At last it’s Friday, and hey, we have a Super Bowl to look forward to this weekend. How was that Democratic debate last night? Let’s check the Digest.

1. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had their first head-to-head debate last night in New Hampshire. Clinton came out swinging. Sanders swung back. (Washington Post)

2. If you watched the debate, you probably didn’t miss these seven moments. If you didn’t watch, well, you missed the whole thing. (NPR)

3. What about the fact check? (Politifact)

4. By the way, it looks like Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only secretary of state to get classified information on a private email account. (NBC)

5. In Minnesota, State Auditor Rebecca Otto is suing over that law that allows counties to hire private auditors. (Star Tribune)


Minnesota Second District Republican Rep. John Kline used Twitter Thursday to make an endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rubio is trying to consolidate support among establishment Republicans since finishing a strong third in the Iowa Caucuses Monday night.

A recent Star Tribune poll showed that in a head- to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton in Minnesota Rubio would win by 9 points. That’s significant, especially since a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes since 1972.

Clinton has drawn support from most of Minnesota’s prominent elected DFL officials, with the notable exception of 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison, who is backing Bernie Sanders.

Rubio’s effort in Minnesota is headed up by Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who was the Republican candidate for governor in 2014.

Good morning. Hard to believe we’ve made it to the first Thursday in February already. By my reckoning, we’ll gain an hour and 15 minutes of daylight by March 1. Let’s take a look at the Digest.

1.Opponents of a proposed solar farm near Marshall will try again to get state regulators to reject it today. (MPR News)

2. All the salt on roads in the winter makes it easier to drive, but it’s not good for the water. Road crews are trying to be more careful about how much they use. (MPR News)

3. Minneapolis City Council members temporarily postponed a vote on the reappointment of the city’s police chief. (Star Tribune)

4. Donald Trump was gracious in his Iowa concession speech Monday night. By yesterday he was claiming Ted Cruz had won by cheating and threatening to sue to overturn the results. (Politico)

5. As they get set to debate tonight Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are fighting over whether Clinton is “progressive” enough. (Washington Post)