The only thing worse that taxing Joe Six Pack’s six-pack is taking his six pack away.
The state says MillerCoors has to start taking its alcohol off the shelves in Minnesota because of a licensing problem. The news comes on top of reports that bar owners may not be able to buy alcohol from wholesalers.
More and more Republicans are saying additional revenue has to be on the table. GOP Sen. Claire Robling, GOP Rep. Michael Beard and two others said they would push for Racino. GOP Sen. John Carlson told the Bemidji Pioneer that he’s open to expanded gambling or increasing taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.
Gov. Dayton will speak to the U of M’s Humphrey School this morning. You can listen to the speech today on MPR at noon.
4 freshman GOP legislators; Senators Howe and Hoffman & Reps Banaian and Kriesel, offer their thoughts on the shutdown and the budget on Midday at 11am.
Dayton and GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers will appear on KARE11 tonight to take audience questions.
WCCO says GOP claims that they are close on a budget are false.
Some House members would be eligible to collect their pay retroactively after the shutdown ends.
The PoliGraph says Dayton’s property tax claims are in range.
Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin restored child care assistance during government shutdown.
Gearin was also skeptical of efforts to resume road projects.
The DNR Chief says fishing licenses are needed during the shutdown. That contradicts statements from Crow Wing County officials say their local DNR officers.
The shutdown forced mental health crisis programs to cut services.
The shutdown brings cuts to domestic violence services.
AP says the shutdown has put many lives on hold.
Georgia Pacific closed its Duluth plant as a result of the shutdown.
Wells Fargo reaches out to people hurt by the shutdown.
Horse track advocates worry a long-term shutdown will destroy the industry in Minnesota.
Moody’s moves one step closer to downgrading U.S. debt.
Efforts to cut spending may mean Medicaid cuts to the states (which would put Minnesota in a deeper financial hole).
President Obama either abruptly or didn’t abruptly walk out of debt ceiling talks (depending on who’s talking).
Top Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor, clash over the debt limit plan.
McConnell says default would destroy the GOP brand.
Obama will visit Minneapolis on August 30.
Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same Sex Marriage
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there’s a rising number of gay couples in Minnesota – which could impact next year’s ballot initiative.
Race for President
Sarah Palin says she’ll announce her decision in late summer.
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann rejects the debt limit proposal, creating a headache for GOP leaders.
While Bachmann and Pawlenty have taken stands on the debt ceiling, many other 2012 candidates have not.
Pawlenty keeps up his criticism of Bachmann by saying he’s been in executive government while Bachmann hasn’t.
DFL Sen. Al Franken says he likes Bachmann but doesn’t like her politics.
CBS News points out that Bachmann characterized homosexuality as “personal enslavement” in 2004.
A Quinnipiac University poll shows Bachmann surging Tim Pawlenty going the wrong way.
Politifact says Pawlenty’s claim that scientists are “in dispute” over whether being gay is a choice is false.
Sarah Huckabee starts working for her new boss.
Pawlenty will hold a town hall meeting in Marshalltown, IA on Jul y 19th.