The Daily Digest (Vikings stadium, Dayton issues order on bullying, Congress fights on payroll tax extension)

The Digest starts with the economy today.

A new study found that there are a growing number of uninsured children in Minnesota.

Home prices continue to fall in the Twin Cities and in most other major cities.

France could lose the country’s top tier credit rating.

European leaders plan on turning to the IMF to help with the continent’s debt crisis.

Companies are preparing for the breakup of the Euro.

S and P cut the credit ratings of several banks.

Under the Dome

The Legislative Auditor will release the first in-depth look at how Legacy Amendment funds are spent.

Gov. Dayton appointed a task force to study the state’s bullying laws. MPR says a task force is no guarantee the state’s bullying laws will change.

MPR reports that Republicans in the House and Senate are criticizing Gov. Dayton for what they say is an aggressive use of executive orders. Dayton says citizens want him to take a leadership role.

Dayton also defended his right to call for a union vote of at-home day care providers.

The Star Tribune does a preview on Thursday’s budget forecast – the takeaway is everyone in St. Paul is preparing for bad news.

The Foley City Council, which complained about cuts to LGA, approved a plan to hire private security to patrol city streets next year.

The Mankato Free Press says the tax shift, proposed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton, is showing up on property tax statements.

Vikings Stadium

A Senate panel debated the Vikings stadium proposals.

The Vikings say they’ll reluctantly work with Minneapolis over a stadium site in that city.

Congress

GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is open to a payroll tax cut extension.

The comments come as Republicans worry they could lose the message war on jobs.

Facebook made a privacy pledge in a settlement with the FTC.

The Labor Department alleges discrimination by Cargill.

The Washington Post says lawmakers are giving money to hundreds of pet projects despite a ban on earmarks.

AP says the House voted unanimously to allow military travelers on official duty to get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster. GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack was the chief author of the bill.

Middle East

Protesters stormed the British Embassy in Iran.

Race for Congress

The DCCC is hosting a fundraiser for Reps. Tim Walz and Gabriel Giffords among other select 2012 candidates, Politico reports.

The DCCC also launched a robocall on the Super Committee’s failures.

Norm Coleman has a new SuperPAC, Congressional Leadership Fund, that will work to keep the House in GOP control.

Coleman also gave advice on how Republicans should talk about immigration.

Race for the White House

AP says the GOP candidates are walking a tightrope on immigration.

Mitt Romney is turning his focus on Newt Gingrich – calling him a “lifelong politician.”

Herman Cain says he’s reassessing his candidacy.

Politico says Rick Perry shook up his campaign team which Perry denies.

Perry also got the voting age wrong during a speech.

Jon Huntsman won’t rule out running as an independent.

Newt Gingrich says he has never lobbied but he did offer advice to groups that do lobby.

Michele Bachmann will campaign in South Carolina on Friday.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Without Senate companion legislation, Cravaack’s military travelers bill is just flag-waving. Moving his family to New Hampshire remains Chip’s only significant accomplishment since entering Congress.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Republicans in the House and Senate are criticizing Gov. Dayton for what they say is an aggressive use of executive orders.

    Governor Dayton consistently demonstrates decisive leadership, in powerful contrast to 8 years of Tim Pawlenty’s muddling. If there’s anything Republicans hate, it’s this persistent exercise of executive strength.