Posted at 6:18 AM on June 28, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest where a Supreme Court decision on the health care law is expected around 9 a.m. CT. Tune into MPR for live coverage.
Rep. Kurt Bills' campaign and the Minnesota for Marriage campaign say they were hacked.
Minnesota Vikings Chris Kluwe is working to defeat the marriage amendment.
FEMA officials are surveying the flood damage in Duluth.
The Legislature's lawyers defend the voter ID amendment language in a brief, the Star Tribune reports.
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is running ads on the anniversary of last year's government shutdown in specific districts.
PoliGraph says that the Minnesota GOP is right about Tarryl Clark's tax record. She's running in the 8th Congressional District.
Expect the Supreme Court to issue its decision on the health care law today.
MPR's Brett Neely in Washington will be on the Daily Circuit.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to repeal the health care law if the Supreme Court doesn't overturn it.
Politico lays out win-lose scenarios based on the outcome of the court's decision.
#OtherSCOTUSpredictions was trending on Twitter last night. Capitol View found this one from @KWatt - aka Kevin Watterson, House GOP Media Services Director - especially hilarious: "Court finds 8-1 that frozen yogurt is practically ice cream, Breyer dissents. #otherSCOTUSpredictions"
Rep. Keith Ellison co-authored an op-ed about this week's Supreme Court decision regarding Montana's campaign finance rules.
The aging Supreme Court raises the stakes of this year's presidential election, the New York Times reports.
The U.S. House plans to vote today on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to hand over documents dealing with the "Fast and Furious" operation.
Some Democrats, including Rep. Collin Peterson, will be voting in favor of the measure.
Time is running out to pass a transportation bill this year. Politico reports, and mentions Rep. Chip Cravaack.
An unintended consequence of last year's bin Laden raid, according to the LA Times: polio vaccines are being outlawed in some parts of Pakistan. The CIA used a phony vaccination program to track down bin Laden.
From the NYT Magazine: a profile of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Presidential Campaign
Slate writes that Mitt Romney has a problem with specifics.
Obama's swing state ads appear to be working, suggests a new poll.
Vulnerable Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama.
WASHINGTON - It's not just the Supreme Court's healthcare decision that has Capitol Hill's attention Thursday. The U.S. House will also vote on a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to share information about a botched gun tracking operation.
The Obama Administration and many Democrats in Congress call the Republican-led effort a political witch hunt but some Minnesota Democrats are weighing whether to support the motion.
Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson told Politico he would vote to hold Holder in contempt while 1st District Representative Tim Walz told MPR News that he's on the fence about how to vote. Walz said Wednesday afternoon that he planned to review documents about the operation the Administration has shared with Congress in order to help make his decision.
"I'm going always, I think, to err on the side of information due to Congress needs to be delivered to Congress and so that's kind of where I'm coming from," said Walz.
Both Walz and Peterson have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which has accused Holder of using the gun tracking operation as a pretext to take away guns from legal gun owners.
Rep. Walz will vote to hold Holder in contempt. He just issued this statement:
"I've long had concerns about the "Fast and Furious" program. It was poorly conceived, unacceptable mistakes were made, and questions were left unanswered. It is the responsibility of Congress to conduct oversight and to ensure transparency that is needed to protect the integrity of our democracy. To do its job, Congress must have access to all of the information it needs to make independent, sound judgments on behalf of the American people.
"Five years ago, when I voted to hold President Bush's Administration Officials in contempt, I said we have to stay consistent in our oversight of executive branch officials. After reviewing the facts carefully, I came to the same conclusions as I did in 2007. There are just too many unanswered questions surrounding "Fast and Furious," and the American people deserve to know more. Therefore, I will support the vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt for failure to provide requested information."
There's been plenty of reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's health care overhaul plan.
Politicians on both sides of the issue have been sending out news releases and commenting via Twitter. Here are some of the key quotes:
Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin
"Millions of Minnesotans just breathed a sigh of relief. Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which will expand health coverage, lower out-of-pocket costs and end insurance industry abuses like denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. The Supreme Court did not bend to political pressure from the right -- they did what was right. We owe them our thanks."
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge (via Twitter)
"Lesson: We need conservative Senators who are willing to vote against activist liberal judicial nominees, not rubber stamp them...For the weak-minded: Point was on conservative Senators opposing libs like Soto, Kagan, Ginsburg, etc. Roberts not a lib, a disappointment."
Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum
"Two years ago, I was proud to vote in support of the Affordable Care Act. Today's historic Supreme Court decision affirms President Obama's leadership to extend healthcare coverage to millions of Americans. It is now time for Republicans in Congress to end their vitriolic repeal campaign and work on effectively implementing this law to the benefit of the American people."
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
"I am deeply disappointed by the court's decision. Today's Supreme Court decision raises the stakes for the coming months...Obamacare represents the largest expansion of entitlement spending and a playground of left-wing social engineering in our country's history and must be stopped. Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to completely repeal it."
Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack
"This is a huge slap in the face to every American who believes in free market and limited government principles...This Supreme Court ruling means small business owners, doctors, patients, and consumers will still be forced into a government-run health care system that limits our freedom while driving up costs on all Americans...Our mission is clear: maintain control of the House, take back the Senate and win the White House...then DEFUND and REPEAL Obamacare."
