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MYTAKE: On Friday we lost a character. I’ve long said we’re in jeopardy of losing our characters. Those irreverent, colorful and memorable among us that make us blush, laugh out loud, and spit up our drinks when we hear of their escapades. Dark Star was one of those. He was also as decent of a human being as you’ll find, he took care of those around him and helped those who aspired in sports and media. In my case, he was the first radio host who gave me a weekly gig. Between Dark and Eric Eskola, I owe the much of my success. For that, and his ability to ask questions of politicians in a manner and style that everyone could learn from he’ll never be forgotten.
WISCONSIN: via email from Rep. Kurt Bills’ to his supporters: VERBATIM: “When I see someone being attacked for doing the right thing, I think it is important to stand with them. Governor Scott Walker was elected to make the tough fiscal decisions that needed to be made, not the things he wanted to do…Across this county, essential but often difficult decisions must be made to stop heaping debt and obligations onto our young people. They will bear the greatest costs for the lack of leadership now. The other side will attack even though they present no alternative, no plan, and no vision for our future. As Governor, Scott Walker has made decisions with the next generation in mind, just as I will do as U.S. Senator...Please join me in standing with Governor Walker. I will be at the Hudson Victory office, just minutes east of St. Paul, on Monday, June 4th, at 3:00pm…Alternatively, you can make calls in Superior, just minutes east of Duluth. In either location, please contact the field director to let them know when you can show up to help. Wear your Kurt Bills shirt to show them that Minnesota came to help.”
MISMATCHED: MPR calls the US Senate race “mismatched” in a story profiling the race between state Rep. Kurt Bills and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. SABATO: “Amy Klobuchar is, right now, as safe an incumbent as is up this November," says Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. Sabato boasts a nearly perfect record in recent House and Senate election predictions. He has no idea whether Democrats will hold on to control of the Senate, but he's convinced Klobuchar will be there for a second term. DUFFY: Jennifer Duffyof the Cook Political Report says while Bills' association with Paul is helping him now, it will cost him support in the long run. QUOTE: "I mean it almost guarantees that Bills will not get a single independent vote and will not get any moderate Republican support," Duffy says. Duffy is among the outside handicappers who are convinced Klobuchar will easily win re-election. She says she expects the senator will campaign hard for herself and other Democrats. READ: http://bit.ly/MqEr7D
TEACHING: GOP Sen. nominee Rep. Kurt Bills is finishing out the school year teaching AP economics at Rosemount High School this week.
PAWLENTY: via BuzzFeed, VERBATIM: “Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty brought down the house in a speech to the state Republican convention here, a change of pace from his sometimes-dull speaking style when he ran for President last year. Pawlenty came out of the gate swinging. QUOTE: “North Carolina, have you had enough of Barack Obama’s painfully high unemployment,” he boomed as the crowd, caught slightly off-guard, broke into thunderous applause. “North Carolina, have you had enough of Barack Obama,” he asked. “YEAH,” the more than 1,000 attendees responded.
Pawlenty sharpened his own campaign stump speech and incorporated some elements of Romney’s, declaring “You can’t be pro-jobs and anti-business…that’s like being pro-egg and anti-chicken.” READ: http://bit.ly/K8xi6X
TODAY: fmr. Rep. Jim Oberstar will be in Chisolm to re-endorse candidate Rick Nolan. Oberstar previously hosted a fundraiser for in DC for Nolan.
TODAY: fmr. Duluth City councilor Jeff Anderson will announce a list of Iron Range mayors who are endorsing him. Anderson has the endorsements of Reps. Carly Melin, Tom Rukavina, IRRRB chair Tony Sertich.
TODAY: womenwinning hosts Anita Hill and over 1,200 guests for its 30th Anniversary Annual Event at The Depot downtown Minneapolis. U.S.Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, and Congresswoman Betty McCollum will speak.
TODAY: Gov. Mark Dayton will attend and speak the womenwinning luncheon. He has no other public events today.
PARKS: Minnesota has a plethora of parks. CONTEST: This summer, one of your parks could be named “America’s Favorite Park” and win a $100,000 recreation from the Coca-Cola America Is Your Park campaign. And more than one park will win! Second- and third-place parks will receive $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. And one lucky park will be chosen, at random, from the remaining top 25 spots on the leader board to win a $15,000 grant. VOTE: http://bit.ly/KQ56H3 (sponsored)
YESTERDAY: Sen. Chuck Schumer was in town for a fundraiser for Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the home of Amy and Mark Rotenberg.
FRIDAY: Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to speak at CPAC Chicago.
FLIGHT: MPR’s Bob Collins watched the plane he’s built over the past 11 years take its first flight this weekend. Well done Bob. READ: http://bit.ly/KEndB7
BELLS: Cheers to Randy Fordice and Megan Simonson on their nuptials Saturday.
SOCIAL: In the CD1 GOP primary race, Allen Quist has 700 “likes” on Facebook and Sen. Mike Parry has 216.
SOCIAL: In the CD8 DFL primary, Rick Nolan has 1,771 likes, Tarryl Clark has 11,024 (many of which are likely from her 2010 race against Rep. Michele Bachmann). Jeff Anderson doesn’t have a campaign page.
AIRFORCEONE: Reps. Betty McCollum and Tim Walz flew from DC with President Obama on Air Force One Friday.
CONGRATS: Congrats to Michael Guest and Kim Borton on their engagement this past weekend.
BIRTHDAYS: fmr. Sen. Kathy Saltzman, media guy Brian Lambert, environmental pr pro Cathy Kennedy, Weber Shandwick’s Dave Mona, lobbyist Kris Amundson, fmr KARE 11 reporter Scott Goldberg, creative video guy Chuck Olsen
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