The Daily Digest: 6-19-09

DFLers in control of the Legislature challenged Gov. Pawlenty’s cuts on Thursday. During the hearing, DFL lawmakers questioned the impact of the cuts, the number of job losses it would cause and whether the action was legal. MPR, the Star Tribune, WCCO, AP, the Pi Press and Forum Communications have stories.

Meanwhile, a conservative group continues to criticize LGA.

The ex head of the Metro Gang Strike force talked about seized cars and cash with the Legislative Auditor.

93 more victims of the I-35W bridge collapse file a lawsuit sue the engineer and construction firms.


DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar proposes a $500 billion transportation funding bill.

Politico says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann spent $100,000 in taxpayer money on printing and franked mail in the 1st quarter of the year.

The Hill says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is courting both sides to get a deal on the climate change bill. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

MPR gets the farmer’s take on Peterson’s stance.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz wants to ban earmarks for for-profit corporations.

There’s more coverage on DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s look into the exclusive arrangements between cell phone companies and smartphones.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said Palestinians can’t live under current conditions.

Congress approved the $106 billion war funding bill.

The Senate passes a cash for clunkers bill.

The Senate also apologizes for slavery.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner pushes President Obama’s financial regulatory overhaul.

Pelosi says the Federal Reserve needs more transparency.

Democrats pare back the public subsidies in the health bill.


As expected, GOP state Rep. Paul Kohls officially joins the race for governor. You can listen to my interview with him here.

2008 Race for U.S. Senate

Politics in Minnesota has egg on its face this morning after they reported the ruling would come Thursday and it didn’t.

The Star Tribune and the Minnesota Independent is reporting that the FEC says Norm Coleman can’t pay all of his legal bills with campaign cash.


Race42008 puts Pawlenty fourth in its GOP presidential power rankings.


For some reason, I missed Stephen Colbert getting his head shaved in Iraq.

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