The Daily Digest

The final vote on the Senate health care bill is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

House Democrats say they won’t roll over and accept the Senate health care bill.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is talking tough when it comes to the health bill requiring a public option but PIM says he won’t rule out voting for a bill without one.

An L.A. Times op-ed says the Senate health bill includes plenty of pork. It specifies a provision by DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar regarding funding to promote public awareness about breast cancer risks for young women.

A Congressional Research Service report says ACORN didn’t violate any federal regulations over the last five years.

Gitmo is unlikely to close until at least 2011.

Klobuchar continues her push to reduce high early termination fees from cell phone companies.

Klobuchar’s office steps in to help someone who was at odds with Citi over excessive penalties and interest on his credit card.

The Hill says DFL Sen. Al Franken’s sharp tongue has emerged in the Senate after a quiet first few months.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison carols for health care.

Politico cites an Environmental Working Group analysis that says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann received 250k in federal subsidies.

Under the Dome

Minnesota conservation projects get $3.7 million in grants.

Officials are trying to determine what to do with a Coon Rapids dam.

Several groups protested the loss of funding for GAMC.

A MnDOT official says high-speed rail from Chicago to the Twin Cities could take a year to map.

State Agencies are requesting $2 billion in bonding funds.

MinnPost says the fight over redistricting could get ugly.

2010 Race for Governor

AP says the race for governor will ratchet up quickly.

Minneapolis uses stimulus money to keep 15 of the 25 cops who got pink slips. Republicans and the Minneapolis Police Federation were criticizing Mayor R.T. Rybak, who’s running for governor, for the move.

The Deets takes issue with statements made by GOP Rep. Marty Seifert about water fountains in Minneapolis.

GOP Rep. John Kline says he isn’t backing anyone for governor at this point.

A bunch of Democrats support a single payer health plan.

DFL state Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon is backing DFL Sen. Tom Bakk for governor.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty’s Administration doesn’t file conflicts of interest.

2010 Race for Congress

A poll shows GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann with big leads over her DFL opponents.

GOP Rep. John Kline says the GOP is poised to take over the House.

A House Democrat announces a switch to the GOP.

2010 Other

The filings open today in the race to replace GOP state Sen. Dick Day. The Waseca County News is all over this story.

A Republican who jumped into the race for Attorney General and then told the AP he was getting out of the race is now wavering.


The Digest is taking a break until January 4th. There will continue to be entries, however, on the blog. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.