The Daily Digest

Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are going to stand together on a redistricting plan. Senate Republicans say they will adopt the House GOP plan. Democrats say there wasn’t enough public input taken before the maps were released.

Tidbit: The Senate will release its proposal to redraw the state’s congressional maps later this week.

The House Redistricting Committee approved the plan on a party line vote.

Tidbit: Expect the courts to take over the map. Gov. Dayton says he wants to see broad bipartisan support for the plan. Something that has not occurred with this plan.

A plan to put a casino at Block E in Minneapolis will be announced today. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he’s opposed to it.

Gov. Dayton will take questions from reporters today at a morning news conference.

GOP Sen. David Hann is headed to Washington D.C. today to meet with members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to discuss health care. Hann will not be meeting with members of President Obama’s Administration, who would determine whether the state could get a federal waiver that Hann is pursuing. Gov. Dayton has criticized Hann and GOP Rep. Jim Abeler for booking hundreds of millons of dollars in savings from a waiver he argues won’t ever come.

Tidbit: The Senate Republican Caucus is paying for Hann’s trip.

The Star Tribune says House Republicans are reexamining funding for some key arts and cultural programs. MPR, which receives funds from the sales tax, is targeted.

Ramsey County officials say they’re inching closer to reaching a deal with the Vikings over a new stadium.

Minnesota lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs during the last recession and experts predict many will not come back.

A Senate committee approves legislation that restricts abortions in Minnesota.

Hundreds of seniors rallied at the Capitol over the threat of the cuts.

Gov. Dayton plans to spend $400 million on Minnesota highways.

Congress

The White House now says Osama Bin Laden was unarmed during the assault.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on MPR’s Midday. Listen to the show here.

The new Stillwater bridge will get a Congressional hearing.

Race for President

Tim Pawlenty campaigned in Iowa. He promised a one on one campaign there.

Pawlenty also tried to encourage his competitors to enter the race.

He’ll be the only top GOP name at a Thursday night debate.

A lot of Pawlenty’s staff made the trip to Iowa.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will attend the Faith and Freedom conference in June.

Tweet of the Day

“When you think about it, Barack Obama spent 831 days of his presidency NOT killing Osama Bin Laden. “- Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert

  • Ralph Crammedin

    David Hann’s arrogance is amusing. Having booked millions of dollars in savings from a waiver almost no one expects to be granted, of course he’s going to Washington, only to ignore the folks who could grant him that waiver. In the up is down, black is white, Looking Glass World of Republican Budgeting, this all makes perfect sense.

  • k Felts

    It would be great if you would cover the conference committees (lack of) actions. Specifically, the Conference committees looked at SF 1047 yesterday which essentially Madison-style takes away everything that Public Employee unions negotiate for. Why the silence on this? MPR even covered anti-union actions in Massachussets, but not here. I don’t get that. At any rate, I’m anxious to hear what happened.