The Daily Digest

Gov. Dayton and GOP Legislative leaders reached a budget deal. The shutdown, which is now in its third week, should end soon.

The deal came about after Dayton agreed to drop his tax hikes and accept a GOP offer that borrows against future tobacco payments and delays K12 payments to schools.

Here’s video of the newser.

Here’s the deal at a glance.

Dayton and GOP leaders are now tasked with writing and passing the budget.

Tidbit: GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen will be on MPR’s Morning Edition at 8:30 this morning. DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk will be on MPR’s Midmorning at 9:30am.

Here’s a primer on tobacco bonds.

Some rank and file Republicans are cautious about the deal.

Tidbit: AFSMCE and MAPE, two of the state public employee unions, say it’s too early to comment on the deal. SEIU blasted the financing of it.

AP says there are seeds of future problems with this budget deal.

School officials criticized the deal.

Many state employees say they’re ready to get back to work.

Business owners say they’re also eager to see the end of the shutdown.

There are still many outstanding questions with this budget deal. For example, Dayton’s office isn’t saying when a special session will be called (but it sounds like it could be as early as Monday).

We also don’t know what will be in the bills. The K12 bill, the HHS bill, the state government finance bill and the bonding bill all need to be hashed out.

Out of the frying pan…

Census Data show potential for rising demands on state government.

Vikings Stadium

The Vikings say they’re ready to start talking about a new stadium.


The debt talks in Washington inch toward a compromise.

President Obama will hold a news conference at 10am to discuss the talks. MPR News will air his comments live.

The House GOP signals openness to a backup deal debt plan.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar has entered the Senate debt talks.

Minnesota Republicans are cool to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell’s debt ceiling plan.

The FBI will probe Rupert Murdoch’s company over allegations that employees hacked into phone conversations and voice mail of September 11 survivors, victims and their families.

MinnPost says GOP Rep. John Kline is tackling the No Child Left Behind renewal in a piecemeal fashion.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson wants to create a safety net for dairy farmers.

Race for President

CBS News says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann raised $4 million in the 2nd Quarter.

She aims to continue raising those amounts by sending out fundraising e-mail that bashes Whoopi Goldberg.

Tim Pawlenty ends the quarter with $1.4 million on hand.

An analyst says Bachmann’s debt ceiling talk is “just nonsense.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, rips Bachmann for suggesting raising the debt limit won’t have an impact.

A New Hampshire poll shows Bachmann’s numbers jumping 11% since April.

Marcus Bachmann tells the Star Tribune that his clinic is not anti-gay.

The Atlantic says Bachmann’s church has some harsh views of the Catholic Church.

Tim Pawlenty gets the Walter Shapiro treatment. It’s a pretty solid read.

Tim Pawlenty makes a big media buy in Iowa. He also scheduled a series of events in that state.

Rest in Peace

A Minnesota marine was killed in Afghanistan.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Q: Now that the Governor has a budget deal in hand, will Disgraced Dave Durenberger, the only Minnesotan ever censured by the US Senate ( ), who was kicked out of his own party by Cult Republicans he couldn’t deal with, apologize to Governor Dayton for the unwarranted cheap shot Disgraced Dave took Wednesday at the Governor’s negotiating skills?

    A: Nah! Disgraced Dave Durenberger doesn’t have enough class to fill a thimble, much less to man up to an apology deeply owed….

  • Ralph Crammedin

    “I’m guessing that what McConnell is saying [to the president] is, if you’ve been running up all this spending, then you should be telling us what you want to do on debt increases,” (Rep Erik) Paulsen said.

    It must be Cheap Shot Week for dissembling Republicans.

    No, Congressman Paulsen, it’s not the President who’s been “running up all this spending.” It’s Congress. Once again, I have to explain to you how this budget and appropriation thing works? Or were you just dissembling again, Erik, because your constituents have come to expect this kind of disingenuousness from the third-highest spending Member of the House (you! )?

  • Chris

    Personally, I’m a little more curious if some of the people defending Dayton on this feel they owe Kelliher an apology, considering they spent four years beating her up for doing the same thing Dayton just did, and considering that a Governor has more negotiating leverage to work with than House Speaker.

