Posted at 6:53 AM on October 3, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
MPR reports that there's a showdown coming over health insurance exchanges in Minnesota.
Gov. Dayton and GOP lawmakers continue to point fingers over the state budget deal they reached in July.
Dayton heads to North Carolina today for a Democratic Governors Association meeting. He returns to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Dayton wrapped up his Trade Mission to South Korea on Saturday.
More of Minnesota's schools are missing the mark when it comes to the federal No Child Left Behind standard.
The PoliGraph says GOP Sen. Julianne Ortman's comments on property taxes are true but need greater context.
The Star Tribune takes a look at where some of the Legacy money is going.
KSTP reports a group plans to bring the Wall St. protests to Minnesota.
The New York Times takes a look at the Voter ID laws that have passed in several states across the country.
A court panel will start public hearings this week.
Vikings Wide Receiver Bernard Berrian told the co-author of the Vikings Stadium to "sit down n shut up" on Twitter after Kriesel took issue with one of Berrian's tweets that analyzed yesterday's game.
The Pi Press takes the "Vikings can go to L.A. angle."
The Star Tribune says a third Vikings stadium has emerged.
The Star Tribune reports that an anti-suicide program for the military is running low on funds.
There's a disagreement on the debt panel as to which tax breaks are worth keeping.
GOP Rep. John Kline says the debt panel needs to succeed.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is in Egypt.
Ellison also called for a probe of Supreme Court justices.
Race for Congress
AP asks whether Michele Bachmann can return to her seat in Congress.
ECM says GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack's two-state family could be an issue in the campaign.
Race for President
The Washington Post dropped a bombshell story on Rick Perry and a camp his family owned. The name of the camp had a racially charged name.
Perry worked to deflect scrutiny of the camp.
Herman Cain said Perry showed insensitivity over the name of the camp.
The New York Times says Romney tried to raise business taxes during his time as governor.
MPR wonders whether small donors can keep Bachmann in the race.
MPR also says her 3rd Quarter numbers are also under scrutiny.
Bachmann targeted Perry on immigration.
Bachmann said she had concerns over China's rising influence.
The L.A. Times says Bachmann is sputtering in Iowa.
The PoliGraph says Bachmann's claim on polling ignores the numbers.
The MNGOP is keeping the Feb. 7 date for precinct caucuses.
WASHINGTON - Congress continues to inch forward on authorizing a replacement for the aging bridge crossing the St. Croix River in Stillwater. The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to mark up a bill sponsored by Rep. Michele Bachmann allowing construction of a new bridge.
If the bill passes through the full committee, it will then head to the House floor for a vote. A companion bill in the Senate authored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar has not yet received committee approval. Bachmann's bill is co-sponsored by fellow Minnesota Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, as well as Reps. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Ron Kind (D-WI).
If passed, the bill would be most significant piece of legislation authored by Bachmann, who's running for the GOP presidential nomination, to receive Congressional approval.
A replacement bridge requires Congressional approval because the St. Croix River is protected by the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which generally prohibits significant new structures around protected rivers.
Congressional sources have told MPR News that to speed the process, Bachmann has agreed to substitute Klobuchar's bill language for her own at this upcoming hearing.
Last month, Bill Berndt, a lobbyist for the coalition advocating for a new bridge, told MPR News that he anticipated significant Congressional action on the bridge in October.
Over the summer, Gov. Dayton had set a Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to authorize a bridge in order to allow MNDOT to redirect the funding set aside for the span to be used for other projects. Last week, MNDOT told MPR News that the Sept. 30 deadline was "no longer valid" and that the agency was working with Minnesota's Congressional delegation to push through passage of the authorizing legislation.
Posted at 4:01 PM on October 3, 2011
by Brett Neely
Filed under: U.S. House
WASHINGTON - A new bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. John Kline and Collin Peterson would give states greater latitude to manage the size of migrating flocks of cormorants.
