The Daily Digest (Santorum sweeps, Paul finishes second in MN, Walz says GOP working to weaken STOCK Act)

The Republican race for president got a little bit more interesting. It isn’t so inevitable that Mitt Romney is the nominee. Rick Santorum made sure of it. Santorum won Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

Enthusiasm won the day in Eagan.

Ron Paul, who got second in Minnesota, says the result “opens up the door.”

ABC News says even though no delegates were awarded on Tuesday night, it was a rebuke of the Romney campaign’s belief that he’ll sail to the nomination.

Romney’s campaign was left to explain away why Tuesday’s results didn’t matter.

The Washington Post says Minnesota dealt Romney his biggest blow.

Tim Pawlenty, who backed Romney, said on CNN that congratulations are in order for Santorum. Pawlenty wasn’t in Minnesota for the caucuses. He was at a speaking engagement at Kansas University.

Romney’s setback comes at a time when news outlets are starting to examine Romney’s jobs record in Massachusetts. The Washington Post called it “unremarkable.”

Race for Congress

Rick Nolan won a DFL Straw poll in the 8th Congressional District over Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson. DFL insiders in the 8th say they’re surprised at how strong Anderson did on the Iron Range.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann didn’t attend the caucuses because of votes in Congress.

Under the Dome

Faith leaders rally to defeat efforts to require people to present photo identification to vote.

The Star Tribune says Legacy dollars are being used to cover cuts in conservation.

The State Integration Task Force adopts a plan.

Same-sex marriage debate

A federal appeals court declared California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.


Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke tells a Senate Committee to focus on economic growth now and cutting the deficit later.

Greek parties delay bailout talks despite EU threats.


The talks to extend the payroll tax cut aren’t going so well.

The Washington Post has a good series that examines the financial statements of Congress. The series found that some lawmakers have steered funds for public projects to areas that are close to their personal homes.

It also says members of Congress are guiding millions of dollars to groups with ties to their relatives.

A Komen executive steps down.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz says GOP leaders are working to weaken his insider trader bill.

DFL Sen. Al Franken introduced a courthouse security bill.

Politico says GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen broke with House Republicans on an amendment to the transportation bill.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    The Washington Post says Minnesota dealt Romney his biggest blow.

    By a 72-28 margin, Minnesota Republicans rejected the hogs at the trough, vulture capitalist Mitt Romney and revolving-door lobbyist Newt Gingrich, in last night’s straw poll.

    However unlikely the chances of ideologues Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, Minnesotans reasoned, a least those two, unlike Romney and Gingrich, hadn’t made careers of unethical manipulation of a rigged system.

  • Thanks for posting that Erik Paulsen broke on the Transportation bill. Good for him. Using a one-time transfer from the general fund of $40 billion for mass transit support does not make sense … for the Republicans that objected to using the general fund to make-up for Social Security contributions as part of the Payroll Tax extension and now to do the same thing is outlandish.

    But the House Ways & Means Committee rejected a renewal of the Build America Bonds program — not good.

    I noticed last week that the Raymond Cravaack and all but one Republican approved it in the Transportation Committee (Tom Petri (R-WI) voted against it) … and committee members did not read the 800 page bill before voting on it … overall, it’s good that Representative Paulsen is voicing objections.

    That said, it is my impression the bill still has not identified all the “revenue sources” … but opening ANWR is included … gosh, remember when Norm Coleman voted against drilling in ANWR … does anyone think the Senate has changed enough to pass anything that includes ANWR drilling today ? Shall we just say the House GOP is wasting time.

    The Senate on the other hand passed its version out of the Finance Committee with only six Republicans objecting (voting yes were GOP’s Senators Snowe, Crapo, Roberts and Thune).

    … so a much broader bill … and a better chance of approval … their “revenue sources” include closing some loopholes … like the “black liquor tax credit” which is a colorful description of the cellulogic biofuels credit that allowed wood pulp producers to take a tax credit on a decades old byproduct of their industry and revenues by speeding up the period that taxes must be paid on inherited IRA’s …

    Closing loopholes makes sense … Mr. Cravaack and the rest of the Transportation Committee have a lot more work to do.

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