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Politics with J. Patrick Coolican

Senate DFL proposes budget targets, then we break

The cigar chomping pol and lobbyist and the smoke-filled room are two images with some metaphorical, if anachronistic, force in American politics, so it was funny watching a House Taxes hearing Thursday on a tax break for high-end cigars. Would’ve been perfect if Chairman Greg Davids lit one.

Legislature goes on break after today, but first, Senate DFL announces budget targets at 9. A light schedule aside from that, but hearings on an insurance bill Uber hates and a key Senate Environment hearing on a wild rice bill being pushed by the mining lobby and Sen. Tomassoni. Schedule. 

Gov. Mark Dayton was at a Promise Neighborhood school this morning. He has the Capitol Preservation Commission at 10 and the Diversity and Inclusion Council at 1:15.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is in D.C. returning this evening.

Xcel rate hike.

Pat Condon reporting Dayton throwing cold water on a soccer stadium, even declining to be at the MLS announcement so as not to give off the wrong signal.

Bakk dismissive of the House budget.

Dayton announced Minnesota will be part of nationwide commemoration of the end of the Civil War when we all ring bells April 9,  and someone pointed me to this great 2013 story in which Dayton declined to return a captured Confederate flag to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, recently convicted of corruption charges. In some respects the North failed to win the peace. See the 1876 election.

Washington

End of an era: Reid won’t seek reelection. 

Times: Remember Republicans that divisive primaries are a good thing in a presidential race.

It’s always been a foolish American conceit that we can control the Middle East, but the chaos is alarming: Politico. 

Have a good weekend, a good break (newsletter will continue, but probably in abbreviated form), and most important: Go Irish!

 


 

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