Reps. Peterson and Kline cross party lines on Fiscal Cliff vote.
A climactic showdown in the House on Tuesday night divided the Minnesota House delegation evenly, with centrist DFLer Collin Peterson joining Republicans Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack and Erik Paulsen in casting dissenting votes.
On the other side, Republican John Kline joined Democrats Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Tim Walz in voting yes on the bill, which was approved in a bipartisan 257 to 167 vote.
“Minnesota’s two senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both pitched plans to reform the filibuster before the 112th Congress started back in January 2011. Their efforts largely failed then, but both said they’re heartened by Reid’s openness to changing the rule now.
“‘I think now it’s pretty clear that you’ve got a majority of Democrats supporting a change,’ congressional scholar Norm Ornstein said. ‘They have to be careful that they do it right,’” via MinnPost.
“Former President Clinton is slated to visit the University of Minnesota Duluth campus this afternoon, his first stop in Duluth since Nov. 4, 1994.
“During his previous visit to Duluth, President Clinton went for a morning jog on Skyline Parkway with then-Mayor Gary Doty and stumped at UMD for Ann Wynia in her unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid. She ultimately lost that race to Sen. Rod Grams.
“This time around, Clinton will lend his support to the campaigns of fellow Democrats Rick Nolan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and President Obama,” reports Duluth News Tribune
“Just two years after the Republican Party swept into control of both chambers of the state legislature and knocked off the longest serving Congressman in Minnesota history, the GOP is preparing for what might go down as one of their most lackluster election cycles this November,” blogs Smart Politics.
Amount of campaign cash Bills has on hand to finish race: $68,000
Amount of campaign cash Amy Klobuchar has on hand: $4.8 million
via Capitol View.
“DFL incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican challenger and Minnesota Rep. Kurt Bills meet with the News Tribune’s Chuck Frederick and Roger Wedin of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. today at the Duluth Playhouse.” Duluth News Tribune View the entire debate at The UpTake.
@kurtbills: this race is not about Klobuchar vs. Bills, it’s about Washington, D.C. vs. the people.
— Matt Abe (@mattabe) September 18, 2012