Posted at 7:27 AM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Minnesota's unemployment rate slightly increases to 8.2 percent.
AP talks to the House and Senate Tax chairs about their proposals that will be released. DFL Sen. Tom Bakk suggests a large part of his tax plan ($2 billion) will rely on income taxes.
DFL legislative leaders say Gov. Pawlenty should debate the budget in public.
The Senate Courts bill relies on fee increases to fund the courts.
The Health and Human Services bills still haven't been released because state finance officials can't produce the fiscal notes.
The state settles with every victim of the 35W bridge collapse.
Lawmakers from Central Minnesota want more money for roads and bridges sent to the area.
The state approves a massive powerline project.
An anti-bullying bill gets preliminary approval in the Minnesota Senate.
Gov. Pawlenty appoints a Lakeville City Council member to the Met Council.
Interrogation memos show that the CIA used harsh tactics.
President Obama promises to slow the flow of arms to Mexico.
Obama releases his high-speed rail plan and it could possibly include a line to the Twin Cities.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar attended the event.
The feds will pay $1.7 million for the Red River cleanup.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will introduce nutrition standards for schools.
AP profiles Klobuchar and says her wit delivers.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says the transmission of renewable power is a political "hot potato."
2008 Race for U.S. Senate
Police say someone threw eggs at Republican Norm Coleman's house.
Coleman explains his continued legal fight to the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune takes a look at who gave (Hollywood folks like Tom Hanks gave to Franken, business execs gave to Coleman).
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says it's time to seat Franken.
The Mesabi Daily News takes a look at who's running (or possibly running) for governor.
The Minnesota Independent says DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg may try another run at GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann beat Tinklenberg in 2008.
CQ says GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $225k in the 1st quarter.
The RNC Chair says Gov. Pawlenty is a standard bearer for the party.
Gov. Pawlenty talks with Fox News about a Homeland Security report analyzing some on the right as radicals. He also bashes the media and says, "I don't think it is done" when asked about the Senate race.
Posted at 8:19 AM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The Legislative Auditor has released a report this morning that analyzed the state's biofuels policies and suggested that the Legislature should "consider ending the producer payment program for corn-based ethanol and redirecting the funds to programs that further reduce fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
You can read the report here.
Posted at 1:27 PM on April 17, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced today that Dana Badgerow as resigned as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, effective May 11.
A news release for the governor's office says Badgerow will join the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, as its President and Chief Executive Officer. She was appointed commissioner in October 2004. Badgerow previously served as vice president and general manager of MTS Systems Corporation. She also served as Commissioner of Administration from 1991 until 1993 while on leave from Honeywell, Inc.
"Dana has a remarkable track record of innovation in both the private and public sector." Pawlenty said in the news release. "She is a true change agent and has been a tireless reformer. Thanks to her efforts, the behind-the-scenes things that make state government work better for our citizens have been significantly improved."
Posted at 3:17 PM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce started running a radio ad that targets DFL Rep. Tim Walz over the Employee Free Choice Act. The U.S. Chamber and local chambers have been ramped up their opposition to the union backed bill before last year's election. It appears that they are now increasing the lobbying again. You can listen to the ad (which ran during the governor's radio show) here:
Meanwhile, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota ran another round of ads criticizing Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan. You can listen to that ad (which also ran on Pawlenty's weekly show) here:
Posted at 4:41 PM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Here's the list of who will be on the weekly local and national public affairs shows.
DVR Alert! Amy Klobuchar watchers will want to record CNN's State of the Union.
GOP Rep. John Kline and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison. The two will discuss their travel abroad (Kline visited Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ellison visited Saudi Arabia).
DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten will talk zebra mussels.
State Senator Geoff Michel will sit in with the political panel.
KSTP's At Issue:
GOP Rep. John Kline is on talking about his recent trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also talks about earmarks and his opposition to the economic stimulus package.
Melissa and Roy Koch. Roy was a mechanic at Northwest Airlines who was laid off. His daughter, Melissa, produced a documentary about his search for the person who had his outsourced job.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
Brian Sullivan w/ Republican National Committee to talk about the recent outcome of the U.S. Senate Trial.
Mark Peterson CEO & Pres. Of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to talk about the Grand Opening of the organizations new Center For Changing Lives on April 23.
Stan Gadek CEO of Sun Country Airlines to talk about the company's first quarter profit and the new routes that airline will be flying.
Greg Brick Local Author who this past week launched his new book Subterranean Twin Cities.
ABC's THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS - Topics: Obama administration's first 100 days, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Republican response, with Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.
CBS' FACE THE NATION - Topic: An interview with David Axelrod, White House Senior Advisor. Topic: A Debate on Guns and the Assault Weapons Ban. Guests: Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; and Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association.
CNN's STATE OF THE UNION WITH JOHN KING - Topics: Obama's Mexican trip, border security, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Summit of the Americas, with Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Ensign, R-Nev.; gay marriage, with New York Gov. David Patterson.
NBC's MEET THE PRESS - Topics: the economy, with National Economic Council Director Larry Summers; taxes, spending, with former House Majority Leader Richard Armey, chairman, FreedomWorks, and former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., Chairman, Democratic Leadership Council, others.
Posted at 4:50 PM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to be in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday. He'll be attending two events at the Milken National Education/Teacher Advancement Program Conference. Here are the details:
Governor Pawlenty participates in the panel discussion "Effective K-12 Education Reform - Federal, State and Local Roles" at the Milken National Education/Teacher Advancement Program Conference. Other panelists include Lowell Milken and Superintendent Paul Vallas of the Recovery School District of New Orleans.
Governor Pawlenty speaks at the Milken Educator Awards Dinner and Gala. At the event, 70 of America's most outstanding elementary educators will receive $25,000 Milken Educator Awards. Two of the teachers are from Minnesota.
Posted at 9:02 PM on April 17, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty is sliding on The Fix's 10 Republicans to Watch. Pawlenty has fallen two spots on the line. Here's the synopsis:
9. Tim Pawlenty: T-Paw, the governor of Minnesota, needs to decide sooner rather than later whether he is going to seek a third term or whether he will retire in 2010 to focus full time on running for president. (We argued in a recent post that the latter option makes far more sense.) Why? Because running for reelection in a Democratic-leaning state and running for the Republican presidential nomination are two very different things with different issue sets and focuses. Until Pawlenty decides, he will rise no higher on our Line. (Previous ranking: 7)