Posted at 6:49 AM on January 12, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Republican Pat Anderson leads the Digest today.
As MPR first reported, she is holding a news conference today to announce that she's leaving the race for governor and will run for State Auditor.
If Anderson wins the endorsement over the three other Republicans in the contest, it will set up a rematch of the 2006 Auditor's race that featured Anderson and Otto. Anderson held the seat between 2003 and 2007 but lost her reelection bid to Otto.
MAPE is backing Otto.
2010 Race for Governor
DFLer Margaret Anderson's Kelliher could face the campaign finance board today to discuss her fundraising flap.
Republican Marty Seifert raises $222,000 in 2009 and has $133,000 left in the bank.
Here's a cheat sheet on where the money race currently stands.
Some of the gubernatorial candidates disclosed their mental health info.
Republican David Hann appeared on KSTP's At Issue over the weekend.
Republican Robert Carney enters the race.
Under the Dome
Minnesota's economy may have bottomed out.
The Star Tribune reports that more than half of the organizations represented on an arts panel will share in more than $1 billion from the Legacy Amendment sales tax have already received money. Full disclosure alert: MPR is mentioned.
Minnesota waives the 5% biodiesel mandate for some diesel fuel.
Gov. Pawlenty seeks a disaster declaration for 18 counties.
Twin Cities hospitals are back in the black.
President Obama's ratings hit a new low in a CBS poll.
President Obama may use bank fees to rein in the deficit.
The White House also defends the tax on Cadillac health plans.
AP says unemployment was unchanged as a result of the stimulus.
Democrats push back against AP's analysis.
Republicans keep the heat on Harry Reid.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar defends him.
Klobuchar is on a statewide jobs tour. She wants greater business innovation.
Klobuchar will also speak at the National Press Club.
The General Accounting Office says there have been "extraordinary" increases in prescription drug prices. Klobuchar requested the study.
DFL Sen. Al Franken is in Pakistan. He said last week he wanted to visit the Af/Pak region.
Democrat Al Franken proposes a bill that would require emergency contraceptives would be made available at all military hospitals and clinics under bipartisan Senate legislation.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison rallies with the TSA union.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's appearance at the Tea Party Convention is closed to the press.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar will visit Oklahoma to inspect that state's stimulus projects.
2010 Race for Congress
Allen Quist defends his comments saying DFLers are more dangerous than terrorists.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty helps raise money for the Republican running for Senate in Massachusetts.
The new book, Game Change, offers some perspective on why Pawlenty wasn't picked for VP in 2008. When asked about the excerpt, Pawlenty told reporters "We've moved on and you should too."
Sarah Palin gets paid for what Pawlenty does for free - appear on Fox News.
Fridley based Home Valu, founded by former GOP Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, will close its doors.
As we reported earlier, Republican Pat Anderson announced that she's quitting the race for governor and will run for State Auditor. You can watch video of her announcement here:
Note: I'll update the blog post with video of Anderson's q and a with reporters once it's done converting.
Here's Anderson's q and a with reporters:
A Ramsey County judge has dismissed a case challenging Governor Pawlenty's unallotment authority.
This ruling is separate from a December decision that undercut Governor Pawlenty's authority to unilaterally cut spending. Judge Kathleen Gearin is the judge in both cases but her decisions are different, mostly because the plaintiffs made different arguments. In the case that restored funding for a special diet program, attorneys argued that Pawlenty overstepped his authority as governor. Judge Gearin agreed and ruled that Pawlenty crossed the line that separates the governor's power from the Legislature's.
Gearin said attorneys in the second case fighting for the restoration of a political contribution refund made a different argument. They said Pawlenty couldn't cut the tax refund. Judge Gearin disagreed. The governor's office praised Gearin's most recent ruling. Pawlenty plans to appeal her earlier ruling.
Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman released this statement regarding Pat Anderson's decision to leave the governor's race. Get the tea leaves out. Here it is:
Pat Anderson and I have both served as Mayors and have had to make tough fiscal choices in order to create an environment for jobs and economic growth. The leadership necessary to balance budgets, while still ensuring that government performs its critical responsibilities, is a hallmark of Pat Anderson. While Mayors, we shared a common vision which brought labor and business and the private and public sectors together to get things done. We created more jobs, made our communities safer and, in the end, restored hope and confidence during the most difficult of economic times. I believe Pat Anderson will continue that commonsense leadership as Minnesota's Auditor, and I heartily embrace her candidacy. In the near future, my decision about which path I intend to pursue to help Minnesota and its citizens address our state's challenges and opportunities will become clear. But, it's clear that we must find common ground among Democrats, Republicans and Independents on the great issues of our day. Minnesotans need jobs. Together, we must find a common path in which government is a catalyst for job creation, economic growth, environmental protection and quality education for all of our children. We must find a common path in which we address the fiscal challenges that threaten our economy, and our state's future. I look forward to being a part of that debate about Minnesota's future in whatever role I believe is most beneficial.
Update: I was working on some other things this morning and didn't realize Marty Seifert released a statement on Anderson as well. Here it is:
"I enjoyed traveling the state with Pat the past several months. She has been a consistent and strong voice for constitutional and limited government. I want to thank Pat for her contribution to the Republican Party during this campaign and wish her well in her bid for Auditor."
Tom Emmer also told MPR News that he agreed with Anderson that he's well positioned to pick up some of her supporters. But he said it won't be automatic.
"Pat has a very loyal group of supporters. And to a person, they would tell me, look Tom, Pat is my pick, you are a very strong second. And I think now with Pat's decision to run for auditor, it's our job to become a very strong first."
Attorneys for Governor Pawlenty is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to take quick action on their appeal of a ruling that undercuts Pawlenty's unallotment authority. The appeal isn't a surprise since Pawlenty announced he would do it one day after a Ramsey County District Court Judge ruled he abused his authority to unilaterally cut spending. At the time, the judge ordered the restoration of funding for a special diet program for low income Minnesotans and suggested other parties affected by Pawlenty's use of unallotment could join the suit.
Pawlenty said the judge misinterpreted the law and is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to immediately take up his appeal. The appeal says quick action is needed because it impacts Governor Pawlenty's decision in July to make $2.7 billion in unilateral budget cuts.
"Given its magnitude, the deficit in the state's biennial budget becomes increasingly difficult to resolve as time passes and less of the biennium remains."
Pawlenty's appeal also requests the Court of Appeals to expedite the case if the Minnesota Supreme Court declines to act quickly on it.
Here are three key parts of the appeal.
Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Texas tomorrow to raise money for his Freedom First PAC. His spokesman, Alex Conant, declined to provide additional details.
Pawlenty is making the trip to Texas in the same week that the Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys in a key NFL match-up. Pawlenty predicted earlier this week that the Vikings would win the game by ten.