The Daily Digest

Let the politicking begin. State lawmakers are back in their legislative districts today for the Easter/Passover break. They’ll likely gather some citizen input and also rely on caucus talking points to make their case on the state’s budget.

Gov. Dayton also has a heavy dose of public events this week. He’ll be on MPR’s Morning Edition later this morning. He’ll also hold a round table for senior citizens this afternoon in St. Paul.

GOP legislative leaders will fly around the state on Wednesday.

MPR says the fate of the legislative session could depend on the first-term members who rode the GOP wave to office.

The University of Minnesota sent out an action alert to supporters warning of the GOP budget cuts.

Dayton also has a private meeting today with Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk were on MPR’s Midday on Monday. Listen to the show here.

A committee in the Minnesota House approved a bill that would require people to show a photo id to vote.

A Minnesota bill would eliminate public employees’ union dues from going to support political activity, foundations and magazines unless employees ask to contribute to those items.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the federal government will sign the full funding grant agreement for Central Corridor.

The Star Tribune says there is a bipartisan effort to bar high school dropouts from getting a driver’s license.

DFL Rep. Michael Paymar wants to ban guns at the State Capitol.

Minnesota DNR tells hunters and anglers that they need more money.

Outdoor groups are supportive of higher DNR fees.

DFL Sen. David Tomassoni wants to lengthen legislators’ terms.

Congress

The credit rating agency, Standard and Poors, warned the U.S. government about its debt load. Stocks tumbled as a result of the news.

Once unstoppable, farm subsidies appear to be on the chopping block.

President Obama says he’ll ignore language that would ban several White House advisory posts.

Obama hits the road today to spread his economic message.

President Obama and is wife earned $1.7 million in 2010 and paid $453,770 in taxes.

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to take a fast track on a challenge to the federal health care law.

BP is looking strong one year after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Pentagon probe found that Stanley McChrystal did not violate Defense Department standards.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to beef up cloud computing protections.

An anti-war group protests GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack’s voting record on military spending.

Race for the U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended the 1st Quarter with $2.5 million in the bank and no Republican opponent.

Race for President

President Obama’s approval rating is down in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll but he still leads his GOP rivals.

The economy is the main reason Obama’s disapproval ratings are at fifty percent.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann hit two key presidential primary states. She was in South Carolina attending a tax day rally in the morning. She also met privately with Tea Party conservatives in New Hampshire.

Bachmann told CNN that she’s unlikely to participate in the May 5th debate.

AP says Bachmann is in the early stages of writing a book.

CBS News says Bachmann’s event drew a small crowd.

Sarah Palin released a new website for her PAC.

Politico points out that Tim Pawlenty shifted his stance on the budget agreement.

USA Today says Pawlenty apologized for his cap and trade vote last month.

The Fix says Pawlenty and other 2012 contenders are triangulating with Congress.

The National Review says Pawlenty’s overtures to Tea Party members aren’t breaking through – yet.

Pawlenty also hired two consultants in Iowa.

A South Carolina political expert says Pawlenty could catch on in South Carolina.

Finally

There won’t be a Digest for the rest of the week. We’ll still be posting on the blog but won’t be getting up early to do it. Happy Passover and Happy Easter.

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