Posted at 7:13 AM on June 17, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Twin Cities nurses will take a strike vote on Monday.
The Minneapolis Fed says the region's economy is picking up.
The state plans to introduce wasps to combat the Emerald Ash Borer.
The AFL-CIO has decided against endorsing a candidate for governor until after the primary.
Democrat Matt Entenza will take his education plan on the road today.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher will hold a town hall forum tonight in Richfield to discuss her jobs plan.
I-P candidate Rob Hahn will outline his plan for riverboat casinos at a morning news conference.
DFLer Tarryl Clark tells the Washington Post that she's going to beat GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
GOP Secretary of State candidate Dan Severson's claims about rejected military ballots is false.
BP agrees to create a $20 billion fund for oil spill victims.
BP's chief will testify before Congress.
The Gulf Coast restoration program is short on details.
The GOP targets DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
Klobuchar is scheduled to speak in South Dakota next week.
Lawmakers agreed to audit the Federal Reserve. DFL Sen. Al Franken's measure to have government panels assign credit ratings will get a two year study and then assign Franken's plan unless an alternative is better.
Fannie and Freddie delisted shares from the New York Stock Exchange.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants the government to collect information about nonprofits.
Veterans and lawmakers want to know when a new VA clinic will be opened in the northwest suburbs. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann offered their reaction to President Obama's Tuesday speech.
The CEOs of United and Continental defend their merger plan. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
ABC News says Oberstar grilled them.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman isn't ready to back Gov. Pawlenty in 2012.
The state Republican party is taking a new approach to its allegation that Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner received an illegal campaign contribution.
GOP officials filed a complaint today with the Office of Administrative Hearings
claiming Horner colluded with pollster Bill Morris and his Minneapolis-based research company Decision Resources Ltd. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board declined to investigate the same complaint last week because the issue did not fall under its jurisdiction.
Michael Brodkorb, deputy chairman of the state GOP, continues to allege that Horner received poll information from his former business associate well before the information had been made public.
"It's pretty clear to us, based on the evidence, that the campaign solicited and received a corporate contribution, and also that the campaign failed to be reimbursed or pay for any portion of the poll they received."
If an administrative law judge decides the GOP complaint has merit, the matter could be the subject of a hearing within a few days.
Horner's campaign manager, Stephen Imholte, said he was waiting to comment until after he had a chance to discuss the complaint with the campaign's attorney.
Horner campaign spokeswoman Marti Jones released this statement:
Today's filing by the state Republican Party is bogus and a waste of tax payer's dollars. This claim is yet again another desperate, false tactic to draw attention away from the issues because their candidate will not address the needs of Minnesota. The Horner campaign looks forward to addressing substantive issues with the Republican Party.
State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, is trying to stop local party leaders from taking a vote to rescind their earlier endorsement of his re-election bid.
Chaudhary recently sent e-mails to DFL Central Committee members in Senate District 50 asking them to prevent the endorsement from being revisited. The committee is scheduled to meet June 28.
"In my view, undoing the collective judgment of an entire Senate District convention, based on an already settled issue, would cause harm to the entire DFL effort," Chaudhary wrote. "So let's cast aside our divisions, and unite around the values we have always shared."
The incumbent legislator has been taking heat over his efforts near the end of the 2010 legislative session to pass new fishing rules for a lake where he owns a cabin. Earlier this month a Minnesota Senate ethics panel ruled that Chaudhary's actions violated the "accepted norms of Senate behavior" and threatened "public confidence" in the Legislature. But members of the bipartisan subcommittee concluded that Chaudhary did not have a conflict of interest.
Former state representative Barb Goodwin of Columbia Heights is challenging Chaudhary in the DFL primary on Aug. 10.
Here's the e-mail:
Dear Central Committee,
I am writing to you for several reasons. First, thank you for your endorsement, your support, and the opportunity to serve as your State Senator. Attached is my 2010 Legislative Report, showing important advances for our community.
Second, as you are aware, there are troubling reports that the DFL endorsement process may be revisited. In my view, undoing the collective judgment of an entire Senate District convention, based on an already settled issue, would cause harm to the entire DFL effort.
1. Our campaign has found unparalled community support. Our grassroots activists and I have knocked on doors across 4 full precincts, and are struck by the widespread support. People remember my long record of service that has touched lives for 14 years. I am still your native son.
2. At my own request, a bipartisan committee extensively reviewed the recent media attention and unanimously rejected any idea of violation of law, Senate rule, or policy. However I did receive admonishment, which I deserved, for not fully vetting a conservation-related amendment as is the Senate norm. It was a situation I regretted, but a mistake I own. Stepping up, and taking responsibility amidst public scrutiny has been a truly personal journey, and one I'm convinced has made me a wiser person and Senator. To err is human; to learn from error is growth. I have indeed learned much and am now focused on the substantive issues critical to DFL values.
3. For 14 years I have brought a perspective to the Minnesota legislature that is grossly underrepresented. As the first Asian-American elected to the Minnesota legislature, I have helped bring acess to and insight for our state's ethnic minorities. As the son of immigrants, I underscore our party's commitment to diversity in an manner that mere words and policy statements cannot convey.
Friends, the Republicans are counting on us to remain divided. So I respectfully ask you to urge fellow Central Committee member to prevent the endorsement from being revisited.
Rest assured, my spirit is stronger than ever. My campaign has already lit-dropped the entire district. We have door knocked half of Columbia Heights. Donations and volunteers are comming in faster than ever.
So let's cast aside our divisions, and unite around the values we have always shared. Let's get Minnesota working again for everyday people.
Thank you again. I am grateful for your endorsement and support, and am happy to answer any questions you may have.
The Minnesota Building and Trades union will back Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's campaign for governor at a Friday news conference, according to a person with knowledge of the endorsement. The union, which initially backed DFL state Sen. Tom Bakk, has stayed on the sidelines during the DFL endorsement.
Kelliher has been picking up plenty of union endorsements over the past few weeks. With the support of the Building and Trades, Kelliher is being backed by 13 different unions.
Democrat Mark Dayton also has support from several unions including AFSCME Council 5, the United Steel Workers and the Teamsters.