The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where we take a closer look at ALEC’s influence in the state Legislature, a vote on the stadium is delayed indefinitely, and Michael Brodkorb is named as the staffer who had an inappropriate relationship with Sen. Amy Koch.

Around Minnesota

Expect to hear a lot about ALEC – short for the American Legislative Exchange Council – this election season. DFLers and liberal groups say the group, which brings together lawmakers and corporations to write model bills, has outsized influence on Republican lawmakers in the Legislature. MPR looks at the organization’s presence in St. Paul.

Hear more about ALEC on the Daily Circuit at 9:50 this morning.

After negotiations with the Senate broke down, an attorney for former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb says they intend to file a lawsuit over his dismissal.

Brodkorb’s attorney told the Associated Press that his client is the previously unnamed staffer with whom Sen. Amy Koch had a relationship.

The chairman of a Senate panel said the Vikings stadium bill needed more work and postponed a vote on it indefinitely.

Dayton lobbied the Legislature on the stadium before the hearing.

Art Rolnick and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak debated whether public money should be used to pay for the stadium.

Minneapolis has the least affordable housing in the Midwest.

Some Minnesota National Guard soldiers will lose benefits they had been expecting upon their return this spring from Kuwait.

A Senate committee advanced two Republican proposals aimed at countering the federal health care overhaul.

A University of Minnesota professor wants the FDA to investigate services offered by CellTex Therapeutics. The company has ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Iron Range DFL Rep. Tom Rukavina wants the state to honor late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.

In Washington

President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a replacement for the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge.

Days after the Afghanistan massacre, the suspect remains nameless.

Reactions to the massacre and a separate incident involving the burning of Korans underscores a fundamental disconnect between the U.S. Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.

The New York Times also reported that President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are unified in their pledge to wind down the war by the end of 2014.

The U.S. Senate approved a two-year highway bill that could bring up to $700 million annually to Minnesota.

On the Minnesota Campaign Trail

Americans for Prosperity wants GOP 7th Congressional District hopeful Lee Byberg to take the group’s name off the “Endorsements” page of his website.

PoliGraph says First District Congressional candidate Allen Quist’s claim about the health care law is accurate.

On the Presidential Campaign Trail

Rick Santorum says his primary victories in Mississippi and Alabama are proof that GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is a “fundamentally flawed” candidate, the Associated Press reports.

As he does better in the GOP presidential nomination race, Santorum’s style changes.

Mitt Romney was in New York City raising cash.

Members of the Republican establishment are split over whether New Gingrich should get out of the race.

His losses in the Southern state primaries were a blow to his campaign, but Gingrich has pledged to go on

This race has become so uncertain that the Puerto Rico primary has become important.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    After negotiations with the Senate broke down, an attorney for former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb says they intend to file a lawsuit over his dismissal.

    Senate Republicans hired sleaze-master Brodkorb for his Democrat-sliming talents. But he’s turned his slime-gun on Republican “leadership.” Suddenly, GOP bosses think he’s a bad guy, trying to “disrupt the Senate” and “extort payment.”

    The air is thick with schadenfreude. This couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of “family values” hypocrites. Nuke some popcorn and enjoy the show.