Posted at 8:28 AM on August 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
It's going to be a busy week on the political front. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken will square off on Tuesday at Farmfest. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will hold a private fundraiser in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Gov. Pawlenty will speak at the National Press Club on Wednesday (he's in Oklahoma today for a troop sendoff).
2008 Race for Senate
The Pi Press wonders whether the risk of debating worth it.
Here's a story on the potential list of debates put forth by DebateMinnesota.
Democrat Al Franken outlined his plan to help people facing foreclosure.
MinnPost details how Franken can still win the race.
2008 Race for Congress
Ashwin Madia is one of several veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars who are now running for Congress. Madia is a DFLer running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District.
The Pi Press takes a look at GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's GOP challenger.
2008 Race for President
The Washington Post has a must read profile of John McCain.
The New Yorker says McCain is opting out of hard choices.
Obama opts for three standard debates.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
Politico says McCain may want for Obama to pick first.
William Kristol calls Pawlenty a "Do no harm" choice.
The Houston Chronicle says the VP choice could be critical if the race is close.
Stu Rothenberg says Obama's choices for VP are far better than McCain's are. Pawlenty is mentioned.
Legislature and State Government
Lawmakers want to see if the school trust lands are being managed properly.
Poor oversight means millions of Medicare dollars are wasted. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman is mentioned.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants answers on why the feds hired Sonia Pitt.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz said he wants a Tax Bill passed this year.
A bill that addresses lead standards passes the House. It was offered by DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
Ellison addresses Muslim women in Washington D.C.
Congress passed the Clean Boating Act. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Oberstar also proposes an overhaul of the federal rail authority.
Convention visitors can take a trip down political memory lane.
Will there be a prostitution boom at the RNC?
Thousands of demonstrators are expected at the RNC.
A GOP leader tells his candidates to avoid the convention.
Posted at 12:44 PM on August 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's office said Bachmann will be on CNN's Larry King Live tonight at 8 Central. CNN says oilman T. Boone Pickens is the featured guest.
Posted at 1:03 PM on August 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
GOP Rep. John Kline returned to Washington today to call for a special session on energy. This is part of the GOP strategy to force a vote on offshore drilling. Here's part of the release from Kline's office:
Following adjournment Friday, House Republicans took to the House floor to protest the fact that Congress was taking a five-week vacation without presenting energy solutions. After a series of public events in Minnesota this weekend, Congressman Kline is returning to Washington to join his Republican colleagues in their protest when the Capitol opens its doors today.
"We should not be on a five-week paid vacation when Americans are pumping their paychecks into the gas pumps," Congressman Kline said. "We are going to continue to insist that House Democrat Leadership bring Congress back so we can find a meaningful solution that includes domestic drilling to help Americans deal with rising gas and energy prices."
Meanwhile, Barack Obama released his energy plan earlier this morning.
Posted at 3:05 PM on August 4, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The DFL Party held a news conference this afternoon that featured a George W. Bush impersonator. They said the actor (The Brave New Workshop's Josh Eakright) or a "facsimile" will follow GOP Sen. Norm Coleman across the state over the next month. They want to draw attention to Coleman's voting record with President Bush.
The Minnesota Republican Party is calling on TV stations to stop showing this Al Franken ad because they argue that "franken concocts a fake document with the questionable use of the presidential seal."
Policy junkies should get their fill tomorrow when Franken and Coleman square off at Farmfest.