The Daily Digest: 6-8-09

Gov. Pawlenty ended the first phase of his “I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future” campaign in Minnesota. After talking with several GOP groups in D.C. on Friday, Pawlenty stayed closer to home on Sunday. He delivered the same message on C-SPAN and WCCO.

The Pi Press, The Hotline and MinnPost examine Gov. Pawlenty’s speech to the national College Republicans on Friday.

The Star Tribune wonders whether Gov. Pawlenty is the fresh face that the GOP is seeking.

Under the Dome

The Pawlenty Administration tried to sweeten a deal to get the land to start a new state park on Lake Vermilion.

Document shredding by some Gang Strike Force members puts the future of the unit in doubt.

The president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (and Wadena’s mayor) says Pawlenty’s planned cuts to LGA will hurt rural cities.

There will be less financial disclosure from candidates in Minneapolis because of Instant Runoff Voting.

Groups sue over Big Stone II decision.

The Legislative Auditor will release a report on a federal program that tracks the immigration status for businesses.

The new seatbelt law takes effect this week.


Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a Minneapolis center to see how the federal stimulus money is working. She also raised money for DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

USA Today has a story that says about 20 transportation companies and industry groups raised $475k to help underwrite the James L. Oberstar Professorship of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas.

Republicans fire back at Democrats and say they acted appropriately after talking about an intelligence committee hearing. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned because he told The Hill that some enhanced interrogation techniques proved “fruitful.”

The Supreme Court is asked to block the Chrysler sale to Fiat.

The New York Times says President Obama will forge a greater role on health care policy.

Iowa’s Senator tells off Obama on Twitter.

Roll Call (subscription required) reports that DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has backed off attempts from trying to stop the Climate Change legislation but still wants to resolve all pertinent issues.

CQ says smaller airports rely on political clout to stay aloft. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann blogs about her bill to stop federal funding for ACORN and the federal takeover of GM.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen blogs about his efforts to stop child trafficking.


Stu Rothenberg says Pawlenty’s decision not to seek a third term means the race for governor is now a toss-up.

DFL state Sen. Tom Bakk is officially running for governor. The Mesabi Daily News has the story.

Former Republican state Rep. Bill Haas says he’s in the race.

GOP state Sen. Paul Koering is also thinking about running.

The Star Tribune says Minnesota’s race for governor is wide open.

2008 Race for U.S. Senate

Politico talked with three legal experts who said it’s over for Republican Norm Coleman.


Good-bye Rick Kupchella. Good luck in the future.