One day after posting a written statement on his decision to not run for governor, Republican Norm Coleman talked with reporters about the decision. AP, MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press, WCCO and KSTP have stories.
You can listen to Coleman's chat with reporters here.
MPR says the political season is getting an earlier start.
Teamsters Joint Council 32 backs Democrat Mark Dayton for governor.
Here's a checklist of where the unions stand on endorsements.
Tom Horner, a PR professional, says he'll file the paperwork that allows him to start raising money for a gov campaign.
GOP state Rep. Tom Emmer says the state can't thrive on credit.
Here's where the candidates for governor will campaign this week.
Under the Dome
A committee in the legislature will hold a hearing today to focus on problems with the state's employee verification system (E-verify).
Minnesota is taking part in an ignition lock program that checks the BAC of a previous drunk driver and prevents the car from starting if the person was drinking.
Some lawmakers in the Willmar area, including Republicans, aren't happy with Gov. Pawlenty's bonding bill proposal.
Duluth residents want bonding bill money to help fix to the city's sanitary system.
Minnesota investors may be close to having access to the Angel Investment Tax Credit.
President Obama will give the State of the Union on Jan. 27th.
A leading gun control group has harsh words for Obama.
Democrats are looking at bypassing the Senate health care vote.
They're examining the option because Democrat Martha Coakley may lose today's special election in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown. Is Coakley the Democratic canary in the coal mine?
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says the Massachusetts race is the "ultimate political irony."
Isn't it nice that some other state gets to speculate and fight over election certificate particulars?
Local families keep up the effort to adopt Haitian children. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.
DFL Sen. Al Franken appeared on MPR's Midday on Monday. Here's a recap and the audio.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants changes to the reimbursement system for Medicare.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison marks the anniversary of the Gaza War.
Some self-described tea-partiers want a boycott of the "National Tea Party Convention." Bachmann is scheduled to speak at that event.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar toured highway projects in Oklahoma.
2010 Race for Congress
Former DFL State Rep. Shelley Madore announces her run for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty will hold a fundraiser tonight in Minneapolis for his PAC.
If you thought you saw Pawlenty on TV a lot since September
in December, you were right. The Hotline says he was the politico with the fifth highest amount of face time since that time. during that month.
A commentator on the conservative Frum Forum mocks Pawlenty's pro-freedom message.
Former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton plans to formally announce his candidacy for governor this week.
The DFLer issued a press advisory today about the announcement, which is scheduled for Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., at the State Capitol. Dayton has been campaigning since he filed as a candidate a year ago. He's already picked up two key union endorsements and plans to run in the primary.
His advisory also announced plans for a tour of all 87 Minnesota counties in the next 87 days.
"This tour will allow me to listen to and learn from Minnesotans in every one of our counties, Dayton wrote. "People everywhere are facing very serious hardships. Our state, which used to rank near the top in economic growth, has now fallen near the bottom. We need a new governor to lead this state to it future greatness."
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has weighed in on next week's special election in state Senate District 26 with an endorsement of GOP candidate Mike Parry.
Parry is running against Democrat Jason Engbrecht and Independence Party candidate Roy Srp. The winner of the Jan. 26 special election will finish the term of Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, who resigned to become a lobbyist.
Here's Parry's news release:
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann today endorsed Republican candidate Mike Parry to replace retiring state Senator Dick Day, (R-Owatonna) for the special election to be held on Jan. 26, 2010.
"I'm proud to endorse Mike Parry for the special election in Senate District 26. Mike is a strong fiscal conservative who will be a powerful voice for lower taxes, limited government and economic opportunity in St. Paul. As a small business owner, Mike understands the need to set priorities and hold government accountable for results. The people of Waseca, Steele and Rice counties will be well served by this steadfast champion of conservative values who will stand up to the big spending, big taxing liberals in the legislature."
Update: Gov. Pawlenty will hold a business round table with Parry on Wednesday night at 7:30pm in Owatonna Country Club in Owatonna.
The Minnesota Supreme Court granted Gov. Pawlenty's motion to take quick action on his appeal of a legal order that undermines his unallotment authority. Here are the important dates:
The court scheduled oral arguments for 3/15 (Ides of March!!!)
Pawlenty has to file his appeal by 2/9.
Plaintiffs have to file their response by 2/23.
Pawlenty can file a reply brief no later than 3/2
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says he'll hold a hearing with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, to discuss the foreclosure crisis. The hearing will be held on Saturday, January 23rd. Here's the news release:
Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity To Hold Twin Cities Hearing: "The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis onPublic and Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities"
Washington, DC - Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) will join Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity at a Subcommittee field hearing entitled, "The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on Public and Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities." The hearing will examine the foreclosure crisis and its negative impact on the affordable rental housing market.
The hearing will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. CST in Pohlad Hall at the Minneapolis Central Library.
The hearing is timely in light of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) recent announcement of $2 billion in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants to cities, states and non-profits across the country. Under HUD's grant announcement, the City of Minneapolis received nearly $19.5 million in NSP funding, while the City of St. Paul received $18 million.
"I am pleased that we made the case that the Twin Cities could use NSP funding to rehabilitate foreclosed homes and develop affordable housing," Ellison said. "These funds will bring jobs and housing for our communities most in need," Ellison added.
These dollars will be used to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed housing; to create ownership as well as rental opportunities for low-and moderate-income households.
"I fought hard to secure nearly $6 billion in NSP funding for communities nationwide; I look forward to hearing from advocates and officials on how the Twin Cities are using these funds, and other resources and programs, to fight neighborhood blight and expand the stock of affordable housing," Chairwoman Waters stated.
Witnesses will include officials from HUD, local elected and appointed leaders, nonprofit stakeholders, housing advocates and service providers. Witnesses will be asked to describe the affordable housing challenges in the Twin Cities, explain the importance of NSP funds and provide recommendations to federal policymakers
"We craft good policy when we know the reality on the ground. Our subcommittee is excited to listen and learn from the witnesses' testimony," added Congressman Ellison.
Who: U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity: Subcommittee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Witnesses to be announced.
What: Field Hearing: "The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on Public and Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities."
When: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Where: Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis,
Governor Pawlenty is praising Republican Scott Brown for being elected to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the late Edward Kennedy's seat. Pawlenty's federal political action committee contributed to Brown's campaign and encouraged others to give to him as well. Pawlenty said if a Republican can win in Massachusetts they can anywhere in the country.
"The Democrats in Washington have dramatically and foolishly overplayed their hand. The pendulum is clearly swinging away from Democrats and that leaves opportunities for Republicans on why they should lead and govern the country."
Pawlenty made his comments to me before the results in Massachusetts were final. He spoke with me before he attended a fundraiser for his political action committee. The Minneapolis event, which was closed to the press, attracted roughly
250 275 people.
Update: Pawlenty's PAC also released this statement:
"Voters in Massachusetts expressed the outrage Americans everywhere feel about the proposed government takeover of health care. Senator-elect Scott Brown will provide a decisive vote against the Democrats' health-care schemes. His victory is an inspiration to conservatives across the country to continue our fight for freedom from an overbearing federal government. Congratulations to the Senator-elect and his family for achieving this historic upset."