Gov. Dayton will meet with legislative leaders today to discuss security at the State Capitol.
Republicans in the House and Senate will also introduce the first part of its budget fix today.
Dayton will also be on hand as St. Paul unveils the first city-owned electric car.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will hold news conferences in Hudson and Superior that says "Open for Business" with the hopes of luring Minnesota businesses to Wisconsin.
No word yet on whether Walker intends to pay Minnesota the $58 million Wisconsin owes the state.
Update: From Walker's Press Secretary, Cullen Werwie:
"Governor Walker is working with Secretary Chandler to review all of the options available for payment to Minnesota for tax reciprocity. On Friday, Governor Walker was scheduled to talk to Governor Dayton over the phone to talk about the tax reciprocity deal, until Governor Dayton cancelled that phone call. We are still working to reschedule the call."
A new report says Minnesota needs to close its high-tech jobs gap.
A new study says the U.S. Med-tech industry is losing its edge.
GOP House Tax Chair Greg Davids says he opposes a statewide tax for a new Vikings stadium but could support a ticket tax or other user fee.
Minnesota's new Ag Commissioner takes over.
President Obama is expected to be far more assertive with China during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the U.S.
The Washington Post takes a look at the centrist Republicans who won election in 2010.
The Star Tribune says an illegal immigrant, who was convicted of manslaughter and murder in the past, has been living in Minnesota for nearly two decades. He was deported three times.
The Washington Post says the FCC is expected to approve the Comcast/NBC merger today.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar hosts an "Innovation Summit" today.
GOP Rep. John Kline, a former Marine, is questioning why the Marine Corps pushed for years to fund a military vehicle but is now pushing to defund it.
5B Special Election
Missed this one yesterday. The Mesabi Daily News says three candidates filed for the open seat vacated by Tony Sertich.
2012 Race Congress
Democrats are organizing in Duluth to urge GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack to vote against efforts to repeal the health care law. Cravaack has campaigned heavily against the law. Democrats are using the event with the hopes of doing what they didn't do during the campaign: Define Cravaack on their terms.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke at a MLK Breakfast in Minneapolis.
You can listen to Booker's speech here.
The Star Tribune takes a look at the Michael Brodkorb's employment. Specifially whether his job as spokesperson for the Minnesota Senate conflicts with his role as Deputy Chair of the MNGOP.
MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton joined a PR firm. He said he'll announce next week ast to whether he's running for reelection.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to meet with social conservatives in Iowa on 2/7. He'll be in the state to sign books in late January.
Pawlenty signs books at the LifeWay Christian Store in Woodbury today at 11:30.
Two of Pawlenty's weekend quotes are listed in the New York Times "Best political quotes and quips." The first deals with Pawlenty describing Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandement (Pawlenty said 11th Amendment). The other deals with Pawlenty's discussion that he was acting as a surrogate to John McCain when he discussed support for the TARP bailout.
Bachmann for Prez Watch
Politico says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's real test is whether she can be a force in the U.S. House.
Minnesota Democrats are waging an all out push back on efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is also known as the health care law.
Gov. Dayton will participate in a 3pm White House Conference Call with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the "impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the state's economy, residents and businesses."
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison also announced on his Twitter feed that he'll hold a conference call to discuss his opposition to repealing the law.
Meanwhile, the DFL Party is holding a news conference at noon today in Duluth to "highlight the benefits of the health-care reform law and urge Rep. Chip Cravaack to vote no in this week's House vote on repeal." Cravaack campaigned heavily against the health care law.
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the health care repeal this week. The measure is likely to pass but is unlikely to pass the Senate. President Obama also opposes efforts to repeal the law.
House and Senate Republican unveiled legislation today aimed at making a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit smaller before their final budget bills come together at the end of the session.
GOP leaders said their first phase of the proposed budget fix would make permanent some of the unilateral spending cuts made by Governor Tim Pawlenty. They estimated total savings at $1 billion.
House Ways and Mean Committee Chair Mary Liz Holberg of Lakeville said she thinks the projected deficit could look smaller when the February economic forecast is released.
"You could have some revenue growth in the next forecast just attributed to modest economic recovery," Holber said. "You're probably getting darn close to 25 percent of that budget being taken care of before the February forecast comes out."
Governor Mark Dayton says he doesn't support any plan that doesn't address the full $6.2 billion budget deficit. He characterized the GOP plan as "piecemeal."
