The Minnesota Republican Party says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will appear at the MNGOP's December 7th rally in the Capitol Rotunda. The rally is in support of Gov. Pawlenty's proposed constitutional amendment to put a cap on state spending.
Here's part of the news release:
"We need to rein in spending at all levels of government. That's why I'm such a big supporter of Governor Pawlenty's common sense Spending Accountability Amendment. Monday's rally at the state Capitol in support of this amendment will be a great event for Minnesotans who want to keep St. Paul's big spending liberals in check," said Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
"We're thrilled Congresswoman Bachmann will be speaking at our rally in support of Governor Pawlenty's Spending Accountability Amendment. She is a true champion of the taxpayer and a one of kind of speaker who gets our grassroots energized," said Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton.
"Congresswoman Bachmann is one of the nation's leading voices for lower taxes, limited government and reform. She understands that the Spending Accountability Amendment's time has come. Along with our great activists across the state, I'm sure Congresswoman Bachmann will be fired up and ready to go," said Republican Party of Minnesota Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb.
The Spending Accountability Amendment Rally with Representative Michele Bachmann, Senator Amy Koch, Representative Paul Kohls, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb
December 7, 2009
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Posted at 6:46 AM on December 4, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Minnesota lawmakers press for answers on budget woes.
The Met Council and the U of M continue to discuss their differences over Central Corridor.
President Obama held a jobs summit on Thursday and he promises to take steps to spur job creation.
The Senate health bill is inching forward.
Medicare cuts stay in the Senate health bill.
A Senate panel approved Sharon Lubinski to be a U.S. marshal.
Forum Communications gets reaction from Minnesota and North Dakota's delegation on Afghanistan.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of several senators to push President Obama on climate change.
Klobuchar introduces legislation to limit early termination fees on smart phones.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz will hold a second townhall on Afghanistan.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison took some home movies from Afghanistan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejects DFL Rep. Betty McCollum's war surtax idea.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will attend a rally that supports Gov. Pawlenty's spending accountability amendment.
Bachmann also played a part in the RNC jobs summit.
Pat Robertson praises Bachmann.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson's Ag Committee probes the wholesale energy market.
Peterson also expresses some skepticism over discussion that "The primary source of agricultural offsets would be carbon sequestration through afforestation of crop and pastureland."
2010 Race for Governor
The Building and Construction Trades back DFLer Tom Bakk for governor.
Here's a checklist of the union endorsements to date.
Bakk also wrote an op-ed in the Pi Press saying it's time for an honest conversation about the budget.
The Star Tribune and the Pi Press interview Republican Norm Coleman about the possibility of a run from the former U.S. Senator. Coleman said he'll evaluate the political landscape at the end of the year.
Democrat Mark Dayton says he'll embark on a statewide tour in January.
Some big name members of Congress hosted a fundraiser for Democrat Matt Entenza.
Democrat R.T. Rybak kicks off his campaign on Sunday.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
CPAC invites Pawlenty to speak.
The Pi Press fact-checks Pawlenty's comment that he never granted clemency or pardoned anyone and found that his statement is true.
Pawlenty is trading well on the 2012 market.
A conservative group says Sarah Palin will raise money for them during her Minnesota visit. You can read the story and view the invite here.
Palin's fans are pushing for a 2012 run.
Mitt Romney appeared on CNN's Larry King.
GOP12 has a good rundown of what Romney said on the program.
2010 Race for Congress
Republican Barb Davis White will challenge DFL Rep. Keith Ellison again.
Posted at 11:20 AM on December 4, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made another key addition to his Freedom First political action committee.
A news release from his PAC today says Brian Haley will serve as finance director. Haley has held the same job for Sen. John McCain's Country First PAC. Here's the release:
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Brian Haley will be the Finance Director for Governor Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, adding to a growing team of senior advisors and staff. Haley is currently the National Finance Director for John McCain's Country First PAC after serving as the Deputy Finance Director for McCain-Palin 2008.
