The Daily Digest (Stadium push back on, Will electronic pull-tabs deliver?, Cain rises in poll)

The stalled Vikings stadium bill got another lease on life when Gov. Dayton and Vikings stadium supporters met to discuss options. GOP legislative leaders, in particular Speaker Kurt Zellers, still need to be convinced.

Dayton is open to asking the state’s tribal leaders to pay for part of the Vikings stadium. The head of the Indian Gaming Association says a contribution is unlikely.

MPR says the revenue estimate on electronic pull-tabs is on shaky ground.

Fox 9 has a story on Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and backup QB Donovan McNabb driving cars with dealer plates – a measure that meant they didn’t have to pay motor vehicle sales taxes. The state says the dealership is violating the law. The dealer admitted guilt and said they fixed it.

The Pi Press says Ramsey County continues to push the Arden Hills site.

KSTP has an advanced look at the Farmers Market site proposed by Minneapolis.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton hits the Governor’s annual Deer Hunting Opener in Biwabik. Dayton will attend several events but he won’t hunt this weekend. The governor, who did hunt at the governor’s pheasant opener, said he’s not a deer hunter.

The state’s next Revenue Forecast will be released on December 1.

Lawmakers are criticizing the Corrections Commissioner for the parole of a convicted cop killer.

Republican lawmakers are considering a position on the Health Insurance Exchange.

3M says the Mississippi River cleanup is paying off.

Same-sex marriage debate

A year before the marriage vote, both sides are paying defense.


AIG still owes the government about $68 billion.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s jobs bill gets filibustered.

The Farm Bill will be released soon and it will likely include $23 million in cuts. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz and Peterson signed a letter urging a large deficit-reduction.

The St. Croix Bridge backers made their case to the White House.


Greece drops its push to allow for a vote on the bailout.

Race for Congress

Republican Mike Parry officially kicked off his campaign for Congress.

The Mankato-Free Press says Allen Quist will also challenge DFL Rep. Tim Walz.

Race for President

Herman Cain continues to rise in the polls despite the scandal.

The New York Times continues to probe the allegations against Cain.

Mitt Romney offers a deficit reduction plan.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry endorsed a plan that would allow work visas for immigrants in the country illegally.

The New York Times says Rick Perry also took $1.3 million in free flights as governor.

Perry is playing defense on a recent speech he gave in New Hampshire – going so far as to say he wasn’t drunk when he delivered it.

Ron Paul is in St. Cloud tomorrow.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann appears on NBC’s Today show today.

A national poll has Bachmann near the bottom.

She says the Wall St. protesters to stop blaming the free market.

Bachman also warns that the U.S. is a “Banana Republic.”

Bachmann pushes her jobs bill in a new video.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Lawmakers are criticizing the Corrections Commissioner for the parole of a convicted cop killer.

    Grandstanding Republican legislators, who cry crocodile tears over a cop killer’s parole, are happy to cut LGA-supported police funding, thereby endangering the lives of law enforcement professional throughout Minnesota. Hypocrisy is the watchword of the GOP.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    @AAA, so, Andy, you’re saying what? …that we should continue the Republican program of neglecting infrastructure until the next bridge collapse?