Posted at 6:43 AM on August 13, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Daily Digest
Congressman Tim Walz schedules a town hall meeting on health care next Thursday in Mankato.
Congressman Collin Peterson schedules two meetings.
A key legislator is opposed to a new effort to lift the state's nuclear power moratorium.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says a suburban Twin Cities chiropractic clinic fraudulently obtained credit cards for patients.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says six Native American groups in Minnesota will share $14.6 million in federal grants.
The list of state fair political booths includes only one candidate for governor.
State Sen. Paul Koering says he's no longer a candidate for governor.
State Rep. Tom Rukavina says he wants the DFL endorsement.
Sixth District DFL challenger Tarryl Clark picks up another union endorsement.
A new New Hampshire poll gives 3 percent to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Posted at 1:22 PM on August 13, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she needs money to defend herself from the attacks of liberals.
The 6th District Republican sent out an e-mail appeal today titled "Don't Let Them Palinize Me!" Bachmann linked her need for campaign contributions to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
"With Gov. Palin taking a well-deserved step out of the spotlight, it appears that I may be absorbing even more of the liberals' scorn," Bachmann wrote. "And, I'd really appreciate your support so that I can defend myself against their attacks."
Bachmann also described another similarity with Palin.
"But just as they did with Sarah Palin, the more I talk about the issues, the more they attack with below-the-belt personal hits," Bachmann said. "In fact, yesterday, a Minnesota paper gave a full column to a hit piece on one of my kids!"
The e-mail also included a definition of Palinize:
From the Urban Dictionary: Palinize: To smear or mock someone using falsehoods, baseless accusations or unsubstantiated character assassinations for the purpose of blocking them from achieving a goal. To exaggerate the truth or lie by omission. To attack a person for his or her conservative values by focusing an inordinate amount of attention on a single example of that person falling short (or being perceived as falling short) of the values they espouse.
Posted at 3:00 PM on August 13, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher filed paperwork today to run for governor in 2010.
She also launched a new web site announcing her campaign.
Kelliher had acknowledged for months that she was interested in joining the race. The Minneapolis DFLer also hired a campaign manager earlier this summer.
By filing the formal paperwork with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Kelliher joins 10 other Democrats who've made the same commitment to start raising money. Nine Republicans have filed, and the field in both parties is expected to grow.
Kelliher, who grew up on a farm near Mankato, has served six terms in the Minnesota House, including two and a half years as speaker.
Kelliher was in International Falls today, where we reached her by phone:
Here's her web site message:
Over the past few months I have traveled the state talking to Minnesotans just like you. Today, with the support of my family, friends and people across the state, I took the first step to become our next governor by filing the necessary paperwork to run. Growing up on a southern Minnesota dairy farm, I learned at a young age there is always more work to be done. The same could be said for our state right now. Our economy has been battered by the global recession and many families are worried about job losses, wage cuts and the ever-rising cost of health care.
Minnesota's next governor faces tough challenges. We need a leader who understands the task in front of us, and who knows it will take more than one person to rebuild our state. That's the experience, and the commitment, I will bring as Minnesota's governor. It took more than one person to finally break through and improve the safety and quality of Minnesota's bridges and roads. I built a coalition of people who did not always see eye-to-eye, but were ready to find common ground and work together. It took more than one person to pass Minnesota's nation-leading renewable energy standard. Together, we made Minnesota a leader in the green economy.
Now as we look ahead, the challenges are real, but our path forward is clear. As Minnesota's next governor and with your support, we will make Minnesota a world economic leader, build a healthier, more productive workforce and provide every child from pre-kindergarten through college the opportunity for a great education.
In a few weeks, I will formally announce my candidacy. It will take more than one person to win the DFL endorsement and this election. It will take a coalition of people who believe in Minnesota and our ability to succeed. I'm asking you to take the next step in making me our next governor.
Minnesota Republicans were quick to criticize Kelliher and her candidacy. State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton issued this statement:
"Democrats have put forth yet another big city liberal. The rest of Minnesota cannot afford Margaret Anderson Kelliher's 'leadership.' Whether she's hiking gas taxes, the metro wide sales tax or income taxes, Kelliher is a dependable pro tax vote. Given her failed leadership as speaker and complete inability to pass a credible budget bill, Kelliher is the last Minnesotan who deserves a promotion."