The Daily Digest: 4-13-09

Gov. Pawlenty will be on MPR’s Midday today at 11 AM.

He delivered the weekly GOP Address on Saturday.

Labor groups make the tax pitch by running issue ads on Pawlenty’s radio show.

Under the Dome

It’s budget week at the State Capitol. We’ll get a better look at some of the budget related bills this week. The House E12 bill is scheduled to be released today.

Minnesota lawmakers return tomorrow to looming budget deadlines.

DFLers are complaining that they’re not receiving fiscal notes in a timely manner.

The Star Tribune and AP give us a status update on major bills.

Urban hospitals are worried about looming cuts.

Minnesota politicians try to bring the stimulus money home.

State tax revenues are down $46 million.

The 35W panel tasked with delivering victim’s compensation money is finishing up its work.

The outdoor spending plan takes shape.

It’s testing time for Minnesota schools.

The Star Tribune says the new tests to aim better grade higher thinking.

The Pi Press says home values have plunged in the metro area but not to tax assessors.

2008 Race for U.S. Senate

We’re still waiting for the ruling by the three-judge panel. On Friday, the panel rejected a plea by voters to have their votes counted.

The Star Tribune jumps two spaces on the chessboard and speculates about a possible federal court challenge even though the election contest isn’t over and the expected appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court has been filed.

Meanwhile a Texas judge in the Coleman donor case OKs a month delay.

D.C.

The Obama family gets their puppy.

You can discover what earmark your congressman is seeking on their website, provided you can find it on their website.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz is seeking a change to the earmark system.

GOP Rep. John Kline declines earmarks.

The staff for DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold forums on education.

States are balking at paying into a nuclear waste fund. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen worked to put a state’s nuclear waste fund in escrow. DFL state Rep. Joe Atkins wants to stop the payments from Minnesota.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will work his home district this week. Last week, he was in Saudi Arabia.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is one of several officials who are eyeing federal flood relief matches.

2010

DFL Sen. John Marty formally announces his campaign for governor today.

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