Dayton created a broadband group.
Dayton's office is also pushing back on a report that says Dayton proposed ending the Market Value Homestead Credit. Dayton's spokeswoman says it's not true. She says the GOP put forward the cut in its initial budget.
Tidbit: That's why you negotiate in public.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness proposes spending cuts and tax hikes to offset the LGA cuts in the city budget.
The Star Tribune says businesses are helping write new school lessons.
State parks have rebounded after the shutdown.
Same-sex marriage amendment
MPR reports that groups are aiming to sway fair goers on the marriage amendment.
President Obama speaks at the American Legion's national convention next week. Jobs for veterans will be a major issue.
The Mankato Free Press says DFL Rep. Tim Walz has also been pushing the issue.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison wants the Super Committee to focus on jobs.
Ellison and GOP Rep. John Kline will be making the rounds (not together) at the State Fair today.
The feds are taking more comments on gray wolf de-listing plan.
Race for Senate
Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie is pondering a run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Race for President
The AFL-CIO says it will ditch the Democrats and build their own political structure.
An AP poll says most Republicans are happy with the GOP field.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachamnn campaigns in Florida today.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley joined Bachmann at a town hall in South Carolina.
Bachmann is slated to return to Iowa next week.
DFL Sen. Al Franken on whether Bachmann has a legitimate shot at winning the nomination: "I hope so."
Mitt Romney is sticking to his strategy despite the surge by Rick Perry.
New York Gov. George Pataki will not run.
The MNGOP will hold a State Fair Straw Poll.
The head of the Minnesota DFL Party is calling on Republican members of the state's congressional delegation to support an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
Chairman Ken Martin tried to turn up the heat on Reps. Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack, John Kline and Erik Paulsen today during a conference call with reporters. Martin said Republicans who do not support President Obama's proposed extension of the payroll tax cut will violate their pledge to oppose tax increases.
"We're in a tough economic time right now," Martin said. "And if we're going to raise taxes on anyone, we should be raising taxes on those that are most able to afford it, not the 3.1 million Minnesotans that are in the middle class that would be hit hardest by this proposal that the Republicans put forward."
Martin said none of four Minnesota GOP members of Congress have yet taken a clear stand on the issue. His comments echo a similar message that Democrats nationwide have been using against Republicans.
Here's more news on something we've been hearing all week:
Tea Party supporters like Rick Perry.
A new poll from Gallup shows that the Texas governor has 35 percent support among Republicans who identify themselves members of the Tea Party movement.
The same poll shows Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied with 14 percent support among the same group of voters.
It's a trend that's been developing since Perry entered the race on Aug. 13. MPR has more on the subject here.
A look back at a similar poll conducted in July shows that Perry's really shaken up the race. A month ago, before Perry announced his bid, Romney held a slight edge over Bachmann among Tea Party supporters, 29 percent to 23 percent.
What's also interesting about this poll is how Perry fares with voters when it comes to specific issues. He has 25 percent support among Republicans who say business and the economy are their most important issues. Bachmann comes in a distant fourth after Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 8 percent support.
Perry also eclipses her among voters who say social or moral values are their priority with 38 percent support; Bachmann has 10 percent support.
Read more about Gallup's nationwide poll here.(3 Comments)
GOP Rep. John Kline says he's staying out of the 2012 race for president now that Republican Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the race. Kline was an initial backer of Pawlenty's campaign. He worked to secure support for Pawlenty among his colleagues in the U.S. House and hosted fundraisers for Pawlenty in Washington D.C.
Kline, who represents Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, said he was surprised by Pawlenty's poor showing in the Iowa Straw poll but said Pawlenty made the right decision to drop out of the race. Kline says he's not prepared to back another candidate.
"I just want to see how the field develops," Kline told MPR News. "I had a lot vested in my friend and constituent and former governor. I'm not at all eager to just jump in someplace else."
Kline said he wasn't prepared to back GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign. Bachmann represents Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District which borders part of Kline's district.
Kline called Bachmann "a friend" who "has certainly been a powerful force in the presidential race" but Kline suggested he believes the experience of a governor or a major military commander is best suited for a presidential candidate.
"I think that's the background you need," Kline said.
(H/T Mark Zdechlik)