The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Minneapolis City Council is likely to approve the Vikings stadium, the Supreme Court will take up a government electronic surveillance case, and Romney and Obama are in a tight money race.

Around Minnesota

Minnesota schools have a new way to measure performance.

Target is selling t-shirts in support of marriage equality.

The city of St. Paul wants $27 million from an economic development fund to build a new minor league baseball stadium.

Rep. Kory Kath, DFL-Owatonna, announced he’s not running for re-election.

The state Department of Natural Resources has announced details of Minnesota’s first wolf hunt.

Minnesota is among 22 states and the District of Columbia that are trying to prevent the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling from being used to topple state corporate campaign spending rules.

Gov. Mark Dayton will host a dinner for former Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter and several of Dayton’s energy advisers. Ritter will be on the Daily Circuit today.

Candidates running for office in Minnesota can start filing their paperwork with the Secretary of State today.

The Vikings Stadium

The Minneapolis City Council is likely to approve the Vikings stadium.

Another snag in the Vikings stadium plan: the Supreme Court needs to approve the state’s use of appropriations bonds to pay for the state portion of the stadium.

In Washington

The Supreme Court will hear a case regarding the government’s use of electronic surveillance post-9/11.

Catholics have filed a suit challenging the Obama administration rule that employees have access to birth control through their health insurance plans, the New York Times reports.

A Washington Post investigation into the White House visitor logs show the Obama administration is granting access to influential lobbyists, despite Obama’s pledge to limit lobbyist access.

On the Campaign Trail

President Barack Obama defended his campaign’s ads about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital after his surrogate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, disparaged the ads.

Politico reports that Romney and Obama are in a tight money race. Minnesota broadcaster and GOP donor Stan Hubbard is quoted as saying he’s planning to give “as much as I can afford” to two organizations spending money to elect Republicans.

Tim Pawlenty campaigned with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

GOP endorsed Senate candidate Kurt Bills told MPR he doesn’t agree with Ron Paul on everything.

In the interview, Bills suggested cutting the federal workforce to reduce the deficit.

Bills’ opponent, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is using her 52nd birthday to fundraise.

Super PACs and outside spending groups mean the presidential candidates have less control over the election debate this year than in years past, Politico reports.

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