targeting John Kline, Politico
Thompson, a radio talk show host turned state senator, sets out on campaign for Minn. governor, Star Tribune
Dave Thompson Joins The Race Against Gov. Dayton, CBS Local
Zellers touts experience, roots in goal for governor, SC Times
Zellers Calls Securing GOP Nom ‘First Focus’ in Gov. Race, WDIO
DFL chairman, Martin, rips Zellers’ candidacy for governor, Crookston Times
Minnesota: Challengers to Gov. Dayton line up. Good. Pioneer Press
Dave Thompson’s run for Minnesota governor formally announced, Pioneer Press
During a Capitol press conference, Thompson — a lawyer, former radio talk show host and two-term lawmaker from Lakeville — laid out a standard Republican vision for his candidacy, calling for lower taxes, less government regulation and more educational opportunities.
Asked what distinguishes him from the other GOP candidates, he replied, “I believe what I bring to the table is the ability to talk to people in such a way that they’re accepting of my ideas and my values. I believe in the individual,” he said. “I believe within every person resides the seeds of greatness, and I think as governor my goal will be to get out of your way.
“My goal will be to attempt to make sure that whatever your dream is, you can pursue it without feeling government is something you have to manage and handle and fight against simply to succeed, prosper and enjoy your family.” Pioneer Press
Sen. Al Franken not ‘top target’ for Senate Republicans in 2014, Pioneer Press
The midterm congressional elections are more than a year away. But Republicans already are going after vulnerable Democrats in their quest to gain the six seats they need to return to Senate power. They’re largely focusing on vulnerable Democrats in Republican-tilting states: Louisiana, North Carolina, Alaska and Arkansas, as well as swing and conservative states where Democrats are retiring, such as Iowa, South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana.
Minnesota GOP Chairman Keith Downey acknowledged that, because of the tight 2008 margin, Republicans initially assumed Franken would be easy to beat in 2014. “People in politics always make too many assumptions about the future, but that was certainly the perspective,” he said.Pioneer Press
Congressional delegation
Michele Bachmann: Abortion, IRS, Tea Party, Questlove, St. Michael Patch
Bachmann and Nolan join up to block military aid to Syrian rebels, Star Tribune
Congresswoman Bachmann’s Staff in Waite Park on Wednesday, WJON
Congressional Progressive Caucus Launches Campaign To Expose ‘The Scandal Of Low Wages, Think Progress
Ellison renews call to end sequester; says area’s most vulnerable hardest hit, TC Daily Planet
Rep. Mark Pocan: High court ruling on Voting Rights Act an ‘assault’, Journal Sentinel
‘Daily Show’: Watch John Oliver Watch Al Franken Explain a Joke, The Wrap
Most vulnerable senators back ‘border surge’ amendment, The Hill
Sen. Franken Calls for Strong Workforce Investments to Help Get Minnesotans Back to Work, Congressional website
At a Senate Labor Committee hearing on reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Thursday, Sen. Franken said that to help fix the skills gap-where jobs are going unfilled because businesses can’t find workers with the right skills-it’s critical to invest in and strengthen job-training programs. And in an ongoing effort to get Americans back to work, Sen. Franken said he will soon be introducing a bill called the Community College to Career Fund Act, which would provide competitive grants to businesses that partner with educational institutions like community and technical colleges to train workers for in-demand jobs.
“When I travel around Minnesota and I talk to business owners, everywhere I go they tell me that they have jobs they want to fill that they can’t,” Sen. Franken said during the hearing. “Minnesota and many other states are working to address this problem by bringing businesses and community and technical colleges together. [And] based on what I’ve seen that works, I’m going to be introducing stand-alone legislation to provide funding to help jumpstart or scale up these partnerships.” Congressional website

Thousands of mourners crowd St. Paul Cathedral to remember Vince Flynn, Kare 11
U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson (Minn.-D) talks to Mike McFeely about the voting down of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representative,KFGO
White House threatens to veto House Agriculture spending bill, The Hill

