The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where a race track deal was approved, a conservative group is going after two Republicans and one Democrat for their support for the stadium, and the economy dominates the presidential debate.

Around Minnesota

Harness track opposes a deal between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

The Minnesota Racing Commission voted 5 – 3 Wednesday in favor of the deal.

Heavy May rainfall has caused more pollution in Minnesota rivers.

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to require voters to show government-issued ID at the polls say they doubt cost claims.

The number of Medicaid patient is growing faster in Minnesota than in other states, the Star Tribune reports.

The Marriage Amendment

From Lavender Magazine’s Facebook: “Breaking News: Just announced at the General Mills 2012 Betty’s Family Pride Reception, General Mills opposes the anti-marriage amendment on the Minnesota ballot in November. ‘General Mills is in the business of nourishing lives; not just some of them, all of them.’ You make us proud, General Mills.”

Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting a pride reception to benefit Minnesotans United for All Families on June 19, from 6-8 pm. Co-hosts include Rep. Paul Thissen and his wife, OutFront Minnesota, and suggested donations are $25-$500.

State Legislative Races

The local arm of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group founded by David Koch, has targeting two Republicans and one Democrat for their vote on the Vikings stadium.

U.S. Senate Race

Minnesota Senate candidate Kurt Bills stars in a short film.

In Washington

The U.S. Senate is debating the farm bill. On Wednesday, it stalled an attempt to cut sugar beet subsidies.

Farmers are split over subsidies, NPR reports.

The PoliGraph says Rep. Erik Paulsen’s claim about a new medical device tax is a bit uncertain but defensible.

CIA chief Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says automatic defense cuts could be a ‘disaster’

The Department of Justice will not retry John Edwards.

During a hearing on Capitol Hill, JPMorgan CEO apologized for the bank’s trading losses.

North Dakota’s Senate isn’t a sure thing for Republicans, Washington Post reports.

The U.S. has expanded intelligence operations in Africa.

Presidential Campaign

Sheldon Adelson is now contributing to a pro-Mitt Romney PAC.

Romney said Wednesday that ‘President Barack Obama’s policies are most anti-business in modern history’ according to the Washington Post.

Recent bad news for the economy is forcing Obama into a more aggressive debate with Romney, the Washington Post reports.

  • john anderson

    Leo Panetta is the Secretary of Defense not the the “CIA Chief” (the formal title of the head of the CIA is “Director of Central Intelligence”)

  • Catharine Richert

    John: Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve corrected it.