Posted at 7:12 AM on September 9, 2009
by Tom Scheck
An official with knowledge of the plans said the White House notified the source that President Obama will speak on health care. Details of the event are still being worked out. An official with St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center says a presidential visit has not been scheduled there.
Obama's visit comes at a time when he's making a strong push to pass a health care reform package that's receiving plenty of scrutiny in Congress. His Minnesota speech will likely focus on why the country needs to pass the legislation. The president has touted Minnesota's Mayo Clinic as a model for what is working in the health care system.
Good morning Digest readers. First off, a big thanks to Tim Pugmire, Tim Nelson and Mike Mulcahy for filling in for me during my paternity leave. It's nice to be back.
President Obama will speak tonight to a joint session of Congress tonight to discuss health care reform.
A source, who asked not to be identified, says Obama will visit Minnesota in his efforts to get the legislation passed. He's expected to speak in Minnesota on Saturday but time and location have yet to be determined. MinnPost first broke the story but my sources say it will not be at the Xcel Energy Center.
Democrats vow to give Obama a health plan.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson wants Obama to be clear on a health care plan.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will also reportedly hold a townhall meeting on Saturday.
The DNC is also buying time to rip Bachmann and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen on health care.
Obama's pollster is telling Congressional Democrats that polling shows that support for reform is higher that perceived.
On Tuesday, his speech to students was, well, conservative. He urged them to work hard and stay in school.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz visited Afghanistan and said he isn't sure whether he'd support a troop increase in the region.
Walz will also hold a health care townhall on
The House and Senate continue to spar over transportation funding. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Under the Dome
State officials told DFL lawmakers that an economic tsunami is headed our way. Gov. Pawlenty disagrees with the assessment. He declined to attend the event and held a separate forum in Eden Prairie. MPR, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.
Lawmakers consider rail projects to fund.
Pawlenty for Prez watch
Gov. Pawlenty will be in Virginia today to campaign for Bob McDonnell, a GOP candidate for governor. The DFL is holding a morning conference call to criticize Pawlenty and McDonnell for McDonell's past writings on women.
Pawlenty closed the books on his gubernatorial campaign. He gave the remaining funds to charities and political organizations. The biggest recipient was the MNGOP. AP and the Star Tribune have stories. Here's the full list.
Posted at 10:56 AM on September 9, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Residents of Minnesota's 1st, 3rd and 6th congressional districts have opportunities to vent about health care reform this week.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., has announced plans to host a town hall meeting Friday in Maple Grove. Paulsen will talk about health care and then take questions and comments from constituents. The meeting is scheduled for
6:30 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Maple Grove High School auditorium.
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has also announced another health care forum. The session is scheduled Saturday, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., at St. Cloud Tech High School.
Also Saturday, Democratic Congressman Tim Walz will hold another town hall meeting, this time in Rochester. The event begins at noon at John Marshall High School.
Posted at 3:18 PM on September 9, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Democrats in two states are blasting Governor Tim Pawlenty as he campaigns in Virginia today for that state's Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Pawlenty was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Bob McDonnell and attend two other campaign events. McDonnell has been trying to distance himself from a 20-year-old college thesis, in which he wrote that working women and feminists were detrimental to traditional families. Despite McDonnell's renouncement of the paper, officials with the Democratic Party of Virginia and the Minnesota DFL held a conference call with reporters to question whether Pawlenty shares McDonnell's views. DFL Associate Chair Donna Cassutt said Pawlenty's support of McDonnell is concerning.
"He's out in Virginia today shelling for a closed-minded, misogynistic candidate, and really basically selling his soul to further his ambition, which is an affront to all of us who fought long and hard for women's equality," Cassutt said.
Pawlenty responded to the issue before he left for Virginia. He told reporters Tuesday in Eden Prairie that he was comfortable campaigning with McDonnell.
"He is saying that was a long time ago and that he's modified or evolved his thinking on those things," Pawlenty said.
Posted at 4:05 PM on September 9, 2009
by Tom Scheck
President Obama will speak at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. He's scheduled to speak at 12:30. Rally is free and open to the public. First come, first served. Here are the details from the White House:
President Obama to Hold Health Insurance Reform Rally in Minneapolis, MN Saturday
WASHINGTON, DC - On Saturday, September 12, 2009, President Barack Obama will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to hold a rally on health insurance reform.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, President Obama will discuss what's at stake for the American people in this debate - why we need health insurance reform and why we need to act now.
President Obama's health insurance reform plan has two goals-to bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today, and affordable coverage to those who don't. And his plan will bring reforms that will reduce the unsustainable growth in the cost of health care, which has doubled in the last decade and will again, unless we act.
The rally will be free and open to the public. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. No ticket is required.
Rally on Health Insurance Reform with President Barack Obama
Target Center 600 First Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55403
Doors Open: 9:30 am CT
Program start time: 12:30 pm CT.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. No ticket is required. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, no sharp objects, no umbrellas, no liquids, no strollers, and no signs will be allowed into the venue. Cameras are permitted.