Gov. Pawlenty criticized federal spending during a trip to New Hampshire. He charaterized it as a “ponzi scheme.” He also ratcheted up his attacks on President Obama – fueling speculation about a run in 2012 (in case you needed it). MPR, the Star Tribune, the Union Leader, the Concord Monitor and the Pi Press have stories.
Pawlenty also called for federal spending limits earlier in the day.
You can listen to Pawlenty’s full speech here.
Pawlenty also said he will no longer endorse in contested primaries.
ECM profiles First Lady Mary Pawlenty who doesn’t mind being called “my red hot smoking wife.”
Under the Dome
The state’s teachers union complained that the Pawlenty administration is trying to use federal stimulus dollars to force schools to adopt the governor’s merit pay plan.
The PUC will examine expenses for the state utilities.
The state wants its money back from the Gang Strike Force.
A panel will present a plan for a new Vikings stadium today.
A group tallies the health bill’s benefit for Minnesota.
The Senate rejects a plan that would allow low cost drug imports.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the health care bill isn’t perfect but should pass.
DFL Sen. Al Franken’s anti-rape amendment survives.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann called the bill “dastardly.”
Bachmann said her rising profile also helps the 6th District.
2010 Race for Governor
The DFL drought is the third longest in the nation.
Backers of Republican Marty Seifert attended a fundraising event in Marshall.
Republican Tom Emmer criticizes the use of federal funding for a new laboratory calling it a “science fair project.”
Taconite workers back DFLer Tom Rukavina for governor.
Democrat Mark Dayton campaigned in Willmar.
2010 Race for Legisltaure
AFSCME decided it’s time to back another DFLer in Winona’s House District instead of DFL Rep. Gene Pelowski. The reason was Pelowski voted against a bill that would increase taxes by $1 billion.