President Obama has reached a deal with union leaders on the health care tax.
GOP Rep. John Kline said the agreement amounts to a "buyoff" and a "sweetheart deal."
Kline and the two other GOP members of the delegation are pushing for changes to the health care bill.
The health care overhaul bill may save Minnesota's GAMC program.
The entire health care bill, however, could be in jeopardy if the Democrats lose in Massachusetts. The Republican is ahead in the latest poll.
President Obama tells banks "We want our money back."
Obama also pledges $100 million to help Haiti.
He also tried to rally House Democrats. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
A new U.S. Marshall for Minnesota will be sworn in today.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is one of the leading twitterers on the Hill.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar writes in an op-ed that the unsuccessful bombing attempt on Christmas is similar to the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.
Under the Dome
Gov. Pawlenty will release his bonding bill proposal today at 11am. Follow me on twitter for up to the minute details.
The State Auditor reports that cities are relying more on property taxes.
The Twin Cities gets $37 million in stimulus funds.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says a Political Action Committee dropped a challenge to a state law that forbids robocalling.
The census will bring 8,000 jobs to Minnesota.
WCCO looks at per diem payments.
2010 Race for Governor
The DFL Latino Caucus backs Democrat R.T. Rybak.
Norm Coleman is scheduled to
speak attend the MCCL Rally on 1/22.
2010 Race for Congress
The DCCC puts Minnesota's 3rd and 6th on the races to watch list.
Republican Glen Menze says he'll challenge DFL Rep. Collin Peterson again.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
A new Rasmussen Poll says only 37% of those polled would vote for Pawlenty if he ran for the White House. His approval rating as governor is at 53%.
Pawlenty is ranked #10 in a ranking of America's most influential conservative.
FrumForum says Gov. Pawlenty's budget balancing amendment is a misstep.
The Wall St. Journal quotes Pawlenty as saying a GOP win in Massachusetts would be "a cannon shot across the country."
Newt Gingrich said he's thinking about a run.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry turns down education funds.
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.
The Daily Telegraph (out of the United Kingdom) released a list of America's top conservatives. Pawlenty is #10 on the list (ahead of Mitt Romney and George W. Bush). Former Vice-President Dick Cheney is #1 on the list, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is #2. The only active politician (who is currently holding office) ahead of Pawlenty is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Here's what the newspaper wrote:
The runner-up for the vice-presidential slot on the 2008 Republican ticket, he lost out to Sarah Palin then but is viewed by many GOP leaders as the better long-term bet. Has said he will not run for re-election when his term expires this year, meaning he will have more time to spend with his wife and two daughters, as well as the consultants he has quietly locked in for what everyone assumes will be a 2012 presidential bid. A Catholic who converted to become a Protestant evangelical, he is a favourite of Christian conservatives and also comes from a swing state and has the kind of Mid-West appeal that resonates in a national campaign. Although conservative on all the important issues, he advocates a broad church. "We loved Ronald Reagan, but he made some compromises along the way," he said in 2008. "We don't have a big enough party to be throwing people overboard."
Has visited first-voting Iowa and even contacted supporters of Mitt Romney, the other Republican viewed as a certain 2012 candidate as well as founding his own political action committee, Freedom First. Is already engaged in a carefully-planned programme of criss-crossing the country speaking at conservatives dinners and other events. An increasingly assured cable television performer, he is a frequent critic of Obama, branding him a "movement liberal" who is "projecting potential weakness" on national security.
Gov. Pawlenty released his bonding bill recommendations earlier today (watch video from the first portion of his news conference above). He's proposing $685 million in state bonding for public works building projects. He called his bill "austere" and said it prioritized the state's needs.
"The idea that we can just endlessly spend is out the window. You have to prioritize and you have to focus and you have to be willing to say no."
But DFL Rep. Alice Hausman of St. Paul said she thinks the bonding bill should be $1 billion, especially since there are low interest rates a it's cheaper to build right now.
"Our taxpayer dollar will go farther this year than if we wait two years for these projects. That resonates with everyone."
Pawlenty also said the state has reached a deal to buy land on Lake Vermilion from U.S. Steel but that plan needs legislative approval to lift a cap on the purchase price. If they don't get approval, Pawlenty said U.S. Steel is prepared to move forward with their development plans this summer.
Here's a look at this weekend's public policy shows.
This week on Almanac Senator Amy Klobuchar joins us in studio, the American Refugee Committee is on its way to Haiti to help with relief efforts, and DNR Commissioner Mark Holsten tells us about the agreement between the state and U. S. Steel to purchase land for Lake Vermilion state park.
WCCO's Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy:
DFL Sen. Al Franken, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan, and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum.
KSTP's At Issue:
Steve Kelley, DFL candidate for governor
Dick Bremer (Twins announcer) and Mark Allison (son of the late Twins player Bob Allison). They're here to talk about the upcoming Diamond Awards to benefit the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center.
The effort to get Minnesotans back to work ramps up with lawmakers taking up bonding requests. Moderator Julie Bartkey discusses proposed projects for the U of M and MnSCU with Higher Ed Chair Senator Sandy Pappas, and the lead Republican on the Capitol Investment Committee, Claire Robling. Senator Kathy Saltzman details lease aid options for charter schools.
ABC's This Week:
Guests: Christina Romer, chair, Council of Economic Advisers.
CBS' Face the Nation:
Topic: "The Terror Review: Do Changes Need to be Made?" Guests: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
CNN's State of the Union:
Guests: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), both live from Jerusalem; White House chief economic adviser Christina Romer.
Fox News Sunday:
Guests: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); Sen. Jack Reed, (D-R.I.) of the Armed Services Committee; Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
NBC's Meet the Press:
Guests: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic National Chairman; Michael Steele, Republican National Chairman.
DFL Sen. Al Franken will be in studio on Monday at 11am.