The Daily Digest (Dayton on Daily Circuit, Services scheduled for Kubly, Health exchanges take center stage)

Gov. Dayton is scheduled to appear on MPR’s The Daily Circuit at 9am.

Supporters and opponents of creating a state-based health insurance exchange have press conferences scheduled for this morning.

DFL Sen. Gary Kubly died on Friday. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Granite Falls.

GOP Rep. Mary Franson apologized for comparing food stamp recipients to feeding wild animals.

AP says the push for Voter ID bears ALEC’s imprint.

The Pi Press says the state budget gains are due to lower health care spending.

The Star Tribune says Dayton’s crucial days may just lie ahead.

The Legislature is considering a bill that would require a city to compensate private trash haulers if a city elects to hire one hauler.

The state’s two nuclear plants are scheduled to get upgrades.

Redistricting

All but one of the incumbents paired under the new redistricting map, has announced their plans for their political future.

GOP House Majority Leader Matt Dean has yet to say whether he’ll challenge GOP Rep. Carol McFarlane. MPR says the new map has put Dean in a tough spot.

Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage

A Jewish group cites the Torah in a campaign against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Vikings Stadium

A stadium bill is expected to be introduced this week.

There’s a battle looming between the stadium supporters and the charities tapped to finance the stadium.

The Star Tribune says supporters are going to ramp up their pressure.

The Pi Press wonders whether the new stadium will spur development and economic growth in the area.

Congress

President Obama isn’t backing down from using military force with Iran but cautioned against talking too much war with the country.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison calls for diplomacy with Iran.

Mr. Obama recast the birth control debate on his own terms.

Another advertiser walks away from the Rush Limbaugh show even after Limbaugh “apologized.”

Politico says the Obama Administration has a muddy transparency record.

Supporters of the St. Croix bridge plan, including DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, cheered the approval on Saturday.

The Justice Department lost three important FOIA rulings.

The PoliGraph says GOP claims on the energy record of DFL Rep. Tim Walz are false.

Mine safety officials ditched a safety citation fearing Congressional scrutiny. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.

Russia

Putin claims victory in Russia’s presidential vote.

Race for Congress

MPR takes a look at the newly redrawn 4th District.

Race for President

A Wall St. Journal/NBC News poll shows Mitt Romney picking up support among Republicans but is losing ground among a wider audience.

Mitt Romney won Washington’s caucuses.

The Super Tuesday contests will reshape the GOP.

Romney and his backers have spent more than $200 million on his quest for the White House.

Romney picked up the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.

Final word

GOP strategist Chris Tiedeman and his wife were involved in a serious, head-on, car accident. Please keep both of them in your thoughts.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    GOP Rep. Mary Franson apologized for comparing food stamp recipients to feeding wild animals.

    Another advertiser walks away from the Rush Limbaugh show even after Limbaugh “apologized.”

    A real apology is “what I said (or did) was wrong. I’m sorry.” Neither Republican Rep. Franson and Republican talker Limbaugh apologized, but rather “apologized” merely “for those offended” and for a “choice of words [that] was not the best.”

    The non-apology “apology” offered by Republican politicians has become a staple item for newspeople, who allow themselves to be manipulated by echoing it without comment. In the interest of higher quality reporting, media members should substitute “adjustment” or “restatement” for “apology,” to better identify these insincere efforts at political damage control.