Three of the Independence Party candidates for governor will be on MPR's Midday today. Tom Horner, Rob Hahn and John Uldrich will be on the show at 11.
The Minnesota House is expected to attempt to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of GAMC. Democrats need to pick up three Republicans for the override to succeed.
At least one Republican House member isn't happy with Pawlenty regarding GAMC and the budget. Here's his letter to a constituent.
Gov. Pawlenty's budget takes the unprecedented step of tapping the water recreation fund.
Pawlenty is also proposing to cut the Sentence to Serve program.
Haiti's Tax Relief bill awaits action by the Minnesota House.
The state's pension funds need a boost.
A complete streets proposal is being proposed in the Legislature.
Supporters of the PolyMet mine proposal fear a bill that would require the company to pay environmental clean up costs before the project began.
Lawmakers move to clean up the Metro Gang Strike Force.
The state's high court tilts right but it's not guarantee they'll back Pawlenty's use of unallotment.
As cuts loom, Minnesota cities try to keep the pain at bay.
A tattoo tax is proposed to save city funding.
Eden Prairie's mayor stands up for Pawlenty.
Universities are pushing to get students counted in the 2010 Census.
President Obama says the U.S. will help the victims of the Chile earthquake.
The death toll from the quake is 700.
He is also prodding states to increase academic standards.
There's a renewed consensus on financial regulation in the Senate.
The White House says Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will resign.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants China to reopen the nation to American pork.
Klobuchar also indicates that she'll support the public option through reconciliation.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen wants to make Congress a little more paperless.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says Turkey is "a country on the forefront."
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a red meat speech to Republicans in Ohio.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson challenges the EPA on greenhouse gases.
A nonprofit canceled a fundraiser with Bachmann out of legal concerns.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar warns of a transportation shutdown.
The Duluth Air Guard will receive newer jets. Oberstar is mentioned.
2010 Race for Governor
Three of the I-P candidates, Rob Hahn, Tom Horner and John Uldrich, will be on MPR's Midday today.
AP says the session is tricky for seven candidates for governor.
Brian Sullivan and Vin Weber back Tom Emmer's bid for governor. Watch video of the announcement here.
Emmer appeared on WCCO on Sunday morning.
Democrat Mark Dayton also appeared on WCCO. Dayton still doesn't say how much he would increase income taxes on people making over $150,000 a year (get a Fact-check of it here). He also said he doesn't trust the Minnesota Department of Revenue's numbers on it even though he cites the Revenue Department's own Tax Incidence Study.
Minnesota Brown reports that Democrats Tom Bakk and Tom Rukavina (both Iron Rangers) have indicated that they may combine forces before the state party convention.
2010 Race for Congress
The DFL candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th go after GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's travel.
2010 Race for the Legislature
Here are some results on the GOP side from the endorsing conventions.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty gave speeches to GOP activists in Missouri and Nevada over the weekend.
He told reporters in Missouri that he's backing John McCain and "If it costs me, it costs men."
Pawlenty also defended his showing in the CPAC straw poll.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Pawlenty energized the crowd in Missouri.
Pawlenty is also headed back to Iowa in April.
The Star Tribune handicaps Pawlenty's chances.
The Fix keeps Pawlenty ranked at 4th in terms of GOP leaders.
Pawlenty and Norm Coleman will raise money for Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl later this month.
A writer for the National Review didn't take too kindly to Pawlenty's brie comments.
He also reaches out to Chile.
Sarah Palin will headline a national NRA event.
Palin is also telling the Tea Parties to take over the GOP.
Ron Paul is facing serious challenges from within the GOP.
To the East
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.
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The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill that would move the party primary from September to August. The Senate decided to concur with a House bill rather than negotiate their differences in a conference committee. Governor Pawlenty has indicated that he'll sign the bill.
Here are the important dates to remember:
Candidate filing period: May 18 - June 1
Absentee balloting period for primary: June 25 - Aug. 9
Pre-primary campaign finance reports due: July 26
State Primary: August 10
State Canvassing Board meeting for primary: August 17
Absentee balloting period for general election: Sept. 17 - Nov. 1
Pre-general campaign financial reports due: Oct. 25
General election - Nov. 2
Grant Stevensen, a Pastor at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in St. Paul, criticized Gov. Pawlenty today for cutting funding for health insurance for the poor while campaiging across the country saying "God is in Charge."
Stevensen was one of several members of the faith community who held a news conference today urging the Minnesota House to override Pawlenty's veto of a bill that extends General Assistance Medical Care for 16 months. The House just started debating the issue.
Before the House action, Stevensen ripped Pawlenty for invoking God during stump speeches yet cutting health insurance for the poor:
"I'm concerned that because they are feeling pressure from a governor who has a speech to write that he wants to run around the country and give as he's elected president. I'm not so sure he cares so much anymore about Minnesota and the people that are here.
