Posted at 7:05 AM on July 13, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Finance officials told lawmakers that the state could have a negative cash flow balance by the Spring. They are also suggesting a line of credit to help the cash flow situation.
Lorie Gildea was sworn in on Monday as the next Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was present to swear in David Stras as an Associate Justice. Listen to their speeches here.
The Ramsey County Prosecutors Office says it's investigating allegations of voter fraud in the 2008 election. To date, the office has charged 28 felons for either registering to vote or voting in the election. The investigation came after the conservative group, Minnesota Majority, raised the issue.
2010 Race for Governor
The candidates for governor and a DFL leaning group have eclipsed the $2 million mark on TV ad buys. Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher lags far behind her two DFL challengers in ad spending to date.
Kelliher campaigned in Duluth on Monday and will talk server tips in St. Paul today.
The Star Tribune uses Democrat Matt Entenza as an example of Minnesota's weak financial disclosure laws. Entenza, who's wife cashed out millions in stock options at United Health Group, refused to be interviewed for the story and canceled a Monday morning news conference.
Republican Tom Emmer's campaign tells WCCO that Emmer now does not support a tip credit even though that's what he said he supported at an event last week. Emmer also waited tables at a restaurant on Saturday night.
Independence Party candidate Rob Hahn says he'll release budget specifics today.
The Star Tribune says Tom Horner, the I-P's endorsed candidate, is worried that the GOP may push Republicans to crossover and vote for Hahn in the primary.
2010 Race for Congress
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman said what has transpired over the past 18 months under the Obama Administration is turning the country "into a nation of slaves."
A new KSTP poll shows Bachmann with a nine point lead over DFLer Tarryl Clark.
Clark has spent at least $125k on TV ads to date.
The AFL-CIO will be active with worksite lit drops in Minnesota and other states this month.
2012 DNC Watch
DNC officials are expected to visit Minneapolis this weekend to consider the city for the 2012 convention.
A new poll says confidence In President Obama reached a new low.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says his trip to Laos was useful but was disappointed he didn't have more access.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will be on MPR's Midday at 11 am.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says the federal government has been dealing with "phony money."
Peterson also doesn't support the cap and trade bill.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Newt Gingrich says he's considering a run.
Sarah Palin raised $866k for her PAC in the 2nd Quarter.
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn is proposing to erase a projected state budget deficit through changes in tax policy and health care coverage.
Hahn released a budget outline today titled "The Six Billion Dollar Man: Reform, Redesign and Revenue." The plan includes a new 9 percent income tax rate for couples earning more than $250,000 a year. Hahn is also proposing to lower taxes on capital gains and corporate income, and close corporate tax loopholes.
Hahn claims he could save the state $2.6 over two years by switching to what he calls a "total cost of care" model for health care. He's also including his earlier proposals for riverboat gambling and a new fat tax on fast food among the new sources of revenue.
Hahn is running in the Aug. 10 primary against the Independence Party's endorsed candidate, Tom Horner.
Republican Tom Emmer is proposing a plan that would eliminate income taxes on some tipped wages. The gubernatorial hopeful is making the proposal one week after he suggested Minnesota a so-called tip credit, which allows businesses to pay workers less than the minimum wage if they earn tips. Emmer now says he wants to exempt from taxes the first $20,000 in tips that waiters and employees collect.
The Emmer campaign says the proposal will cost the state an additional $17 million. But a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Revenue couldn't say how much Emmer's plan would cost the state since employees report both wages and tips together on the tax forms.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to be in Aspen, Colorado, Wednesday where he'll attend an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis.
Pawlenty will remain in Aspen Thursday for Republican Governors Association events as well as a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute. On Friday, Pawlenty will deliver a keynote address to the Denver County and Arapaho County GOP Dinner in Glendale.
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is making key staff changes in her congressional office and her campaign team.
Politico is reporting that the shakeup claimed chief of staff Ron Carey, the former chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party, and campaign finance director Zandra Walcott. Carey was Bachmann's fifth chief of staff in just four years.
Bachmann press secretary Rachel Horn issued this statement about Carey:
"Congresswoman Michele Bachman thanks Ron Carey for his service to her and to the district and wishes him the best for his future. Effective August 1st, she also welcomes Andy Parrish back as a Senior Advisor to the Congressional office and expects a smooth transition that will continue to put the needs and priorities of the 6th Congressional District first."
There was also a statement from campaign manager Gina Countryman regarding Wolcott:
"Congresswoman Bachmann thanks Zandra for all of her service and looks forward to opportunities to work with her again in the future."
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher told reporters today that she's raised "more than $1 million" for her campaign for governor.
The public won't know how much Kelliher or the other candidates for governor have raised until July 26th but it's safe to say that Kelliher's campaign war chest won't be as big as two of her DFL Primary opponents. Former legislator Matt Entenza has spent $1.2 million to date on TV ads in the Twin Cities. Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton has bought roughly $750,000 in TV ads in the Twin Cities.
Both Entenza and Dayton have said they'll rely on their personal wealth to fund their campaigns. Kelliher is lagging behind Entenza and Dayton in TV ads but she said she'll ramp up the ad spending in the coming weeks.