The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest where a new poll shows a 65 percent of Minnesotans disapprove of the Legislature, Minneapolis is short on cash for its Vikings stadium proposal, and Minnesota will get a NCLB waiver.

Around Minnesota

MPR looks at the voter I.D. debate.

A new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows that 65 percent of Minnesotans disapprove of the state Legislature, while17 percent approve and 18 percent are not sure.

The same poll shows that 50 percent of Minnesotans approve of Gov. Mark Dayton; 33 percent disapprove and 17 percent are not sure.

Dayton says a state-run hospital needs upgrades and better training.

Rick Nolan won the DFL straw-poll caucus in the 8th District.

MPR reports Minneapolis is nearly $55 million short on cash for its proposed Vikings stadium.

A bill introduced Wednesday would ban former legislators from becoming a MnSCU trustee or University of Minnesota regent for two years after leaving office, MPR writes.

The Legislature has sent Datyon a package of bills that would change how civil lawsuits are handled, the Associated Press reports.

3M has a new president.

In Washington

The STOCK Act is expected to passthe U.S. House of Representatives today.

Minnesota will be among the first 10 states to get a No Child Left Behind waiver.

Rep. Chip Cravaack called an administration rule that would require all health insurance plans to cover birth control “an act of federal aggression.”

The U.S. House leadership will fight the rule, too.

The House passed legislation that would allow the President to veto specific parts of spending bills.

Around the Nation

Washington State is poised to legalize same-sex marriage.

The New York Times reports that banks have reached a $26 billion settlement with the states that could help those who owe more on the mortgages than their houses are worth.

On the Campaign Trail

Rick Santorum’s wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado may not have scored him delegates but the victories did help him raise $250,000 overnight.

Low turnout at the Minnesota caucuses helped Santorum and hindered Romney, MPR reports.

His victory may be just as much a sign that conservatives are wary of Mitt Romney, the New York Times reports.

Wednesday, Santorum was in Texas talking to a group of pastors.

Social issues have reappeared in the political debate along with Santorum’s surge, the Washington Post reports.

So far, it looks like the GOP will do well when it comes to keeping seats in the Senate.

Money and Politics

Politico has a good primer on how super PACs make their money. Minnesota’s Stan Hubbard, who gave $100,000 to the conservative American Crossroads PAC, is quoted.

Obama is beating his own record for small dollar donations.

The New York Times profiles Foster Friess, a wealthy donor who will support Santorum.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Low turnout at the Minnesota caucuses helped Santorum and hindered Romney, MPR reports.

    Serious Republicans were no doubt too depressed to leave the house. Look at their choices. On one hand, the hogs at the trough, vulture capitalist Romney and revolving-door lobbyist Gingrich, demonstrate all that’s corrupt and just plain wrong in our private and public systems.

    On the other hand, true believers Santorum and Paul would take us to 14th century religious standards, and civil and international anarchy, respectively. Reasonable people of any intellectual stripe have no place in today’s Republican party.

  • Bonnie Lokenvitz

    Re the CD8 Straw Poll

    We had fewer than 3300 Democrats showing up to vote. How many people in CD8 identify as DFLers?

    This is one of the reasons Minnesota should use a primary system where more people would be enabled to help select a candidate.

    Not everyone can attend in a two hour window on a Tuesday evening in February. Think people with jobs and our snow birds.