Posted at 6:50 AM on September 21, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The state's Independent Expenditure funds still have to file reports today with the MN Finance Campaign Finance Board. That's because a federal judge ruled refused to strike down a law requiring corporations to disclose where they spend money. You can read the ruling here.
Race for Governor
Democrat Mark Dayton's campaign says Dayton will release an updated budget plan today. His plan came up short when the Revenue Department said his income tax hike didn't produce as much revenue as he projected.
The three candidates will debate the issues in St. Cloud today before the St. Cloud Chamber.
The three candidates for governor still have significant gaps in their budget plans. MPR takes a look at what they are.
Republican Tom Emmer's former campaign manager and former campaign chair, GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens, was arrested for a drunk driving. Here's his statement on the arrest. He's the second person close to Emmer to be arrested for a DWI. AP reports that Emmer's former campaign manager, David Fitzsimmons was also arrested for a DWI in May. Emmer was arrested for two DWIs decades ago. A DFL leaning group has run ads against Emmer on the issue because he proposed a bill to change the law.
IP candidate Tom Horner told the U of M's Humphrey Institute that K12 reform is "essential." Here's his speech.
WCCO Reality Checks the ads that claim Dayton supports an "e-mail tax" and finds he doesn't support one.
Four of the minor party candidates debated on Midday. Listen to the program here.
MinnPost reports that President Obama will raise money for the DFL Party in Minneapolis on October 23rd.
Minnesota's Catholic Bishops are planning a campaign against same sex marriage.
Race for Congress
Former GOP Sen. Dave Durenberger endorsed DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
Former President Bill Clinton pens a fundraising letter for Democrat Tarryl Clark.
Clark is also planning a "Pontiac tour" of the 6th District.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar released his first TV ad of the year.
The House GOP will release a 20-point agenda on Thursday.
The Washington Post says the Tea Party is building a political organization.
2010 Race for the Legislature
GOP Sen. Paul Koering, who lost in the GOP primary, says he'll wage a write-in campaign.
An economic panel says the recession ended in June of 2009.
President Obama faced a frustrated public at a town hall forum on Monday.
The Senate could vote on the Dream Act legislation this week. MPR takes a look at some students who would be impacted by the legislation.
Minnesota's HMOs are waiting for details on the health care reform law.
Two bodies at Arlington National Cemetery were buried in the wrong plots.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will sit on an impeachment trial of a federal judge.
Under the Dome
Two lawyers want the Chief Justice of the MN Supreme Court to face election in 2012 and are asking the Appeals Court to act on it. The last time the Chief Justice stood for election was 2000. Justice Gildea was appointed to the post this summer.
The Transit Union rejected the Met Council's latest offer.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty was in Milwaukee last night fundraising for Republicans in that state.
C-SPAN released an interview with Gov. Pawlenty.
Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Nashville, TN and Cincinnatti, OH today to attend two fundraisers. Gov. Pawlenty's spokesman says Pawlenty will hold a fundraising lunch in the Nashville area today and a fundraising dinner in Cincinnatt tonight. Both fundraisers will help his Freedom First PAC.
The spokesman says he'll be back in Minnesota this evening.
Pawlenty was scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Wisconsin last night but he couldn't attend because of plane problems.
The Minnesota Medical Association's Political Action Committee, MEDPAC, has endorsed the Independence Party's Tom Horner for governor. The PAC announced the endorsement this morning in a news release.
The PAC says Horner's support for adopting the MA expansion and his approach to balancing the budget are two of the reasons why the members are supporting him. The group also said Horner's pledge to increase the cigarette tax is also a factor.
"Tom Horner will be an outstanding governor for Minnesota's physicians, patients, and larger medical community," said Dr. Michael Tedford, chair of MEDPAC and an otolaryngologist from Minneapolis. "His deep knowledge of the health care community, as well as his balanced approach to solving the problems facing our state, will serve Minnesotans well as we seek smart, affordable, comprehensive solutions to our health care concerns."
"The issues of access to affordable, quality health care demand a leader who is willing to work with all stakeholders, and with members of all political parties. Horner is that leader," Tedford said.
Democrat Mark Dayton's new budget plan takes aim at "predatory credit card companies" and MnSCU employees who are earning more than the governor.
But the plan is still $1 billion short of erasing the projected budget deficit of $5.8 billion. Dayton's campaign spokeswoman Katie Tinucci says Dayton will continue to look for new revenue or spending cuts to balance the budget. She said the "worst case scenario" is that Dayton wouldn't immediately pay back the entire $1.2 billion payment delay to K12 schools.
Dayton released the updated budget plan today after a revenue department analysis found his earlier plan didn't raise nearly as much money as he had hoped.
The revised plan isn't dramatically different from his first proposal, but it does attach some specific dollar figures to his earlier ideas and contain a few new wrinkles.
The key differences are a tax on credit card companies that charge interest rates that are higher than 15 percent and a 5 percent pay cut for MnSCU employees who earn more than the governor (roughly $120,000 per year).
Dayton says his primary goal is still tax fairness.
"I am the only candidate who will not raise taxes on the middle class. We cannot ask them to pay more," Dayton said.
"My opponents will force them to pay more to stay in their homes and every time they buy clothes for their kids. My plan will emphasize our greatest job creation engine, education, and asks those who are most able to help put Minnesota back on a path to prosperity and keep it a great place to live."
It should be noted that IP candidate Tom Horner acknowledged to me that his budget plan is roughly $1 billion short on specifics. Republican Tom Emmer has offered a budget framework but has not detailed where the cuts would come from. You can read that story here.
Tom Horner with the Independence Party has been getting plenty of attention lately. In the past two days, the Republican Party of Minnesota and the DFL Party are starting to take aim at Horner.
On Monday, the Republican Party announced it created a website characterizing Horner as a liberal. Phil Krinkie, with The Taxpayers League of Minnesota (which is backing Republican Tom Emmer), wrote an e-mail to supporters suggesting Horner has little chance of winning.
The DFL Party is also starting taking aim at Horner. On Monday, the DFL Party's Kristin Sosanie sent an e-mail to reporters saying Horner "would rather cut taxes for big business than fund Minnesota's public schools."
Today, Sosanie sent an e-mail calling Horner and Republican candidate Tom Emmer as "The Republican Toms":
The middle class is at the breaking point and simply cannot pay any more. Our public schools cannot afford another four years of misguided Republican policies. Minnesota needs a governor who is fundamentally committed to standing up for the middle class by fighting for regular Minnesotans and supporting education. That's not Tom Emmer or Tom Horner.
A political insider told me last week that the GOP and DFL won't start paying attention to Horner until he started polling above 15 percent. A recent Survey USA poll released last showed Horner polling at 18 percent.
Gov. Pawlenty announced that he's giving out a total of $16,000 to the GOP candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House in New Hampshire. He also announced he's giving $250 checks to 34 state and local candidates in New Hamsphire and $500 to five candidates for New Hampshire Executive Council. The donations are being given through his federal Freedom First PAC.
The governor also announced that he'll make his 4th trip to New Hampshire since he announced he wasn't running for a 3rd term as governor. He'll be in New Hampshire on September 30th to campaign for John Stephen (the GOP candidate for governor) and Frank Guinta (a GOP candidate for Congress).
Pawlenty has been active in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Two critical states for any candidate who is ramping up a run for the White House. Pawlenty says he'll announce his official intentions early next year.