The Daily Digest

Minnesota’s job numbers will be out this morning.

Gov. Dayton will hold a news conference this morning to discuss “developments in the plan for implementing the expansion of Medicaid in Minnesota.”

Dayton appointed Mark Phillips to be the DEED Commissioner. Dayton also announced that public relations executive Kathy Tunheim will serve voluntarily in his administration as senior advisor on job creation.

Tunheim released her client list to the Star Tribune.

Here’s a list of Dayton’s appointments and the appointments he has yet to make.

Dayton met with the Chinese Trade delegation.

A GOP bill that would cut the state’s payroll moves ahead.

The State Appeals Court rules Jennie-O doesn’t need to pay workers for the time it takes for donning and doffing their uniforms.

Medication errors rise sharply at Minnesota hospitals.

Congress

GOP Rep. John Kline and other House Republicans will announce their alternatives to the health care law today.

The move comes one day after the House voted to repeal the health care law. The vote is mostly symbolic since President Obama and the Senate oppose it.

Minnesota’s delegation reacted to the vote. Read their statements here.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann called the health care law the “crown jewel of socialism.”

The health care law will require chain restaurants to post calorie counts and other nutritional information on the menus.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak warn of cuts to community grants.

President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao sparred over human rights.

The FDA plans modest changes to medical device approval.

2012 Race for the U.S. Senate

The MNGOP launched a website criticizing DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. No Republican, except for Harold Shudlick, has stepped forward to say they’ll challenge Klobuchar yet.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Tim Pawlenty signs books today in Texas.

A recent PPP poll has him polling at 5% in Texas.

He was in northern California on Wednesday speaking to the United Fresh Board of Directors.

Tim Pawlenty has sold 4765 books over the past ten days.

Pawlenty gave $34,000 to candidates in Iowa.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    You mention that Pawlenty’s poll number in Texas is 5%, but don’t note that the poll’s margin of error is 4.9%. No, really! I’m not making this up – check out the link. Saturday Night Live couldn’t make this guy up. Pawlenty makes Jesse Ventura look like a serious candidate.