The Daily Digest (MCCL unhappy with budget, Bachmann all-in in Iowa and Christie flirts with POTUS run)

Minnesota saw strong demand for nearly $800 million in general obligation and other bonds offered for competitive bids Tuesday, despite a credit downgrade last week from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is criticizing GOP lawmakers for failing to uphold a ban on human cloning.

KARE11 reports that there’s a two-month backlog for those seeking appointments for driving tests.

1,300 Minnesota marriages are same-sex.

Iron Range DFLers want the state to sue the United State Forest Service over the BWCA fire.

The Central Corridor is meeting minority hiring goals.

A laptop holding data on thousands of Fairview patients was stolen.

Communication during a tornado that hit north Minneapolis is under review.

Hennepin County proposes cuts for the third straight year.

Vikings Stadium

The Ramsey County Charter Commission holds a hearing tonight on whether a Ramsey County sales tax should include a voter referendum.

Congress

Bloomberg quotes several economists as saying President Obama’s jobs bill will prevent a recession in 2012.

Congress dodges a shutdown after a fight over disaster aid.

The U.S. criticized Israel for building new housing units in east Jerusalem.

The New York Times says those cleared on crimes can stay on the FBI’s watch list.

U.S Health insurance costs increased sharply.

Some U.S. officials says Admiral Mullen’s words on Pakistan were overstated.

One in five same-sex couples in the nation are married.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will hold a news conference in Minneapolis on Thursday to push for President Obama’s jobs bill.

Postal workers rallied across the state and country to protest massive cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

OnStar has decided not to track or sell customer data after DFL Sen. Al Franken and others criticized the company.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says “America’s best days are ahead” in an op-ed.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack says he opposes a high-speed rail plan from Minneapolis to Duluth.

Race for Congress

Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson picked up another round of Iron Range support. Anderson announced in a news release that Jerry Janezich, Ron Dicklich, Kim Stokes and Gary Cerkvenik all announced they’re backing his campaign.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is holding a round table with seniors today in St. Paul.

Republican Dan Severson is trying to raise $20,000 to end the 3rd Quarter. To put that in context, Klobuchar raised an average of $10,777 per day in the 2nd Quarter.

Race for President

The top political strategist for Obama acknowledges a “titanic struggle” for his re-election.

AP says Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are the GOP’s money men.

Bachmann’s campaign manager says Bachmann “has to win Iowa.”

The presentation came a day after Bachmann said “Sure, we can turn things around.”

ABC News says Rick Santorum is speaking with key aides in Bachmann’s camp.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sidestepped questions about a possible run for POTUS.

Florida may move the state’s primary to January 31 which would cause problems for the carefully scheduled nominating calendar.

It looks like Ron Paul’s November campaign stop in Minnesota will be in St. Cloud.

Party politics

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will headline the DFL’s Founders Day Dinner.

A presidential straw poll is planned for the Minnesota GOP event.

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