The Daily Digest

The Minnesota Senate will vote on a bill today that cuts $1 billion in state spending.

The PoliGraph says claims that the cuts in state aid to cities will hike property taxes are accurate.

The Senate will also vote on a bill that changes how teachers can get licensed. MPR has a look at the program.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate voted to repeal a ban on new nuclear plants.

A House committee will take up the photo ID bill.

Gov. Dayton said a photo ID requirement for voting is a solution in search of a problem.

It appears he’s also open to Racino but not if the funds go to a private operator.

The Vikings may be hinting that there’s a little wiggle room when it comes to its payment for a new stadium.

Legislators are eying the Legacy Fund to help balance the budget.

Dayton’s bonding plan irks outdoors backers.

The MnSCU board makes a “risky choice” with its pick of a new chancellor. The board of trustees chose Steven Rosenstone over another candidate with more experience running college and university systems.

A Minnesota study of power lines assessing the environmental impacts of new high-voltage power lines crossing the Mississippi River near Alma, Wis., will not be released until March, two months later than anticipated.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers removed DFL Rep. Rick Hanson off of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Minnesota’s new Housing Director is well versed in affordable housing issues.

A bill would allow Sunday liquor sales.

The MPCA extended a comment period for a 3M wastewater permit.

Minnesota lawmakers aim to repeal Green Acres.

A report finds at least 15 women were killed in Minn. from domestic violence in 2010.

States widen currency trade probes to see whether banks overcharged public pension funds.

Congress

There’s increased unrest in Egypt as protesters and allies to President Hosni Mubarak clash.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says the crisis in Egypt shows the need for a change the nation’s energy policy.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison has become one of the leading U.S. voices on the crisis in Egypt.

Senate Democrats block a GOP bid to repeal the health care law.

President Obama will deliver a key message on personal faith at this morning’s national prayer breakfast.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and others announced an agreement on prisoner tax fraud

GOP Rep. John Kline plans to hold his first hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since the House of Representatives flipped to GOP control. Kline is the chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is trying to change a law that bars people from using FSAs to buy over-the-counter products like cold remedies unless they get prescriptions.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack hopes to host a round table on PolyMet.

ICE released a list of Minnesota worksite immigration audits.

Special Election

The MNGOP is questioning Democrat Carly Melin’s residency status because she voted in St. Paul on August 10th. Melin says she was offered her job the say before the primary and moved back to Hibbing on August 11th.

2012 U.S. Senate Race

Republicans are still on the hunt to find a candidate to run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Party Politics

Jeff Larson, who worked with Norm Coleman, has been named as Chief of Staff to the RNC.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

David Broder says Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad appears to be on Pawlenty’s team.

Pawlenty is headed to NYC next week to meet with potential donors.

Mitt Romney says he would campaign for the Iowa Caucuses should he make a White House run.

Bachmann for Prez Watch

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will join several other lawmakers to host the first ever Tea Party Town Hall.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was in Hawaii on Wednesday even though her office told Bloomberg News that she wouldn’t be giving interviews on the crisis in Egypt because she wanted to focus on “district work.”

Bachmann will be in Montana this weekend.

Democratic Sen. John Tester of Montana says his GOP opponent stands with Bachmann.

Bachmann will be in South Carolina next week.

  • G Carothers

    The Governor is open to a Racino, but not if funds go to a private operator. In other words, he’s not interested in helping business or creating jobs? Does this mean he wants a state-run Racino? Does he want the State to take over the racetracks? Most states are willing to offer incentives like tax breaks to business to encourage investment and growth which in turn produces jobs and increases state revenues. Looks like a bad four years ahead for business in Minnesota if Dayton opposes partnering with business.