The Daily Digest

The health bill is now the law of the land. President Obama signed the bill yesterday.

Vice-President Biden called the bill signing “A big F$#@# deal.”

Reconciliation begins and the top GOP leader in the Senate thinks the bill will pass. The Washington Post says it’s the Republican Party’s last stand on health care.

Several state attorneys general filed suit to stop the health care bill.

68 Republicans in Minnesota also want a suit to be filed.

The White House says the suits will fail.

MPR says both sides are lining up their talking points for the November election. The GOP is pushing opposition to the health care bill. Democrats say they’ll defend the bill and make it about Pawlenty.

The new GOP slogan is “Repeal and replace.”

President Obama will sign an executive order on abortions today. The signing is closed press but DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is one of 14 lawmakers opposed to legalized abortion who will attend.

The DNC will run thank you ads for DFL Rep. Tim Walz because of his vote.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann tells constituents in a tele-townhall that she lost her health insurance as a result of the health bill. The Pi Press listened to the call and fact checks her.

MinnPost also fact-checks a claim Bachmann made about the federal health bill causing a 30 percent increase in abortions.

Bachmann also says in a blog post that the federal government controls roughly 50 percent of the economy as a result of the health bill.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson explains his no vote.

The House takes up a bill on infrastructure and tax cuts.

The Commerce Secretary visited Minnesota to talk taxes.

The FAA proposes a $1.5 million fine against Northwest Airlines.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken want the Senate to vote on climate change legislation this year.

Franken taps Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers for a fundraiser.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz submits his list of earmark requests.

The Star Tribune says the entire delegation requested $300 million in earmarks.

GOP Rep. John Kline says he has some concerns but is “very supportive” of President Obama’s efforts to change the school laws.

Under the Dome

The House could vote as early as today on a bill restoring GAMC. Democrats are still pushing for Gov. Pawlenty to accept federal funds that are a part of the new health care law.

A Senate committee approves a bill that allows the U of M to sell alcohol selectively at its football, basketball and hockey stadiums.

Lawmakers want to set aside funds for dentists to relocate to the Iron Range.

Gov. Pawlenty wants a baseline for class time but one DFL lawmaker says it’s dead in the water.

Wisconsin wants to study a tax reciprocity deal with Minnesota.

A bill aims for easier access to web data.

2010 Race for Governor

DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina could benefit from Tom Bakk’s exit.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty speaks tonight to a privately held fundraiser for the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, in Washington D.C.

He travels to New Hampshire tomorrow.

Pawlenty appeared on Good Morning America yesterday morning to discuss the health bill.

Sarah Palin’s cabins are listed in the new property report.

Palin also unveils her midterm target list.

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