The DNC is running TV ads thanking DFL Reps. Tim Walz and Jim Oberstar for their health care votes.
"The ads will praise House Democrats who supported historic legislation to reform our nation's health insurance system and highlight House Republicans who voted against health reform, which makes health insurance more affordable, reins in insurance company abuses and extends coverage to millions of Americans who lack it today," a DNC news release said.
You can watch the Walz ad here.
You can watch the Oberstar ad here.
Posted at 7:17 AM on March 26, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
After debating for more than a year, Congress completes the health bill.
The rhetoric escalates amid threats to members of Congress over the health care vote.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison say their offices received threats as a result of their votes for the newly enacted health care law. WCCO, the Pi Press and the Star Tribune have stores.
In fact, McCollum received an opened condom in the mail.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is urging angry activists to focus their effort on repealing the bill.
President Obama tells the GOP "Go for it" if they want to campaign on repealing the health care bill.
The DNC runs ads supporting DFL Reps. Tim Walz and Jim Oberstar.
Congress will let unemployment benefits retire after a GOP member filibusters the bill.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen warns medical device companies could leave the country because of a newly enacted medial device act.
Under the Dome
The budget conference committee will continue work today on a deficit reduction bill.
The plan would also kill the campaign donation refund.
A committee in the Minnesota Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment that changes how judges are elected. Meanwhile, House leadership is pushing a committee chair to hold a hearing on the measure.
A bill in the Minnesota Senate would allow state employees to give their opinions to legislators about issues facing state government.
A ruling by the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board means most Hennepin County officials can't land Twins opening day tickets.
2010 Race for Congress
The DFL candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th will appear on MPR's Midday at 11.
One of the candidates, Tarryl Clark, is raising money off of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's comment that she's "Nostradamus"because she called President Obama anti-American.
For those wondering, Bachmann denounced her original comments just days after she made them.
2010 Race for governor
The DFL Party has draft rules for cutting candidates at the state party convention. You can read what the candidates think about it here.
GOP Rep. Marty Seifert wants $250 million in LGA cuts but not those $250 million in LGA cuts.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
The Union Leader focuses on his statement that conservatives can win in 2010.
MPR also says many in New Hampshire don't know him but "You can get famous in this country overnight. Look at American Idol or Sarah Palin."
A CNN poll finds that President Obama is split with a generic Republican in a 2012 match up.
Rick Santorum is planning stops in Iowa and South Carolina.
Gov. Pawlenty was in New Hampshire yesterday fueling even more speculation that he's going to make a run for the White House in 2012. MPR's Mark Zdechlik reports that Manchester, NH Mayor Ted Gatsas relayed his take away from an earlier meeting with Pawlenty about presidential politics.
"Pawlenty makes no secrets about it, he's testing the presidential waters," Gatsas said. "During our conversation it was clear that he was thinking about this because he loves his country and the he believes in a blueprint that our founding fathers laid out. And that's very refreshing."
That is a dramatic difference than Pawlenty's canned "I don't know what my future holds" comment.
So which is it? Is he testing the waters or isn't sure. MPR interviewed Pawlenty this morning and he reverted back to his canned response:
"I haven't made a decision about my future plans," Pawlenty said. "I have a day job and need to finish out my job as governor and make sure we do that right."
He added he won't decide about his future until "sometime next year."
H/T MPR's Tim Nelson for getting the audio.
Here's a look at this weekend's public policy shows. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann gets a national speaking slot on Face the Nation.
Tonight on Almanac Duluth Mayor Don Ness talks up his city's bid to get ultra-high-speed broadband... St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman responds to the KSTP-TV investigation of his Public Works Department... Dick Day debates racinos with a rep from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association... and Mary Lahammer sits down with Jesse Ventura who tells her that paranoia can be a good thing.
KSTP's At Issue:
They didn't get back to me. Political analysts Sarah Janacek, Carhie Hartnett and David Strom.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
DFL Sen. Al Franken
An alternative way to prepare potential teachers is detailed in committee, and on this weeks program. Julie Bartkey sits down with Senate author Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) to discuss the initiative. Tom Dooher, Pres. of Education Minnesota, details why the union he heads up opposes the bill, and offers his reform ideas. Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) gives her perspective as a former school teacher on education reform. Finally, Sen. Jim Vickerman (DFL-Tracy) discusses his idea to use a scratch off lottery game to fund Veterans programs.
ABC's "This Week" - White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
CNN's "State of the Union" - White House senior adviser David Axelrod; Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
"Fox News Sunday" - Debate between Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.
The Associated Press is reporting today that GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen's congressional office spent $413,996.12 on mass mailings, teleconferences and other communications. That's third highest among the 54 freshman members of Congress:
"With so many significant issues being discussed in Washington such as health care reform, jobs and the economy, we are constantly being asked what Congress is doing and what is in these bills," Paulsen spokesman Andrew Foxwell told the AP. "It is our job to inform citizens in a timely manner and to ask for their feedback, which is why we are aggressively striving to communicate with constituents."
One of Paulsen's DFL opponents, Maureen Hackett, criticized the spending in a news release:
"While every representative has an obligation to reach out to his or her constituents, the $413,996 Paulsen spent on mass communications last year-the third-highest total in Congress, according to the Associated Press is beyond excessive.
The people of the 3rd Congressional District would be far better served if Paulsen opted for a few less taxpayer-funded, campaign-style mailings and meetings in front of hand-picked, friendly audiences. Instead, we need a representative who's willing to listen directly to the people and respond to them without the aid of spin-masters, graphic designers and tele-town hall phone operators."
Hackett is seeking the DFL endorsement against Jim Meffert. The 3rd Congressional District's DFL endorsing convention is scheduled for April 10th
Update: Meffert's campaign released this statement:
"For someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative, those numbers just don't add up. While members of Congress need to keep their constituents informed, Paulsen's blatant misuse of taxpayer funds is irresponsible and hypocritical," Meffert said, adding that 'while branding himself a fiscal conservative, Paulsen has overtly abused hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars for his own political gain.'
"This is not leadership, it's sleight-of-hand. The repeated use of taxpayer funds to send out campaign-style mailings shows that Paulsen is not as concerned with representing our district as he is with winning at any cost. Paulsen has been on the government payroll for 20 years - it's time for him to go.'