"I want to deal with this as a complete package." Dayton told MPR News. "To look at it as one side of cuts in the areas of higher education which will mean higher tuition for students and cuts to local government aid which means higher property taxes is taking too narrow a perspective on it."
Dayton says he'll release his budget plan on February 15.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz has invited GOP state Sen. Julie Rosen to President Obama's State of the Union address. Walz released a statement through his office saying he was inviting the Republican to highlight the need for "civility." in politics.
"While Julie and I don't always agree on everything, I have tremendous respect for her as a public servant. We do not have to be members of the same party to have productive conversations to move our country forward," Walz said in a statement. "We may never know why the horrific violence in Tucson unfolded, but we don't need a tragedy to tell us our politics have become too divisive, our words too harsh and our debate too disrespectful"
Rosen also released a statement thanking him for the invitation.
"Our record of working together for southern Minnesota has brought successes of all types, and I hope the amiability, respect, and dedication that Congressman Walz and I share will continue in the future."
The State of the Union will be held a week from today.
Governor Mark Dayton says he's not bothered that Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker is trying to lure businesses away from Minnesota with a new road sign. Walker was busy travelling the state today to tout a new sign that proclaims "Wisconsin is open for Business." The sign will be placed on the state's border crossing and is aimed to convincing business leaders that Wisconsin is a low cost state.
Dayton said he wasn't insulted by the road sign and said the citizens of Wisconsin and Minnesota share many common values. But he was stumped when asked what he thought Minnesota Welcome sign should be:
"We're a great state for anyone to live in and do business and we've proven that in the past and we'll continue to prove it in the years ahead," Dayton said. "I'll have to narrow that down to a few words," Dayton said to laughs. "It's always been my problem"
Question of the Day: What should Minnesota's Welcome Sign say?
Side note: Dayton said he's still waiting for a check from Wisconsin regarding the $58 million in late income tax reciprocity payments. Dayton said he expects the full payment with interest. He told MPR News he has a conference call scheduled with Walker later this week.
Legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton met today to talk about added security at Minnesota's state Capitol after the shootings in Tucson.
They talked about a 2009 report by the state's Legislative Auditor that outlined weak points in state government security. But lawmakers and the governor only agreed to keep talking about it.
Dayton said Minnesotans are safe in the meantime.
"There's no way anyone can guarantee somebody complete 100 thousand percent protection in any public space," Dayton said. "But I can assure people especially given the reality of Minnesotans and the sensibilities of our citizens that protection is secure."
Dayton said he and legislative leaders wouldn't rule out adding metal detectors or other measures to the Capitol. But Republican Senate majority leader Amy Koch said lawmakers want to assure easy access for the public.
"This is the people's house," Koch said. "We want to protect the people that work here every day. But we also want to provide free access and a welcoming atmpsphere. So this group will jbe taked with also discussing that philosophy and where we are on that spectrum.
Dayton said that a panel first suggested in 2009 would meet next week and that he hoped they would have some recommendations by some time in March.
Posted at 6:19 PM on January 18, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: MN Legislature
Filings have closed in the race to replace Tony Sertich in Minnesota House District 5B. The seat was vacated when Sertich resigned to take a job in Gov. Mark Dayton's Administration. Dayton appointed Sertich to the Iron Range Resources Board.
It should be no surprise that there will be a DFL Primary since the district has a heavy DFL index. Five candidates will compete for the DFL endorsement: Jeff Kletscher, Carly Melin, Raymond Lee Pierce, Shelley Robinson and John J. Spanish.
Melin appears to be the most active to date. She works for the Minnesota State Judiciary and is a resident of Hibbing. Her campaign has sent out several updates including an endorsement from former DFL Rep. Joe Begich. Former DFL state Sen. Jerry Janezich is also co-chairing her campaign. The Duluth News Tribune says she's also a former intern for Sertich.
Kletscher is no stranger to the State Capitol. He's been active in efforts to protect Local Government Aid for his city. He's the president of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities and is a board member for the League of Minnesota Cities.
Shelley Robinson is the Executive Director of Range Center, Inc., a nonprofit that serves adults and children with disabilities on the Iron Range. Robinson is also a member of the IRRRB.
Paul Jacobson is running as a Republican. He received 33 percent of the vote when he challenged Sertich in November.
Cynthia Kafut-Hagen of Hibbing is running as a member of the Independence Party.
Gov. Dayton has scheduled the primary election for February 1st. The General Election will be on February 15th.
I suggest you check out Minnesota Brown if you want a more in-depth look at the candidates running. Aaron Brown is doing a good job of tracking the race.