The Daily Digest (Will Bachmann run for reelection?, Dayton kicks off jobs tour, property tax issue heating up)

As GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann continues a run for the White House, MPR reports that GOP and DFL Party activists are waiting to see what happens to her Congressional seat.

Bachmann plans to put forward her own health care plan.

WCCO says Bachmann’s claim to get back to $2 a gallon gas is highly questionable.

More polling shows President Obama in a neck and neck race with the GOP front-runners. Public Policy Polling says Bachmann may have crested.

Vin Weber rejoined Mitt Romney’s camp.

Jeb Bush warns GOP candidates on hitting Obama.

Rick Perry holds the record on executions.

Congress

An earthquake hit Washington D.C. and the rest of the eastern seaboard. The damage includes the Washington Monument which has cracking in the stones at the top of the monument.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack reversed course and will now hold a town hall forum at the Duluth Airport at 4pm.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison praised the Libya rebels in a media blitz.

GOP Rep. John Kline offers caution on Libya.

Republicans are lining up against extending a tax cut. You read that right. The GOP doesn’t support an extension of the payroll tax cut. Even Grover Norquist is quiet on it.

The White House rolls back regulations on business.

The EPA is hiring jobless workers to help with the Great Lakes cleanup.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton kicks off his jobs tour today in Fergus Falls.

KARE11 takes a look at how property taxes will go up because of a change to the Market Value Homestead Credit.

House Tax Chair Greg Davids says eliminating the Market Value Homestead Credit is the right decision.

An ex-state worker gets 90 days for a check-forging scheme.

Dayton selected Joyce Sutphen as the state’s new poet laureate. She is an English professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter to serve as the state’s new poet laureate.

Cuts to higher ed accelerate changes to Minnesota’s college system.

Libya

Rebels stormed leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sprawling compound in Tripoli.

Gadhafi is defiant even after the rebels took over his compound.

Libya’s weapons have not yet been corralled.

The U.S. plans to unfreeze $1.5 billion in Libyan assets.

Wall Street

The Dow closed up 322 points.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The GOP doesn’t support an extension of the payroll tax cut.

    No surprises here. The payroll tax cut extension would benefit workers and the small businesses that employ them. GOP opposition is just another facet of the multi-front Republican War on the Middle Class.