Republican Tom Emmer faced a vocal audience during a town hall forum that focused on employee wages and the treatment of servers. The event ended with a bag of coins on the ground over immigration. Emmer got an earful from servers who are unhappy with his recent statements. He also got a surprise when a person opposed to his stance on immigration dumped $20 in pennies on his table.
Listen to the full forum here.
It’s still unclear what Emmer meant when he initially said a tip credit had to be considered. He did tell MPR earlier this week that he would sign a bill that cut the minimum wage.
Corporate and union cash are already flooding the market, according to the latest campaign finance reports. 3 funds raised $2.4 million to date.
Irony alert! Will it be Dayton vs. Dayton’s (Target) in November?
Dayton released two new ads.
Independence Party candidate Tom Horner will discuss a community vitality plan at a 10am news conference in St. Paul.
Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher will speak at an event featuring bricklayers in Oakdale.
Democrat Matt Entenza will campaign in Waconia and speak at a health care conference in Brooklyn Center.
Entenza tossed the first pitch at a minor league ball game and says he thinks a Vikings stadium deal will get worked out.
2010 Race for Congress
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen raised $380k in the 2nd quarter.
The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is right on where the buck stops on BP.
President Obama vows election help for Democrats after his adviser said the GOP could take the House.
2008 U.S. Senate Race
Republican Norm Coleman says he has no desire to reopen the Senate race if a significant number of felons have been found to vote illegally.
Governor Pawlenty says the issue should be investigated.
He made the comments on Fox News.
Under the Dome
State officials will release the jobless rate figures today.
Minnesota exports increased 17%.
State lawmakers are prepping for the federal health care overhaul.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says he wants to tax airline fees.
The ethanol subsidy faces some resistance. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty and other GOP governors speak today at the Aspen Institute today in Colorado.
His PAC is also required to file their quarterly finance report by midnight. His spokesman says he raised $723k in the 2nd Quarter for a total of $2.6 million since October.
Mitt Romney’s PAC raised $3.5 million for the cycle.
Newt Gingrich raised $3.4 million in the 2nd Quarter for his political fund (note: there are different rules between Pawlenty and Romney’s PAC and Gingrich’s 527 so it’s an apples to oranges comparison).
Get well, Marty Seifert.