The Daily Digest (MN Security hospital exec is fired, Senate bonding bill, Obama leads Romney in 3 swing states)

The head of the Minnesota Security Hospital resigned at the request of the Department of Human Services.

Under the Dome

The Senate bonding bill is scheduled to be released this morning.

The Pi Press says the St. Paul Saints ballpark is not in the bill. The proposal does have funding for Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center.

A bill that would spend $221 million to repair the State Capitol is headed for the House floor.

MPR says the Campaign Finance Board can’t keep up because of stagnant funding from the Legislature.

The House passed a bill that would allow consumers to resell their concert, sports and theater tickets.

Senate Republicans say a potential lawsuit by former staffer Michael Brodkorb is delaying an ethics complaint against GOP Sen. Geoff Michel.

The Senate passed a bill that would allow for the sale of hunting and fishing licenses during a state government shutdown.

An appeals court restores Minnesota’s judicial election rules.

Gov. Dayton’s goal of tripling minority work on some construction projects has upset some construction firms.

The MPCA postponed a decision on the BWCA haze plan.

Constitutional Amendments

The Senate language that includes “or equivalent” is unlikely to be in the ballot question for the Voter ID proposal.

AP says foes of same-sex marriage sought to split the Democratic Party by pitting African American and Latinos against gay rights groups.

Tidbit: The National Organization for Marriage is still engaged in a lawsuit over disclosing its donors in Maine.

Union workers rallied at the State Capitol on Tuesday to blast the proposed amendments.

Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today over severability and Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

The court is split over the requirement for health insurance.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann protested the health care law at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Competing budget plans are headed for a House vote on Thursday.

Congress passed the JOBS Act.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says polls won’t change the strategy in Afghanistan.

A fight over transportation bills threatens projects.

Republicans, including GOP Rep. John Kline, are calling for a probe of the federal student loan program.

Democrats and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are want the agency to have more power. GOP Rep. John Kline is mentioned.

Race for President

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says half of Americans now have an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney.

President Obama leads Romney in polls in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Romney hit Jay Leno’s couch and was mostly business.

Newt Gingrich is cutting staff.

Gingrich also pledges to support Romney if Romney wins the nomination.

Final thought

Former DFL Rep. Larry Haws of St. Cloud lost his battle with brain cancer.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Senate language that includes “or equivalent” is unlikely to be in the ballot question for the Voter ID proposal.

    While Senator Howe’s proposal for up-to-date technology passed overwhelmingly (by 63-3), it offers too much opportunity for all eligible Minnesotans to vote. For this reason alone, Senator Senjem (Senator No!) will kill Senator Howe’s idea. The only voter ID Senator No! wants is voter ID that will stop Democrats from voting.