The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where officials explain property tax increases, FEMA prevents another government shutdown, and we meet Itasca Dayton.

Around Minnesota

State bonds go on sale this morning.

Local officials trying to explain property tax increases.

Nine buildings on the campus of the former Brainerd State Hospital are scheduled for demolition.

Meet Itasca.

In Washington

Congress may avoid another government shutdown.

It was nothing compared to what’s coming.

Medical device makers are asking Congress to repeal an excise tax included in the new health care law. Rep. Erik Paulsen is mentioned.

Rep. Chip Cravaack wants the federal government to fix roadways before spending money on a high speed passenger rail project.

On the Campaign Trail

Florida Republicans like Rep. Michele Bachmann, but don’t want to vote for her.

Bachmann’s downplaying her eighth-place finish in the Florida Straw Poll.

She contends her campaign is “positioned perfectly” right now and that she can turn the race around.

Mac Hammond, a Minnesota evangelical preacher, says he’ll be campaigning for Bachmann.

Bachmann’s been back in Iowa, where she said that Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t have a good grasp on foreign affairs.

The Des Moines Register says Bachmann’s getting “back to basics” during this Iowa visit.

Bachmann’s also been knocking Perry for his record on immigration. But in-state tuition for undocumented students is also part of Bachmann’s past.

Her adviser Ed Rollins says it’s not too late for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to throw her hat in the race.

In an effort to set himself apart from the wealthy Mitt Romney, Perry’s been positioning himself as middle-class.

Perry’s still blocking reporters on Twitter.

A new poll has Herman Cain leading the pack, and Perry falling 18 percent.

The “Chris Christie for President” rumors continue. He says (again) that he’s not interested.

He’s got big donors behind him nevertheless.

Nate Silver analyzes how conservative Christie actually is.

The WaPo profiles Cain.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty sought a job at FOX News, but was turned down for his ties to the Romney campaign.

The Vikings Stadium

The Ramsey County Charter Commission will meet Wednesday.

In Other News….

This guy has formed the Michele Bachmann 2012 Presidential Victory Committee in Florida. We’ve not heard of him in Minnesota, but Larose is something of a legend in the Sunshine State. He’s run for multiple offices – sometimes simultaneously – he’s formed at least 40 new political parties, and he’s launched hundres of PACs, among them the Billionaire Josue Larose’s Dating Women Committee and the Florida Intellectual Elites Political Committee.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    “Local governments have either been increasing their levies or cutting programs in response to the state’s fiscal irresponsibility,” said Keith Carlson, executive director of the Minnesota Inter-County Association. from the “local officials” link

    There you have it. Elect the Tea Party crazies, and this is what you get. Let’s hope Minnesota voters choose more carefully next time.