Posted at 6:55 AM on June 1, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Today is the last day for candidates to file.
Tom Horner, the Independence Party's endorsed candidate for governor, will announce his running mate this morning.
Rob Hahn, who is challenging Horner in the August primary, announced on Sunday that Thomas Harens is his running mate.
MPR says most Lieutenant Governor candidates have little influence with voters.
MPR says changes to Minnesota's education law are becoming a key issue in this year's election for governor. And the state's teachers union is in the crosshairs.
Democrat Matt Entenza has a virtual townhall on education tonight.
The GOP is upbeat about its prospects in governor's races across the country.
Under the Dome
Minnesota's hospitals and the poor enrolled in General Assistance Medical Care brace for changes to GAMC.
Gov. Pawlenty finished taking action on the 2010 bills that were sent to him. He wrapped up his eight years in office with 96 vetoes.
Israel's raid on a flotilla bringing aid to Gaza has prompted a diplomatic crisis in the region.
BP's effort to plug the oil leak failed prompting concern that it could take two months to fix.
Minnesota's Congressional delegation is expressing concern over the jailing of a William Mitchell College of Law professor in Rwanda.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to make sure taxpayers don't pay for the oil spill.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty spoke at a Memorial Day event at Fort Snelling (along with Klobuchar).
Pawlenty also appeared on a local recording of NBC's Meet the Press last week. He ripped President Obama's response to the oil spill. He also said he would have let AIG fail. The bailout of the largest insurance company was seen as one of the efforts that stopped the dramatic freefall of the markets in 2008.
Public Policy Polling didn't survey Pawlenty in 2012 hypotheticals Iowa, Michigan and South Carolina. The poll shows it's an open race.
Former DFL Rep. Barb Goodwin filed paperwork this morning to challenge DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary in the August primary. Goodwin said she made her decision last night after being recruited to run by several city leaders and DFL Party activists.
Goodwin retired from the Minnesota House in 2006 after serving six years there.
"In light of the last few weeks and the news stories in the past few weeks about our current senator, I was flooded with phone calls from all over the district," Goodwin said. "It was almost like they had a telephone tag thing going."
DFL Party officials will meet on June 28th to consider revoking the party endorsement for Chaudhary after he worked to include a provision in a bill that would improve fishing on a northern Minnesota lake. He owns a cabin on the lake.
Chaudhary called the issue a "major league screw-up."
Update: Chaudhary said he's committed to running and won't drop out of the race.
Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar gave speeches at the Fort Snelling Memorial Day services.
Here's Pawlenty's speech: Listen
Here's Klobuchar's speech: Listen
H/T MPR's Laura Yuen.
Tom Horner, the Independence Party's endorsed canddiate for governor, picked Jim Mulder as his running mate. Mulder, who served as executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties for twenty years before leaving the organization this year, says the state needs a change how it operates. He wants greater investment in technology and better streamlining of county services.
Horner's selection of Mulder comes on the last day of candidate filings. His top rival in the August primary, Rob Hahn, announced on Sunday that Thomas Harens is his running mate.
DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary is facing a primary challenge from former DFL Rep. Barb Goodwin. Goodwin filed her candidacy today after mulling it over for a few days. She said she's running because some DFLers and several city officials expressed dismay over Chaudhary's self-described "major league screw up" at the end of the 2010 legislative session.
During an interview today, Chaudhary again apologized for his well-publicized effort to impose new fishing rules on a northern Minnesota lake where he owns a cabin. Chaudhary said he's still committed to running for re-election despite an effort to reconsider his DFL endorsement. He also said he thinks part of the resentment against him is because he's an outdoorsman.
"There is a small, and I emphasize small, handful of people who resent that I hunt and fish as much as I do," Chaudhary said. "And when you boil it all down, that's what you come up with."
Asked to clarify the comments, Chaudhary said there are people who have stated that he "should not be fighting for conservation or chairing committee where we help protect the environment in his community as well as statewide."
Filings have closed at the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. Candidates have the option of filing at county offices so there may be some new candidates but we're seeing the field basically shape up.
Here's what we know. Several incumbents are facing primary challenges.
U.S. Representative District 4
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is facing a challenge from Diana Longrie
U.S. Representative District 5
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is facing a challenge from Gregg A. Iverson and Barb Davis White.
U.S. Representative District 8
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is facing a challenge from W.D. (Bill) Hamm
Minnesota Senate District 12
GOP Sen. Paul Koering is facing a primary challenge from former GOP Rep. Paul Gazelka.
Minnesota Senate District 41
GOP Sen. Geoff Michel is facing a primary challenge from Bill Reichert
Minnesota Senate District 50
DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary is facing a primary challenge from former DFL Rep. Barbara Goodwin
Minnesota Senate District 58
DFL Sen. Linda Higgins is facing a primary challege Troy Parker.
Minnesota House District 4A
DFL Rep. John Persell is facing a primary challege from Mark Thorson
Minnesota House District 35B
GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens is facing a primary challenge from Tom Rees.
Minnesota House District 58A
DFL Rep. Joe Mullery is facinga primary challenge from David Anthony Boyd.
Minnesota Senate Incumbents who don't face an opponent this year:
GOP Sen. Julie Rosen
GOP Sen. Warren Limmer
GOP Rep. Paul Anderson
GOP Rep. Ron Shimanski
GOP Rep. Paul Torkelson
GOP Rep. Joe Hoppe