Posted at 7:56 AM on August 4, 2009
by Tim Nelson
Filed under: Daily Digest
Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy is on a 10-city tour of Minnesota, talking about the economy. The Strib has a story.
Farmfest opens today. Congressman Tim Walz, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Governor Tim Pawlenty are scheduled to appear. The annual farm exposition near Redwood Falls draws about 35,000 people annually.
Energy Secretary Stephen Chu was in Rochester, talking renewables with CD 1 Democrat Tim Walz. MPR's Tom Weber was there.
A pair of activists from Minnesota had some kind of run-in with Israeli officials, apparently while attempting to enter the Palestinian territories. They got back to Minnesota to at least some notice on Fox 9. You might recognize one of them, Katrina Plotz, right. She was one of the leaders of the March on the RNC effort last summer. They seem to be exporting the franchise this summer, without the Republicans in town.
Steve Kelley, running again for governor, says he's hired Carrie Lucking as campaign manager. Lucking has a past, as well: she was one of the founders of the effort to block acting education commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke's confirmation back in 2004. The Kelley campaign says she's a Hopkins social studies teacher and active in Education Minnesota politics.
Minnesota's most peripatetic Congressman, Keith Ellison, is trotting the globe again - this time to Sudan. The Strib has coverage.
Posted at 11:15 AM on August 4, 2009
by Tim Nelson
Elwyn Tinklenberg says he won't run again against 6th District Republican Michele Bachmann. Here's the statement his campaign just released:
I am announcing that as of today I am terminating my campaign for Congress. This is obviously not an easy decision for me, but I have come to the conclusion that its the right one. While the image of the next campaign against Michele Bachmann is certainly energizing, the path to that campaign is becoming increasingly improbable. I'm proud of our last campaign. We did better than almost anyone outside the campaign expected. We built a national support base and proved that a strong Democrat with enough time and resources could win in the Sixth District.
Now, however, we are faced with the prospect of the next thirteen months being a battle among Democrats. In a difficult district during tough financial times we will be spending large amounts of time and money trying to defeat each other rather than defeating Michele Bachmann. That is not a campaign I want to wage nor is it the kind of campaign that strengthens our chances of electing a Democrat next fall.
This has never been about me, it's about restoring responsible productive representation to the Sixth District. It is my hope that by removing myself from the race, I am advancing our chances of achieving that goal.
I want to thank all of those people who have supported me and encouraged me over the last several years in the campaigns in the Sixth District. It has been an honor and a privilege working with you. Rest assured, I have no intention of terminating my public involvement. There is much to do in the district and in the state, and I look forward to finding new opportunities to help where I can.
His spokesman, Dana Houle, says that Tinklenberg isn't throwing his support behind any other candidates. Yet. "He may or may not endorse someone else...and someone else may get in the race now that he's leaving. It's not something he's going to do today."
Posted at 1:03 PM on August 4, 2009
by Tim Nelson
And all in a mere seven episodes perhaps? TruTV has apparently picked up the option on former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's "Conspiracy Theory" cable television show.
It's by A. Smith and Co., the same people that bring us Hell's Kitchen. They're also adding "Suprise Inspection," the true tales of Rhode Island public health inspectors and Full Throttle Saloon, centering on a Sturgis, S.D., biker bar.
"Each of our shows depict high-stakes action and fascinating characters," Smith told the Hollywood Reporter.