MPR's Mark Zdechlik previews this weekend's endorsement contest in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. Four Republicans are actively vying for the seat. Delegates are scheduled to endorse a candidate in Mankato on Saturday.
Several of the DFL candidates for governor are holding campaign events today.
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton holds a news conference to commemorate the end of his 87 counties in 87 days event.
Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher will "unveil an additional key endorsement for her campaign for governor, and to address state and local government issues" this afternoon at Minneapolis City Hall.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will also host a fundraiser for former DNC Chair (and former VT Gov. Howard Dean) will hold a fundraiser for Rybak tonight.
The events come just eight days before Democrats will meet to endorse a candidate for governor. Rybak and Kelliher say they'll step aside if they don't win the endorsement. Dayton says he's running in the primary regardless of the outcome.
We reported yesterday that Gov. Pawlenty released his 2010 PAC report for the first quarter of the year. Today, we broke down the contributions by state.
As AP reported yesterday, Minnesotans have given a bulk of the funds.
One interesting aspect is that Pawlenty is lagging in donations from several key primary and caucus states. He received $2,000 from Iowa and no funds from New Hampshire or South Carolina. Here's the snapshot:
New York $16,500.00
New Jersey $7,500.00
South Dakota $7,000.00
Florida $5,561.00 (in-kind contribution)
Washington DC $5,250.00
North Dakota $5,250.00
North Carolina $1,500.00
Nevada $1,080.00 (in-kind contribution)
Washington DC $740.00 (in-kind contribution)
Minnesota $500.00 (in-kind contribution)
Minnesota $250.00 (conduit contribution)
(Thanks to MPR's Bill Wareham for crunching the data).
Democrat Shelley Madore announced today that she's running in the August primary against the endorsed candidate. DFL delegates in Minnesota's Second Congressional District backed Powers over Madore last weekend. Madore reportedly said she would abide by the DFL endorsement, but in an e-mail she reversed course and will challenge Powers in August.
Since my opponent received the DFL endorsement at the Second Congressional District convention, I've been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from across the district urging me to continue my race for the primary endorsement on August 10. They believe I'm in the best position to defeat John Kline in November and so do I.
I have thoroughly pondered their strong advice and after learning today how much trouble my opponent is having raising money, I have decided to place my name on the ballot. John Kline is a serious opponent and demands a candidate prepared for a serious race. Being able to raise money is one factor in determining a candidate's ability to beat an incumbent.
Powers latest fundraising report shows that his campaign is running on fumes. His report says he raised $13,144 through March 31st and has $1,462 left in the bank. The campaign also lists a $10,000 debt.
Madore also raised $
25,000 roughly $34,000 through March 31st. She reports having $12,391 on hand but reports a debt of $9596. I'm told part of the funds raised from Madore include a $9,100 loan from a supporter.
The winner of the August primary will face GOP Rep. John Kline. Kline reports having $488,000 in the bank.
Note: An earlier post misidentified the total contributions to Powers and Madore's cash on hand.
The former Democratic Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate will hold hold a fundraiser on Monday morning for Democrat Matt Entenza. Entenza's campaign reports that Daschle and former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard will hold a fundraiser for Entenza in Washington D.C. The event will be held at the at the DLA Piper Law firm. Entenza's wife, Lois Quam, worked on one of Daschle's early campaigns. Entenza's spokeswoman, Bridget Cusick, says the family has known Daschle for quite some time.
Entenza is one of a dozen Democrats who are running for governor. He will work to win the DFL endorsement on April 24th but has indicated he'll run in the August primary if he doesn't win party backing.
Democrat Mark Dayton held a news conference in St. Paul today to discuss his gubernatorial campaign's 87 counties in 87 days event. He wrapped up the event in Washington County this morning. Dayton said the top concerns he heard on the campaign trail are property taxes and the economy.
In a follow up q and a, he said he's interested in passing a bonding bill next year, is thinking about backing a higher property tax rate on the most expensive homes and won't disclose how much he intends to spend of his own personal wealth in the campaign.