Republican Congressman John Kline
"The Supreme Court's decision is a devastating blow to the American people. If Washington can penalize private citizens for failing to buy government-approved health insurance, then there is no reasonable limit on federal power. The president's health care law has radically transformed our careful system of government in which power is derived from the people. The vast majority of the public does not support this government takeover of health care and Congress must continue its efforts to repeal it."
Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison (via Twitter)
"Americans won today. With #Obamacare SCOTUS confirms #Healthcare is a Human Right...Historic decision by #SCOTUS. #Obamacare can now take its place in history with Social Security & Medicare."
Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken
"It's a great day for Minnesotans. This means that Minnesotans who have pre-existing conditions will not, starting in 2014, none of them will be denied or punished for having pre-existing conditions when it comes to getting insurance. That is absolutely central to why I ran for the Senate."
Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen
"While I respect the Court's decision, it doesn't change the fact that the health care law's policy is flawed and remains very unpopular with the majority of Americans. The 2,700 page law was imprudently crafted in a way which threatens good private coverage, robs $500 billion from seniors, and leaves in its wake a legacy of debt for our children and grandchildren."
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton
"I am very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision to fully uphold the Affordable Care Act. Today's ruling will be met with relief by the Minnesotans whose lives have already been improved by this law...This ruling is also an affirmation of the reform efforts currently underway in Minnesota to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care."
Democratic Congressman Tim Walz
"This decision ensures that nearly 50 million Americans, who before the Affordable Care Act couldn't afford to see a doctor, will continue to get the care they need. It ensures that children won't be denied health care just because they were born with an illness. It ensures that senior citizens will never be forced to choose between buying groceries or filling their prescriptions. It ensures that our future leaders won't be greeted on graduation day with a notice that they've lost their coverage. And it ensures that we will have a cost effective, sustainable health care system for generations to come."
Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
"Today the Supreme Court put the law above politics by upholding the Affordable Care Act. The ruling upheld important reforms such as closing the 'donut hole' for seniors' prescription drugs, allowing young people to remain on their parents' plans until age 26, and ensuring that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance. This law is a beginning, not an end, and I believe that improvements still need to be made. Moving forward I will continue to work to ensure the law is implemented in a way that is consistent with Minnesota's high-quality, efficient health care system and ensure these reforms work for our state."(2 Comments)
Posted at 3:06 PM on June 28, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: Marriage Amendment
DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has come up with a new ballot title for the Republican-backed constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage.
Ritchie announced today that the title will read "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." He sent a letter to the state attorney general, who has approved the wording. GOP sponsors of the amendment, which passed in the 2011 session, wanted it titled, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman." But Ritchie said state law allows him to make changes.
"The statute says that we provide that title," Ritchie said. "If the Legislature wants to change the statute, they have to get that changed in the normal method. So, passing the law and then getting the governor's signature."
Ritchie's office said Gov. Mark Dayton invalidated the original legislative title when he vetoed the underlying bill. But that largely symbolic veto could not keep the constitutional amendment off the ballot.
Posted at 9:43 PM on June 28, 2012
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld virtually all of the federal health care law.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the court by declaring that the individual mandate is permissible.
MPR reports that the state's health care system has been left largely intact.
Officials within the Dayton Administration say they'll press ahead with implementing the new health system. GOP Sen. David Hann says he's hoping Republicans have a clean sweep in November and repeal the law.
Here's a Q and A on the impact of the ruling.
The National Journal says the health care decision means more acrimony in the states.
MPR has a look at the initial reaction in Minnesota to the ruling.
You can read some of the politicos statements to the ruling here.
The New York Times says the ruling will likely prompt a re-evaluation of Chief Justice John Roberts.
AP says Roberts joined a president who opposed him. Obama voted against his confirmation.
The New York Times says the ruling secures Obama's place in history.
President Obama and other Democrats say they're now moving past the health care fight.
Republicans believe they can repeal the law with Romney as president, a GOP controlled House and 51 GOP votes in the Senate.
The Washington Post said it's a victory for Obama in June but wonders what the impact will be in November.
Politico says President Obama will cherry pick the best parts of the law and use them on the campaign trail.
Republicans, including Mitt Romney, will make an election year push to repeal the law.
Romney also said the health care law will raise taxes.
Democrats are pushing back on Romney's push for a repeal. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak asked on Twitter whether Romney wanted to cut people off of health care.
The Washington Post says Romney "made stuff up" in his response to the health care ruling.
Romney's campaign says he raised more than $3 million off of the decision.
House Republicans say they'll hold another vote to repeal the law.
Minnesota's medical device makers are ready for the law.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton talked jobs and education at an event in Winona.
The Star Tribune says Minnesota is seeing unusual gun trends.
The EU agrees on a bank rescue.
The U.S. economy grew modestly (1.9%) in the first quarter of the year.
Weekly unemployment claims fell in the U.S.
JP Morgan's trading loss may reach $9 billion.
The transportation bill is inching toward passage.
The U.S. House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Democrats Collin Peterson and Tim Walz voted for the resolution.
The Fix says the vote affirms what most voters think of Congress.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Collin Peterson will discuss the Farm Bill at an event in Moorhead on Saturday.
Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie gave the amendment a new title. It will read: "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." The move has supporters of the amendment claiming Ritchie is "meddling."
Turkey deploys troops and tanks to the Syrian border.
Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing is preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan.
The Digest is taking next week off. Have a good 4th of July.