The Daily Digest (Groups line up for DEED money, RamCo discusses Voter ID costs, NRCC buys time for Cravaack)

The economic development fund created by this year’s bonding bill leads the digest today. Groups are lining up their proposals to tap the $47.5 million fund.

MPR takes a look at St. Paul’s request for a new St. Paul Saints stadium. The city is preparing to finance its portion of the plan with a land swap. $8.5 million in borrowing, $1.5 million in a neighborhood improvement program and $4 million in unspecified funds. The city council is expected to approve the city’s request for money from a Department of Employment and Economic Development fund.

Ramsey County will make a plea for the development grant money to redevelop the army ammunition site.

Politics in Minnesota says there’s an intense lobbying push for the DEED money.

Minneapolis fire fighter injuries are on the rise.

Anoka County pulls the plug on the proposed commuter rail expansion.

MPR says thousands of doctors have not used the prescription drug monitoring program aimed to combat “drug shopping.”


DEED will release Minnesota’s job figures for May on Thursday morning.

Twin Cities home prices rise again.

A steep rise in health care costs is expected.

More than 7 in 10 teens are jobless this summer.

Minnesota’s business leaders say immigration leads to economic growth.

The World Health Organization rules that diesel fumes cause lung cancer.

Voter ID

Ramsey County Elections Director Joe Mansky says it’s possible that he may ask elections officials to provide IDs to people who don’t have them if the constitutional amemdment is passed.

The Pi Press says the plan, if approved by voters in November, will cost Ramsey County millions of dollars to administer.


Republican Congressional leaders turn up the heat on Attorney General Eric Holder.

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called the company’s $2 billion loss an anomaly but admitted it was embarrassing.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants Congress to act on a highway bill.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison writes an op-ed that says he wants to get money out of politics.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz pushes wind energy during a stop in Rochester.

Middle East

Russia is selling helicopters to Syria.

The weapons push has Syria headed to a civil war.

Race for Congress

Roll Call says the NRCC bought $856k in the Minneapolis market to help GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in November.

A Democrat won a special election in Arizona that replaces Gabrielle Giffords.

Race for President

President Obama tries to reenergize his campaign with an attack on Mitt Romney.

Obama’s tough month has some Democrats worried.

Mitt Romney lays out a health care plan that focuses on a “consumer market.”

Tim Pawlenty, who is being mentioned as a possible running mate to Mitt Romney, joined the board of a Frac sand miner.

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