Gov. Dayton is hitting the road this week to make the case for his budget plan. His first visit will be in St. Cloud this morning to discuss special education funding with teachers, education professionals and others at Apollo High School in St. Cloud. Dayton’s media blitz is aimed to encouraging Republicans to compromise on the budget and end the state government shutdown.
Watch video of the newsers here.
Dayton also released a video statement on YouTube.
Tidbit: Dayton will be in southern Minnesota on Wednesday and in Moorhead on Friday.
WCCO quotes a state workers saying Dayton should quit the road trip and get back to work.
AP takes a look at the lawmakers who are declining to take their pay.
Running Aces makes the case for Racino in a radio ad.
The Minnesota Supreme Court scheduled a July 27th hearing on whether shutdown spending is constitutional.
Unions start stitching a safety net together for laid off workers.
Prisoner visits and religious services have been eliminated in the shutdown.
U.S Bank offers a month reprieve for affected clients.
Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin says a jobs program for the disabled is not essential.
She also ruled rest stops must stay closed.
Gearin is also skeptical of PolyMet’s proposal.
Mosquito cops are called back to work.
The Star Tribune gets some opinions from Hutchinson.
President Obama wants a big deal for the debt limit. Talks resume today.
The Los Angeles Times says the rivalry between House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are affecting the debt talks.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and other House Democrats warn against cuts to Social Security.
President Obama will award the Medal of Honor today to an Army Ranger for his heroics in Afghanistan.
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ABC News takes a look at the clinic owned by GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Marcus Bachmann. ABC posts video of Marcus Bachmann telling patients that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”
Tim Pawlenty tries to force Mitt Romney to comment on the debt ceiling.
A chief proponent of the gold standard maxes out a contribution to Pawlenty.
USA Today quotes Mark McKinnon as saying Pawlenty is the political equivalent of kissing your sister.
The Washington Post’s conservative blogger questions why Pawlenty is raising Bachmann’s congressional record.