The Daily Digest

Gov. Pawlenty is in New Orleans today and tomorrow for an Education Commission of the States meeting. Keep track of Pawlenty’s out of state travel here.

For the first time, Pawlenty is suggesting possible cuts to K12 because he’s disappointed in teacher settlements. Is he rattling sabers to keep contracts or low or serious about making cuts to the classroom?

WCCO examines why Pawlenty won’t make cuts to Veterans programs.

The state will track often abused prescription drugs.

The Pi Press previews the discussion Pawlenty will have with legislative leaders at a private meeting on Friday.

A Winona County Commissioner wants his county to join the unallotment lawsuit.

AP says the developer building a stadium in CA says he won’t work to convince the Vikings to move to L.A. as long as the team pursues a stadium plan on their own. The top choices for the developer are the Bills and Jaguars.

2010 Race for Governor

DFLer Susan Gaertner says she’ll run in the primary. Gaertner admits she wasn’t gaining traction in the race for the endorsement and thinks her campaign is better suited for the primary. MPR, AP and the Pi Press have stories.

Meanwhile DFLer Steve Kelley rules out a primary run. He says he will abide by the endorsement.

DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina says he raised more than $135k in ’09 and has $60k in the bank.

Republican Marty Seifert campaigned in Pine City.

The DFL candidates will debate the issues in Fridley on Thursday and in Alexandria on Saturday.

Robert Carney, a Republican who is suing Pawlenty over unallotment and was trounced in the Mineapolis mayoral election, says he’s running for governor.

Smart Politics says Democrats have won the governor’s seat only 3 of 25 times with a Democrat in the White House.

Congress

President Obama said “We have to do better” in regards to airline security.

The U.S. halts the transfer of Gitmo detainees to Yemen.

President Obama’s promise to trim the deficit is proving difficult to keep.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes a swipe at President Obama for not keeping his campaign promises.

Democrats resume health talks.

C-SPAN and the GOP want live coverage of the talks.

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, says he’ll retire (that’s good news for Republicans because it’s a heavy GOP state).

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd will also retire (that’s good news for Democrats because Dodd has wicked low poll numbers – did you like how I used the New England phrase “wicked low” right there?).

The feds oppose closing locks in the Great Lakes to stop the spread of Asian Carp.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is featured in a book that discusses women in politics.

MinnPost says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann also objects to closed door negotiations regarding the health care overhaul bill.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says the GOP should allow itself to be redefined by the Tea Party movement.

2010 Race for Congress

Emily’s List backs DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark for Congress.

Stu Rothenberg says the 3rd and 6th are Republican Favored. The 1st isn’t even on the grid.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz uses Republican Allen Quist’s terror comments in a fundraising e-mail.

The RNC Chair says the GOP can’t win the House.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Mitt Romney will decide about 2012 after the midterms.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will visit New Hampshire at the end of January.

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