I have a personal request of the governor. Governor please, stop talking to us about God. the governor is going around saying 'God is in control.' We elected you. We elected you to be making decisions for this state that will help everyone in this state. Things that will lift up the poorest in this state. Don't pass this on to God. That's no God we've ever heard of.
And please stop lecturing us about god. It's offensive. The only God we're aware of is the one who says 'If you want to follow me, you'll look our for the widows, and the orphans, for the fatherless, for the poorest in the land.' Please stop talking to us about God. It's offensive. We can't take it." Listen
Stevenson is referring to a portion of Pawlenty's stump speech that says God is in charge. Here's Pawlenty talking to GOP activisits in Las Vegas on Saturday night:
"One of the first principles that we should turn to always and remembers is that God is in charge. God is in charge. A lot of people hear me say that and say 'Pawlenty, don't bring that up, that's outdated, that's politcally incorrect or they'll put some other label on it. Hogwash. This is in the very founding perspective in our country. The Declaration of Independence says this "We are endowed by our creator by certain unalienable rights." Listen
As you probably know by now, House DFLers failed to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a bill that extends General Assistance Medical Care for another 16 months. Here's what can happen next:
1) House Democrats try again. Using a parliamentary maneuver, Democrats gave themselves one more opportunity to override Pawlenty's veto. House Republicans were pretty resolute in their stance to stand with Pawlenty on the veto override. Will it work if they try a second time?
2) They can continue to negotiate with Gov. Pawlenty. Pawlenty, who met privately this afternoon with House Republicans to thank them for sustaining his veto, said he's willing to work with Democrats on the issue. DFLers said they hit a wall during weekend negotiations and didn't feel as if Pawlenty's negotiators were willing to cut a deal.
3) A lawsuit could be filed. DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said she expects a lawsuit to be filed with 24 hours. Galen Robinson, with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, said "It's premature for us to make a decision on this issue" regarding a GAMC lawsuit. He declined further comment. A lawsuit could stop autoenrollment from occurring but wouldn't that just end the program entirely leaving GAMC clients without an option?
4) GAMC ends on April first and folks are autoenrolled into MinnesotaCare. Democrats worry about this proposal for several reasons. They say GAMC patients (who are the poorest of the poor) can't afford the MinnesotaCare premiums. MinnesotaCare caps payments to hospitals at $10,000 which could present problems for hospitals that treat GAMC clients who need emergency room care.
Question of the Day: What option is best?
Update: Pawlenty invites DFL leaders to his office on Tuesday to discuss GAMC. Here's the release from his spokesman:
TO: Capitol Press Corps
FROM: Brian McClung
RE: Governor invites legislators to meet on GAMC - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
This afternoon, following the DFL's failed attempt to override the Governor's veto , Governor Pawlenty invited key legislators to meet with him tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Governor's Office to continue negotiations regarding General Assistance Medical Care.
The Governor extended the invitation to Senator Linda Berglin, Representative Erin Murphy, Representative Tom Huntley and Representative Matt Dean. Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman and the Governor's Legislative Affairs Director Chris DeLaForest would also participate in the meeting.
Governor Pawlenty also visited with members of the House Republican Caucus this afternoon to express his appreciation for their unity in upholding his veto and to express his interest in continuing to work with both parties on an affordable and appropriate compromise.
Posted at 8:19 PM on March 1, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Tom Horner, a Republican turned Independence Party member, has won the online straw poll of Independence Party activists. The "online caucus" was held between precinct caucus night on February 2nd and last night. Horner, Rob Hahn and John Uldrich are the three candidates vying for the I-P endorsement for governor (Side note: The three were also on MPR's Midday today). Here's the release from the I-P:
The Independence Party closed its online Caucus at midnight 2/28/10 with solid increases over 2008 turnout. "Our record turnout shows once again that the power of online technology is an incredible asset enabling us to engage with Minnesotans in a manner that is respectful of the busy lives they lead" said political Director Kari Johnson-Robinson. "The Independence Party will continue to use innovative online tools to stay connected with our supporters and ensure they remain constructively engaged in party activities," added Johnson-Robinson.
The preliminary percentages for the first round of the straw poll in the governor's race using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) are:1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice
Tom Horner 50.09% 16.43% 9.07%
Other 24.36% 14.73% 8.78%
Rob Hahn 16.4% 17.28% 13.31%
John Uldrich 3.97% 10.48% 11.61%
54% of online caucus participants did not participate in the straw poll, many of whom may have preferred to learn more about the candidates. "This is not unusual" said caucus coordinator Peter Tharaldson, "Many IP supporters do not like the idea of polling support this early." "With all candidates announcing just weeks before the caucus opened," added Tharaldson, "it's likely they are excited about the overall quality of our candidates and want to give them thoughtful consideration prior to casting a preference vote." Delegates will ultimately endorse a candidate at the May 8th convention in Bloomington.
Final straw poll numbers, after consolidation with in-person caucus results and after running through RCV, as well as additional online caucus polling results will be reported on the party's website www.independenceminnesota.com .