Posted at 8:31 AM on December 13, 2007
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
MnDOT missed its self imposed deadline to inspect every bridge. The agency says it will be completed by next week.
Gov. Pawlenty is in Florida today to take part in the "Governors Roundtable on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles." Here's a question for the governors participating - "Will they push to increase tougher fuel economy standards in their states since California's court victory?"
The New York Times says India is the place to see and be seen. It mentions Pawlenty's trade trip.
Pawlenty visited Rochester eight times this year.
AP says the Campaign Finance Board won't look into the Mark Ritchie allegations.
The Minneapolis City Council adopted $1.35 billion budget.
The Star Tribune says there are more requests for heating assistance.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he's frustrated with the budget stalemate.
The House passes a $700 billion defense budget bill. It includes the beyond the yellow ribbon campaign sponsored by GOP Rep. John Kline.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says he will work for a short extension of the current farm bill until March. Reuters reports.
MPR says the Farm Bill could determine the future of food shelves.
13 more non-native, aquatic species were recently documented for the first time in the ballast water of ocean-going ships that entered the Great Lakes. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
USA Today writes about the mandatory pilot retirement age. Oberstar is mentioned.
The two DFLers hoping to unseat GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann call her ineffective.
Minnesota Monitor writes about the DFL debate in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District.
Carlton College Professor Steven E. Schier tells Politico that it's unlikely that the GOP will retake Congress even though voters aren't giving Congress high marks.
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Posted at 6:15 PM on December 13, 2007
by Tom Scheck
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato is now rating Minnesota's Senate race as "Leans GOP." In his weekly crystal ball, Sabato writes:
Minnesota: Here's a state that still leans Democratic but overall can be unpredictable politically. Six years ago, Republican Norm Coleman won a narrow victory over former Vice President Walter Mondale (D), the substitute nominee after the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone (D) in a plane crash. Coleman is beatable in 2008, but it's far from certain that either of the two likely Democratic nominees, comedian Al Franken or the wealthy Mike Ceresi, can do it. For now, Coleman continues to work his state hard, and we'll call it LEANS REPUBLICAN.
NOTE - Sabato mispelled Mike Ciresi's name above - not me