Posted at 10:09 AM on April 19, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Minnesota House takes up three budget bills today. The order is jobs and economic finance, higher education and state government. The House held another marathon session on the K12 bill. MPR, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune, AP and Forum Communications have stories.
A senate bill targets greenhouse gas emissions.
The Senate Transpo chair highlights what a gas tax increase could buy.
The Mankato Free Press says a bill allowing the use of deadly force will get a hearing next year.
The Star Tribune has a story on the Vikings stadium plans. Who's paying for it?
ECM Publishers also says there's legislation aimed at breaking a deadlock at the Anoka City Council.
The Met Council delays a decision on a bus contract.
Coleman signs on to a sealed mail resolution.
President Bush's war talks with Congressional Dems on Iraq ends in deadlock. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.
The Pulse of the Twin Cities has a story saying Ellison is encouraging peace activists to keep working with him.
Ellison also wants to help distressed Liberian immigrants.
The St. Cloud Times says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann voted against a fraud bill.
A House Ag panel will hold a hearing on organic farming. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says increased timber harvesting will boost the industry.
The Star Tribune talks with Minnesotans about the Supreme Court decision on partial birth abortion.
Attorney Mike Ciresi officially announces his senate bid but only takes three minutes worth of questions. Hmmm? Want more? Ciresi appeared on MRP's Midmorning program on March 6th. You can listen here.
AP says big comedy helps Al Franken.
CQ has a story on Franken's fundraising.
Minnesota Monitor says a comprehensive sex ed bill will help reduce the rising HIV rate.
North Star Liberty says RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) should be nervous.
Smart Politics says gun ownership is higher in the Upper Midwest than in Virginia.
MN Blue says Sen. Coleman flip-flopped on the negotiation of prescription drugs.
Posted at 3:11 PM on April 19, 2007
by Tom Scheck
The House just wrapped up a three hour debate on one of its budget bills. The give and take (like with all of the budget bills) has been spirited as members tried to get certain provisions on or off of the bill. As always, DFL House Majority Leader Tony Sertich was the final lawmaker to speak about the bill. He got up and said:
"This is a great bill for higher education and a great bill for the students and the future students of the state of Minnesota."
Here's the problem. Sertich was talking about the higher education budget bill. The House was considering the Jobs bill. Sertich stopped his speech after a few members told him he was talking about the wrong bill. A red faced Sertich then said:
"I'm sorry. Different speech."
Those Elvis hours will get to you. Up all night! Sleep all Day.