The Daily Digest

A new MPR/U of M poll shows former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton leading the DFL candidates in the race for governor. It also suggests Dayton has the edge in the general election in November. Gov. Pawlenty also gets historically low marks in the poll. You can read the story on the poll here.

Dayton also criticized Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL endorsed candidate for governor, for the outcome of the 2010 legislative session.

Democrat Matt Entenza will announce his running mate via twitter.

Republican Tom Emmer says it’s time for the GOP to play offense.

Race for the Legislature

Filing begins.

DFL Sen. Mee Moua’s decision to retire throws the DFL field in disarray.

Anti-gay marriage ads hit the Minnesota airwaves.

Under the Dome

Gov. Pawlenty will discuss the Race to the Top application at a morning news conference. Expect him to heavily criticize Education Minnesota and the DFL controlled Legislature for not advancing his K12 proposals.

On Tuesday, Pawlenty signed the ignition interlock bill into law. It requires DWI offenders to use the device if they want to continue driving.

The spin begins on the 2010 legislative session. Listen to the news conferences here.

A judge orders 1,423 Minneapolis retirees in two pension funds to pay back $76 million.

The Vikings set a deadline on the stadium.

Pawlenty vetoed a bong water bill.

Congress

Figure this out – a long-time Senator loses a primary bid that’s backed by the White House. An upstart physician defeats the candidate backed by the NRSC in Kentucky and Democrats win a special election in PA. A rubuke to the parties?

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks with Politico.

DFL Sen. Al Franken met with Elena Kagan.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar will chair a hearing on the oil spill.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar also wants answers on the oil spill.

Medical Device makers give an FDA official an earful at a hearing.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

A Granite State poll puts Pawlenty a distant seventh to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

WCCO Reality Checks Gov. Pawlenty’s legacy.

Smart Politics looks at where Gov. Pawlenty ranks among the 2002 gov class on jobs.

Gov. Pawlenty discussed his book but won’t discuss the size of the fee he’s getting for it.

He also appeared on MPR’s Midday and is scheduled to appear on a Meet the Press event at the U of M next week.

  • Alec

    As a repeat offender, will Tom Emmer have to use an interlock device, or is he grandfathered in?