Posted at 5:59 AM on October 30, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Gov. Pawlenty holds a morning newser with Minnesota farmers to announce a donation to Hunger Solutions.
Negotiations continue on U of M light rail deal.
The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if counties should pay for defense attorneys for poor people.
Minnesota gets $6.8 million for sewage treatment and wild lands.
GOP House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers talks about the priorities of the upcoming session.
KSTP says mistakes made in the 2008 U.S. Senate election helped change how votes will be counted in the future.
President Obama will meet with his military advisers today to discuss the strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Some Afghanistan experts say a troop withdrawal is the best route.
MPR surveyed Minnesota's delegation on Afghanistan. A majority says they want more information before making a decision on a troop increase.
Secretary of State Clinton is asking why Pakistan has not destroyed Al Qaeda.
The New York Times says Iran is rejecting a deal on shipping out uranium.
The House releases its health bill.
The Star Tribune says Congress is getting flooded with calls regarding the health care bill.
The GDP signals the recession is over.
Dozens in Congress have been under an ethics inquiry.
Obama's citizenship director visits the Twin Cities.
China lifts its ban on U.S. pork imports.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says credit rating changes need to be made.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says he supports the St. Cloud Airport's request for federal funding.
A bill would extend time to fund pension plans. Franken is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison introduces a same day voter registration bill.
Some members of Congress are suggesting a $150 billion "front-loaded" transportation stimulus next year. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
2010 Race for Governor
Tom Rukavina racks up local steelworker's union endorsements.
Matt Entenza is headed to California to raise money.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
The American Conservative says the Vikings stadium issue could put Pawlenty in a bind.
Newt Gingrich goes after Pawlenty over NY-23.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee hasn't endorsed in the race.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wants a $100k speaking fee for an Iowa event.
MPR aired a story this morning that looked at where Minneosta's congressional delegation stood on sending more troops to Afghanistan. GOP Rep. John Kline will discuss the situation on MPR's Midday at 11 AM.
Here's where the delegation stands on the issue:
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's waiting to see President Obama's plan before she commits to sending more troops to the region. Listen
DFL Sen. Al Franken says he's gathering more information on the issue and is waiting to see President Obama's plan. Listen
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he's gathering more information and is waiting to see President Obama's plan. He said he may support a troop increase if Obama recommends one. Listen
GOP Rep. John Kline says President Obama should listen to Gen. Stanley McChrystal and send 40,000 troops to the region. Listen
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen said he wants to see President Obama's plan and hear from McChrystal. Listen
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum said she could support a troop increase if certain conditions are met. They include a stronger police force and a more stabilized central government. McCollum said she would not support an increase of 40,000 troops. Listen
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said he doesn't support a troop increase and wants to see a greater commitment to rebuilding the country. Listen
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said she supports McChrystal's plan to send 40,000 troops to the region.
(we had a problem with the audio. I'll post soon). Listen
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson did not return repeated calls for comment.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar said he wants to know specifics before he supports an increase. He wants to know how much a troop increase would cost, how long the troops would be there and if there's an international concensus on the matter. Listen
Posted at 3:15 PM on October 30, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Here's a rundown of this weekend's public policy shows.
State Ag Commissioner Gene Hugoson talks about pork safety during this H1N1 outbreak. We get a report from Iraq on Red Bull soldiers. We debate whether it's a good thing to blend public and private dollars when building roads.
Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Friday:
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann
KSTP's At Issue:
GOP state Sen. Mike Jungbauar (who's running for governor). A political panel featuring Cathy Hartnett, Sarah Janacek, Ember Reichgott Junge and David Strom.
WCCO Sunday Morning:
1. State Senator John Marty, DFLer running for governor in 2010
2. Vijay Dixit, father of Shreya Dixit, the 19 year old girl who was killed as a passenger in her friend's car because of distracted driving
3. City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who chairs the City Council's Elections Committee, will talk about the new Ranked Choice Voting ballot for the November 3rd election.
4. Father Peter Laird to talk about the November 5th parishioner consultation meeting being held at St. Peter Claver.
ABC's This week with George Stephanopoulos:
Interview with White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Interview with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.
CBS' Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer:
Topics: Afdghanistan, health care, the economy, with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod.
CNN's State of the Union with John King:
Topics: Afghanistan, health care, the economy, with House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS:
Topics: Pakistan, terrorism, Pervez Musharraf, former president, Pakistan.
Fox News Sunday:
Topic: President Obama, health care reform, with radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
NBC's Meet the Press:
Topics: The economy, jobs and health care, with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has come out firmly against the health care proposal in the U.S. House. He told the McLeod County Chronicle that he has issues with the proposal:
"I wish people would quit asking about the public option because it's not what the issue is. This is complete ideology run amuck. The issue is we are not reforming Medicare. We are adding more entitlements without being able to pay for the entitlements we have now."
On the Medicare-payment reform studies in the House bill, Peterson added, "There are not reforms there, it's a study."
"I mean. I have so many problems with this bill I don't even know where to start - too much government bureaucracy, not making the reforms that we need to make in the health care system overall.
"I don't think there's any way that I could support what they're doing unless they start over. That's how bad it is."