The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest where it’s caucus day in Minnesota and Colorado, and primary day in Missouri.

Around Minnesota

Find your precinct here.

Here’s MPR’s FAQ on the caucuses.

MPR will have coverage of the caucuses, so tune in.

Ron Paul will host a post-caucus party at the Golden Valley Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom at 8:30 p.m.

Newt Gingrich will be in Ohio.

One poll has Rick Santorum leading the pack.

Several candidates campaigned in Minnesota Monday. Santorum was in Rochester talking health care.

Paul was in St. Cloud.

Gingrich was in Bloomington.

In a conference call, Tim Pawlenty went after Rick Santorum so Mitt Romney didn’t have to.

Conservative columnist Bill Kristol says the Romney campaign is “abusing poor Tim Pawlenty.”

MinnPost takes a look at what the DFL will be doing tonight.

The Pollution Control Agency says it’s doing a good job of meeting a new mandate that requires it to issue environmental permits within 150 days, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The teachers union in the Anoka-Hennepin school district endorsed proposed changes to its sexual orientation policy.

A group of rabbis oppose a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Rep. Keith Ellison held a press conference Monday in opposition of a constitutional amendment that would require photo identification to vote. The topic is likely to come up at tonight’s caucuses.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak rallied workers’ support for a Vikings stadium.

In Washington

Chase Kroll will run Rep. Michele Bachmann’s upcoming congressional election. Kroll has worked on Bachmann’s campaigns in the past.

Bachmann tells Bloomberg TV that she was the perfect candidate.

Bachmann supporters may be weary of her calls for contributions, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The U.S. Embassy in Syria has closed, reports the New York Times.

An investigation by the Washington Post shows that 33 members of Congress steered earmarks to projects that benefited their residential or commercial properties.

The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama’s defense cuts are forcing budget hawks to choose between politics and principles.

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar voted against allowing long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Money and Politics

Sen. Al Franken has become a one of the biggest Democratic fundraisers in the party.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed journalist Joe Hagan about super PACs.

More than a third of the political ads this election season have been funded by non-profits that never have to reveal their donors, the Washington Post reports.

Two of Obama’s biggest donors have ties to a fugitive who fled to Mexico, the New York Times reports.

He’s giving the money back.

Meanwhile, Obama is signalling to donors they should contribute to a super PAC supporting his election.

Finally

This Louisiana Representative thought this Onion article was real enough to post to his Facebook page.

He’s since taken it down.

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