The Daily Digest

Gubernatorial endorsements lead the Digest today.

With just a week and a half before the DFL State Party convention, Former Vice-President Walter Mondale is backing Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s campaign. AP first reported the story. You can read Mondale’s endorsement here.

Meanwhile, former Republican Al Quie backs Marty Seifert’s bid for governor. Watch video of the announcement here.

Democrat Paul Thissen released a plan focusing on education.

Democrat Mark Dayton enters the Race to the Top flap. Watch video of his newser here.

Dayton finishes his statewide tour on Friday.

Under the Dome

Several Democrats say they plan on giving the state’s teaching rules a new look. The announcement came after a meeting with the governor over the state’s Race to the Top application. AP, Forum Communications and the Star Tribune have stories.

A tanning bed tax in the new health law aims to lower health costs.

DFL Sen. Linda Berglin says she wants the Department of Human Services to reverse a measure that penalizes welfare recipients who have miscarriages.

An Education Department report says fewer schools are in financial trouble.

The Natural Resources bill hits a snag.

Lawmakers also look into funding for outdoors projects.

The Vikings owner met with a group of lawmakers to discuss a stadium proposal.

Congress

President Obama will meet with members of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court opening.

Obama will also travel to Poland for the state funerals in that country.

An AP fact-check says Obama skipped the fine print in his nuclear summit speech.

Dana Milbank skewers Obama for limiting press access to the nuclear summit.

First Lady Michelle Obama makes a surprise visit to Haiti.

A watchdog group says Obama’s mortgage aid plans wastes billions.

The wrong video of a health care protest creates disagreement over whether the crowd at a protest yelled racist remarks.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer criticized comments made by a Minnesota radio host at last week’s Sarah Palin rally.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum warned against “anti-government” extremists.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann used federal funds for last year’s protest of the health care bill.

Race for Congress

Republicans Randy Demmer and Allen Quist are sparring over Demmer’s campaign finance reports. The two are vying for the GOP endorsement.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson raised $118k in the first quarter of 2010.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

CQ says Pawlenty is quietly beginning his Hill outreach for 2012.

A CNN poll of 2012 Republicans puts Pawlenty at the bottom.

Sarah Palin wants all of her questions prescreened.

Palin’s PAC raised $400k in the first 3 months of the year short of Pawlenty and Mitt Romney.

Palin pulls in big money since she announced she was retiring.

Mike Huckabee compares same sex marriage to drug abuse, incest and polygamy.

Mitt Romney says President Obama’s weak point is the economy.