The Daily Digest (Easter/Passover break begins, No result on jobs bills, Bonding bill in doubt)

The House and Senate are on the Easter/Passover break. They’ll be back on April 16.

MPR reports that there has been little headway on the job creation bills put forward this session and disagreement over the list of accomplishments.

Gov. Dayton vetoed a bill that would have started paying back a portion of the K12 school shift.

MPR says the bonding bill is in doubt this session.

GOP House Majority Leader Matt Dean are using the bonding bill as a bargaining chip.

The Senate passed a Health and Human Services bill that would temporarily restore funds for Personal Care Attendants who attend to relatives.

The House passed an environmental bill.

The Minnesota Legislature approved a tougher elder-abuse bill.

Tougher child-abuse legislation is also on its way to Dayton.

A fireworks bill has been changed to address concerns.

MnDOT announced 316 road projects across the state.

Ethics Hearing

The Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct will hold a hearing on the complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, on April 16.

The Star Tribune says former staffer Michael Brodkorb has notified the Senate that he plans to sue for $500,000.

Vikings Stadium

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce starts lobbying for the stadium.

The Vikings stadium bill presses on in the Minnesota House.

The White Earth tribe is offering $400m toward the stadium in exchange for a new metro area casino.


Several companies have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council. NPR reports that Coca-Cola and Pepsi have dropped their memberships. Kraft also dropped its membership.


There is a political deadlock over solving the debt crisis.

In a letter to a judge, Attorney General Eric Holder defended President Obama’s comments urging the Supreme Court to uphold the health care law.

A military board says a Marine who criticized President Obama committed misconduct and should be dismissed.

A U.S. official is skeptical of closing the locks to ban Asian carp.


U.S. unemployment claims hit a four year low

President Obama signed a bill to help companies go public.

Race for Congress

Lee Byberg gears up to take another shot at DFL Rep. Collin Peterson.

Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord is seeking the DFL nomination to challenge GOP Rep. John Kline.

Race for President

President Obama says the 2012 campaign will be a “fun debate” that highlights competing visions for the country.

The Washington Post says one of the key political battles this session is over winning the female vote.

The Washington Post says Mitt Romney is using ethics exception to limit disclosure of his holding in Bain Capital.

The Obama campaign says Romney needs to disclose his taxes.

Meanwhile, Romney won’t give The Weekly Standard a “list right now” of federal departments and programs he would eliminate as president.

Ronney also hired Ed Gillespie, the former RNC Chair who lobbied for the federal health insurance mandate.

Rick Santorum’s campaign disputes the delegate counting.

The RNC makes a big turnaround in fundraising.

  • Summerburnet

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