Posted at 7:13 AM on October 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Minnesota's exports are down 19 percent from last year.
The Pi Press says the state's mortgage crisis is far from over.
Minnesota hospitals begin the H1N1 vaccinations.
The Star Tribune reports that two top Metro Gang Strike Force leaders are part of an inquiry.
MPR says other agencies succeeded where the gang strike force failed, other agencies succeeded.
Groups are racing to find a replacement for GAMC.
A developer is targeting the Vikings and six other teams for a new stadium in Los Angeles.
Unbelted traffic deaths are more common in rural areas.
The state will have to revise its bonding bill revenues as a result of the tough fiscal times.
Vice-President Joe Biden told a closed door fundraiser that things are getting better. Here's the pool report.
President Obama takes some heat from New Orleans residents.
Obama also signed a major Aid bill for Pakistan.
ACORN's woes are making things difficult for Democrats.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wants the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools fired for what she and other lawmakers call "promotion of homosexuality."
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty is scheduled to speak before Western CPAC tonight.
The Washington Times said Pawlenty will also do some "friend raising" in California.
GOP Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana is raising eyebrows after visiting Iowa and South Carolina.
2010 Race for Governor
Here's a list of where the other "gov running" legislators stand.
A ton of DFL candidates will attend this weekend's Wellstone Dinner in St. Cloud.
2010 Race for Congress
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann raises a large sum of cash in the 6th District Race.
The Star Tribune says the DFL candidates in the 6th are tip-toeing around the health bill.
Two Republicans consider a run against DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson gave money to the Congressman who made the "Die quickly"comments.
Posted at 11:18 AM on October 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Rasmussen Reports released a 2012 GOP preference poll and found that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the most popular. Huckabee received 29 percent support from those polled. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was second with 24 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received 18 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 12 percent. 7 percent are undecided. 6 percent of those polled say they support some other candidate.
Governor Pawlenty, who is in California today to speak before the Western Conservative Political Action Committee, received 4 percent support.
Posted at 12:33 PM on October 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The Washington Post's The Fix examines the most competitive governor's races in 2010. Here's what Chris Cillizza says about Minnesota:
11. Minnesota (R): The fields on both sides of the race to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) are packed with candidates -- most of whom have a limited profile statewide. But, Democrats appear to have an ace in the hole in Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak who is widely expected to get into the contest in the near future. Republicans may well have to wait until next year to find out whether former Sen. Norm Coleman will run but given the Democratic trend in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in recent years, it may not matter who the GOP puts up. (Previous ranking: 11)
Question of the day: What are your thoughts on Cillizza's assessment?
Posted at 4:29 PM on October 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Here's a list of who will be on this weekend's public policy shows.
This week on Almanac a healthcare reform debate with representatives from AARP Minnesota and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Mary Lahammer has Gubernatorial debate highlights from earlier this week and Star Tribune reporter Kevin Diaz joins us from Washington D. C.
KSTP's At Issue:
We're doing a 9th anniversary show featuring highlights from interviews with people like Michael Moore, Al Franken, Paul Wellstone, Jim Ramstad, Jesse Ventura, Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove. We'll also replay two of our favorite "Greatest Hits from the Capitol" from 2001 and 2008. We'll be back to a regular show next week.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
DFL state Sen. Tom Bakk, who is running for governor.
Capitol Report (airs on PBS stations and here):
Moderator Julie Bartkey sits down with Kristin Ehrseman from the Department of Health to get the latest on H1N1 in Minnesota. The Obama Administration's "Race to the Top" initiative is outlined by Education Commissioner Alice Seagren, and Sen. Patricia Torres Ray expresses her dissatisfaction with the slow pace of bridging the achievement gap between minorities and white students.
ABC's THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS - Topics: the economy, health care, Afghanistan, with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod.
C-SPAN's NEWSMAKERS - Interview with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak.
CBS' FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER - Topics: Health care, Afgahnistan and the economy, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.(from Afghanistan); and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
CNN's STATE OF THE UNION WITH JOHN KING - Topics: Afghanistan, health care, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Afghanistan, with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; health care, Afghanistan, with Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.
NBC's MEET THE PRESS - Topics: Health care, with White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Christopher Donn, D-Conn., Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.