Posted at 7:26 AM on September 1, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where we take a look at Wisconsin's jobs numbers, we learn that honor guards will get funding after all, and we watch as Washington is gripped by a scheduling crisis.
After cutting funds for groups that provide funeral honors for veterans, the Veterans Affairs Commission says it will continue providing the money.
The PoliGraph says that the Senate GOP's claim that Wisconsin expanded its workforce after cutting taxes is misleading.
Sen. Amy Koch will be at the State Fair today, as will Gov. Mark Dayton.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers spoke with fair-goers on Wednesday.
Rep. Michele Bachmann will address the American Legion this morning.
Reps. Keith Ellison and Nancy Pelosi talked about famine in Africa at the U.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting finds that $60 billion in U.S. funding has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years.
Sen. Al Franken cheered the U.S. Justice Department's decision to go to court to block a merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.
The Race for President
MPR's Midday profiled Bachmann.
The Los Angeles Times says Bachmann is an outsider among her peers on Capitol Hill.
She's back in Iowa touting her jobs policy.
Over the weekend, Bachmann said she'd be open to drilling in the Everglades. Fellow tea party supporter Florida Rep. Allan West said in a town hall meeting that the comment was "an incredible faux pas."
She's facing electability questions in the South.
A pro-Bachmann super PAC is running ads against Texas Gov. Rick Perry in South Carolina.
Politico reports that Perry has stirred the progressive base in a way that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama haven't. Dem strategist James Carville says, "We'd all prefer Michele Bachmann."
Obama wanted to lay out his jobs plan to Congress on Sept. 7.
House Speaker John Boehner said no.
It may have been because the GOP presidential candidates were due to debate that night, too.
Obama will speak the next evening - the same night as the NFL opener.
Arizona may move its primary, which could prompt other states to do the same. WaPo has a primer on states to watch, and Minnesota is mentioned (as not much of a threat to the line-up).
The Vikings Stadium
The Ramsey County Charter Commission has punted a possible vote to October.
Minnesota Congresswoman and 2012 GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann has added tough national security talk to her stump speech since Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the field of Republican presidential candidates. Her speech at the American Legion gives her a chance to build on that message.
Dianne Corbett of Nebraska is attending the convention in Minneapolis with her husband, who's a member of the American Legion. Corbett said she was looking forward to hearing Bachmann's speech. She said she has a lot of interest in Bachmann's presidential campaign.
"I like her direct approach to questions," said Corbett.
Since Perry got into the race, Bachmann's standing in most polls has plunged from second to a distant forth place. Corbett said that doesn't mean much at this stage of the contest. She thinks Bachmann is still very much in the race for the nomination.
"I think it's too early to put too much into the polls," said Corbett.
President Obama spoke at the legion's national convention Tuesday.
The gathering wraps up today.(4 Comments)
Posted at 10:54 AM on September 1, 2011
by Mark Zdechlik
Filed under: Michele Bachmann
During a speech this morning at the American Legion national convention in Minneapolis, Republican Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said President Obama is failing to lead when it comes to foreign policy.
In the half hour speech Bachmann praised the "peace through strength" approach to foreign affairs of Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
"We are home to the greatest military force the world has ever known and it is my intention to keep it that way," Bachmann said.
President Obama addressed the American Legion in Minneapolis on Tuesday, pledging not to allow Congress to balance the budget on the backs on veterans.
The convention ends today.
Donors in the finance and real estate sectors are making sizeable contributions to GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann's war chest, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a group that tracks campaign fundraising.
According to the group, Bachmann has so far raised $3.6 million. Of that, $1.4 million came from people contributing more than $200.
Donors who list employment in the financial sector have contributed at least $129,675 to Bachmann, according to the Center's research. That's about 9.4 percent of her itemized receipts.
Coming in second are donors from the health sector, who gave in the range of $65,200 to Bachmann. General business gave her $49,600 and agribusiness gave her $40,875.
While the latter may not seem like a lot of cash, CRP notes that of all the candidates, she's the most reliant on agribusiness money.
Bachmann's still getting most of her funding from people who are giving less than $200 - donations that don't need to be itemized.
To see how she stacks up against the other candidates, check out CRP's report here.