Posted at 7:23 AM on April 8, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Republican Norm Coleman is going the wrong way in his Senate fight. Democrat Al Franken picked up more votes after the three-judge panel opened up more ballots yesterday. Franken's lead is now 312 votes. Coleman's legal team says they will appeal. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press, AP, Forum Communications and MinnPost have stories.
Bloomberg says the recount could come down to the Bush v. Gore decision.
Powerline blogger Scott Johnson says Franken didn't steal the election but makes it clear he doesn't like him.
The conservative Weekly Standard, however, expresses concern.
Under the Dome
Progressive groups criticize the cuts to K12.
House Democrats go after how Gov. Pawlenty pays for his staff.
The Pi Press picks up on a tax policy bill that was proposed a few weeks ago.
A group says many in the state are going without medical coverage.
Minnesota counties want to have a say in cost-control efforts.
President Obama visits troops in Baghdad.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants Vietnam to reopen adoptions for U.S. parents.
Klobuchar's approval ratings are also pretty high.
GOP Rep. John Kline is in Pakistan.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says he wants to rebuild Saudi-U.S. bridges. He's in Saudi Arabia.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman holds townhall meetings this week.
She also writes an op-ed criticizing cap and trade.
The St. Cloud Times says Bachmann will forego earmarks in 2010.
The Department of Transportation is set to approve an alliance sought by Continental Airlines. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Conservative groups will hold Tea Party protests across the state.
Matt Entenza's wife, Lois Quam, is leaving Piper Jaffray to start an incubator.
Minneapolis hands out $10,000 "forgivable" loans for some homebuyers.
The Political Animal points out some peeps at play.
The Digest will be taking a break for a few days. I'll still post relevant stories and news on the blog. I just won't be getting up at 6 AM to do it.
Posted at 10:33 AM on April 8, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in Asia.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is in Saudi Arabia.
GOP Rep. John Kline is reportedly in Pakistan.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz is making appearances throughout the District.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is in Stillwater today (which is in her district).
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is in the Home District.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is in the Home District.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is in the Home District monitoring the flood situation in northwest Minnesota and working on flood relief.
I'm checking on DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar's whereabouts. His spokesman didn't get back to me just yet.
Oberstar's spokesman sent this response on Oberstar's schedule:
This week he is attending a conference on global climate change that is sponsored by the Aspen Institute. One of the panels will specifically addresses how the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill can address climate change issues. As you know, this year Jim will be the primary sponsor of the six year bill that will authorize all federal surface transportation projects for the next six years.
Next week he will be in Houston to meet with the Texas Transportation Institute. This is the think tank at Texas A&M University that released the 2007 Urban Mobility Study which showed that traffic congestion costs Minnesota's economy $1.1 billion a year in wasted fuel and time.
After that he will travel to Wisconsin to meet with Mr. Obey about transportation funding issues.