Posted at 7:32 AM on June 7, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
MnDOT finds more problems with a Mississippi River bridge in Winona.
The newly designed General Assistance Medical Care program is causing stress on rural Minnesota. Several counties are calling for the patients to be enrolled in Medicaid.
Democrat Maureen Reed dropped out of the race for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. The decision means DFL endorsed Tarryl Clark has a clear path to November against GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Four of the candidates for governor, Democrats Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza and I-P candidate Tom Horner, appeared at a forum on Friday. Story and full audio here.
Democrat Mark Dayton cut ties with Satveer Chaudhary.
Mississippi isn't happy with Entenza's comments about the state.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar officially kicked off his reelection campaign over the weekend.
The U.S. added a high number of jobs in May but it was a result of public sector hiring.
The Senate will take up the energy bill in July.
President Obama named an ex Air Force Lieutenant to lead the spy agencies.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says the nation can't drill its way out of its energy problems.
GOP Rep. John Kline will be on MPR's Midday at 11 to talk about his recent trip to Afghanistan. Kline returned from visiting the region late last week.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum will hold a townhall that focuses on the new health care law.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison filed for separation from his wife.
Several lawmakers included St. Cloud projects in earmark requests. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has said she won't seek earmarks.
Bachmann also appeared at a rally in Los Angeles.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Pawlenty is also mentioned in this Politico story that features politicians taking on Labor.
GOP Rep. John Kline will be on MPR's Midday today at 11am to discuss his recent trip to Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and the financial services bill.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum has scheduled a townhall meeting today to talk about the recently enacted health care law and how it will impact senior citizens. Here are the details released through McCollum's office:
WHO: Congresswoman Betty McCollum, representing Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District
WHAT: Health Care Reform Informational Session
WHEN: Monday, June 7, 2010, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. CST
WHERE: Episcopal Homes, Coventry Chapel, 1840 University Avenue W., St. Paul, Minnesota
DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher today reminded members of the largest women's political action committee in Minnesota that they have a chance to make history this year.
Kelliher is already the first woman in state history to win major party endorsement as a candidate for governor. Her sights are now set on trying to win the DFL primary in August, and then the general election in November. She's facing Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza in the primary. During an event in Minneapolis sponsored by the PAC womenwinning, Kelliher explained that her teenage daughter recently pointed out the significance of the campaign.
"It's not every day that someone's mom is running for governor," Kelliher said. "Women all over this state, from my 13-year-old daughter to my 86-year-old mom recognize that this is an opportunity to make history in Minnesota."
Kelliher asked the audience of more than 1,000 women to donate at least an hour of time to her campaign and also show up to vote.
The mission of womenwinning is to encourage, promote and support pro-choice women's leadership in all political parties and levels of public office. The PAC endorsed Kelliher last September.
Here's the audio of Kelliher's speech: Listen