Posted at 6:48 AM on December 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Legislative Auditor says he'll reopen an investigation into the state's use of a company that may have released private data of state employees. MPR also found that state information technology specialists were warning that the company couldn't adequately protect private employee data before the contract was signed.
The state of Minnesota added 2,000 jobs in November.
The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commissioner releases a new stadium plan for the Vikings.
The Vikings are cool to the idea.
The race is on for $2 million in green energy grants from the stimulus.
DFLer Al Franken cut off Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman during debate on the Senate floor.
Franken later said he was under orders to keep the debate moving.
A report says the federal stimulus kept 66,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.
President Obama is in Copenhagen with the hopes of securing a climate deal.
He's also scheduled to meet with Russia's president to discuss an arms deal.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is working to make some changes to the health care bill.
MinnPost says Minnesota lawmakers are pushing for Medicare reimbursement changes.
Franken wants to increase the number of high-quality principals in problem schools.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison wants to end a federal cost effectiveness standard used by transportation officials to determine funding for big-ticket transportation projects.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann suggests President Obama take a remedial course on the constitution.
Bachmann's money men leave her.
The USDA will give dairy farmers a special subsidy payment. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
2010 Race for Governor
Campaign Finance officials will take up the Margaret Anderson Kelliher fundraising issue on January 12th.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty met with some GOP bigwigs during his trip to New Hampshire.
An American Spectator contributor questions where Pawlenty stands on cap and trade.
The Manchester Union-Leader is reporting that Gov. Pawlenty had a private dinner with several Republican leaders in the New Hampshire House:
"According to House GOP spokesman Jim Rivers, Pawlenty received a "history lesson" on the New Hampshire primary. They also discussed legislative issues."
The newspaper also reports that Pawlenty met for an hour with the Ted Gatsas, Mayor-elect of Manchester and several members of the New Hampshire Young Republicans. Gatsas says a potential Pawlenty run for president never came up.
Pawlenty has not ruled out a potential run for the White House in 2012 and may be working to secure some support in New Hampshire if/when he decides to run.
The meetings come after Pawlenty spoke at a fundraiser for Republicans in the New Hampshire State Senate.
The Minneapolis Police Federation has started running a radio ad criticizing Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for agreeing to a budget that cuts police officers. The group has long criticized Rybak for his time as mayor but their efforts to unseat him (most notably in 2005) did not work.
What makes this ad different is that it's running when Rybak is running for governor. The ad even mentions Rybak's run for governor:
"Call Rybak today and tell him runnig for governor doesn't mean you can cut and run in the fight against crime."
Will it have a bigger impact in the rest of the state?
I contacted the mayor's office for a comment and will post one if/when they comment.
Here's a comment from Rybak:
I have focused like a laser on making Minneapolis a safe place to call home, and we've had some great success: in the last three years, we've cut violent crime by 39%, violent crime by juveniles is down 47% and murders are at the lowest level in decades. The work of Chief Tim Dolan and officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, combined with that of neighbors across our city, have made Minneapolis safer by almost every measure. These facts are indisputable.
Unfortunately, the Federation's ad is about politics, not policing. I've made a practice of focusing on getting results for the people of Minneapolis and not focusing on predictably misleading ads from the Police Federation. That's not going to change.
Focusing on getting results includes managing our finances responsibly. Governor Pawlenty has made that challenge harder by refusing to solve the State's chronic budget crisis and handing down $43 million in cuts to Minneapolis in the last 12 months. To address this financial reality, we've cut $100 million dollars in spending for next year. In this tough environment, no department is immune -- but the Police Department has taken smaller cuts than most other departments.
The good news is that with the help of President Obama's economic-recovery package, we hope to rehire all six of the laid-off officers and at least seven of the 19 new recruits. In other words, we hope to hire back at least 13 -- that is, over half -- of the 25 laid-off officers and recruits.
I will keep working with Chief Dolan and the City Council to implement further effective reforms that keep people safe and keep crime -- and costs -- down.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (now a gov candidate) will be on the local shows discussing the issues. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be on the national airwaves (Fox News Sunday).
Here's a look at who will be on this weekend's public policy shows.
This week on Almanac Rep. Eric Paulsen is back from Washington D. C. and pays us a visit, our series on the Red Bull division's deployment continues with a look one family's holiday season spent apart and a couple of Harlem Globetrotters play some tricks on us.
Thanks... and happy holidays! No live shows for us the next two weeks.
KSTP's At Issue:
Former Senator Mark Dayton, candidate for Governor.
Political analysts Annette Meeks, Blois Olson, Cathie Hartnett and David Strom.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
They didn't get back to me
Meet the Press: Axelrod, Dean
This Week: Axelrod, Sens. Durbin, Kyl
Face the Nation: Sens. Alexander, Snowe, Landrieu
State of the Union: Axelrod, Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Sen. Graham
Fox News Sunday: Sens. McCain, Conrad, Klobuchar
(H/T The Page)
Posted at 5:02 PM on December 18, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Tim Pawlenty
The Minnesota Republican Party will host a possible presidential candidate at its annual Lincoln/Reagan Day dinner in February. The party's website says Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will speak at the event on February 25th.
Barbour is chair of the Republican Governor's Assocation (Gov. Pawlenty is the Vice-Chair) and is considered as a possible candidate for president. Gov. Barbour was also the first 2012 candidate to visit New Hampshire.