June 15, 2005Shutdown plans
Gov. Pawlenty and members of his administration are scheduled to meet with reporters today to talk about plans to shut down the government. The shutdown, or partial shutdown, will happen if the governor and legislators don't reach a deal on a new state budget by July 1. At least right now there's no indication they're making any progress toward a deal. And Pawlenty seems to be pleasing no one. The Star Tribune has a story about former allies launching an ad attack against him:
The Americans for Tax Reform, a national anti-tax organization whose approval is considered critical to conservative politicians with an eye toward higher office, has begun a statewide televised advertising campaign criticizing Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his proposed cigarette revenue increase.
The group's president Grover Norquist tells reporter Mark Brunswick the ads aren't designed to criticize Pawlenty, but to reinforce the no tax position. Hey, if it looks like a duck...
And of course liberals who actually support a tax increase are also ripping Pawlenty for proposing...a tax increase.
One of this column's readers, Patrick Murphy, sent me this:
As long as we are planning to shut down the government come 1 July, 2005, how about we just move right ahead and have a special election to see exactly how popular this governor is at that point in time? I submit that Gov. Pawlenty, whom I did vote for in FY 2002 or whenever he last faced the voters would find himself shutdown as well.
It wasn't an Anderson but a Tinklenberg who announced a campaign yesterday. Elwyn Tinklenberg to be exact, and he's not running for Senate. MPR's Tom Scheck has the story:
Former Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg is the first DFLer to formally announce his candidacy for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. The seat is open because Republican incumbent Mark Kennedy is running for the U.S. Senate. Tinklenberg says he wants to bring a real world practicality to Congress. While Tinklenberg faces competition from only one other DFLer, there are five Republicans who have announced plans to run for the seat.
Gosh, he could be talking about the Legislature.Posted by Mike Mulcahy at 6:54 AM