Posted at 6:49 AM on October 11, 2010
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The battle over the hearts and minds of GOP voters continues. Governor Pawlenty, who was in Iowa on Sunday, issued a statement thrashing Independence Party candidate Tom Horner and praising Republican Tom Emmer. Pawlenty has publicly backed Emmer, raised money for him and has even included Emmer in a contest of candidates that he should campaign for.
The move is a clear signal that the GOP is growing increasingly concerned about Horner's threat to Emmer.
Emmer, Horner and Democrat Mark Dayton will discuss children's issues at a debate in St. Paul over the noon hour.
On Tuesday morning, the candidates will be on MPR's Midmorning for a two hour debate.
On Friday, the candidates will debate the issues at the U of M.
On Saturday night, the candidates debated the budget, higher education and anti-bullying legislation on Fox9's live debate.
You can watch the debate here.
President Obama will campaign for Dayton on October 23rd.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows Dayton with a light lead over Emmer (but within the margin of error).
The Star Tribune says Horner's sales tax plan may hit hard.
AP takes a look at a lawsuit that Emmer's former client filed against Emmer.
The Star Tribune profiled Emmer.
The newspaper says he also hasn't passed major legislation but is valued for his passion and insight.
On Friday, Emmer tried to rally college students.
The Pi Press takes a look at where the candidates stand on education.
The Star Tribune's op-ed page asks Dayton a few questions.
The Winona Daily News asked the candidates about high-speed rail and tax reciprocity with Wisconsin.
The PoliGraph says Emmer is right on his tax claim, with some caveats.
Race for Congress
The National Republican Congressional Campaign released an ad criticizing DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
Walz and the other candidates in Minnesota's 1st will debate the issues tonight.
The Cook Political Report says the 1st is getting tighter.
President Obama targets the Chamber of Commerce on the campaign trail.
RNC Chair Michael Steele will hold a fundraiser for the RNC on Wednesday.
Two dozen candidates crowd the judicial ballot in Stillwater.
Under the Dome
There will not be a special session today. Gov. Pawlenty postponed it until the federal government finishes determining the disaster request.
The city of Wadena is still hoping to get tornado relief included in the special session.
Gov. Pawlenty was for health insurance exchanges before he was against them.
The White House doubts efforts that putting a freeze on all foreclosures is needed.
It's expected the Obama Administration will announce no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson wants to create a safety net for production agriculture.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar expresses concern over Southwest Airline's acquisition of Air Tran.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty was in Iowa over the weekend.
Posted at 9:51 AM on October 11, 2010
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
The Minnesota High Tech Association has hired House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher as its next president.
Kelliher, who is not seeking re-election, will begin her new job in January. MHTA promotes Minnesota's technology-based economy. In a news release today, MHTA board chair Joy Lindsay praised Kelliher.
"Through her previous positions in government and extensive community involvement, Margaret brings excellent experience collaborating with individuals and organizations, great familiarity with public policy and strong communication skills to the position," Lindsay said. "Margaret is a proven leader, and we are excited to utilize her strengths to promote the growth and sustainability of Minnesota's technology-based economy."
Kelliher had earlier been a finalist for park superintendent in Minneapolis. She withdrew as a candidate for that job last week.
Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Tony Sutton says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be in Minnesota next week for a fundraiser and a rally.
Sutton says Romney will be Minnesota on Monday, October 18th. Sutton says the location for the rally has not yet been determined.
Over the weekend the Mark Dayton's campaign for governor announced that President Obama is going to be in Minnesota on Saturday, October 23rd for a DFL get out the vote rally.
The DFL hasn't confirmed details of Obama's visit, but the Minnesota Daily is reporting that the Obama rally will be on the U of M campus.
The three major party candidates discussed children's issues at a debate this afternoon in St. Paul. The debate, sponsored by MinnPost, allowed the candidates to outline their vision for early childhood education and children's health care.
The candidates did discuss specifics but also resorted their criticisms of their opponents.
Republican Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner criticized Dayton for his numerous runs for political office. Dayton shot back that his work as a state agency head and U.S. Senate makes him more qualified to be governor.
Emmer criticized Horner for not having the Minnesota Department of Revenue review his budget plan. Horner said they did (which isn't exactly true).
Dayton criticized Emmer for constantly ripping government yet wanting to be in charge of it. Emmer said he's running because too many politicians ignore middle class issues.
You can read my story on the debate here.
You can listen to the full debate here: Listen
The biggest news of the day came after the debate when Dayton declined to answer questions about his settlement with a former staffer.
Dayton announced in a written statement that he was paying the U.S. Treasury back for the undisclosed amount of the settlement.
The Republican Party first raised the issue at a news conference this morning.
The three candidates will appear on MPR's Midmorning for a two hour gubernatorial debate tomorrow at 9.