The birds are protected under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act but Kline and Peterson say an overpopulation of cormorants has caused damage in their districts, displacing other species and fouling the air and water with waste.
Under the current law, states must submit plans to control the population to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval. Under Kline and Peterson's bill, governors would have authority to manage the bird populations, with that authority subject to review every five years.
Kline and Peterson are both hunters and earlier this year were both named "Top Guns" after a target shooting competition sponsored by Congressional Sportsmans' Caucus.
You can read the bill here.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said during his Monday news conference that wide receiver Bernard Berrian called Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, to apologize. Berrian and Kriesel got in a Twitter spat on Sunday over whether Berrian was open during yesterday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them," Berrian wrote to Kriesel. "and if not sit down n shut up!!" Berrian wrote in another tweet.
Kriesel is a Vikings fan and co-author to a bill that would provide public financing for a new Vikings Stadium. Frazier said he expects Berrian to "handle things the right way."
Here's the q and a from Frazier's news conference that focused on Berrian:
Q: Bernard Berrian came out on Twitter last night and got into some sparring matches with fans and implied that he hadn't gotten the ball as much as he wants in four years. Have you talked to him about that? Do you discourage forms of communication like that via social media?
A: Yeah, I have talked to Bernard and we do, as a matter of fact, Bob (Hagan) and some of our PR people actually talk with our team prior to at least when we come to training camp just about social media and what our relationship should be with social media. It's something that we've talked about, something we'll continue to deal with and talk about and Bernard kind of knows where we stand on that issue and we'll move on from there.
Q: One of the things that Bernard sent to the state lawmaker was telling him to "sit down and shut up." He happens to be the co-sponsor of the stadium bill, your reaction to that?
A: I do know that Bernard called to apologize for the exchange and that was encouraging. We want to make sure that our focus is on football and trying to win football games. I think going forward he'll handle things the right way.
Q: Do you worry that an 0-4 start will affect the momentum for a stadium?
A: I would hope not. We need a stadium, there's no doubt about that. There's no question about it. I hope that our fans and constituents across the state understand the importance of it. We're going to do all we can, we are doing all we can to get our season turned around. Whether we are 15 and whatever or 0-4 at this point, hopefully it doesn't interfere with the fact that we need a new stadium.
You can read Frazier's full news conference here.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's senior advisor, Andy Parrish, is returning to his old job as chief of staff in Bachmann's congressional office. Parrish relocated this past summer to the Des Moines, Iowa, area to work for the campaign full-time.
Two other congressional staffers, Doug Sachtleben and Kimberley Rubin, who handled press and scheduling tasks in Bachmann's Washington, D.C. office, also have left the campaign, according to Bachmann's 2012 campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart.
Since Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Bachmann's standing in most polls has plunged. Last month, Bachmann lost her high-profile campaign manager, Ed Rollins, leading to speculation that she was running short on campaign cash.
Stewart said the latest staff changes were not forced by a lack of money and instead were part of the "plan all along." Stewart said Parrish, Sachtleben and Rubin took temporary leaves from Bachmann's congressional office to help "staff-up" Bachmann's campaign in Iowa and in New Hampshire.
Earlier, it was reported that Bachmann pollster Ed Goeas also plans to leave the campaign.
Bachmann's campaign has said that Rollins' departure was due to his poor health and that his main role was to help Bachmann secure her Ames Straw Poll victory in mid-August.
Stewart said said while the three former congressional staffers are headed back to their old jobs, Bachmann's presidential campaign has added other staff and is, "on track to execute its strategy."
UPDATE: It is unclear whether Parrish is assuming his previous chief-of-staff role in Bachmann's congressional office. Stewart says only that Parrish and the others are returning to Bachmann's congressional office.
UPDATE: Bachmann's congressional spokeswoman Becky Rogness tells MPR News Parrish will take on the role of "Special Projects Coordinator" at Bachmann's congressional office.