The Daily Digest (New Hampshire primary looms, Dayton holds American Indian K12 Summit, Vikings stadium)

It’s one day before the New Hampshire Primary and folks are already focusing on South Carolina. The reason is because Romney is all but certain to win New Hampshire.

CNN reports that several candidates plan to rely on South Carolina to stop Mitt Romney’s march to the nomination.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman rips Mitt Romney’s claim that he created 100,000 jobs.

Romney countered the media narrative by saying he knows what it is like to fear a pink slip.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tangled in a debate on Sunday.

Tim Pawlenty campaigned for Romney over the weekend.

The National Journal says there’s little talk about the federal health care law now that Michele Bachmann is out of the race.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison, head of the Progressive Caucus, says Democrats have to be 100 percent behind President Obama.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton will chair the Governor’s American Indian Education Summit today.

The Pi Press reports that Susan Thornton is back in as the top staffer of the LCCMR. Speaker Zellers fired Thornton a few weeks ago.

MPR says the Minnesota Senate’s budget could force significant layoffs.

A sex offender, who is currently being treated in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, is asking to be released.

The Minnesota Supreme Court could weigh in on whether more sex abuse cases go to trial.

More Minnesota students are earning college credit in high school.

Vikings Stadium

The Star Tribune says the Vikings have been told that the Arden Hills site is not workable.

Gov. Dayton wants the stadium plans by Thursday.


GOP Rep. John Kline released his draft bills to replace the federal No Child Left Behind law.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he hopes the worst of the partisan gridlock has passed.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, and Tuscon marked the one year anniversary of an attack that left several dead and severely injured Giffords.

The Red Lake Tribe got a grant from the EPA.

Party Politics

Minnesota’s new GOP Chair tells the Star Tribune that he thinks ideas can trump the turmoil in the party.

Race for Legislature

There are special elections in two Minneapolis districts on Tuesday. Democrats Kari Dziedzic (SD 59 and Susan Allen (HD 61B) are heavy favorites.

Race for Congress

Republican Allen Quist will start campaigning in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. He’s in Fairmont tonight.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Pi Press reports that Susan Thornton is back in as the top staffer of the LCCMR. Speaker Zellers fired Thornton a few weeks ago.

    Another Republican power play gone awry. Apparently the GOP’s lack of respect for democratic processes doesn’t improve their ability to govern effectively.