Democrats and like-minded special interest groups are pulling out all of the stops to get people to the Target Center for President Obama's speech. They're lighting up Facebook, Twitter, phone banking and e-mail to increase turnout.
The speech comes just days after the U.S. Census Bureau said 444,000 Minnesotans don't have health insurance.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pawlenty suggested that he might assert state sovereignty to keep Minnesota from fully participating in a health care plan that could be passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. Pawlenty made his comments on a conference call with supporters of the Republican Governor's Association. You can listen to the caller question and Pawlenty's full answer here.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also suggested state's rights as an option. The political blog, GOP12, says Pawlenty is making a push for the 10th Amendment supporters in a possible White House run.
On Thursday, Pawlenty, a fierce critic of President Obama's health care reform plan, said the federal bill should focus on cost over access. DFLers in the Legislature say the only savings Pawlenty ever generated from health care is by cutting services, eligibility and payments to health care providers. MPR, the Pi Press and the Star Tribune have stories.
Democratic governors disagree with Pawlenty and say the bill will help.
Democrats in Congress say the health care bill will pass this year.
GOP Rep. John Kline will speak on behalf of the GOP on Saturday. He's holding a conference call before Obama's speech. MinnPost says Kline and the other GOP members of Congress were unmoved by Obama's speech.
Some analysts say the insured could pay more under Obama's plan.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is giving money to the opponent of GOP Rep. Joe "You Lied" Wilson of South Carolina.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen holds a health care town hall tonight. Factcheck.org said a DNC ad targeting Paulsen and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann are false. Bachmann and DFL Rep. Tim Walz hold health care town halls on Saturday.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says health care reform may balance out Medicare.
Peterson will also attend the opening of an ethanol plant.
McCollum also honored a slain N. St. Paul police officer on the House floor.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will appear with Texas Congressman Ron Paul at the U of M later this month.
GOP Rep. John Kline is criticizing a Democratic effort to overhaul the student loan market.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold a news conference in Duluth today to discuss wood standards.
DFL Sen. Al Franken will headline Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's Steak Fry on Sunday.
The federal government will spend an additional $30 million on pork for school lunches. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.
Under the Dome
An administrative law judge will hear an argument by Xcel Energy to increase generating capacity and waste storage at the Prairie Island Nuclear facility.
Minnesota showed strong tax collections in August.
A new report paints a bleak picture for the state's roads and bridges.
Stu Rothenberg says DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark is one of the Democrats who gives the party "interesting opportunities" in 2010. Clark is hoping to unseat GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Bachmann also said she is focused on her constituents not a White House run.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
MSNBC's Morning Joe challenges Pawlenty on death panels, etc.
Hotline says Pawlenty was forced to answer questions on Palin during his trip to Virginia.
Get Well wishes
Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman has Bell's Palsy.
It's been eight years since the 9/11 attacks.
Posted at 10:39 AM on September 11, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will be on MPR's Midday at 11 AM. They will discuss the state budget.
Posted at 2:28 PM on September 11, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Minnesota Public Radio News will provide special coverage of President Obama's Health Insurance Reform Rally Saturday in Minneapolis. Coverage starts at noon and will be hosted by Gary Eichten. He'll be joined in studio by Larry Jacobs, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. MPR NewsQ.org will have special coverage as well.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Minnesota announced plans to run television advertisements on health care to coincide with President Obama's visit. State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton said the $25,000 broadcast television buy urges the president to slow down and develop a common-sense health care reform plan.
Posted at 3:31 PM on September 11, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Here's a list of the weekend public policy shows. Note: Gov. Pawlenty will be on ABC's This Week.
This week on Almanac Neil Melton from the POST Board talks about the shooting death of North St. Paul Police Officer Crittenden earlier this week in the context of police training for domestic calls, Mary Lahammer's look at Minnesota's deadliest tornados continues and Jim Klobuchar stops by to chat about his newest book on the Minnesota
KSTP's At Issue:
Our featured guest will be Dr. V.V. Chari, an economist from the U of M and a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. He'll be on to talk about the economic meltdown one year later. We'll also have our regular contributors: Javier Morillo, Cathie Hartnett, Annette Meeks and David Strom debating health care reform and the "Leadership Summit" at the Capitol.
WCCO Sunday Morning:
Didn't get back to me yet...
-Sen. Amy Klobuchar, GOP Rep. Paul Kohls (who's running for governor), DFL Rep. Paul Thissen (who's running for governor), T Mychael Rambo and Carl Eeman, who just published a book that includes his own personal diary of the recount race.
ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
Topics: health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sens. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.
Guest: Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
CBS' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer:
Topics: Health care, with White House senior adviser David Axelrod, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.
CNN's State of the Union with John King:
Topics: health care, with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; health care, with Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; health care, with House Republican Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Fox News Sunday:
Topics: Obama speech on health care, with Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; health care debate, with Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern.
NBC's Meet the Press:
Topics: health care reform, with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
CBS' 60 Minutes will feature an interview with President Obama.