The Daily Digest (Dayton to veto tort reform laws, 17k in MN helped by Foreclosure settlement, House passes STOCK Act)

Gov. Dayton is expected to veto tort reform legislation today. He has a media availability scheduled for 9:30. Dayton has until Saturday to take action on the legislation.

The LCCMR is scheduled to meet today. The first meeting since House Speaker Kurt Zellers attempted to fire the group’s executive director.

A foreclosure settlement between large banks and state attorneys general could help 17,000 homeowners in Minnesota.

There are concerns and praise for the Minnesota’s waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The House passed a bill that would block the use of state funds for union dues for child care providers.

The U of M’s Board of Regents draw lines today for debate over Steve Sviggum’s dual roles.

Some lawmakers say the invasive species fight is going too far.

A study says requiring a supermajority for a tax increase would increase property taxes.

Gov. Dayton says he isn’t sure if he’ll veto the so-called Castle Doctrine bill. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure.

A bill that would ban executive rule-making has been approved by a Senate Committee.

Vikings Stadium

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he’s still confident in their stadium proposal despite a gap in funding.

Ramsey County is trying again.

A Duluth lawmaker wants the Vikings to move to Duluth.

Same-sex marriage ban

Gov. Dayton says he believes Minnesotans will reject the proposed constitutional amendment.

Congress

ABC News is reporting that President Obama will announce an “accommodation for religious organizations” on the contraception rule.

President Obama’s birth control policy has divided Democrats.

The House passed the Congressional insider trading bill. DFL Rep. Tim Walz introduced the legislation.

The EPA has delayed a proposed copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range.

Alabama Sen. Spencer Bachus is facing an insider trading investigation.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison helps launch the Democratic campaign finance push.

A U.S. agency issued the first construction approval of a nuclear plant in the U.S.

Howard Stern ripped GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann on the air.

Party Politics

The DFL Party’s debt is deeper than disclosed in December.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann says running for president was “one series of humiliations after another.”

Race for President

Some Republicans are growing concerned that Mitt Romney isn’t gaining strength.

AP says CPAC attendees aren’t embracing Mitt Romney’s campaign but believe he’s better than President Obama.

Rick Santorum raised more than $2 million since Tuesday.

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