The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the state GOP proposes a school pay-back, we’re expecting an announcement about a third Republican Senate candidate, and Romney is urging his opponents to drop out of the presidential race.

Around Minnesota

House GOP plans to tap two-thirds of the state’s budget reserve to reduce K12 shift.

Gov. Dayton is expected to endorse Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s voter verification plan today.

Voter identification is on a Minnesota House committee’s agenda today.

Wisconsin’s attorney general will appeal a judge’s ruling to stop the state’s new voter identification law.

Some Minnesota legislators want to make it easier for hunters to donate venison to food shelves.

Meet the fireball of Hoffman.

State Sen. Gary Kubly was remembered Wednesday.

A special election for Kubly’s seat will be held on April 10.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, the House author of the Vikings stadium bill, wants to move quickly on the legislation, the Star Tribune reports.

Lawmakers are mulling back-up sources of cash if electronic pull-tab gambling cash doesn’t come through.

Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich is against stadium plan.

The PoliGraph says Gov. Dayton’s claim about Minneapolis property taxes is in range.

In Washington

Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Chip Cravaack tied in one of the most important elections of the year – the Minnesota delegation’s annual Hotdish Off.

The Economy

A new report shows that companies will have to hire more people to keep up with growing consumer demand.

Race for Congress

Rep. Kurt Bills will announce today whether he’s running for U.S. Senate. He would be the third Republican vying to unseat Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The Associated Press reports that Rush Limbaugh’s description of a law school student helped female candidates raise cash. Tarryl Clark, who is running in the 8th Congressional District for the DFL nomination, is mentioned.

On the Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney is nudging his opponents to drop out of the race.

If Newt Gingirch and Rick Santorum stick around, a fight at the GOP convention may be their only hope for winning the nomination.

Though he didn’t sweep Super Tuesday, Romney’s campaign is talking up his delegate count to underscore his viability as a candidate.

With Romney leading with delegates, Santorum and Gingrich go after each other.

Santorum and Romney’s campaigns are putting up ads in Mississippi and Alabama.

Romney’s fundraising has slowed as his donors hit their legal giving limits.

With a weak showing on Tuesday, a pro-Ron Paul super PAC is reassessing its strategy.

  • http://http:www.mnpolticalroundtable.com Mac Hall

    Thanks, Catharine for the summary.

    So many times you think you know what’s happening and then you see a reference to a story and wonder about the details …. and sometimes you perceive one thing and it turns out to be entirely different.

    I clicked the story “Meet the fireball of Hoffman” thinking maybe it would educate me on the new Congressional candidate, Gretchen Hoffman – who I suspect some would call a “fireball” … but no, it was a profile of a Muriel Krusemark … a good story profiling how citizen involvement is key to community success.

    Gosh, it may be a time to ask Ms. Krusemark if she would like to go to Washington … we need more people like her in Congress.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    House GOP plans to tap two-thirds of the state’s budget reserve to reduce K12 shift.

    “If you look at accounting principles, it’s better to reduce your debt and reduce your liabilities than to have that cash sitting around,” Garofalo said.

    Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo’s method of finance is just the latest GOP scam, pushing cash from account to account, one step ahead of the bill collectors. Garofalo’s shell game is nothing more than a credit card balance transfer, relocating the crisis without solving anything.