The Daily Digest (Shakopee joins Vikings stadium drive, Romney wins NH, Dems roll in special elections)

Shakopee’s mayor is going to make a push to get a new Vikings stadium built in his city. A news conference is scheduled for this afternoon. The Shakopee Patch reports GOP Sen. Claire Robling and GOP Rep. Mike Beard will also attend the newser. Both have been pushing for Racino to be passed into law.

The Minnesota Vikings bring the Metrodome site into the mix but with a demand for extra costs.

KARE11 says the Vikings letter caught the University of Minnesota by surprise.

Fox9 says the Basilica and other businesses bristle at the Linden Ave. proposed site.

WCCO takes a look at when the Vikings can notify the NFL of a departure.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton will release his jobs plan today.

Budget officials say the state’s economy is beating forecast.

The Star Tribune reports that drugs were being dealt in a Fergus Falls drug treatment facility.

KSTP says Gop Rep. Steve Smith is facing questions as to whether he had an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Smith denies it.

The Dayton Administration is also pushing for increased access to Food Stamps.

Emergency health care recipients have been cut off this week.

A Senate committee will examine MnSCU payouts.

3M won a minor legal victory in its legal battle with the state of Minnesota.

3M says the Met Council polluted too.

Problem properties present a balancing act for cities.

GOP Sen. John Pederson calls for simpler vending rules. He made the comments after a local vendor failed to win a contract with the Department of Corrections.

Race for President

Mitt Romney won New Hampshire. Ron Paul got second. Jon Huntsman got third.

Conservative activists are now looking at South Carolina as the last best hope to defeat Romney.

Romney’s campaign continues to work to ease concerns about Romney’s work at Bain Capital.

Rick Perry characterizes Romney as a greedy Wall St. “vulture.”

Ron Paul says he’s nibbling at Romney’s heels.

Race for Legislature

Democrats won big in two special legislative elections in Minneapolis.

Race for Congress

DFL state Rep. Ryan Winkler and other young professionals will hold a Thursday fundraiser for Democrat Rick Nolan. Nolan is running is aiming to challenge GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Democrats are needling Cravaack on who he backed in the New Hampshire primary. Cravaack’s family relocated to New Hampshire last year.

Congress

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is in Bangladesh. She recently met with the prime minister.

GOP Rep. John Kline is in Brazil with House Speaker John Boehner.

The Stillwater Bridge is still high on GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s agenda.

Finally

The U.S. Constitution will be on display at the Minnesota History Center from April 3 through July 4th.

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