The Daily Digest (NFL suggests Vikes could leave if no deal, Is gambling an option?, Budget change may raise rents)

On Tuesday, the NFL increased the pressure on Minnesota’s policy makers to get a stadium deal done for the Vikings. NFL executive Eric Grubman suggested on Tuesday that inaction on the stadium front could force the team to leave Minnesota.

You can listen to Dayton and Grubman here.

Dayton also told MPR’s Morning Edition that if lawmakers ‘duck this’ the Vikings could leave.

MPR says one financing option that continues to come up is expanded gambling.

Dayton also held a jobs summit in St. Cloud on Tuesday.

MPR says property taxes are poised to push up rents in Minnesota. The change is due to a change to the state’s change in property taxes.

MPR says the Ramsey County Medical Examiner is at the center of a legal challenge by Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.

The Pi Press says 1 in 17 Twin Cities bridges is structurally deficient.

Minnesota submitted an application for a ‘Race to the Top’ grant.

MnSCU will formally install their new chancellor today.

Special Elections

Democrats Chris Eaton and Jeff Hayden won special elections in two MN Senate seats. The seats were held by Democrats so it won’t change the political makeup of the Senate.

Hayden is a sitting state representative so Gov. Dayton will have to call a special election to replace him for January 10. A primary, if needed, will take place on December 6.

Tidbit: Women Winning will endorse Susan Allen in 61B today.


With five weeks to go, there’s no consensus on the deficit panel.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unannounced trip to Libya.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen goes to bat for the state’s medical device industry.

GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack wants to put the brakes on a light rail line.

Paulsen will highlight women’s owned businesses.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty are headed to Tunisia to monitor the elections in that country.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz talked jobs and government spending at a Congress on your Corner event.

Race for President

President Obama looks South to help his bid to keep his job.

Republicans at a GOP debate focused their fire on Herman Cain.

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry tussled in the debate.

MPR takes a look at GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s fundraising and finds that grassroots support may not be enough.

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