The Daily Digest (Two votes to pass Senate tax bill, Dan Patch and Bachmann gets fact checked again)

In Minnesota

It was one of those nights at the state Senate. First, the big tax bill failed. It then passed on a second try. Read our full story here.

And the House will vote this week to boost the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2015.

35 people are arrested in Winona during a protest against a frack sand mining operation.

One Republican lawmaker says his vote on the same-sex marriage bill will be “spontaneous.”

The Star Tribune reports that state-sponsored electronic bingo will begin this week. The proceeds will (hopefully) fund the new Vikings stadium.

A long-dead racing horse and a train line no one wants to talk about. Just click on this great story by MPR’s Sasha Aslania.

In Washington/National Politics

Republicans are preparing for another debt ceiling fight with President Obama, reports the Associated Press.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor questions her vote on the Bush v. Gore decision in 2000 that paved the way for George W. Bush to assume the presidency.

The terms of all five members of the Federal Election Commission expire today without Obama or Congress doing anything about it. The Washington Post uses the story as an opportunity to examine how Obama has dropped campaign finance reform as one of his priorities.

Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, NC, to be the next Secretary of Transportation.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is still hopeful the medical device tax can be repealed. The big question is: where do repeal backers come up with $20 or $30 billion in revenue to replace the levy? Until that question is answered, repeal likely won’t move very far.

In a speech on the House floor on Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested she voted against the federal budget sequester because of its impact on the poor. The Washington Post’s fact-checker says Bachmann is “reinventing history.”