The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Rep. Michele Bachmann says she’ll run again, House Republicans want a modest bonding bill, and there’s little movement on the Vikings stadium.

Around Minnesota

State House Republicans say they’re looking at a smaller bonding bill than the one Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed.

Washington County Commissioner and former Michele Bachmann campaign manager Bill Pulkrabek didn’t plead guilty to charges that he assaulted his girlfriend last year – only that there is enough evidence to convince a jury he did, Stillwater Patch reports.

Allen Quist, who is running to unseat Rep. Tim Walz in the 1st Congressional District, received more than $500,000 in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2010.

State officials are quietly seeking a waiver from federal Medicaid rules, Politics in Minnesota reports.

The Star Tribune reports that the St. Paul City Council approved a resolution opposing an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

The Minneapolis City Council will vote Friday on its fifth fire chief in eight years.

In Minnesota, wages are a sticking point for manufacturers hiring skilled workers, MPR reports.

DFL Chair Ken Martin will be in southern Minnesota talking jobs.

The Vikings Stadium

After a three-hour meeting Wednesday, there are still no answers on where the stadium will be built.

While the team said yesterday they were open to the Metrodome site, it appears the Ramsey County site is still in the mix.

In Washington

The Federal Reserve says it won’t raise interest rates any time soon.

House Republicans will offer a new health care bill.

During his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama said he wanted to increase the age at which students can drop out of high school. The mention pleased some Minnesotans who are pushing the issue here.

Rep. Chip Cravaack writes in the Duluth News Tribune that environmentally sound mining is important to Minnesota’s economy.

Sen. Al Franken is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to change detainee language Obama signed last month, the Hill reports.

On the Campaign Trail

Rep. Michele Bachmann says she’ll run again in the 6th Congressional District.

Newt Gingrich is leading in Minnesota, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

A separate poll indicates Gingrich’s popularity in Florida may have hit a plateau.

Nancy Pelosi is hinting that Gingrich has secrets, the Associated Press reports.

Unions and a super PAC aligned with President Barack Obama are underwriting television ads in Florida attacking Mitt Romney.

Romney’s release of his tax returns has made him the unwanted poster child for lobbyists defending tax breaks, Politico writes.

Remember the “self-deportation” plan Romney talked about in Monday night’s debate? Gingrich is criticizing the idea in Florida as he talks to the state’s Hispanic voters, writes the Washington Post.

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