The Daily Digest

Gov. Dayton is expected to outline today the state services that should continue even if state government shuts down on July 1.

Tidbit: Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin said she was waiting to see if any other petitions were filed (like Dayton’s petition) before she assigns the judge to hear the case.

The shutdown is threatening aid to the poor and the disabled. More than 500,000 notices went out this week notifying them of a potential stoppage in coverage.

Republicans are expected to discuss Dayton’s plan for the shutdown at today’s Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy. Expect them to also make an issue out of Dayton Administration claims that the Legislature didn’t appropriate money. Lawmakers passed a budget but it was vetoed.

Tidbit: Dayton’s spokeswoman says they’re working to get a meeting with GOP legislative leaders scheduled for today. A spokeswoman for Senate Republicans says no talks are scheduled yet.

WCCO says there could be layoffs at the state’s horse tracks if a shutdown happens.


Briggs and Morgan (and former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson) lines up on the GOP side of the redistricting battle.

Vikings Stadium

Gov. Dayton met privately with Vikings ownership but they didn’t reach a deal on the stadium. Dayton set a Friday deadline for a deal to be reached.

The Metrodome roof replacement is in high gear.

Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

The MN Campaign Finance Board delayed a vote on a proposed change to how corporate contributions will be disclosed.

Ethics Case

GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has not removed a tweet that mischaracterized DFL Sen. Barb Goodwin. The Senate Ethics Committee said removing the tweet was one of the requirements for the four-member panel to dismiss an ethics complaint against her.

Here’s the full ethics committee ruling.

Under the Dome

The state’s homeless population increased two percent.


Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke says Congress should stop holding the debt ceiling hostage.

Republican governors are pushing back on Medicaid rules.

FEMA rejected a request for aid for individuals harmed by a tornado. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he’s headed to the White House on Monday to make his case to President Obama.

GOP House Speaker John Boehner puts down a marker on the U.S. military involvement in Libya.

The Senate defeated an amendment to end ethanol subsidies.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen explains on Patch why he didn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum successfully attached an amendment to the Defense bill that would limit the amount of federal money is spent on military bands.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson says the Ag committee overstepped its bounds on the Ag budget bill.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law.

2008 Race for U.S. Senate (which may never end)

An investigation clears former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and businessman Nasser Kazeminy of wrongdoing.

Kazeminy did, however, buy Coleman suits when he was mayor of St. Paul.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is suspending her congressional campaign as she makes a run for the White House.

Roll Call says Republicans Tom Emmer, Amy Koch, Rhonda Sivarajah Michelle Fishbach are names that have popped up if Bachmann doesn’t run. Other names mentioned to MPR News are former Rep. Mark Kennedy, Matt Dean, Jim Knoblach, Pat Shortridge, Phil Krinkie, Linda Runbeck and Mary Kiffmeyer. The list of names prompted some to ask “Who isn’t interested?”

Tidbit: No one knows what the 6th District will look like in 2012 because the district lines will be redrawn.

Race for President

Texas Gov. Rick Perry starts making the moves of a presidential hopeful. He delivered a speech in New York City last night.

USA Today says Bachmann’s debate showing elevated her to the top tier of GOP candidates.

MPR asks whether Bachmann can serve her district while running for president.

The Washington Post says Bachmann is forcing the other candidates to assess her strength and their weaknesses.

Tidbit: Bachmann’s rise could come harm Pawlenty’s chances (especially in Iowa).

MPR also has a profile of Bachmann.

PolitiFact says Bachmann’s claim that President Obama voted against lifting the debt ceiling as a Senator is true.

The fact-checking group says her claim that the federal health care law will kill 800,000 jobs is barely true.

Bachmann touts an online store.

Tim Pawlenty explained why he didn’t target Mitt Romney during Monday night’s debate.

The chattering class continues to debate Pawlenty’s performance at the debate and the impact it will have on the debate.

Mike Huckabee said Pawlenty should fire some of his advisers.

Republican strategist Mike Murphy says Pawlenty’s mishaps could harm fundraising.

The Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin says Pawlenty’s mishaps aren’t fatal but suggests he needs to decide to attack or hold back.

Thomas Sowell writes a column praising Pawlenty.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will officially announce his run for president next week.