Good morning, and welcome to Monday after a long Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you had a good one. Let’s take a look at some Digest items you may have missed while you were digesting.
1. Hennepin County prosecutors are expected to make a decision today on charges in the shooting of five people last week near Black Lives Matter protests in north Minneapolis. (MPR News)
2. The events of the past few weeks in have Minnesota Democrats wanting to add measures to address racial disparities to a special legislative session agenda that would also include unemployment benefits for Iron Range workers. But the disparity issue may be too much to pack into a one day special session. (AP via MPR News)
3. Special session or not, these are tough times on the Iron Range. (Star Tribune)
4. “A pretty poorly adjusted guy,” is how one person who knows him describes the man suspected of the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three people and wounded nine. (New York Times)
5. Abortion rights supporters believe there’s a direct connection between the shooting and political rhetoric condemning Planned Parenthood. The Republican presidential candidates deny that. (Washington Post)
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is one of four candidates under consideration for state appeals court judge.
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the candidates Wednesday in a news release from Gov. Mark Dayton’s office. Dayton needs to fill two at-large vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. One vacancy is the result of Natalie Hudson’s appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The other is the result of the scheduled retirement of John Smith in February.
Jesson has been in charge of the largest state government department since 2011. She sent an email to DHS employees notifying them of her candidacy.
“As a long-time attorney and daughter of a judge, I have always been interested in serving in the judiciary,” Jesson wrote. “After five productive, fulfilling and eventful years as DHS commissioner, the time seems right to pursue this opportunity.”
The other candidates are Fourth District Court Judge Diane Bratvold, Second District Court Judge Jeffrey Bryan and University of Minnesota Deputy General Counsel Tracy Smith.
An announcement of the appointments will be made following candidate interviews in the coming weeks, according to the news release.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning a campaign stop in Minnesota next month.
Clinton’s campaign announced Wednesday that she will appear at an event in Minneapolis on Dec. 15, to “continue building her grassroots network in Minnesota” ahead of the state’s March 1 precinct caucuses. The time and location were not announced.
The campaign advisory said that the former secretary of state will discuss “issues that keep Minnesotans up at night” at the event and how she would address those issues as president.
Clinton has the support of many key Minnesota Democrats, including Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.
Her last appearance here was in August during the Democratic National Committee summer meeting. Clinton’s Democratic rivals, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, also appeared at the meeting.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is also coming to Minnesota. He has a private fundraiser scheduled Dec. 2 in Minneapolis.
The last Republican presidential candidate to visit Minnesota was Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator made stops in Duluth, Minneapolis and Rochester on Nov. 9.
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