Posted at 6:37 AM on October 10, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Gov. Dayton will visit the fire in northwestern Minnesota and will then hold an economic summit in Thief River Falls today.
Dayton held a similar summit on Friday in Duluth on Friday.
Dayton will host a breakfast on Tuesday at the Governor's Residence for the Minnesota Lynx. The team won the WNBA Championship on Friday night.
Dayton will attend the governor's first pheasant opener in Montevideo next Saturday.
The arrest of a Human Services worker is raising alarms about how Minnesota cares for the state's most vulnerable.
The Pi Press reports that Minnesota's child care ranks among the least affordable in the country.
Forum Communications says local government officials are preparing for property taxpayers' blast.
A Mankato based "green" recycling company that received government subsidies went bankrupt.
Frac sand operations proliferate in the Winona area.
Occupy Wall St.
The protests will continue at Hennepin County government center.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura helped kick off the protest in Minnesota.
Protests are popping up all around the country.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson called the protesters "anarchists, socialists and flower children."
The Star Tribune says the Vikings are worried about a feasibility study that the state will release this week.
France and Belgium agree to nationalize the troubled Dexia bank.
German and French leaders are also promising a blueprint this month that will help ease the crisis.
60 Minutes interviews General Electric President Jeffrey Immelt. President Obama charged Immelt with figuring out to get U.S. firms hiring again.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, says he sees a possible compromise on corporate taxes.
The New York Times says U.S. incomes continue to fall even though the recession ended.
House Republicans may start issuing subpoenas in the Fast and the Furious case.
The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. John Kline's Twitter claim on President Obama's jobs record could use deeper context.
Kline dismissed criticism of his labor bill.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wisconsin's changes to collective bargaining could be a national model.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wrote an op-ed saying her GOP counterparts want to bust unions.
McCollum says it's time to end the war in Afghanistan.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will discuss humanitarian efforts in Libya today at the U of M's Humphrey School.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen was glitter bombed on Friday.
Race for Congress
GOP state Sen. Mike Parry says he'll challenge DFL Rep. Tim Walz.
Democrat Brian Barnes will announce today that he's going to challenge GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen. Barnes is also running ads with the hopes of gaining DFL support.
Race for the President
President Obama's numbers in the key state of Pennsylvania are getting no better.
The Washington Post says the GOP field is vague on solutions for the economy.
Politico says Rick Perry's immigration problem is growing.
The New York Times says Perry will start running TV ads criticizing Romney.
One of the ads accuses Romney of flip-flopping on RomneyCare.
Former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, signs up with Romney's team today.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachman closed her Virginia office.
AP also reports that Bachmann said the debt ceiling fight has kept her out of New Hampshire. The vote on the issue was on August 2.
Politico says Romney's Mormon issue has returned to the campaign.
Herman Cain won the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference's Straw Poll. Bachmann got second.
The Daily Beast asks whether Bachmann can make it to the Iowa Caucuses.
Reuters says Bachmann vows to fight on despite her drop in the polls.
Bachmann also sat down with Fox News on Friday.
Bachmann says her personal finances are $1.28 million but she couldn't say how much she'll make from her book.
Tim Pawlenty will attend the unveiling of his official portrait tonight.
Pawlenty will be on MPR's Midday on Tuesday.
Pawlenty will also speak at the Gridiron Club.
Pawlenty will be on NBC's Meet the Press next week.
Minnesota Republican Party Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb is resigning his position.
Brodkorb announced that he's leaving his position as Deputy Chair because he agreed to serve as an adviser to State Senator Mike Parry's campaign for Congress. Brodkorb said party bylaws bar a party official from backing a candidate prior to an endorsement.
He said he couldn't do both and decided that Parry's campaign is important enough to leave as Deputy Chair. He said he's worked with Parry since Parry ran for the Minnesota Senate in a special election in 2010.
"There would not be a lot of candidates that I would do this for but Sen. Parry is one that I would," Brodkorb said. "I'm honored to do it.
Parry announced last week that he's challenging Democrat Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. Brodkorb, who will serve as a volunteer adviser to Parry's campaign, will keep his job as spokesman for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus.(6 Comments)
A businessman and Navy Reserve veteran from Edina is seeking the DFL endorsement to run against Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District.
Brian Barnes announced his candidacy today at a news conference at the State Capitol. He said Paulsen has campaigned as a moderate but sided with conservative Republicans on major issues.
"He not only broke his promise about creating jobs. He's voted against nearly every jobs bill since he's been in Congress," Barnes said. "This guy has been so reckless that he even played politics with our nation's credit rating."
When asked, Barnes wouldn't say whether he'd vote for President Obama's jobs bill. Instead, he said he wouldn't be in a position to vote for it. Barnes said, however, that there were some strong parts to it.
"It starts by putting 1.9 million people back to work. There are 14 million out so that's a good start. The other thing it does is it takes people who are unemployed and puts them to work in our public schools so people like my mother don't have to put a trash can under a leaky roof."
Barnes said he has not run for political office before but has been active in local DFL politics. He's seeking the DFL Party endorsement and will drop out of the race if he doesn't get it. He also said redistricting is unlikely to change his mind about the race.
"I will challenge Erik Paulsen regardless of where the lines are drawn," Barnes said when asked about his intentions if his Edina home is no longer included in the 3rd District when the political boundaries are redrawn.
