The Daily Digest

The Senate is set to vote on a nearly $1 billion bonding bill today.

Gov. Pawlenty will hold a news conference today to announce that he wants longer prison terms for sex offenders.

House and Senate DFLers will introduce legislation to limit Pawlenty’s unallotment powers.

Senate Democrats push for a $50 million jobs bill. AP, MPR and the Pi Press have stories.

MMB officials say quick action on a bonding bill may complicate the state’s cash flow.

State Economist Tom Stinson says unemployment is likely to remain high.

The State Ag Commissioner’s stance on an EPA plan regarding global warming is drawing criticism.

The Minnesota Senate wants to quickly pass a bill to fix GAMC.

The House Taxes Committee approved a measure that would allow taxpayers deduct donations to Haiti earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring.

Officials representing the southeastern Twin Cities say they should be next in line for a rail project.

There’s an effort to redesign state government and lawmakers want citizen input.

A former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was at the Capitol Monday to tell lawmakers now is not the time to repeal the state’s ban on new nuclear power plants.

MnDOT remains short of the goal of hiring minority contractors.

The Rochester Tea Party Patriots are pushing for voter id at the polls.

Congress

President Obama hits his lowest approval mark.

The U.S. will commit $78.5 million to try to halt the Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

House Republicans may refuse to participate in President Obama’s health care summit.

AP wonders whether the summit is just for show.

RIP John Murtha.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen held a jobs fair on Monday.

Think Progress says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said “we must wean everybody off of social security.”

Bachmann’s office is also collecting valentine’s for veterans.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar hears about the success of a drug court in International Falls.

2010 Race for Governor

Republican Tom Emmer pushes a horse-lover license plate.

Eight of the candidates for governor participated in a forum on KFAI last night.

2010 Other

The Star Tribune says the MNGOP feels like it’s gathering steam.

Pawlenty for President Watch

Gov. Pawlenty arrived in Alabama on Friday with a $100,000 check to the Alabama GOP to buy some goodwill. But who paid for it?

Gov. Pawlenty spoke in North Carolina on Monday morning. You can listen to his speech and the q and a with reporters here.

Mike Huckabee will visit Minnesota in April.

Sarah Palin had a cheat sheet on her hands during the Tea Party convention.

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