The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest where Minneapolis again weighs-in on the Vikings Stadium debate, Obama lays out new mortgage rules in Nevada, and Bachmann’s New Hampshire staff speaks about their departure.

Around Minnesota

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak made the case that Minneapolis would be the least costly place for the new Vikings stadium.

There’s growing concern that the Ramsey County site isn’t ideal.

A racino could bring in $137 million annually to help pay for the stadium, according to a new fiscal note prepared by the state.

Gov. Mark Dayton will be attending his jobs summit in St. Paul today.

The Star Tribune previews the meeting, and details a Republican jobs plan unveiled yesterday.

The debate over whether to allow daycare workers to unionize went to St. Cloud and Rochester.

The Post-Bulletin reports that community leaders are distancing themselves from a plan to expand the Rochester Civic Center because of politics.

Is farmland the next real estate bubble?

Dan Severson, who hopes to run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year, raised roughly $35,000 this quarter.

Some area restaurants are passing tip-related fees to wait staff, MPR’s Martin Moylan reports.

The OccupyMN protests have so far cost the state $200,000.

In Washington

President Barack Obama was in Nevada – a state hit hard by the foreclosure crisis – to tout his new plan to let more people refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The Washington Post smells politics.

Money and Politics

Politico writes about super PACs. Former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is quoted. He’s leading a new fundraising organization that will help center-right Republicans running for Congress.

Two of Tim Pawlenty’s former fundraisers are hosting an event for Herman Cain.

On the Campaign Trail

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s former New Hampshire staff speaks out after calling it quits late last week. The group said that the national staff was dismissive and, at times, “cruel.” You can read the press release here.

The shake-up could hurt Bachmann’s chances in the Granite State.

The health care law Mitt Romney backed as governor of Massachusetts included a program that allows undocumented immigrants access to publicly subsidized care.

Today’s Midmorning broadcast will focus on immigration.

The New York Times looks at Romney’s position on the flat tax.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally announces his economic plan today, which will include an optional flat tax.

Perry is poised to launch a major ad buy in Iowa.

He’s got new people on his team.

The ad buy and the new team members signal that Perry is trying to reinvigorate his campaign, the New York Times reports.

Herman Cain has been accused of flip-flopping on abortion. Did he?

Watch For

Bachmann’s profile in the latest edition of People Magazine. MPR News will be tracking down a copy today.

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