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Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders abruptly ended budget talks on Sunday after meeting for just over an hour. No new talks are scheduled as the clock ticks towards the government shutdown on Friday. Dayton and GOP leaders said little about budget talks over the weekend so it isn’t known how much “progress” has been made on reaching a budget deal.
Tidbit: Here’s a comparison of the differences on the budget.
The shutdown will close state parks and alter July 4th holiday plans.
Standard and Poors is worried about how the shutdown will impact the state’s colleges and universities.
Officials are prepping for shutdown related transit disruptions.
Teachers are working to submit their renewal paperwork ahead of the shutdown.
A hearing will be held this morning on whether state money should be allocated so the state’s judiciary can continue running in case of a shutdown.
GOP Sen. Sean Nienow continues to push for his “lights on” bill.
New York becomes the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Dayton was the first governor in the history of the state to take part in the Pride Festival Parade.
MPR says Minnesota’s marriage amendment was a hot and confusing topic at Pride Fest.
The Washington Post writes about Minnesota’s redistricting battle.
The Red Bulls are in their final weeks of training before being deployed to Iraq.
Budget talks have been suspended.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz will hold town hall meetings today that focus on the federal deficit.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack will hold a town hall meeting tonight in Princeton. He also has meetings scheduled in Little Falls and Ely.
GOP Rep. John Kline and GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack voted for an initiative to defund U.S. involvement in Libya.
The PoliGraph says DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is right on the cost of the war.
Ethanol’s future looks cloudy in Congress.
Race for Congress
Democrat Tarryl Clark likens Cravaack to GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann in a fundraising e-mail.
Race for President
Michele Bachmann officially launches her bid for president this morning in her hometown of Waterloo, IA. She held a rally last night where she played up her Iowa roots.
The announcement comes just a day after a Des Moines Register poll said Bachmann is in a dead heat with Mitt Romney in Iowa. Tim Pawlenty is at the back of the pack.
The Washington Post says Bachmann’s surge in the poll has increased scrutiny on her record.
Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer challenged Bachmann on her ability to play fast and loose with the facts.
Bachmann is refusing to accept an apology by Fox News’ Chris Wallace for asking Bachmann “Are you a flake?”
The Des Moines Register Columnist Kathie Obradovich says there is good news and bad news for Minnesotans in their poll.
MPR says some see a Bachmann candidacy as a boon for Romney and President Obama.
AP has a profile of Bachmann.
The Fix calls Bachmann the frontrunner in Iowa.
Smart Politics says every sitting member of the U.S. House in the past 100 years failed in attempts to win the White House.
The Wall St. Journal says the Iowa poll is bad news for Pawlenty:
The minimal support for Mr. Pawlenty in the poll is bound to cause concern within his campaign, which is widely considered to have the best organization in Iowa and has recently picked up a series of endorsements from prominent Republicans. Long thought to be a leading contender to rival Mr. Romney in the nomination fight, Mr. Pawlenty has struggled to gain traction nationally as well as in the early nominating states.
The Fix says Romney will lead in 2nd Quarter fundraising (which ends on June 30th). The biggest question is whether Pawlenty will underperform:
Judging from early indications, this could be a tough week for the former Minnesota governor. If he is outraised by everyone listed above, there will be questions asked about whether his campaign — which, on paper, looks quite impressive — is catching fire. Pawlenty’s weak performance at a debate in New Hampshire this month probably stunted any fundraising momentum he was hoping to build, and it didn’t help that the Register poll showed him at just 6 percent, running behind the likes of Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.). The Pawlenty team insists that he will have enough money to be competitive in Iowa and New Hampshire and notes that if he wins either or both, the money will be there.
(More on Pawlenty below)
Bachmann also targeted Romney in a speech where she said the party can’t support “abortion flip-flopping.”
Bachmann also cites scare tactics on the negative impact of lifting the debt ceiling.
The Washington Post looks at Bachmann’s leadership IQ.
The LA Times says Bachmann has had her share of government aid.
Bachmann says the federal government has increased the use of limos under President Obama. CBS says the claim isn’t exactly true.
The AP says small checks are driving Bachmann’s campaign.
The Weekly Standard calls Bachmann the “Queen of the Tea Party.”
Pawlenty will be on The Today Show and CBS Early Morning today.
Pawlenty tells the Christian Post that his wife led him to the Lord.
Politifact says Pawlenty is confusing the debt with the deficit.
Pawlenty spoke to a group opposed to legalized abortion on Friday.
A fundraiser will be held in Atlanta for Pawlenty.
Time’s Joe Klein goes after Pawlenty over his Afghanistan comments.
Pawlenty named an Iowa steering committee.
Sarah Palin will be in Iowa on Tuesday.