Posted at 7:22 AM on November 5, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Iowa this weekend to speak to GOP activists. ABC News says he also made a congratulatory phone call to the new mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Iowa and New Hampshire are the first two critical tests for any presidential candidate.
Pawlenty wasn't the only one. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New York Gov. George Pataki also made calls. The new mayor isn't backing a candidate.
Update: A new Gallup 2012 poll finds Pawlenty at the back of the pack. About half of those polled say they would not seriously consider Pawlenty for president.
Posted at 7:42 AM on November 5, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Gov. Pawlenty will propose an amendment to the state constitution this morning. He didn't offer specifics but said it relates to economic issues and government spending.
You can listen to his speech to donors here.
Pawlenty also talked with Iowa reporters before his Saturday speech in Des Moines.
Forum Communications takes a look at what Pawlenty has to do to be successful in Iowa.
The new mayor of Manchester, NH says he got calls from Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and George Pataki.
Pawlenty is also helping raise money for state lawmakers. He's scheduled to be a part of a November 16th fundraiser for Tim Sanders.
Sarah Palin will sign books in Minnesota on December 7th.
Under the Dome
Democrats will tour a Minneapolis hydroelectric site.
The new seat belt law spurs 10,000 citations.
Anti-gang funding for the metro area has hit a bottleneck.
Lawmakers want more money from school trust lands.
2010 Race for Governor
DFLer Tom Bakk will hold a news conference today that will focus on jobs.
DFL Sen. Dan Skogen is backing Bakk.
A bipartisan group of candidates participated in a St. Cloud debate.
Supporters say they're ready to back R.T. Rybak for governor.
The Pi Press says the Independence Party is looking for the next gov candidate.
Actor Jon Voight will speak at Bachmann's rally.
A top aide to Bachmann quits.
Democrats are tackling some hot button issues before the vote.
The FAA chief says pilots have to refocus on professionalism.
President Obama is trying to get schools to change with state dollars.
Democrats are debating their course after Tuesday night's losses.
An energized GOP is looking to avoid intraparty feuds.
The Senate approves more jobless benefits.
Groups are pushing DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar on energy issues.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum didn't like Israeli ambassador's decision to skip the J Street conference last week, so she wrote him a letter.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is one of the poorest members of Congress.
Ellison also condemned Congress for not holding hearings on a report on violations of international law related to the Gaza war of late 2008.
2010 Race for Congress
Two DFLers have jumped in the race for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District. Jim Meffert and Maureen Hackett both filed paperwork with the FEC. The winner of the DFL nomination will face GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen.
Republican Allen Quist is preparing to run in the 1st District. Quist would challenge DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
DFLer Dan Powers will officially announce his campaign for Congress on November 17tt. Powers will challenge GOP Rep. John Kline.
Posted at 9:23 AM on November 5, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
A new Gallup 2012 poll finds Pawlenty at the back of the pack.
48 percent of the Republicans polled say they would not seriously consider Pawlenty for president. 32 percent say they would consider it. When you include Democrats and Independents, 60 percent of those polled say they would not seriously consider Pawlenty for president.
51 percent of those polled (this includes Republicans, Independents and Democrats) say they do not think Pawlenty is qualified to be president. 25 percent think he is qualified for the job.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had the highest negatives among those polled. 62 percent say they don't think Palin is qualified to be president.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty had not yet held his news conference this morning to announce a proposed constitutional amendment, but Democrats got an early jump on criticizing the proposal, whatever it is.
House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, issued the following all-purpose, negative news release:
Statement from House Majority Leader Tony Sertich on the Governor's upcoming press conference:
"While we do not yet have all the details about the Governor's upcoming announcement, we fully expect it will have nothing to do with strengthening schools, improving health care or creating jobs for struggling Minnesotans.
This is much more about grabbing headlines than it is about addressing the immediate needs of Minnesota families. Ideas like the one he's proposing have been tried in other states and have failed.
The real killer for Minnesota families is the $2 billion more in property taxes they've paid since Governor Pawlenty took office.
Clearly, this proposal is not for Minnesota."
House Majority Leader Tony Sertich
Sen.Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, the chair of the Senate tax committee and a 2010 candidate for governor, released a letter today that he sent to Pawlenty. Bakk says the capital investment committees in the House and Senate have been traveling the state, looking at proposed public works projects for a bonding bill in the 2010 session. With unemployment especially high in the construction trades, Bakk says lawmakers should take action on that borrowing package before the end of the year.
"I see no reason that we sit around and wait with an economy that is badly failing, 500 people every week getting their last unemployment check," Bakk said. "There just is no reason that we wait around for the session to start in February before we move on a bonding bill."
Bakk is also proposing tax credits and other incentives aimed at boosting Minnesota's economy. He says he's been meeting recently with state business group leaders to get their input on additional ideas.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is calling for constitutional amendment to cap state spending. His proposal would limit spending to the amount of revenue the state collected in the last two year budget period. Pawlenty says his proposal would force future governors and state lawmakers to set spending priorities.
"We need to change the way that we budget in the state of Minnesota from what we want to spend to what we have brought in the door," Pawlenty said. "Our proposal does exactly that. It is budgeting based on what is in the checkbook rather than what we hope is in the checkbook in the future."
