The Daily Digest (Safety net hospitals worried about cuts, Debates in the 1st and 8th Districts, Peterson loses MCCL endorsement)

Safety net hospitals are bracing for potential cuts under the Affordable Care Act.

The Tower Timberjay prevails in their public records request against a major company.

Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Several Republicans rally support against the amendment in northeastern Minnesota.

Voter ID Amendment

A complaint against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie gets a Friday hearing.

The Star Tribune writes about a debate about Voter ID between former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson (Opposes it) and GOP state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (supports it).

There is a lot of uncertainty about the impact of the Voter ID amendment and how it will work.

Race for Legislature

The Rochester Post Bulletin takes a look at some of the competitive House and Senate races. Read the stories here and here.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan held a spirited debate yesterday in Duluth.

Politico profiles the 8th District race.

The unemployed workers at the Verso Paper Mill keep up their criticism of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The St. Cloud Times says Bachmann’s airport ad has also been called into question.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Allen Quist, the candidates in Minnesota’s 1st District, debated the issues last night. You can listen to the debate today on MPR News at noon.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson lost the endorsement of the MCCL over his support for the federal health care law.

Democrat Mike Obermueller releases his first TV ad.

Race for President

A poll says President Obama has expanded his lead in Minnesota.

The news comes as polls are showing Romney picking up ground.

The race is now considered a dog fight again.

The 2012 contest is being waged in far fewer states.

President Obama runs an ad criticizing Romney’s comments on Big Bird.

Romney says abortion isn’t part of his agenda. He also refined his message on taxes.

Romney is still mum on the specifics of his tax plan.

Unions are widening their ground game in Ohio on President Obama’s behalf.

The New York Times says Romney’s trade message comes at a time when Bain Capital keeps its ties to China.

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