The Daily Digest

Republicans in the Minnesota House are expected to release a redistricting plan today that draws new lines for Minnesota’s eight seats in the U.S. House.

The House passed the plan for Minnesota’s 201 legislative districts on Friday.

There are fourteen days left in the legislative session and Gov. Dayton and Republicans in the Legislature are no closer to reaching a deal on the budget.

Republicans held a rally against tax hikes on Saturday. Listen to some of the speeches here.

The latest Star Tribune poll says Minnesotans are in favor of an expansion of gambling.

MPR says Minnesota’s workforce is lean even before the proposed cuts.

On Friday, Republicans objected to Gov. Dayton’s suggestion that their budget cuts veterans services. Dayton’s team says the vague spending cuts offered from the GOP have to come from all agencies and departments.

The Senate is close to voting on a constitutional amendment that would ban same sex marriage.

AP says Republicans are looking at constitutional amendments as the budget impasse continues.

MPR says amending the constitution is easier in Minnesota than other states.

Here’s a list of the proposed constitutional amendments.

The city of Minneapolis will release a plan today to keep the new Vikings stadium in that city.

MPR reports that Minneapolis has some of the highest sales, hotel, food and car rental taxes of any city that hosts an NFL team.

Dayton met with Vikings ownership on Thursday night. He’s optimistic a stadium deal can get done.

The Star Tribune says Vikings owners are pledging to put more money into a new stadium.

AP says there’s support for an early childhood education program that taps market forces.

The Minnesota House passed new limits on abortion but failed to get enough support to override an almost certain veto.

Gov. Dayton will be at the annual fishing opener this weekend.

Dayton met privately with the Dalai Lama over the weekend.

The judicial retention bill resurfaces.

A new study takes a look at bullying in Minnesota schools.

Congress

President Obama talked with 60 Minutes about the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.

President Obama and his administration are increasing pressure on Pakistan.

Gas prices in the U.S. hit an average of $4 a gallon but are expected to drop.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is questioning the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Race for Congress

Democrat Tarryl Clark is moving to Duluth and will run in Minnesota’s 8th District against GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Listen to Clark’s interview with MPR here.

Cravaack fired up Beltrami County Republicans on Friday night.

Race for President

Big-time GOP donors are conducting a wait and see approach to the 2012 race.

Tim Pawlenty said in Pittsburgh that he would send American troops into another country. This time it’s Libya.

Pawlenty will campaign in Iowa on May 13th.

The PoliGraph says Pawlenty is right on President Obama’s health care record.

The Wall St. Journal profiles Herman Cain.

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

Saturday Night Live mocked Bachmann and the other “undeclared” GOP candidates.

  • Jon

    Any chance a legislator will propose a constitutional amendment to limit the number of possible constitutional amendments?

    Do the authors not believe their fellow or future legislators are responsible enough to be elected representatives?