The Daily Digest

Good Tuesday morning. Here’s what’s happening in Minnesota politics.

Around Minnesota

Two upcoming DFL primaries will be contentious. Three candidates are vying for outgoing Sen. Linda Berglin’s seat, and two will compete for the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Linda Scheid.

Governing Magazine lists GOP state legislators to watch. Not one, not two, but three Minnesotans make the cut.

Gov. Mark Dayton spent roughly $750,000 in legal fees on the recount.

Moody’s takes a dim view of Minnesota’s financial picture.

The next time you have dinner with a bunch of policy nerds, you can tell them that, after federal spending is accounted for, Minnesota made the second largest contribution to the nation in federal tax dollars between 1999 and 2009 relative to the size of the state’s economy.

Go figure.


After weeks of wrangling, it appears the debt ceiling debate will end swiftly. The House voted Monday evening to raise the limit. The Senate will vote today, and passage there is all but certain.

After that, the next stop is President Barack Obama’s desk.

The Minnesota House delegation was evenly split on the bill. Reps. Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Chip Cravaack were among the “no” votes.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken said they will vote for the measure.

On Morning Edition, Klobuchar spoke about why she will vote for the bill.

Ellison spoke with National Public Radio’s All Things Considered about why he couldn’t support the plan.

The split in the state’s delegation reflects a national split between and within the Republican and Democratic parties.

Americans are not impressed with the deficit ceiling standoff in Washington, according to a new poll.

Participants were asked for one word to describe the weeks-long debate. The winner? “Ridiculous.”

CNN looks at how the new deal could mean some students will have to pay their loans while still in school.

The Associated Press answers all your questions on the new debt deal.

The Race for President

Scoop: Politico reports Bachmann is about to launch her first major ad buy in Iowa. It will run from Wednesday through the Ames straw poll.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Bachmann react to the debt deal.

Where in the World is Jesse Ventura….

He’s been making a movie called “The Drunk” where he plays – what else – a governor.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    one word to describe the weeks-long debate. The winner? “Ridiculous.” Welcome to politics, T Party style. As long as we keep electing T Party folks ready to put their outrageous agenda ahead of America’s success, we’ll see a lot more of this kind of brinksmanship and chaos. The financial markets hate it, but who needs financial markets? Right, T Partiers?