Posted at 8:56 AM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Democrat Al Franken says he will pay $70,000 in back taxes to 17 states. Republican talking points say "It's troubling." Democratic talking points say "Franken paid all of his taxes but not to the right place."
Is Franken a dead man walking? Will another Democrat (paging Mike Ciresi) get in the race? How much does this help Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer at the DFL endorsing convention? Franken's campaign is calling delegates to explain the mishap.
AP also says Franken is worth between $4.3 million and $9.9 million.
Meanwhile, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is criticized for weighing in on the Franken tax flap.
All of this is occurring and the DSCC blog chronicles a dinner with the Frankens.
Legislature and State Government
MPR says the U of M will make its case for an alternate light rail route for the Central Corridor.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services says African American children are six times more likely to enter the child protection system. MPR has the story.
Minnesota is on track for a 39% increase in home foreclosures.
DFL Sen. Mary Olson says the state needs to become more involved in prosecuting mortgage fraud.
A new bill would observe the Korean War.
Governor Pawlenty signed the simulcast bill for horse racing.
President Bush rebukes Congress for the nation's economic problems. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar points out that he's been the head of state for eight years.
The L.A. Times says the economy is putting pressure on politicians like GOP Sen. Norm Coleman.
Senators, like Coleman and Klobuchar, are urging Guatamala's president to allow completion of adoptions in progress
Klobuchar will hold a forum at St. Olaf on global warming.
Coleman wants cheaper passcards for border crossing.
Coleman will appear at the St. Cloud Chamber on Friday.
President Bush says the Farm Bill won't help with rising food prices. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.
Politico says Bush is trying to play the class card on the Farm Bill. Peterson is mentioned.
The Hill says Senate Democrats have spared Federal Express, for the time being, from a labor-backed provision that would give a big boost to its rival, the United Parcel Service. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
2008 Race for President
The Hill says John McCain will likely vote against the Farm Bill. Coleman downplayed the opposition.
Barack Obama denounces his former pastor.
Charlie Cook says Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the Democratic nomination are worse than ever.
Clinton is calling for a gas tax holiday.
AP says Democratic distrust is growing.
2008 Race for Congress
3rd District Democrat Ashwin Madia appeared on KSTP's At Issue.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
MinnPost and Minnesota Monitor ask "What if Carol Molnau became Governor?" One DFL activist joked with me that they could run ads suggesting a vote for Pawlenty as VP means you get Molnau for governor.
Politico says navigating conventions is big business.
Posted at 9:31 AM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and DFL Sen. Tarryl Clark will be on MPR's Midday at 11 AM. For the record, Gov. Pawlenty has been repeatedly asked to appear on the show.
Posted at 11:32 AM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Here's the release:
Centrist Blue Dog Coalition Endorses El Tinklenberg
Tinklenberg will bring commonsense, fiscal responsibility to government
Blaine,MN - Today El Tinklenberg, Democratic candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District, announced that he has received the endorsement of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives who advocate responsible fiscal policies and commonsense government.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), a long-standing member of the Blue Dog Democrats, said support for Tinklenberg is important because "the Sixth Congressional District needs a responsible and reasonable voice in Washington, and El has the professional background and focus on important issues like the economy, health care and education--issues the people of the Sixth District care most about."
Tinklenberg, a former United Methodist minister and Mayor of Blaine in the central part of the district, pointed to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's race in 2006 when she captured over 53% of the vote over Mark Kennedy, who was the current Republican Congressman from Minnesota's Sixth District. "Senator Klobuchar proved that a moderate can win over an extreme agenda in this district and that's exactly what we intend to do," Tinklenberg said.
"El Tinklenberg's background in business and public service, combined with his dedication to the economic stability and national security of the United States, make him a perfect fit for the Blue Dogs, and we are proud to give him our endorsement today," said Rep. Mike Ross (AR-04), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. "We look forward to working alongside Elwyn next year as he fights to advance commonsense policies in Congress as Minnesota's 6th District Congressman."
The fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1995 with the goal of representing the center of the House of Representatives and appealing to the mainstream values of the American public. The Blue Dogs are dedicated to a core set of beliefs that transcend partisan politics, including a deep commitment to the financial stability and national security of the United States.
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Tax rankings are always a sensitive issue since statistics are always open to interpretation. During an afternoon news conference, Governor Pawlenty said Minnesota is 49th in the latest report from the small business and entrepreneurship council's business tax index. South Dakota is first. New Jersey is last. Is this group's tax rating fair?
Posted at 3:20 PM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
DFL Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul has been wearing a button that has a picture of Pinocchio with a circle and a red line through it.
Hausman said she was wearing the button with the hopes that everyone negotiates in good faith over the final weeks of the session. She wouldn't say when asked if the button was directed at the University of Minnesota and Governor Pawlenty.
The U of M has been raising some hackles in recent weeks because of its shifting stance on the Central Corridor Light Rail Line. Governor Pawlenty vetoed funding for Central Corridor in the bonding bill but included the proposal in his latest budget offer.
Posted at 5:06 PM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Here's what he wrote:
Will McCain name a vice presidential candidate in mid-July to step up fund-raising before the national convention, or will he wait until Democrats make their choice in late August? A rumor running through the political community now puts former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the lead for VP. But Romney has many critics in the McCain inner circle, and we don't think the decision has been made.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post's McCain reporter said in this discussion that Pawlenty and Romney are mentioned as possible VP choices.
Posted at 5:28 PM on April 30, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau will make a public appearance on Thursday at the National Day of Prayer:
12:00 p.m. - Saint Paul
Governor Pawlenty and Lieutenant Governor Molnau speak at the 57th Annual National Day of Prayer celebration.
The National Day of Prayer was established by an act of Congress as a day to encourage Americans to pray for our nation, leaders, education systems, and places of worship.
State Capitol Building
The Lt. Governor has not made too many appearance since the Senate removed her from her post as Transportation Commissioner. The Political Animal wrote about her lack of public appearances a few weeks ago.