Posted at 6:29 AM on October 19, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
On Tuesday, the NFL increased the pressure on Minnesota's policy makers to get a stadium deal done for the Vikings. NFL executive Eric Grubman suggested on Tuesday that inaction on the stadium front could force the team to leave Minnesota.
You can listen to Dayton and Grubman here.
Dayton also told MPR's Morning Edition that if lawmakers 'duck this' the Vikings could leave.
MPR says one financing option that continues to come up is expanded gambling.
Dayton also held a jobs summit in St. Cloud on Tuesday.
MPR says property taxes are poised to push up rents in Minnesota. The change is due to a change to the state's change in property taxes.
MPR says the Ramsey County Medical Examiner is at the center of a legal challenge by Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.
The Pi Press says 1 in 17 Twin Cities bridges is structurally deficient.
Minnesota submitted an application for a 'Race to the Top' grant.
MnSCU will formally install their new chancellor today.
Democrats Chris Eaton and Jeff Hayden won special elections in two MN Senate seats. The seats were held by Democrats so it won't change the political makeup of the Senate.
Hayden is a sitting state representative so Gov. Dayton will have to call a special election to replace him for January 10. A primary, if needed, will take place on December 6.
Tidbit: Women Winning will endorse Susan Allen in 61B today.
With five weeks to go, there's no consensus on the deficit panel.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced trip to Libya.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen goes to bat for the state's medical device industry.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack wants to put the brakes on a light rail line.
Paulsen will highlight women's owned businesses.
DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty are headed to Tunisia to monitor the elections in that country.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz talked jobs and government spending at a Congress on your Corner event.
Race for President
President Obama looks South to help his bid to keep his job.
Republicans at a GOP debate focused their fire on Herman Cain.
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry tussled in the debate.
MPR takes a look at GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's fundraising and finds that grassroots support may not be enough.
Legendary Las Vegas performer Wayne Newton appeared on Fox News last night and said he's backing Bachmann's campaign for president.
"I watched the entire debate and I can't tell you how proud I am of this lady," Newton said. "I will support this beautiful lady as long as she wants to go."
The two appeared on Fox News with their arms around each other for the entire time they were on the air prompting host Greta Van Susteren to say "It looks like you're on a date!"
Bachmann said she'll take support anywhere she can get it.
"This is the picture of America right here," Bachmann said as she pointed to Newton.
It's difficult to know whether Newton's endorsement will have any impact on Bachmann's chances. But it could help her with fundraising. MPR's Catharine Richert looked at Bachmann's most recent fundraising report and found that more than a third of Bachmann's cash came from senior citizens - a group that is more likely to have a particular fondness for Newton's "You're nobody until somebody loves you."(2 Comments)
WASHINGTON - Former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III is joining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to head the agency's newly-formed Office of Older Americans.
Humphrey, the son of Vice President and former DFL Sen. Hubert Humphrey, served as Minnesota's Attorney General for 16 years between 1983 and 1999.
In a blog post on the agency's website, Humphrey, who at age 69 is himself a senior, explained his new office's mission.
"While we will help track down scams and enforce the law, we will also educate seniors on how to identify and avoid scams before they put their home and savings at risk," wrote Humphrey.
DFL members of Minnesota's congressional delegation praised Humphrey's appointment.
"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau couldn't have picked a more qualified and committed person than Skip," said Rep. Keith Ellison in a statement. "While serving as Minnesota's Attorney General, he created many educational programs to reduce the number of crimes targeting consumers, especially the elderly."
"I am confident that the experience and dedication to justice he brings will enable him to serve America's seniors well in this new role," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a statement.
The CFPB was created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law as a single agency designed to protect American consumers from risky financial products. It's currently leaderless due to Republican opposition to the agency's structure. Republicans have blocked a vote on President Obama's nominee to lead the CFPB, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.
Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann is returning to Minnesota for a fundraiser on Oct. 27.
The event will be held at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis, according to her campaign website.
Supporters can attend for as little as $50, but that only provides admission to the town hall portion of the event. Those who want to stick around for a reception and dinner must pay more. Individuals who give $5,000 - the maximum amount one person can contribute to a presidential candidate between the primary and general elections - will get tickets to the town hall, a private reception, dinner and have the chance to get their picture taken with Bachmann.
Bachmann hasn't said if she will run again for her 6th Congressional District seat if her presidential campaign doesn't work out, but her donor pool in Minnesota is substantial. After California, Minnesota was the second most generous state to Bachmann during the third fundraising quarter, according to an analysis by MPR.
Bachmann brought in nearly $4 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which is quite a bit more than the $1.6 million she raised in the second quarter. She's been spending a lot of her time and resources in Iowa.
Still, it appears she's had trouble widening her base of donors, which will be a challenge for Bachmann as she tries to expand her campaign to other key Republican battleground states.
Building operational capacity in those states is part of her fundraising pitch.
"We are also doing all we can to invest resources and expand our reach in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and other key states," Bachmann said in her e-mail invitation to the Oct. 27 event. "By attending this event in Minneapolis, you will help us keep up the fight in Iowa and continue to grow our base of grassroots support all across the country."
WASHINGTON - Gov. Dayton is three weeks away from offering his plan for a new Vikings stadium in Ramsey County. Today, DFL Rep. Betty McCollum organized a meeting in Washington, DC between county and federal officials to discuss details of how the U.S. government might transfer the site that's under consideration, the former Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills that's now operated by the National Guard.
According to McCollum, the meeting focused on issues such as where the boundary lines between the stadium parcel, sites for future development and a smaller National Guard facility might be, as well as a proposed wildlife corridor and park space. She expected the county and federal officials to reach an agreement about those boundaries by next week.
"When this project advances, the investments made will go a long way to secure the long-term economic well-being of the entire Twin Cities Metropolitan area," said McCollum.
Of course it's still up to the Legislature and governor as to whether and how the project advances.
Posted at 11:15 PM on October 19, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Campaign 2012: U.S. Senate
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arwood says his campaign raised $10,534 in the 3rd Quarter. Arwood issued a news release saying his campaign also has $7,177 left in the bank.
"Since announcing my Senate bid in late August, fundraising has not been my primary focus." Arwood said in a news release. "The resources and energies of my campaign have been focused upon directly engaging the concerns of the men, women and families of Minnesota."
"We have placed our focus on the issues that matter to Minnesotans rather than solely on fundraising," Arwood said in the release.
Arwood is vying for the Republican endorsement with former Rep. Dan Severson. The Federal Election Commission has not published Severson's latest campaign finance report.
Whoever wins the GOP nomination will face DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar's report also hasn't been filed but her campaign reports raising
$934,456 $1,021,263 in the 3rd Quarter. She reports having $4 million in the bank.