The Associated Press has two great stories that lead the digest. The first is a look at Gov. Pawlenty’s fundraising work for the RNC Convention. He’s pressing big companies to donate.
AP also says states are creating their own welfare rules to get out of the federal work requirements.
The Crookston City Council passes a resolution urging a special session.
GOP Sen. Norm Coleman says he’s thinking about switching his vote on the immigration bill.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar supports the immigration bill.
Why is the debate so heated? Take a look at this KARE-11 story which says a mother of 5 was deported. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.
Klobuchar also supports a truth in caller ID act.
Klobuchar isn’t so sure about a plan regulating violence in movies.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says the current farm bill would be extended into next year if a new one isn’t passed by October first.
Biofuels are the top farm bill goal according to a poll of rural U.S. citizens. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.
DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar’s concerns over private toll roads is mentioned in this story on a private/public partnership in Texas.
Oberstar also backs a pedestrian bridge in Isanti.
Oberstar also speaks at the Humphrey Institute. Listen here.
The Star Tribune says the state’s prescription drug law goes to Congress.
The Star Tribune writes about the past drug use of the U.S. Senate candidates.
The story came after a college friend of Norm Coleman writes an open letter to Coleman about Coleman’s past drug use.
Coleman’s spokesman reacts to the site at the Big Question.
Here’s an interview with Mike Ciresi.
The Winona Daily News has the details on who will run for Rep. Steve Sviggum’s seat. The headline is wrong though since it’s a House seat.
Neil Justin wonders whether it’s ok for journalists to give political donations.