Already a national figure, a unnamed source now tells ABC that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is eyeing a run for president.
"ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012," the report said.
In the piece, her chief of staff didn't squash the thinking.
Meanwhile, ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has been angling for 2012 presidential stature for more than a year, formally announced his bio-book tour with stops for readers (aka voter/donors) in DC, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire and Iowa.
According to ABC, Bachmann also has an Iowa trip planned.
So, Hot Dish readers, how do you compare Pawlenty for President v. Bachmann for President?
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.