The Daily Digest

The Minnesota House votes today on a bill that would extend General Assistance Medical Care.

There’s reaction to the MN Chamber’s decision to sue for clarification regarding the state’s campaign law that forbids businesses from spending money on campaigns. Some DFLers aren’t happy with the lawsuit.

Gov. Pawlenty met privately yesterday with the chairs of the Capital Investment Committee to provide direction on the bonding bill. He’s open to a bill that reaches $725 million, which is $275 million less than what DFLers are proposing). The conference committee could meet as early as today.

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is targeting Republicans who voted for the bonding bill.

The poorest of the poor will lose their cash assistance under Gov. Pawlenty’s budget plan. The Administration hasn’t outlined how the new program will work.

Will Pawlenty’s tax cut proposal generate jobs?

Lawmakers are proposing bills to track missing persons.

A bill seeks to protect school money.

Pawlenty chides the state teacher’s union.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison challenges Pawlenty’s comments regarding the state’s teacher’s union.

Minnesota Republicans want to create a sunset commission to cut government spending.

A report by the Legislative Auditor shows problems in the state’s workforce programs.

St. Paul’s Union Depot gets stimulus cash.

A new report says Minnesota foreclosures dropped.

Congress

The Obama Administration makes a big stimulus push.

President Obama signs an executive order today that would create a fiscal commission.

Obama also meets with the Dalai Lama today.

Two more Taliban leaders have been detained.

House Republicans are pushing for an open jobs meeting.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar supports reconciliation on the health care overhaul bill.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including GOP Rep. John Kline, intend to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind law.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak at CPAC on Saturday Friday.

Conservatives push the “Mount Vernon Statement,”

2010 Race for Governor

Republican Tom Emmer will campaign in Red Wing on Friday.

DFL Rep. Paul Thissen will speak at Drinking Liberally tonight.

2010 Race for Congress

A Spicer Psychiatrist will challenge DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty wants President Obama to invite governors to his health care summit.

The Hotline says Pawlenty has the most to prove to CPAC.

Pawlenty is also on CPAC’s straw poll ballot.

The Iowa Republican handicaps the Iowa Caucuses and puts Pawlenty at third.

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