"As we prepare for the critical 2010 elections, Brian's unique experience will help the Freedom First PAC elect conservative candidates," Pawlenty said. "Brian did outstanding work on the McCain campaign last year; his energy and passion will be a good fit on the Freedom First team."
As the Deputy National Finance Director for McCain-Palin 2008, Haley helped plan and execute the Republican candidate's national strategy. In that capacity, he helped manage the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department, which included organizing a national giving and donor recognition program, recruiting and working with the campaign's finance leadership, and managing a nationwide staff.
"Brian's work on the McCain campaign distinguished him as one of the bright young stars in conservative politics," Freedom First co-chair Bill Strong said. "His national experience and knowledge will help us tap into the great well of enthusiasm we're finding for Tim Pawlenty's message."
In addition to his professional and educational experience, Haley has spent time volunteering for political and charitable organizations in India, Zambia, Brazil, Israel and Russia. He is currently finishing his law degree and will receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law later this month.
"I'm humbled by the opportunity to join Governor Pawlenty's team and excited about his vision to support strong Republican candidates and advance conservatives values around the country," Haley said.
Posted at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden are calling for a special legislative session to address the projected $1.2 billion deficit in the state's current two-year budget.
The two mayors issued a news release today, just two days after state officials detailed the shortfall. Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this week that he might have to unallot a portion of the December local government aid payments. That's a move the mayors want to avoid.
"Minnesota cities are so close to the financial edge that any reduction in the December funding will spell disaster in the form of closed libraries, deeper cuts to police and fire protection and a sharp reduction in critical services, like winter snowplowing," Coleman and Wolden wrote. "This is one of the most challenging times Minnesota has ever faced, with high unemployment and virtually no economic growth. Another hit to cities will cripple our communities and the effects will only worsen the state's economy. A special session is the only reasonable, rational and responsible option. There has never been a greater time for state leaders to drop political slogans and petty disagreements and come together to address the long-term financial needs of our state."
Here's a list of who will be on the public policy shows. MN 2010 watchers should get their tea leaves out. Norm Coleman is on Almanac.
This week on Almanac, Congressman John Kline stops by to give us his take on Afghanistan and healthcare reform; Norm Coleman tells us what he's been up to since leaving the U. S. Senate and what his future might hold and Mary Lahammer's series on General Assistance Medical Care continues.
KSTP's At Issue:
Neil Johnson from the Minnesota Home Care Association talking about the hit home care would take under the health care bill in Congress. A lot of budget talk with Blois Olson, Annette Meeks, Kathie Hartnett and David Strom.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
We are having Brian McClung, Mayor Coleman, MN Monthly Guest Joel Hoekstra, and Political expert Larry Jacobs
How to bridge a $1.2B budget gap? That's the question posed to Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and Minority Leader Dave Senjem. MMB Commissioner Tom Hanson discusses some early details of what the numbers mean with moderator Julie Bartkey. She also gives an update on an effort by Viking fans to save the team.
The Page has the details:
Meet the Press: Clinton, Gates, Sen. McCain
This Week: Clinton, Gates, Feingold
Face the Nation: Clinton, Gates
State of the Union: Jim Jones, Romney, Sens. Feinstein, Kyl
Fox News Sunday: Gen. Petraeus, Sens. Durbin, Cornyn
Posted at 5:02 PM on December 4, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
Gov. Pawlenty was on Fox News today to talk about Minnesota's budget problem and federal finances. When asked where he'll cut spending to balance the budget, he replied "pretty much everywhere." He said he'll work to protect military and veterans services, public safety and "perhaps and probably K12 education but most everything else will have to be reduced."
The interview is softball city but did raise one question: Will Pawlenty refuse federal money if a second stimulus goes through (especially since he said the federal government is running a "Ponzi scheme")?
You can watch the interview here.
Gov. Pawlenty heads to South America on Saturday as a part of a 44 person trade mission. AP has an interesting analysis on Pawlenty's international travel and how it could help him, if in fact he decides what his future holds and runs for the White House in 2012.
Here's a look at the map of his out of state travel since he announced he wasn't running for a third term as governor in June.