The Daily Digest

President Obama said health reform can’t wait much longer during the White House summit. He also stressed agreement.

The White House health care summit revealed smiles, smirks and serious looks.

GOP Rep. John Kline attended the summit and focused on small businesses.

The Fix lists the winners and losers of the health care summit.

Here are transcripts from every speaker (including Kline).

It appears that Obama and the Democrats will be moving forward on some sort of plan.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she will not sign a letter urging the public option.

The government considers more restrictions on bank foreclosures.

Charlie Rangel, a Democrat from New York, broke House rules.

The USDA says the stimulus is having a major impact in rural Minnesota.

The House sends an extension of the Patriot Act to President Obama.

The U.S. Justice Department charges Guidant with defibrillator failures.

MinnPost says the feds build a federal juvenile facility on the Red Lake Reservation – and it’s never been used. DFL Sen. Al Franken is mentioned.

Federal funds will help bring clean drinking water to southern Minnesota. DFL Rep. Tim Walz is mentioned.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen says the GOP must bring new ideas to the table.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hates her.

President Obama called former Vice-President Dick Cheney to wish him well.

Under the Dome

Groups are increasing their pressure on House Republicans to override Gov. Pawlenty’s veto of GAMC.

The Senate voted to override the veto yesterday. The House will attempt to override on Monday. AP, MPR, the Star Tribune and the Pi Press have stories.

Gov. Pawlenty said the Senate vote was “largely ceremonial” and expected the biggest test to be the House.

The House passed a bill that would move the party primary from September to August. MPR, the Star Tribune and Forum Communications have stories.

Efforts to require photo id at the polls were defeated.

A bill requiring coverage of prosthetics coverage advances.

The U of M seeks to lessen cuts in state aid.

The Minnesota Supreme Court reprimands an ex-St. Cloud mayor.

A Minnesota lawmaker aims to change gang law enforcement.

2010 Race for Governor

Democrats are touting their country cred.

The surrogates for Republicans Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert take the gloves off as Super Saturday approaches.

Former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser is backing Democrat Paul Thissen’s campaign.

2010 Race for Congress

DFL Rep. Tim Walz formed a federal leadership PAC.

A pastor plans to challenge DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is supporting John McCain’s Senate bid.

Sarah Palin will raise money for Bachman and the MNGOP when she campaigns for Bachmann on April 7th.

Newt Gingrich says he’s organizing for a possible 2012 run.

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