The Daily Digest

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton will meet privately with incoming Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and GOP Sen. Geoff Michel today. The three will then hold a press availability after the meeting.

Dayton told Bloomberg News that the budget decisions will be very painful.

On Wednesday, Dayton made the rounds at the U.S. Capitol.

Here’s a list of advisers who have Dayton’s ear.

The MN Chamber is looking for common ground with Dayton.

MMB Commissioner Steve Sviggum takes issue with claims that early enrollment in MA will be “cost neutral” for the state.

The Hasting Veterans Home leaders step down.

The Iron Range Resources will likely loan PolyMet Mine $4 million.

The U of M is confident TCF Bank Stadium will be ready for Monday night’s Vikings game.

There has been another tear in the Metrodome’s roof.

Gov. Pawlenty told the Forum Communications Editorial Board that the state can’t lose the Vikings.

The incoming GOP Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the courts are nearing a constitutional crisis.

The MN Supreme Court considers emergency funding for the state’s public defenders.

St. Paul won’t raise its property tax levy.

Election Certificate

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will officially sign Dayton’s election certificate today.

Congress

The House passed a bill that would repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. The delegation split their vote 4-4.

The Senate approved the tax cut deal.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the middle class can’t afford a tax increase.

The House will take up the tax bill on Thursday.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t support the tax bill. She introduced a bill that cut taxes even more.

A national Tea Party leader is unhappy Bachmann is kept off of Ways and Means.

The Senate starts taking up the START Nuclear Treaty. The vote to proceed is one short of the two thirds needed for final ratification.

President Obama’s review of the Afghan war strategy shows a July troop withdrawal is on track.

The Justice Department sues BP.

The U.S. tries to build a conspiracy case on WikiLeaks.

Republican Senators say they’ll vote against their own earmarks.

The Star Tribune takes a look at the wide political divide between Bachmann and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison.

It’s like the 6th District race never ended. Democrat Tarryl Clark hits back at Bachmann.

Tom Erickson, who worked for the NRCC and Gov. Pawlenty, was hired to be GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen’s spokesman.

Norm for RNC Chair Watch

Coleman won’t run for RNC Chair.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Pawlenty has a full schedule for a January trip to New Hampshire.

A veteran New Hampshire strategist will be in Pawlenty’s corner.

The county Republican Chairs in New Jersey got an earful after one reportedly flirted with backing Pawlenty. The NJGOP Party Chair said the focus should be on legislative races.

Gov. Pawlenty visited Duluth and Moorhead for the last time as governor.

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