The Daily Digest (Supreme Court hears health care case, Voter ID at forefront, Ethics case continues)

The House and Senate are expected to appoint a conference committee to reconcile their differences on a constitutional amendment that would require people to present photo identification to vote.

The Senate passed their version of the amendment on Friday night.

The Senate Ethics Committee is deadlocked over how to handle an ethics complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel.

Democrats are crying foul after the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee abruptly canceled the hearing on Friday night.

There’s a lot of work to do on the bonding bill.

Gov. Dayton wants more info on URS Corporation’s contract for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project.

Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker celebrated the St. Croix River bridge approval.

Supervised visits for children lack standards in Minnesota.

Vikings Stadium

Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk says the Vikings stadium proposal is nearly dead.

Minneapolis City Council members Elizabeth Glidden and Betsy Hodges wrote in an op-ed that the plan was failed from the start.

A coalition of labor and business groups released a poll saying people support public funding for a new stadium.

The stadium naming rights offer the ultimate marquee.


The U.S. Supreme Court will start hearings on President Obama’s health care law.

On Friday, supporters and opponents of the health care law recognized the two-year anniversary of the law.

MPR reports that repealing the health care law will hit harder outside of Minnesota.

During a visit to South Korea, President Obama warned North Korea to scrap its plans to launch a satellite.

On Friday, President Obama waded into the Trayvon Martin case by saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Dick Cheney had a heart transplant.

President Obama’s adviser said tapping the oil reserve is still an option.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken are pushing to end oil speculation but the belief that it will reduce gas prices is met with skepticism.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack says he doesn’t want to see funds cut for arming pilots.

The Atlantic Monthly says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann mischaracterized their story on the Iranian nuclear site.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a hockey themed fundraiser in Washington D.C.

The PoliGraph says Republican Pete Hegseth’s medical device claim is inconclusive.

Race for Congress

Northfield City Council member Patrick Ganey is going to challenge GOP Rep. John Kline.

The Pi Press says other Democrats are looking to challenge Kline as well.

The Star Tribune says GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack’s family move to New Hampshire is putting him in a political bind.

The Duluth News Tribune says Cravaack met with a group of high school students that were being chaperoned by Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson. Anderson is running to replace Cravaack.

Race for the Legislature

GOP Rep. Glenn Guenhagen won his GOP endorsement battle with GOP Rep. Ron Shimanski.

DFL Rep. Frank Hornstein defeated DFL Rep. Marion Greene in the DFL endorsement battle in Minneapolis.

DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn won a prolonged endorsement fight.

DFL Rep. Nora Slawik and DFL Rep. Denise Dittrich have both announced that they’re not running for reelection.

Race for President

Rick Santorum won Louisiana.

The focus will now be on Wisconsin where the primary is barely registering.

Santorum also said Romney is “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.

President Obama’s senior adviser said Mitt Romney is the godfather of the individual mandate.”

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann calls on the GOP to unify.

  • Lauren Maker

    Three ballots to an endorsement hardly constitutes a “prolonged endorsement fight” for Rep. Phyllis Kahn.

    And given the nature of her district–large student population with no institutional memory for her sterling service on environmental issues, civil rights issues, and particularly women’s issues such as abortion and contraception, it is no surprise that she would have a challenger, even after all those years. It’s an interesting observation however, that her challengers always seem to be young white males–ambition being the motivating factor??

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Senate Ethics Committee is deadlocked over how to handle an ethics complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel.

    Democrats are crying foul after the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee abruptly canceled the hearing on Friday night.

    Senator Michel covered up the Koch-Brodkorb affair. Senate Republicans are now trying to cover up the cover-up. Eventually, the tale of how GOP corruption and hypocrisy created this sordid mess will spill out in court. But that will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Republicans have had their chance to run Minnesota. They’ve failed miserably. It’s time for a change.