The Daily Digest (Is Bachmann sinking?, Pawlenty out of Veepstakes? DFL hits road on K12 tour)

Ramsey County officials say the medical examiner is in compliance with the standards created. The announcement comes hours after MPR News reported that he was being investigated.

House Democrats are launching a schools tour to point out the K12 shift. Republicans say schools also got more money.

Gov. Dayton visited several schools on Tuesday.

Goodhue County officials say time is needed to study fracture mining.

The Minnesota House survey found that a majority of those voting in the unscientific poll are opposed to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, support an amendment to require people to show a photo ID to vote and support an expansion of gambling.

The Minnesota State Senate survey says a majority of those voting in that unscientific poll believe liquor stores should be open on Sunday, do not support a constitutional amendment to require voters to present a photo ID to vote, support a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases to balance the budget and supports changes to teacher tenures.


President Obama will propose cuts of $300 billion on jumpstart jobs.

The Fed considers buying more long-term T bonds to lower rates.

The moves come as Europe continues to deal with a debt crisis.

The U.S. is said to be considering the option of keeping 3,000 troops in Iraq.

Several mayors are pushing Congress to extend the transportation bill in order to protect thousands of jobs.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison applauds approval for the Southwest Light Rail.

Race for President

Several Republicans will appear at a debate tonight in California.

Mitt Romney released his jobs plan on Tuesday. He called for cutting the corporate tax and for ending business regulations.

MPR and the Star Tribune take a look at whether GOP Rep. Miehele Bachmann is losing momentum in the race for president.

One indication is that Bachmann is dropping fast in national polls.

Bachmann falls to the bottom in a Washington Post poll. Rick Perry tops that poll.

An NBC poll also shows Bachmann losing ground.

Bachmann is also courting South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Bachmann sent a fundraising email that focuses on Hoffa’s Labor Day speech.

One of the Koch Brothers compared the 2012 elections to the war in Iraq.

Race for Congress

A new poll says a majority of Americans want to vote out the entire Congress.

Pawlenty for VP Watch

Tim Pawlenty said during an appearance on the Colbert Report that he won’t consider being tapped as a GOP running mate during an appearance on the Colbert Report.