The Daily Digest

Republicans will hold several news conferences around the state today to announce the GOP statewide ticket.

Tom Emmer won the GOP endorsement for governor on Friday after two ballots. Here’s video of Emmer speaking to Republicans on Saturday morning.

AP says Emmer is working to show his soft side.

The Star Tribune says Emmer will now try to appeal to the middle.

The Pi Press says Emmer is looking to build a statewide campaign.

Forum Communications says Emmer will need to work to win rural Minnesota.

Three of the DFL candidates for governor target Emmer at a debate hosted by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. The Star Tribune and the Pi Press have stories.

2,000 also marched on the Minneapolis Convention Center to promote changes to immigration law.

DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez wonders where Emmer’s job plan is.

Under the Dome

Lawmakers will release a Vikings stadium plan today. Expect for it to receive the coverage that Neil Armstrong got when he first walked on the moon (hasn’t it already?).

Despite today’s expected hoopla, there’s no easy path for the stadium.

The House is expected to take up a bill that deals with alcohol at U of M stadiums.

Meanwhile, the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division will continue a hearing on a budget cutting bill. You remember that budget deficit?

Congress

President Obama promises to do everything possible to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

He shelved drilling as a result of the spill.

NYC Police are investigating a failed car bomb attempt in Times Square.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is in Washington D.C. today to attend a U.S. Chamber of Commerce forum that calls on Congress to focus on job creation.

Pawlenty inked a book deal. His memoir will be released in 2011.

Pawlenty wants to opt out of a portion of the federal health law.

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