The Daily Digest

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.

Congress

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.

MLK Day

Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke at a MLK Breakfast in Minneapolis.

You can listen to Booker’s speech here.

GOP

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.

  • Sylvie Nickel

    I continue to be baffled as to why you spend so much space on the Prez watches…

    Frankly, I was really looking forward to NO NEWS about Pawlenty after Jan 3…

  • Jamie

    I’ve thought the exact same thing! And now there’s even more of it with that right-wing wacko Michelle Bachman considering a run.

  • Jamie

    Found this letter to the editor in the StarTribune today:

    TIM PAWLENTY

    May this letter lead us to drop the subject

    This is a plea to the Twin Cities news media. My governor is Mark Dayton. My U.S. senators are Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. My congressman is Erik Paulsen, and my mayor is Tim Howe.

    None of these people are named Tim Pawlenty, yet our former governor continues to have more exposure than people who actually make decisions that affect my life.

    I’m aware that Pawlenty has a book out. I am told further that he may be considering a run for president. (Considering that he reached vote totals as high as 47 percent in Minnesota, he may even threaten to carry his home state!)

    The local media seems to need to foist this fable that Pawlenty is popular and that people are breathlessly awaiting his decision. But every poll I’ve ever seen shows that most Minnesotans don’t want him to run.

    Since he no longer holds an elected office, can we knock off the wall-to-wall coverage?

    DAVID FREDERICK, COON RAPIDS