The Daily Digest

A legislative panel will discuss the impact of enrolling into early Medicaid at a hearing today.

Nothing sucks all of the oxygen out of the room like a stadium debate. And that’s what is headed for the 2011 session.

MPR takes a look at how the stadium debate changes since the Metrodome roof collapse. Incoming House Speaker Kurt Zellers appears to be making the case against a new stadium.

Metrodome officials say the stadium is still functional.

The U of M is willing to host next week’s Vikings game if the team gives them sufficient notice.

Food shelf visits are up sharply in Minnesota.

Minnesota faces an unsustainable burden to pay for long-term care.

Cities are pleading for patience with the snow removal.

Dayton transition

Democrat Mark Dayton is still looking for a budget commissioner.

Dayton and business leaders are playing nice.

Western Minnesota is excited that Dayton will hold the first “Governor’s pheasant opener” in that part of the state next year.


The Senate gives approval to move the tax cut deal ahead.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and DFL Sen. Al Franken both voted for the bill.

A Virginia Judge broke with two other Appeals Court Judges and declared the health care reform law unconstitutional. The measure requiring mandated coverage is in dispute.

The health care law offers relief from the so-called doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage on January first.

GOP Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack spoke at a Republican luncheon in Minneapolis. Cravaack spoke about spending cuts and mining exploration. He’s also preparing for a tough race in 2012.

Listen to his speech here.

A bipartisan group of Minnesota’s delegation calls for the FDA to speed up the approval process for medical devices.

Franken may push to pardon a Dakota Indian who was wrongly executed 150 years ago.


Minnesota’s delegation will know on December 21st if Minnesota will have eight or seven House seats. The Census releases the info that morning.

Party Politics

Ken Martin is running for DFL Party Chair.

RNC Chair Michael Steele IS running for a second term.

MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton won’t back Steele. He wrote on his Twitter feed that he supports Reince Priebus for the post.


A Public Policy Polling poll of Republicans in Minnesota finds that they want GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

The same poll (mentioned above) also shows Pawlenty is supported by more Republicans in MN than the other 2012 candidates.


Good-bye Tom Conlon.

Good-bye Anne Hatch.

Good-bye Richard Holbrooke.

  • Chris

    Cities are pleading for patience with the snow removal.

    “When you look at that, you recognize that we’ve gotten away from the basic core services in this city, and we’ve allowed too much to fall back on the core taxpayers of this city. I will go into City Hall as a manager who will no longer let us have services deteriorate. I will go in as a manager who will deliver on 24-hour snowplowing. It shouldn’t take three days to get the snow plowed. We cannot continue to pass these things onto our taxpayers.

    “You bet we have challenges in all the neighborhoods in this city, but we need to recognize the bedrock middle-class neighborhoods of this city are increasingly seeing that over the past few years, they’ve been paying millions and millions more in taxes, and their services are getting cut further and further. We cannot continue to have this city do so many different things so poorly, and we must focus on these core issues.”

    R.T. Rybak, November 5, 2001

    Waiting nine years seems pretty patient to me.