Posted at 6:43 AM on October 26, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Minnesota's 2010 Primary leads the Digest today. However, we're not exactly sure which day will be Primary Day since a federal Defense Authorization bill may make the date at least a month earlier.
Meanwhile, a primary fight for the DFL nomination for governor has gotten more interesting. That's because the state's largest public employee union, AFSCME Council 5, is backing former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton for governor. MPR, AP, the Star Tribune and the Pi Press have stories.
Dayton said the endorsement gives "enormous political strength" to his campaign.
The Star Tribune says the Republican candidates for governor share one thing in common: less government.
GOP Rep. Paul Kohls tells KARE he will not support public funding for a new Vikings stadium. DFL Rep. Paul Thissen, another gov candidate, also said there isn't momentum for a stadium this year. Thissen didn't completely rule out some sort of help for a new stadium.
Here's a list of where the candidates will be this week.
The DFL organized a debate in Moorhead next Sunday.
President Obama declared H1N1 a national emergency.
Is Obama running a boy's club White House?
He also wants lenders to give to small businesses.
The White House has plenty of Minnesotans as staffers.
Democrats sound more confident that a public option will be approved.
The New York Times says small businesses are seeing an increase in health care premiums.
Health insurance profits are not as robust as Democrats claim.
DFL Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Jim Oberstar want non-profit employers to be a part of the health insurance package.
MPR says fighting health care fraud is a difficult battle.
Twin suicide bombings kill 155 people in Iraq.
Fourteen Americans die in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan.
The EPA says the climate change bill would add $100 a year to heating bill costs for each household.
Republicans may block markup of the climate change bill.
The feds interview the crew that overshot MSP.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar holds a hearing this morning on Minnesota's exports.
Klobuchar will also attend a St. Cloud bridge dedication ceremony. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will also be there.
Klobuchar attended a breast cancer event at the White House.
DFL Sen. Al Franken wants answers about the airliner that overshot MSP.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen gets a slight change to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will speak at an interfaith council in Chicago.
Conservative columnist George Will writes about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Farmers are not happy about a proposed flood diversion plan. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
An Obama Administration official says they "will push Congress to require that all financial derivatives that can go through clearinghouses need to be forced to go through them to avoid another breakdown of the financial system even though two House committees have rejected that approach." Peterson is mentioned.
An auto parts business is overwhelmed with cash for clunkers.
The conservative Freedom Foundation of Minnesota raises some questions about some stimulus requests.
Under the Dome
State Demographer Tom Gilaspy talks about the census count with WCCO.
Minnesota colleges are making efforts to prevent dropouts.
GOP Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing says he supports Pawlenty's decision to terminate a reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin. He disagrees with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are urging the deal stay in place.
GOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski wrote an op-ed criticizing government subsidies for wind energy.
Minnesota will have a surplus auction.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
The Fix says Gov. Pawlenty is the second most influential Republican.
When pushed, Gov. Pawlenty says he'd opt out of federal health care.
Pawlenty now expresses concern about the GOP endorsed candidate in New York after declining to weigh in on the race on Thursday night.
The NRCC will spend several hundred thousand backing the GOP candidate.
Marc Ambinder speculates further on Pawlenty's Iowa strategy.
2009 Local races
St. Paul voters will decide Instant Runoff Voting.
2010 Race for Congress
A DFLer is set to take challenge GOP Rep. John Kline.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't receive as much in PAC money as she has in the past.
Two days after endorsing former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton for governor in 2010, officials with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 held a news conference today with their candidate.
They explained how they view Dayton as the most electable DFL candidate, with two statewide wins under his belt. Dayton is seeking the DFL party endorsement, but he's also planning to run in the primary. AFSCME Executive Director Eliot Seide isn't concerned about the potential of working against a DFL-endorsed candidate.
"We're neither Democrat nor Republican. We're union members, and we support the candidates we think best support working families and have the best ability to win."
Listen to the news conference audio here: Listen
Also, the Republican Party of Minnesota weighed in today with a harsh assessment of the union endorsment.
