Posted at 7:18 AM on May 6, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
As Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race enters its sixth month, there is a divide over what should be done to change the state's election system.
The provision is a part of a much larger economic development budget bill.
The Star Tribune writes about the debate over a bill that requires vendors to post a sign that says cocoa bean mulch is harmful to dogs.
The Capital Investment Conference Committee could wrap up today and will include funding for the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum.
MAPE says the state can save money by cutting managers and consultants.
The Arts and Outdoors spending plans move ahead.
The House panel is still wrangling over the name of the council.
Gov. Pawlenty promotes from within to hire a new Administration Commissioner.
A tighter Minnesota quarantine proposal is headed to Governor Pawlenty.
There's a divide over the best way to provide flood relief to the Red River Valley.
The dispute popped up during a meeting in Washington D.C. over flood protection.
Minneapolis Medical Company may bolt for Wisconsin because of funding.
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He later backtracked on those comments to CQ.
An EPA report on ethanol has critics on both sides.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar demurs on whether she's interested in a soon to be vacant Supreme Court jobs. Side note: Do Democrats get this close to a filibuster proof majority and give Gov. Pawlenty the ability to appoint a replacement for Klobuchar?
DFL Rep. Tim Walz introduces a bill that would "increase the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit paid to widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active military duty or as the result of a service connected injury or illness."
GOP Rep. John Kline says there is a united front on issues facing Afghanistan.
U.S. lawmakers, including DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar, aim to overhaul the Department of Transportation.
Oberstar may also be softening on his opposition to toll roads.
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DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg is also reportedly telling DFLers he plans on challenging GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann again. Maureen Reed, a former I-P candidate for Lt. Gov., is also reportedly running as a Democrat. She called me yesterday and said "I don't have anything to say today but will tomorrow."
Posted at 8:54 AM on May 6, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller are scheduled to be on MPR's Midday today at 11 AM.
Posted at 9:44 AM on May 6, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Dr. Maureen Reed made it official today, announcing her candidacy for the 6th District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Reed made her intentions known in the following news release:
Dr. Maureen Reed, doctor of internal medicine, civic volunteer and former 2006 candidate for Lieutenant Governor, will file papers today with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District. Dr. Reed will file as a DFL candidate and seek the endorsement of the DFL and the Independence Party.
"We are living through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with staggering numbers of people unemployed, health care out of the reach of many folks, and thousands of Minnesotans losing their businesses and homes," said Dr. Reed. "While these problems are tough, I'm running for Congress because I know two things are true. First, Americans can solve tough problems. Second, a bright future is not accidental. We create a bright future when we put rhetoric aside, focus on the real problems, and work hard together. This is exactly what I've done all my life. The future I see is one of business expansion, job growth, home ownership and lower health care costs."
Maureen Reed was born and raised in Minnesota. Her early years were spent in beautiful Redwood Falls, and later she moved to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota. She enrolled at University of Minnesota's Medical School once her undergraduate studies were completed.
After graduation from medical school, Maureen spent the next 20 years practicing internal medicine. She became president of Aspen Medical Group and later served as vice-president and medical director of HealthPartners health plan. As a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, Dr. Reed was deployed to help after the I35 bridge collapse and also in 2005 to help in the aftermath of the Louisiana hurricanes.
Civic engagement is also a great part of Maureen's life. In 1997 the Minnesota Legislature elected Dr. Reed to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents where she served for eight years, including a two year term as Board Chair. Maureen serves as Vice President of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, co-chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and previously was interim Executive Director of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota.
Maureen and her husband Dr. Jim Hart have resided in the city of Grant, just west of Stillwater, ever since their marriage twenty-eight years ago.
A more formal announcement and campaign kick-off event will be scheduled this summer.
Elwyn Tinklenberg, who ran unsuccessfully against Bachmann in 2008, is also reportedly interested in another try.
Posted at 12:56 PM on May 6, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Two DFLers in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District say they intend to challenge GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in 2010. Maureen Reed, who ran for Lt. Gov. as an Independence Party member in 2006, said she intends to run as a DFLer. Elwyn Tinklenberg, who Bachmann defeated in 2008, said he's also making another run. You can read my story here.
If you're interested, I also recorded brief interviews with Reed, Tinklenberg and Bachmann's campaign manager Michelle Marston.
Here's Reed's interview:
Here's Tinklenberg's interview:
Here's Marston's interview:
By the way, Bachmann is scheduled to appear on Fox News with Neil Cavuto this afternoon at 3:30. I'm told the focus will be on taxpayer funding for ACORN.
Al Franken and V.P. Joe Biden met privately in D.C. today. After the meeting Biden's office issued this statement:
"The election process and recount in Minnesota have lived up to the state's reputation for organization, transparency, and bipartisanship. The officials have been meticulous and every ruling has been unanimous. While Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the hardest working members of the United States Senate, Minnesotans deserve their full representation. Once the Minnesota Supreme Court has issued its final ruling in this case, the President and I look forward to working with Mr. Franken on building an economy for the 21st century."
And Franken issued this:
"I deeply appreciate the administration's ongoing support and the opportunity to meet with Vice President Biden today. Minnesotans are eager to see Congress make progress on the administration's agenda - and I'm eager to do my part in that effort. From investments in alternative energy to the expansion of high-speed rail to the Twin Cities, we have a lot to do to help Minnesota's working families, and I was pleased to discuss these important issues with the Vice President."