It's one day before the New Hampshire Primary and folks are already focusing on South Carolina. The reason is because Romney is all but certain to win New Hampshire.
CNN reports that several candidates plan to rely on South Carolina to stop Mitt Romney's march to the nomination.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman rips Mitt Romney's claim that he created 100,000 jobs.
Romney countered the media narrative by saying he knows what it is like to fear a pink slip.
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tangled in a debate on Sunday.
Tim Pawlenty campaigned for Romney over the weekend.
The National Journal says there's little talk about the federal health care law now that Michele Bachmann is out of the race.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison, head of the Progressive Caucus, says Democrats have to be 100 percent behind President Obama.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton will chair the Governor's American Indian Education Summit today.
The Pi Press reports that Susan Thornton is back in as the top staffer of the LCCMR. Speaker Zellers fired Thornton a few weeks ago.
MPR says the Minnesota Senate's budget could force significant layoffs.
A sex offender, who is currently being treated in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, is asking to be released.
The Minnesota Supreme Court could weigh in on whether more sex abuse cases go to trial.
More Minnesota students are earning college credit in high school.
The Star Tribune says the Vikings have been told that the Arden Hills site is not workable.
Gov. Dayton wants the stadium plans by Thursday.
GOP Rep. John Kline released his draft bills to replace the federal No Child Left Behind law.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he hopes the worst of the partisan gridlock has passed.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, and Tuscon marked the one year anniversary of an attack that left several dead and severely injured Giffords.
The Red Lake Tribe got a grant from the EPA.
Minnesota's new GOP Chair tells the Star Tribune that he thinks ideas can trump the turmoil in the party.
Race for Legislature
There are special elections in two Minneapolis districts on Tuesday. Democrats Kari Dziedzic (SD 59 and Susan Allen (HD 61B) are heavy favorites.
Race for Congress
Republican Allen Quist will start campaigning in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. He's in Fairmont tonight.
Posted at 11:52 AM on January 9, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
Democrats in the Minnesota House are making some staffing changes in advance of the 2012 election season.
The DFL House Caucus announced in a news release today that Zach Rodvold, Director of Legislative and Caucus Services, will move to the House DFL Caucus campaign. Rodvold's new job as Campaign Director begins on Jan. 17. Jaime Tincher will take over Rodvold's old job of Director of Legislative and Caucus Services.
Posted at 1:34 PM on January 9, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Political parties
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has agreed to investigate the Republican Party of Minnesota for alleged campaign finance violations.
The watchdog group Common Cause Minnesota filed a complaint last week alleging that the state party had circumvented disclosure laws by failing to reveal its role in management of a fund aimed at financing the 2010 recount in the
Common Cause issued a news release today announcing the investigation, which is expected to take several months.
"Common Cause is calling on the Republican Party of Minnesota to release all the documents related to the investigation," said Mike Dean, Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota. "The Republican Party of Minnesota has broken the trust of party activists and the public by hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending. Now is the time to be open and honest about its party finances."
Dean said the party could face a fine of up to $1.1 million.
Posted at 4:34 PM on January 9, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Vikings stadium
One of the most vocal stadium opponents in the Minnesota Legislature is accusing the head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission of manipulating numbers and lobbying on behalf of the Vikings.
Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, took his latest shot in a letter to Ted Mondale, the chair of the commission. Marty accused Mondale of using "biased, and at times, inaccurate information" during a Senate hearing last month. He said the chairman tried to show the proposed levels of $665 million in public money and $425 million in private money are similar to the levels used to build other recent NFL stadiums. In an interview, Marty said the Vikings are actually seeking the biggest ever public share.
"I really don't think Minnesotans want to have the record largest subsidy for any sports team in history," Marty said. "And the sports facilities commission and a lot of politicians seem to think that's perfectly okay."
Marty also scolded Mondale for lobbying for the public subsidy rather than trying to negotiate a bigger private share.
Mondale did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Mondale fired back at Marty, whose allegations he said were not accurate.
"We'll respond to him, but I think his allegations that somehow there's something afoul here are just absolutely wrong," Mondale said. "And I think the debate would be better served if we kept to the facts."
Mondale said that he's trying, at the direction of Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative authors, to negotiate a deal that will work for the state, the team and the local partner.