The Daily Digest

Minnesota’s state budget deficit leads the Digest.

Gov. Dayton is trying to warn groups that there could be “painful cuts” to programs when he releases his budget on February 15th.

Dayton told reporters that he would not include gambling in his budget proposal.

Dayton will speak to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce on 2/11.

State finance officials insist the state can afford a $1 billion bonding bill. MPR takes a look at whether Minnesota can handle the debt service.

The viability of the Metrodome is in question as plans for a new stadium start moving at the State Capitol.

Dayton met with Bemidji leaders on Tuesday. He meets with Rochester officials today.

The chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees urged Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to oppose earmarks.

The IRRB appointments are now complete.

A $150 million renovation for the Target Center has been released.

2010 Race for Governor

The latest campaign finance reports show outside groups are rising in influence.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota spent the most on the race for governor.

The Republican Party of Minnesota won’t disclose how much money it raised and spent on the 2010 recount.

Gov. Dayton, who spent nearly $4 million of his own money on the race, says he wants quicker disclosure.

Congress

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak says he won’t seek a new term but protesters continue their call for him to go.

President Obama says the transition of power in Egypt “must begin now.”

The Dow closed above 12,000 for the first in two and a half years.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack toured the 148th Fighter Wing.

The Duluth News Tribune looks at Cravaack’s first month in office.

Special Election

Carly Melin, of Hibbing, won the DFL Primary to replace DFL Rep. Tony Sertich.

Party Politics

Minneapolis lost its bid for the DNC Convention. Charlotte was picked to be the host city.

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton and Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb are running for another term.

2012 Race for U.S. Senate

Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman says he won’t challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

The chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party was forced to say he would stay neutral in the nation’s first primary after the party’s executive director said he wouldn’t vote for Pawlenty.

Bachmann for Prez Watch

MinnPost says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann fears full body scanners will result in “naked pictures” on internet.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Republican talker Tony Sutton says he should be able to take corporate contributions because he’s “…answerable to people like you who call up on the phone.” In the next breath, he refuses to account for the money he spent on the Emmer recount. Makes you wonder if Tony’s favorite party trick is eating a taco while talking out of both sides of his mouth.