The Daily Digest (MNSure enrollment surges, Westrom to challenge Peterson)

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In Minnesota

In response to a lawsuit, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is insisting that current law allows him to accept voter registrations that are submitted electronically. (MPR News)

Minnesota flunked a national test evaluating what state high court justices must disclose about their personal finances. (Pioneer Press)

Some Republicans aren’t just going after DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this week for his support of the new Vikings stadium. One gubernatorial hopeful also appeared to use the issue against a GOP rival. (MPR News)

The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state’s new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November according to figures released by MNsure. (MPR News)

In Congress/National Politics

Republican State Sen. Torrey Westrom plans to challenge long-serving DFL U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in the 7th District and is expected to make his formal announcement this morning in Moorhead.

In other congressional candidate news, Republican David Gerson plans to announce Monday that he will again challenge 2nd District Rep. John Kline for the GOP endorsement.

While the federal enrollment website HealthCare.gov appears to be improving by the day, polls show the “young invincibles” key to making the law work are becoming less likely to enroll. (The Hill)

A Republican push to overhaul the tax code appears to be faltering. (Politico)

FBI officials executed a search warrant two weeks ago at the Iowa home of a former aide to Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign in what appears to be part of a widening probe into possible breaches of federal election law. (Des Moines Register)

A small group of congressional leaders met in Washington to plot a path forward for the farm bill. (MPR News)

The National Security Agency gathers records on the whereabouts of millions of cellphones a day, allowing the agency to track individuals in previously-unheard of ways. (Washington Post)