Posted at 6:52 AM on June 24, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
President Obama relieved General Stanley McChrystal of his command of the operations in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus will take control of the operations.
Petraeus is well versed in the Afghanistan war.
Here's reaction from Minnesota's congressional delegation.
BP has been forced to remove a cap that was limiting the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Former Vice-President Al Gore was accused of sexual misconduct four years ago.
DFL Sen. Al Franken continues to raise objections over the NBC/Comcast merger.
GOP Rep. John Kline says he wants to know who is in charge of offshore worker safety rules.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants the Commission investigating BP spill to have subpoena power.
PolitiFact says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's claim that Social Security is running a deficit and raiding the nation's treasury is false.
Bachmann is also featured in a documentary "Socialism, a Clear and Present Danger."
The Star Tribune says DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is a big player in the Wall St. reform bill.
The Senate Ag Chair refuses to water down her plan to regulate derivatives. Peterson is mentioned.
Under the Dome
Facial recognition technology prompts the state to cancel 1,200 ID cards.
Advocates say poverty is expanding in Minnesota.
Gov. Pawlenty will meet with city officials in Wadena on Thursday.
A single Asian Carp was found six miles from Lake Michigan.
The state of Minnesota seeks compensation for pollution caused by 3M.
MAPE starts running radio ads defending state workers.
A work group has been appointed to look at law enforcement databases collected on gangs.
Democrat Mark Dayton says he'll release his past income statements and is calling on other candidates to do so too.
Here's where the candidates for governor stand on releasing their income tax statements.
Dayton also said he'd be an ally for seniors.
Democrat Matt Entenza says he's getting a transition team together.
MinnPost profiles Entenza.
I-P candidate Tom Horner continues to go after Republican Tom Emmer. He says Emmer's plan to nullify federal laws is meant to "destroy government."
Republican Tom Emmer and the other GOP statewide candidates hit the road next week.
PoliGraph finds that I-P candidate Rob Hahn's gambling revenue estimate is on the high end.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and his GOP opponent trade barbs in Minnsota's 1st District.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is reportedly hosting a luncheon with a BP lobbyist.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty hosts a fundraiser tonight at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Paul for Republicans in the Minnesota House.
Politico says Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is starting to get national attention. Several folks on Pawlenty's PAC are angling to be on the fundraiser.
Posted at 3:25 PM on June 24, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
The League of Minnesota Cities announced today that Richard Brainerd, a city council member from Mahtomedi, was elected as the organization's president for the next year.
The vote took place at the League's annual conference in St. Cloud. Brainerd takes succeeds Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede as president. Brainerd previously served as First Vice-President and currently chairs the Future of the League Task Force.
The League of Minnesota Cities has more than 830 members.
Republican Pat Anderson announced today that she finished her first tour of the state, visiting 124 different cities over the past six weeks. Anderson, who is running for State Auditor, said she is working to change laws in relationship to Local Government Aid and state mandates on cities and counties.
The LGA formula needs to be re-evaluated," Anderson said in a news release. "There is no longer any linkage between need and funds received. We need to match the funds allocated with the needs of individual communities to provide essential services and to do that we need a better formula."
Anderson's spokesman says she'll do another statewide tour in the fall to discuss policy with local government officials and state lawmakers.
Anderson, who served as State Auditor between 2002 and 2006, is running against State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a Democrat. Otto defeated Anderson in 2006.
On the eve of the Republican Party's endorsing convention, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced on her Facebook page that she was backing Tom Emmer's campaign for governor.
At the time, Emmer said he was pleased with the endorsement. The campaign also made sure every delegate had a written copy of the endorsement before the endorsing convention started. Emmer ended up winning the endorsement quite handily.
But will Palin's backing be used against him in the general election? The latest Wall St. Journal/NBC poll shows that a majority of those polled have some reservations about supporting a candidate that Palin is backing. 25 percent of those polled are either enthusiastic are comfortable with Palin's endorsement. The findings were first reported by the Washington Post and picked up by CNN.
Now every campaign is different and voters view each race and each candidate independently (especially in Minnesota). But the poll suggests that Democrats who have already been working to link Palin's support for Emmer in news releases, will only ramp up those attacks in the coming months.
Side Note: For those interested, 43 percent of those polled say they're uncomfortable with an endorsement by President Obama to the 36 percent of those polled who are enthusiastic or comfortable with it. President Obama has not endorsed anyone in Minnesota's race for governor.