The Daily Digest (Dayton pledges Sartell support, Bills starts speaking specifics, POTUS honors Dylan)

Gov. Dayton is pledging state support to help the burned Sartell paper mill.

A coalition targets farmers to clean up river sludge.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board will investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council’s lobbying status.

Minnesota tries to fend off criticism on Medicaid.

Congress

Prime-age workers are still lost in the struggling economy.

President Obama honors Bob Dylan and other Medal of Freedom recipients.

The feds approved mineral exploration permits near Ely.

DFL Sen. Al Franken will hold a hearing today on Fairview Health System’s aggressive bill collections.

The U.S. has expelled Syria’s diplomats after a massacre of 100 villagers in that country.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said the U.S. needs to do more in Syria.

The Wall St. Journal writes on efforts to eliminate the Medical Device Tax. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL Sen. Al Franken are mentioned.

Race for Legislature

DFL state Sen. John Harrington has decided to not seek re-election this fall.

Race for Congress

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and his Republican opponents disagree over high speed rail.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Kurt Bills filed for office on Tuesday.

He did an about-face on foreign aid.

Bills also said he favors cutting several state agencies and foreign aid and is willing to raise the retirement age for Social Security.

He is also supporting Rand Paul’s budget plan.

Race for President

Mitt Romney secured the nomination for president after winning the Texas primary.

Romney also started ramping up his attacks on President Obama.

Romney, however, won’t dump Donald Trump and Trump’s repeated “birther claims.” The two appeared in Las Vegas together.

Romney’s new campaign app misspells America.

President Obama insulted Poland by the mention of a “Polish death camp.”

  • Ralph Crammedin

    DFL Rep. Tim Walz and his Republican opponents disagree over high speed rail.

    Besides Walz, “(t)he city of Rochester, Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce are strong backers of the rail project…” And the Republicans prefer what? Livery stables? Pony express? Minnesota’s 19th Century Republicans have fought against every transportation bill and project for a decade, so for them now to pit crumbling infrastructure against high-speed rail is disingenuous in the extreme.