The Daily Digest

President Obama gives his first State of the Union speech tonight and will focus on the economy.

He gives his speech at a time when polls say the nation is split on Obama and is fed up with Washington.

It’s clear who Obama is targeting – Independent, middle class voters.

Minnesota’s delegation is far from unified as Obama prepares his speech.

Obama is also expected to admit some missteps in his first year.

Obama will take online questions after his speech.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is coming to the Twin Cities on Thursday.

The Senate rejects a plan to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit.

Senate Democrats are eying an $80 billion jobs package.

Democratic leaders are putting health care on hold.

The ACORN “pimp” gets arrested in Louisiana for trying to tamper with a senator’s phone line. He tried to bug the senator.

GOP Rep. John Kline co-sponsored a resolution honoring him.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she’ll vote for Ben Bernanke’s confirmation as Treasury Secretary.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is calling on Obama to press Israel to ease a blockade in Gaza.

The Hill says GOP firebrands, like GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, are elbowing their leaders.

Bachmann will also release her “Declaration of Health Care Independence” today.

Under the Dome

The state of Minnesota will withhold payments to schools in the coming months because Minnesota can’t meet its cash flow needs. The story also includes a data table that shows which school districts won’t receive payments immediately.

Metro educators rip the plan.

Gov. Pawlenty’s final State of the State will be on 2/11.

The Minnesota House will hire outside counsel to help with a friend of the court brief regarding Pawlenty’s decision to appeal an unallotment ruling.

Minnesota’s HIV rate is up sharply in Minnesota.

Catholic organizations will work to protect the poor this session.

2010 Race for Governor

The Minnesota News Council will host a debate featuring 19 candidates. The debate will be streamed live online.

The elbows are getting sharper as precinct caucuses approach. Democrat Paul Thissen’s campaign accuses Margaret Anderson Kelliher of lifting their message.

Republican Tom Emmer will announce today that he’s filing a “friend of the court” brief in support of Pawlenty’s unallotment plan.

Democrat Tom Bakk announced that he raised $208k in 2009.

Here’s a cheat sheet for the fundraising figures.

Democrat Tom Rukavina releases a funny campaign ad.

Duluth’s Mayor backs Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Listen to the newser here.

The DFL Party Chair wants to know how two Minneapolis pension funds got their voter lists. The groups sent campaign lit to DFL voters ripping Rybak.

Democrat Mark Dayton says his casino support should surprise no one.

Missed this one yesterday. 11 candidates participate in a debate on Monday.

Special Election

Republican Mike Parry was elected to the Minnesota Senate. He replaces Dick Day who retired to become a lobbyist.

2010 Race for Congress

Democrat Tarryl Clark’s campaign says it raised more than $600,000 in 2009.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson closed the year with $620k in the bank.

Stu Rothenberg says don’t hold your breath for an anti-incumbent election.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty appeared on Fox News last night.

Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana says he won’t run for Senate but may run for the White House.

Finally

Funny or Die and Comedy Central have an interesting takes on the Citizens United case.

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