The Daily Digest

The Minnesota Vikings picked up some momentum on their stadium push when the weight of this weekend’s snow storm forced the roof of the Metrodome to collapse. Now Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican in control of the Legislature will feel a little more weight on their shoulders in the upcoming session.

AP says Gov.-elect Mark Dayton inspected the Metrodome after the collapse. His spokeswoman says it’s too earlier to say how the collapse would impact stadium negotiations.

Some groups say the collapse is further proof the Vikings need a new home.

Dayton is in New York City today to attend a fundraiser for his recount efforts. The fundraiser, which is being headlined by former President Bill Clinton, is being held at the home of financier George Soros.

On Friday, Dayton announced the key staff in his office.

The Star Tribune says Dayton’s agenda faces a test.

MinnPost takes a look at what to expect with Dayton’s appointments.

The Pi Press says lobbyists are adjusting the power flip at the State Capitol.

The Pi Press also takes a look at MA expansion.

The Star Tribune profiles incoming House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

Charitable gambling continues its decline.

Two more Pawlenty commissioners depart.

A little known state law could help foreclosed homeowners get their homes back.

Pro Publica, an investigative news organization, says Minnesota’s reporting system that requires drug companies to report payments to doctors is riddled with errors.

Ozone rules could cost the state.

Party Politics

DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez and Associate Chair Donna Cassutt aren’t running for another term.

Congress

The Senate is nearing a vote on the tax package.

The tax deal is angering the right as well as the left. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is mentioned.

Bachmann says the tax cut deal shouldn’t include an extension of jobless benefits.

President Obama will meet with twenty corporate chiefs this week.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says the FCC should revamp net neutrality rules.

Dakota County educators say GOP Rep. John Kline will be a powerful ally in Washington D.C.

Kline also discussed why he thinks the federal government should pull back its influence in schools.

Norm for RNC Chair Watch

Fox News says RNC Chair Michael Steele won’t run for another term.

Steele will announce his plans today.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty takes dead aim at public employee unions in a Wall St. Journal op-ed.

Politico says South Dakota Sen. John Thune will pose problems for Gov. Pawlenty in Iowa.

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