The Daily Digest (Dayton says special session likely, Protest at General Mills, Voter ID foes line up against amendment)

Gov. Dayton says he expects to call a special session to deliver flood aid to northeastern Minnesota. Dayton toured part of the region on Tuesday.

Legislative leaders will tour the area today.

MPR says road repairs in northeastern Minnesota could take years.

Gov. Dayton also announced that a four-lane highway will be built between N. Mankato and Nicollet.

3M has been granted a permit to burn imported waste.

HDR will design the St. Croix bridge.

Senate Scandal

Attorneys for fired Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb have filed a notice of claim with the Senate. They are also setting a deadline of July 16 for Senate leaders to decide whether they’ll settle with Brodkorb.

Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

About fifty people protested outside of General Mills on Tuesday. They were upset with the company’s decision to oppose the proposed amendment.

A Catholic teacher has been fired for her views on same-sex marriage.

Voter ID

Former Vice President Walter Mondale (a Democrat) and former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson are fighting the Voter ID amendment.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether the question will be on the ballot by August 27.

Congress

The Senate has reached a deal to freeze student loan rates for a year.

The White House is making a last ditch effort to avoid a contempt of Congress vote over Eric Holder.

A bill that would ban fake drug chemicals heads to President Obama’s desk. DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar was pushing for key provisions of the bill.

DFL Sen. Al Franken is pushing legislation that would toughen patient debt collection rules.

For profit schools could lose federal aid.

Race for Legislature

Gov. Dayton will hold a fundraiser for DFL Sen. Katie Sieben tonight in Hastings.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack is fundraising off of Fast and Furious.

Women Winning is holding a fundraiser for DFLer Tarryl Clark tonight.

In Minnesota’s 2nd District, DFLer Mike Obermueller is targeting GOP Rep. John Kline on Medicare.

Race for Senate

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann formally endorsed Kurt Bills for U.S. Senate. Bachmann is working to help Bills raise money.

Race for President

A new NBC/Wall St. Journal poll says the race is a dead heat.

CNN says Romney and the GOP are struggling with immigration issues.

Romney sees a win/win regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Affordable Care Act.

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