The Daily Digest

Thousands attended a rally that featured Sarah Palin and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. The two energized a crowd by criticizing President Obama and Democrats in Congress. MPR, Politico, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune, WCCO, MinnPost and AP have stories.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says Palin’s visit is a signal that Bachmann is in trouble.

You can listen to the speeches from Palin, Bachmann, Gov. Pawlenty and DFL Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison here.

Here’s a fact check of the speeches.

A Republican will challenge Bachmann in the primary.

Under the Dome

Gov. Pawlenty hits the road today to push for changes to the state’s education laws.

The upcoming road construction season will be one of the busiest ever. MPR’s Dan Olson reports on the funding breakdown:

About a third of the money comes from regular federal funds — mostly the federal portion of the gas tax. About 15 percent of the money comes from federal stimulus spending, and about 13 percent comes from state funds, mostly the state portion of the gas tax.

The largest portion of the money, about 40 percent, is borrowed by way of issuing state bonds that of course must be repaid.

DFL Sen. Tom Bakk says he’ll introduce a Vikings stadium bill soon.

Congress

The U.S. and Russia sign a nuclear arms pact.

President Obama tries to change the rhetoric regarding terrorism.

An Obama advisor calls for a national sales tax.

A passenger was subdued on a passenger plane from Washington to Las Vegas but no charges were filed after he revealed he tried to smoke in the bathroom.

DFL Sen. Al Franken touted green energy in Minneapolis.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum makes earmark requests for projects in GOP Rep. John Kline’s district.

Race for Governor

Republican Tom Emmer pushes back on his refusal to sign the No New Taxes pledge.

Democrat Mark Dayton visits Wadena.

Race for the Legislature

GOP Rep. Doug Magnus will retire from the Minnesota House and will run for a senate seat.

Here’s the most up to date list of retirements.

2010

Could Norm Coleman be the next RNC Chair?

Minnesota regulators fine Democrats in the Minnesota House over a donation.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference starts today sans Pawlenty. He will speak, however, by video.

Is Marco Rubio a candidate for 2012?

Finally

RIP Army Reserve Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize.

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