The Daily Digest

Gov. Pawlenty focused on jobs and tax cuts in his State of the State speech. MPR, the Pi Press, MinnPost, KARE, the Star Tribune, WCCO, KSTP, Fox9, Forum Communications, the Rochester Post-Bulletin and AP have stories.

AP says Pawlenty rehashed a whole lot of ideas in his speech.

MPR takes a look at which of his job creation proposals have a chance of becoming law.

You can watch, listen to or read Pawlenty’s speech here.

DFLers were cool to Pawlenty’s speech calling it “boiler plate.”. Here’s video of the news conference.

There’s mixed reaction to Pawlenty’s proposal to allow the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul take over the schools. MPR and the Pi Press have stories.

Pawlenty proposes tax breaks to keep St. Paul’s Ford plant running but a Ford official says the plant will still close in 2011.

Pawlenty also signed the first bills of the 2010 session.

The Minnesota Senate voted to extend a pared down health care program for the poor.

The House bonding bill is headed to the floor.

A bill that would speed up overtime pay to the Red Bulls has been introduced in the Minnesota Senate.

A lawmaker wants to sell the Metrodome to the Vikings for $1.

A state lawmaker is concerned that a federal flood relief plan for northwestern Minnesota may not protect downstream communities.

Religious leaders rally for gay marriage at the capitol.

Congress

Cold weather states, like Minnesota, are losing federal heating aid to the south.

Minnesota lawmakers defy the blizzard and go to work. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar are mentioned.

President Obama shifts his no tax vow in an attempt to cut debt.

Census officials are at odds with the GOP over a GOP fundraising letter.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid initially backed then pulled back a jobs bill.

Democrats are now proposing a stripped down jobs bill.

The Recovery Act turns one.

The Senate confirmed 27 Obama nominees.

Some Democratic Senators want to end the filibusters.

Democrats also try to blunt the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will join a “Macbeth” panel at the Guthrie.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will attend a rally tonight in North Dakota.

She met with children and Veterans during a visit to St. Cloud.

2010 Race for Governor

Republicans Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer will be on TPT’s Almanac tonight.

2010 Race for Congress

There are several Republicans lining up to run against DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar.

An Independent joins the race in Minnesota’s 1st District.

Rhode Island Democrat Patrick Kennedy won’t run again.

2010 Race for Legislature

DFL Rep. Cy Thao isn’t saying if he’s running for a fifth term. The Pi Press and the Star Tribune write about that.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty writes an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining the “five ways to reform health care.”

Pawlenty appeared on Dennis Miller’s show.

He was also on Fox’s Hannity.

Finally

Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized on Thursday.

  • Sam

    Nice work at the #smbmsp.