Good morning. It’s a busy week so the Digest won’t include the full round up of reports but I’ll try to hit on all of the major issues. The normal digest will return next week.
Republican Tom Emmer is set to announce his running mate today and a person close to the campaign says it’s Metropolitan Council member Annette Meeks. The pick comes three days before Republican party delegates decide whether to endorse Emmer or Marty Seifert.
Seifert is keeping up the pressure on Emmer’s DWI arrests and support for DWI legislation. The campaign sent out a letter by a police officer criticizing Emmer’s support for the legislation.
AP fact checks Emmer’s proposed legislation.
Meanwhile, former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton holds a news conference this morning to renew his call to raise the state income tax on the wealthy. The news conference comes just three days after Democrats backed Minnesota House Speaker as their candidate for governor.
Kelliher and other DFL Party folks participated in a statewide fly-around on Monday.
Kelliher’s campaign got a boost after Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner dropped out of the race. Gaertner didn’t back Kelliher but said she didn’t see a path to victory after Kelliher was endorsed.
Meanwhile, Democrat Matt Entenza is moving ahead with his primary run.
Under the Dome
The House also passed ignition interlock.
Senate Republicans block a vote on the financial overhaul bill.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Governor Pawlenty and former Gov. Mike Huckabee shared the stage at a Minnesota Family Council fundraiser.
Huckabee also said moving to Florida was not “political.”
Pawlenty will also speak at Augsburg College on Saturday.