Posted at 9:04 AM on December 13, 2006
by Mike Mulcahy
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new energy plan certainly has the feel of something he can point to as a legacy. Although he didn't release many details, it's policy that could set the tone for job growth in rural Minnesota for a generation.
Like former Gov. Arne Carlson's embrace of state-subsidized health care in the early 90's, it's an idea that has been promoted by many Democrats, and seems likely to be warmly embraced by the new DFL majorities in the upcoming session. Proposals like this tend to happen when there's plenty of credit to be shared. And although he did resist Senate DFL calls to go faster on renewables Pawlenty cannot be called a newcomer to the alternative energy issue, having been corn-based ethanol's biggest booster the past few years.
There now seems to be consensus both here and in Washington on renewable energy. This should be interesting to watch.
Governor Pawlenty's 25 by '25 push leads the digest. Pawlenty wants 25% of the state's energy to come from renewable energy by 2025. MPR, The Star Tribune, the Pi Press, the AP and Hometown Source have stories.
Pawlenty and the four legislative leaders met with reporters yesterday to discuss the upcoming legislative session. KTTC-TV focuses on the basic legislative preview.
The Minnesota Daily focuses on college tuition.
Hundreds detained in illegal immigration raid. Pawlenty's office and Coleman's office are mentioned in this Pi Press article.
The Star Tribune says the next DNR Commissioner will sit on the hot seat.
Outgoing DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam reflects on his career.
WCCO-TV says no snow is good for budgets
City owned liquor stores are worried about allowing wine in grocery stores.
Tim Walz named to ag committee.
Keith Ellison gets financial services.
Congress and White House will push ethanol in the farm bill says the AP.
MPR says D,M and E waits on federal loan decision (coleman mentioned).
The Hill interviews Martin Sabo.
The Star Tribune wraps up the money race in the last election. Check an earlier post to see the details.
A column in the New York Sun focuses on Pawlenty's endorsement (or whatever you want to call it) of McCain and speculates on a McCain/Pawlenty ticket.
The same columnist writes on a National Review blog about his column and mentions the rapid rise and fall of the MN GOP.
Posted at 4:01 PM on December 13, 2006
by Tom Scheck
McCollum named to Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congresswoman Betty McCollum has been selected to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, giving Minnesota a voice on a panel that makes key federal spending decisions.
The selection of McCollum, a Democrat from St. Paul, ensures that Minnesota will continue to have a seat on the committee. Representative Martin Sabo (SAY'-boh), a Minneapolis Democrat who had served on the panel, is retiring.
McCollum says she's excited about being on Appropriations because lawmakers can work on policy all they want, but if the dollars aren't there to back up the policy, nothing happens. She says this means she'll be in the room when the dollars are being decided.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Posted at 5:40 PM on December 13, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Marsha Swails now knows she'll be facing a challenger in her re-election bid in 2008. Sarah Nyhus has filed the necessary paperwork to run in Minnesota House District 56B. She's the first legislative candidate to file since the November election. (UPDATE: Nyhus is a lobbyist).
(Another update: I'm now told Nyhus is no longer a lobbyist. She just has not unregistered with the Campaign Finance Board. She is a real estate agent.)
Swails, a DFLer, defeated GOP incumbent Karen Klinzing in November. Swails hasn't taken her oath of office yet but now knows that she'll be facing a Republican 23 months from now.