The Daily Digest (Monday is D-Day for Vikes, Gov’s veto threat stalls bonding bill, Tax bill to gov)

Let the lobbying on the stadium begin. Supporters and opponents of a Vikings stadium plan are lobbying heavily on a bill that is scheduled to get a House vote on Monday.

The move comes after GOP legislative leaders scrapped their stadium proposal. GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers announced he was holding the vote on Monday and said he wouldn’t support it.

The announcement set off a fierce round of lobbying. MPR has a look at where some rank and file members stand.

Two key things to watch: Some members say Gov. Dayton’s decision on the Tax bill will impact their decision. Also expect efforts to make the Vikings pay more.

The Legislature also sent a Tax bill to Dayton but the Pi Press characterizes a veto as “all-but-certain.”

Zellers also made an some interesting comments on KFAN radio as he was defending himself on the issue. He said he isn’t going to vote for the bill but wants to see it pass. He also said “I’ll be right there cheering for him the whole way” when Dayton is the guy at the fifty yard line when the new stadium opens. Listen to KFAN’s interview here.

The movement signals there may be an end in sight for the legislative session.

Dayton vetoed a bill that would weaken teacher seniority. Advocates argued that it would keep the best teachers in the classroom.

Dayton signed the Game and Fish bill. It would ok a wolf hunt and increases hunting and fishing license fees.

An attempt in the Senate to overturn Dayton’s veto of the fireworks bill was a dud.

MPR say an investigation finds emotional abuse and neglect at Duluth Group Homes.

Some local school districts are finding it harder to get approval to shorten their school weeks.


The White House is bracing for the April jobs report.

Republicans are threatening to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

MPR says job fairs are good politics but are unlikely to lead to work.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pushing for a bill that would forbid employers for accessing Facebook passwords.

Race for Congress

The 8th Congressional District’s DFL convention is this weekend. Expect Rick Nolan to win since he’s the only candidate to pledge to abide by the endorsement. Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson is working to blunt that momentum. Former House Majority Leader and current IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich announced this morning he’s backing him. Anderson also picked up the endorsement of several legislators.

The DCCC is targeting GOP Rep. John Kline.

Race for President

President Obama will visit Minnesota on June 1.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann formally endorsed Mitt Romney.

The Washington Post says Romney has a narrow path to victory in November.

Republicans are pounding President Obama on the Chen case.

Romney teamed up with coal magnate Bob Murray for a fundraiser.

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  • Gosh, I haven’t seen Robert Murray’s name in the news since … last April, when his company, Genwal Resources, Inc announced that it will plea guilty to willfully violating safety laws in the mine and will pay the maximum fine of $500,000 … I trust they will pay the fine, not like some other mining companies who are delinquent.

    But Mr. Murray’s personal money is different than corporate money … and it should be noted that Mr. Murray was a financial supporter of Tim Pawlenty for President … then when T-Paw dropped off in favor of Mitt, Mr. Murray became a financial contributor to the Rick Perry campaign …. and now, the Etch-A-Sketch has been cleared … now Mr. Murray is fundraising for Mitt.

    Mr. Murray and his friends at COALPAC only offered their monies to one Minnesotan during the 2010 election … that would be John Kline, the Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee … the committee that has failed to support efforts by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to collect at least $637,000 for safety violations from companies that operated mines where six workers died. Tony Oppegard, the attorney representing spouses of four victims reflected on the weakness of federal laws stating that if the “operator can’t pay outstanding mine-safety fines, then they should not be allowed to operate another mine. That is not the way the system is supposed to work. The message it sends to coal miners and their families is ‘You’re nothing but a worthless coal miner. Your life has no value.'”