The Daily Digest

Four Republican senators will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to intervene and forbid a lower court from authorizing state spending in many areas if state government shuts down on July 1. The paperwork will be filed today.

There are ten days left until the state government shuts down.

No budget meetings are scheduled for today.

Gov. Dayton has no public meetings today.

GOP leaders hold a newser at 10am to discuss the status of budget negotiations.

The Star Tribune says the DFL is looking for crossover votes to get a budget deal.

Gov. Dayton says he won’t take a salary if state government shuts down.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch won’t take a salary or per diem either.

The Star Tribune says many other state leaders have the option of taking pay.

The Attorney General and the courts filed a petition asking to keep the courts running in light of a shutdown.

The PoliGraph says Koch’s claim on Dayton’s shutdown statement is correct.

Low-income residents are worried about a shutdown.

The Stillwater Bridge would close to cars if there is a shutdown.

Cities and counties would be forced to triage if a shutdown happens.

The threat of a shutdown is hardly making a ripple in Fillmore County.

WCCO says weddings could be in jeopardy if a shutdown occurs.

The Cedar Ave. project is also in jeopardy.

Some groups will hold rallies on June 30th, the night before a shutdown would occur.

Water Violations

MPR reports that the DNR let Lutsen Mountain resorts violate water permits for years.

No cap and gown

MinnPost’s Don Shelby points out that GOP Sen. Michael Jungbauer doesn’t have a college degree even though he purports to have one.

Congress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid backs Obama on Libya but presses for a drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.

Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, warns against leaving Afghanistan.

The U.S. is engaged in preliminary peace talks with the Taliban.

Time is running out on lifting the debt ceiling.

Budget talks are heating up.

The New York Times says companies are pushing for a tax break on billions of dollars in foreign cash. The break could bring billions into in tax revenues.

The Washington Post examines how the wealthy is pulling away from the rest of the nation when it comes to economic security.

President Obama and Speaker Boehner played golf on Saturday. The hope the game will improve relations.

ICE announces changes to immigration enforcement.

The CDC says one in four high schoolers drink at least one soda a day.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar promotes a bill for early warning of drug shortages.

The federal government is spending $1.6 million to help make the Thief River Falls Airport longer. Digi Key has been lobbying for the extenstion.

Wisconsin

EMILY’s List will spend on five Wisconsin senate recall efforts.

Race for Congress

Democrats are targeting GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in Minnesota.

Race for President

President Obama is still strong among those attending this weekend’s NetRoots Nation event in Minneapolis.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says Democrats should not swear off Super PACSs in the 2012 election.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scouting a presidential bid.

Jon Huntsman is getting ready to run.

The L.A. Times takes a look at whether Huntsman was campaigning when he was ambassador to China.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is targeting Mitt Romney for not signing an anti-abortion pledge.

Tim Pawlenty signed the pledge too. Here’s a list of who signed it and who didn’t.

The Washington Post says Bachmann is skilled at raising “money blurts.”

Ron Paul won the Republican Leadership Conference’s straw poll. Bachmann got third.

Tidbit: Bachmann’s buttons were a hot seller at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

CBS News asked whether Bachmann raised 23 foster kids.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP nominee for president in 2008, is criticizing the GOP crop of candidates in 2012 for “isolationism.”

Bachmann and Pawlenty courted conservative bloggers in Minneapolis over the weekend.

AP says Pawlenty is waiting for the payoff from his constant campaigning.

Pawlenty starts spinning on the budget problems he left Minnesota. He said in Iowa that he didn’t leave the state with a $6.2 billion deficit. The truth is he used one-time money and accounting shifts to paper over the problem when he was governor and left the mess for Gov. Dayton and the GOP Legislature to clean up.

The Star Tribune does a he said/she said on Pawlenty’s budget legacy.

Pawlenty signed a pledge to eliminate the deficit.

Connecticut’s Republican Party Chair will endorse Pawlenty.

The L.A. Times says the GOP lacks a strong candidate from the GOP heavy southern states.

Finally

There won’t be a Digest tomorrow.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    GOP strategy is straightforward. They want a shutdown, with as much pain as possible.  

    Because Governor Dayton and the idea of compromise are big margin poll winners (+35 points or so), public opinion of the Governor is unlikely to improve. Likewise, opinion of the GOP can’t get any worse. They’re already down to their hard core number.

    Opinion of the Governor, however, can get a lot worse, and that’s what the GOP is counting on with a shutdown.  The more painful the shutdown, the worse it will poll for Dayton. For today’s GOP, political power is all that matters.

    h/t MPP poster username

  • http://www.minnesotacentral.blogspot.com Minnesota Central

    Just curious why Pawlenty’s finish in Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll the did not deserve a mention ?

    Yes, Bachmann came in third with 181 votes (behind Ron Paul at 612 and Jon Huntsman at 382 and ahead of Herman Cain 104 at Mitt Romney at 74) but Pawlenty only got 18 votes coming in fourth from the bottom in a 12 candidate poll… ahead of only Gary Johnson (10), Buddy Roemer (9), and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (2). Johnson and Roemer were denied a podium at the New Hampshire debate and McCotter is probably best known for his songwriting.

    Was Pawlenty’s performance at the NH debate and straw poll the reason why the CT party chair is making his endorsement now ?

    Does the CT party chair endorsement mean anything in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada … all states that will create the buzz with their early schedule on the primary calendar ?

  • Bill Prendergast

    When there is no Daily Digest–it makes the angels cry.