Posted at 8:41 AM on May 8, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are back in budget talks this morning. We'll update and file Digest after 10AM Pawlenty newser.
Posted at 11:17 AM on May 8, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Gov. Pawlenty signed a bill into law that would provide compensation to the victims and the family member of those who died in the bridge collapse.
The governor said he also has some concerns about the transportation policy bill but didn't offer specifics. Lawmakers took a booster seat requirement out of the transportation bill to ease some of his concerns. MPR, the Star Tribune, Forum Communications and AP have stories.
The Pi Press says statistics show that teen driver restrictions work.
The House votes to allow state money for embryonic stem cell research. The governor said he would veto the bill but does support stem cell research. He said new scientific developments could make the process moot. MPR, the Pi Press and AP have stories.
The Senate passes a bill forbidding high school drop-outs until 18. Pawlenty gave the bill an f.
Budget talks are continuing. Property tax cap, which programs get cut, the use of a health care fund and the use of a reserves are still being discussed. The Political Animal and Polinaut have updates.
Legislators will question the DNR over spending.
The House supports a psychiatric hospital in Woodbury.
The foreclosure bill faces a veto.
Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem wants DFL Sen. Steve Murhpy to apologize for threatening comments to Pawlenty's staffer.
WCCO Reality Checks who is to blame for high gas prices.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin is elected to chair the new Metro Transit board.
The Iron Range Energy project gets tax credits.
The state wants fisherman to get the lead out.
Gov. Pawlenty leaves tonight for the fishing opener festivities. Here are the details.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman introduces a resolution that would urge countries involved in the Holocaust to enact restitution legislation
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar rips the EPA for axing official who urged cleanup by Dow.
House Republicans are trying to determine how to discipline a colleague who was arrested for drunken driving. GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum corrects the belief that the RNC will be held in Minneapolis.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak at a Blaine townhall on Friday.
A House panel hears arguments on a surcharge bill for freight. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
2008 Race for President
Hillary Clinton campaigns in South Dakota today.
Klobuchar says superdelegates need to take a stand.
Obama's campaign said the race will be over on May 20th.
The Arizona Republic looks at John McCain's voting record and declares that he's not a maverick on tough votes.
2008 Race for Senate
The Star Tribune says the MNGOP faces bookkeeping problems of their own.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman holds a conference call with conservative bloggers.
2008 Race for Congress
DC appears to be moving in on the Ashwin Madia campaign. A DC based press person will take over communications work for the 3rd District DFL candidate. The Chair of the DCCC will also campaign for Ashwin Madia next week.
3rd District IP candidate David Dillon lays out his energy policy.
President Bush says 2008 will not be a rerun of 2006. Kline is mentioned.
Pawlenty for VP
John McCain tells the Daily Show that Dwight Schrute from "The Office" is being considered.
Human Events profiles Michael Steele.
The Minneapolis City Council hears protest plans.
Posted at 12:19 PM on May 8, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty issued some veto throw downs today.
Embryonic Stem cell bill - Veto
Education Policy bill - Veto
Minimum Wage increase - Veto
Transportation Policy - He has issues with it but didn't use the word that rhymes with Cheeto.
Liquor Bill (which includes the 4AM bar close for the week of the RNC) - Safe but added that "No good happens after bar closing time."
Pawlenty added that his staff has run an unallotment exercise (no word on whether squat thrusts and sit-ups were required) in case they don't reach a budget agreement. The governor also said he's open to calling lawmakers back for a Special Session. He hasn't made up his mind on what he would do.
The governor also said he does not want to be boastful or overconfident but reminded us that he's caught a fish every year at the Governor's Fishing Opener. Pawlenty mentioned that the Wisconsin Governor, with the exception of 2003, has had a horrible streak of catching a fish at the governor's opener. Take that Bucky!
Here's the question of the day: Did the governor jinx his chances by bragging a bit about his fishing prowess?