The Daily Digest (Forecast day, House to take up gun bill, Romney sweeps)

The State Budget Forecast will be released today at 11:45. Gov. Dayton has a briefing at 12:45.

The Star Tribune says a rosy forecast will change little.

The House is expected to take up the gun bill today. Gov. Dayton met with the bill’s chief author but didn’t make any commitments as to whether he’d sign the bill.

MPR says a state facility for the mentally ill risks losing a state license over turmoil involving the St. Peter facility.

DFLers push for a bill that they say would reduce foreclosures.

The new Minnesota Lottery chief ran games in Kansas.

Minnesota and Wisconsin are close to reaching a tax reciprocity agreement.

Longtime critics of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his oversight of state election law have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at tightening the enforcement of voter-eligibility requirements.

A Republican legislator wants to give the arts money to schools.

The Nurse’s Union is pushing legislation on staffing levels.

A Minnesota House Committee advanced a bill seeking independent audits of nonprofit HMOs.

The MPCA creates rules to cut haze in northern Minnesota parks.

More damage was found to the Sabo bridge.

Politics in Minnesota takes a look at the impact of the redistricting maps.

Vikings Stadium

MPR says relying on gambling revenue to bankroll a new stadium is risky.

Economy

The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since the crisis.

DEED says job vacancies are up in Minnesota.

National housing prices fell in December.

Congress

The Stillwater Bridge bill is scheduled for a vote this week. MPR says the plan faces a hurdle in the U.S. House.

KARE says a majority of lawmakers support the bridge.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says burning Korans is not against Islamic law (Note: story incorrectly says Ellison is the only Muslim in Congress. Andre Carson of Indiana is also a Muslim member of Congress).

Race for Congress

Sen.Olympia Snowe, R-ME, says she won’t run for reelection.

The drug lobby gave big to Norm Coleman’s super PAC. non-profit.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Pete Hegseth will officially kick off his campaign on Thursday. The press event will be held at the State Capitol.

Race for President

Mitt Romney sweeps Michigan and Arizona.

Super Tuesday is next and Rick Santorum faces a steeper battle.

President Obama’s super PAC will advertise in Ohio.

  • Harold A. Maio

    MPR says a state facility for the mentally ill

    NPR regularly aims this metpahor at people dealing wiht a mental illness, as if we were generic. Can you plaeas stop. We arenot a “the,” and a very small minority of us ever see teh inside of a state facility. A state facility for “the” Blackls? “The pregnant? Neither would dare appear.

    I am not sure why you ar so comfortale wiht this representation, buut I am very uncomforatble wiht it, it is offensive and misrepresentation.

    MPR says a state mental health facility…

    A materniity ward is the model. PLease raise your standards.

    Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor