Posted at 6:40 AM on June 7, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where legislative Republicans are emboldened on union issues, the White House threatens to veto Paulsen's bill to eliminate the medical device tax, and Walker's victory is an opportunity for Romney.
The Wisconsin recall outcome has emboldened Minnesota Republicans on union issues.
A Minnesota's Bureau of Mediation Services ruling says that part-time firefighters can unionize.
A Washington Co. Commissioner says Sen. Ray Vandeveer's last-minute retirement was "set up" the PiPress reports.
Gov. Mark Dayton has picked a new PUC Chair.
Dayton said that his appointments to a new stadium commission are taking longer than expected.
The state's Independence Party says it will focus on state legislative races this election year, even though two IP candidates are vying to be the party's U.S. Senate candidate this fall.
Former GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton has started a blog.
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint against the Minnesota Family Council, which is supporting the marriage amendment.
The Dayton family has ramped up efforts to defeat marriage amendment.
The marriage amendment mobilizes faith groups.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the voter ID amendment for July 17.
Congress may expand the federal insurance program, but could put the federal government on the hook for billions, the New York Times reports.
The Obama Administration has threatened to veto Rep. Erik Paulsen's bill that would overturn a tax on medical devices.
The House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Chip Cravaack that would prevent the Energy Department from spending money to enforce a requirement that organizations that get grants valued at $1 million or more use energy-efficient light bulbs.
The U.S. House Race
The Rothenberg Political Report says Minnesota's CD-8 is a "pure toss-up."
The U.S. Senate Race
PoliGraph says Bills' claim about the nation's debt and deficit is partly true, but deserves some context.
Walker's victory in Wisconsin signals an opportunity for Mitt Romney.
The New York Times writes that the recall election underscores some challenges for President Barack Obama.
Romney is using job creation to court Latino voters.
June has been a bad month for the Obama campaign, and it could get work, the Associated Press writes.
Tim Pawlenty said that Romney would be stronger on foreign policy than Obama.
Ron Paul says he could have as many as 500 delegates at the RNC in Tampa. "While this total is not enough to win the nomination, it puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!" Paul wrote in a press release.
A $40,000 donation to the Obama or Romney campaign will get you some perks.
WASHINGTON - Michele Bachmann is stepping up her campaign for federal officials to take a deeper look at how Minnesota's Medicaid managed care plans operate.
Later today, the Minnesota Republican congresswoman will send a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking that the federal government conduct an independent, third-party audit of Minnesota's management of the federal-state health care program for the poor.
Bachmann's request comes after a House hearing in April that paid particular attention to Minnesota's contracts with nonprofit managed care organizations and UCare's $30 million payment to the state in 2011.
Under President Obama's 2010 health care law, which Bachmann has stridently opposed, Medicaid will expand to cover an additional 30 million Americans who are currently uninsured. Bachmann and other Republicans are concerned that Medicaid exerts poor oversight over states and contractors who manage Medicaid plans.
Bachmann plans to introduce legislation later this month to require independent Medicaid audits in all states.
A new poll shows President Barack Obama leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 15 percentage points in Minnesota.
The results of Public Policy Polling's latest survey of registered Minnesota voters show that 54 percent of Minnesotans support Obama, while 39 percent support Romney. Seven percent of voters are undecided.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) is a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group's results mirror a separate poll conducted in May by SurveyUSA that shows 52 percent of registered Minnesota voters supporting Obama and 38 percent supporting Romney.
The last time PPP surveyed Minnesotans about their presidential preferences in January of this year, Obama lead Romney by 10 percentage points.
But as with a separate poll released by the same firm earlier this week regarding the marriage amendment, much of Obama's new support is coming from independents. In January, they supported Obama by a margin of 9 percentage points; today, they support Obama by 23 percentage points.
The results show that "Minnesota is not going to be a swing state this fall," said PPP president Dean Debnam in a press release."Barack Obama's standing is very solid there right now and it was one of Mitt Romney's weakest states during the GOP primary season."
Earlier this week, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina talked through strategy in this video , which labeled Minnesota as a "Leans Democratic" state - not a sure thing, as Debnam believes it to be.
The Obama campaign in Minnesota has repeatedly said it is not taking voters here for granted despite a comfortable lead.
PPP surveyed 973 registered Minnesota voters from May 31-June 3. The poll has 3.1 percent margin of error. Read more about the survey here.(1 Comments)