The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the state has signed a health insurance exchange contract, Minnesota candidates are getting more money from out of state, and the DFL is buying ad time for Rick Nolan.

Around Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a lawsuit to keep the voter ID constitutional amendment off of the statewide ballot.

The Minnesota Attorney General argued that the law permits Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to change in the title of the marriage amendment ballot question.

Gov. Mark Dayton will be on the Daily Circuit today at 11 a.m.

Minnesota signed a $41 million contract to develop a health exchange.

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board will allow a Las Vegas-based company to provide electronic pull-tab devices to bars and restaurants.

Dolphin deaths at the Minnesota Zoo raise questions about animal captivity.

Fox 9 reports that an employee in the Secretary of State’s office is facing charges that she fraudulently obtained a drivers license and housing assistance.

Race for Congress

The DFL has bought ad time to support 8th Congressional District contender Rick Nolan.

U.S. Senate hopeful Rep. Kurt Bills will be on the Peter Schiff radio show at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

The Minnesota Money Race

Individual donors from outside the state are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Minnesota’s congressional races.

In Washington

Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would require organizations spending millions on campaign ads to disclose their top donors and what they spend.

Tax-exempt groups that don’t have to disclose donors highlight the limits of campaign finance rules, the New York Times reports.

The Food and Drug Administration’s lawyers approved surveillance of several of the agency’s scientists.

Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law won’t be easy.

The federal government will allow some states to use an immigration database to cleanse voter rolls.

The Presidential Campaign

Mitt Romney is getting close to choosing a running mate. BuzzFeed reports that leading contenders, including Pawlenty, say they are busy all week.

Romney defend his time at Bain Capital while Obama continued to press the issue on the campaign trail.

The Washington Post profiles Ohio’s Rob Portman, a potential Romney running mate.

Frontline goes inside an investigation into Sheldon Adelson’s business empire. Adelson is a major GOP donor this election cycle.

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    It’s Sheldon ADELSON, not ANDERSON.