The Daily Digest

A Ramsey County judge holds a hearing today on plans to continue to state services in the event of a shutdown.

Attorneys for Attorney General Lori Swanson, Gov. Dayton, the Minnesota House, the Minnesota Senate and a variety of other groups will appear before the court.

Judge Kathleen Gearin will also determine whether a suit challenging the constitutionality of the request is legit. The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed the challenge because it was filed in the wrong venue.

The Minnesota Senate is making the argument to shut down pretty much every level of state spending.

The hearing comes at a time when Dayton and GOP lawmakers are increasing their rhetoric over the state budget. Gov. Dayton held a news conference outlining “what’s at stake” over the budget battle.

GOP lawmakers were planning all day meetings with Dayton on Friday and Saturday but later announced the talks are in jeopardy because they are concerned about Gov. Dayton’s decision to include DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen and DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk.

City officials want state aid to continue.

The PoliGraph says Gov. Dayton’s tax claims are mostly true.

The shutdown highlights the thin financial woes for nursing homes.

A shutdown would jeopardize abuse shleters.

DFLers hear education policy fears from Duluth educators.

MnSCU Trustees approved a budget with tuition increases.

Vikings Stadium

A Shoreview councilman says the stadium should be built in St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Vikings should pay for it.


President Obama announced that he was withdrawing 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer.

MPR takes a look at the Minnesota reaction to Obama’s speech.

The Fed says the economic recovery is slowing and the outlook for next year has gotten worse.

The Congressional Budget Office warns of a debt explosion.

Minnesota lawmakers warn of the impact of Medicaid cuts.

Race for President

A KSTP/Survey USA poll says President Obama and Tim Pawlenty are tied in Minnesota. The poll shows Obama leading GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Both Bachmann and Pawlenty trail Mitt Romney among Republicans.

The Washington Post says some of Tim Pawlenty’s aides are working for little or no money. Is it a sign his fundraising reports will be lower than expected?

Alexander Burns with Politico asks whether Pawlenty’s statement on Afghanistan is “is making the calculation that the GOP remains the party of Dick Cheney at heart.

The Atlantic Monthly takes a look at whether Pawlenty’s pastor will help or hurt his candidacy.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will travel to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina next week.

She’s also holding a Saturday night party in Waterloo.

AP says Bachmann is announcing in Iowa after a slow start in Iowa.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry schedules a New Hamsphire visit.

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