Posted at 7:11 AM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Mike Ciresi says all options are on the table when it comes to running in a DFL primary.
Robert Novak said the Senate seat leans "Republican Retention."
2008 Race for President
The presidential campaigns are propping up the party crossers that support them.
The Star Tribune says a Warroad teacher is putting politics in the pulpit. He's urging his congregation to not vote for Obama.
Barack Obama's VP vetter quits.
The National Journal details the battleground states.
WCCO Reality Checks McCain's latest ad.
2008 Race for Congress
1st District GOP endorsed candidate Brian Davis will campaign in Austin on Saturday.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
Time details "How to pick a VP." Pawlenty is mentioned.
USA Today quotes Pawlenty as saying women who backed Clinton will back McCain.
NPR political editor Ken Rudin says Pawlenty is still in the running but he's picking former Ohio Congressman Rob Portman. NPR's other political editor Ron Elving also handicaps McCain's possible picks.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Obama's running mate may not be a household name.
KSTP says The Vote Yes campaign is ramping up its efforts to win approval of a sales tax increases for the outdoors and the arts.
Gov. Pawlenty will appear at a news conference with the U.S. Transportation Secretary this morning to announce plans to ease congestion on I-35W.
U of M's President says the U now supports running the Light Rail Train on Washington Ave.
NPR visits north Minneapolis to look at the foreclosure problem.
DFL Rep. Willie Dominguez was robbed at his home.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will tour the 148th Fighter Wing on Friday.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and DFL Rep. Colllin Peterson will talk about the Farm Bill in Fairmont on Friday.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann blogs about fixing the tax code.
The FAA is also trying to restart labor talks with the nation's air traffic controllers. Oberstar is mentioned.
MinnPost writes about those who may be taking another look at nuclear power.
Catholic Charities says the Dorothy Day Center will stay open during the RNC. The center is right across from the Xcel Energy Center. Here's a portion of the news release:
During the days immediately preceding the convention and during the convention itself, the Dorothy Day Center will modify and, in some cases, enhance services provided to clients. Catholic Charities will work with its service partners to determine how best to serve clients.
Mary Hall, an emergency, transitional and permanent housing facility located behind the Dorothy Day Center, will also remain open. The St. Paul Office, located next to the Dorothy Day Center, will relocate the majority of its services and staff during the convention.
Xcel will power both conventions.
Posted at 10:26 AM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Survey USA is out with a new poll that has GOP Sen. Norm Coleman's approval rating at 48%. 46% of those polled don't approve the job he's doing. 6% say they're not sure. Coleman is running for reelection this year against Democrat Al Franken.
62% of those polled approve of the job DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is doing. Klobuchar is not on the ballot this November. President Bush also isn't on the ballot which may be a relief to some Republicans in the state. The poll found that 32% approve of the job President Bush is doing.
Posted at 10:37 AM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
University of Virginia Political Science professor Larry Sabato is out with his latest House rankings. He says Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District is a Toss-up. That race features GOP endorsed Erik Paulsen, DFL endorsed Ashwin Madia and I-P endorsed David Dillon.
Sabato also says Minnesota's 1st District is Likely Democratic. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is running for reelection in the 1st. He will face either GOP endorsed Brian Davis or Republican Dick Day (who is challenging Davis in the September primary).
Posted at 1:08 PM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
AP has the story:
WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A Mississippi River bridge that was closed abruptly because of rust and corrosion will re-open by Saturday, state transportation officials said.
The closure severed the only link between Minnesota and Wisconsin for miles up and down the river, leading to drastically longer driving times for commuters and worrying business owners.
The bridge won't be replaced any sooner than scheduled. Instead, repair work on 32 gusset plates will begin by mid-summer, with the work to be finished by late summer or early fall.
Tom Sorel, Minnesota's transportation commissioner, said the state believes it's safe to re-open the bridge to auto traffic.
"We felt it was necessary to open the Highway 43 bridge to some level of service as soon as possible to reduce some of the inconvenience to Minnesota and Wisconsin commuters," Sorel said in a statement.
For now, the bridge will be re-opened to cars, pickups, vans, SUVs and emergency vehicles. MnDOT said it plans to repair the most critical gusset plates first so that truck traffic can be allowed back on the bridge as soon as possible.
The bridge won't be re-opened to bicyclists or pedestrians.
After the bridge was closed, daily service by two ferries was arranged to help people cross the river instead of driving well over an hour on alternate routes. A smaller, 20-passenger ferry will operate through June 20 to serve pedestrians and bicyclists, MnDOT said.
The bridge at Winona was the third Minnesota span to be closed after inspectors found problems in gusset plates, which help connect the steel beams of a bridge's structure. Gusset plates that were too thin have been called a critical factor in last year's Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people.
Posted at 3:20 PM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The New York Times has a story on what the TV networks will do for this year's DNC and RNC conventions.
Posted at 3:33 PM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Republican Ron Paul is reportedly dropping his bid for president. He will now focus his efforts on electing like minded candidates. Here's the AP story:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A spokesman for Ron Paul says the Republican presidential candidate is ending his campaign.
Spokesman Jesse Benton says Paul will make the announcement Thursday night during a speech in Austin, Texas. Paul also will announce that he is beginning a new effort to elect libertarian-leaning Republicans like himself to public office nationwide.
Benton says the announcement was not a disappointment, but rather is exciting.
Paul's announcement will be a formality. The Texas congressman won few delegates during the Republican primaries, but he raised millions of dollars online and developed a large, grass-roots following among those backed his call for ending the war in Iraq and smaller government at home.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
No word on whether Paul still intends to hold the event at Williams Arena on September 2nd but this campaign press release mentioned the rally:
HOUSTON, TX - Presidential candidate Ron Paul will make a major announcement tonight during a rally coinciding with the Texas GOP State Convention. The event will be held from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the Hilton America Hotel in downtown Houston, right across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.
There has been wide speculation about the future of the limited government movement that has been inspired by Dr. Paul's presidential bid. This event comes on the heels of revelations this week that Dr. Paul will hold a rally to celebrate liberty and Republican traditions in Minnesota during the GOP convention this September.
Posted at 5:08 PM on June 12, 2008
by Tom Scheck
David Brody, Senior Correspondent with the Christian Broadcasting Network, thinks so. Brody wrote this in his piece:
Yes, yes. Mike Huckabee. I know many evangelicals love him. But could Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty fit the bill for evangelicals too? Think about it. Minnesota is a purple state, he's popular articulate, young and handsome and an Evangelical to boot. Stop the presses! That's called the Evangelical trifecta.