Campaign money, specifically corporate and union money, leads the Digest today.
The U.S. Supreme Court rolled back campaign spending limits yesterday. The ruling effectively allows corporations and unions to spend money from their own treasuries in support of a candidate.
Reaction is Minnesota is mixed after the ruling. One Minnesota state representative wants tougher and more frequent reporting requirements for all political contributions. MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.
One thing is certain. There will be more campaign ads and more confusion in 2010.
Under the Dome
The state lost 4,100 jobs in December.
Gov. Pawlenty met with school leaders about an aid payment delay.
The Legislature wants to take quick action on a bonding bill.
DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina, who is also running for governor, rips Pawlenty's plan to buy land on Lake Vermilion and turn it into a park.
Lawmakers held a hearing on fatal falls in nursing homes. State regulators tell lawmakers that they may start issuing more citations when they find mistakes in nursing homes.
A lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow counties to place bounties on coyotes.
The League of Minnesota Cities will file a friend of the court brief in the unallotment case.
KARE does an extensive story on GAMC and what would happen when the funding runs out.
The MCCL holds its annual rally at the State Capitol at noon today.
House leaders say they can't pass the Senate health bill.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says health insurance reform may not be dead.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says changes to the health care laws are still needed.
He indicates support that he'll back the Senate bill.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says Obama got too caught up in health care and cap and trade and should be focusing on the economy.
Obama is still the most trusted in the polls.
President Obama seeks tighter limits on banks.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will give the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union.
The Senate votes for faster tax breaks for those who give to Haiti.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar supports a statutory commission to rein in the deficit.
Klobuchar also hasn't committed on whether she'll back Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke for another term.
A pro Israel, pro peace PAC endorses DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak in California next week.
She also complains about how Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) treated her on a radio show.
2010 Race for Governor
Republican Marty Seifert is the first candidate for governor to run ads this cycle.
Seifert also has an op-ed saying Americans are fed up.
Democrat Matt Entenza is also running an ad.
Republican Tom Emmer picked up some Pat Anderson supporters.
Eight DFLers and one Republican are confirmed to talk transportation and land use at a debate on Monday.
The DFL candidates will participate in a debate tonight in Mankato.
2010 Race for Congress
Democrat Maureen Reed reports raising $207,800 in the 4th quarter.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
MPR says Gov. Pawlenty says he won't allow his PAC to accept contributions from Minnesota based lobbyists during the legislative session. A watchdog group says he shouldn't take from lobbyists of any kind during the session even though that goes beyond what current state or federal law forbids.
A Fox News poll says Obama loses to a generic Republican in 2012 but trounces Palin, Romney and Gingrich in head to heads.
Pawlenty turned down an invite to the NFC Championship Game.
He is, however, taking suggestions on what he should wager with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Posted at 10:18 AM on January 22, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Campaign 2010
A veteran state legislator has announced plans to retire this year.
Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, issued a news release today saying he won't run for 6th term this fall. Murphy, who was first elected in 1992, is chairman of the Senate transportation committee. Here's his statement:
Over the past 17 years, I have had the privilege of representing my friends, family, and neighbors in southeastern Minnesota at the State Capitol. It has been an honor to serve as their voice in the Legislature.
I never viewed public service as a career, but rather as an opportunity to make our community and state a better place for working families. With the help of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we have made tremendous progress in expanding access to health care, improving the state's schools, fixing our roads and bridges, protecting the environment, and honoring our veterans.
Serving as a state lawmaker is a full-time commitment and my family has stood by my side while I've devoted countless hours to my role as senator. I owe them deeply for their patience and support. While choosing not to run for re-election was a difficult decision, it was made easier knowing it would provide me more time to dedicate to my wife, children, and grandson.
The Minnesota Legislature is filled with honorable and thoughtful individuals who care deeply about their districts and their constituents. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with my colleagues in the Senate and House, and will leave the Capitol with many lifelong friendships.
Nothing that is accomplished at the Capitol would be possible without the hard work, dedication, and wisdom of the incredibly talented Legislative staff that spend their days and nights in the Capitol. I want to thank them for their years of service and support.
Finally, I intend to finish my legislative career strong, and look forward to serving my constituents in the 2010 Legislative Session. I will spend my last year in office seeking bipartisan solutions to the historic budget challenge that faces our state.
Here's a look at the rundowns for this weekend's public policy shows.
This week on Almanac we visit with former U. S. Senator Norm Coleman about his decision not to run for Governor, a look ahead to our stormy weekend with Paul Douglas, and Mary Lahammer gives us the latest scorecard in the Governor's race.
KSTP's At Issue:
Joe Repya, who's running for governor as a member of the Independence Party.
WCCO's Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy:
Republican Tom Emmer, who's running for governor.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen
Polar explorer Will Steger
2010 is a major election year in Minnesota, and Chair Ann Rest of State and Local Gov't Oversight Committee discusses her bill to set guidelines for Ranked Choice Voting in local elections. Republican Chris Gerlach, believes RCV is unconstitutional and explains why to moderator Julie Bartkey. Senator Mee Moua is the first Hmong American to be elected to the legislature. She gives her Inside Perspective on living the American Dream.
ABC's "This Week" - White House senior adviser David Axelrod; Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Axelrod; Menendez; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
"Fox News Sunday" - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.