The Daily Digest: 2-25-09

President Obama says he will lead the nation and it’s troubled economy to a brighter future. He made the remarks to a joint session of Congress.

Here’s a fact check of his speech.

He says he’s identified $2 trillion in budget cuts.

Obama also mentions Minneapolis in the speech.

The Rushford-Peterson Schools Superintendent attended the speech. DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher also attended.

LA Gov. Bobby Jindal called the stimulus package “irresponsible.” His GOP response was panned.

Here’s the Minnesota reaction to the speech.

2008 U.S. Senate race

Republican Norm Coleman won’t say if he’ll continue legal challenges beyond the three-judge panel.

MPR reports that future appeals may delay Gov. Pawlenty’s signature on an election certificate.

The Star Tribune says setbacks for Norm Coleman grow at the Senate recount trial.

The Pi Press and Forum Communications says the trial digs into voter complexities.

Under the Dome

Gov. Pawlenty is on the road this morning to announce the list of greater Minnesota transportation projects funded from the stimulus money.

Gov. Pawlenty says the court budget needs trimming despite pleas for more money from the state’s top judge.

He also signs a bill sealing bridge victim records.

GOP legislators and Gov. Pawlenty spar over plan for welfare investigators.

GOP lawmakers are also proposing to move some Minnesota inmates to a private prison to save money.

Lawmakers are proposing a flurry of constitutional amendments.

State agencies debate as a mine pit in northern Minnesota fills.

The state will delay the implementation of fire sprinklers in new homes.

Pawlenty also singles out health care spending at a St. Cloud stop.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses election issues in the Bemidji area.

A fiber optic network vote fails in North St. Paul. Conservatives cheer.

Groups lobby to save arts funding.


Hilda Solis is confirmed as Labor Secretary.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with struggling dairy farmers.

She also expresses concern about a possible merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

Here’s a link to what I reported yesterday regarding Central Corridor funding. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum secured money for the choo-choo.

MSNBC says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann may be backing off of her “no-earmark pledge.”

Bachmann also blogs that she probably won’t like Obama’s health care package even though it hasn’t been introduced.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is reportedly ready to back Obama’s pick to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Is a high-speed rail between Chicago and the Twin Cities on the fast track? DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

A Duluth to Twin Cities passenger train gets funding for an environmental study. Oberstar is mentioned.

Oberstar also praises Sully.


Gov. Pawlenty tells Politico that if he runs for reelection he probably won’t run in 2012.

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who is running for governor, sits down for an interview with MN Progressive Project.

Stu Rothenberg releases his House ratings for 2010. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann are considered a “Republican favored.”


Pawlenty will speak at the annual CPAC Convention on Saturday.

  • Also, the Pioneer Press came out in favor of the “Smoking in Cars with Kids” bill today with an editorial (sorry, can’t link).

  • peter hill

    “fact check”?

    The AP/MSNBC piece is better described as a weak counter argument, with factual problems of its own. I would like to see fact checking on such a major speech, but this piece isn’t it.