You can listen to his full news conference here:
Here's some of the reaction to the proposal:
"At first blush, it does seem odd, that on your way out the door, with a pending $5 to $7 billion deficit, you would now recommend something that you haven't even proposed to the Legislature." - Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis
"If the Governor thinks this idiotic approach to budgeting is such a great idea, I challenge him to prove it by spending in his campaign for President during the next two years (2010 & 2011), only what he has raised for that purpose during the past two years (2008 & 2009)." - Mark Dayton, DFL candidate for governor
"I think there's some serious questions about if we do this how do we then account for all of the gimmicks (K12 shift, June accelerated sales tax) that have been used to keep the state's budget in balance during the most recent difficult times." - Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, candidate for governor
"Today, Governor Pawlenty once again put his national political ambitions above the people of Minnesota. Pawlenty walked away from negotiations with the Legislature last year and now he is proposing a constitutional amendment that would allow him to walk away from the ongoing budget problem that was created by his failed "no-new-taxes" agenda." - House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kellier, DFL-Minneapolis, candidate for governor
"I stand firmly behind Governor Tim Pawlenty's announcement today and his bold effort to bring common sense to Minnesota's budgeting process. This proposed constitutional amendment requiring that state government spending be tied to actual general fund revenue is government at its best - one that is both responsive to the concerns of the public and responsible with the hard-earned tax dollars that we are entrusted with." - Senate Minority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester
"Gov. Pawlenty is proposing that we govern the state by looking in the rearview mirror instead of looking to the future. This is a simplistic approach to tackling Minnesota's challenges coming from a governor who has taken little interest in actually managing the state budget to meet our needs." - Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, candidate for governor
"Gov. Pawlenty's bold proposal for a constitutional amendment capping government spending is to be commended by all Minnesotans who value sensible government and fiscal sanity. While this idea will no doubt face fierce opposition from Democrats intent on hiking taxes and making government bigger, it will benefit taxpayers who must foot the bill for the state's spending. The Republican Party of Minnesota will do its part to make sure this reform measure goes to the voters in 2010." - State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton
"The Legislature has shown, regardless of who is in the majority, that it cannot control itself when it comes to spending the taxpayers' money. I dispute the assertion that limiting spending would mean less money for schools, public safety or other core services of government. We can fund what we need to, we will just have to get serious about setting priorities." - Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria, who plans to carry the amendment
"Tim Pawlenty has once again proved that he is interested in gimmicks, not governing. Pawlenty has specialized in shifts, hiding costs, and calling taxes fees for his entire administration. His newest ploy is simply more of the same diverting Minnesotans from a real conversation about the challenges that we face. Everything Pawlenty has done this year is about his own political future, not whats best for Minnesotans. The timing of this proposal on the heels of his PAC fundraiser could not be more politically cynical." - Steve Kelley, DFL candidate for governor
"Issues like this have failed in other states and really what it does is it forces cuts to quality education, health care and we could see more property tax increases." House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm
"I'm not going to hold back job growth and shackle our economy. This is nothing more than a gimmick, and when I'm governor, I'm going to end governance by gimmick." Matt Entenza, DFL candidate for governor
Thousands rallied at the U.S. Capitol today against the health care overhaul plan that Democrats hope to pass on Saturday.
The protesters chanted, "Kill the bill," and several Republicans addressed the crowd, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
"As the clock is ticking at 11:59 on this health care reform, Speaker Pelosi is poised with her health care bill to takeover 18 percent of the American economy," Bachmann said.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., outlined his support for the bill during an interview on MSNBC, calling the measure a good thing.
Asked about public opinion polls that show only 50 percent of American support the so-called public option, Ellison said people have jitters before a big change. He compared the health care measure to other legislative milestones.
"If you went back and did polls on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there'd be a lot of people who'd be fearful of what might happen next," Ellison said. "But the truth is, it made our country better. So did Social Security. So did medicare. This change we're looking at right now is of that magnitude."
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has filed paperwork with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board notifying them of his intent to run for governor.
The filing is not a surprise, since Rybak has appeared at a number of events with other candidates for governor. He also didn't shy away from his interest in the job. Rybak was elected to a third term as Mayor of Minneapolis on Tuesday night. He is the tenth DFLer to enter the race for governor. Rybak's paperwork says Charlie Zelle, who owns Jefferson Bus Lines, is Rybak's campaign chair.
Here's an email Rybak sent supporters:
As one of my good friends and supporters, I want you to know that today we filed the paperwork to create the R.T. Rybak for Governor Committee.
I've been open with people as I've considered this important step, so I doubt this will be a surprise. But it is an important step, and I want you to know why I'm taking it.
Over the last two years I've travelled across Minnesota to talk and listen about the future of our state. Lots of people are discouraged by our state government's failure to take action and find solutions to today's tough challenges. They are looking for leadership focused on more jobs, better schools and affordable health care. They want to build a world-class transportation system and a clean energy economy.
I know that there's a better way. We've shown in Minneapolis that we can make progress, create jobs, and get action to create real change. We've strengthened our economy, improved public safety, and streamlined city government. Most importantly, we've restored a sense of hope and shown that even in the toughest times we can do great things when we come together.
I know that together we can build a better and more prosperous Minnesota for now and for the future. But I also know that this won't happen unless we work to make it happen. I am ready to go to work, and I hope you're ready to join me.
Filing these papers is the first step in the process of setting up the Rybak for Governor campaign. In the weeks ahead, we will be building a grassroots campaign to take our message to every corner of the state. I will be in touch about how you can get more involved, and to ask for your help.
Rybak jumped into the race on the same day that the Campaign Finance Board met privately to discuss a complaint against him. Deputy state Republican Party Chair Michael Brodkorb says the Campaign Finance Board told the party that it would meet to discuss the GOP complaint. Republicans allege that Rybak violated campaign finance laws by not formally declaring his candidacy earlier. They say he wanted to avoid the appearance of running for governor while he was campaigning for re-election as mayor.
Update: Julie Hottinger, a spokeswoman for Rybak's campaign, said this about the timing of the filing:
"The timing of filing the Governor's committee with the Campaign Finance hearing was purely a coincidence, and we're confident that the Mayor's Campaign has followed the rules."