The Daily Digest (Vikings issue dominates Capitol, State offered same-sex benefits in contracts, HHS bill approved)

The Vikings stadium bill has consumed the action at the State Capitol.

There’s little action on a bonding bill.

There’s little action on a tax bill.

On Tuesday, the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee approved the bill.

It’s safe to say the stadium bill has sucked most of the oxygen out of the building.

Bring in the oxygen tanks because as the Star Tribune reports, some members believe it has taken on an air of inevitability.

The measure will be ready for floor votes in both chambers if it’s approved in the Senate Finance Committee and no one has a solid vote count on whether the legislation will pass.

That means the vote could hinge on behind the scenes horse-trading and strong arming to pass.

The Star Tribune’s Lori Sturdevant interviewed several CEOs on the importance of the team.

Tick Tick Tick….

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis City Council voted for the stadium plan.

One important note: the issue will likely have to be resolved in a conference committee.

Under the Dome

GOP Sen. Dave Thompson criticized the Republican Party in an interview with Fox 9.

A state investigation by Attorney General Lori Swanson says a debt collector illegally used patient data.

The state of Minnesota is offering same-sex domestic partner benefits in contract talks.

A bill that would limit state worker pay and benefit increases advances in the Minnesota House.

The House and Senate passed a bill that would restore cuts to Human Services programs.

Gov. Dayton vetoed a bill that would have required the state to use E-verify.

Efforts to move the state’s primary from August until June fizzled.

The Senate rejected efforts to deny taxpayer money to “Pray the gay away” therapists.

The Senate also sent a fireworks bill to the governor.

The House has voted to name Lester as the state soil.

Congress

MN Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann are scheduled to testify today at a hearing in Washington on government oversight of Medicaid programs.

The Senate seeks to slow the closing of rural post offices.

President Obama says the secret service shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of a “couple of knuckleheads.”

GOP Rep. John Kline is fighting President Obama’s bid to put a lid on student loan interest. The move also puts Kline at odds with Mitt Romney, the presumptive presidential nominee of his party (See below).

The Supreme Court will hear Arizona’s appeal over the state’s immigration law.

Wal-Mart took part in a lobbying campaign to amend an anti-bribery law.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar urged the passage of legislation that cracks down on domestic violence.

Race for Congress

The Rochester Post-Bulletin says Republicans in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District are debating whether to call back delegates to take another shot at endorsing a candidate to challenge DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

Democrat Jim Graves says he can defeat GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Race for U.S. Senate

Politico is reporting that a fundraiser for DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar attracted plenty of K Street lobbyists.

GOP state Rep. Kurt Bills said in a campaign update that he’ll be announcing several more legislative endorsements this week.

Race for President

Mitt Romney swept five states on Tuesday.

The move means Romney effectively accepted the GOP nomination.

Romney says he’s ready to lead the nation.

MPR says Ron Paul supporters will dominate Minnesota’s RNC delegation.

President Obama’s political adviser says they’re not taking Minnesota for granted.

Mr. Obama told students that he and Mrs. Obama “got poor together” when they got married.

He and Romney both focused on student debt.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said Romney was “playing politics” with student loans.

Obama made his student debt pitch to colleges in North Carolina and Colorado.

Newt Gingrich says he’ll “realistically” look at his campaign.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    GOP Sen. Dave Thompson criticized the Republican Party in an interview with Fox 9.

    Senator Thompson has a lot of nerve, complaining his fellow Republicans aren’t “fiscal conservatives.” As a major recipient of GOP ex-chair Tony Sutton’s spending spree of money he didn’t have, Senator Thompson has been a major catalyst to the financial train wreck of the Republican Party of Minnesota.