Posted at 10:17 AM on April 24, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
DFLers in the Minnesota House released their tax bill yesterday and there are plenty of different story angles. There's the straight ahead story on the bill. There's the income tax hike vs. the property tax reduction angle. There's the end of session story. There's the story on whether it has the votes to pass it into law. There's the FarmZ aspect and finally the whole kitchen sink story.
Check out MPR's series "Is the high school obsolete?"
The Star Tribune says Minneapoolis foreclosures rise. State Economist Tom Stinson takes note.
The Senate tries to tighten road rules for teen drivers.
ECM Publishers has a story on medical marijuana
A study says federal workers are abusing transit vouchers. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is mentioned.
Black Anthem Military News details Coleman's trip to Iraq.
WorkDay Minnesota says unions are encouraging Coleman to support the Employee Free Choice Act.
The site also says DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison meet with union members.
Klobuchar meets with Hutchinson leaders.
A study says the Ag Department unintentionally released 38,000 social security numbers but it's less than originally feared. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned in the story.
MPR profiles Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose. No comment from Paulose.
The Hill says the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors is trying to get GOP Sen. Norm Coleman reelected.
DFLer Al Franken will campaign in St. Cloud on Thursday.
Franken and Ciresi (and others) appear at a forum in Granite Falls.
DFLer Mike Ciresi appears on At Issue.
MDE has a posting on radio ads released by The FreedomWorks New Majority Project. The group is run by Pat Shortridge, who was the campaign manager and chief of staff for Mark Kennedy. FreedomWorks is run by Dick Armey (who Shortridge used to work for).
Posted at 1:38 PM on April 24, 2007
by Tom Scheck
The Minnesota Street Rods Association held its annual Run to the Hill today and showcased their classic cars on the front lawn of the Capitol. The MSRA holds the annual event to thank lawmakers for passing blue dot and single license plate laws. They also say they appreciate that lawmakers allow non-oxygenated fuel to be sold.
This car on the left (with the license plate "1 of 5 left") is an REO. Ever heard of the band REO Speedwagon (of course you have!)? Well it's named after a car designed and created by Ransom E. Olds (REO) and his car company (which later became Oldsmobile).
This black car with license plate "Cruzer" belongs to WCCO-TV photographer Gordie Leach. It's a 1947 Ford. Looks nice but you should have seen the other car Leach used to own. I sold him my 1995 Volkswagen Golf. It was a two toned, beautiful ride (the tones were green and rust).
There could be a few more hot rods at next year's event. Why? AP says some confiscated hot rods will be sold at an auction in Moorhead:
Confiscated hot rods to be sold at auction
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A rare collection of hot rods used by former drug traffickers will go on the auction block next month in Moorhead (Minnesota).
U-S Marshal Dave Carpenter says the cars were seized last year when federal agents broke up a drug ring in the Minot, North Dakota, area.
Carpenter says the collection includes about a dozen vintage muscle cars from the 1960s and 70s.
Carpenter says money from the auction will go into a special federal law enforcement fund that's used to fight drug crimes.
He says the cars were seized because drug money was used to purchase and maintain them.
Carpenter says he's driven some of the cars -- and says they're "very nice."
Posted at 2:55 PM on April 24, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty is inviting radio hosts from Greater Minnesota to broadcast from the Governor's office in May. His office sent this invite to Greater Minnesota radio stations earlier today (note- I deleted personal information to protect the Governor's Office from getting spammed):
An Invitation to Greater Minnesota Morning Radio Day at the Capitol
Who: Your radio station's morning radio hosts are invited to broadcast from the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Saint Paul. Bookings will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis for a maximum of eight different radio stations. If interested, please email Press Secretary, Greater Minnesota, Alex Carey (e-mail redacted).
What: Greater Minnesota Morning Radio Day at the State Capitol. Governor Pawlenty and state agency commissioners will be made available to each participating station for on-air interviews. Stations may also invite legislators to stop by for live interviews.
When: Tuesday, May 8th, 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Where: Governor's Reception Room, 130 State Capitol Building, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55155.
The Governor's office is installing individual phone lines for each radio station in the reception room, and the cost to each station for the event will be approximately $100. To secure your place, the first 8 stations that respond to this invitation will receive a space and a dedicated phone line for your remote broadcast equipment at this event. Please note, however, each station MUST also have their check for the total cost per station (which we will email you later this week) delivered to the Governor's Office by May 2.
Governor Pawlenty also holds a press call every once in a while with Greater Minnesota reporters. Here are the big questions (rhetorically): Why divide the press corps between geographic lines? Can't we all just get along?
Posted at 5:38 PM on April 24, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty and legislative leaders started meeting behind closed doors today to talk about the state budget and other legislative priorities. That means the press corps gets to sit outside of the governor's office and wait for legislative leaders to tell us the details of the meeting. If we're really lucky, they hold the meeting at the Governor's residence. If we're really, really lucky - they tell us something newsworthy.
Today, we weren't so lucky. DFL House Speaker Margaret Kelliher said the discussion was "productive" six times in her five minute talk with reporters. She and the other legislative leaders revealed little else.
For those of you who are interested. The Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that creates a statewide policy for embryonic stem cell research on Wednesday. The Minnesota House is scheduled to take up the smoking ban bill on Thursday and the omnibus tax bill on Friday.