The Daily Digest

Twin Cities nurses have approved an indefinite strike at 14 hospitals.

AP has an excellent look at the laws that keep sex offenders locked up indefinitely and how the cost is eating away at state budgets. Another story says some offenders are inching closer to their freedom.

Minority groups are protesting a bidder for the construction of the Central Corridor.

2010

Absentee balloting for the August Primary starts on Friday.

Several of the candidates for governor will tackle education issues at a forum today that’s hosted by the progressive group, Growth and Justice.

Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher holds a news conference today with several mayors.

Democrat Matt Entenza holds a news conference to announce an endorsement.

The Star Tribune takes a look at Republican Tom Emmer’s legal fights.

The AP also took a look at where Emmer stands on the expansion of gambling and found that he’s a “paradox.”

Margaret Anderson Kelliher weighs in on her single payer pledge. She now says she wants a cost study done.

The Star Tribune had a profile of Kelliher in Sunday’s paper.

The Pi Press profiled Democrat Mark Dayton over the weekend.

Entenza is out with a new ad.

ECM takes a look at where the DFL candidates stand on the state budget deficit.

Minnesota’s business groups are blasting DFLers for supporting the teacher’s union.

DFLer Tarryl Clark is getting some national mileage out of her ad criticizing GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann on BP.

Fox News is also going after Bachmann for her “shakedown” comments.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen launched a leadership PAC.

PIM profiles Primera founder Robert Cummins and finds that he gives large amounts to GOP groups.

Congress

President Obama summons Stanley McChrystal to the White House to personally explain the unflattering comments he made about the White House.

President Obama’s budget chief is leaving the White House.

Obama will extend family leave to gays.

The USDA introduces tighter antitrust rules for the meat industry.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty is in Oklahoma today to raise money for that state’s Republican candidate for governor.

He spoke to the Heritage Foundation last night in Minneapolis.

Mitt Romney is investing heavily in South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley. Pawlenty hasn’t endorsed in that race.

The New Yorker profiles Mike Huckabee.

The Hill says the 2012 hopefuls are largely absent from the oil spill areas.

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