Here's the GOP news release:
AFSCME Endorses Self-Admitted Failure Mark Dayton
St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton today issued the following statement regarding AFSCME's decision to endorse Mark Dayton for governor.
"Mark Dayton was named one of Time magazine's 'worst senators' in America and he even gave himself an 'F' for his lack of accomplishments in Washington. While that may be the kind of 'experience' AFSCME is looking for in the next governor of our state, I find it hard to believe Minnesotans will find much to praise in Dayton's hard-left record of ineffectiveness and ineptitude. All the money in Dayton's trust fund can't change the fact that he doesn't have what it takes to lead."
Meet AFSCME's Endorsed Candidate Mark Dayton:
Dayton Graded Own Senate Performance An "F." "If U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., was to grade himself on his accomplishments in Congress, it would be an 'F,' he told students Thursday at the Renville County West High School in Renville." (Tom Cherveny, "Senator Says He Gives Himself An 'F,'" West Central Tribune, April 21, 2006)
Time Magazine: Dayton One Of America's Five "Worst Senators." "When he was elected in 2000, Minnesota Democrat Mark Dayton seemed well prepared, having worked as an aide to Walter Mondale in the 1970s. But he has exhibited erratic behavior since then: in October 2004 he shut down his office for almost a month, citing an unspecified terrorist threat." ("America's Worst - Mark Dayton: The Blunderer," Time, April 14, 2006)
Time: Dayton "Passed Few Bills," Tried To Create A Department Of Peace & "Confounded His Colleagues." "Inside the Senate, Dayton has passed few bills partly because some are too liberal for the Republican-controlled body, including one that would have created a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. He has confounded his colleagues by complaining about basic facts of the job, such as his limited power in a chamber where authority derives from seniority." ("America's Worst - Mark Dayton: The Blunderer," Time, April 14, 2006)
Bizarre Dayton Shut Down His Washington Senate Office Over Theoretical Terrorist Threat. "When Senator Mark Dayton shut down his Washington office last week, ostensibly out of concern for his staff's safety, many on Capitol Hill wondered if the Minnesota Democrat knew something everyone else didn't. The answer, it turns out, is far from it. Dayton last month received the same briefing as his fellow Senators about a CIA worst-case scenario involving simultaneous terrorist attacks across the country. Yet he apparently took the hypothetical threat as an imminent one. 'Most people who heard the briefing,' sniffs an intelligence official, 'understood the context. It was theoretical.'" (Elaine Shannon, "Why Didn't 99 Other Senators Close Up Shop Too?" Time, October 25, 2004)
Hard Left Dayton Attacked Governor Pawlenty For Refusing To Tax Raises. "That Pawlenty won't raise taxes 'even one penny,' Dayton said, 'is a disgrace.'" (Brad Swenson, "Beltrami County DFL fundraiser: Gubernatorial candidates blast budget," The Bemidji Pioneer, February 17, 2009)
Dayton's Odd Behavior Troubled His Own Staff. "His 1998 field director, Monte Jarvis, says Dayton didn't trust his staff, and micromanaged the campaign. 'He worried about the cleanliness of the refrigerator and the way the newspaper was situated on the table in the morning, and if it was out of order,' Jarvius recollects." (Laura McCallum, "Senate Candidate Profile: Mark Dayton," Minnesota Public Radio Website, August 1, 2000)
Posted at 2:13 PM on October 26, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
The conservative blog RedState is reporting that Gov. Pawlenty is backing conservative candidate Doug Hoffman over GOP endorsed Dede Scozzafava. Pawlenty sent a statement to the blog citing his reason for the endorsement:
"We cannot send more politicians to Washington who wear the Republican jersey on the campaign trail, but then vote like Democrats in Congress on issues like card check and taxes. After reviewing the candidates' positions, I'm endorsing Doug Hoffman in New York's special election. Doug understands the federal government needs to quit spending so much, will vote against tax increases, and protect key values like the right to vote in private in union elections."
Pawlenty's endorsement comes a few days after he was roundly criticized by RedState for staying on the sidelines in the race. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann are just two of the candidates who announced last week that they're backing Hoffman. Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich is backing Scozzafava.