Posted at 7:03 AM on May 3, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Republicans will hold several news conferences around the state today to announce the GOP statewide ticket.
Tom Emmer won the GOP endorsement for governor on Friday after two ballots. Here's video of Emmer speaking to Republicans on Saturday morning.
AP says Emmer is working to show his soft side.
The Star Tribune says Emmer will now try to appeal to the middle.
The Pi Press says Emmer is looking to build a statewide campaign.
Forum Communications says Emmer will need to work to win rural Minnesota.
2,000 also marched on the Minneapolis Convention Center to promote changes to immigration law.
DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez wonders where Emmer's job plan is.
Under the Dome
Lawmakers will release a Vikings stadium plan today. Expect for it to receive the coverage that Neil Armstrong got when he first walked on the moon (hasn't it already?).
Despite today's expected hoopla, there's no easy path for the stadium.
The House is expected to take up a bill that deals with alcohol at U of M stadiums.
Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division will continue a hearing on a budget cutting bill. You remember that budget deficit?
President Obama promises to do everything possible to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
He shelved drilling as a result of the spill.
NYC Police are investigating a failed car bomb attempt in Times Square.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is in Washington D.C. today to attend a U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum that calls on Congress to focus on job creation.
Pawlenty inked a book deal. His memoir will be released in 2011.
Pawlenty wants to opt out of a portion of the federal health law.
GOP Rep. Paul Kohls has announced he isn't running for reelection. Kohls, of Victoria has announced he won't seek a 5th term in the Minnesota House.
"It has been an absolute privilege to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives and an honor to represent the people of central and western Carver county and northern Scott county," said Kohls in a news release. "But we know that at some point all good things must come to an end."
The news release said he's accepted a new position in the private sector that will not accommodate service in the House.
I'm checking on the new position. The private sector job Rep. Kohls will be taking is with the legal department at AgStar Financial.
Kohls is the 17th state lawmaker to announce he isn't running for reelection.
Here's the full list:
DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (running for governor)
DFL Rep. Karla Bigham
DFL Rep. Jeremy Kalin
DFL Rep. Cy Thao
GOP Rep. Rob Eastlund
GOP Rep. Randy Demmer (running for Congress)
GOP Rep. Marty Seifert (running for governor)
GOP Rep. Dan Severson (running for Secretary of State)
GOP Rep. Doug Magnus (running for state senate)
GOP Rep. Paul Kohls
GOP Rep. Tom Emmer (running for governor)
DFL Sen. Steve Murphy
DFL Sen. Jim Vickerman
DFL Sen. Tarryl Clark (running for Congress)
GOP Sen. Steve Dille
GOP Sen. Pat Pariseau
GOP Sen. Dennis Frederickson
A bipartisan group of state legislators have unveiled State legislators have unveiled a plan to pay for a Minnesota Vikings stadium with new taxes on hotel stays, car rentals, sports memorabilia and a sports-themed lottery game. Here's what some of the key players are saying:
Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings: "A roof, while very important for the state and the community, does not benefit the Vikings. It benefits the state and the community. So, I think there needs to be a good discussion as to how we pay for the roof and what the owner contribution is. So we will have a chance to talk about that as we go through the process here."
Sen. Tim Bakk, DFL-Cook: "This project will put thousands of construction trades people to work. And we anticipate that the payroll from the construction of this stadium will be in the neighborhood of $300 million of wages."
Bill Blazer, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: "We feel pretty strongly that a solution can be found without creating any new state general fund taxes, or for that matter, increasing an existing general fund tax."
Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano: "I don't believe in taxpayer funds being used to fund stadiums. If you do that then there are a lot of businesses in this state that should be asking for the same type of treatment."
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-MInneapolis: "I think there's a real issue. No one wants the Vikings to leave. But it's awfully late in this game to be able to push this bill."
Phil Krinkie, Taxpayers League of Minnesota: "To stand up here and say that the budget has been resolved, and we've got nothing to do for two weeks except talk about a Vikings stadium is just absurdity.
Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead: "A new stadium is not going to be possible unless there is a local government that is willing to step forward and help make this happen. That was the case for the Twins. It will be the case for any stadium now going forward."
Gov. Tim Pawlenty: "Well it's also just out of sync in the sense that they haven't solved the budget deficit yet. And so to the extent that they're fiddling around with the Vikings stadium, my question first is going to be where's the rest of your budget solution? They don't have it yet."
Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis: "There are two weeks left in the session and the bill just got introduced. Nothing beyond that. It just seems like a tall order."
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont: "I would challenge anyone to say Target Field was a mistake."
Rep, Loren Solberg, DFL-Grand Rapids: "As chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I'm very committed to promoting long term investments in our state economy. The Vikings provide a great deal of economic activity and contribute significantly to the state budget."
Tom Horner, Rob Hahn and John Uldrich, three of the Independence Party candidates for governor, will be on MPR's Midday on Tuesday at 11 am. Independence Party delegates are scheduled to endorse a candidate on Saturday.
Horner will officially kick off his campaign for governor tomorrow morning at the State Capitol.