The Daily Digest

Republican Pat Anderson leads the Digest today.

As MPR first reported, she is holding a news conference today to announce that she’s leaving the race for governor and will run for State Auditor.

If Anderson wins the endorsement over the three other Republicans in the contest, it will set up a rematch of the 2006 Auditor’s race that featured Anderson and Otto. Anderson held the seat between 2003 and 2007 but lost her reelection bid to Otto.

Otto made her reelection announcement on Monday. Watch the video of her announcement here.

MAPE is backing Otto.

2010 Race for Governor

DFLer Margaret Anderson’s Kelliher could face the campaign finance board today to discuss her fundraising flap.

Republican Marty Seifert raises $222,000 in 2009 and has $133,000 left in the bank.

Here’s a cheat sheet on where the money race currently stands.

Some of the gubernatorial candidates disclosed their mental health info.

Republican David Hann appeared on KSTP’s At Issue over the weekend.

Republican Robert Carney enters the race.

Under the Dome

Minnesota’s economy may have bottomed out.

The Star Tribune reports that more than half of the organizations represented on an arts panel will share in more than $1 billion from the Legacy Amendment sales tax have already received money. Full disclosure alert: MPR is mentioned.

Minnesota waives the 5% biodiesel mandate for some diesel fuel.

Gov. Pawlenty seeks a disaster declaration for 18 counties.

Twin Cities hospitals are back in the black.

Congress

President Obama’s ratings hit a new low in a CBS poll.

President Obama may use bank fees to rein in the deficit.

The White House also defends the tax on Cadillac health plans.

AP says unemployment was unchanged as a result of the stimulus.

Democrats push back against AP’s analysis.

Republicans keep the heat on Harry Reid.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar defends him.

Klobuchar is on a statewide jobs tour. She wants greater business innovation.

Klobuchar will also speak at the National Press Club.

The General Accounting Office says there have been “extraordinary” increases in prescription drug prices. Klobuchar requested the study.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is in Pakistan. He said last week he wanted to visit the Af/Pak region.

Democrat Al Franken proposes a bill that would require emergency contraceptives would be made available at all military hospitals and clinics under bipartisan Senate legislation.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison rallies with the TSA union.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s appearance at the Tea Party Convention is closed to the press.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar will visit Oklahoma to inspect that state’s stimulus projects.

2010 Race for Congress

Allen Quist defends his comments saying DFLers are more dangerous than terrorists.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty helps raise money for the Republican running for Senate in Massachusetts.

The new book, Game Change, offers some perspective on why Pawlenty wasn’t picked for VP in 2008. When asked about the excerpt, Pawlenty told reporters “We’ve moved on and you should too.”

Sarah Palin gets paid for what Pawlenty does for free – appear on Fox News.

Finally

Fridley based Home Valu, founded by former GOP Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, will close its doors.

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