The Daily Digest

The Minnesota Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to decide whether the state constitution should ban gay marriage.

Here’s how the Senate voted.

The Star Tribune Poll shows a big show of support for Voter ID.

The House and Senate are still no closer to reaching a budget deal with Governor Dayton. The DNR Commissioner says he’s dusting off the agency’s 2005 shutdown plans.

The House and Senate reached a tentative agreement on a K12 budget bill that is all but certain to be vetoed if it reaches Dayton’s desk.

Tidbit: Expect other conference committees to start getting budget targets as early as today.

Senate committees will take up Gov. Dayton’s cabinet picks for Public Safety and the PUC.

The Vikings could face an uphill battle at the Legislature on the Ramsey County site.

Ramsey County residents consider the implications of a Vikings Stadium.

The Minnesota House voted in favor of a bill that would allow Minnesota to buy electricity from coal plants from North Dakota and other states.

GOP leaders are questioning MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton’s ties to a gambling group that gets tribal funds.

Congress

The U.S. budget deficit is on track to exceed $1 trillion.

Osama Bin Laden allegedly kept a journal that outlined other terrorist plots.

More than 75 professors at Catholic universities wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner criticizing the GOP budget for hurting the poor, the sick and the elderly.

An FCC Commissioner leaves her post to lobby for Comcast – just months after she voted to approve Comcast’s merger with NBC.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken are questioning the CEOs about the proposed wireless merger.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and DFL Rep. Tim Walz join the push for oil drilling.

Peterson raps a bill that delays regulation of oil speculators.

Race for President

Newt Gingrich announced his run for the White House.

Mitt Romney is scheduled to give a speech on health care.

Mitch Daniels decision may come down to one vote: His wife’s vote.

Tim Pawlenty will be in Iowa over the next two days.

He praised GOP House Speaker John Boehner for taking a tough stand on the debt ceiling.

Nate Silver says Pawlenty’s name ID has increased but his poll numbers aren’t budging.

Speaking of polls, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama leading every GOP candidate. He’s beating Pawlenty by 18 points and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann by 21 points.

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