The Daily Digest (Bachmann in Iowa, mandated counseling irks long-term care industry, LaHood talks jobs bill in St. Paul)

The Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner has restricted access to ‘suspicious-activity’ that revealed Mall of America security details. The move has angered privacy advocates.

Gov. Dayton holds a jobs meeting in International Falls today.

Gov. Dayton pledges support for homeowners who live near the BWCA fire.

The fire is 19% contained.

School districts defend their funding decisions and the levy referendums.

MPR reports that a new portion of the state budget, state-mandated counseling for seniors entering an assisted living facility, irks the industry.

AP says the state’s new fraud czar has his eye on the state’s health and welfare programs.

NPR takes a look at whether new voting laws, like requiring people to show a photo ID to vote, suppress fraud or Democratic voters.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss the Central Corridor Light Rail line and push for President Obama’s jobs bill at an event in St. Paul today.

President Obama wants the “Warren Buffett rule” tax on millionaires. It’s a part of his debt-reduction plan.

Republicans call it “class warfare.”

The PoliGraph says Obama’s claim on the jobs bill are mostly true.

Retiree benefits for the military could face cuts.

Roll Call says DFL Rep. Keith Ellison and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are working without outside groups to improve their clout.

GOP Rep. John Kline hosts a Jobs Fair today.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and DFL Rep. Keith Ellison asks the IRS to clarify rules for gay taxpayers.

Google’s search formula faces scrutiny. A Senate Committee holds a hearing on the search engine’s history. Both DFL Sen. Al Franken and DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar sit on the committee.

Rest in Peace

Eleanor Mondale lost her battle with cancer.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is silent about the FBI raid on his staffers.

Race for President

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann campaigns in Iowa this week. MPR reports that some of her supporters in that state want to see her get her shoes dirty.

She spoke at the California State Party Convention this weekend.

Bachmann appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show on Friday. You can watch the clips here and here.

Bachmann also opens up a new line of attack on Rick Perry.

Bachmann also said anti-gay bullying is not a federal issue.

The Star Tribune says Bachmann’s ex-staffers say Bachmann has to do it her way.

Bachmann said Solyndra shows Obama’s abuse of power.

The GOP candidates revive their private Social Security idea.

The Washington Post says Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney could not be any more different.

CNN says poverty has grown in Rick Perry’s Texas.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Republicans call it “class warfare.”

    Cutely ironic, isn’t it? Decades of Trickle Down Republican Economics bring us the lowest wages in 40 years, highest poverty rates in 50 years, and the greatest income inequality in the history of the USA, so the Republicans whine that any attempt to re-balance this mess is “class warfare.” They are embarrassing, but Republicans have no shame.

  • danno

    What is it with the water in Wisconsin? They give us “where’s the money” Walker and “rip off the lower class” Ryan. Along with their “ticket quota” Highway Patrol, these folds keep me on this side of the border. At least they are wide open about their priorities over there.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Roll Call says DFL Rep. Keith and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are working without outside groups to improve their clout.

    You’ll want to correct that to Rep Keith Ellison and “with outside groups.”