The Daily Digest

The U.S. House passed the health care overhaul bill on Saturday night.

Here’s how Minnesota’s delegation voted.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson explains why he voted no.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar, the House Transportation Chair, will reportedly visit a New Orleans district. It’s the district of the only Republican to vote for the health care bill.

Republicans say Democrats are putting agenda before the country.

There are still big question marks on what the Senate will do.

Former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice spoke at a Twin Cities event.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty tests the presidential water with an appearance in Iowa. MPR, the Star Tribune, Politico, the Pi Press, Forum Communications and Fox News have stories.

You can listen to Pawlenty’s speech here.

The Des Moines Register focuses on Pawlenty’s comments that say Obama hasn’t been bipartisan.

Des Moines Register Political columnist Kathie Obradovich said Pawlenty’s speech was spirited but “didn’t automatically scream ‘presidential candidate.”

Time’s Mark Halperin says Pawlenty pleases- but does not blow away- Iowa Republicans.

The Washington Post says Pawlenty’s national forays show he needs some work.

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and the winner of the ’08 caucuses, signed books in Iowa on Sunday. He, like Pawlenty, said he has no political plans.

Here’s a fact-check on Pawlenty’s comments regarding the production and distribution of the flu vaccine.

Pawlenty wrote an op-ed on his proposal to cap spending.

DFL state Sen. Scott Dibble says Pawlenty’s unallotment will have a dramatic impact on Hennepin County.

2010

The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board hit Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for spending money on a gov campaign without filing the proper paperwork. MPR, the Star Tribune and AP have stories.

The DFL gov candidates will meet in three debates over the next five weeks.

DFLer Matt Entenza talks education and the economy in Waseca.

Side note: I didn’t have time this weekend to post the schedule of the gov candidates. I’ll do it later today.

Under the Dome

Gov. Pawlenty postpones his trade mission to Mexico.

AP says Pawlenty missed his goal of ending long-term homelessness.

GAMC patients will get coverage under MinnesotaCare. The Pi Press and MPR have stories.

A judge rules the instant runoff challenge in St. Paul should go to trial.

A conservative group wants a court to end the state’s prohibition on robocalls.

The federal stimulus saved school jobs, the state says.

The Star Tribune says Minnesota is in contention for more federal money for education.

More farmers and lenders are using debt mediation.

The I-35W bridge contractor settles the lawsuit.

2010 Race for Congress

Democrat Maureen Reed said her opponent, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, is a tool for the health care industry.

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