Posted at 7:07 AM on June 11, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Former state Rep. Bill Haas is the first Republican to officially enter the race for governor since Gov. Pawlenty announced his decision to not run for a third term. I talked with him about his priorities, the state budget and how he will try to stand out in a crowded field. You can listen to the interview here:
A Ramsey County Court Administrator says Republican Norm Coleman has to pay Democrat Al Franken $94k for the court costs related to Coleman's appeal of the recount.
Court officials say the MN Supreme Court ruling won't come at night or during the weekend.
Under the Dome
Local governments spent $8.5 million on lobbying the Legislature in 2008.
The Star Tribune takes a look at a city that could be hit hard if future budget cuts go through.
State tax revenue increases in May.
The Legislative Auditor says there are more problems with the Metro Gang Strike Force. In particular, there was criticism of the seizures.
The Legislative Auditor also said Minnesota loosely enforces the E-Verify rule.
Gov. Pawlenty is taking input from stakeholders before he unallots.
Wisconsin may not fund the Stillwater bridge.
St. Paul Schools are laying off 143 teachers.
The Nature Conservancy is looking at using grass for energy in southern Minnesota.
The Senate is set to vote on FDA power to regulate tobacco.
The personal disclosure forms for House members have been released. MinnPost has links to Minnesota's delegation.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar urges stronger airline safety enforcement.
The GOP sees House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the Achilles heel for Democrats. DFL Rep. Tim Walz and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison are mentioned.
GOP Rep. John Kline calls any health legislation with a public option problematic.
Kline also introduced legislation to protect auto dealers who are being shut down.
Kline is also reportedly making a push to be the top member of the House Education and Labor Committee.
Kline also discussed earmarks with the mayors in his district earlier this month.
GOP Erik Paulsen writes an op-ed wondering why government is closing businesses.
The House passes DFL Rep. Betty McCollum's bill to end child marriage.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is now calling it "Obama's gangster government."
Mayors praise ACORN's anti-foreclosure efforts. Bachmann is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned in this story on protection for renters.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says there's a mutiny growing among Democrats in the climate change legislation.
City Hall Scoop says Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will cross the river to raise some dough.
DFLer Matt Entenza hires a bunch of advisers.
The Fix says Pawlenty is the "gut" of the GOP.
The court today ruled that the instant runoff voting system Minneapolis plans to use this fall is constitutional.
Here's more courtesy of MPR's Curtis Gilbert:
A group called the Minnesota Voters Alliance had challenged the system as unconstitutional, but the state Supreme Court ruled that the group's challenge lacks merit. Instant Runoff Voting allows voters to rank the candidates for a given office in order of preference.
In its opinion released today, the court said the system does not violate the constitutional principal of one-person, one-vote.
Minneapolis voters approved instant runoff voting by an overwhelming margin in 2006. It will affect only municipal offices like mayor, city council and park board.
In 1915, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down another alternative voting system used in Duluth, but the court ruled today that the Minneapolis system does not present the same constitutional problems.
Posted at 11:47 AM on June 11, 2009
by Tim Nelson
But despite the incumbent governor's stated intention to leave the office open, Ritchie said he isn't giving in to temptation to upgrade his constitutional post in next year's election cycle. "I'm running for Secretary of State, but that'll be announced next year," Ritchie said.
Here's the very brief exchange with Jay Weiner.
Posted at 4:34 PM on June 11, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Republican businessman Brian Sullivan says he's not running for governor. Sullivan tried for the party endorsement for governor in 2002 but lost to Governor Pawlenty. He said he made the decision not to run next year because he's trying to start up a new business and he has young children.
"To run for governor is a full-time occupation and it just wasn't possible for me step out of my business and dedicate the time necessary to be successful in a run. There's nothing worse than pursuing something in a way that you know won't lead to a good outcome."
Sullivan said right now he's not going to back any of the other Republican candidates currently in the field. He said it's possible that more candidates could enter. There are about a dozen Republicans and nearly a dozen Democrats who say they are either running or are considering a run for governor now that Tim Pawlenty has decided not to seek a third term. You can read the list here.
Posted at 11:13 PM on June 11, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty talked about his plans for unallotment, his political future and the legislative session on this week's edition of Capitol Report. Also, Senator Sandy Rummel, DFL - White Bear Lake, discusses the new "sippy cup" law, and Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Mpls., expresses his displeasure over the governor's veto of the "anti-bullying" bill.