Posted at 7:05 AM on July 16, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The Republican Party worked on Thursday to change the focus from Tom Emmer's tip tussle to where the DFL candidates stand on taxes. The MNGOP ripped Democrat Mark Dayton for not supporting a plan that would exempt military pension and pay from state income taxes. Dayton said the plan is a form of political bribery. The plan would cost the state $40 million in the next two year budget cycle.
The Pi Press takes a look at the protester who disrupted Emmer's town hall forum. The individual told reporters his name was Robert Erickson but his real name is Nick Espinosa. Espinosa asked Emmer to attend a town hall in August, Emmer declined.
Emmer's campaign manager, GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens, faces a primary challenge.
Here's a look at the events and debates that are scheduled for the next few weeks.
DFL Rep. Matt Entenza spoke with MPR's Morning Edition on Thursday. He also met with reporters to dust off his education plan and challenged his DFL opponents on how they'll pay for increases in K12 spending.
Tribal Gaming gave big to DFL Party units.
2008 Race for Senate
The MNGOP wants counties to probe 2008 felon voters.
Race for Congress
DFLer Jim Meffert trails GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen in fundraising.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke to the Western Conservative Summit.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is headed to Martha's Vineyard to help raise money for the DSCC.
Under the Dome
35W bridge victims ask the judge to require the contractor to pay punitive damages.
Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in June as more people stopped looking for work.
Minnesota's foreclosure activity dropped in June.
Venture Capital is still scarce in Minnesota.
GOP Sen. Gen Olson wants to change a "loophole" in the state's sexual misconduct law.
The Senate passed a sweeping Wall St. reform bill.
MinnPost says DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted for the bill.
BP stopped the oil well from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. It's the first time that occurred in nearly three months.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar reacts to the BP cap.
President Obama visited Michigan to tout federal investment in batteries.
Former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan says Congress should let the Bush tax cuts expire. Greenspan advocated for the tax cuts when they were enacted.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar puts forward a renewable energy standard.
Klobuchar also wrote a letter to Facebook's CEO about child protection on the social media site.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann starts a Capitol Hill Tea Party Caucus.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
MPR takes a deeper look at Pawlenty's PAC campaign finance report.
Pawlenty is also kicking off an online endorsement contest.
Pawlenty held a fundraiser for the Colorado Republican gov candidate who plagiarized.
Politico says if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour decide to run, they will vie with Pawlenty as the mainsteam alternative to Romney.
The Washington Post took a look at the fundraising in the race for control of Congress. The report says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was the top fundraiser in the U.S. House in the 2nd Quarter. It also says Bachmann's DFL opponent, Tarryl Clark, raised the highest total among Democrats during the same time period.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher held a news conference today to tout her jobs initiative in North Minneapolis. During the q and a, Kelliher was asked about a proposal that would exempt pensions and military pay from state income taxes. When asked whether she supported the full exemption, Kelliher said as Speaker of the Minnesota House, she pushed to give some tax breaks to veterans and increased combat pay for members of the Minnesota National Guard. But she wasn't as enthusiastic about the idea of supporting a bill that would exempt military pay and pensions for veterans.
Kelliher: "We did the compromise in 2008 which began to address this issue. We provided millions of tax dollar relief for military families and veterans targeted to those who most needed that help in the state of Minnesota. I certainly as governor will certainly consider every policy that will help veterans and their families."
Reporter: "So you're not saying yes or no to the full benefit?"
Kelliher: "I think we have to balance this budget first and then we can consider a lot of things that can help our economy and attract people to the state."
The issue popped up after the Minnesota Republican Party criticized one of Kelliher's DFL Primary opponents, Mark Dayton, for saying he wouldn't support the measure. Dayton said he supports veterans and their current benefits but can't support tax cuts while trying to deal with a nearly $6 billion budget deficit. The Minnesota Department of Revenue estimates the tax break would cost the state $20 million a year.
Posted at 4:00 PM on July 16, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Here's a look at this weekend's public policy shows...
This week on Almanac Mary Lahammer unveils the budget exercise we put Gubernatorial candidates through, viewers meet Independence Party Lieutenant Governor candidates Jim Mulder and Thomas Harens and some live music with Joey Ryan and the Inks.
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
Rep. Betty McCollum
MN GOP Chair,Tony Sutton
U of M Political Law Professor, Kathryn Pearson
Former WCCO Investigative producer and author, Julie Kramer
KSTP's At Issue:
They didn't get back to me
Access to health care remains a high priority issue for many legislators. On this week's Capitol Report, host Julie Bartkey talks with Mary Krinkie of the Minnesota Hospital Association about the progress of the newly-implemented health care access program for the very poor. Plus, Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, is meeting with groups throughout the state advocating his Minnesota Health Plan, which would create one plan for all Minnesotans with premiums based on ability to pay. Plus, Representative Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, contends that Minnesota should avoid short-term federal medical assistance dollars and it should become a campaign issue.
ABC's "This Week":
Vice President Joe Biden.
CBS' "Face the Nation":
Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M.; former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.; Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP; David Webb, a tea party organizer.
NBC's "Meet the Press":
Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Robert Menendez, D-N.J; Reps. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
CNN's "State of the Union":
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"Fox News Sunday":
Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.; Sen. David Vitter, R-La.
Vin Weber is having a busy 2010 in Minnesota. He chairs Gov. Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC. He also announced his support for Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor. Today, Weber announced he's chair Republican Randy Demmer's campaign for Congress. Weber, who once represented Minnesota's 1st District before becoming a lobbyist at Clark and Weinstock, said in a news release that Demmer can defeat DFL Rep. Tim Walz in November.
"Randy Demmer is going to win, because he knows what Southern Minnesota needs - he has lived and worked here his whole life. I know he's got what it takes to stand up to Washington, and truly serve and represent the people in his District," said Weber. "Voters are rightfully concerned with the direction that this Congress and Administration are taking our country. Whether it's the cap and trade tax, the government takeover of health care, or the accumulation of trillions of dollars of new debt, the people of Southern Minnesota will vote this fall for new leadership and a new direction."
Demmer praised Weber as understanding southern Minnesota. Demmer also announced Scott Cottington, former Bachmann fundraiser Zandra Walcott and Marty Seifert for governor political director Ben Zierke.
Richard Carlbom, with the Walz campaign, was quick to criticize the hires on Twitter.
"Surprise! Typical politician @Randy_Demmer picks DC insiders & super-lobbyist Weber. Courting GOP stars b-4 he gets to town! #weneedleaders"