The Daily Digest (Dayton tours BWCA fire, Congress gets low marks, Mining subcommittee created)

Gov. Dayton, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken will head to Ely today to survey the damage caused by a fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A specialized team takes over the management of the fire.

Jobs and the Economy

Minnesota saw small gains in employment in August as state workers return. The private sector added jobs too.

Gov. Dayton directed four of his commissioners to create a “mining subcabinet.”

Dayton also marked the opening of the Faribault Woolen Mill.

Under the Dome

The Star Tribune says DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says DHS employees must report any suspicious deaths in department-operated facilities to her within an hour. All other deaths at the facilities must be reported to her within 24 hours.

The Perpich Center considers taking over East Metro Integration District’s 2 schools.

DFL and local school officials in Sartell speak out in favor of levy (and the push to oppose it).

Election law

Republicans are rewriting state election laws across the country.

Rest in Peace

GOP Rep. Jim Abeler’s son died in his sleep on Wednesday night.


A New York Times/CBS poll says just 12 percent of Americans approve of how Congress is doing its job.

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to a former Marine.

The White House weighs the limits of the terror fight.

GOP House Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept any tax increases even if the Super Committee proposes it.

President Obama will shield Social Security from cuts in his new deficit-reduction plan.

The House GOP pushes a stopgap spending bill.

The Senate sent a disaster relief bill to the House.

The Postal Service may close four post offices in MN.

The shutdown of the FAA has been averted.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of several senators that are urging the Super Committee to “go large.”

DFL Sen. Al Franken is calling for an “explicit ban” on discrimination to GLBT students.

GOP Rep. John Kline is pushing a bill that would restrict the National Labor Relations Board.

Race for Congress

Norm Coleman is hosting a fundraiser for GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack today.

Race for President

Democratic strategist James Carville says President Obama should panic.

AP says the GOP candidates are bashing the stimulus but have benefitted from it.

Vin Weber, who is now advising Mitt Romney, says Rick Perry is the front-runner.

During a stop in Iowa, Perry ripped Romney.

AP says Perry supplemented his income with private deals.

The Merck lobbyist who pushed Perry to issue an executive order on the HPV vaccine is now running a Super PAC supporting Perry.

Politico says Perry is one of the most secretive governors in the country.

NBC says Perry is inconsistent on foreign policy.

The New York Times says misstatements trail GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann continues to defend her remarks on the HPV vaccine.

MPR says Bachmann has put her faith in challenging science.

Bachmann is urged to condemn bullying.

The University of Iowa apologizes after a tweet refers to Bachmann as a cougar.

  • Lee Brown

    Email from a c-span viewer on Sept 15: “are we supposed to give a tax cut to the 400 wealthiest people in the country and then cross our fingers?”

  • Ralph Crammedin

    GOP House Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept any tax increases even if the Super Committee proposes it.

    Sabotaging a Supercommittee Grand Compromise is a Triple for Boehner. He 1) damages the President by continuing to stall the Economy, 2) protects his wealthy clientele from taxes and 3) defends his Speaker’s Chair against Tea Party radicals. What’s not to like for Mr Boehner?