Posted at 6:27 AM on September 6, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
MPR is reporting that the Ramsey County Medical Examiner is under investigation after a judge found that he gave false testimony.
MPR is also reporting that Medicaid fraud investigators may be missing on big-time cheats.
Minnesota's toursim is recovering but the shutdown didn't help.
The Star Tribune says the state's schools nabbed $3.8 million for sidewalks.
Stocks in Europe plunged on Monday.
Race for President
President Obama encouraged the GOP to help boost the job market.
The speech comes at a time when Obama's ratings are hitting a new low.
Teamsters President James Hoffa said his union can't deal with the Tea Party (those words were more flattering than how Hoffa described it).
Mitt Romney will release his jobs plan today.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann announced last night that there has been a shakeup on her campaign. Campaign Manager Ed Rollins is stepping aside for health reasons. He will remain as a senior adviser.
The move comes just a day after Rollins told The Washington Post that the race is now between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate," Rollins told the newspaper.
The release says current campaign strategist Keith Nahigian will assume the role of interim Campaign Manager.
The campaign didn't say in their news release that Bachmann's deptuty campaign manager, David Polyansky, is also leaving the campaign. Politico is reporting that Polyansky has a different view of the "way forward" for the campaign.
The move comes as The Des Moines Register is questioning whether Bachmann has to go all-in in Iowa and a New Hampshire paper questioning whether her lack of presence in that state is hurting her chances.
Bachmann and several other candidates appeared at a forum in South Carolina.
Bachmann said she wants to get rid of the Department of Education.
Bachmann visited South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the governor's mansion.
Politico says Perry is the reluctant debater.
The PoliGraph says the DFL claims on President Obama's tax cuts are right.
MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton says he won't endorse in the presidential race.
The White House says the federal costs from Hurricane Irene are $1.5 billion.
The USDA may force meatpackers to disclose pricing practices.
The Washington Post says the members of the debt panel have ties to lobbyists.
U.S. Senate Race
The Independence Party Chair says the party won't back a Senate candidate.
The DFL is not taking the special elections for two Minnesota Senate seats for granted.
Posted at 8:38 AM on September 6, 2011
by Brett Neely
WASHINGTON - As the country commemorates the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, former President George W. Bush will speak at a St. Louis Park synagogue on Sept. 21.
The event, hosted by the Beth El Synagogue, will be limited to just 250 guests and ticket prices start at $1,250.
The news was first reported by The American Jewish World.
In a letter to congregants cited by the newspaper, Beth El president Gil Mann writes:
[Bush's] appearance coincides with the 10th anniversary of 9-11, a time when our country came together with a singular purpose. This national tragedy defined much of his presidency, and the lessons of that time should prove illuminating and provide important perspective today as our country strives to be more united.
His appearance, like those of other world leaders who have spoken at Beth El, such as President Bill Clinton and Israel[i] Prime Minister Ehud Barak, is an important fundraiser for our synagogue.
No press will be allowed to cover the event from inside the temple.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann won some home state support at the Minnesota Republican Party's State Fair booth. The MNGOP held an unscientific straw poll throughout the Fair.
There were 2,300 votes for Bachmann. Texas Gov. Rick Perry finished second with 1,901 votes. Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished third with 1,181 votes. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 617 votes.
Those attending the State Fair were eligible to vote in the straw poll if they visited the MNGOP's State Fair booth.
It's an unscientific poll so shouldn't be viewed as a way to gauge support in Minnesota. Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton dubbed the straw poll at the State Fair as a "fun way to see a candidate's viability" at the State Fair. in other words, it's a little bit of catnip for political watchers.
Here are the results:
TOTAL CAST: 7731
Posted at 12:02 PM on September 6, 2011
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
Democrats in the Minnesota House are planning a series of meetings throughout the state to discuss K-12 education issues.
The two-week roundtable tour will highlight what DFL leaders see as the negative impact of Republican education policies, such as the expanded school funding shift. DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders included the $3.45 billion shift in the budget agreement to end a state government shutdown. But during a State Capitol news conference today, DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen was only blaming Republicans.
"Gov. Dayton was in a situation where the Republicans forced him to do what Republicans have forced the state to face for the last eight years under Gov. Pawlenty as well, which is to not solve it in a balanced way, but to resort to these kind of gimmicks," Thiisen said.
Republican Representative Pat Garofalo, chair of the House Education Finance Committee, said DFL complaints do not reflect reality. He said the K-12 funding bill passed in July provides school districts their first real increase in several years.
"If you take a look at the numbers, you'll see that there's some pretty generous funding increases for school districts, especially considering we had a $5 billion deficit," Garofalo said.