The Daily Digest

Redistricting leads the Digest today. In particular, how the Congressional lines are drawn. Minnesota’s delegation is keeping a close eye on the process.

State officials have recommended supervised release for two violent sex offenders.

KSTP takes a look at the Minneapolis Police and Fire pension funds.

Gov. Dayton put forward his plan to increase school funding.

GOP leaders to push photo ID bill forward.

Timber firms sue Minnesota over pay caps.

The Senate Ethics Panel will head a complaint against a GOP Senator. The hearing will be just three hours after Dayton’s State of the State.

Congress

President Obama sat down for an interview with Bill O’Reilly yesterday.

Iran started a trial on 3 Americans charged with spying.

Experts are offering alternatives to President Obama’s health mandate.

DFL Sen. Al Franken visited a health center on the Fon du Lac Reservation.

GOP Rep. John Kline traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the weekend.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will hold separate town hall forums today.

2012 Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar hopes for a grace period before the 2012 campaign begins. The news in this story is that MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton told AP that GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann won’t run for the U.S. Senate.

Party Politics

Ken Martin was elected DFL Party Chair.

The IP selected an interim chair.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

Tim Pawlenty will be in Iowa today to speak to social conservatives. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Family Leader.

The Star Tribune says the speeches are bigger play by Pawlenty to court Evangelicals.

Pawlenty was in Chicago on Friday.

A poll by Rasmussen Reports shows Pawlenty trialing President Obama.

Bachmann for Prez Watch

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann backs off her plan to cut pay for vets.

Bachmann says her motivation in life is to Repeal ObamaCare. Bachmann made the comments in Montana.

The Des Moines Register reports that Bachmann is looking to hire potential staff in Iowa.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Photo Voter ID is Republican grasping for political advantage, and nothing more. Putting this roadblock in front of the elderly, blind, handicapped, people in nursing homes, homeless, students, etc., will reduce turnout in all of those traditionally Democratic voting groups. That’s all this bill is about.

    In 2008, a survey of county attorneys in Minnesota found only 38 cases of voter fraud – of which, 100 percent were cases of felons voting or registering. The photo ID legislation does nothing to stop felons from voting, as no form of photo identification in Minnesota lists a person’s criminal past. In other words, Photo Voter ID will prevent nothing.