Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, campaigned on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at a rally in Duluth, Minn. AP Photo | Jim Mone
Former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is headed to Minnesota next week to rally supporters to get behind Hillary Clinton.
Sanders trounced Clinton in Minnesota’s March precinct caucuses. While many Democrats who went with him have moved into her corner, some voters who backed him have been reluctant to commit to Clinton in November’s election.
Good morning and welcome to the last Friday of September. Let’s take a look at the Digest.
1. There may finally be an end in sight for the Allina nurses’ strike. After three days of negotiations, the Minnesota Nurses Association said it would let its members decide whether to approve Allina Health’s latest contract proposal. Union negotiators said in a statement that they are “not making a recommendation” on the offer. The rank and file will vote Monday on the three-year package, which would be retroactive to June 1. (MPR News)
2. In Rochester a political novice is battling a former lawmaker in one of the most competitive state House races of the year. Democrat Duane Sauke and Republican Fran Bradley are competing to succeed longtime Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, who announced last year she would step down. The winner could help determine which party controls the Minnesota House next year. Not too long ago Republicans could count on winning the district. But since 2004, the district has moved steadily toward Democrats. In recent years, voters in there have favored Democratic candidates, voting for President Obama and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
3. Here’s more on a story I mentioned yesterday. This week a super PAC that’s fighting to flip control of the U.S. House from Republicans to Democrats cancelled hundreds of thousands of dollars in planned TV advertising against Minnesota Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen. Since Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican ticket, Democrats have been unrelenting in their effort to tie Paulsen to Trump. The House Majority PAC’s move could be a sign the strategy is not working. (MPR News)
4. A day after Congress overrode President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, top leaders in Congress backpedaled and were expressing doubts about the law. “We want to make sure that the 9/11 victims and their families have their day in court,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Thursday. “At the same time, I would like to think there may be some work to be done to protect our service members overseas from any kind of — any kind of legal ensnarements that could occur, any kind of retribution.” That same concern was a big reason Obama vetoed the bill in the first place. (Bloomberg Politics)
5. Hillary Clinton is caught on tape that was apparently hacked and leaked talking about nuclear weapons and punishing countries that hack into secret information. In remarks at a fundraiser in February she voiced opposition to a plan to modernize nuclear weapons and build nuclear-equipped cruise missiles. She also indicated she would be tougher than President Obama on nations that hack into U.S. computer networks. (New York Times)
Good morning. Here it is Thursday already and there’s a lot of news to consider. Congress actually passed a continuing resolution and overrode a presidential veto on Wednesday. But there is other ground to cover in the Digest.
1. Millions of dollars have already been spent on the campaign for control of the Minnesota Legislature, and millions more are coming. Reports released Wednesday showed the legislative caucuses and outside groups are spending and stockpiling lots of money, and aiming a lot of it at key races that are likely to determine which party has the majority in both the House and Senate. (Pioneer Press)
2. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished its investigation of the police shooting of Philando Castile. The agency handed its findings over to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who must now decide if he alone will choose whether to to prosecute St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Castile’s death or hand the case to a grand jury to determine whether Yanez should be charged. (MPR News)
3. A Democratic super PAC has cancelled more than half a million dollars in scheduled advertising on behalf of Democrat Terri Bonoff in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Bonoff is challenging Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen, and Republicans say the cancelled ads are a good sign that Paulsen is winning. (Roll Call)
4. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing that he believes Dahir Adan, the man who injured 10 people at a St. Cloud shopping mall stabbing earlier this month before he was shot and killed, appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by extremist ideology. Comey didn’t provide many details and said the FBI is “still working on it.” (AP)
5. Donald Trump and his surrogates have begun trying to use Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities against Hillary Clinton. They say the way she reacted to his affairs denigrated the women Bill Clinton was involved with. The strategy has obvious risks, especially since Trump’s own unfaithfulness was the stuff of tabloid headlines, but it’s not the first time it has come up. (Washington Post)
For the second time in five weeks, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has closed the door on a potential special legislative session to pass a tax relief bill and a package of public construction projects. Read more →