The Daily Digest

The Legislative Auditor says he’ll reopen an investigation into the state’s use of a company that may have released private data of state employees. MPR also found that state information technology specialists were warning that the company couldn’t adequately protect private employee data before the contract was signed.

The state of Minnesota added 2,000 jobs in November.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commissioner releases a new stadium plan for the Vikings.

The Vikings are cool to the idea.

The race is on for $2 million in green energy grants from the stimulus.


DFLer Al Franken cut off Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman during debate on the Senate floor.

Franken later said he was under orders to keep the debate moving.

A report says the federal stimulus kept 66,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.

President Obama is in Copenhagen with the hopes of securing a climate deal.

He’s also scheduled to meet with Russia’s president to discuss an arms deal.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is working to make some changes to the health care bill.

MinnPost says Minnesota lawmakers are pushing for Medicare reimbursement changes.

Franken wants to increase the number of high-quality principals in problem schools.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison wants to end a federal cost effectiveness standard used by transportation officials to determine funding for big-ticket transportation projects.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann suggests President Obama take a remedial course on the constitution.

Bachmann’s money men leave her.

The USDA will give dairy farmers a special subsidy payment. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

2010 Race for Governor

Campaign Finance officials will take up the Margaret Anderson Kelliher fundraising issue on January 12th.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty met with some GOP bigwigs during his trip to New Hampshire.

An American Spectator contributor questions where Pawlenty stands on cap and trade.

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