The Daily Digest

Republicans in the House and Senate will release their budget targets today. The Senate will hold a news conference at 10:30. House Republicans are expected to release their numbers in the early afternoon.

MPR is reporting that lawmakers may look at Legacy Funds to help plug the deficit. The chair of a key environment committee says he wouldn’t be surprised if they get sued.

Gov. Dayton appointed DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson to be the chair of the Public Utilities Commission.

Dayton met with the mayors yesterday morning and said GOP lawmakers are in denial over LGA cuts.

A judge ruled that blood alcohol tests are reliable.

Dayton says WCCO’s radio offer was “insulting to the people of Minnesota.”

Dayton signed a bill that would extend unemployment benefits.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow unfettered transfer of electronic tickets.

A bill would allow the expanded sales of raw dairy products.

Rochester area lawmakers will introduce a bill allowing a local sales tax.

Congress

Muslim groups slam a Thursday hearing on radicalization. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is expected to testify. A Somali man, who lives in Minnesota, is also scheduled to testify.

Some local Muslims are concerned the hearings will make their communities look bad.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says No Child Left Behind creates “failure” for schools.

NPR’s Board Chair says he asked NPR CEO Vivian Schiller to step down.

House Republicans say federal workers are overpaid.

GOP House Speaker John Boehner spent taxpayer money on etiquette school.

Minnesota National Guard officials confront mental health stigmas ahead of deployment.

DFL Sen. Al Franken will speak at South by Southwest on Monday.

GOP Rep. John Kline will visit the White House today to talk education with President Obama.

For-profit colleges hold a fundraiser for Kline.

The PoliGraph says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is wrong on her health claim.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson signed a letter calling on the House Speaker to allow the last World War 1 veteran to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

Wisconsin

Thousands of protesters converge on Madison.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate bvpassed Democrats on a bill that eliminates collective bargaining for public employees.

Wisconsin Democrats say they will now return to the State Capitol.

SD66 Special Election

Several Democrats are lining up to run for DFL Sen. Anderson’s soon to be vacant Senate seat.

Race for President

Tim Pawlenty is campaigning in New Hampshire today.

A former adviser to Mike Huckabee has signed on to help Pawlenty in Iowa.

Pawlenty also landed a top New Hampshire strategist.

Politico calls this portion of the campaign the Kabuki phase because candidates who are running say they aren’t running.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will make her second trip to South Carolina in April.

Finally

Good-bye Ed Burdick.

Good-bye David Broder.

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