Posted at 2:46 AM on April 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
This may be the earliest Digest you'll ever get. Then again, it may be the latest Digest you'll ever get. It's all a matter of perspective. My perspective is drained after waiting for the House to finish a nearly 15 hour floor debate. That means you're getting this digest while you're still in bed. I'm sending the digest and going to bed.
The House and Senate passed budget bills that erase a $935 million projected budget deficit. Here's how they tackle the deficit. The Star Tribune, Forum Communications, ECM, AP, MPR and the Pi Press have stories.
Later bar hours for the RNC were also stripped from the bill.
The governor says Democrats are taxing and spending too much.
The House voted to attach smoking shacks to their finance bill.
The governor names a point man to fight bovine tb.
A sickened pork plant worker files a worker's comp lawsuit.
The Senate drops aid for homeowners. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is mentioned.
Coleman also wants to help veterans avoid foreclosures.
GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad has scheduled a series of townhall meetings.
The U of M schedules events to celebrate former VP Walter Mondale's 80th birthday.
2008 U.S. Senate Race
The AFL-CIO and the Minnesota Nurses back Al Franken for Senate.
Real Clear Politics says the Senate race is neck and neck.
2008 Race for U.S. Congress
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's endorsing convention is this weekend.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
The Fix says the people who know who McCain will pick aren't talking.
The Arizona Republic says Minnesota could swing GOP if Pawlenty is picked.
Posted at 10:15 AM on April 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The Washington Post political blog keeps Minnesota's Senate race at #6. Chris Cillizza doesn't mention Democrat Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer in his entry:
6. Minnesota: The Fix isn't big on "we told you so's" but, when it comes to the surprising strength of comedian Al Franken's (D) Senate candidacy, well, we told you so. Franken simply outworked and out-organized 2000 Senate candidate Mike Ciresi who opted out of the race last month after it became abundantly clear Franken would win the Democratic nod at the state party's endorsement convention. Ciresi's surprise departure kicks off the general election race between Franken and Sen. Norm Coleman (R) a few months before the incumbent would have liked. Still, Coleman is a very sound candidate and a recent Republican poll that showed him leading Franken by 6 points seems about right. (Previous ranking: 6)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to be on public TV's Almanac program tonight. So far no news on the bonding bill. Maybe he'll make some there.
UPDATE: The governor's office just said he will not take action on the bonding bill until Monday, so there's one less reason to watch Almanac--whoops, just kidding!
Posted at 4:27 PM on April 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty's spokesman issued a statement saying the governor will not take action on the $925 million bonding bill until Monday. The governor has not said if he will veto the entire bill or line-item veto the bill. It's highly unlikely that he'll sign the bill with all of the projects included. He has said repeatedly that the bill it too big.