President Obama would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years.
GOP Rep. John Kline says Obama “has the right idea but the wrong approach.”
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says “everything has to be on the table.”
Congress votes today on the budget deal.
A fight over raising the debt ceiling has DFL Sen. Al Franken concerned.
The budget deal hits Minnesota hard.
The PoliGraph says DFL Rep. Keith Ellison’s tax claim is right.
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis touted working training in St. Paul.
The federal government wants airlines to return baggage fees if the airline loses a bag.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton will speak at a rally for LGBT equality today.
Dayton held a round table meeting on higher education on Wednesday. He said he’ll fight to protect higher education.
Here’s a liveblog of the event.
A hearing on Gov. Dayton’s tax plan is loud but short. Only three of the 42 people signed in to testify got the chance. Instead, lawmakers took the time to recycle their talking points.
The top executive at St. Peters’s Security Hospital has been fired after security and management lapses.
The IRRRB will do a redo the PolyMet loan.
The IRRRB says mining is headed for a boom.
GOP Sen. Dave Thompson, an Assistant Senate Majority Leader, says he opposes the Vikings stadium bill. A caucus spokeswoman says Thompson’s position is not a caucus position.
The Star Tribune reports that MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton and his wife worked to broker a deal to promote racinos. Tony and Bridget Sutton deny the claim. Sutton also told the paper he may seek compensation if he’s reelected Party Chair this week.
Five firms want to hunt for nickel and copper near the BWCA.
A bill seeks safe harbor for child prostitutes.
A bill at the Capitol would restrict who can help people vote.
Race for U.S. Senate
The National Journal takes a look at the lack of GOP candidates lining up to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Note: Sviggum has told me he will not run for the seat.
Race for President
Tim Pawlenty is in New Hampshire today. He’s be in Boston tomorrow.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will join Massachusetts Democrats on a conference call today that is aimed at criticizing Pawlenty.
He says he opposes the budget agreement.
The Hill says that stance doesn’t win him any friends with the House GOP.
Pawlenty and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann teed off on President Obama’s deficit reduction speech before it even occurred.
Lens Crafters asks Bachmann to stop using the company name when referring to “Planned Parenthood as the Lens Crafters of abortion.”
Rick Santorum formally explores a presidential run.
The Atlantic has a profile of Bob Vander Plaats, who it dubs the Iowa Caucus Kingmaker.