The Daily Digest

The budget conference committees start meeting today to hash out their differences in the respective budget bills.

Anti-abortion bills will also surface in House and Senate committees this week.

The GOP is looking at the Met Counci’s $1 million PR budget as a target for budget savings.

The BWCA cell phone tower fight heads to trial.

Dayton released his plan to lower the minority gap.

On Saturday, Dayton visited Moorhead to view flood preparations.

The Vikings Stadium bill will be officially introduced today. It was released to the public on Friday.

The PoliGraph says DFL statements that the GOP budget will cut jobs are correct.

The Star Tribune writes that the U of M quickly ousted scientist Doris Taylor from a spin off company she helped created.

Flood fight

The Red River is leveling off.

Congress

A government shutdown was averted after House GOP leadership and Senate Democratic leadership reached a deal with President Obama. The budget details are still slow to emerge.

President Obama will offer other ways for deficit reduction during a speech on Wednesday.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann called the budget deal a “disappointment.”

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison also voted against the measure because he said it cut jobs.

The next big battle will be whether to lift the U.S. debt ceiling.

Farm subsidies face a $30 billion hit under the GOP budget plan.

SD66 Special Election

St. Paul and Falcon Heights voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to choose whether

DFLer Mary Jo McGuire or Republican Greg Copeland should replace DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson. Anderson retired from the Senate to head the PUC.

Race for U.S. Senate

Two Facebook pages have been created to draft GOP candidates. A Draft Jason Lewis page and a Draft Randy Gilbert page.

I wrote in January about the problems the GOP was having finding a candidate to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Race for President

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is in Iowa today.

Fox News is reporting that Tim Pawlenty plans to hire Nick Ayers, the executive director to the Republican Governors Association, as his campaign manager.

MPR says a White House run by GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann could be a boom or a bust for the GOP.

Details have been released on the first debate.

Politico says GOP lawmakers are souring on the 2012 field.

Pawlenty won a straw poll at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference.

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