The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest where there’s an electronic pull tab deal to pay for the Vikings stadium, news on state office endorsements, and a primary in Wisconsin tomorrow.

Around Minnesota

Negotiators have struck a deal to help fund a new Vikings stadium with electronic pull tabs.

According to the Star Tribune, the deal also “lists four other so-called backup funding sources, should electronic bingo and pull tabs not generate enough money.”

House lawmakers say there could be a hearing on a Vikings stadium bill early this week.

The Minnesota Senate voted to cut the state’s business property tax and to give married couples a tax break.

The AP reports that the Minnesota Senate is so far refusing to disclose how much it is paying Dayle Nolan, the outside attorney hired to handle fallout from the Michael Brodkorb case. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman says he expects the cost to exceed a five-figure threshold that would force disclosure of invoices.

Minnesota House and Senate Democrats say they’ll push to move up the start of the fishing season by one week.

The White Earth Nation plans to pursue a foreign trade zone.

The Star Tribune writes that new immigration rules don’t necessarily mean it’s any easier to stay in the U.S.

There were a slew of endorsement contests this weekend.

Sen. Ken Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis, lost his party’s endorsement.

DFL Sen. John Harrington of St. Paul failed to get the endorsement.

DFLer Connie Bernardy won endorsement over Rep. Tom Tillberry.

House Majority Leader Matt Dean won the GOP endorsement in the newly minted District 38B.

Lee Byberg once again won the GOP endorsement to run against DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.

The Daily Circuit talks to some of Minnesota’s retiring lawmakers at 9 a.m. today.

Rising fuel prices haven’t slowed the economy in the Midwest.

Wisconsin Recall

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will run against Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election.

Tom Crann with MPR’s All Things Considered talked to Patrick Marley, political reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the recall.

A federal court struck down portions of Wisconsin’s law curbing collective bargaining rights.

On the Campaign Trail

In other Wisconsin news, the New York Times writes that this contest will mark a tipping point in the race for the GOP nomination.

Complacency a threat to Mitt Romney’s Wisconsin campaign.

In Wisconsin, targeted potential voters are seeing two Romney commercials on their Web browsers, the New York Times reports.

Wisconsin’s highways show how the GOP candidates can win in the state.

Rick Santorum has been in Wisconsin, too, telling voters not to give up on their convictions and vote for Romney.

Maryland has its first competitive primary in a generation as well, the Washington Post writes. Romney is likely to win the contest.

If he’s the nominee, Romney is likely to pick a conservative running mate.

The Washington Post looks at Ron Paul’s campaign, writing that “The Ron Paul story this campaign season: enthusiastic crowds who love Paul’s fierce independence but fail to carry him to victory at the polls.”

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s not endorsing Romney.

President Barack Obama will be talking about the “Buffett Rule” a lot in the coming weeks.

A new Gallup poll has Obama with 49 percent of the vote to 45 percent of the vote.

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