The Daily Digest

It’s Day 6 of the state government shutdown.

Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders meet again today. They appear to be no closer to a budget deal after meeting for an hour yesterday.

Watch video of the newsers here.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Gov. Arne Carlson are forming a commission to help bridge the divide over the budget.

Tidbit: Dayton is reaching out to moderate Democrats and Republicans with the hopes of finding some sort of compromise.

MPR lists some ideas of where new revenues may come from.

MPR takes a look at the impact of extending the K12 shift.

Here’s Dayton’s Tuesday morning interview with MPR’s Morning Edition.

Tidbit: GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers will be on MPR this morning in the 7am hour.

AFSCME and MAPE will hold a rally at the State Capitol today show “what’s at stake with a cuts only budget.” They will set up a mock “Downeyville” in response to GOP Rep. Keith Downey who has called to cut the state’s workforce.

Minnesota Majority has financed billboards criticizing Dayton on the shutdown.

Tidbit: Minnesota Majority says Clear Channel declined to run the billboards.

Shutdown Impact

Gov. Dayton requested an extension in some services in the shutdown. Those services include services for battered women, child care subsidies and programs helping the homeless and disabled.

Social services beg for funding at a government shutdown hearing.

Truckers want rest stops opened during the shutdown.

Vandals trash some of the state’s parks.

Parks may be closed but tourism continues.

Party Politics

The MNGOP and the DFL are raising money off of the shutdown.

The Star Tribune reports that MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton will start taking a $100,000 annual salary.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton seeks tornado aid from the Small Business Administration.

Sleepless nights

Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, had a baby girl last night.

Vikings Stadium

The St. Paul City Council will vote on a resolution against an Arden Hills stadium.


President Obama warns against a short-term deal on the debt limit.

Obama is summoning Congressional leaders to the White House to discuss the deficit reduction talks.

The U.S. secretly held an alleged Somali terrorist on a Navy ship for two months before bringing him to New York to be indicted.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar hopes for an ethanol deal this week.

The Washington Post complains that DFL Sen. Al Franken isn’t talking to that news outlet or other national news outlets. Franken continues to speak with local news outlets like MPR News and the Star Tribune.

GOP Rep. John Kline says he has not heard a response from the Education Department regarding his waiver letter.

Tidbit: GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack’s spokesman Shawn Ryan is leaving Cravaack’s office. His last day is Monday.

Race for President

Unions are wedded to but still wary of President Obama.

Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

The Wall St. Journal profiles Pawlenty and points out this interesting tidbit:

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House. Were he to win, he’d be the first president who had never lived outside his home state.

Pawlenty hired Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Huckabee’s daughter to help Pawlenty win the Iowa caucuses.

While Pawlenty hired Huckabee’s daughter, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann hired many other members of Huckabee’s team.

The WMUR-Granite State poll shows Bachmann in a distant second place to Mitt Romney in New Hamsphire. The pollster says Pawlenty has failed to “gain traction” and is polling at 3%.

The Washington Post profiles Bachmann and her husband Marcus. In particular, the Bachmann family’s opposition to gay rights.

The Huffington Post says many of Pawlenty’s colleagues don’t recognize the man running for president.

(Note: The Washington Post, the Wall St. Journal and the Huffington Post stories are in-depth looks at Pawlenty and Bachmann. I learned something new about the candidates).

  • Ralph Crammedin

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the National Press Club on May 20: “You can be a friend and make a mistake once in a while. And we forgive you for that mistake. The difference is this: that we’re not going to spend precious resources helping candidates that don’t stand up and help us.” – from the linked Fox article

    In other words, when Democratic politics don’t go your way, step aside and hand over power to the Republicans, who want you eradicated. With idiots like Trumka in charge, it’s no wonder American labor unions are in decline.

  • Chris

    Organized labor’s problem isn’t with individual leaders, it’s that it’s been what insiders called a “captured constituency” for a long time now.

    You do the best you can with the cards you’re dealt, but when that’s between one party that doesn’t think you have a right to exist, and another party that’s okay with your existence, but ignores everything you say, you’re starting from a pretty weak hand. Labor isn’t the only captured constituency in the Democratic Party, either.

    It’s the voting blocs that could plausibly swing between one major party or the other that get the attention. And what they want is, “Cut my taxes, increase my services, and balance the budget.”