The Daily Digest (Right-to-Work surfaces, Sviggum quits, Vikings bill coming)

Thursday was chock full of news.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the so-called “Right-to-Work” constitutional amendment on Monday morning.

The announcement came just hours after the Senate GOP did a power play on the amendment to move it from the Jobs Committee to the Judiciary Committee.

Sen. John Howe, R-Redwing, backpeddled on a Voter ID compromise that he publicly backed just a few weeks ago.

GOP state Rep. Mark Kiffmeyer also said it’s unacceptable a substitute to her proposed constitutional amendment to require people to present photo identification to vote.

Regent fight

Steve Sviggum stepped down as a member of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.

His resignation comes just hours after Gov. Dayton said Sviggum was embarrassing himself and the University of Minnesota.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton and GOP lawmakers differ over the best way to repay the K12 school shift.

The bill also includes a measure that would end “last in, first out.”

Dayton vetoed a bill that would have changed the rules for older temporary workers.

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill that would streamline environmental permitting.

GOP state Rep. Mary Franson says she won’t resign after posting a YouTube video criticizing food stamp recipients. The Welfare Rights Coalition protested outside of the House Ag Committee on Thursday.

Former state Rep. Frank Moe delivered thousands of petitions to Gov. Dayton to protest sulfide mining permits.

Minnesota got a fairly positive review for disaster preparedness.

The White Earth Tribal Chair says a Twin Cities casino is key to the tribe’s future.

Vikings stadium

The Vikings stadium author says to expect the bill to be formally presented on Monday and a committee hearing next week.

MPR says Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is going to make money off of the stadium – it’s just a matter of how much.

The chambers of commerce in the north suburbs says the Vikings selection process was unfair.


MPR reports that a bipartisan group of Minnesota’s delegation supports President Obama’s efforts on Iran.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is questioning Minnesota’s use of Medicaid funds.

The Senate rejected two Keytsone Pipeline proposals.

The House passed a bill that would help startups.

Politico says House Speaker John Boehner is racking up losses on legislation. For example, his highway bill is on life support.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other Democratic female members of Congress urge Boehner to skip a contraception vote.

A Democrat in the House sent a letter to GOP Rep. John Kline accusing his committee of trying to “keep portions of an investigation by the federal labor board’s inspector general out of public view.” Kline denies it.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested President Obama’s birth control rule could lead to a one-child policy.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says oil speculation is driving up oil prices.

Race for Congress

Democrat Tarryl Clark says she won’t abide by the DFL endorsement and will run in the primary. She’s running in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. DFL Party Chair Ken Martin issued a statement saying he’s disappointed with Clark’s decision because he believes it will drain resources from the party.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann remains strong in the newly configured 6th District.

Bachmann gets her first DFL challenger. Anne Nolan will officially announce her campaign today in St. Cloud.

Race for Senate

GOP state Rep. Kurt Bills announced his run for the U.S. Senate.

Race for President

President Obama says the GOP candidates are offering nothing new on Iran.

The south is offering little hope for Mitt Romney. It’s giving promise to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

Politico says Romney is working to fight the “loser” label.

Romney is also asking his supporters in Congress to raise more money for him.