Posted at 6:51 AM on February 26, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The White House health care summit revealed smiles, smirks and serious looks.
GOP Rep. John Kline attended the summit and focused on small businesses.
The Fix lists the winners and losers of the health care summit.
It appears that Obama and the Democrats will be moving forward on some sort of plan.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she will not sign a letter urging the public option.
The government considers more restrictions on bank foreclosures.
Charlie Rangel, a Democrat from New York, broke House rules.
The USDA says the stimulus is having a major impact in rural Minnesota.
The House sends an extension of the Patriot Act to President Obama.
The U.S. Justice Department charges Guidant with defibrillator failures.
MinnPost says the feds build a federal juvenile facility on the Red Lake Reservation - and it's never been used. DFL Sen. Al Franken is mentioned.
Federal funds will help bring clean drinking water to southern Minnesota. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen says the GOP must bring new ideas to the table.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hates her.
President Obama called former Vice-President Dick Cheney to wish him well.
Under the Dome
Groups are increasing their pressure on House Republicans to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of GAMC.
Gov. Pawlenty said the Senate vote was "largely ceremonial" and expected the biggest test to be the House.
Efforts to require photo id at the polls were defeated.
A bill requiring coverage of prosthetics coverage advances.
The U of M seeks to lessen cuts in state aid.
The Minnesota Supreme Court reprimands an ex-St. Cloud mayor.
A Minnesota lawmaker aims to change gang law enforcement.
2010 Race for Governor
Democrats are touting their country cred.
The surrogates for Republicans Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert take the gloves off as Super Saturday approaches.
Former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser is backing Democrat Paul Thissen's campaign.
2010 Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Tim Walz formed a federal leadership PAC.
A pastor plans to challenge DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is supporting John McCain's Senate bid.
Sarah Palin will raise money for Bachman and the MNGOP when she campaigns for Bachmann on April 7th.
Newt Gingrich says he's organizing for a possible 2012 run.
Governor Pawlenty is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Missouri Republican Party's Lincoln Days Dinner in St. Charles, Missouri tonight. On Saturday night, he'll be in Las Vegas speaking to the Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner.
Pawlenty's weekend travel means he'll have visited at least 21 different states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and six different countries since he announced in June that he wasn't seeking a third term as governor.
Pawlenty has not ruled out a run for president and appears to be preparing for a White House run. He has formed a federal political action committee and is appearing at conservative events across the country.
Democrats in Minnesota say Pawlenty should be focused on the job he was elected to do and focus on fixing the state's budget problems.
A GOP insider says Republican Tom Emmer will announce this morning that Brian Sullivan and Vin Weber will back Emmer's bid for governor. The source asked not to be identified because Emmer's plans haven't been formally announced yet.
Emmer's campaign scheduled a morning news conference in St. Paul to announce "endorsements from high-profile Minnesotans." His campaign manager declined comment but said the announcement will be made in some form before the event.
Sullivan, who was considering his own run for governor this year and lost the GOP endorsement to Tim Pawlenty in 2002, serves as National Committeeman for the MN Republican State Committee. He is also well known in conservative circles.
Weber is a Washington D.C. lobbyist who also served in Congress in the 1980s. He's well connected in Washington D.C. and serves as co-chair to Gov. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC. He also backed Mitt Romney's presidential bid in 2008.
The endorsement comes just one day before Super Saturday, where 43 BPOU conventions will be held across the state. Emmer and Marty Seifert are the top two candidates vying for the GOP endorsement. Both have promised to drop out if they don't get party backing at the state party convention in April.
Emmer's news conference is scheduled for 10:30.
Brian Sullivan and Vin Weber announced today that they're backing Tom Emmer's bid for governor. The two said Emmer is best suited to bring together all factions of the GOP. Both Weber and Sullivan may not be known too well to the general public but they're well known in GOP circles.
Here's the announcement:
Here's the q and a with reporters:
Today, Republican Tom Emmer announced that two well known Republican insiders are backing his campaign. Former GOP Congressman Vin Weber and national committeeman Brian Sullivan both say Emmer is best suited to bring together the Republican Party.
