As we have all month, we’ll continue to provide livestreams of legislative turf wars between the Republican-controlled State House and Senate, and Governor Dayton’s office. Late last week the Minnesota House GOP tried to preempt the Governor with $1 billion in budget cuts, and also pushed to rescind The Next Generation Act, which would re-open the door for coal plants. But Dayton pulled no punches, himself, ripping former Governor Tim Pawlenty for the state’s current economic hole.
In other state political news, the Democratic-Farm-Labor party has endorsed Carly Melin for the House seat vacated by a Dayton appointee. Over in the senior chamber, several state senators are seeking an ethics hearing regarding Sen. Scott Newman. The State Senate held two committee hearings at Hibbing Community College on Friday over the Polymet mine and what environmental dangers it may pose. On the progressive front, TakeAction Minnesota held its annual convention in Eagan yesterday, and Congressman Keith Ellison and MN House Minority Leader Paul Thissen both spoke.
Of course, the big news is coming out of Egypt, where a week of demonstrations may soon succeed in toppling Hosni Mubarek’s autocratic regime. Words from the White House have slowly escalated since last week, beginning with calls for change from Mubarek, to Obama’s words of support for the Egyptian people. The TV station Al Jazeera has provided perhaps the best coverage of the story unfolding in Cairo and other cities, and through the Creative Commons license, we’ve embedded some of their work. Meanwhile, in the Twin Cities and in urban areas all over the United States, Egyptian and Arab immigrants have called for democracy in Egypt. Follow our coverage as the dramatic story unfolds this week.