The Daily Digest

It’s two weeks until a potential recount in the Minnesota race for governor. The State Canvassing Board meets a week from tomorrow to certify the results and order the likely recount.

On Friday, attorneys for Democrat Mark Dayton disputed Gov. Pawlenty’s holdover status.

Republicans sued St. Louis and Pine Counties over a Data Practices Act request.

AP takes a look at what’s changed between the recount is the 2008 U.S. Senate race and the upcoming recount in the governor’s race.

The Pi Press says chagrined pollsters hope to do better next time.

Under the Dome

The U of M named Eric Kaler as the only finalist to the be the next U of M president.

Minneapolis and St. Paul school leaders worry the Legislature will target their funding.

Congress

The Washington Post says some younger members of the U.S. Senate, including DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar, will push to have a greater say in policy.

The House Ethics committee is ready to hold the ethics trial for Charlie Rangel.

The president of Afghanistan is calling for the reduction of U.S. troops in that country.

The U.S. pays millions for Afghanistan projects that go bust.

Doctors brace for big Medicare cuts.

The post office lost $8.5 billion last year.

Klobuchar presses the FCC to crack down on cell phone cramming.

Klobuchar also writes an op-ed that says bipartisanship isn’t a “wish but a necessity.”

DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he’s willing to consider all Bush era tax cuts.

The BBC interviewed DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will continue to play a role in House leadership despite her failure to secure a leadership bid.

Bachmann will protest the lame duck session.

GOP Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack prepares for his new gig.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

The New York Times says Gov. Pawlenty and other 2012 hopefuls are courting big money donors but say none of the candidates are ready to jump in the pool.

Pawlenty also wrote an op-ed in Union Leader (in New Hampshire).

Nate Silver says Pawlenty has the potential to be the Gregg Jefferies of the 2012 race.

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