The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the Met Council considers taking 3M to court, we look at some of the state’s economic factors, and Congress approves long-stalled trade deals.

Around Minnesota

The Metropolitan Council is considering taking 3M to court for discharging chemicals into the environment.

The budget deal could drive-up rent.

Twin Cities home prices fell again last month.

Home forclosures throughout the state are down.

The Twin Cities area has the nation’s largest unemployment disparity rate between black and white people.

While Minnesota’s job growth continues to outpace the nation’s during the economic recovery, the state’s median income is dropping.

Ely Mayor Roger Skraba, Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen and Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren endorsed Jeff Anderson’s bid for Congress.

Gov. Mark Dayton will be attending a National Governors Association Executive Committee meeting this morning. In the afternoon, Dayton will be meeting with deficit “super committee” and with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley to discuss job creation.

The Vikings Stadium

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says a 200-page report issued by the Metropolitan Council Wednesday is a road map to the team’s new stadium in Arden Hills.

In Washington

The federal government wants some counties and other voting jurisdictions to provide bilingual ballots.

Congress approved three trade deals. Most of the Minnesota delegation voted in favor of them.

Rep. Michele Bachmann was there to vote for them – her first appearance on the House floor since Aug. 1.

Rep. Keith Ellison is echoing calls from the Occupy Wall Street activists to end corporate greed.

Anti-abortion groups will push for legislation in every state that requires women to and hear the fetal heartbeat before having an abortion – legislation similar to a bill Bachmann recently introduced.

Three hikers held in Iran visited Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar in Washington, D.C.

Warren Buffett made $62,855,038 last year.

Agricultural committee leaders in Congress are close to a deal on cutting farm subsidies.

On the Campaign Trail

WomenWinning is sponsoring a fundraiser for Tarryl Clark on Oct. 27.

Powerful Republicans are rallying around Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Over the summer, President Barack Obama raised $70 million between his re-election campaign and the Democratic party.

Bachmann is headed back to Iowa, where she’ll highlight her jobs plan.

She’s meeting today with Donald Trump – their third get-together since April.

Two political analysts sized-up the presidential campaign on Midday.

New polls!

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows Herman Cain in the lead with 27 percent. Mitt Romney has 23 percent and Rick Perry gets 16 percent. Politico writes that this is a big gain for Cain, who had 5 percent support the last time the poll was conducted.

Stats guru Nate Silver tweets, “Another fresh GOP poll — YouGov/Economist (Oct. 8-11): Cain 33, Romney 18, Perry 10, Gingrich 9, Paul 7.”

Cain’s 9-9-9 plan would raise taxes on the middle class.

The New York Times looks at the origins of Cain’s tax proposal.

A super PAC wants to feature candidates in ads. According to campaign finance law, they’re allowed to run issues ads.

A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to change the way the state awards electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.

Shout Out

To Paul Tosto, who’s launched a new blog over here at MPR called the Big Story. The mission is simple: to chase the big story of the day, all day.

Find it here.

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