Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders will meet privately this afternoon to discuss the upcoming legislative session and the budget.
Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers and GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem will be on MPR's Midday at 11 this morning.
DFL Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher were on the show on Monday.
MAPE wants to cut Pawlenty's appointees to save the state money.
Federal investigators ratchet up their investigation into the Metro Gang Strike Force.
The Pi Press says the Vikings may be looking to the suburbs for their new home.
State prosecutors say an anti-Muslim cartoon is free speech.
A Senate panel looks at charter school leases.
The Lessard Council approved legacy funding.
President Obama orders changes after the terrorist attack on an airliner.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay on for at least another year.
DFL Sen. Al Franken wants to visit Afghanistan before he decides whether to back President Obama's plan.
The Great Lakes locks stay open as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the Asian Carp lawsuit.
Legal scholars differ on the constitutionality of the health care bill.
Some high value hospitals stand to benefit from the health care overhaul bill. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is mentioned.
An I-94 interchange in Rogers and Dayton get federal funds. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison signs on to a bill that would prohibit employers from doing "consumer credit checks by employers as part of the hiring or firing process, unless the job involves national security, FDIC clearance, or significant financial responsibility (such as bank managers, loan officers, or financial managers)."
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman doesn't want terrorists to "lawyer up."
The Essar Steel Project gains ground. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
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Romney polls ahead of Pawlenty among GOP insiders.
A new book says Sarah Palin was not prepared for her debate with Joe Biden. The aide said she kept calling him O'Biden.
Former MNGOP Chair Ron Eibensteiner says in an op-ed that Norm Coleman should not run for governor and throws Coleman's 2008 campaign team and strategy under the bus. The op-ed doesn't say if Eibensteiner has endorsed another candidate.
DFLer Paul Thissen and Republican Tom Emmer released their fundraising numbers on Thursday. Thissen raised $253k (which includes a $20k loan). Emmer raised $115k.
DFLer Tom Bakk says he wants to mend fences between the Governor's office and the Legislature. He was campaigning in Morris.
Republican Marty Seifert talked with KEYC about his support for Pawlenty's unallotment power.
PIM says the Star Tribune is surveying the entire 2010 field to see if the candidates have substance abuse problems, anxiety or depression.
MN House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a DFL candidate for governor, reports raising $254,000 in 2009. The campaign said she has $81,000 left in the bank. She gave her campaign $250.
Kelliher is the fourth Democratic candidate for governor to release fundraising figures. Matt Entenza reported on Wednesday that he raised $300,000 in 2009 (he made a $10,000 contribution and a $70,000 loan that are not included in the $300k). Entenza's camp didn't report cash on hand. Tom Rukavina reported on Monday that he raised $135,000 and has $60,000 in the bank. Paul Thissen raised $253,000, which includes a $20,000 loan. He has $85,000 in the bank.
Republican Tom Emmer raised $115,000 in 2009. The campaign didn't release cash left on hand.
Here's the Kelliher release:
In just four and one-half months, Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor raised more than $254,000 and ended 2009 with $81,000 cash on hand.
"I'm grateful for the strong support I've received from Minnesotans across the state," Kelliher said. "All along I've said that I'm building a people-powered campaign to lead Minnesota on the road to recovery."
"Given the number of candidates and the short time frame we had, I'm thrilled with our numbers," campaign manager Jaime Tincher said. "Margaret raised nearly $80,000 in December alone. Going into 2010, she has tremendous momentum and grassroots support behind her as she works to earn the DFL endorsement."
More than 1400 people donated to the Margaret for Governor campaign, and 94 percent of those donors were Minnesotans.
Margaret made a $250 contribution to her campaign.
Here's a look at who will be on this weekend's public policy shows..
This week on Almanac Mayor R. T. Rybak gives us his perspective on the triple homicide in Minneapolis, Mary Lahammer brings us the latest from a closed door meeting between the Governor and legislative leaders on the prospects of a special session this month, and our series on the Red Bull division's deployment continues with a look at a surprise Christmas visit home.
WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy:
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Dick Day
Rep. Marty Seifert, who's running for governor.
KSTP's At Issue:
Interview with Republican David Hann who is running for governor and the political roundtable.
Implications of a unilateral decision by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to balance the state's budget are beginning to unfold. Moderator Julie Bartkey discusses the issue, and how it could impact the legislature, with House Majority Leader Tony Sertich and Minority Leader Kurt Zellers. Rep. Erin Murphy outlines her plan to revive the GAMC program, and Sen. Dick Day discusses his political career, which is ending after nearly 2 decades in the Minnesota Senate.
ABC's "This Week":
Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
CBS' "Face the Nation":Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.
NBC's "Meet the Press":
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine; Republican National Chairman Michael Steele.
CNN's "State of the Union":
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; former Gov. Doug Wilder, D-Va.; Romer.
"Fox News Sunday":
Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Kaine; Steele.