The Daily Digest (Wolf hunting bill on the move, Stadium may need a backup plan, Romney wins Ohio)

Expect a quiet day at the State Capitol today since most lawmakers will be in Granite Falls to attend the funeral services for Sen. Gary Kubly.

Under the Dome

A senate committee clears a bill that would allow wolf hunting.

Backers of a photo ID requirement for voting say a 2010 impersonation case is evidence of fraud.

Minnesota’s uninsured rate is at 9.1%.

Gov. Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are urging President Obama to sign the St. Croix Bridge bill.

The St. Croix Bridge cost estimate is lowered by $14 million.

Lawmakers are taking aim at veiled severance packages for public employees.

DFLer Tom Bakk raised concerns over the cost of a proposed tax credit.

U of M President Eric Kaler says he’s reviewing the U of M’s compensation policies.

Minnesota lawmakers want less pain in a shutdown.

The ACLU sues Minnewaska Schools in Facebook incidents.

Women’s advocates rallied against domestic violence.

Some lawmakers want rules loosened on donated game meat.

Vikings Stadium

AP says the stadium bill backers are looking for alternate financing.


A highway bill fails to clear the Senate.

President Obama cuts some refinance costs for some mortgages.

Minnesota’s delegation backs a bill to fight Asian carp.

Five have been arrested in high-profile cyber attacks.

Race for Congress

Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich lost his bid for reelection.

Ohio Republican Jean Schmidt lost her bid for reelection.

Race for U.S. Senate

Republican Pete Hegseth’s opinion pieces for a conservative college newspaper may put him in a difficult position with the voters.

Race for President

Mitt Romney was the clear winner on Super Tuesday but Rick Santorum continues to bite at his heels.

Romney won six states including the key battleground of Ohio.

Santorum won Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota. Newt Gingrich won Georgia.

Politico says Romney failed to wrap up the nomination and that shows signs that he’s struggling in the South, is weak among conservatives and evangelicals and isn’t doing well in rural parts of the country.

President Obama’s GOP rivals criticized him over the best approach to confront Iran.

Mr. Obama used a press briefing to stand his ground on the issue.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Backers of a photo ID requirement for voting say a 2010 impersonation case is evidence of fraud.

    Out of 2,910,369 votes cast in 2008*, Republicans have now been able to come up with one (1!) documented case of the voter impersonation they would arrest with their expensive, cumbersome and discriminatory constitutional amendment. Oy!

    *the “2010 case” apparently refers to the date of the legal case, right, Tom? The vote in question was cast in 2008.

  • Bob Vandenakker

    “Backers of a photo ID requirement for voting say a 2010 impersonation case is evidence of fraud.”

    Also, no mention of how photo ID would not do anything to prevent absentee ballot fraud. The ALCU bounty is specifically for a case of voter fraud that would have been prevented by presenting a photo ID at the polls. Both mom and daughter would have had a photo ID at the polls when they cast their in person ballots. The fraud was the extra absentee ballot the mother cast in the daughters name.

    How about mentioning that the laws regarding absentee ballots have been changed in part because of this case and the Franken-Coleman recount battle. Now, absentee ballots are checked before election day to make sure that they are acceptable and counted centrally instead of opened up and counted at the precincts after polls have closed. You are also notified of your ballot status by mail. If your mom votes for you absentee today, the poll books will show that you’ve already voted absentee and you won’t be allowed to vote.

    Let’s dig a little deeper. It’s not like there are tens of thousands of cases to look into. There aren’t even enough to swing any elections. Just the one that would not have been prevented by photo id at the polls.