Gov. Dayton sits down the Star Tribune and says he’ll push for a tax increase on top earners whether there’s a surplus or a deficit.
Gov. Mark Dayton says the Vikings stadium hearings were constructive, the Pioneer Press reports.
He thinks that putting electronic pull tabs in bars are the best option for paying for the stadium.
Rep. Morrie Lanning suggested hospitality taxes to pay for the facility.
Lanning also told the Star Tribune that the Minneapolis plan is inadequate.
WCCO’s Reality Check looks at the size of the Vikings contribution to the stadium.
Dayton is planning a trade mission to China.
Opponents of the gay marriage ban rallied in Duluth.
The PoliGraph says that DFL Sen. Richard Cohen’s about the school payment shift is on solid ground.
The state GOP party will meet New Year’s Eve to elect a new leader.
Possible candidates for the position are emerging.
Politics in Minnesota reports that former chair Tony Sutton failed to tell other members of the party that he signed papers obligating the GOP to pay recount fees.
Rep. Tim Walz is getting a lot of attention for a bill that would prohibit members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. Now a Minnesota state lawmaker is raising questions about the issue.
The state’s remaining Pearl Harbor vets gathered for the attack’s 70th anniversary.
Senate Republicans will hold their holiday fundraiser tonight at Midlands Hills Country Club in Roseville. Leadership patrons are being asked to donate $5,000. the general reception is $500.
The administration has stopped Plan B from being sold over-the-counter.
The Washington Post says Jon Corzine, a former Democratic Gov. from New Jersey and head of MF Global will tell a House Committee that he “doesn’t know where his customers’ money went.”
Marketplace Tech reports that there’s still a lot to learn about Carrier ID. Sen. Al Franken is mentioned.
The Supreme Court is hearing a case about a diagnostic patent, and the Mayo Clinic is involved.
The Food and Drug Administration will work with Minnesota medical device makers to improve review of new products.
On the Campaign Trail
There’s a GOP presidential debate in Iowa Saturday night and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will be giving the Democratic response.
The New York Times says the DNC sees the GOP primary as a two-horse race.
Mitt Romney hits Newt Gingrich with a new ad.
Gingrich told CNN he would consider Romney as a running mate.
Democrats are turning their attacks on Gingrich.
When Gingrich travels for a speaking gig, he likes luxury accommodations, reports the Washington Post.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a speech for Romney in Iowa Wednesday, where he said that winning the state is essential to the Romney campaign.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has sold only 3,000 of her new book, Core of Conviction.
She spoke to the Jewish Republican Coalition.
Bachmann was among other GOP candidates there ; they were all tough on the Middle East.
On the Glenn Beck show, Bachmann reacted to her encounter last week with a little boy who told her that his gay mother “doesn’t need fixing.”
Rep. Steve King, a lawmaker from Iowa who is withholding an endorsement, says that none of the GOP candidates are the “full spectrum conservative candidate” he’s been hoping for. That doesn’t bode well for a Bachmann endorsement, who is close with King.
Ron Paul will open his Minnesota campaign headquarters on Dec. 15.