The Daily Digest

Gov. Pawlenty and the head of U.S. Steel will officially sign the paperwork approving the Lake Vermilion land deal.

Changes to teacher certification laws will be a big issue in the coming years.

Minnesota will move part of a highway for taconite mining.

A GOP leaning blog posts information about private budget meetings between Gov. Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders. The Star Tribune suggests the leak is Pawlenty’s chief lobbyist, Chris De La Forest.


A new poll, by Decision Resources, has all of the Democrats ahead of Republican Tom Emmer in head to head match-ups. The poll also shows Gov. Pawlenty with historically low approval ratings.

Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher stressed gender during a speech to a PAC.

Democrat Matt Entenza’s running mate, Robyne Robinson, goes back in front of the camera to make the case for Entenza.

WCCO reality checks Democrat Mark Dayton’s plans to increase taxes on the wealthy.

Republican Tom Emmer’s running mate, Annette Meeks, will visit Rochester today.

Republican Joel Demos gets help from former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz.


The Center for Public Integrity looks at who bankrolls Congress.

A new Washington Post poll finds that anti-incumbent feelings are at a new high.

The White House is directing agencies to cut budgets.

President Obama says he would have fired the BP CEO by now.

Progressive Democrats are criticizing Obama and Democrats in Congress.

White House correspondent Helen Thomas resigned from her job after making offensive remarks.

Obama is also pitching the new health care law to Minnesota seniors in tele-town hall meetings. It’s part of a national strategy.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum spoke about the new health care law at a forum.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she’s disappointed that a Minnesota attorney was denied bail in Rwanda.

NPR says peace groups are concerned about DFL Sen. Al Franken’s vote against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

Franken is also headed to NYC for a fundraiser for a state attorney general candidate.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman attended a Beverly Hills event that featured a prominent political candidate who questions President Obama’s citizenship.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar bicycled around the Capitol to promote alternative forms of transportation.

Pawlenty for Prez watch

Watch for Pawlenty to announce another round of endorsements/congratulations through his PAC tonight as Super Tuesday primary results come in. Terry Branstad, who is running for governor in Iowa, would be tops on the list. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney already backed Branstad before today’s primary.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gets some 2012 buzz.

  • Karl

    Michele Bachmann has become quite the Orly Taitz advocate.

    Maybe it’s time to ask Michele again whether she has any doubt about President Obama’s birth certificate since she’s been spending so much time with her new BFF and Birther-in-Chief Taitz..

  • Jamie

    Why haven’t any of the state’s news media asked Pawlenty why he’s spending 18 million state dollars on buying land on Lake Vermillion while he cuts spending that keeps human beings alive and well and housed?