The Daily Digest (Redistricting reshuffling, Senate passes gun bill, Dayton signs sex offender notification bill)

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill that expands the use of deadly force. The bill heads back to the House before it’s sent to Gov. Dayton. Dayton didn’t outright say he’d veto the bill but said he stands with law enforcement (which opposes the bill).

Dayton signed a bill that would close the gap in public notifications of sex offenders who are released into the public.

A judge who is blocking Gov. Dayton’s unionization vote of child care providers will decide within 90 days whether his ruling should be permanent.

The Public Utilities Commission rejects a Goodhue Wind Farm plan.

A University of Minnesota study says Twin Cities charter schools are underperforming.

A House committee approved a bill that would allow for the sale of more fireworks.

Gov. Dayton will attend the National Governors Association meetings in Washington D.C. this weekend.

The state’s moose population is still declining.

Redistricting

The fallout over redistricting continues. GOP House Majority Matt Dean isn’t saying whether he’ll run in his new district, move or retire. GOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer and DFL Rep. Bev Scalze are running for open Senate seats. There will be endorsement fights. Read the update here.

DFL Congressman Collin Peterson says he’s content with the new map.

Stadium

Gov. Dayton rejected a Vikings stadium bid that relies on a loan.

The Ramsey County option won’t die.

Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, says he supports the St. Paul Saints stadium plan. Howes is the House Capital Investment Chair.

Economy

Unemployment applications hold to a 4-year low.

Congress

As gas prices climb. President Obama talks energy.

Obama apologized to Afghanistan after NATA troops burned Qurans.

MPR says Stillwater will lose a valuable backer of the new bridge: GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Washington Post says a federal grand jury is investigating an unidentified man for using Twitter to allegedly threaten GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The U.S. Postal Service reshuffles Minnesota’s mail processing.

The federal government is expected to spend $51.5 million to fight Asian Carp.

State Party Conventions

The Republican Party of Minnesota’s State Party Convention will be May 18-19 in St. Cloud.

The DFL Party’s State Party Convention will be held on June 2-3 in Rochester.

Race for President

Gallup says President Obama’s favorability rating is the lowest of any nominee since Bob Dole in 1996.

Obama raised cash with NBA celebrities on Thursday.

There are fears over the tone and message from the GOP candidates.

The L.A. Times says there are two sides to Rick Santorum. They say he is running as a Washington outsider but played a good inside game while in Congress.

Mitt Romney attacked Santorum for his support of No Child Left Behind.

The Washington Post says Santorum is picking up more support from GOP women.

Bloomberg says Romney’s tax cut plan relies on rapid growth and missing details.

A Pro-Romney super PAC recycles an ad from his last presidential election.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Minnesota Senate passed a bill that expands the use of deadly force.

    Republicans have controlled the MN Legislature for 417 days.They have taken that time to consider enshrining marriage discrimination into the state constitution, along with the guarantee of union benefits to dues-refusing, free-loading employees.

    They also have proposed a new state currency, a flood of laws protecting malfeasant insurance companies, and now a law that allows you to shoot and kill that pesky neighbor kid who keeps sneaking onto your front porch.

    But in all that time, they have yet to pass a single job creation bill. Will the GOP ever get serious about the needs of the State of Minnesota? Don’t hold your breath.