Posted at 6:54 AM on August 20, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Daily Digest
The recession has hit manufacturing hard in Minnesota.
Protesters say the Minnesota Department of Transportation is not doing enough to get women and minorities working on state-funded projects.
Federal officials disagree over the environmental impact of the central Corridor light rail project.
State officials will try to clean the air in the Boundary Waters.
UnitedHealth Group provided employees with talking points to use at town hall meetings.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar toured a children's center in Albert Lea.
Sen. Al Franken toured a butter plant in New Ulm.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is logging a lot of time on national TV.
State Sen. Terri Bonoff is considering a run for Congress.
Federal officials tell Steve Sviggum he can't run for governor while serving as commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Industry.
Nine Republican candidates will attend a GOP picnic in Roseville.
Two DFL candidates and two GOP candidates talk about their visions for the state.
A new poll shows Pawlenty at the back of the pack of potential GOP candidates for president.
Posted at 10:16 AM on August 20, 2009
by Mike Mulcahy
Harvard's Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, announced today that Norm Coleman will be a visiting fellow in November.
Other visiting fellows include Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and recent Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia, and Ursula Plassnik, Member of the Austrian Parliament, Special Envoy for the International Women's network of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria and former President of the Council of the European Union.
The institute says visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard Kennedy School faculty.
Maybe it's a coincidence, but Al Franken was also a Harvard fellow in 2003 and wrote his book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" with help from a team of Harvard College and Kennedy School students.
Posted at 1:35 PM on August 20, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, has appointed the members of a jobs task force that will make recommendations to the full House in the 2010 session.
In a news release issued today, Kelliher said the bipartisan panel will focus on economic development, capital investments and tax policies that will create significant job growth for Minnesotans.
"We received some encouraging news today as Minnesota's unemployment rate actually dropped a bit, but we know job recovery is often one of the latest indicators to rebound in a recession," Kelliher said. "That is why we will continue to make job creation a top priority in the Minnesota House."
Three current House committee chairs -- Rep. Alice Hausman (capital investment), Rep. Ann Lenczewski (taxes) and Rep. Tom Rukavina (higher education and workforce development) -- will lead the task force effort.
The other members are Representatives Sarah Anderson, Karla Bigham, Robin Brown, Mark Buesgens, Lyndon Carlson, Randy Demmer, Denise Dittrich, Keith Downey, Patti Fritz, Bob Gunther, Jeff Hayden, Larry Howes, Gail Kulick Jackson, Al Juhnke, Jeremy Kalin, Diane Loeffler, Tim Mahoney, Sandra Masin, Carol McFarlane, Denny McNamara, Terry Morrow, Joe Mullery, Michael Nelson, Kim Norton, Mike Obermueller, Michael Paymar, Paul Rosenthal, Bev Scalze, Tony Sertich, Linda Slocum, Loren Solberg, Phillip Sterner and Jean Wagenius.