Posted at 6:54 AM on April 28, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The House and Senate spent most of the day yesterday debating and passing the HHS budgets bills. The bill's authors say the cuts are bad but could be worse. Forum Communications, MPR, the Star Tribune, AP and the Pi Press have stories.
DFLers forced Republicans to vote on either all or parts of Governor Pawlenty's HHS budget.
Is Minnesota prepared to handle a flu outbreak?
Scares of swine flu could batter the state's pork industry.
MNGOP Chair Ron Carey is leaving his position at the end of his term in June.
Minnesota's Auditor releases a report on the fiscal health of counties.
Minneapolis is planning to close four schools.
More layoffs are expected at Minntac.
GOP Rep. Tom Emmer and Twila Brase, with the Citizens Council on Health Care, appeared on Glenn Beck's show to talk about the state's newborn screening system.
The state alleges a Muslim charter school is violating teacher-license laws.
More better and faster trains are the goal of a coalition.
DFL Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher is one of several lawmakers who are signaling support for a Minneapolis principal.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says his arrest at a Darfur protest was a deliberate action to bring attention to the crisis. MPR, the Star Tribune, AP and MinnPost have stories. Ellison also explains why he got arrested.
KSTP finds that federal prisoners are being transported on public buses.
GM to close 21,000 factory jobs.
President Obama promises major investment in R and D.
Fox won't air Obama's news conference on Wednesday.
GOP Rep. John Kline says he's shocked by the amount of government spending.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she wants to know which banks are receiving federal money.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may settle a credit derivatives fight that includes DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.
2008 Race for U.S. Senate
GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave $5,000 to Republican Norm Coleman's recount efforts.
Gov. Pawlenty meets a giant fish.
Posted at 11:02 AM on April 28, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The GOP could come even harder at Democrat Al Franken if this is true (in other words, drag this thing out):
WASHINGTON (AP) - Several officials say veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties, advancing his own hopes of winning a new term next year while pushing Democrats one step closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.
The sources said an announcement could come later in the day - or Wednesday. The officials who provided the information did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss his plans.
Specter is a 79-year-old veteran of five Senate terms, and one of only a handful of moderate Republicans left in Congress in a party made up largely of conservatives.
Democrats will have a filibuster proof majority if Specter switches and Franken is sworn in. Specter was facing a GOP challenge from former GOP Congressman Pat Toomey.
Norm Coleman's campaign manager Cullen Sheehan just released this statement:
"Senator Coleman's focus remains on the thousands of Minnesota citizens who have not had their voices heard or their votes counted. We will keep on fighting to enfranchise these voters and to ensure that every legally cast ballot is opened and counted."
And Franken spokesman Andy Barr said this:
"Sen.-elect Franken looks forward to working with Senators of both parties to make progress on President Obama's agenda and move our country forward."