Good morning! Watch these five politics stories today.
1. Confederate flag may come down.
The South Carolina Senate voted to take down the Confederate flag that flies in front of the state’s Capitol building. But the South Carolina House still has to vote on the proposal, and right now, it’s unclear whether proponents of taking down the flag have the votes. (AP via Star Tribune)
2. Clinton versus Sanders in Iowa.
Yesterday, I included two stories in the Digest about Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ unexpected success among the liberal base early in the primary season. As The New York Times reports, Sanders’ chief rival, Hillary Clinton, is taking his campaign seriously, particularly in Iowa, a state important for winning the Democratic presidential primary. (The New York Times)
3. Nuclear accord countdown.
With the official deadline approaching for a nuclear accord between Iran and a handful of countries, including the United States, Iran is asking for a United Nations arms embargo to be completely lifted. (The Wall Street Journal)
4. Martin debrief.
The Bakk-Dayton divide. Rural Minnesota versus the Twin Cities. House Speaker Kurt Daudt and whether he “won” or not. Those are some of the topics MinnPost covered in an interview this week with DFL party chair Ken Martin. (MinnPost)
5. Minnesota masterpieces.
Expect a lot of talk about where to display a slew of state artwork once the Capitol renovation is complete. What can I say? It’s a slow news week here in Minnesota. (MPR News)