Posted at 8:15 AM on April 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Two committees in the Minnesota House will have Northwest Airlines on the agenda today. The Tax Committee will consider a subsidy to convince Delta to move the headquarters to Minnesota. The House Commerce Committee will discuss the state loan and subsidies to NWA.
The House Anti-Trust Task Force says go slow on the merger.
Legislature and State Government
MPR reports that Gov. Pawlenty says the U of M's concerns about Central Corridor played a factor into his decision into vetoing the project from bonding bill.
The food v. fuel debate fell occurred during the Ag Policy bill debate in the Minnesota House.
MinnPost says there's also a concern over CRP.
Rural Minnesota businesses see a hike in property taxes.
The state forbids a raffle for the chance at a $1.4 million home.
Solo the bear died in hibernation.
Congress extended the Farm Bill another week.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman says the outlook is good for a new Farm Bill.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and other lawmakers don't want to cut Medicare-financed nursing homes
Congress debates abstinence. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is mentioned.
Lawmakers approve a nutrition aid boost. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
Congress considers restoring protection to nation's streams and wetlands. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
The House approves a bill requiring ballast water treatment. Oberstar is mentioned.
Private Great Lakes boaters may need to get EPA discharge permits. Oberstar is mentioned.
2008 Race for President
The Hill says John Edwards supporters are flocking to Barack Obama.
2008 Race for U.S. Senate
Financial issues continue to plague Al Franken.
The Star Tribune picks up on the Rasmussen Poll showing Coleman leading over Franken.
A variety of U.S. Jewish groups could play a role in the race.
Franken and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer will speak at the 1st District DFL Convention on Saturday.
2008 Race for Congress
Pawlenty for VP Watch
Pawlenty raised money in Washington DC furthering speculation on his VP chances.
The governor said his wife was misquoted in a blog that wrote about the fundraiser.
The Sun Sentinel says McCain's selection is critical.
McCain campaigned with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal yesterday but McCain says it probably won't be Jindal.
Former TN Senator (and presidential candidate) Fred Thompson says he isn't interested in the job.
The Daily Show is coming to St. Paul for the convention.
Posted at 1:50 PM on April 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
I'm told that El Tinklenberg and Bob Olson will discuss the issues on Almanac tonight. The 6th District DFL convention will be held tomorrow. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is running for reelection.
Posted at 5:32 PM on April 25, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Governor Pawlenty vetoed three bills (bill log not updated yet) late this afternoon.
He vetoed the transportation policy bill because it included a measure that would require the state to opt out of federal driver's license standards. The governor said in his veto letter that he understands the cost and privacy concerns of adopting REAL I.D. but wrote "we should be careful not to unduly restrict our ability to at least begin preparations for implementing the system."
Pawlenty also vetoed a resolution urging Congress to end trade, financial and travel restrictions against Cuba. Pawlenty said the state would benefit from increased trade with the island country but the federal government, not state legislatures, should address foreign policy matters. The legislative librarian said it's extremely rare for a governor to veto a resolution. DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn (an author to the resolution) said she was shocked by the veto since Minnesota's Ag Commissioner just returned from a trade mission to Cuba.
Pawlenty also vetoed a bill that would allow political subdivisions to make grants to non-profits. The governor said in his veto letter that "At a time when many political subdivisions are raising property taxes and requesting additional local government aid, granting political subdivisions authority to use taxpayer money to make unlimited charitable contributions or initiate new grant programs is simply not warranted."