Debt deal reaction pours in
Reactions from Minnesota’s congressional delegation to the announced debt deal are trickling in. At MPR, Brett Neely and Madeleine Baran write: “All but two members of the Minnesota’s congressional delegation are noncommital so far about how they will vote on the debt ceiling deal. The two exceptions are Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who said she will vote for the bill, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who said she will vote against it. … Klobuchar said she would have preferred a deficit reduction package that included equal amounts of increased revenue and spending cuts, but she said the GOP-controlled House would have blocked any bill that included a tax hike. … Rep. Chip Cravaack’s vote will likely come under the most scrutiny of any lawmaker in Minnesota. The freshman Republican lawmaker, who narrowly defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Jim Oberstar, is expected to face a hotly-contested re-election next year. Cravaack voted against House Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill on Friday. A vote against the final deal could jeopardize critical support from the Republican Party in his re-election bid.”
At the Strib, Kevin Diaz reports, “Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar is a yes vote today when the U.S. Senate votes on the debt deal worked out between the White House and congressional leaders. ‘We’ve been waiting for this for months,’ she said in an interview Monday morning. Democrat colleague Al Franken is still reviewing the deal this morning, according to a press aide.” I’m not so sure we’ve been waiting months for this.
As for T-Paw, the AP reports: “Alex Conant, a spokesman to the former Minnesota governor, released a statement today calling the accord ‘nothing to celebrate’ because it pushes the nation deeper into debt. He says it doesn’t do enough to change the course of federal spending.” I get a special feeling when T-Paw gets all righteous on debt.
The New York Times’ Michael D. Shears surveys the presidential candidates: “Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota responded quickly with a statement condemning the deal. ‘Mr. President, I’m not sure what voice you’re listening to, but I can assure you that the voice of the American people wasn’t the ‘voice that compelled Washington to act.’ It was you that got us into this mess, and it was you who wanted a $2.4 trillion dollar blank check to get you through the election,’ she said in a statement distributed by her campaign.”
Gov. Mark Dayton paid out $750,000 in legal fees for his recount fight last fall. Brian Bakst of the AP writes: “The legal fees paid from a special political fund to five law firms are detailed in the report quietly filed with the IRS during the weekend. The legal bills took until March to fully pay off. … The Republican Party footed Emmer’s recount expenses, but routed them through a special account that isn’t subject to public disclosure laws. Party chairman Tony Sutton reiterated Monday that details on his side’s recount spending won’t be released voluntarily. ‘We’re not required to, so we’re not going to,’ Sutton said, declining to say if all bills have been paid.”
New U of M President Eric Kaler knows he’ll have to step up the school’s collaborations with businesses. We’re not sure if this is what he had in mind. Paul Walsh of the Strib writes: “A major national retailer of condoms, sex toys and producer of pornographic movies is helping fund a faculty position at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Adam & Eve, founded in 1970 and based in North Carolina, is among the donors to the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In five years a faculty member would be hired to create lifelong sexual education curricula. This chair is the first of its kind in the nation to focus on sexuality education, according to the Medical School. ‘We support sexual health education,’ said Adam & Eve Marketing Director Chad Davis, in explaining why his company is making its first gift to a university. ‘That’s how we started, distributing condoms. We believe in safe sex and people being educated about safe sex practices.’ “
RadioIowa offers a bit on the Tea Party-heavy strategies being used to get out the “straw vote”: “The frenetic atmosphere surrounding the August 13 event will be fueled by campaign cash and enormous media attention. Some of the candidates will buy $30 tickets for their supporters and ply the crowd with food and entertainment to lure them to Ames for the Straw Poll voting. … However, measuring the impact Tea Party voters may have on the Straw Poll will be more difficult, as candidates like Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are getting support from people who identify themselves as Tea Party people. Chuck Laudner was executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in 2007, managing the last Straw Poll. Laudner says this year’s Straw Poll is a time when the Tea Party can ‘prove its strength’ by dominating the event. ‘The same could be said for home schoolers which as a coalition is pretty young in Iowa politics and I think they enjoyed their success in pushing Huckabee over the line in the Caucuses last time,’ Laudner says. ‘Who are they going to line up behind and put over the top this time and I think, at the Straw Poll, everybody’s looking for the next Huckabee, right? So, it may be up to them.’ ” Oh yeah, everybody’s looking for the next Mike Huckabee.
John Hinderaker is still working his calculator on the debt deal. At Power Line, he writes: “I will have more to say about the debt deal later in the day; so far, I haven’t seen some basic data — like how much spending will actually be “cut,” i.e. prevented from rising as fast as the baseline, for FY 2012 and 2013. The trillions of dollars in cuts now being trumpeted I regard as mainly fictitious. … Conservatives can take some satisfaction from the fact that the 2010 election has allowed us to begin to make a stand against profligate federal spending. But we have a long way to go, and that mostly means that there are millions more Americans who need to be educated about the magnitude of the federal debt and the destructive effects of wasteful government spending.” Conservatives could have begun making that stand in 2002, but apparently were busy with other things.
There’ll be no third time and no charm for Randy Moss. The guy who caught Brett Favre’s 500th TD pass is going to retire. Says ESPN: “Only two weeks ago, [his agent Joel] Segal described Moss as being in ‘freakish shape’ after ‘working out, two-a-days, all spring and summer in West Virginia.’ ‘He is determined, motivated and quite frankly has a huge chip on his shoulder. Whatever team ends up getting Randy, they’re going to know they’re getting the old Randy Moss,’ Segal told NFL.com in mid-July. ‘He’s not just coming in to be on the team, he’s going to be Randy Moss — a difference-maker.’ [Moss is] second only to Jerry Rice for most TD catches, 100-yard receiving games and most games with two TD catches or more. The seven-time Pro Bowler was tied with the Steelers’ Hines Ward for eighth all-time in receptions with 954. He is just one of 10 players to have 950 or more career receptions.”