GOP pulls Tina Smith into Planned Parenthood flap
Good morning. Sun is shining and Michigan blueberries are excellent.
The Mille Lacs walleye working group, including legislators, administration officials and a couple locals meets today at 3. It will be chaired by Rep. Tom Hackbarth and Sen. David Tomassoni. Expect no news. The season ends. More about the working group, plus skepticism from legislators about a special session, and especially the precedent this sets that we go into session every time an industry is in trouble because of some action of state government. Dave Orrick at the PiPress tries to answer what happened to all the walleye?
Gov. Mark Dayton will speak at 11 at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, the umbrella group of 70 enviro orgs. University Club, 420 Summit Ave. Expect some news there.
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board meets today at 9.
This seems worrisome. Last week, the state announced big savings by moving to new managed care contracts for public health enrollees, but that also means 475,000 Minnesotans have to move to a new health plan in 2016. Yikes.
That’s about six times the number of switches with previous contract changes, and has advocates worried enrollees could fall through the cracks. “Any time you’ve got that many people being disrupted, it’s a cause for alarm,” said Ralonda Mason, an attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid in St. Cloud.
Klob and Franken stick with Planned Parenthood, Allison Sherry reports; defunding fails in procedural vote. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith got roped into the story because she was a top person at local PP:
But Smith on Monday defended Planned Parenthood, saying she would never condemn an organization that furnishes affordable health care for millions of women nationwide. “I’m proud of the work they do,” she said. She called the videotapes “secretly recorded and heavily edited,” and characterized them as a political attack.
The Strib’s Jim Spencer and Dave Shaffer on the EPA rule, which reduces coal and favors wind, solar and conservation. Minnesota is already well on its way.
Rubio defends sugar subsidies, because if the sugar industry is wiped out, our entire agricultural industry will be too. The author of the piece linked is skeptical.