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FIRST: The internal Kurt Bills polling briefing has Bills polling under 30 percent and has Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s approval’s in the low 60’s. PATH: Despite the numbers being what is expected the campaign sees "a path" to defeating Klobuchar.
SUNRISE: via the League of MN Cities Gary Carlson, two gorgeous photos from Duluth’s morning sunrise. PIC1: http://bit.ly/NZ2j1Z PIC2: http://bit.ly/NZ2j1Z
SPECIAL: Let us be the first to say that Governor Mark Dayton may call a special session to deal with the flooding in Duluth and other parts of the northland. GUESS: The Governor will advocate use of bonding to supplement Federal disaster relief.
POLITICS: In DC, the politics of quick flood relief favor Minnesota. With Rep. Chip Cravaack high on a list of freshman that Speaker John Boehner wants to protect and Sen. Amy Klobuchar up for re-election their respective leadership in the House and Senate are highly motivated to move quickly.
TODAY: U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack will be in Duluth tomorrow, Friday, June 22 starting at 10:30 am CTto assess the damage caused by severe flooding that has caused widespread damage to public infrastructure and local homes and businesses, and to discuss recovery efforts with Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other state and local officials. TOUR: Stops include Spirit Mountain and the zoo. MEDIA: They will hold a media briefing at 2 PM.
ADS: via Minnesotan’s United, via news release AD1: “…running online exclusively for the coming weeks and paid for by the Project 515 Education Campaign, features a range of Minnesotans talking about what marriage means to them and concludes that no one would want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love. It encourages Minnesotans to visit www.gettheconversationstarted.org to learn more about talking with their friends and neighbors about the freedom to marry in Minnesota.” AD2: “... paid for by Minnesotans United for All Families, features Saint Paul residents Kate Wulf and Marianne Christianson speaking about what marriage means and how this amendment would single out and exclude some Minnesotans from the freedom to marry.” WATCH1: http://bit.ly/MFWnon WATCH2: http://bit.ly/O3rcuE
TODAY: Gov. Mark Dayton, joined by United States Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter, Minnesota Commissioner of Higher Education Larry Pogemiller, and Metropolitan State University Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, will participate in a roundtable discussion on best practices in higher education at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. Governor Dayton will hold a brief media availability before the first Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Governor will then attend the first Minnesota Sports Facilities meeting and he will administer the Oath of Office to the new members. In the evening, Governor Dayton will speak at the Page Education Foundation 2012 Scholar Awards Ceremony at the Travelers Headquarters in Saint Paul.
TONIGHT: On Almanac this week- a look at the historic flooding with Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Kris Eide from Public Safety & weather guy Paul Douglas.
PARADES: On the schedule this weekend: Kaposia Days in South St. Paul, Granite City Days in St. Cloud, Blaine’s Blazin’ 4th, Medford days, Lake City’s Water Ski Days,
TPAW: via the Washington Post’s right-leaning blogger Jennifer Rubin, VERBATIM: The latest media buzz, usually sourced to unknown people who talked to other unknown people, is that former governor Tim Pawlenty is moving up in th VP sweepstakes. To be blunt, I don’t believe a word of it. People at the very top of the Romney campaign are “happily ignorant,” as one put it, about the process. The people who know anything aren’t talking and the ones who are talking don’t know anything…The Pawlenty buzz has, as one Capitol Hill Republican put it, all the makings of a trial balloon by Pawlenty fans (including a number of Beltway media types who find him an unscary Republican)…Why isn’t it likely to be Pawlenty? There are lots of reasons, especially if you consider Mitt Romney’s preference for whip-smart people and his need for help in the anti-Obama attack wars…To begin with, Pawlenty ran a dreadful presidential race, showed no rhetorical flare and was a limp debater. He’s got a nice working-class life story, but he lacks a number of critical assets that Romney is no doubt looking for…In sum, there is no good reason to pick him. He’s not going to tie down Minnesota (he couldn’t even do that during the primary). He’s not as effective at debunking President Obama as Ryan would be, not as exciting as Christie and not as impressive (in his gubernatorial record) as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is far more expert in national security. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is more expert in energy and a more capable attack dog (a common role for VPs). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is more innovative. I am hard pressed to think of anything (expertise, experience or personal qualities) of which you can say, “Well Pawlenty is the best in that department.” READ: http://wapo.st/LaKFCh
BIRTHDAYS: TODAY: lobbyist and connected operative Cristine Almeida, Dry Cleaning entrepreneur Michael Guest, Dept. of Commerce’s media nice guy Matt Swenson, Shandwick’s Denny Shields, early childhood advocate Todd Otis, Minneapolis’ sustainable entrepreneur Kim Havey, St. Paul’s memory and writer Jane McClure, musician Ali Gray TOMORROW: U of M’s Heather Faulkner, Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough, entrepreneur and GOP donor Brian Sullivan, SUNDAY: WCCO radio’s Jimmy Erickson, Senate staffer and mom Krista Romportl Broton, GOP online guru Andrew Foxwell, fmr. DFL/GOP Sen. leader Dean Johnson
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