The Daily Digest (Dayton heads to China, House passes repeal of Medical Device Tax, Poll shows Obama up in MN)

Gov. Dayton leaves for China today. He’s leading a Trade Mission to China. MPR reports that the trip will include the opening of a new trade office.

Economy

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke says the economy is poised for more growth.

U.S. companies feel the pinch from Europe’s woes.

Best Buy’s founder and board chair leaves Best Buy. The move fuels speculation on what he’ll do next.

Same-sex marriage amendment

Religious leaders unite to oppose the marriage amendment.

Voter ID

Minnesota Majority, a group working to pass the Voter ID amendment, makes a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the question.

Congress

The House passed a bill that would repeal the tax on medical devices. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is the author of the bill. Minnesota lawmakers react to the vote.

Republicans grill Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Farm Bill debate begins. A vote could come as early as next week.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wants an independent audit of the state’s Medicaid program.

Bachmann influenced the TV show “True Blood.”

A fact check says a Bachmann mailer misreads the jobs report.

Race for President

A new poll says President Obama is 15 percentage points ahead of Mitt Romney in Minnesota.

Mitt Romney and the GOP raised more money than President Obama and his Democratic allies in the month of May.

Sen. Rand Paul, son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, announced he’s backing Mitt Romney. The move comes one day after Ron Paul announced he doesn’t have enough support to win at the RNC Convention.

Race for Congress

AP profiles Jeff Anderson, a Democrat running in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional Distrit.

Minnesota Progressive Project interviews one of the Republicans challenging Bachmann in the August primary.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The House passed a bill that would repeal the tax on medical devices. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is the author of the bill.

    Paulsen has spent two years pushing this bill, knowing the entire time that it was headed for a certain veto. Already the number one spender of franking dollars in Congress, Paulsen is hopelessly wasting his time there, as well. We deserve better.