The Daily Digest

The Campaign Finance Board will announce its findings today regarding a complaint against Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s campaign for governor. Kelliher’s campaign attorney and an attorney with the DFL Party met privately with the board on Tuesday to discuss an error the campaign made by directing donors to help pay for her use of a voter file. DFL Party officials and Kelliher’s campaign said Kelliher’s camp relied on bad info from the DFL.

A Fox 9 News/Rasmussen poll says Norm Coleman is the strong favorite for governor among Republicans. Mark Dayton is the favorite among Democrats but Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is a close second.

Pat Anderson departs the race for governor. She said Norm Coleman’s possible candidacy looms large. MPR, AP, the Pi Press, the Rochester Post-Bulletin, the Star Tribune and Forum Communications have stories.

Here’s video of Anderson’s announcement.

Norm Coleman released a statement on Anderson’s decision.

Meanwhile, Democrat Mark Dayton’s name won’t appear on caucus ballots.

All of the DFL candidates for governor will attend a forum featuring Native American issues in Bemidji on Thursday.

Many of the Democrats attended a debate in Alexandria over the weekend. Here’s a good rundown of what was said.

The candidates for governor were polled on their health care positions.

Under the Dome

A budget committee will meet today to talk about the deficit and the possibility for the state to borrow to meet its cash flow needs.

A committee in the senate will hold a hearing to restore funding for GAMC.

Gov. Pawlenty is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to take quick action on his appeal of a ruling that undermines his authority to cut the budget on his own.

The judge dismissed “the other”unallotment lawsuit.

A proposal in the Minnesota House would extend health insurance to the unemployed.

The median home price in the Twin Cities has dropped.

The Vikings distribute comments from two leaders in the MN House that were slanted to signal support for a new stadium.

MnSCU trustees go on the road to gather public input.


The Obama Administration will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight the wars.

He will also try to recoup lost TARP funds with a fee on banks.

Obama will also address the House GOP.

Health insurers, like UnitedHealth Group, are quietly funding opposition to Obama’s health care plan.

The Massachusetts Senate race has become a proxy on the health care bill.

A bomb blast kills a physics professor in Tehran.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes an op-ed saying she wants some TARP funds to help small business.

The Star Tribune does a story looking at the makeup of DFL Sen. Al Franken’s office. And concludes that Minnesotans and non-Minnesotans working in his office.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will host a job fair in February.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is rated as one of America’s Top 100 conservatives.

Bachmann’s appearance at a national Tea Party event is closed to the press (like most of the other portions of the event). The folks known to praise the constitution must have skipped to the Second Amendment.

Agriculture won’t be spared from budget cuts. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

Peterson is also said to begin planning the overhaul of farm policy, which is due in 2012.

Special election

The MNGOP released a TV ad in support of Republican Mike Parry. A spokesman wouldn’t say where the ad is running, how long it will run and the size of the buy.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Texas today to raise money for his PAC. MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.

Pawlenty accepts a speaking appearance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.


A strong earthquake hammers Haiti.

  • Bjartur

    “The folks known to praise the constitution must have skipped to the Second Amendment.”

    Way to cram bias and ignorance into one sentence. What interpretation of the 1st Amendment could you possibly have that would justify that sentence? I expect the bias from MPR, but the ignorance is annoying.

  • tom scheck

    You’re right. I am biased. I’m biased that public officials should be out in the open when they make comments and not limit access to a few handpicked folks.

    Thanks for reading!

  • What about all that press coverage for the Health Care takeover in Congress?

    It sure would be nice to see how our Congressional Delegation feels about the fate of our health care being decided behind closed doors by career politicians and bureaucrats…. but then again, that wouldn’t be fair to point out, would it?

    You know, like now that there finally is an actual bill in writing (well sort of, they still have to steamroll that compromise out), the Congressmen and women and Senators aren’t racing around holding townhalls and getting feedback from their constituents.

    Seriously, if you want to do exposé’s on our members of Congress not being available to the press or heaven forbid, their constituents, why not actually do so. Talk about how they are in Washington all week, not back home where the laws hit the people. How they have weekend schedules galavanting away on “fact finding trips”.

    I know you get all the Dem press releases, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them. Come on. If you want to try to go down the out of touch or unreachable members of Congress, why not go after all of them.

    Like how often is Oberstar in MN? On his free weekends not spent advocating boondoggle choo choos and bike trails, does he go to Maryland on Chisolm?

  • tom scheck

    You’re right. And I wrote about how C-SPAN and the GOP wants open access.

    I also find it ridiculous that you suggest I don’t cover the others who leave the state. Just yesterday – I wrote Oberstar will be in Oklahoma and Franken is in Pakistan.

    I have also tried to pin down where the members stand on sending more troops to Afghanistan, where they stand on the public option and the Senate health plan.

    I’m mostly puzzled that the Tea Party folks won’t let the event be open press at the request of the speakers.

  • Karl

    This is nothing new. Bachmann has been hiding from her constituents behind closed doors since she took office three years ago. She’s held one public forum in her district in that time, substituting phony “tele-town hall” meetings for face-to-face meetings with constituents.

    This teabagger event is a private, for-profit affair and has no obligation under the First Amendment to give free access to the media. Why not just buy a ticket to the event like the rest of the teabaggers and bring in a small pocket recorder? No one says you have to identify yourself as media. Two can play their game. Be enterprising, Tom!

  • Duncan

    Kind of unfair criticism Tom. If you want to go back to the Constitution…Congress shall make no law…no lawmaking here.

    An apology would be appropriate: your argument is weak, and your tone was offensive.