The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where voter ID opponents have filed a suit, Syria is putting Obama in a tough position, and conservative groups will spend $1 billion this election year.

Around Minnesota

Voter ID opponents have filed a lawsuit to keep the constitutional amendment question off of the ballot.

Rep. Morrie Lanning,R-Moorhead has a 10am news conference scheduled in Moorhead. Lanning, who authored the Vikings stadium bill in the House wouldn’t say what the topic is. Lanning has not filed for re-election yet and wouldn’t say whether he would run for re-election when the legislative session ended earlier this month. Republicans have not held an endorsing convention in his district.

House Republicans will hold a news conference at 11am after 30-50 of them file for office.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed three judges in Hennepin County.

Minnesota businesses will accompany Dayton on a trade mission to China.

Dayton will meet today with the Executive Council to consider the MN DOR’s request to approve 77 non-ferrous metallic minerals leases.

Sen. Al Franken held a hearing in St. Paul to examine whether aggressive debt collection practices at Fairview Health Systems broke federal laws.

Franken said he will introduce legislation that requires all laptops containing private medical information to be encrypted.

The Minnesota Supreme Court derailed an 11-year-old tobacco lawsuit, writes Bob Collins over at News Cut.

Wisconsin Recall Election

Support for Gov. Scott Walker is strong in St. Croix county.

Walker leads his Democratic opponent by 7 percentage points in the latest recall poll.

Walker and his opponent Tom Barrett both wrote in the Duluth News Tribune why they are best for office.

In Washington

The conflict in Syria is putting President Barack Obama in an uncomfortable position, the New York Times reports.

Race for the U.S. House

Rep. Chip Cravaack filed his re-election paperwork.

Money and Politics

The House and Senate DFL caucuses will host a fundraiser tonight with Dayton as the special guest. Attendants will pay either $250 to attend the full caucus reception or $5,000 to attend a reception with House and Senate DFL leadership.

Conservative groups plan to spend $1 billion on the presidential and congressional races, Politico reports.

A super PAC that backed Pete Hegseth will no longer spend money in Minnesota now that Rep. Kurt Bills has won the GOP nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The Presidential Election

Today on the Daily Circuit: How America’s changing demographics will affect this year’s election.

Some foreign policy experts are so far tepid on Mitt Romney, the New York Times reports.

Obama called to congratulate Romney on winning the GOP presidential nomination.

Obama has launched new attacks on Romney focusing on his time as Massachusetts governor.

Romney backtracked on reforms with his judicial appointments the Washington Post reports.

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