The Daily Digest

DFL leaders say they’re in a holding pattern over the HHS budget.

Minnesota National Guard members in Iraq returned home on Saturday.

The Pi Press says the teacher’s union is being hit by all sides.

The U of M and the Met Council are engaged in a public relations battle over Central Corridor.

Congress

The GAO endorsed cuts in the U.S. postal service.

President Obama said he’ll announce his Supreme Court nominee in a few weeks. He made the comments just hours after John Paul Stevens announced he was retiring.

AP says Obama’s election year jobs agenda has stalled.

Obama also says Al Qaeda would use a nuclear weapon if it could.

He made the comments on the eve of a nuclear security summit he’s hosting.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says the federal health overhaul bill means $15 billion for Minnesota.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz held a business roundtable in Austin where he was challenged on his health care vote.

2010

MGOP Chair Tony Sutton signs a letter supporting RNC Chair Michael Steele.

Race for Governor

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison holds a rally today for Democrat Matt Entenza.

The Star Tribune profiles Democrat R.T. Rybak.

MinnPost also takes a look at Democrats Paul Thissen, Tom Rukavina and John Marty.

Race for Congress

Minnesota Democrats endorsed Jim Meffert in the 3rd and Dan Powers in the 2nd.

Minn. GOP endorsed Cravaack in the 8th, Byberg in the 7th and Demos in the 5th.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty said on Friday that he didn’t fill out his Census form. AP found that he’s one of a few governors that didn’t fill it out.

Gov. Pawlenty finished near the bottom of a straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

He delivered a video message to the group. Watch it here.

Pawlenty’s PAC raised $566k in the 1st Quarter of 2010.

Mitt Romney raised $1.45 million during the same time period.

On Friday, Gov. Pawlenty and Mitt Romney shared the stage in Bloomington. MPR, AP, the Pi Press and the Star Tribune have stories.

The Fix drops Pawlenty in its GOP power rankings.

Finally

RIP Randell Voas

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