The Daily Digest

President Obama urged the nation to move together or suggested it wouldn’t move at all. Those were part of his comments at Tuesday’s State of the Union address. He called this the nation’s “Sputnik moment.”

You can watch the speech here.

The Fact-checker goes through President Obama’s speech.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann delivers the Tea Party response to Obama’s State of the Union. You can read more reaction from Minnesota’s delegation here too. Listen to her speech here.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan offered the traditional GOP response. He urged Obama to join them in cutting spending.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is making it known at this year’s State of the Union that she’s reaching out to business leaders. Klobuchar will be on MPR’s Morning Edition this morning to discuss her reaction to the State of the Union.

Minnesota’s Med Tech companies are hoping for a better 2011.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says he’s inspired by Obama’s pleas to invest in public works projects to remain competitive but said the job of finding compromise will be difficult. You can see his comments here (with video).

Minnesota’s U.S. House members took part in a rare lunch meeting to discuss issues.

Several members of the delegation will attend DFL Sen. Al Franken’s hot dish competition today.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he hopes the Democrats and Republicans can work together. Here are his thoughts (with video).

Here’s GOP Rep. John Kline’s reaction. Kline will be on MPR’s Morning Edition today to talk about the State of the Union.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen speaks out against increased spending but is hopeful about Obama’s call for bipartisanship. View his comments here.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum says she wants to help President Obama succeed (with video).

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has mixed feelings about the speech. Here’s his reaction (with video).

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson said media hype around seating for the State of the Union is “foolish.”

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack spoke out against raising the debt limit during an interview with MPR. He’s worried the nation may go the way of Iceland.

The U.S. Senate appears closer to making changes to the nation’s filibuster rules.

Check here to see how top Minnesota companies spend on lobbying.

An executive at Chipotle responds to an immigration audit that occurred last week.

Under the Dome

Governor Mark Dayton has a closed door cabinet meeting today.

He’s headed to Jackson, MN on Thursday to discuss economic development issues.

Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature hope to undo Minnesota’s clean energy policies.

A committee in the Minnesota Senate approved a public school salary freeze.

Minnesota’s Education Commissioner called Minnesota’s 4th and 8th grade science proficiency test results shocking.

Hundreds have applied to be on the Metropolitan Council.

Senator says a rejection e-mail to the Minnesota Nurses Association was a mistake. GOP state Sen. Scott Newman’s office told the union it wouldn’t meet with him because it supported his opponent.

PolyMet hires former MPCA Commissioner Brad Moore as a lobbyist.


GOP Sen. Geoff Michel talks about redistricting.

2012 Race for Congress

Check here to see which DFLers are considering a run against GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack. One who may be thinking about it is DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar. Oberstar will be on MPR’s Morning Edition this morning.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Tim Pawlenty didn’t offer a reaction in written form or through media appearances to President Obama’s State of the Union.

He was in New Hampshire on Tuesday signing copies of his book and speaking to a political breakfast. During his speech, Pawlenty said changes need to be made to Social Security.

PoliGraph says Pawlenty’s tax claim doesn’t tell the whole story.

Bachmann for Prez Watch

Michele Bachmann will attend a Iowa home-school event in March.

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