The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where House lawmakers want federal officials to block Minnesota’s plan to opt-out of NCLB, Dayton won’t endorse a stadium proposal, and Romney is holding millions in off-shore accounts.

Around Minnesota

Rep. Mindy Greiling will not run for office again.

Gov. Mark Dayton declined to endorse a specific Vikings stadium plan.

A new report shows that the Metrodome may be the best deal for taxpayers.

Dayton also announced a new program meant to help businesses expand or open in Minnesota.

House education leaders are asking federal officials to reject the state’s plan to opt-out of No Child Left Behind.

The Anoka-Hennepin school district scraps its controversial topics proposal.

The 8th District Congressional race will be a hard-fought battle, MPR reports.

MinnPost reports conflicting versions of Steve Sviggum’s decision to take a job with the Senate GOP caucus.

State House and Senate leaders talked about the coming legislative session on Midday.

In Washington

President Barack Obama will not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Web protests have eroded Congressional support the antipiracy laws, the New York Times reports.

The Minnesota delegation responds to internet piracy laws.

On the Campaign Trail

Expect to hear more about this in the coming weeks: ABC News reports that Mitt Romney is keeping millions in an off-shore bank account.

New Jersey governor and Mitt Romney ally Chris Christie is telling the former Massachusetts governor to make public his tax return.

The timing of its release could be a good thing for Romney, the New York Times reports.

Romney is dodging questions about his taxes.

Newt Gingrich says his effective tax rate is 31 percent.

A new poll shows President Barack Obama is vulnerable with swing voters.

Though it now appears that Rick Santorum actually had more votes in the Iowa caucuses, the nominating contest will have no official winner.

  • Hmmm … I was listening to MPR Midday yesterday and the discussion involved a proposal to ensure that returning veterans are allowed to return to the state jobs after being called to duty. Senator Bakk said the House passed the bill but that Senator Mike Parry (R-26) would not hold hearings on it. Thus I thought the power structure was Majority Leader then Mike Parry but now reading the MinnPost story on Steve Sviggum’s new job, it clearly states the order :

    is effectively the No. 2 man in the Senate behind Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem.

    Why do we hold elections and pay legislators to represent us, when the MN-GOP annoints their own #2 and pays him triple what our representatives get paid ?

    BTW, since the “spokesman” job was listed on state employment website, has any reporter asked how many people applied besides Mr. Sviggum ? How many other people were interviewed ? Did Mr. Sviggum “apply” for the job, or did the MN-GOP seek him out ?

    This whole fiasco stinks.