The Daily Digest

At a debate in St. Cloud, Republican Tom Emmer and IP candidate Tom Horner took aim at Mark Dayton’s revised budget plan.

The St. Cloud Times has a broader look at the debate.

Datyon’s new plan still comes up $1 billion short. He would tax credit card companies that charge customers more than 15% interest and also would cut pay for the highest paid MnSCU employees. Read the plan here.

As noted yesterday, Horner says he’s still looking for $1 billion in cuts to balance the budget and Republican Tom Emmer has few specifics on how his plan would work.

The Minnesota Medical Association’s PAC is backing Horner.

The GOP and DFL are starting to take aim at Horner.

Fox9 says there are plenty of debates this year.

Race for Congress

The candidates in Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District, DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and Republican Teresa Collett, debated the issues in White Bear Lake.

The national VFW backs DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

PolitiFact gives GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claim about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s alcohol consumption on publicly funded planes it’s worst rating (pants on fire).

The fact check unit says Bachmann continues to hold the rare distinction of having an all false, pants on fire record.

Democrat Tarryl Clark is sharpening her criticism of Bachmann.

DFLer Jim Meffert filed an ethics complaint against GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen.

David Dillon, an IP candidate in the 3rd District in 2008, has endorsed Paulsen this year.

Democrat Shelley Madore is challenging GOP Rep. John Kline to debate.

Congress

Republicans in the Senate block efforts to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

DFL Sen. Al Franken made an impassioned plea to pass the bill.

The White House says Lawrence Summers, President Obama’s chief architect on the economy, will leave after the midterms.

A new study found that bonuses for teacher performance didn’t increase student test scores.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar attended a distracted driving summit.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is pushing for the passage of a child nutrition bill. Critics say they can’t find the money to pay for it.

Under the Dome

KSTP shows the police dash cam video of GOP Rep. Mark Buesgens arrest on Saturday night. Buesgens was arrested for drunken driving.

The Forest Lake Times says Buesgens arrest followed a Tea Party rally in Forest Lake.

Struggling cities are turning off street lights to deal with the budget.

The story is a part of MPR’s “Cities in Crisis” series.

Minnesota’s exports increased 19 percent.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty announced endorsements in New Hampshire. He also said he’ll make his fourth trip to the state next week.

Pawlenty also held fundraisers in Tennessee and Ohio for his federal PAC.

Mitt Romney is the early front-runner in a McLatchy-Marist poll of GOP voters. Pawlenty was near the bottom of the pack.

Sarah Palin sure looks like a 2012 candidate in her latest video.

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