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SOSIN:  Sources confirm that state Rep. Steve Simon will enter the race for Secretary of State later today or tomorrow.  Other DFLers running are Rep. Debra Hilstrom and fmr. Rep. Jeremy Kalin.
SOSIN:  On the GOP side, there haven’t been any major candidates to announce.  Inside sources say that GOP fundraiser and businessman Dennis Nguyen is lining up support within the party and will make an announcement in the coming weeks.  Others on the GOP side considering a run are Rep. Joyce Peppin and longtime GOP activist and media strategist Kent Kaiser. 
SOSOUT: via MPR’s Tom Scheck last week, Rachel Bohman has dropped out of the DFL race for Secretary of State.  VERBATIM: “Rachel Larson Bohman said today that she’s dropping her bid for Minnesota Secretary of State….Bohman, who served stints as Anoka County elections director and Hennepin County elections director, was the first candidate to announce that she would run for Minnesota Secretary of State when DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced in June that he wasn’t running again.”  READ:
GONE: Bohman’s campaign Facebook page has disappeared, but her Twitter and campaign website have no mention of dropping out.
CD1:  Today Republican Aaron Miller will announce his candidacy for Congress.  Miller’s website went up yesterday.  Brad Biers is advising his campaign, Biers ran Brian Davis’ CD1 campaign in 2008. Via his news release, VERBATIM: “Aaron and his wife Jennifer live in Byron, MN where they are raising two daughters, Abigail and Emily. Aaron is an Account Manager with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Aaron received his B.A. from North Dakota University. Aaron serves as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserves and has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and East Africa.”  LINK:
SPIDERMAN: via Pat Kessler at WCCO, VERBATIM: “The State Patrol is searching for a daredevil climber who scaled the Minnesota State Capitol late at night…Security cameras caught a Spider-Man-like climber scaling the historic dome with Capitol police in hot pursuit. Capitol Security spotted the unusual intruder late one night last October, when the unidentified intruder scaled the 223-foot marble dome to the very top…The intruder then led security officers on a daring– and dangerous — chase, 20 stories above the ground…The white male wearing a gray hoodie likely climbed the construction scaffolding set up around the building for restoration work, Roeske said.”  WATCH/READ:
STRIKE: via news release from SEIU yesterday, VERBATIM: “…more than 240 members of Worker’s United Local 150 walked off the job from Health Systems Cooperative Laundries to walk the picket line in a strike over unfair labor practices, which include the company’s unilateral discontinuation of sick-day benefits. Workers poured out of the building starting at 1:00 p.m…completely shutting down operations at the commercial laundry facility.”
TODAY: In Moorhead at 9 AM, several state and local government officials will join Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans at press conferences to discuss Governor Dayton’s aid to local governments for property tax relief during the 2013 legislative session.
TODAY: Governor Dayton will deliver remarks at the Minnesota Department of Education’s Back to School Superintendents Conference. Throughout the day, Governor Dayton will be meeting with staff. These meetings are closed to the press.

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THURSDAY: An Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, at  10:00 a.m. at the IRRRB Administration Building in Eveleth, MN.  The IRRR Board packet will be posted today HERE:   In addition, the IRRR Board Meeting will be live streamed on the website at
NEXTWK: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will make his budget address next Wednesday at Matsuura Machinery USA
MARKETING: via Christopher Snowbeck of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “A Republican lawmaker wants the state's health insurance exchange to release its marketing materials as soon as possible….In a letter submitted Monday to the Minnesota Department of Administration, Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, called on the department to reject a request by health exchange officials to temporarily classify the marketing materials as non-public.”  READ:
CD8: via the Star Tribune’s Rachel Stassen-Berger, VERBATIM: “National Republicans had a two-year rental of Minnesota's northern Eighth Congressional district and now they want to renew the lease…To push a bit of earnest money behind that quest, the National Republican Congressional Committee plans to spend about $24,000 on a new August recess ad targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The ad, released to the Star Tribune, will appear on broadcast television in the Duluth television market, said NRCC Spokeswoman Alleigh Marré.”  READ:
RECESS: via Bill Hanna of the Mesabi Daily News, VERBATIM: “While “See You in September,” was a popular summer song decades ago, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan says he would rather be seeing his congressional colleagues still this month at work in Washington…But the 8th District congressman from the Brainerd area doesn’t have a final say in the matter. So, he’s on a long recess or long vacation — pick your own word for not being on Capitol Hill…NOLAN: “As a businessman, I would never close shop with a pile of orders left to fill, but that’s what’s happening here in Congress. The Speaker (Republican John Boehner of Ohio) sets the work schedule, so we can look to his leadership and that of the Republican majority to get Congress back to work for the American people,” he said during a one-minute address, where he called on Boehner to cancel or postpone the August recess.”  READ:
FRIDAY: On Friday, August 9, the board overseeing the newly-established Destination Medical Center Corporation, will meet for the first time at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The Destination Medical Center Corporation Board is comprised of eight members, including: Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, Jim Bier, James Campbell, Tina Flint Smith, Bill George, Ed Hruska, Susan Rani, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The Board’s first meeting will be convened by Governor Mark Dayton.
BIRTHDAYS:  Children’s Hospital’s Anna Youngerman, conservative fundraiser Joey Gerdin, fmr. state Sen. Rick Olseen, transportation lobbyist Richard Thomas
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