Climate change
Obama takes aim at climate change, Star Tribune
Minnesota utilities on track to exceed goals of Obama’s climate plan, MPR
What will new climate plan mean in Minnesota? Three experts read the tea leaves, MinnPost
Mark Dayton’s 2014 bonding bill proposal could hit $1 billion, Pioneer Press
Minnesota officials mark state’s role at Gettysburg, Pioneer Press
Governor Dayton and Delegates Return after Successful Trade Mission, Governors blog
Michael Snow named top federal-level Minnesota political donor of 2012, Politics in Minnesota
Trading Away Minnesota’s Democracy, MN 2020
Minnesota survey: 77% of business-service firms expect stable or improved revenue, MinnPost
Education (K-12)
St. Paul teachers build parent engagement, trust through home visits, TC Daily Planet
State pumps money into early education to close achievement gap, MPR
Minnesota education: It’s progress to say it’s not just racism, Star Tribune
Education (higher)
University program preps first-generation college students, TC Daily Planet
Exactly how many more bachelor’s degrees should the metro area be producing? MPR
University of Minnesota regents approve $3.68B budget, Pioneer Press
Democrat Wins Special Election for Kerry’s Senate Seat, MPR
Five lessons learned from the Mass. Senate race, The Hill
The patience of Sen.-elect Ed Markey, MinnPost
Manchin: Obama declared ‘war on coal’, The Hill
Republicans: Obama climate plan is “anti-American” war on energy, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Minnesota Power to take a hit from Obama’s emissions plan, Duluth News Tribune
Health care
Obamacare costing wages, hours at work, The Hill
Cantor touts health bill in hospital visit, The Hill
Rejecting “More is Better” Medicine, MN 2020
The fight for rural healthcare funding in Washington, MPR
Minnesota GOP shows welcome signs of life, Star Tribune
GOP Gay-Marriage Supporter Censured, News Max
Gay Marriage support costs Republican Sen. Branden Peterson, Star Tribune
Sen. Fischbach’s recorded Brodkorb chat may bring sting at Capitol, SC Times
Republicans continue to move closer to irrelevance, MN Progressive Project
G.O.P. in House Leaves Immigration Bill in Doubt, NY Times
Pelosi predicts Congress will approve immigration bill, The Hill
‘Lavish’ IRS confab cost $2.4M, The Hill
Government watchdog says IRS long resisted oversight of group that targeted political groups, Star Tribune
IRS scandal Q&A: Progressives also targeted, MPR
Marriage equality
Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings, NY Times
Supreme Court strikes down federal provision denying benefits to married gay couples, Star Tribune
Supreme Court delivers major victories for those seeking marriage equality, MinnPost
AG: in wake of court decision, Justice Dept to use authority to combat discrimination, Star Tribune
Minnesota gay marriage foes were outspent 10 to 1, MinnPost
Minnesota businesses seen as winners in DOMA decision, MinnPost
Obama offers Keystone surprise in climate change agenda speech, The Hill
Ahead of Obama’s visit, Africans feel he hasn’t lived up to promises, Washington Post
Obama invites court fight with aggressive climate rules, The Hill
Reproductive rights
Amid mass confusion and protests, Texas abortion bill fails to pass in time for deadline, Star Tribune
New Report Reveals 2013 Tax Act is Powerfully Progressive, MN 2020
Obama touts gas mileage standards in climate speech, The Hill
Minneapolis streetcar plan wins unanimous support from City Council, MPR
MnDOT boss: DBE issues need work, Finance and Commerce
U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court delivers major victories for those seeking marriage equality, MinnPost
Voting rights
Storm follows Voting Rights Act decision, The Hill
Voting rights: Court frees states with history of racial discrimination from strict oversight, Star Tribune
Beyond Black and White, New Force Reshapes South, NY Times
Voting Rights Act ruling reaction in 13 quotes, MPR
Voting rights, judicial wrongs and a call to action, TC Daily Planet
White House
Seeking to woo youths, White House attempts to make ObamaCare cool, The Hill
White House demands Russia expel NSA leaker ‘without delay’, The Hill
DFL Rep. Winkler tweets and deletes ‘Uncle Thomas’, Star Tribune
DFL state lawmaker retracts controversial tweet, MPR

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