The Daily Digest: 3:20:08

Sorry the Digest is late today.

House DFLers take on a couple of Gov. Pawlenty’s key initiatives, JOBZ and Q-Comp. The Star Tribune, AP, the Pi Press, Forum Communications, ECM and Finance and Commerce have stories. Pawlenty tells MPR that he doesn’t like the plan to cut corporate subsidies.

House Democrats want to direct the Q-Comp money and direct it to general education funding. The Pi Press and Forum Communications have stories.

Education Minnesota, the state’s largest teacher’s union, says kick in more cash for schools.

The Star Tribune says the prospects of extra school funding are small which could make it a campaign issue.

Attorney General Lori Swanson showcases her union support. Organizing in her office gets murkier. MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.

Gov., Pawlenty praised the troops during yesterday morning’s prayer breakfast.

The bonding bill stalls.

The Senate passed a bill that would make it more difficult to buy addictive prescription medicine over the internet.

MinnPost says health care reform sort of comes to the Capitol. The Senate delayed a vote on the health care bill.

The Senate keeps a Woodbury psychiatric hospital alive.

The Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force drops mortgage fraud cases.

Missed this one yesterday. Domestic partner bills pass committees in the Minnesota House and Senate.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is mentioned in Forbes article on green cars.

Here’s a link to the editorial from Mayor Rybak that was included in the report.

Congress

There was a solemn service for the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq war. The Pi Press, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.

KARE says some Iraq war vets shared their stories. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the NTSB to hold a hearing on the bridge collapse. So does DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman backs the decision.

The Star Tribune says Congress is trying to help cash strapped college students.

The Ambassador to Laos says he’s seeking missing men’s return. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is mentioned. The Pi Press and AP have stories.

Several elected officials, like DFL Rep. Keith Ellison, support security guards in a labor dispute.

Kessler reality checks the tax rebate.

2008 Race for President

Barack Obama will speak in North Dakota next month.

2008 U.S. Senate Race

Coleman comes out swinging against Al Franken. The Pi Press and AP have stories.

Here are the details of Coleman’s official announcement.

A pro-Norm Coleman ad prompts a protest over the bridge collapse. MPR and the Star Tribune have stories.

Some Democrats are complaining that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings shunned Democrats during her Minnesota visit.

John Kerry’s PAC uses a sock puppet named quagmire to target Senate Republicans like Coleman.

2008 Race for Congress

Republican Attorney Ed Matthews announces that he’ll challenge DFL Rep. Betty McCollum.

2008 RNC

Wellstone Elementary says the RNC could disrupt the school.

A free speech group won’t allow attendees to speak on the RNC convention protest.

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