The tone of the legislative session could be set today when Gov. Dayton meets with two business groups. His afternoon meeting with the Minnesota Business Partnership is closed press. But he is also scheduled to address the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce tonight. What Dayton says to those leaders could determine whether he’s willing to work with two organizations that spent heavily to defeat him in the election.
On Wednesday, Gov. Dayton signed an executive order that expands the federal Medicaid program to 95,000 more Minnesotans. That wasn’t the surprise. The surprise was how Dayton handled the large volume of protesters who attended the event.
It’s rare that protesters are allowed to attend a gubernatorial press conference. It’s unheard of that a governor allows them to speak at the podium.
Minnesota is the top state in welfare spending.
Dayton appointed Minneapolis attorney Mike Rothman as his Commerce Commissioner.
Dayton appointed Minneapolis Attorney Myron Frans as his Revenue Commissioner. Frans won’t serve until April.
The Legislature doesn’t have much on its plate today. A House education committee meets today and there are no meetings scheduled for tomorrow.
Minnesota lawyers seek to block cuts to the state’s justice system.
John Boehner officially became Speaker of the House yesterday when the GOP took control of the House.
President Obama is turning to experienced hands as he reshuffles his staff.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is leaving the White House.
Democrats say the House GOP is exempting $1 trillion from the deficit.
GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen says government transparency and the economy are the top issues for the Republicans who took control of the U.S. House.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz discusses life in the minority.
GOP Rep. John Kline is one of the leaders in trying to repeal the federal health care law.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says efforts to repeal the health care law have “no chance.”
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to be on “The View” next week.
Bachmann for Prez Watch
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t ruling out a bid for the White House.
Bachmann said she’s not taking anything off the table during an appearance on Fox. Watch it here.
The Iowa Republican says Bachmann could win the Iowa Caucuses if she does run.