The Daily Digest (Mineral lease decision delayed, Transportation Commissioner finalists to be interviewed, Boehner wants 1 on 1 with POTUS)

The Vikings stadium is front and center again.

On Thursday morning, Governor Dayton told MPR News that he was open to reopening the Vikings stadium bill. He backed off of those comments later in the day. The concern is over electronic pull-tab revenue can pay for the stadium bonding.

Here’s Dayton’s full interview where he also talks about his plan to deal with the $1.1 billion projected budget deficit.

Dayton will interview two candidates for Transportation Commissioner today. They are Jefferson Bus Lines CEO Charlie Zelle and acting Transportation Commissioner Bernie Arseneau.

Top state officials Thursday declined to approve the sale of leases to explore for minerals in northeastern Minnesota, pending the results of a court case.

The chief backer of a bill that aims to prevent bullying in schools is hopeful the bill will pass in 2013.

A state audit of health insurers finds the company finances are “generally sound” but the report raises some questions.

The Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s office will broadly review the state Department of Health’s administration of grants, after health officials may have allowed thousands of dollars to be inappropriately used by one nonprofit over the last two years.

House DFL leaders announced their staff appointments.

Washington D.C.

GOP House Speaker John Boehner says he wants the negotiations on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff to come down to him and President Obama.

Obama pitched his position on the issue by appearing with a family in Virginia.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who now lobbies for the nation’s biggest banks, visited the White House to discuss the fiscal cliff.

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate to take a job with the Heritage Foundation.

Defense Department officials are expressing concerns about chemical weapons in Syria.

Former Vice President Al Gore is pushing President Obama to get moving on efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Economy

Jobless aid applications dropped slightly.

More bad news for Best Buy. The Star Tribune says a court ordered the company to pay $27 million to settle a trade secrets case.

Minnesota’s exports are at $5.1 billion in the third quarter.

The federal government has set new student loan repayment options.

Finally

The presidential election cost $2 billion.