The Daily Digest

There are no meetings scheduled between Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders today.

The only thing that seems to be moving in recent weeks is the finger pointing by both sides.

State workers started getting layoff notices on Friday.

Some state workers are starting to worry about the potential work stoppage.

Tidbit: MMB’s John Pollard says the cost of sending out the layoff notices was $20,000.

A shutdown would create great uncertainty when it comes to state services.

MnSCU’s tuition is expected to rise five percent.

Nonprofits brace for a shutdown.

As state delays aid, more Minnesota Minnesota school districts may be forced to borrow cash.

Under the Dome

An ethics hearing on GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman will be held today.

Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Dayton will attend a fundraiser tonight for the group working to defeat the proposed amendment.

The sparring over the marriage vote has started.

The Archbishop writes a column arguing in favor of the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Congress

President Obama is seeking to mend fences with Wall St.

Senior Democratic lawmakers are calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, to resign.

The first photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, have been posted on her Facebook page. Giffords was shot five months ago.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen will form a health care caucus.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz touts an energy plan.

Race for President

A GOP debate will be held in New Hampshire tonight and a lot of eyes will be on Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney, the perceived GOP front-runner, is working to win New Hampshire much like 2008.

Mitt Romney’s rivals hope to cripple him in a state that shows him leading in the polls.

On Sunday, Tim Pawlenty targeted Mitt Romney over health care, calling the Massachusetts health plan as Obamneycare.

Pawlenty also appeared on Fox News Sunday.

An Indiana businessman, who led a White House economic panel during George W. Bush’s time in office, is backing Pawlenty.

Pawlenty characterized his economic plan as a “stretch” on the show.

Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles mocks Pawlenty’s economic plan.

The PoliGraph says Pawlenty’s proclaimed budget savings is complicated by the level of tax cuts that he puts forward.

A key question leading into the debate is whether GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty tussel. There are signs it could happen.

MPR and The Pi Press take a look at the political rivalry between Pawlenty and Bachmann.

CNN says Bachmann has all of the pieces in place to make a presidential run.

The Star Tribune says Bachmann has been an outsider from the start.

Bachmann added another Huckabee staffer.

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