Greetings from the lovely FarmFest and it's hot!
It's expected to get hotter today when six of the candidates for governor take the stage today to discuss their vision for being governor. Republican Tom Emmer will participate in the first debate with Democrats Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza since January. He briefly shared the stage with them at an Indian Association of Minnesota event in June. Tom Horner and Rob Hahn, both running in the Independence Party primary, are also participating in the forum.
Expect all three Democrats to openly criticize Emmer with the hopes of showing DFL primary voters that they're tough enough to take him on in November and push their own ideas that appeal to DFL base voters. Primary day is less than a week away.
After a 24 year drought, MPR takes a look at whether a Democrat win the governor's race? Analysts from the DFL and GOP weigh in.
Democrat Matt Entenza was on MPR's Midday on Tuesday.
David Wellstone, the son of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, backed Margaret Anderson Kelliher's bid for governor.
Race for Congress
MPR gets reaction to DFL Rep. Collin Peterson push to not increase farm spending in 2012. Peterson made the comments during Tuesday's Congressional candidate forum. Candidates from the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th District participated. GOP Rep. John Kline and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann declined to attend.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Randy Demmer traded barbs over federal spending and the climate change bill. MPR, the Star Tribune, AP, Forum Communications, the Rochester Post-Bulletin and Politics in Minnesota have stories.
MinnPost says GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen's town hall meeting on Monday night got testy.
The debate over Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has started in the Senate.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken made their closing statements for Kagan's nomination.
Klobuchar will give the Eugene McCarthy lecture at St. John's University.
Several top members of the Obama Administration and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum will be in Minneapolis today to discuss President Obama's Outdoors Initiative.
Under the Dome
Retirees challenge the state's pension law.
Gov. Pawlenty says he's excited about a mine proposal in northern Minnesota.
DFL Rep. Alice Hausman, who chairs the House Capital Investment Committee, says she wants to start the next session by passing a bonding bill that includes projects vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty says the state of Minnesota should adopt an English only law.
Gov. Pawlenty held a Minneapolis fundraiser for Carly Fiorina of California.
Indpendence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn was in the MPR studios this morning to talk to Cathy Wurzer. If you missed the interview here it is:
DFL hopeful Matt Entenza says he'll pull Minnesota out of No Child Left Behind if he's governor - and that his Republican opponent, Tom Emmer, won't.
"George Bush's No Child Left Behind is hurting our kids," states a voice over in a recent Entenza television ad. "Tom Emmer supports Bush's failed policy."
In fact, Emmer's never been a fan of the controversial testing program.
Entenza's campaign says Emmer voted against a plan to drop No Child Left Behind in 2008. And at first blush, it would seem that way.
But parliamentary maneuvering on the House floor muddied the intent of the amendment Emmer voted against. It didn't just end the program; it contained other unrelated provisions.
In early 2009, Emmer co-sponsored a bill that would have prevented implementation of No Child Left Behind.
Later that year, Emmer told Minnesota Public Radio that he opposes No Child Left Behind.
"I object to the federal government having any law that tells the state of Minnesota, more importantly parents of children in the state of Minnesota, this is how your schools are going to be run," he said on Dec. 11, 2009.
Emmer supports holding teachers accountable, spokesman Bill Walsh said. He just doesn't think the federal government should tell the state how to do it.
Emmer has made clear that he's opposed to No Child Left Behind. Notwithstanding the vote against the muddied House floor amendment, Entenza's claim is false.
Matt Entenza for Governor, education television ad, accessed Aug. 3, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio News, Interview with Tom Emmer, Dec. 11, 2009
Minnesota Public Radio News, Votetracker: Withdraw from No Child Left Behind, accessed Aug. 2, 2010
Minnesota Public Radio News, No love for NCLB in race for governor, by Tim Pugmire, Dec. 11, 2009
Minnesota House of Representatives, House File 614, accessed Aug. 3, 10
Minnesota House of Representatives, Journal of the House, April 28, 2008
Interview, Bill Walsh, spokesman, Tom Emmer, Aug. 3, 2010
Interview, Jeremy Drucker, spokesman, Matt Entenza, Aug. 2, 2010
Interview David Strom, research director, Tom Emmer, Aug. 3, 2010
Longshot Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Carney is offering an unusual plan to remind voters that there's also a GOP primary on Aug. 10.
During a State Capitol news conference today, Carney urged voters to reject Emmer and support him instead. Carney said if he wins the primary, he would agree to withdraw as a candidate, but only if the state Republican party selected a new, moderate candidate.
"I think we need to make the primary a referendum on Tom Emmer," Carney said. "His candidacy has proven to be disastrous."
Minnesota GOP spokesman Mark Drake said the party remains united behind Tom Emmer, and he doesn't know anyone who takes Carney or anything he says seriously.
I finally uploaded the audio from the two candidate forums at FarmFest.
Don't feel like being stuck to the computer? That's ok. MPR's Midday will also air the gubernatorial forum Thursday at noon.
The gubernatorial forum featured (from left to right on your radio dial):
Democrat Mark Dayton
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner
Republican Tom Emmer
Democrat Matt Entenza
Independence Party candidate Rob Hahn
You can listen to the forum here:
The congressional forum featured (from left to right on your radio dial):
From Minnesota's 7th Congressional District:
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson
Republican Lee Byberg
Republican Alan Roebke
Indepencence Party candidate Glen Menze
From Minnesota's 1st Congressional District:
DFL Rep. Tim Walz
Republican Randy Demmer
Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson
From Minnesota's 6th Congressional District:
Democrat Tarryl Clark
From Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District:
Democrat Shelley Madore
You can listen to the forum here: