Posted at 7:03 AM on December 15, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Drip, drip drip...
There's more information coming out regarding DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher's fundraising problems. On Friday, Kelliher said three donors helped her pay for the use of the DFL voter file. But on Monday, DFL Party Chair said three people had their money refunded. He said Kelliher claimed credit for a total of seven donors for the file. Kelliher's campaign manager told the Star Tribune that the other donors gave $6,000 to help Kelliher. The Campaign Finance Board will figure this all out.
This isn't a ton of money in the world of campaign finance laws but the issue speaks to the credibility of the Kelliher campaign.
While Republicans may be slinging arrows at Kelliher, they may want to watch what's happening to their moderates. Tom Horner, a long-time moderate Republican, is thinking about running for governor on the I-P ticket. That could erode the GOP's base in a general election. MinnPost, MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.
Republicans Pat Anderson and Marty Seifert spar over energy policy.
Tom Emmer won the Sibley County GOP straw poll.
Democrat Mark Dayton takes issue with the state's top expert. He said the stump speeches regarding his "Tax the Rich" comments don't amount to his proposal. Dayton said there's no release date on his formal proposal.
DFLer John Marty posts an entry on DemConWatch.
The White House tells Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal on health care reform.
That means the Senate may scrap the Medicare expansion portion of the bill.
Obama will meet with several Senate Democrats including DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
DFL Sen. Al Franken goes after Republican Sen. John Thune (SD) on the Senate floor.
A Senate amendment would alter the medical device tax. Klobuchar and Franken are mentioned.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will lead a "prayer cast" against the health care bill.
President Obama wants banks to start lending more.
Obama is also expected to announce today that some Gitmo Bay detainees will be shipped to an Illinois prison.
MPR says $3.9 billion in Minnesota earmarks were included in the budget bill. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen voted against the bill but still got an earmark.
Here's a list of the Transportation projects earmarked for Minnesota that were included in the budget bill.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison introduces the Stand With Iranian People Act.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was on Sean Hannity's show last night and repeated misleading and false information. Media Matters takes her to task for it.
Under the Dome
Minnesota leans on higher education to pay the bills.
Gov. Pawlenty said he's going to cut government spending to balance the budget.
GOP Rep. Matt Dean offers a proposal to fix GAMC.
The Star Tribune tells us what we already know. Moving an influx of GAMC patients into MinnesotaCare would bankrupt the Health Care Access Fund.
States are working to secure sales taxes from online purchases.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty heads to New Hampshire later this week. The Pi Press has a look ahead.
Gov. Pawlenty said the science on climate change is "unsettled." He also said cap and trade is headed in the wrong direction.
2010 Race for Congress
Retirements worry House Democrats.
The Hill suggests DFL Rep. Collin Peterson could retire as well.
The Fix puts the 2002 and 2008 U.S. Senate races in the Top Ten Best Senate Races of the decade.
Tim Pugmire has graciously agreed to do the Digest on Wednesday. I'll be back on Thursday.
Democrat R.T. Rybak's campaign for governor announced that the DFL Veterans Caucus is supporting his campaign. In a news release, DFL Veterans Caucus Chair Trista Matascastillo said, "As Mayor of Minneapolis, Rybak oversees the city's Police Force and the Fire Department. Immediately after being elected Mayor in 2001, Rybak received intensive training for emergency response, expertise that he used when responding to the collapse of the I-35 Bridge in August 2007. Rybak has the experience and executive leadership to deploy the National Guard effectively."
You can read the full news release here.
Eight of the Democrats running for governor, and one Republican, are scheduled to appear at a health care forum tonight in Minneapolis.
Take Action Minnesota is sponsoring the event, which according to a media advisory, will "focus on racial inequities in health in Minnesota, and the impact of the pending elimination of General Assistance Medical Care in Minnesota."
The participating candidates are Mark Dayton, Leslie Davis, Matt Entenza, Steve Kelley, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, John Marty, Tom Rukavina, R.T. Rybak and Paul Thissen.
