The Daily Digest (Voter ID votes coming soon, Right-to-Work stalled, Dayton meets with leaders on stadium)

The House and Senate Rules committees are expected to take up the Voter ID bill this week.

The measure is poised to pass both chambers and land on the ballot.

The Star Tribune says a court fight is inevitable for Voter ID.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem says the votes aren’t there for the so-called Right-to-Work amendment.

MPR says the GOP focus on constitutional amendments could backfire if too many are on the ballot.

Vikings Stadium

Gov. Dayton has separate meetings scheduled today with GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers, GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem and Minneapolis City Council members to discuss the stadium.

Dayton will try to pump some air into a stadium bill that has been deflated. The bill did not meet Friday’s committee deadline and there are questions as to whether the bill can rise from the grave.

Tidbit: GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers refused to say on Friday whether he’d try to move the bill out of committee. In fact, he said he hasn’t even read the entire bill. GOP Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem said the bill would have to be approved by the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee before he acts on it.

Zellers said the committee deadline is the least of the stadium bill worries.

A rival stadium bill was approved by a Senate committee.

Under the Dome

Forum Communications says the path to ending the legislative session is fuzzy.

DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk says the Brodkorb scandal is bringing dishonor to the Senate.

AP says lawmakers are treading softly around a possible lawsuit.

The Star Tribune says URS, which was under fire for the company’s inspection of the I-35W bridge, is up for a light rail contract.

GOP state Rep. Mary Franson writes an op-ed criticizing the spine of the Republican Party in the Legislature.

KARE11 says students are trying to strip the misdemeanor immunity law from lawmakers.

The Star Tribune has a look at the battle over welfare benefits. One person’s reform is another’s person’s cruelty.

Congress

The CBO says President Obama’s budget produces a 2013 deficit of $977 billion.

Pro-Israeli groups differ on the best approach towards Iran. DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is mentioned.

President Obama’s Administration outlined options on birth control coverage.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann presses Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reject military aid to Egypt.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison was in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt over the weekend. He is a part of a congressional delegation to those countries.

A U.S. soldier will be charged with mass murder in Afghanistan.

Race for Congress

Republicans believe DFL Rep. Tim Walz is vulnerable. MPR has a look at the GOP candidates who are vying to defeat him.

Tidbit: GOP state Sen. Mike Parry refuses to say whether he’ll abide by the party’s endorsement. Allen Quist says he will abide by the party’s endorsement.

Roll Call says GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack is vulnerable but doesn’t crack the Top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.

Race for President

The New York Times says the GOP candidates are preparing for a floor fight in the convention.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the prolonged primary fight is bad for the party.

Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are battling it out in Illinois.

The L.A. Times says several federal contractors have given to Romney’s super Pac – despite a 36-year-old ban on such contributions.

Romney called for firing energy officials.

Santorum said you “can’t trust” Romney.

Newt Gingrich calls on Romney to stop the negative ads.

Santorum says he regrets backing Arlen Specter.

President Obama’s high-dollar donations are lagging.

Mr. Obama celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a Guinness at a pub in Washington D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Minnesota on Friday.

She also raised $90,000 at a evening fundraiser.

Final Note

Former Star Tribune publisher John Cowles has died.

  • ben

    replace zellers