The latest Gallup Poll shows former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made little progress this year increasing his name recognition.
The poll showed 40 percent of Republicans and people who lean Republican recognize Pawlenty 's name. That's about where the former GOP governor was in Gallup's January poll, when 39 percent said they recognized his name.
Rep. Michele Bachmann was better-known than Pawlenty. The poll showed her name recognition at 54 percent. The poll was taken between March 14 and March 27. Pawlenty announced his exploratory committee on March 21.
Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has been chatty lately.
In an interview with Hotline on Call, Coleman reiterated his support for former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid for the presidency:
"I've been on the Tim bandwagon for a while," Coleman said. "In the last cycle I said he'd be a great president ... and I've been consulting on and off with him since."
While describing Rep. Michele Bachmann as a "close friend," Coleman declined to endorse her developing campaign for the White House.
In a separate interview with Politico, Coleman said DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who's up for re-election in 2012, will be tough for Republicans to unseat:
"She's certainly strong. She's got good numbers and good support," he said. "She hasn't been a very polarizing force. Clearly, that's going to be a challenge."
So far, no Republicans have stepped forward to challenge Klobuchar. Repeated calls by MPR News over the past several weeks to the National Republican Senatorial Committee for comment on possible Klobuchar opponents have not been returned.
As Rep. Michele Bachmann tours the country testing the waters for a potential presidential run, she'll be talking a lot about Congress's recent health care overhaul.
In a March 23, 2010 speech in Iowa, Bachmann said that most Americans want to overturn the law.
"From the day it passed one year ago until today, there hasn't been one week that a majority of Americans haven't said 'kill that bill,'" she said.
Bachmann's claim is hard to substantiate, in part because she uses only one poll to back it up.
Bachmann spokesman Andy Parrish points to a Rasmussen Reports poll that's been taken regularly since Congress passed the health care overhaul in March 2010. (As far as PoliGraph can tell, this is the only poll that's asked the question weekly for the past year).
According to that data, a majority of likely voters said they would support repealing the new law. The most recent numbers show that 58 percent of those polled strongly favor or somewhat favor getting rid of the bill.
But that's just one poll. In fact, the numbers are all over the map.
• A Kaiser Family Foundation poll done earlier this year found that 39 percent of participants supported Congress replacing the health care law with a Republican alternative or axing it all together.
• A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 45 percent would support eliminating the law and 46 percent would support keeping the law.
• A January 2011 CNN poll found that 50 percent of voters would support repealing all provisions of the law compared to 42 percent who would support keeping the law intact.
• And a New York Times/CBS poll conducted three times in the last six months shows that less than 50 percent of respondents would support repealing the health care overhaul.
Some of these polls show that voters only want parts of the law overturned, not all of it.
Bachmann's correct that there's solid support for repealing some or all the health care bill. What's unclear is whether the majority of Americans do, or if they have every week for the last year. One poll supports this claim, others don't.
As a result, Bachmann's claim is Inconclusive.
Michele Bachmann, Facebook profile, speech, March 23, 2011
Rasmussen Reports, Health Care Law: 58% Now Favor Health Care Repeal, March 28, 2011
Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: February 2011, accessed March 29, 2011
The New York Times, CBS poll, January 15-19, 2011, accessed March 29, 2011
CNN Opinion Research: January 14-16, 2011, accessed March 29, 2011
NBC/Wall Street Journal Survey, January 13-17, 2011, accessed March 29, 2011
Pollster.com, Health care plan: Favor/Oppose, accessed March 29, 2011
The Washington Post, Is support for repeal vastly overstated?, By Greg Sargent, Jan. 21, 2011
The Humphrey School
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's exploratory presidential campaign is calling "Pawlenty Action" its official "grassroots action network." The website allows Pawlenty supporters to register personal information and earn points for everything from contributing to the campaign to recruiting friends and linking to Pawlenty on Facebook.
Pawlenty's new media consultant Mindy Finn of the Washington, D.C.-based firm Engage told Minnesota Public Radio News that more than 75 percent of grassroots political activity now takes place on the Internet, and that candidates competing against President Obama next year will need tap grassroots energy.
Pawlenty has already garnered considerable attention with highly produced short YouTube videos promoting his book, campaign stops and, most recently, the formation of his presidential campaign exploratory committee.
In addition to spreading the word about Pawlenty, visitors to "Pawlenty Action" can volunteer to help out with campaign work in the early GOP nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.(1 Comments)
Posted at 2:39 PM on March 30, 2011
by Tim Nelson
Filed under: MN Legislature
Gov. Mark Dayton says he's not too happy with the K-12 bill passed by the House early this morning.
"Abolishing integration aid and abolishing the funding for special education is just not something I could support," he said. "I'm glad they raised the per-pupil aid formula. That's something I recommended in my campaign. But I suggested doing it by increasing taxes on the very wealthiest Minnesotans, and once again, I'm baffled why everyone says that everyone has to share the pain, but they won't raise a tax dollar on millionaires and multimillionaires."
Dayton spoke after a photo session this afternoon with the state wresting champions. His comments follow a letter issued last night to the House, regarding the bill as it was being debated. Here it is:
Posted at 3:03 PM on March 30, 2011
by Tim Nelson
Here's the Dayton administration's take on the Senate Health and Human Services Bill, being debated on the floor this afternoon.
Here's the Department of Health letter:
Minnesota Department of Health letter to MN Senate
And here's the Department of Human Services letter.
Posted at 3:26 PM on March 30, 2011
by Tim Nelson
The governor talked about the House K-12 bill briefly this afternoon, but also talked about the endgame for the session.
"I'm still optimistic we'll be done by May 23rd," he said.
"My request would be that they pass the conference reports for anything with revenue or spending, and then lay them on the table," Dayton said, "so again they can see, and I can see, and most importantly the people of Minnesota can see that they have a balanced budget that's been confirmed by Management and Budget and the Department of Revenue as adding up, as being based on valid assumptions. And then we'll have a starting point."
He called those terms part of "an ongoing discussion."
There's some nuance to what he had to say, so we'll let you hear it for yourself:
As an added bonus, here's the four letters the Dayton administration sent the Senate on the state government and veterans services bill this afternoon.
The Office of Enterprise Technology letter
Office of Enterprise Technology letter to MN Senate
Department of Administration letter:
Department of Administration letter to MN Senate
Minnesota Management and Budget Department letter:
Department of Management and Budget letter to MN Senate
Department of Revenue letter:
Department of Revenue letter to MN Senate