The Daily Digest

Today is the first day of filing for political office. It seemed like the legislative session just ended a day ago. Oh, wait. It did.

After meeting in a short special session, the Legislature sent a budget balancing bill to Gov. Pawlenty. MPR, AP, the Pi Press, Forum Communications and the Star Tribune have stories.

Gov. Pawlenty will discuss the end of session on MPR’s Midday at 11. Senate DFLers will fly around the state this morning to tout their session accomplishments. Republican Tom Emmer will participate in a fly around with Republican legislative leaders.

MPR says the budget is fixed for now but the budget gap will only get bigger next year.

General Assistance Medical Care got some extra funding. But there’s some uncertainty of how the new program will work.

Minnesota schools say the largest K12 shift in the State’s history will bite into the cash flow for schools. Schools also got little else. KARE and MPR have stories.

Gov. Pawlenty also says another Race to the Top application is unlikely.

Lawmakers also toughened oversight of the gang strike force.

MPR takes a look at what happened this session that affects you.

The Pi Press and MPR look at what did and didn’t get done this year.

AP says no deal was no option for the governor and legislative leaders.

WCCO says 3 big issues will face the 2011 session.

Here’s video of Pawlenty’s newser on the deal.

A class action suit targets the new pension fund law.

Congress

President Obama will appoint a commission to investigate the oil spill in the gulf.

A report says minor tweaks to Social Security will keep it solvent.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is scheduled to meet with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

GOP Rep. John Kline writes an op-ed on President Obama and National Mediation Board.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison pushes for auto dealers that offer loans to receive oversight.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared at an event with Orly Taitz, who is questioning President Obama’ birth certificate.

Politico says DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar has been stymied on the transit bill.

2010

The candidates for governor react to the budget deal.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty gets some major pub from Politico, the New York Times and the Wall St. Journal.

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