Tornadoes caused widespread damage across the state killing three people.
Gov. Pawlenty will visit Wadena and Albert Lea to view the damage.
The state's jobless rate fell slightly.
Twin Cities hospitals are willing to return to the bargaining table but only if there's a pledge by the union not to strike through July 31st.
MAPE is calling for MnSCUs' president to give back his $40,000 bonus.
A KSTP-TV/Survey USA poll shows the race for governor is a dead heat. Democrat Mark Dayton has a small lead over Republican Tom Emmer. Emmer has a small lead over Democrats Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Matt Entenza. I-P candidate Tom Horner is polling at 12 percent. In a poll looking at the DFL Primary, Dayton leads Kelliher. Entenza has picked up some steam though.
The DFL candidates for Lt. Gov. will be on TPT's Almanac tonight.
The Building and Trades will officially endorse Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor.
The MNGOP is taking a new tack in regards to a complaint against I-P candidate Tom Horner.
I-P candidate Rob Hahn pitches riverboat casinos as a partial solution to the state's budget problem.
Democrat Matt Entenza released his education plan.
The DFLers running for Congress are making BP an issue.
In Minnesota's 6th, DFLer Tarryl Clark is criticizing GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann over her BP comments. Bachmann denies defending the oil company.
DFLer Jim Meffert also said GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen should denounce a Texas Congressman's statement on the oil company.
DFL Sen. Satveer Chaudhary is fighting to preserve his DFL endorsement.
The DNC is pushing a national voter mobilization effort.
A court in Rwanda releases attorney Peter Erlinder for medical reasons.
GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas apologized to BP for what he characterized as a "shakedown" by the White House. He then apologized for apologizing.
MinnPost takes a look at oil and gas contributions to Minnesota's delegation and finds the companies seldom target Minnesota.
A budget crisis is shaking the nerves of the Senate and House.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the Justice Department might sue over Arizona's new immigration law.
House Democrats pull a campaign finance bill that was headed for a vote.
DFL Sen. Al Franken spoke to the American Constitutional Society dinner.
Reuters looks at the keys to the keys to the House-Senate panel working on the Wall St. bill. Franken is mentioned.
The panel also disagrees on how to address the "too big to fail" problem. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
GOP Rep. John Kline wants President Obama to push for a bill that would continue war funding.
Kline and the other major members of Congress who work on K12 had a private meeting to discuss policy.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is worried a measure could give more power to the executive branch when it comes to cutting the deficit.
Dissidents decry DFL Rep. Collin Peterson's effort to prohibit POTUS from banning travel to Cuba.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says he may try to re-regulate the airlines.
A top U.S. Senator says a bill allowing FedEx unionization is unlikely to pass. Oberstar is mentioned.
Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, says there isn't enough money coming in to take care of the nation's roads.
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Gov. Pawlenty endorsed candidates in Ohio. He's also headed to Oklahoma on Tuesday.
There won't be a Digest on Monday. It's the Summer Solstice and I'm teeing it up.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign for Congress is raising money off of a poster that surfaced in the Twin Cities that is, shall we say, highly critical of her.
Bachmann's husband, Marcus, sent out the e-mail criticizing the posters:
"I write to you today as an outraged husband. My wife Michele Bachmann is under attack in the most vulgar and disgusting terms.
Just this week, all around the Minneapolis-St Paul area, posters started popping up for a concert titled "F*** Michele Bachmann." This was a juvenile and immature act by those unwilling to have a dignified debate, but it doesn't stop there!
Previously, Playboy magazine published an explicit, sexually violent article about what the author would like to do to several high-profile conservative women, including Michele. The article was so repulsive and created such an outcry, even Playboy had to blush as they pulled the article...
...You and I both know they are resorting to these vulgar attacks because they know their time is up - the American people have their number and won't put up with the continued trampling of our freedoms at the expense of their liberal ideology."
DFL Sen. Al Franken used a speech to the liberal leaning American Constitution Society to criticize the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. Franken, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the court is "pro-business". In particular, Franken was highly critical of the court's decision on the Citizen's United case. The ruling allowed corporations to spend freely on political ads and campaign literature to influence elections:
"Most Americans are familiar with cases in which the Court has had to balance individual rights against some compelling state interest.
It's easy to feel disconnected from these cases. Even though the government has awesome power - enough to take away your freedom, or even your life - the degree to which that power is deemed to supersede your individual rights doesn't really enter into the daily lives of most Americans.
But there's more than one kind of power.
If you have a credit card, if you watch TV, if you file insurance claims, if you work - in other words, if you participate in American daily life at all - then you interact with corporations that are more powerful than you are.
The degree to which those corporations' rights are protected over yours, well, that's extremely relevant to your life.
And in case after case after case, the Roberts Court has put not just a thumb, but a fist, on the scale in favor of those corporations.
A fist with brass knuckles. Which weigh a lot. Because they're brass.
It's important to recognize that, for some conservative legal activists, this is the whole point. Do they want to undercut abortion and immigration and Miranda rights? Sure. But those are just cherries on the sundae.
What conservative legal activists are really interested in is this question: What individual rights are so basic and so important that they should be protected above a corporation's right to profit? And their preferred answer is: None of them. Zero."
A spokeswoman for Franken said Franken used his speech to outline some of his thoughts as the hearings for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday to raise money for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mary Fallin.
The Oklahoma trip will come one day after he speaks to the Heritage Foundation in Minneapolis.
Pawlenty was in California earlier this week to raise money for his federal PAC>
He's also scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Minnesota House GOP on June 24th, speak to the Tennessee Republican Party's Statesman's Dinner next Friday and to the South Carolina Republican Party on June 29th.
Democrat Tarryl Clark's campaign for Congress announced today that it will start running a TV ad criticizing GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann for her comments on BP. The Clark campaign started fundraising to run the ad earlier today and announced this afternoon that the ad will start running Sunday night on WCCO-TV.
Bachmann told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that BP should be held responsible for the disaster.
"There are people right now whose lives are on the line because their businesses are tanking," she told the newspaper.
Bachmann also said her real concern is the $20 billion fund would be used for other purposes than the oil spill.
This is Clark's first ad in the campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. Bachmann hasn't run any TV ads but ran radio ads criticizing Clark's vote on a bill that increased taxes.
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton issued as statement defending Bachmann from what he termed a "dishonest attack ad."
"Michele Bachmann has consistently stated that those responsible should and will pay for the cleanup of the Gulf," Sutton wrote.
Bachmann released her own statement:
"The claims made about my statements are false. In each of the interviews I have given, I have stated that BP is liable to fully compensate victims for the damage they have inflicted on the Gulf Coast with this tragic accident. It's important to make the victims whole, and the American taxpayer should not pay one dime for the mess created by this spill. My opponents are demonstrating with this first ad they are scraping the bottom of the barrel with distorting my views on this tragedy that's been foisted upon so many innocent Americans, marine life and wildlife in the Gulf Coast region. Making false claims and distortions about my statements is indicative of a negative campaign style, and Minnesotans deserve better."-