Posted at 10:24 AM on June 12, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Governor Pawlenty's office is cheering U.S. Census Bureau data that report Minnesota's tax burden is no longer in the top ten. The Star Tribune has a story.
The news comes at a time when the state's tax revenue collection also is higher than expected.
Forum Communications says property taxes will rise because of the governor's veto of the tax bill.
Pawlenty signs an executive order to help with Ham Lake fire.
He's campaigning for him at a time when the campaign is on damage control says Politico. It's based on his fundraising problems.
MPR says the state will require tobacco companies to sell fire safe cigarettes in 2008.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Sen. Norm Coleman vote for the no confidence resolution on Alberto Gonzalez. Republicans block the entire vote.
The Washington Post's "The Sleuth" sits down with DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar who has been dubbed "funniest freshman" by her class.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison speaks at the U of M's Humphrey School. Here's a live blog of the event and here's a story. MPR's Midday will air the speech next week.
Hunger and relief groups want more money from the Farm Bill. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar wants states to slow down the leasing of public toll roads to private companies.
Reuters says the Senate is the Democrats to lose in '08.
This columnist says the poor fundraising at the NRSC doesn't mean GOP candidates are in trouble. The NRSC and NRCC hold a joint fundraiser tomorrow night.
The Rothenberg Political Report says Minnesota's First Congressional District (DFLer Tim Walz) leans Democratic and the sixth (GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann) is favored Republican.
Forum Communications localizes a poll that says rural voters aren't happy with the GOP.
Reuters say the early campaigning could cause campaign fatigue. What do you mean "could?"
The Top 10 reasons you know your boss is a crook.
Posted at 10:56 AM on June 12, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Joe Repya, a retired U.S. Army officer, says he's thinking about running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican against GOP incumbent Norm Coleman. When asked if he's considering a run he said:
"I've received numerous calls and have been approached by a number of people who have asked me to consider running against Norm Coleman for U.S. Senate. I am going to take the next thirty to sixty days to travel around Minnesota since I am currently going to be speaking at a number of Republican event. I am going to sit down with conservative grassroots people throughout the state and assess if that is a viable option. I am making no decisions at this time. I am going take thirty to sixty days to decide what my political future is going to be."
When asked if he thought Coleman was conservative enough for the party, Repya said "The statement I gave you is the only statement that I am making."
Repya recently lost his bid to unseat MN GOP Chair Ron Carey.
Posted at 4:02 PM on June 12, 2007
by Tom Scheck
The Caucus has an interesting post in advance of the NRCC's annual fundraiser. The post says the head of the NRCC has issued a list of talking points and fundraising targets for Republican incumbents. You can read the memo here. GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad has to raise the most of Minnesota's delegation. He has a target of $100,000. GOP Rep. John Kline has to raise $75,000. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has the low target of $20,000.