The Daily Digest (Forecast released this week, incumbents play musical chairs, Michigan primary looms)

The February Forecast will be released on Wednesday at 11:45.

There has been plenty of incumbent reshuffling as a result of the new maps. Rep. Carol McFarlane, R-White Bear Lake, decided to run for reelection. The move puts GOP House Majority Leader Matt Dean in a tough spot (McFarlane and Dean were paired).

The Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that would allow school districts to discharge teachers on merit not seniority.

Gov. Dayton was elected vice chair of the Midwest Governors Association.

Key Republicans want more information before funding the next LRT.

AP has a look at the Minnesota Sex Offender program and the release of its first offender (on provisional release).

Constitutional Amendments

The Pi Press has a story on whether lawmakers should legislate by constitutional amendments.

The Star Tribune says Republicans are weighing the cost of a union battle over the Right to Work amendment.

Vikings Stadium

The Star Tribune says a majority of the members on the Minneapolis City Council have not backed a stadium proposal.

Congress

Violence in Afghanistan is mounting as a result of Quran burning.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for calm amid the violence.

The New York Times says Mr. Obama has accepted many portions of a deficit commission.

NPR takes a look at what happens if the Keystone XL Pipeline isn’t built.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken write a letter opposing the postal cuts.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says a bill in Congress would cut infrastructure funding.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar writes an op-ed on what she wants to see in the next Farm Bill.

Race for Congress

State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said she’s challenging DFL Rep. Collin Peterson. Hoffman would not commit to abiding by the GOP endorsement when she spoke with MPR News.

Politico reports that GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack made several errors on his FEC reports.

GOP Rep. John Kline is working to reelect Rep. Bob Turner, R-NY.

The Hill says the new political lines have Democrats optimistic about defeating Kline. Democrats don’t have a candidate in that district yet.

Tim Pawlenty, who said GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was “non-existent” in Congress during their failed runs for the White House, is now backing Bachmann’s congressional bid.

Race for President

A battleground poll shows President Obama leading his GOP rivals.

It’s down to the wire in the Michigan primary.

Rick Santorum said no apology is needed for burning Quran burning.

Santorum also made the case for religion in the public sphere.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney.

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