There are a lot people quitting, retiring and possibly quitting but the Digest wants to start with someone we’re happy stayed around. Congratulations to Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury for winning the Graven Award for his political coverage over the past thirty years. He’s a great reporter and a wonderfully nice person.
Democrat Mike Ciresi quit the U.S. Senate race. Ciresi said In a statement, that “continuing the endorsement race would only lead to an unnecessary floor fight. It is time to step aside.”
CQ says it helps Franken.
Some Democrats call Pawlenty’s proposal to cut the sales tax a “vindictive ploy.”
A proposal to extend last call during the RNC didn’t even make its first call.
There’s a push to bar new radiation center construction in Minnesota.
Racino is back.
The Pi Press has a story on the proposed Asian Pacific Cultural Center.
There’s a push to make Minneapolis Public Schools fragrance free.
Will there be another push to pass medicinal marijuana despite Gov. Pawlenty’s veto threat?
There’s a proposal to give tax breaks to small resorts.
The West Central Tribune says a proposed state takeover of a fraud probe might harm rural counties.
MPR says Minneapolis will pay you to buy a house.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman helps Somalis in U.S. get an extension to protection status.
MinnPost says gun advocates are calling for a review of a gun ban in national parks. Coleman and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is mentioned.
The House votes to increase group medical coverage. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin wonders whether earmarks are on the chopping block. Kline is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned in this Wall Street Journal story on infrastructure improvements.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says farmers could help pay for the disaster relief fund.
The FAA allowed Southwest Airlines to skip safety inspections. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
2008 Race for Congress
There’s a competitive race among DFLers in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District.
A Republican pastor will challenge DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
The Wall Street Journal mentions Pawlenty in a story on John McCain’s options.
Bill Kristol calls it McCain’s decision a daunting task.
When will NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer quit? Will he quit?