DFL congressional candidate Tarry Clark has raised more than $2 million in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the 6th district.
Clark's campaign announced the financial milestone in a news release today. Her second quarter total was $910,000. It did not say how much of the $2 million Clark has already spent.
Bachmann has not yet released her financial information for the second quarter.
Minnesota DFL party officials have tentatively scheduled a hearing on the challenge filed by Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley.
Chaudhary wants the state party to overturn last week's action by the Senate District 50 central committee to revoke his endorsement. A notice from the state DFL's Commission on Constitution and Bylaws says a hearing is scheduled at party headquarters in St. Paul for 1:00 p.m. on July 11, with July 15 as a fallback date.
Chaudhary has been under fire for his efforts this past session to get new fishing rules for the lake where he owns a cabin. He also upset party officials by publicly supporting Mark Dayton for governor after the DFL endorsement went to Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
Chaudhary is challenging the endorsement revocation on several points. He claims there was no evidence of clear malfeasance and not enough committee members voted to rescind the endorsement.
Local DFL officials endorsed former state representative Barb Goodwin of Columbia Heights, who will face Chaudhary in the Aug 10 primary.
During his recent travels around the country, Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a pit-stop in Tennessee to speak at the Republican Party's annual dinner.
In his June 25, speech, Pawlenty touted his efforts to reform "that entitlement perspective in Minnesota."
In Minnesota, he said, "the longest transit strike in the history of the United States of America shut down the bus system for 44 days because our bus drivers thought it was okay to work for just 15 years and then have the government pay for their health insurance for the rest of your life."
A quick Google search shows that the 2004 Metro Bus strike is hardly the longest in U.S. history.
Pawlenty cites this bit of Minnesota history often, according to Alex Conant, a spokesman for Pawlenty. In an e-mail, Conant wrote, "it turns out it was only the longest in the modern history, and there have been some that were longer."
Indeed, here are a few transit strikes that beat the 2004 Metro Bus shut-down:
• In 1983, workers for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority staged a 108-day strike.
• In 1967, Honolulu bus drivers stopped working for 68 days in an effort to get better pay.
• In 1958, Los Angeles bus drivers launched a strike that lasted 54 days.
Pawlenty's characterization of the 2004 Metro Bus strike is off by a long-shot. This claim is false.
Trains Magazine, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), by Matt Van Hattem, June 30, 2006
The Honolulu Star Bulletin, Longest stoppage halted buses for 68 days
The Los Angeles Times, Buses Put in Shape to Roll Again Today After End of Long Strike, accessed June 30, 2010.
Interview, Alex Conant, spokesman, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, July 1, 2010
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has raised $4.1 million so far for her 6th district re-election campaign.
Bachman sent out a news release today showing a second quarter fundraising total $1.7 million. There were 28,000 contributors. The release did not say how much Bachmann has spent or how much is still in the bank.
The campaign will file its final figures by the July 15 deadline.