The Daily Digest: Taxes and charity

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Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton gave more to charity last year after an embarrassing total the year before. (MPR News)

Republican State Rep. Kurt Zellers is pledging to veto any tax increase if he’s elected governor. (MPR News)

In order to head off the projected insolvency of the Medicare Trust Fund, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden would favor raising the age of eligibility for Medicare benefits. (MinnPost)

A health official who managed Minnesota’s efforts to reduce tobacco use and obesity will run the state’s new medical marijuana program. (AP via Pioneer Press)

After a report that Michele Bachmann may run again for President in 2016, the Republican Congresswoman says she was taken out of context. (MPR News)

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he wants to speed up the Green Line. (MPR News)

National Politics

U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana likely plagiarized portions of his master’s thesis, complicating Democrats’ efforts to hold the Senate this year. (New York Times)

But after Tuesday’s runoff election results, Democrats are becoming optimistic their candidate, Michelle Nunn, could win in Georgia, a state that’s been tough for Democrats to win in for the past decade. (Politico)

Government investigators were able to get health insurance via healthcare.gov using fake identities. Not surprisingly, Republicans aren’t happy. (NPR)

Democrats are daring Republicans to oppose a border bill that includes aid to Israel during its increasingly heated conflict with Hamas. (Politico)