The endorsement comes just days after a group of state lawmakers announced they were supporting him.
"Every one of these makes a difference in terms of the sphere of influence that these people have," Emmer said. He added that Weber and Sullivan bring significant weight to his campaign.
"They bring more than just their name, they bring their history and their reputation and their involvement as leaders within Minnesota the Republican Party."
But here's a question: Do endorsements matter?
For example, Emmer announced the day before precinct caucuses that former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams was backing his campaign. The announcement received some fanfare in Duluth (and on this blog) but may not have delivered any votes, even in Grams' own BPOU.
Grams attended the Isanti County BPOU with his wife. He didn't seek to become a delegate, but I'm told that he was wearing an Emmer hockey jersey and worked the room hard for the Delano Republican. His wife, Chris, did seek to become a delegate but wasn't elected. In fact, Republican Marty Seifert picked up 16 delegates, Emmer picked up one, and one delegate is undecided.
I understand that the Republican endorsement for governor is neck and neck between Seifert and Emmer and every vote counts.
Are you, or have you ever been influenced by a candidate endorsement?
Gov. Pawlenty will make his second trip to Iowa since he announced he wasn't seeking a third term. He's scheduled to speak to the Iowans for Tax Relief event in Des Moines. Here's the release:
Governor Tim Pawlenty and four Iowa candidates for Governor will speak at the 2010 Iowa Taxpayers' Day
MUSCATINE, IA--Iowans for Tax Relief announced today the line up for the 2010 Iowa Taxpayers' Day on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Northwest in Des Moines. The keynote speaker is Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who is also the Vice Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Also speaking at the event will be the following candidates for Iowa Governor; Terry Branstad, Jonathan Narcisse, Rod Roberts, and Bob Vander Plaats.
Ed Failor Jr., President of Iowans for Tax Relief, said today, "We are excited to have Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speak to our members as he has a record of balancing budgets without raising taxes in Minnesota. The Iowa candidates for Governor will provide their vision for the fiscal future of our great state. Iowa Taxpayers' Day continues our mission to educate and inform Iowans on tax and spending issues."
Governor Culver was invited but declined to respond by the set confirmation deadline. Multiple contacts were made to the campaign with no return response.
Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR) started more than 30 years ago as a member driven organization to protect the taxpayer and today we have more than 54,900 members, making ITR the largest taxpayer protection organization in the state. Visit our website for additional details on the event at www.taxrelief.org. Invitations will be mailed to our members in the coming weeks.
Posted at 5:15 PM on February 26, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Here's a look at this weekend's public policy shows...
Star Tribune reporter Kevin Diaz joins us from Washington to talk about the health care summit... former Minneapolis city council member Ralph Remington speaks about his new job at the National Endowment for the Arts... and we preview an upcoming tpt-produced documentary on Dolley Madison, our nation's first true First Lady.
KSTP's At Issue with Tom Hauser:
Racino lobbyist Dick Day and DFL state Sen. Dan Sparks of Austin will be on to talk Racino.
WCCO's Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy:
They didn't get back to me.
Capitol Report with Julie Bartkey:
Two DFL Senators say now is the time to generate revenue in the state by opening up gaming options. Sen. Dan Sparks and Sen. David Tomassoni join moderator Julie Bartkey to discuss their bills, Racino and Slots in Bars respectively. Sen. David Hann is one of a handful of Republicans not supportive of expanding gambling. He explains why. Finally, Sen. James Metzen gives the Inside Perspective on what the roll of President of the Senate entails.
ABC's This Week:
Guests: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), chair of the Senate Republican Conference.
CBS' Face the Nation:
Topic: "What's Next for Health Care After the Summit?" Guests: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
CNN's State of the Union:
Topics: Health Care Summit; Economy. Guests: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Minority Leader.
Fox News Sunday:
Guests: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
NBC's Meet the Press:
Guests: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); Nancy-Ann DeParle, director, White House Office of Health Reform.