The Daily Digest (Vikings plan released, St. Croix bridge bill passed, Voter ID amendment continues to roll)

A new plan for a Vikings stadium is in place but the deal isn’t sealed yet.

The plan faces a tough road in the Legislature.

The Minneapolis City Council is also skeptical.

Here’s a deeper dive into the numbers in the plan.

Under the Dome

The Senate Finance Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would require people to show photo identification to vote.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler wants a year-round academic calendar.

MPR has a look at what some schools have been doing as a result of the K12 shift.

University of Minnesota researchers updated the number of mesothelioma deaths among Iron Range workers.

The DNR’s new online and phone reservation system crashed on launch.

Congress

The U.S. House passed the St. Croix bridge bill.

Stillwater residents react to the bridge bill vote.

Leech Lake Ojibwe testify to a House panel over a land dispute.

The Senate defeated a bill that would reverse the birth control rule.

Economy

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped again.

MPR says Minnesota also got a dose of good news. It includes a lower unemployment rate, a likely growth in factory jobs and stronger sales at Target Corp.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Pete Hegseth, an Afghanistan war vet, officially announced his campaign against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

MinnPost says Hegseth hasn’t outlined specifics for many of his policy positions.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack is holding a town hall forum in Gilbert on Saturday at 10am.

Race for President

President Obama presses to end subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Mr. Obama was heckled at a New York City fundraiser over a possible war with Iran.

ABC News says Mitt Romney touted his connections to the federal government and his ability to get federal funds in 2002.

Romney campaigned in Fargo on Thursday. He criticized President Obama on energy and the budget.

First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Minnesota on March 16.

Rick Santorum criticized Romney over contraception.

A new national poll says Romney is widening his lead over Santorum.

The New York Times says the Romney campaign has a “whatever-it-takes” playbook when it comes to defeating their challengers.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Senate Finance Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would require people to show photo identification to vote.

    With zero evidence of voter fraud detectable by voter photo ID, Republicans fall back on “defending the integrity” of the Constitution as their excuse for re-writing the Constitution. Irony recognition is apparently not in the GOP skill set.