Daily Donkey, March 4

Daily Donkey

Minnesota DFL
March 4, 2016
202 days before people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
248 days until Election Day, Nov. 8

Events today

  • Noon – Gary Eichten’s “Ask the Governor” session held last night at the College of St. Benedict will air on MPR.
  • 7 p.m. – DFL Chairman Ken Martin will appear on TPT’s “Almanac.”

Events Saturday

  • 10 a.m. – The Congressional District 7 DFL and MN DFL Rural Initiative will host a campaign training at Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Rd. SE, Alexandria.
  • 3 p.m. – DFL Senate District 8 DFL Fundraiser. Afternoon social begins at 3 p.m., dinner is at 4:30 p.m. Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Rd. SE, Alexandria. $35 per person. RSVP to LaRon Adkins, madkins@arvig.net or Beth Jansen at bjansen@wisper-wireless.com.
  • Kansas and Louisiana hold contests for both parties.

Events Sunday

  • Maine’s Democratic caucuses and Puerto Rico’s Republican primary are on deck.
  • 7 p.m. – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate in Flint, Michigan on CNN.

2016 session: Prospect of quick benefits for Iron Rangers hits snag, MPR

Budget (state): The big, important number in the forecast for working families with kids, Minnesota Budget Project
Minnesota’s budget surplus: Balancing tax cuts and investments, North Star Policy Institute

Debate: Debate night: Insults flying once more despite pledges, Star Tribune

Economy: U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent and employers added 242,000 jobs in February. CNN

Education (higher): Top house DFLer meets with Ridgewater students, KWLM

Energy: Report: Renewable energy fuels 21 percent of Minnesota’s electricity, MPR 

GOP: Pandemonium in the GOP: Some embrace Trump while others rush to stop him, Washington Post

Mental health: State Auditor urges overhaul of mental health services for jail inmates, Star Tribune

Republican National Convention: Cleveland seeking to buy riot gear for Republican National Convention, Cleveland.com

Trump: Trump ‘uniquely unsuited’ to be president, L.A. Times editorial board says, Washington Post

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