The forum begins at 6:30 p.m., at Plymouth Congregational Church.
State Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, has added the support of several GOP leaders to his campaign for governor.
Emmer announced today his Congressional District leadership team, which features four of the eight current Republican Party Congressional District chairs and three Deputy Congressional District chairs.
The list includes: Blue Earth County Republican Party Deputy Chair Jon Kovaciny (1st District), Senate District 35 Republican Party Chair Brad Johnson (2nd District), Third District GOP co-chairs Rick Weible and Margaret Cavanaugh, Fourth District Republican Party Chair Bev Aplikowski, Fifth District Republican Party Deputy Chair Adam Weigold, Sixth District Republican Party Chair David FitzSimmons and Sixth District Republican Party Deputy Chair Joe Westrup, Seventh District Republican Party Chair Craig Bishop and Isanti County Republican Party Chair Steve Baker (8th District).
Emmer also announced that a Minnesota House colleague, Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, will serve as Campaign Chairman.
"We are attracting the top grassroots leadership in the state to our team because we share a common vision for governing this state and they know we can win in November," Emmer said in a news release. "Under Mark Buesgens' leadership, this experienced group of Congressional District chairs is building the organization necessary to deliver the endorsement."
Education Minnesota announced today that it's endorsing state Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, in her campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district.
Clark is seeking the DFL endorsement to challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Here's the Education Minnesota news release:
Education Minnesota, the state's largest labor union with a membership of 70,000 educators, has recommended Tarryl Clark for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. Clark is challenging Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in November.
Clark's work ethic, her willingness to listen to educators and work with them, and her strong campaign make her the best candidate for the job, Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher said. Clark was among three contenders who were screened by a team of Education Minnesota members from around the 6th District. Bachmann did not fill out the required questionnaire to screen with the committee.
"Our members were impressed with Tarryl Clark's passion, her grasp of the issues and her commitment to working with us to benefit Minnesota's students," Dooher said. "We look forward to helping elect a representative from the 6th District who will fight for students, educators and public schools."
The recommendation from Education Minnesota also means endorsement of Clark by the PAC of one of the union's national affiliates - the National Education Association's Fund for Children and Public Education. Recommendation from the American Federation of Teachers' Committee on Political Education is pending.
Clark is a community activist and attorney who serves as the assistant majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. She holds a master's degree in educational counseling from Arizona State University, and received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She worked as executive director for the Minnesota Community Action Association before winning a special election to the Senate in December 2005. She was re-elected to a full four-year term in the 2006 general election. She is married and has two children and lives in St. Cloud.
Posted at 1:12 PM on December 15, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty today called for a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of state Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna.
Day announced last week he was giving up his seat after 19 years to begin lobbying full time for a racino proposal to add slot machnines at two horse racing tracks.
The special election in Senate District 26 is scheduled for Jan. 26. A special election primary, if needed, would be Jan. 12. The candidate filing period runs from Dec. 23 until 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 29.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson stomps on the speculation that he intends to retire at the end of this term. His office released a statement today saying he's running for reelection:
"I don't know why anyone would give credibility to these Republican rumors. I'm running for re-election and anyone who knows me knows that what I'm doing now is what I've always done. My paperwork is on file and in February I'll make an official announcement. I think political campaigns are already too long (and my constituents agree) and so I wait and do what I can to make mine as short as I can. This retirement rumor is being ginned up by the National Republican Party people in Washington, DC, who don't know anything about Minnesota's 7th District. As for why they are working so hard to circulate this baloney, I think they're just trying to stir things up because they don't have a candidate to run against me."
Posted at 3:53 PM on December 15, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
State Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, and Sen. Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, will be at the White House tomorrow for a Hanukkah celebration hosted by President Obama.
The two legislators are among 500 people invited to the event, which is the ninth Hanukkah celebration held at the White House.
"It's an unprecedented honor for us to be invited to visit the President and First Lady for this gathering, as we celebrate this special time of year not only for the Jewish community but for all people of faith in our nation," Bonoff said in a news release.