Posted at 9:47 AM on July 26, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Gov. Pawlenty wants a drought assessment.
Pawlenty attends a new Xcel Energy plant unveiling.
The megamall is announcing tenants for expansion even though the Tax bill was vetoed.
State health officials vow to get tougher on the Minneapolis Veterans Home.
Mankato City officials are frustrated that property taxes are going up. They want Pawlenty to call a special session.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz is headed to Iraq.
He also wants to add portfolio assessments to No Child Left Behind.
Walz and DFL Rep. Collin Peterson's districts benefit from the Farm Bill more than others.
USA Today also has a look at DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.
The Hill says the GOP doesn't like it because it includes a tax to pay for food stamps and nutrition programs.
The NY Times says Farm Bill subsidies seem immune to an overhaul.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to revive an ethics bill.
She also speaks on lending issues. CNN makes a goof and says she's a member of the House.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman wants to end funding for a U.N. agency.
Coleman's push to change ticketing for the Defense Department forces the Pentagon to look at changes.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison backs contempt charges against White House aides.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar wants the FAA to work harder to avert airline delays.
He also blogs about it here.
Coleman's approval ratings are going down in one poll. Democrats say it's proof that he's on the ropes. Coleman's camp says it's only the first round of a 15 round fight. MPR, KSTP and the Star Tribune have stories.
AP has a profile of Al Franken and has asks democrats to take him seriously.
Mike Ciresi and Franken, two of the DFL candidates for U.S. Senate, will attend a Crow Wing County picnic on August 5th.
Klobuchar gave $15,000 to the DSCC.
Pawlenty is mentioned in this David Broder column. The column says Pawlenty backs McCain as most governors sit on the fence.
The cat that knows when you're gonna go.
There will not be a digest on Friday or Monday. Have a nice weekend.
Posted at 12:01 PM on July 26, 2007
by Tom Scheck
A spokesman for U.S. Senator Norm Coleman says Coleman's father died this morning. The spokesman says Norm Coleman senior was battling cancer. The spokesman says Senator Coleman will not be attending Senate proceedings today and will be taking this time to be with his family and loved ones. Norm Coleman Senior was a World War II veteran who raised eight children in Brooklyn.