  • Jamie

    Who beat up on Kelliher?

    And where’s the Shutdown Blog?

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Chris, I’ll take that bait.

    First, your premise that the Governor “has more negotiating leverage” is invalid. Barring the possibility of a veto override by the 2009 legislature, the most negotiating leverage was self-evidently in each case in the hands of the party that preferred to raise and spend the least, the GOP contestant.

    Second, while Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller attempted to pin Pawlenty in 2009 with a compromise solution per the bi-partisan State Budget Trends Commission ( ), Kelliher insisted on going for broke, thereby buying ownership of Pawlenty’s eventual nearly total victory when her strategy failed.

    We don’t know exactly how the current deal breaks down yet, but it’s doubtful Dayton has incurred the level of defeat Kelliher suffered two years ago, and it’s certain he has not thrown away a compromise solution for an unsuccessful shot at more, as Kelliher did.

    To clearly answer your implied question, no one owes Margaret an apology for voting Mark Dayton into the Governor’s chair. The miserable bargain he has settled for has “GOP” written on it in large letters. Whether that means anything more than Minnesota’s continued slide into the second rank of states will depend on the results of the 2012 election. I hope you’ll being helping out with those results.

  • Chris

    Jamie, Ralph is, for one. So are a lot of “progressive” bloggers.

    It is pretty certain that Dayton did throw away a shot at a better deal, since in 24 hours before his Humphrey School speech, you had the chair of the Senate Tax Committee broaching the possibility of more revenue, as well as multiple GOP legislators saying publicly they were willing to settle for more revenue. Obviously, there were differences over the details, and reluctance to be the first Republican to break ranks, but given the growing public pressure and enough attention from the administration, a deal could have been worked out. Dayton’s apologists are trying pretty hard to flush that down the memory hole.

    That’s the other thing here. You didn’t need Zellers and Koch, or even a majority of the GOP caucus, to support a deal. Just enough to join with the DFL. As a guest panelist at another Humphrey School event in February 2009 pointed out on the stimulus vote:

    If we’re in crisis today, why do you think President Obama hasn’t gotten the same bipartisan reaction that President Bush got during his crisis?

    Dayton: I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s perceived as the same magnitude of crisis. I think others have made the point in terms of some of the strategic moves, but I don’t think this President has demonstrated, the way Reagan did when he came in, that he has the skills. He’s the new kid in town, and they’re still waiting to see how well he performs and how well Rahm Emanuel performs. Some of the dust-ups with members of the cabinet, former Senator Daschle especially, distracted him and threw him off message at a critical point in time. I think the Republicans have moved very quickly into the role of the opposition party, which is to raise questions, both for legitimate ideological reasons and for strategic partisan reasons. In the end, they allowed [the stimulus] enough votes to pass with the three Republicans who joined the Democrats to get cloture, but I saw that plenty of times in our caucus when we were in the minority with President Bush. We were willing to have something passed that we voted against, but could have blocked with enough votes to prevent cloture, but we got the message from our leadership, “No, we don’t want to be obstructionists. We’re going to let this pass and then let the President and his party be responsible for the outcome.” In this case, I think there’s a little bit of that strategy going on, especially in the Senate, where the Republicans allowed three votes to get this bill through with the strategy, “Let’s give them enough rope and see if it hangs them.”

    At the end of the day, if you think a deal is bad, you should just say it’s bad and skip the apologetics. That was true for Kelliher, and it’s true for Dayton. Let’s stick to the issues and not have any double standards based on personalities here.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Chris, it’s 2011. I supported Margaret in the 2010 primary. She lost. I moved on, though you apparently haven’t. I haven’t been “beating up” Margaret at any time over the past four years, and I’m not beating her up now. Everything I recited in my previous post is fact.

    Your woulda, shoulda, coulda post, on the other hand, is long on speculation and hearsay, but fact-deficient. If you want to contest the specifics of my post, please do so. If not, quit whining and support your Governor. Unless, of course, you prefer the GOP alternative.