The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the former chief of the Minnesota Security Hospital is under scrutiny, Dayton is poised to veto education-related bills, and the U.S. House passes Paul Ryan’s budget.

Around Minnesota

MPR looks at former Minnesota Security Hospital chief David Proffitt’s troubled past – and how the state failed to learn all the details before hiring him.

A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital, where Proffitt worked, died Wednesday.

The Legislature passed a bill to speed up environmental review and permitting processes. Dayton is likely to sign the bill.

Dayton is expected to veto two education bills – one that would change teacher tenure rules and one that would use state budget reserve to pay back money borrowed from schools.

Dayton said there’s still fundamental disagreement over using electronic pull tab gambling revenue to pay for the Vikings stadium.

Stadium suporters say Minnesota will lose money without it.

There was a rally at the Capitol to protest a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office charged a construction subcontractor with theft by swindle.

Facing high prices for corn and soybeans, farmers are expected to shift a lot of conservation land to crop production over the next five years in Minnesota.

In Washington

Members of the U.S. House voted on a slate of competing budget proposals.

Chief among them was a proposal by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan. His proposal was passed by the House. It would cut domestic spending, change Medicare and overhaul the tax code, the New York Times reports.

The plan is dead on arrival in the Senate.

Congress passed a short-term highway aid bill to avoid a shutdown of construction projects.

Members of the Minnesota delegation weighed in on the stop-gap measure.

Democrats could benefit if the Supreme Court decides the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

The Washington Post looks at whether overturning the individual mandate will translate to election victories for the GOP.

The White House’s tough stance on Iran puts it in a tough spot as negotiations over its nuclear program begin, the New York Times reports.

Money in Politics

Super PACs turn to judicial elections.

Sheldon Adelson, a major contributor to a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, met with Mitt Romney’s backers. He says Gingrich is ‘at the end of his line.’

Conservative donors Charles and David Koch have ties to a new ad that targets Obama on gas prices.

The Minnesota Campaign Trail

Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin is disappointed two of the three Democrats running for Congress in the 8th District don’t plan to abide by the party’s endorsement.

On the Presidential Campaign Trail

Romney met secretly with Newt Gingrich in New Orleans the day before the Louisiana primary, ABC News reports.

Health care will be at the center of the GOP presidential campaign, even if Romney, who implemented a health care plan similar to the new law while governor of Massachusetts is the nominee.

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