With the tax bills passed by both chambers, now it’s onto negotiation time. While there are differences between the House and Senate bills and what Gov. Dayton wants, MPR News says a shutdown or special session is highly unlikely.
Gov. Dayton has appointed members to the state’s health exchange board.
The Associated Press reports that rural Democrats hold the key to any gun control measures that will pass in Minnesota. Right now, at least eight outstate DFLers are holding out against any expansion of Minnesota’s background check system.
Immigration advocates are set to rally at the state capitol as lawmakers begin consideration of a bill to extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
New estimates show that North Dakota’s oil patch is even larger than first thought.
Dayton called the audience at a town hall event “juvenile” and “rude.”
In Washington/National Politics
With Congress out of town and the first 100 days of his second term up, President Obama took to the podium for a rare press conference on Tuesday. He vowed to try to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay and said he couldn’t force Republicans to negotiate with him.
The University of Minnesota’s brain research center is getting $250 million worth of federal grants. During a tour Tuesday, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar predicts those funds will lead to new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Democratic Rep. Ed Markey won the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. He will face Republican Gabriel Gomez. Markey is heavily favored to win the seat, which was vacated by now-Sec. of State John Kerry.
Next door in New Hampshire, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s vote against the gun control bill is causing her trouble. A relative of one of the teachers who was killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School confronted Ayotte during a town hall meeting on Tuesday.
The FDA has approved over-the-counter sales of the Plan B contraceptive for women over age 15 but a federal court says there should be no age limit to purchase the drug.
Roll Call reports that “self-deportation” could be part of the House GOP immigration bill. That policy is among the reasons cited for Mitt Romney’s poor performance among Latino voters last year.
The Star Tribune profiles Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, a tea party supporter whose ethical problems tied to Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign have spurred federal and state investigations of the campaign.