The MNGOP and Democrat Mark Dayton are trading shots over whether a trust owned by Dayton paid Minnesota taxes or not.
Former President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden will campaign for Mark Dayton.
The PoliGraph says Republican Tom Emmer misrepresented a claim on LGA.
Politics in Minnesota questions whether Dayton's tax plan can get to $4 billion.
The Minnesota Bureau Chief for MedCity News rips Emmer for voting against the R and D tax credit during his time in the Legislature.
Emmer will be in Mankato on September 18th.
The sour economy favors the GOP in the nation's governor's races.
Race for Congress
DFL Rep. Tim Walz released his first ad.
The Rochester Chamber of Commerce is criticizing Walz for not participating in their debate.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin nails down where Republican Randy Demmer stands on Social Security. The paper says he supports partial privatization.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is raising money off of President Obama's visit (which hasn't been scheduled yet).
Bachmann is also headed to Florida later this month to speak at the "Taking America Back" conference.
Under the Dome
Nurses in Duluth settle their contract with a hospital.
The U of M officially drops a lawsuit over Central Corridor.
No charges will be filed against the members of the Minnesota Gang Strike Force.
Cities are scraping for dollars even for public safety.
Minnesota officials are headed to Germany to learn that country's health insurance system.
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book says there are no signs of a double dip recession.
President Obama pushes back against an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the upper income.
A court sides with the CIA on the "extraordinary rendition."
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison denounces a pastor's plan to burn the Quran.
A poll finds that a majority object to a mosque being build near Ground Zero.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson was in South Carolina earlier this week to talk about the Farm Bill.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar was in Oregon earlier this week and gave grudging praise to President Obama's transportation funding package.
Oberstar also suggests Congress get involved in admisssions to the Coast Guard Academny. The Academy has a low number of African American cadets.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty heads to Asia today. He'll speak to reporters before his trip.
Romney is headed to Iowa in October.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will raise money for Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor on Monday night. The fundraiser will be at the Minneapolis Hilton at 6pm. Donors are being asked to give $500 a person.
I'm checking to see if the event is open press. An Emmer spokesman says the fundraisers are closed to the press at this point.
The U of M's Humphrey School will feature one on one interviews with the three major party candidates for governor.
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is sponsoring the forums to "foster informed and substantive discussion of important matters of public policy."
Here's the schedule:
Senator Mark Dayton (DFL) Monday, September 13, 2010 Noon - 1:15pm
Representative Tom Emmer (GOP) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:00 - 2:00pm
Tom Horner (IP) Monday, September 20, 2010 Noon - 1:15pm
Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he doesn't think burning the Quran is a good idea, but he's not specifically calling on a Florida pastor to cancel a planned weekend protest.
The Republican governor, who is viewed as a likely presidential candidate in 2012, commented on the Quran controversy today at an airport news conference before leaving on an Asian trade mission. Pawlenty said that people have a legal right to burn books, but that doesn't mean it's wise. He stopped short of saying the burning shouldn't go forward.
"You know, I think everybody has to make their own judgements,"Pawlenty said. "But in my view, I don't think it's a helpful or needed thing. It's not something that's a wise act on his part."
Asked if he shared Gen. David Petraeus' concern about the Quran burning putting American troops at risk, Pawlenty said he would defer to the general.
"He is the expert on the situation in Afghanistan relative to American troops," Pawlenty said. "I would certainly give anything he said great deference and respect."
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison spoke with MPR's Tom Crann this morning about the controversy over a Florida pastor who wants to hold a Quran book burning on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, says Muslims in this country and elsewhere shouldn't "take the bait." He's worried there will be violence that would just play into the stereotypes that led to the Quran burning in the first place.
Ellison also defended the pastor's right to burn the holy book. He said as a lawyer, an American and a Muslim he has to stand up for the guy's right to be incendiary, but that doesn't mean the guy's right.
You can listen to the full interview here: Listen
Update: AP is reporting that the pastor cancels plan to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, heeding to outcry.
The three major candidates for governor are scheduled to discussed issues related to older Minnesotans in a televised debate next week.
Twin Cities Public Television and AARP Minnesota are sponsoring the debate, which will air live Friday, Sept. 17, at 8:00 p.m. An AARP news release today said the hour long broadcast will cover "health care reform, state budget priorities, economic security for older Minnesotans and preparing Minnesota for our aging demographic."
Ralph Nader, a former Green Party candidate for President, endorsed Ken Pentel's campaign for governor. Pentel is running as a member of the Ecology Democracy Party. He has run for governor in 1998, 2002 and 2006 as a member of the Green Party.
Here's a statement from Nader (released by Pentel's campaign):
"In a 2000 Business Week poll, over 70% of the people said corporations have too much control over their lives. This was before the corporate outrages, corporate militarism and Wall Street Collapse, recession and bailout of the past decade.
Ken Pentel gets this feeling by a large majority of Americans in an experienced and knowledgeable way. He is a long time Minnesotan, fighter for fairness, justice and wise and healthy use of natural resources - air, water, soil, energy.
Ken Pentel's present run for Governor is for you and your children. Watch him, listen to him, question him, invite him and see if you agree with me that on November 2 you have a real choice for a change.
As he bicycles across the entire state of Minnesota, chances are good that you'll have an opportunity to do these things in person."
Republican Teresa Collett is criticizing DFL Rep. Betty McCollum for declining to attend a KSTP-TV/League of Women Voters debate which was scheduled to be taped on September 19th. Collett called on McCollum to explain why she is declining to attend the debate.
"What does Betty McCollum have to hide from the voters besides her record", Collett asked in a news release.
McCollum's political director Will Blauvelt said the campaign declined to attend the debate because KSTP's owner, Stanley Hubbard, has given $2,000 to Collett's campaign.
"We don't do debates where the sponsoring organization has made political contributions to our opponents," Blauvelt said. "We've had the principle for three or four cycles now."
Blauvelt said the McCollum campaign would likely accept a debate request if another TV station offered it. He also said the McCollum campaign has accepted two other debate requests.
The first is scheduled at the White Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce on September 21st. The event will be at Jinny's Conference and Catering. Blauvelt said the other debate will be sponsored by the St. Paul League of Women Voters on October 21st.