The Daily Digest

A judge is considering whether to temporarily restore funding cut by Gov. Pawlenty’s unallotment. It’s a part of a broader legal suit that questions whether Pawlenty overstepped his authority. MPR, the Pi Press, Forum Communications and AP have stories.

The Star Tribune prefers to focus on the resolution that passed the House. It asks nonpartisan research staff to draft a friend of the court brief.

And then there were three. The Hutchinson Leader is reporting that GOP state Sen. Steve Dille won’t seek reelection.

Dille’s decision means there are three members of the Override posse (h/t Brian Bakst) remaining.

Northstar gets rolling.

Sprint Nextel settles a lawsuit with Minnesota over contracts.

Lawmakers question a Lake Pepin water-quality evaluation.

A coal gasification plant on the Iron Range takes a major step forward.

Minnesota’s largest stimulus project moves ahead.

The conservative Freedom Foundation says the stimulus reporting site cites nonexistent jobs in nonexistent districts.

House Appropriations Chair David Obey criticized the Obama Administration for stimulus reporting errors.

The Minnesota Legislature adjusts sick leave for employees.

2010 Race for Governor

The Republican candidates will meet at a forum in St. Joseph tonight.

Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman leads the field of Republicans in a poll even though he’s not in the race (yet?). Former U.S. Sen Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak lead the DFL side. Details here.

DFLer Mark Dayton is raising money on the west coast.

Congress

President Obama urges China to take a role on climate.

Inspectors fear Iran is hiding nuclear plans.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann joins a group of lawmakers hoping to block a lawsuit challenging “In God We Trust.” GOP Rep. John Kline also wants to block the suit.

There’s talk about passing another stimulus bill. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is headed to Austin, TX today. He appeared at a closed door fundraiser for the NRSC yesterday.

The Hotline said Pawlenty’s speech at the RGA will be closely scrutinized.

Grover Norquist says he’s putting the GOP contenders on notice that they better work to elected Republicans in 2010.

Sarah Palin told Oprah that a 2012 run is not on her radar.

Mike Huckabee blasts the Obama Administration over the terror trials.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune tried to stop TARP spending.

2010 Race for Congress

DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark goes after GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann for appearing at the Northstar Commuter Rail Line opening even though she opposed funding for it.

The DNC hits GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen on his health care vote.

Another DFLer announces her plans to run against Paulsen. Here’s Maureen Hackett’s announcement.

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