The Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner has restricted access to 'suspicious-activity' that revealed Mall of America security details. The move has angered privacy advocates.
Gov. Dayton holds a jobs meeting in International Falls today.
Gov. Dayton pledges support for homeowners who live near the BWCA fire.
The fire is 19% contained.
School districts defend their funding decisions and the levy referendums.
MPR reports that a new portion of the state budget, state-mandated counseling for seniors entering an assisted living facility, irks the industry.
AP says the state's new fraud czar has his eye on the state's health and welfare programs.
NPR takes a look at whether new voting laws, like requiring people to show a photo ID to vote, suppress fraud or Democratic voters.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss the Central Corridor Light Rail line and push for President Obama's jobs bill at an event in St. Paul today.
Republicans call it "class warfare."
The PoliGraph says Obama's claim on the jobs bill are mostly true.
Retiree benefits for the military could face cuts.
Roll Call says DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are working without outside groups to improve their clout.
GOP Rep. John Kline hosts a Jobs Fair today.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison asks the IRS to clarify rules for gay taxpayers.
Google's search formula faces scrutiny. A Senate Committee holds a hearing on the search engine's history. Both DFL Sen. Al Franken and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar sit on the committee.
Rest in Peace
Eleanor Mondale lost her battle with cancer.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is silent about the FBI raid on his staffers.
Race for President
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann campaigns in Iowa this week. MPR reports that some of her supporters in that state want to see her get her shoes dirty.
She spoke at the California State Party Convention this weekend.
Bachmann also opens up a new line of attack on Rick Perry.
Bachmann also said anti-gay bullying is not a federal issue.
The Star Tribune says Bachmann's ex-staffers say Bachmann has to do it her way.
Bachmann said Solyndra shows Obama's abuse of power.
The GOP candidates revive their private Social Security idea.
The Washington Post says Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney could not be any more different.
CNN says poverty has grown in Rick Perry's Texas.
From MPR's Tom Weber...
A new audit suggests the state's Education Department retool its process for approving and renewing online schools. According to the Legislative Auditor's report, the department doesn't have adequate staff to oversee the booming enrollment for online courses. The report finds that full-time online students made less progress on standardized state math tests than students in traditional schools. It also found that drop-out rates for the full-time online students have increased. In a written response, the state education commissioner said the suggested changes could compromise education quality.
You can read the full report here.
Posted at 2:32 PM on September 19, 2011
by Brett Neely
Filed under: U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON - The revolving door spins again. After leaving DFL Sen. Al Franken's office last month, his former chief of staff Drew Littman has taken a job with a renewable energy company.
According to Politico, which first reported the news, Littman will open a Washington office for California-based Solazyme, which makes biofuels from algae.
Littman joined Franken's staff in July 2009 immediately after the drawn-out election recount. Before working for Franken, Littman was a lobbyist with his own practice and also worked with the powerhouse Washington firm Podesta Associates.