Posted at 7:00 AM on October 25, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest where Minneapolis again weighs-in on the Vikings Stadium debate, Obama lays out new mortgage rules in Nevada, and Bachmann's New Hampshire staff speaks about their departure.
Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak made the case that Minneapolis would be the least costly place for the new Vikings stadium.
There's growing concern that the Ramsey County site isn't ideal.
A racino could bring in $137 million annually to help pay for the stadium, according to a new fiscal note prepared by the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton will be attending his jobs summit in St. Paul today.
The Star Tribune previews the meeting, and details a Republican jobs plan unveiled yesterday.
The debate over whether to allow daycare workers to unionize went to St. Cloud and Rochester.
The Post-Bulletin reports that community leaders are distancing themselves from a plan to expand the Rochester Civic Center because of politics.
Is farmland the next real estate bubble?
Dan Severson, who hopes to run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year, raised roughly $35,000 this quarter.
Some area restaurants are passing tip-related fees to wait staff, MPR's Martin Moylan reports.
The OccupyMN protests have so far cost the state $200,000.
President Barack Obama was in Nevada - a state hit hard by the foreclosure crisis - to tout his new plan to let more people refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The Washington Post smells politics.
Money and Politics
Politico writes about super PACs. Former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is quoted. He's leading a new fundraising organization that will help center-right Republicans running for Congress.
Two of Tim Pawlenty's former fundraisers are hosting an event for Herman Cain.
On the Campaign Trail
Rep. Michele Bachmann's former New Hampshire staff speaks out after calling it quits late last week. The group said that the national staff was dismissive and, at times, "cruel." You can read the press release here.
The shake-up could hurt Bachmann's chances in the Granite State.
The health care law Mitt Romney backed as governor of Massachusetts included a program that allows undocumented immigrants access to publicly subsidized care.
Today's Midmorning broadcast will focus on immigration.
The New York Times looks at Romney's position on the flat tax.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally announces his economic plan today, which will include an optional flat tax.
Perry is poised to launch a major ad buy in Iowa.
He's got new people on his team.
The ad buy and the new team members signal that Perry is trying to reinvigorate his campaign, the New York Times reports.
Herman Cain has been accused of flip-flopping on abortion. Did he?
Bachmann's profile in the latest edition of People Magazine. MPR News will be tracking down a copy today.
From MPR's Tom Weber:
Sen. Al Franken said Tuesday he's still hopeful Congress will approve a bipartisan replacement for the No Child Left Behind law.
The Minnesota DFLer sits on the Senate education committee, which forwarded its bill last week to the full Senate. But even if the Senate passes the bill, it's unclear whether it could be reconciled with the Republican-controlled House version.
In an interview with MPR News, Franken said the Senate's work should push the House.
"I think that our bill, by virtue of actually being a good bill and a very important bill and one that had bi-partisan support, will put pressure on the House to come up with something that's also bipartisan and that also makes a lot of positive steps toward taking what was an irrational system and making it rational," Franken said
The Senate bill would drop a controversial measurement called "adequate yearly progress." Some Republicans have said there would still be too much federal control over education. A Senate vote is expected by year's end.
Franken toured Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis Tuesday to discuss education.
Franken successfully offered four amendments to the education bill during last week's Senate committee deliberations. They would:
- Allow states to use computer-adaptive testing that includes questions above and below grade level (Minnesota used computer adaptive this year on the MCA math test, but questions had to remain within grade level)
- Create competitive grants aimed at placing principal candidates in high-need and rural schools along with a mentor principal (Franken wants funding to come from existing budgeted resources).
- Bolster laws that allow foster children to stay in the same school, even if they move to a new home outside that school or district's boundary.
- Clarify that districts would not have to force teachers to transfer schools in the name of equalizing funding between higher and lower-income schools.
One bill Franken didn't push for in committee was a measure protecting gay and lesbian students from discrimination. The DFLer withdrew the measure from committee consideration, even though he believes he would have had enough votes to approve it, because he says he was told it could be a "poison pill" that doomed the entire No Child Left Behind reauthorization.
Franken said he will now try to attached the so-called Student Non-Discrimination Act on the Senate floor, where he'll need 60 votes.
"We know the seven Republicans that I'd have to pick up are, and I've actually talked to, I think, every one of those seven," Franken said. "I have reason to believe that all of them may end up supporting it."
The measure would guarantee federal protections for LGBT students the way the Civil Rights Act protects people of color. Franken wants it added to whatever replaces the No Child Left Behind education law.
That floor debate has not yet been scheduled. But even if it passes the Senate, its chances are less certain in the GOP-led House. Minnesota Rep. John Kline, a Republican, chairs the House Education committee and has not included any such discrimination language so far.
Also on Tuesday, Franken and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to determine whether so-called "stalking apps" for smart phones are legal.
Posted at 5:50 PM on October 25, 2011
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Campaign 2012: U.S. Senate
With MPR's Mike Mulcahy...
Another Republican says he wants to run against DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar in 2012.
Anthony Hernandez of St. Paul says it's time for a new generation of politicians to try to solve the nation's problems and get people back to work.
"We need to have a resurgence in the private sector," Hernandez told MPR News. "President Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar 's policies of stimulus spending--it's obviously not working. Because ever since they bailed out the banks in 2008 unemployment keeps going up, our national debt keeps going up and quite literally we're selling out the future of our young children who aren't being represented right now in the Senate or Congress or really in any level of government."
(Editor's note: It should be noted that President Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program into law. Klobuchar voted for the measure. Barack Obama also voted for the measure when he was in the U.S. Senate.)
Hernandez, 32, has never held elective office, although he has run unsuccessfully for state Senate against DFL Sen. Dick Cohen.
Hernandez says he will run on a campaign theme of requiring term limits for members of Congress and on a plan to ensure the federal budget is balanced. Hernandez said he favors portions of Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan and, like many Republicans, wants to repeal President Obama's health care law.
Republicans Dan Severson and Joe Arwood have also said they're running for Senate.
Democrat Jeff Hayden of Minneapolis was sworn in today as the newest member of the Minnesota Senate. Hayden, who won a special election last week, was sworn in by Hennepin County District Court Judge Tanya Bransford in the State Capitol Senate Chamber.
Hayden is replacing Linda Berglin who retired in August. He says his main focus will be on jobs and economy.
"We're working very hard in distressed neighborhoods to get people trained and to work," Hayden said.
Hayden said he wants to make sure that if a new Vikings stadium or a new casino is built that people from the urban core are hired for those jobs. He said, however, that it would be hard for him to support a new Vikings stadium.
"My district has consistently said they don't want public money for stadiums," Hayden said. "They said they want public funding for infrastructure projects like schools and roads and light rail."
Hayden is no stranger to the Minnesota Legislature. He served in the Minnesota House from 2008 until today. Gov. Dayton has called a special election to replace Hayden for for January 10. A primary, if needed, will take place on December 6.
Hayden won't hold the title of newest member of the Minnesota Senate for long.
Democrat Chris Eaton will be sworn in on Friday. She won a special election for a seat that includes Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. That seat was vacated when Linda Scheid died in June.
Photo credit: David Oakes, Senate Media Services(2 Comments)