The Daily Digest

The state’s rate of the uninsured climbed nearly 27 percent between 2007 and 2009. AP and MPR have stories.

Gov. Pawlenty threatens to veto a bill that would limit his unallotment authority.

The bill is getting fine-tuned.

Pawlenty also has until Tuesday to submit his appeal brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

There’s a bipartisan support to move the state’s primary date to August.

Here are the key dates to watch if the primary is changed to August.

The Department of Public Safety orders Xcel Energy to fix its gas lines or face a $1 million fine.

The Pi Press says many plumbers didn’t even know of the problem.

Pawlenty predicts that he’ll reach a deal with lawmakers on the bonding bill.

Gorillas in the missed? The Star Tribune says a lawmaker pushed to successfully remove references to polar bears and gorillas from the bonding bill request.

The Pi Press looks at the push to ban some chemicals in children’s products.

Two counties want the state to stop shifting costs.

St. Paul resolves a HUD investigation.

Plans are going forward on a Minneapolis planetarium even though the governor wants to cancel the bonding request.

E85 usage increased 25 percent in Minnesota state government.

DFL Rep. John Lesch, who is in basic training, is expected to be back in Minnesota soon.

Congress

President Obama says he’s not giving up on the health care overhaul bill.

He will also hold a bipartisan health care reform meeting this month.

The House is set to vote this week on a bill the removes the anti-trust exemption for health insurance companies.

Gallup takes a look at President Obama’s approval in every state in the nation. Obama’s approval in Minnesota is 62%. Party id favors Democrats though.

President Obama also sat down with CBS News before the start of the Super Bowl.

White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan told Meet the Press that he briefed GOP congressional leaders about the arrest of the Christmas bomber.

The Star Tribune reports that 3M met privately with EPA officials about 3M’s Scotchguard. EPA officials will start considering new safety guidelines for drinking water.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is making the push to ease international adoptions.

DFL Sen. Al Franken goes after the CEO of Comcast.

Franken also spoke at the Hibbing Chamber dinner and talked job creation in Duluth.

GOP Rep. John Kline says President Obama’s economic policies aren’t working.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen holds a jobs fair today.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will speak at Carleton College.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is working to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

2010 Race for Governor

Democrats R.T. Rybak and Margaret Anderson Kelliher are treating it like a two person race.

The plan for water fountains in Minneapolis gets pared back.

2010 Other

The MNGOP is still looking for an Attorney General candidate.

RNC Chair Michael Steele says one million dollars is not a lot of money.

President Obama rallied the party faithful.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar transferred $115,000 in campaign cash to the DSCC.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty will speak in North Carolina this morning.

He was in Alabama on Friday speaking to GOP activists.

You can listen to Pawlenty’s Alabama speech here.

Sarah Palin headlined the Tea Party Convention and said “America is ready for another revolution.”

She also leaves open the possibility of a run in 2012.

Finally

Schakleton’s scotch is retrieved from the South Pole.

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