The q and a portion of the newser is here:
Update: MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton released this statement on Dayton's tax talk:
"With his latest proposal to raise taxes, Mark Dayton might as well be putting up a 'Minnesota: Closed For Business' sign at the border. During these difficult economic times, it's crazy to increase taxes on families and businesses. It's no surprise since Dayton was born with a silver spoon in his mouth that he has no clue how to grow jobs. Frankly, it is irresponsible to talk about raising taxes, because just the specter of increased taxes on business will have a chilling effect on economic growth in this state. Where in the world does he think jobs come from? Dayton may have visited 87 counties in 87 days, but he didn't really listen to one single person. Just a day after Minnesotans filed their 2009 taxes, Dayton's proposal to raise taxes is yet another insult to their hard work."
Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is letting DFL delegates know that her campaign for governor is getting support from top city government leaders.
A day after St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced his endorsement of Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak for the DFL endorsement, Kelliher held a news conference with two city council presidents who are backing her. Barb Johnson of Minneapolis and Kathy Lantry of St. Paul both praised Kelliher's leadership experience. Lantry said she also wants to see Minnesota elect its first female governor.
"The added bonus, as it were, is to make history, Lantry said. "I certainly don;t want to dwell upon the point, but I think it's an important thing for the state of Minnesota. And I hate that we're thinking about 2010 and this is a first."
Kelliher and Rybak are considered the frontrunners for the DFL endorsement.Party delegates will gather next weekend in Duluth to make their pick.
Here's a look at this weekend's public policy shows...
We bring you the latest on the U of M/Met Council light rail agreement... we debate tax policy with Tea Party organizer Toni Backdahl and Growth and Justice head Dane Smith... and we provide a glimpse of tpt's new arts magazine "Minnesota Original."
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
Democratic candidates R.T. Rybak and Margaret Anderson Kelliher (scheduled for different slots). Michael Henson, President MN Orchestra to talk about the expansion plans Nick Maslowski, Sunnyside Gardens to talk about Spring planting.
KSTP's At Issue:
They didn't get back to me.
Rob Hahn, Independence Party candidate for governor. Political panelists Phil Krinkie, Ember Reichgott Junge and Cathie Hartnett.
Discussions are gaining momentum on financing options for a new Viking Stadium. Julie Bartkey gets insight on a proposal by Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), Viking President of Gov't Affairs Lester Bagley, and the GOP perspective by Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen). Sen. Steve Murphy (DFL-Red Wing) details his Ignition Interlock legislation, and how it could keep drunk drivers off the roads.
ABC's "This Week" - Former President Bill Clinton.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Gen. Ray Odierno, top American commander in Iraq.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer will outline his "vision for governing" at an event on Monday night. An invitation says the speech will "go beyond the talking points and press releases to discuss the principles Tom will use to make decisions as governor."
Emmer's event will counter Marty Seifert's claim that Seifert is the "policy candidate" in the race. Seifert released a list of policy proposals on issues ranging from the budget to agriculture to transportation.
GOP delegates will meet on April 30th to back a candidate. Both Emmer and Seifert say they'll drop out of the race if they don't win party backing.
Here's the schedule for the Emmer event:
Emmer's Vision for Principled Leadership Speech
Monday, April 19
8:00 - 9:00 pm
Metro State University
Saint Paul Campus
700 East Seventh Street
Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner says her name will not be put into nomination at next week's DFL endorsing convention. Roughly 1,300 delegates will meet in Duluth on April 30th to back a candidate.
Gaertner has said in the past that she's running in the August primary but emphasized today that her name won't be put forward at the endorsing convention.
Gaertner, Matt Entenza and Mark Dayton all say they're headed to the August primary regardless of the outcome of the convention.
Dayton says his name won't be put into nomination. A staffer for Entenza says Entenza's name will be put into nomination and he'll work to win the endorsement.