Gov. Dayton will meet with legislative leaders today to discuss security at the State Capitol.
Republicans in the House and Senate will also introduce the first part of its budget fix today.
Dayton will also be on hand as St. Paul unveils the first city-owned electric car.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will hold news conferences in Hudson and Superior that says “Open for Business” with the hopes of luring Minnesota businesses to Wisconsin.
No word yet on whether Walker intends to pay Minnesota the $58 million Wisconsin owes the state.
Update: From Walker’s Press Secretary, Cullen Werwie:
“Governor Walker is working with Secretary Chandler to review all of the options available for payment to Minnesota for tax reciprocity. On Friday, Governor Walker was scheduled to talk to Governor Dayton over the phone to talk about the tax reciprocity deal, until Governor Dayton cancelled that phone call. We are still working to reschedule the call.”
A new report says Minnesota needs to close its high-tech jobs gap.
A new study says the U.S. Med-tech industry is losing its edge.
GOP House Tax Chair Greg Davids says he opposes a statewide tax for a new Vikings stadium but could support a ticket tax or other user fee.
Minnesota’s new Ag Commissioner takes over.
President Obama is expected to be far more assertive with China during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the U.S.
The Washington Post takes a look at the centrist Republicans who won election in 2010.
The Star Tribune says an illegal immigrant, who was convicted of manslaughter and murder in the past, has been living in Minnesota for nearly two decades. He was deported three times.
The Washington Post says the FCC is expected to approve the Comcast/NBC merger today.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar hosts an “Innovation Summit” today.
GOP Rep. John Kline, a former Marine, is questioning why the Marine Corps pushed for years to fund a military vehicle but is now pushing to defund it.
5B Special Election
Missed this one yesterday. The Mesabi Daily News says three candidates filed for the open seat vacated by Tony Sertich.
2012 Race Congress
Democrats are organizing in Duluth to urge GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack to vote against efforts to repeal the health care law. Cravaack has campaigned heavily against the law. Democrats are using the event with the hopes of doing what they didn’t do during the campaign: Define Cravaack on their terms.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke at a MLK Breakfast in Minneapolis.
You can listen to Booker’s speech here.
The Star Tribune takes a look at the Michael Brodkorb’s employment. Specifially whether his job as spokesperson for the Minnesota Senate conflicts with his role as Deputy Chair of the MNGOP.
MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton joined a PR firm. He said he’ll announce next week ast to whether he’s running for reelection.
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty is scheduled to meet with social conservatives in Iowa on 2/7. He’ll be in the state to sign books in late January.
Pawlenty signs books at the LifeWay Christian Store in Woodbury today at 11:30.
Two of Pawlenty’s weekend quotes are listed in the New York Times “Best political quotes and quips.” The first deals with Pawlenty describing Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandement (Pawlenty said 11th Amendment). The other deals with Pawlenty’s discussion that he was acting as a surrogate to John McCain when he discussed support for the TARP bailout.
Bachmann for Prez Watch
Politico says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s real test is whether she can be a force in the U.S. House.