Posted at 6:52 AM on November 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The House Rules Committee will meet this morning to consider a resolution to help join a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment. A hearing on the suit is also scheduled for this morning. MPR and AP have stories.
Northstar Commuter Rail is ready to roll.
A poll says 56% of those polled prefer Instant Runoff Voting.
A teacher broke the law by posting test scores.
3M chemicals are prompting new fears.
An audit found that Gov. Pawlenty's office got tech help without a formal deal.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie tries to simplify the absentee ballot process.
Residents living downstream from Fargo worry about flood diversion plans.
The new water plant in Minneapolis has issues.
President Obama urges Congress to put off a probe of Fort Hood.
It's taking quite some time to confirm Obama's presidential nominations.
Obama pushes arms control with Russia during his trip to Asia.
He also pushes freedoms and an open internet in China.
More troops in Afghanistan could mean higher costs to the U.S.
A climate deal is postponed past Copenhagen.
A report says the health bill would reduce senior care.
Drug makers are raising prices in the wake of the health care overhaul bill.
Medicare paid $47 billion in suspect claims.
General Motors will start repaying aid by year end.
Medicare lets people compare drug costs.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduces a job-training bill for veterans.
Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken express concern over cap and trade legislation.
Franken also write a commentary on his service dogs legislation.
He also visited a farm in northwest Minnesota.
The Guardian profiles GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The federal government wants to set and enforce safety standards on transit. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Congress is going to examine the fees charged by airlines. That hurts federal tax revenues because it's not increased fares.
2010 Race for governor
Stu Rothenberg calls the race a toss-up.
The chair of the Democratic Governors Association says it will be tough nationally for incumbents.
The Legal Ledger profiles DFLer R.T. Rybak.
Republican Tom Emmer wins a straw poll at UMD.
Here's where the candidates will be this week.
Here's a fact-check on Tom Bakk.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
He's headed to Austin, TX tomorrow through Friday for the Republican Governors Association meeting.
He was also in Florida on Friday.
The Star Tribune reports that plenty of hunters aren't pleased with Pawlenty's self-described "catch and release" on the deer hunting opener.
The people who can tell us whether it was kosher or not, the Star Tribune's outdoors writers, take a pass by saying "you decide."
AP says all of the GOP candidates are jockeying early.
The Pi Press says Gov. Pawlenty is hard to pin down on health care.
AP says Sarah Palin's book goes Rogue on some facts.
Ron Paul says it's too early to decide on a 2012 run.
Barnes and Noble released a little bit more detail about Sarah Palin's book signing at the Mall of America. Barnes and Noble said the former governor of Alaska will sign books at the Bloomington, MN store at noon on December 7th. Books will be signed on a first come, first serve basis. Here's what B and N said on its website:
Author Signing Sarah Palin is signing Going Rogue at this event. No other books or memorabilia. A limited number of wristbands for entry into this book signing will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the store beginning at 7:00 am on December 7.
Monday December 07, 2009 12:00 PM
Mall of America
118 E. Broadway Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425, 952-854-1455
An original Barnes & Noble or bn.com sales receipt for Going Rogue by Sarah Palin must be presented in order to receive a wristband. Must be present in person to receive wristband. Maximum two copies of Going Rogue per person will be signed at event. Please call store for additional event details.
Update: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll says a majority of Americans "would definitely not vote" for Palin for president.
Posted at 11:19 AM on November 16, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
The DFL-controled House Rules committee approved a resolution today on a 14 to 8 party-line vote that authorizes a friend of the court brief supporting the legal challenge. A lawsuit filed last month seeks to overturn some of the unilateral cuts Pawlenty made under his unallotment authority.
DFL leaders say they believe Pawlenty over stepped his authority. But Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said the brief should not be viewed as partisan or political.
"We're talking about an interpretation of a statute that was passed into law for a very specific purpose, and we're talking about the authority of a governor to interpret that law and use it for a different purpose." Winkler said. "We're talking about whether or not the institutions that are set up in the constitution are following their correct course."
Republicans took issue with the nonpartisan claims. Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, was also concerned that nonpartisan research staff were being asked to write the supporting legal document.
"Last I heard, Gov. Pawlenty is a Republican," Gunther said. "And last I heard the minority on this committee and in the Legislature are Republicans. You're trying to tell me this is not political? I beg to differ with you. It's absolutely partisan. It's absolutely political."
The committee vote came the same day that a lawsuit hearing was scheduled was scheduled in Ramsey County District Court. Plaintiffs in the case were seeking a temporary injunction for the budget cuts.
The Democratic National Committee will run radio ads this week criticizing GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen for voting against the health care overhaul bill. The DNC is targeting Republican lawmakers who represent districts that voted for President Obama in the 2008 election.
You can listen to the ad here. I'm trying to determine the size of the ad buy, where the ad will run and for how long.
I'm told the ad will run on KEEY-FM (K102) this week. They won't release the size of the buy.
A new Rasmussen poll shows that the race for governor in both parties is still WIDE open. It's so wide open on the GOP side that the person leading the poll isn't even in the race (yet).
Rasmussen Reports found that 50 percent of the Republicans polled say they would back former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman for governor even though he isn't even in the race. Not Sure is receiving 26 percent. State Rep. Marty Seifert is third with 11 percent.
On the DFL side, 30 percent of the DFLers polled back former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, 30 percent back Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Not Sure comes in third with 20 percent support.
You can view the results here.
Here's the release:
ST. PAUL, MN - All 10 DFL candidates for Minnesota Governor will participate in a gubernatorial forum at Macalester College in St. Paul on Monday, December 7 beginning at 7:00pm. The forum is coordinated and sponsored by the DFLers of Senate District 64, Congressional District 4, and the Macalester Dems. DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez will moderate the forum. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
WHO: DFL Candidates for Governor
WHEN:December 7, 2009
7:00 - 9:00pm
WHERE: Weyerhaeuser Chapel
Posted at 10:36 PM on November 16, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Campaign 2008: MN Legislature
The Hutchinson Leader is reporting that GOP state Sen. Steve Dille will not seek reelection. Dille is one of only two GOP senators (Denny Frederickson is the other) who voted to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a transportation funding package. What was remarkable about those votes is that Democrats in the Minnesota Senate already held a veto proof majority.
The major action was in the Minnesota House. Six Republicans voted for the override.
Here's what happened to the Republicans who voted to override Pawlenty's veto:
GOP Rep. Jim Abeler - still in the Legislature
GOP Rep. Rod Hamilton - still in the Legislature
GOP State Sen. Dennis Frederickson - still in the Legislature
GOP State Sen. Steve Dille - still in the Legislature but retiring at end of term
GOP Rep. Ron Erhardt - lost his seat in general election
GOP Rep. Neil Peterson - lost his seat in GOP primary
GOP Rep. Kathy Tingelstad - retired in 2008
GOP Bud Heidgerken - retired in 2008.