Posted at 7:09 AM on July 26, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
There are less than 100 days until Election Day. There are 15 days left until the Primary Election.
UPDATE: I-P candidates Tom Horner and Rob Hahn are on MPR's Midmorning today at 9am.
Campaign finance reports are due today.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher released her figures yesterday. She raised $981k in 2010 for a total of $1.2 million since she entered the race. Kelliher has about $385k in the bank.
Kelliher also called for tougher disclosure rules that require candidates to disclose a spouse's income. Paging Matt Entenza!
You can listen to Kelliher's news conference here.
Kelliher will campaign in Duluth with former Vice-President Walter Mondale.
Entenza will tour businesses in the Twin Cities.
Mark Dayton doesn't have any events on his schedule.
Republican Tom Emmer will talk ag issues in northwestern Minnesota.
Forum Communications takes a look at the differences in the school funding proposals.
All of the DFL candidates for governor talked about their vision for the outdoors.
MPR profiles Kelliher.
Forum Communications also profiled Matt Entenza.
The Star Tribune points out that Republican Tom Emmer pushed for a GI Bill he voted against.
He also portrayed himself as an outsider during a campaign stop in Marshall.
Matt Entenza is telling plenty of towns that he wants to bring a wind turbine plant there.
Race for Congress
DFL Sen. Al Franken told liberals at Netroots to not give up now.
DFLer Tarryl Clark also spoke at Netroots.
The Star Tribune says Dan Powers has a sketchy background as a contractor.
The New York Times releases secret information on the war in Afghanistan that reveals an unflattering picture of the war.
A labor spat has stalled a bill to improve airline safety. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar hails the Senate passage of an adoption bill.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz writes an op-ed saying he opposes taxpayer bailouts for banks.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty wrapped up his trip to the Middle East by visiting wounded troops in Germany.
He meets with the DC press corps today.
Pawlenty is scheduled to attend St. Cloud event on Wednesday to tout a veterans initiative.
The Independence Party candidates for governor, Tom Horner and Rob Hahn, are on MPR's Midmorning at 9am.
Tune in on the radio or listen here.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher proposed a property tax cap for seniors today at a campaign event in Duluth. Kelliher, who was flanked by former Vice-President Walter Mondale and former Secretary of State Joan Growe, wants to cap property taxes for seniors over the age of 65. The plan would require people be over the age of 65 and meet specific income thresholds (individuals capped at $100,000/year, couples at $150,000/year). The property tax rate would also have to exceed the rate of inflation.
The proposal is a concerted effort to attract the senior vote in the August 10th primary. Democrat Mark Dayton has made senior issues a top priority in his campaign. He recently proposed a Senior Citizens Service Center and wants to make long-term care affordable for seniors.
We'll post the audio from Kelliher's news conference once it's available...
Here's the audio from the event (h/t MPR's Bob Kelleher): Listen
Update: The MNGOP says Kelliher lacks credibility when it comes to property tax caps. Read the release here.
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner announced today that his campaign for governor raised almost $190,000 in 2010. Horner, the I-P's endorsed candidate, has $27,500 left in the bank.
Here's the top line info from Horner's campaign:
Total individual contributions: $187,726.70
Total lobbyist contributions: $2,261.00
Political committee and political fund contributions: $0
Political party & terminating principal campaign committee contributions: $0
Other contributions: $0
All other receipts categories: $0
TOTAL RECEIPTS (Cash + in-kind): $189,987.70
Total campaign expenditures (Cash + Unpaid bills + in-kind): $169,996.11
All other disbursements categories: $0
TOTAL EXPENDITURES AND DISBURSEMENTS (Cash + Unpaid bills + in-kind): $169,996.11
ENDING CASH BALANCE: (Total cash receipts $183,521 minus Total Cash Expenditures and Disbursements $155,946.04) = $27,574.96
NOTES, LOANS, and UNPAID BILLS SUMMARY: Total Amount Outstanding: $7,583.37
More fundraising numbers are coming out from the gubernatorial campaigns in advance of tomorrow's public disclosure deadline.
Republican Tom Emmer's campaign says it collected a total of nearly $785,347 so far in 2010, with $114,752 raised in 2009.
Of the total, lobbyists contributed $8,000 and political committees gave $18,139.
Emmer ended the period with $296,151 on hand.
"I'm honored so many average Minnesotans have made a contribution to our campaign," Emmer said in a release. "Unlike the self-financed millionaires in this race, we'll need lots of help from a broad base of people to be successful."
Democrat Matt Entenza's campaign for governor released some preliminary details on its 2010 fundraising. The release says he raised $3.945 million in 2010, $360,574 from outside sources. An Entenza staffer confirmed that Entenza gave the campaign $3.58 million in 2010. He also gave the campaign roughly $100,000 in 2009 and reported another contribution of $450,000 to the campaign on July 22nd.
The full reports will be released by the Campaign Finance Board on Tuesday morning but here's the topline that Entenza's campaign put in the news release:
2010 Report highlights:
Total receipts: $3.945M
Total raised from outside sources: $360,574
2009/2010 Total raised from outside sources: $672, 483
Total spent: $3.891M
Cash on hand: $132,065