The Daily Digest (Moving starts at Capitol, Fiscal Cliff talks accelerating, Moon rocks found)

Yesterday was the start of moving day at the State Capitol. Senate Democrats started moving into the offices in the State Capitol. Republicans are moving to the State Office Building which is across the street from the Capitol.

Several DFLers in the Legislature are aiming to form a progressive caucus.

Grover Norquist, who formed the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, has filed a Minnesota based political committee.

JoAnne Zoff is the incoming DFL Senate Majority’s pick for the Secretary of the Senate.

Minnesota’s educators are aiming to end a high-stakes math exam.

The Minnesota Orchestra and musicians responded to a Star Tribune report that suggests the Orchestra misled the public about its financial conditions. Part of the funding came when they covered deficits as they sought public money for lobby renovations.

Heavy MN greenhouse gas polluters are required to report emissions.

Climate skeptic groups are working to reverse renewable energy mandates across the country.

Northstar ridership is down this year.

Moon rocks from Apollo 11 have been found in Minnesota.

Congress

The fiscal cliff talks are accelerating.

Several Republicans are openly flouting Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge as President Obama and Congress head closer to the fiscal cliff.

The White House is warning that declining to extend the middle class tax cut could hurt retailers during the critical holiday shopping season.

Some Democrats in Congress are also reluctant to cut social safety net programs.

The Supreme Court opened up a door to a new challenge to the federal health care law. This challenge is over religious liberty grounds.

A report says the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for the states.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro is leaving in December.

The Senate appears to be moving forward with changes to the filibuster rules.

Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will meet with several GOP Senators today. Rice is rumored to be in line to be Secretary of State.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac owe nearly $140 billion.

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