The Daily Digest

An MPR analysis found that the governor has been out of the state an average of more than one in every three days since the legislative session started.

The House and Senate are on the Easter/Passover break through Tuesday.

Before lawmakers left, the House and Senate sent a bill aimed at spurring economic development and a bill that cut $312 million in state spending to Gov. Pawlenty. He has signaled that he’ll sign both of the pieces of legislation. MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pi Press and Forum Communications have stories.

AP, Forum Communications and the Pi Press have looks at the jobs bill, which includes a Mall of America expansion.

The federal government explains why Minnesota lost Race to the Top funds.

Colleges are cutting programs and staff to cope with budget cuts.

A Minneapolis group is seeking photo ID at the polls.

Congress

President Obama will sign the final piece of the health care overhaul today.

MPR cuts through the political chatter and takes a hard look at the impact of the Medical Device tax that was recently signed into law.

There’s a dispute over when guaranteed health coverage for kids starts.

The insurance industry has agreed to fix a gap in sick kids’ coverage.

The RNC is being questioned over its spending at a strip club.

The U.S. is set to sell its entire stake in Citi for a hefty profit.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushes legislation that would target problems with online file sharing.

Race for Governor

Seven state lawmakers back Democrat R.T. Rybak.

DFL Sen. Ken Kelash backs Paul Thissen’s campaign.

Race for Congress

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar backs Tarryl Clark’s bid for Congress.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty will hold a town hall meeting on Facebook on Wednesday.

Pawlenty tells a New Hampshire newspaper that the U.S. shouldn’t follow Massachusetts lead on health care – a direct shot at Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, Romney campaigned in Iowa.

Finally

The Digest is taking a break until next Tuesday but we’ll still be posting updates to the blog.

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