The Daily Digest

Today is the deadline to file your state and federal income taxes and many Minnesotans haven’t yet filed their taxes.

Several groups will hold rallies today to protest or praise government spending.

AFSCME members will appear at six post offices to ask last minute filers “”Are you tired of paying more so the rich can pay less?”

Some of those filers may attend the afternoon Capitol rally to protest government spending.

The Tea Party bus is headed for Washington.

The union, AFSCME, received a nasty call from someone who didn’t like their Tax the Rich ads.

Minnesota Democrats say the federal health law will mean $1 billion in funds to the state. The problem: It will cost $1 billion too. MPR and the Pi Press have stories.

A higher education policy bill moves forward in the House.

The Pi Press says Gov. Pawlenty line-item vetoed all of the projects for communities of color in the bonding bill. A bonding bill chair hopes to put another bill forward as a result.

When asked if a Vikings stadium bill could pass this session, Pawlenty said it’s “unlikely but possible.”

The Star Tribune writes that a bill is coming.

The DWI ignition interlock bill moves to a full Senate vote.

Minnesota anti-tobacco forces target tobacco orbs and strips.

2010

AP says Republicans are making a big push for election judges after last year’s U.S. Senate recount.

Some Republicans are urging GOP state Sen. Julianne Ortman to run for Attorney General.

The former Maplewood Mayor is challenging DFL Rep. Betty McCollum for the party’s endorsement.

Republicans in Washington are at odds over whether to propose a new Contract with America. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.

Congress

President Obama and the GOP spar over financial reform.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other senators try to prevent charges for carry on luggage on airplanes.

DFL Sen. Al Franken asks for help for dairy farmers.

Justice Department officials tell Franken that they are fully investigating a Comcast/NBC merger.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen applauds the passage of his second stand alone bill.

The Eden Prairie News writes that some citizens aired frustration with GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen at a recent town hall meeting.

A conservation group plans a campaign against GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson tries to help Amish tax payers.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty speaks to Minnesota Young Republicans tonight.

Mike Huckabee registers to vote in Florida.

Sarah Palin spoke at a Tea Party rally in Boston.

Finally

There won’t be a Digest on Friday.

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