Posted at 7:20 AM on March 9, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
We'll get a better idea this morning of how hospitals and other health providers will fare under the deal on General Assistance Medical Care. The bill is scheduled to be released today. Note, the Senate Heath and Human Services budget committee pushed back the morning meeting to later today or tomorrow. (Update: Hearings have been postponed or canceled. Bill will be available at 6pm).
A joint-state federal task force is investigating a fraud ring.
President Obama campaigned for the health care overhaul bill.
Reports of how DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar will vote on the bill are all over the place.
ABC says Oberstar will reportedly vote on the health care bill without anti-abortion language included in it.
But his spokesman told MPR that Oberstar will look at the bill first and then decide.
Now, The Hill is reporting he's leaning yes (this story also says DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is a "firm no").
Several senators reached consensus on limiting the powers of the Federal Reserve.
Democratic Congressman Eric Massa of New York says Democratic leadership forced his exit.
Northrop will drop a bid for a tanker.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the relationship between former federal officials now working in the auto industry is too cozy.
DFL Sen. Al Franken gets a comic book.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he's the first member of Congress to solicit input on earmark requests.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison cast the tie-breaking vote for the Armenian Genocide resolution.
Tea Partiers will storm the U.S. Capitol on March 16th. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is mentioned.
Bachmann will also speak at a Tea Party tally at the State Capitol on Saturday.
The Organic Trade Association honors DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.
Peterson's Ag Committee also voted for no budget cuts.
2010 Race for Governor
Republican Marty Seifert criticized fellow Republican Tom Emmer for authoring a bill that would have placed limits on campaign spending. Emmer authored the bill in 2005.
Seifert also questioned Emmer's temperament to be governor.
GOP state Reps. Tony Cornish and Mary Kiffmeyer back Emmer.
2010 Race for Congress
The GOP candidates in Minnesota's 1st District made their case to Republican activists in Mower County.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
A commentator for Frum Forum said Gov. Pawlenty's low approval ratings should put his presidential ambitions on ice (for now).
The Fix defends Pawlenty's poll numbers (along with Pawlenty's PAC spokesman Alex Conant).
Pawlenty also talked 2012 and the future of the GOP with the Dallas Morning News (nothing new here).
Charlie Cook sings the praises of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Sarah Palin went to Canada for health care (as a child).
State Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, is launching a new web site for his gubernatorial campaign.
The site, emmertruth,will be devoted exclusively to answering negative attacks from the other Republican frontrunner, Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall. In a message to fellow Emmer supporters, Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, said the Seifert campaign has gone negative because Emmer has caught up in the GOP delegate race.
"The Seifert attacks are coming in the form of direct mail, phone calls, press releases, e-mails from surrogates, literature at conventions, and whispers in the back hallway," Buesgens wrote. "Let me be clear: this is not a two-way street. The Emmer campaign has not initiated a single attack on Marty's record or personal life. Tom is running a positive campaign about returning prosperity to Minnesota and prefers to talk about job creation. We have answered Marty's negative attacks and will continue to set the record straight."
House and Senate negotiators are proposing a $1 billion bonding bill (well, $999,655 in general obligation bonds). Among the key differenes is $47.5 million for the expansion of a sex offender treatment facility in Moose Lake and more funding for the Mayo Civic Center ($28 million).
The Legislature revised the bill today after making a series of parliamentary moves. They passed a nearly $1 billion bonding bill in February but pulled the bill back after they realized Governor Pawlenty was going to veto it.
Pawlenty criticized DFLers for passing a bonding bill that spent $300 million more than his proposal and didn't include funding for the sex offender treatment facility and for perimeter fencing at Oak Park Heights (which is also included in the latest DFL plan).
Gov. Pawlenty will be raising some cash for the Republican Governors Association on Monday. The Orlando Sentinel reports the price-tag to see Pawlenty and Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno will be $2500. This will be Pawlenty's fourth trip to Florida since he announced in June that wasn't seeking a third term. Here's the map of Pawlenty's travel.
Democrats in the Minnesota Legislature are criticizing Gov. Pawlenty's plans to expand a sex offender treatment facility in Moose Lake. Pawlenty wants the Legislature to authorize $89 million in state spending to expand the 400 bed facility. But several lawmakers told MPR they aren't so excited about the other features in the blue pringt. They include a craft room, a recreation area, a spiritual center and a library.
"I question whether or not that's the right kind of amenities to put in there," said Rep. Loren Solberg, DFL-Grand Rapids. "The rest of us in society have libraries by Bookmobile. Maybe that's what they need to do."
Bonnie Martin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, issued a statement saying the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is a treatment center, not a prison:
A spiritual center and canteen, as well as programming and education space are part of providing a comprehensive and effective treatment program. These elements are critical to meeting the constitutional threshold for a program for people who are civilly committed.
You can read the full story here.