Posted at 7:19 AM on January 6, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
For the first time, Pawlenty is suggesting possible cuts to K12 because he's disappointed in teacher settlements. Is he rattling sabers to keep contracts or low or serious about making cuts to the classroom?
WCCO examines why Pawlenty won't make cuts to Veterans programs.
The state will track often abused prescription drugs.
The Pi Press previews the discussion Pawlenty will have with legislative leaders at a private meeting on Friday.
A Winona County Commissioner wants his county to join the unallotment lawsuit.
AP says the developer building a stadium in CA says he won't work to convince the Vikings to move to L.A. as long as the team pursues a stadium plan on their own. The top choices for the developer are the Bills and Jaguars.
2010 Race for Governor
DFLer Susan Gaertner says she'll run in the primary. Gaertner admits she wasn't gaining traction in the race for the endorsement and thinks her campaign is better suited for the primary. MPR, AP and the Pi Press have stories.
Meanwhile DFLer Steve Kelley rules out a primary run. He says he will abide by the endorsement.
DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina says he raised more than $135k in '09 and has $60k in the bank.
Republican Marty Seifert campaigned in Pine City.
Robert Carney, a Republican who is suing Pawlenty over unallotment and was trounced in the Mineapolis mayoral election, says he's running for governor.
Smart Politics says Democrats have won the governor's seat only 3 of 25 times with a Democrat in the White House.
President Obama said "We have to do better" in regards to airline security.
The U.S. halts the transfer of Gitmo detainees to Yemen.
President Obama's promise to trim the deficit is proving difficult to keep.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes a swipe at President Obama for not keeping his campaign promises.
Democrats resume health talks.
C-SPAN and the GOP want live coverage of the talks.
North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, says he'll retire (that's good news for Republicans because it's a heavy GOP state).
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd will also retire (that's good news for Democrats because Dodd has wicked low poll numbers - did you like how I used the New England phrase "wicked low" right there?).
The feds oppose closing locks in the Great Lakes to stop the spread of Asian Carp.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is featured in a book that discusses women in politics.
MinnPost says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann also objects to closed door negotiations regarding the health care overhaul bill.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says the GOP should allow itself to be redefined by the Tea Party movement.
2010 Race for Congress
Emily's List backs DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark for Congress.
Stu Rothenberg says the 3rd and 6th are Republican Favored. The 1st isn't even on the grid.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz uses Republican Allen Quist's terror comments in a fundraising e-mail.
The RNC Chair says the GOP can't win the House.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Mitt Romney will decide about 2012 after the midterms.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will visit New Hampshire at the end of January.
Pawlenty will give the keynote speech at the party's Lincoln Days dinner in St. Charles, Missouri on February 26th. The party chair called Pawlenty a rising star in the GOP. Pawlenty has not ruled a run for president in 2012 and has formed a federal political action committee to help candidates in 2010.
Since he announced in June that he isn't seeking a third term, Pawlenty has visited 17 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and six foreign countries. He's also scheduled to speak out of state two other times in February. He'll speak to the Alabama Republican Party on February 4th and to the Conservative Political Action Conference the weekend of February 20th.
Pawlenty will be making his trips at a time when the state faces a $1.2 billion budget deficit. He said in December that he would curtail his travel schedule during the legislative session to focus on the budget. The legislative session begins on February 4th.
Here's the map of his travel.
Pawlenty also has a
fundraiser scheduled two fundraisers scheduled for his PAC. The fundraisers will be on January 19th in Minneapolis and January 21st in St. Paul.
Here are the invites:
DFLer Matt Entenza announced that his campaign for governor raised "more than $300,000" in 2009.
Bridget Cusick, a spokeswoman for Entenza, said Entenza also gave a direct contribution of $10,000 to the campaign and loaned the campaign an additional $70,000. Cusick said those funds are excluded from the $300,000 figure and couldn't provide the amount of money left in the bank. The fundraising reports are due on February 1st.
Entenza is the second candidate for governor to release fundraising totals for 2009. DFLer Tom Rukavina announced yesterday that he raised $135,000 in 2009 and has $60,000 left in the bank.
Here's the release from Entenza's campaign:
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Matt Entenza's campaign for governor announced today that it raised more than $300,000 in the 2009 reporting period.
Only two gubernatorial candidates have cleared this threshold in the off-year under the current campaign finance laws: Ted Mondale in 1998 and Mike Hatch in 2006.
"To pass this historic threshold with nine opponents, in a rough economy, is a tremendous achievement," said Dana Houle, Entenza for Governor campaign manager. "We're especially proud to have done this with no PAC money and just over one percent from lobbyists. It demonstrates people's faith in Matt's ability to win and to be a great governor."
A few other facts about Entenza's totals:
- Entenza filed his paperwork to enter the gubernatorial race in late January 2009.
- His total comes from more than 1,700 donors.
- Entenza is not a current office-holder, making his total all the more impressive.
- Entenza received no money through organizations that bundle contributions.
Matt Entenza is a leading Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) candidate for governor of Minnesota. His campaign revolves around three core principles: growing jobs all over Minnesota by focusing on the potential of the clean energy economy, providing better educational opportunities to our children and those seeking higher education, and ensuring health care for all. Entenza was a white-collar crime prosecutor prior to representing St. Paul in the Minnesota legislature for 12 years, including four years during which he also served as House DFL Leader and led the DFL to significant gains. In 2007, Entenza founded Minnesota 2020, a think tank that has been an important voice for progressive policy positions and which he chaired until April 2009. Entenza is a graduate of Worthingon High School in Worthington, Minn., Macalester College in St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota Law School.
Mike Parry, the Republican backed candidate in Minnesota Senate District 26, is apologizing for his past tweets. Parry wrote on his twitter account that President Obama was "a power hungry arrogant black man." He later deleted the tweet.
Parry released the statement just minutes before DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez was set to hold a news conference criticizing Parry.
Here's Parry's statement:
"I sincerely apologize for past tweets which were written in haste and out of the frustration I felt for the out of control spending in Washington. Given the fragile state of our economy and the kind of out of control and wasteful spending we're seeing from Democrats, the people of Senate District 26 must have an election about the future. While volunteers to my campaign removed several tweets without my knowledge, I take full responsibility for all mistakes in my past tweets. I will never stop fighting to make the lives of all Minnesotans better."
DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez said Parry needs to be more specific and wants answers as to whether he wrote the comments and later deleted them:
"He admitted that he made the one about President Obama and he apologized for that. Ok, fine. But what about the one linking Democrats to pedophiles? Why were 33 tweets scrubbed? Is he referring to all 33 of them and does he now admit that they are all his? If he does then that apology means something but the way the apology is written, it's vague and ambiguous and you can't tell what he's talking about."
Here's the DFL newser: Listen
Parry is running to replace Republican Dick Day who is leaving the Senate to become a lobbyist. The DFL candidate is Jason Engbrecht and Roy Srp is the Independence Party candidate. The special election will be held on January 26th.