The Daily Digest

It was a busy weekend for political reporters (including yours truly) so I’m giving you a quick and dirty Digest today.

Democrats will rally around Margaret Anderson Kelliher this morning before the newly endorsed DFL candidate starts a statewide fly around.

Kelliher won the endorsement on Saturday night after a 14 hour, six ballot battle between eight candidates. She’s the first woman to be endorsed for governor by any major party in Minnesota.

The endorsement was pretty much decided after Tom Rukavina dropped out and backed Kelliher. Kelliher’s team was quick to tout the endorsement.

You can listen to Kelliher’s acceptance speech here.

One remaining question is who will be Kelliher’s running mate. She has a short list.

But Kelliher is only finished with round 1 since there are at least three other candidates challenging her in the primary. AP says it will be a tough path for Kelliher since she’ll face Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza and Susan Gaertner.

Entenza kicked off his primary run in St. Paul yesterday. He also appeared on WCCO.

Meanwhile, Republicans are set to endorse a candidate on Friday. KSTP’s At Issue featured the top two candidates, Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert, in a head to head.

Emmer and Seifert also made separate appearances on WCCO’s Sunday Morning.

Congress

There’s no sign of a deal on financial reform as the vote gets closer.

Climate change legislation appears to be off the agenda.

Arizona’s governor signed a tough immigration bill.

President Obama met with Billy Graham.

Under the Dome

House Democrats will release their HHS budget fix today.

The House Civil Law Committee will hold a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that would change how judges are elected. UPDATE: Meeting is canceled.

Minn. could join other states in cutting welfare programs for single adults

One of Minnesota’s “worst performing schools” will close.

The Vikings owner is hopeful there will be a stadium vote this session.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, will speak at the Minnesota Family Council Dinner tonight. AP says the event is another example of how Pawlenty is getting caught in the shadow of potential 2012 foes.

After Saturday’s trip to Washington state, Pawlenty has now traveled to at least 25 different states since he announced he wasn’t running for reelection.

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