The Daily Digest

Get ready for gridlock. Gov. Dayton revised his budget plan with the hopes of compromising with Republicans on the state budget but they flat out rejected it. This is the second time Dayton has moved on his budget plan. Republicans haven’t moved at all on their budget targets from March and are now preparing to send their budget to Dayton. They say they were elected to hold the line on spending and that’s what they’ll do.

Tidbit: Read Dayton’s offer and watch video of his newser here.

Republicans are putting forward a budget plan that spends $33.9 billion over the next two years. The targets are lower than what the House and Senate proposed in March. Read the targets here.

Dayton will be on MPR’s Midday today at 11am.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers were on MPR’s Midday yesterday. Listen to the show here.

DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and DFL Minority Leader Paul Thissen were on MPR’s Midmorning on Tuesday. Listen to that show here.

Tidbit: Republicans say there are no GOP votes for Dayton’s plan. Democrats say their caucuses will unanimously support it.

The U of M’s law school prepares for the loss of all state funding.

Same Sex Marriage Amendment

Opponents of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage packed the State Capitol on Monday.


MPR conducted a six-month investigation into bullying in the state’s schools. It found that the state’s laws on bullying are much weaker than other states. Take a look at the entire series here.

Vikings Stadium

Gov. Dayton and lawmakers will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this morning to discuss the Vikings stadium.

Goodell may be asked about an appeals court ruling that keeps the NFL lockout in place.

The Star Tribune says business executives are working behind the scenes on the stadium front.

Fortune 500

3M may be grooming its next CEO.

Under the Dome

The Minnesota Senate passed new limits on abortion.

A federal court upholds the state’s political disclosure laws.

The Senate votes to bump up the speed limit on I-35E. It’s unlikely to mean anything since a court order mandated the speed limit in the first place.

The Senate confirmed Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson.


The U.S. speeds up direct talks with the Taliban.

President Obama will deliver a speech on Middle East policy on Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court approved more warrantless searches.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison will discuss Arab Spring and Anti-Semitism at two different events this week.

Race for the U.S. Senate

Republican Dan Severson faces a tough challenge in a run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Watch video of Severson’s announcement here.

Race for President

Donald Trump isn’t running.

Mitt Romney raised $10.25 million in a single day.

Newt Gingrich campaigned in Iowa but it was a rough start after he criticized proposed GOP changes to Medicare as “Right wing social engineering.”

CBS News says Bachmann is likely to get into the race.

AP takes a look at Bachmann’s political ascension.

The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson says Tim Pawlenty has the edge on Republican populism.

Pawlenty added a South Carolina staffer.

  • danno

    Dayton should stand his ground. He at least has right and sense on his side, unlike Chubby Zellar who only knows sound-bites from the Taxpayers Whatever. A lot of the people in the legislature this year will be one termers, since it is going to be easy to campaign against their records. If we could afford the devastation, enacting the Republican plan would help put all of them out.

  • Chris

    I dunno, Dayton’s already compromised with himself three times, and so far he’s the only one accepting them.

    It reminds me of an observation I heard a long time ago, and that I see play itself out all the time: That when Democrats go into a negotiation, their most important psychological need is that they be viewed as reasonable adults. When Republicans go into a negotiation, their most important psychological need is to get what they want. Guess who always ends up getting rolled in this dynamic?

  • Jamie

    I’ve heard that too, Chris, and it really seems to be true.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    You guys may be right. The other explanation is that Dayton, by repeatedly offering real compromises, has built up public goodwill that the publicly intransigent Republicans don’t have. He can take his previous offers off the table (he’s suggested that is already the case), and drive a hard bargain because he’s way up in the polls. We’ll see if he’s really that good.