Plymouth resident Sharon Sund is also seeking the DFL endorsement.
Paulsen was first elected to Congress in 2008. His spokesman issued a statement saying Paulsen isn't focused on politics right now but is focused on creating jobs and reducing government spending.
On the eve of a presidential debate about the economy, a new poll shows 14 percent of those who lean Republican think Rep. Michele Bachmann would do the most to hurt the economy.
Coming in second is Ron Paul; 11 percent of voters who lean Republican said he would do the most to hurt the economy, according to the Washington Post-Bloomberg News Poll.
It's important to note that 43 percent of those who participated in the survey had no opinion on this question.
When asked who would do the most to improve the economy, 22 percent of Republican leaning participants favor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and 20 percent favor Herman Cain. Bachmann was given the top spot by 3 percent of those surveyed.
About 45 percent of all those surveyed think the economy would be the same if a Republican were president today.
The poll results come on the day before a Washington Post-Bloomberg debate on the economy. You can read more about the survey here.
WASHINGTON - Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign today announced the hiring of two high-level staffers to beef up her presence in South Carolina and replace some high-level political talent after recent staff shakeouts have thinned the campaign's top ranks.
One of the hires is Guy Short, who will serve as the campaign's national political director. Short has already been working for Bachmann in various capacities, including as a political and fundraising consultant, since at least 2010. He previously worked for former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) and has close ties to the religious conservative wing of the Republican party.
Short has helped managed Bachmann's political action committee MICHELEPAC, which organized much of Bachmann's travel before she officially entered the race.
The other new hire is Ron Thomas, who the campaign describes as a senior advisor for South Carolina. According to a press release from the campaign, Thomas served as a deputy assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush and has extensive links to the South Carolina Republican party.
Bachmann's campaign has paid increasing attention to South Carolina, with its large population of conservative evangelical voters, in recent weeks. Bachmann's recent appearances have included a hard sell to that constituency. She's argued that Republicans should nominate the most conservative candidate that they can this cycle rather than settling for a moderate compromise candidate who can appeal to independent voters.
After peaking this summer, the latest polls show that Bachmann's support has cratered. A recent nationwide Washington Post/Bloomberg poll shows her drawing 4 percent support.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is apologizing for characterizing the OccupyMN protesters at the Hennepin County Government Center as "socialists, anarchists, flower children" who were "very messy."
On his blog today, Johnson, who also serves as Minnesota's Republican National Committeeman, said the remarks were unscripted and that he went for some "cheap applause."
I made the comment off-the-cuff in a joking way to a group of conservative activists. And while it was not meant for public consumption, when I read it in print later it certainly came off as rather mean and obnoxious (to use my own term).
I try to teach my two boys not to live their lives in different "boxes" where they act one way in one setting and completely differently in another - maybe saying something to friends or on Facebook that they wouldn't think of saying at home or in church. Obviously, I wasn't practicing what I preach as I wouldn't have used terms like that, even in jest, in any other public setting.
Now, let me say, I have read what are purported to be some of the "demands" of the Occupy Wall Street crowd - which is the genesis of the Occupy Minnesota crowd - and I couldn't more vehemently disagree with many of them (universal government healthcare, free college education for all, completely open borders, trillions in new spending, elimination of secret ballot votes in union organizing campaigns, etc). And I frankly get very annoyed at the propensity of some to blame our greatest problems on the free market or successful businessmen and women rather than on government policies and the politicians who have gotten us into this massive mess.
Nonetheless, going for a little cheap applause by calling people names isn't the way to respond.
I'm never afraid to take on anyone's argument when I disagree - and that will never change - but I have always tried to keep political disagreements from turning personal and have worked hard to listen to and work with those whose views might be quite different from mine. I probably didn't represent that philosophy very well on this one.
Johnson later wrote on Twitter that he met with a few of the protesters. He said they were "decent people with VERY different views from me of what ails our country."
Side note: Johnson characterized our initial reporting of his comments as "hastily reported." It should be noted that his comments were posted on the blog and ran on the radio several hours after he made the comments. I also consulted with our political editor, Mike Mulcahy, as to whether Johnson's comments were worthy of reporting. We decided to publish the comments since the protests were being held at Johnson's place of work - the Hennepin County Government Center.(8 Comments)
Pawlenty was the guest of honor for a private ceremony to unveil his official portrait. But the state's 39th governor, who's been keeping a relatively low profile the past couple of months, had more than art on his mind. On his early exit from the GOP field of presidential candidates, following a poorer than expected showing in the Iowa straw poll, Pawlenty said that decision came down to running out of money and going into debt.
"We made some decisions that I think with the benefit of hindsight I would have done differently," Pawlenty said. "I think if we had it to do over again we would have probably metered out our resources lighter earlier so we could have made them last longer. Instead, we went for a more dramatic piece of progress in that early Iowa contest, and I think we should have made a different decision."
Pawlenty said since leaving the campaign trail he's been trying to reclaim the life he put on hold two years ago. He's also looking for a job. Pawlenty said he has several part-time, private sector opportunities in the works.
"I might serve on a board or two," he said. "I might get involved with a think tank or a nonprofit or a policy group. I might do some consulting. I might invest in some businesses or start a business. So, I've got six or eight ideas, and maybe two or three of them will actually come to fruition."
Asked if he might return to politics someday, Pawlenty said he really doesn't know what the future holds. He also didn't rule out a future campaign.