The Daily Digest (Reform 2.0, Is a stadium special session likely? Will Iowans give Bachmann a second look?

MPR reports that businesses across rural Minnesota are concerned about the changes to the Market Value Homestead Credit. The change could result in dramatic tax increases for some business owners.

You can read more about the business tax shift here.

Tidbit: An awful lot of GOP lawmakers are sending out e-mail to constituents explaining the change – a clear sign that they’re hearing criticism about it.

MPR takes a look at Reform 2.0 – an effort by GOP legislators to get ideas for the next legislation. Critics say it’s their way of getting affirmation for a partisan agenda instead of addressing the needs of the state.

Gov. Dayton was in Washington D.C. on Thursday. He spoke to SuperCommittee members in Washington D.C. on Thursday. He and other Democratic governors urged the committee to not pass Medicaid cuts on to the states.

The U of M will honor Gov. Dayton as an “Advocate of the year.”

MnSCU’s enrollment slips.

Dayton will attend the Governor’s Pheasant Opener tomorrow in Montevideo.

Vikings Stadium

KSTP says the Vikings face bigger obstacles than the stadium report.

The Star Tribune says the prospects of a special session are an “uphill push.”

ProFootball Talk says more than two other communities have contacted the Vikings about moving the team to another state.


President Obama says Iran has to be held accountable for what he characterized as a “reckless plot.”

Speaker Boehner challenged Obama on the jobs bill during a recent telephone conversation.

Senate Republicans released their own jobs plan.

NPR says the Super Committees silence may be a sign of progress.

The CEO of Solyndra resigned.

Republicans are pushing back against the EPA. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen, DFL Rep. Collin Peterson and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum are mentioned.

The House passed a bill that would reduce access to abortions.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar rolls out a medical device bill. MPR reports that Klobuchar and Paulsen are pushing bills that would allow medical device companies to get their products to market. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is also mentioned.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz returned from a trip to Aghanistan. He was on a fact-finding trip on how concussions are being treated.

Walz will campaign in Austin next week.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is calling for a probe on bank fees.

Special Elections

Democrats Jeff Hayden and Chris Eaton are leading their opponents in the money race. Special elections are held on Tuesday for the Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center districts.

Race for Congress

Democrat Tarryl Clark raised $228k in the third quarter. She has $235k in the bank.

AFSCME targets GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in a new ad buy.

The DFL candidates in the 8th will participate in a forum in Hibbing on Saturday.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has $609k heading into 2012.

Race for President

Bob Vander Plaats, with the Iowa Family Leader, told MPR News that GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann could be poised to make a comeback. He said conservatives disappointed in Rick Perry are giving Bachmann a second look.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is campaigning in northwestern Iowa.

She dropped hints that she raised roughly $4 million in the 3rd Quarter.

The New York Times takes a look at Bachmann’s years at Oral Roberts.

Tom Emmer will speak at Ron Paul’s St. Cloud event. No word on whether he’s endorsing Paul.

Norm Coleman will lead a new SuperPAC.

Tidbit: Mitt Romney’s campaign sent out a fundraising e-mail last night that said Norm Coleman will co-host a Twin Cities fundraiser for Romney in November. Tim Pawlenty said earlier this week that he was the other co-host.

AP says Romney is quietly working for an Iowa Caucus surprise.

Romney targeted China in his speech on the economy.

The Washington Post says Rick Perry is losing steam.

The Fix says there is a path to victory for Herman Cain.

More people will pay more in Cain’s 9-9-9 plan.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    dramatic tax increases for some business owners.

    . …followed by…

    an effort by GOP legislators to get ideas for the next legislation.

    Do I detect a pattern? Unwilling to deal with the havoc they wreaked in the last session, MN GOP “leaders” are looking for more trouble to cause – time to toss these children out of office.