The Daily Digest

State Finance officials release the Revenue forecast today.

Gov. Pawlenty, who is set to leave his role on January 3rd, says he thinks the state’s financial picture has improved enough that he won’t have to unallot.

No matter the current financial picture, Pawlenty is still leaving a massive proposed budget deficit for the next governor and Legislature to deal with in January.

The new Legislature is likely to consider an expansion to gambling.

The DNR released its plan on how it will spend Legacy money.

It’s possible the Vikings may push to put a new stadium in the suburbs.

Minnesota House Republicans filled their remaining leadership spots.

Recount

After the third day of the recount, Democrat Mark Dayton picked up another three votes on Emmer.

Elections experts say Republican Tom Emmer is unlikely to win after the recount.

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith and the Emmer campaign started trading barbs on Wednesday over frivolous ballots.

The State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss frivolous ballots.

During an appearance at the Democratic Governors Association’s Winter Meetings, Dayton credited the DGA, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota and his ex-wife for helping him win.

The Star Tribune says the meeting allowed Dayton to look gubernatorial.

Here’s a look at some of the challenged ballots.

Congress

2 million people lose unemployment benefits as the Holidays grow closer.

Federal budget woes could cut foreclosure counseling.

President Obama says he would not allow offshore drilling in East Coast waters.

Health care reform is meant to encourage more cancer screenings.

A deficit commission co-chair says the time is right to address federal spending.

Federal aid in the financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry and foreign firms.

The Fed says the economy is gaining strength across the country.

The food safety legislation that passed earlier in the week is in jeopardy.

The head of the World Bank says a second round of subsidies for ethanol “makes sense.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has been elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

DFL state Sen. Tom Bakk says he won’t challenge GOP Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack in 2012.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Gov. Pawlenty says a sex offender that he voted to pardon may have lied.

The Pawlenty Administration also shut down the daycare that was run by the wife of the offender.

The liberal blog BlueStem Prairie, which initially broke the pardons story, says Pawlenty and MN Corrections Department could have done a better job of backgrounding the offender.

AP says Hulk Hogan’s ghostwriter is helping write Pawlenty’s book. Pawlenty called the author a “collaborator” with him on the book.

2012 DNC Watch

DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Dayton are encouraging the DNC to choose Minneapolis in 2012.

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