Posted at 6:49 AM on August 27, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
A new independent expenditure group has started running ads criticizing Democrat Mark Dayton on taxes. Here's a link to the ad and some analysis on the claims in the ad. It isn't known who is funding the group.
Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner also debated past statements and compensation for public employees at a TwinWest Chamber of Commerce debate (link includes full audio of the debate).
The Star Tribune focuses on the candidate solutions to solving the state's pension system.
The Mayo Clinic says it's concerned where candidates stand on medical research.
The PoliGraph says Emmer's public sector salary claims are inconclusive.
The PoliGraph says Horner's small business claims cut both ways.
The MCCL writes about Emmer's support for anti-abortion legislation.
Republican trackers get new shirts that mock Dayton.
Race for Congress
Democrat Tarryl Clark touts her own Jim to counter Bachmann's Jim.
Politico says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann could wield plenty of influence with her new PAC.
She also ended her two-day bus tour by firing off an assault rifle.
Democratic candidates are touting their small business records. DFL Reps. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison are mentioned.
MinnPost examines which local TV stations will benefit the most from the political ads.
Under the Dome
The Minnesota Bankers Association The Mortgage Bankers Association says one in ten mortgages face foreclosure.
Gov. Pawlenty appointed Richard Nash to head the MN National Guard.
Pawlenty is still mulling the latest offer of federal aid.
Anoka County is using DNA tests to prosecute welfare fraud.
A GAO report finds positives and negatives in the wireless industry. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says they may work to change the filibuster rule in the Senate.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz talked higher education at Rasmussen College.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen met with the Civil Air Patrol.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak at the Glenn Beck rally in Washinton D.C.
Fargo-Moorhead's flood diversion plan is back on track for now. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
Scott County Officials dispute a conservative groups analysis on local government spending on lobbying the feds.
The state of Minnesota received $6 million more in weatherization aid. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Former White House Political Director Karl Rove talked up Pawlenty (and others) at an event in Indiana.
Posted at 9:47 AM on August 27, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Campaign 2010
Tea party coordinators from throughout the state have announced a new umbrella organization called the Minnesota North Star Tea Party Patriots (MNSTPP).
The coalition is affiliated with the national Tea Party Patriots organization. According to a news release, the goal of MNSTPP is to unite dozens of groups around Minnesota to promote fiscal responsibility, free markets, and Constitutionally limited government.
"We're not here to tell local groups what to do," said board member Randy Liebo. "The point is to keep communication open and coordinate efforts when possible."
Governor Pawlenty raised $42,500 for his state political action committee in New Hampshire.
The latest New Hampshire campaign finance report shows Pawlenty raised the bulk of his funds from Minnesota contributors. Several high profile Republican donors like Stanley Hubbard, Wheelock Whitney and former Target CEO Robert Ulrich gave to the PAC. The PAC gave $27,500 to candidates for the New Hampshire Legislature, Republican groups in the state and political consulting.
Pawlenty, who is laying the groundwork for a presidential run, filed state PACs in Iowa and New Hampshire. He also has a federal PAC. Pawlenty is using the PACs to help Republican candidates across the country. The latest fundraising reports show Pawlenty also raised $2.6 million for his federal PAC since he formed it in October. He also raised $32,500 for his PAC in Iowa.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was online today discussing the conservative movement and radio personality Glenn Beck's rally scheduled for Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial.
In the online forum, Bachmann said the rally, at which she'll make an appearance, will focus on "American exceptionalism." She says the event is not a political rally.
The event takes place on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and will be delivered from the same location as King's speech. The Washington Post says it's unclear if the rally will turn out to be as big as hoped, and whether the King connection will draw fire.
One of Bachmann's interlocutors in the online forum asked how the Tea Party can establish an "open tent." Bachmann answers:
The Tea Party already is an open tent. I have had African Americans, Latino's, men, woman, young, old, retired and people from every economic strata contact me with their concern for the Obama Agenda. They are all supportive of restoring America back to our Constitutional framework. The Tea Party is not about one group of people, it is a movement for everyone who believes this government is getting too big, taxing too much and spending at an out of control level. Thank you for your question and I look forward to seeing you at a Tea Party event in the future!
Bachmann chairs the Tea Party Caucus in Congress.
Posted at 2:30 PM on August 27, 2010
by Annie Baxter
Filed under: Campaign 2010: U.S. House
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is in D.C. this weekend. She's speaking at the FreedomWorks "Take America Back 2010 Convention 2010."
FreedomWorks is one of several groups that promotes the Tea Party movement. No word back from Bachmann's campaign about the topic of her speech at the convention.
Bachmann then heads to a rally on Saturday hosted by Glenn Beck, the conservative Fox News and talk radio host. She won't have a speaking role, but the Star Tribune says she'll hold her own event afterwards.
Bachmann's DFL opponent in the sixth district race, State Senator Tarryl Clark, will be hitting a parade in Woodbury on Sunday.
I asked both campaigns when we can expect to see debates start up. They both say they're in negotiations with various venues, but they're not releasing any dates yet.
UPDATE: Bachmann's camp says she's flying back to Minnesota Saturday and will be participating in various events in her district, including Woodbury Days.