The Daily Digest (Right-to-Work hearing, Dayton to release supplemental budget, Vikings bill introduced today)

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

Unions are heavily mobilizing to defeat the amendment.

The hearing comes at a time when GOP lawmakers are at odds over GOP Sen. Chris Gerlach’s printing company produced mailings targeting Republican Senators over the amendment.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton releases his supplemental budget proposal this morning at 10am.

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers and DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen are on MPR’s The Daily Circuit at 9am.

UCare says the $30 million donation to the state of Minnesota was legit.

AP says Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders are at odds over job creation.

The PoliGraph says Dayton’s claim on Minneapolis taxes is in range.

The Pi Press says the cash cushion for HMOs is becoming an issue in the Legislature.

The Star Tribune says local leaders are giving GOP Rep. Michael Beard an earful.

The state of Minnesota received a $28 million grant for charter schools.

Hundreds of non-citizens in the U.S. are on edge over health care cuts.

Lawmakers debate DNR’s control of school trust lands.

Lawmakers agree on limiting invasive species.

Vikings Stadium

Gov. Dayton says the Vikings stadium has a 50/50 chance of passing this year.

He made the comments just two days after the bill was made public. (Here’s a peek at some of the details).

Dayton revised his plan for charitable gambling but even the supporters of the stadium proposal are raising questions.

The stadium deal will test the charter amendment in the city of Minneapolis.


Gas prices are up 12 cents a gallon in two weeks.

Minnesota’s exports increased in the 4th Quarter of last year.

The U.S. economy adds 227k jobs in February.


A U.S. soldier killed 16 Afghanistan civilians calling into question the U.S. role in the country.

The Taliban is promising revenge for the attacks.

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones says U.S. civilians in al-Shabab could lose rights to trial.

House Republicans are looking at ways to offset looming defense cuts.

There’s a price for birth control varies in the U.S.

The Star Tribune says highway funding is stuck in reverse.

The PoliGraph also says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann misleads with her health care claim.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar raises questions about bonuses at MF Global (subscription required).

Race for President

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says gas prices are sinking President Obama’s ratings on the economy.

The GOP hopefuls are looking South.

The Washington Post says GOP candidates are having trouble connecting with southern voters.

Newt Gingrich says the Afghanistan mission “may not be doable.”

There was some action over the weekend. Rick Santorum won Kansas. Mitt Romney won Wyoming.

Labor leaders are looking to make a big push in 2012.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Minnesota Republicans claim to be conservative. They claim principles of limited government and personal responsibility.

    It’s more than ironic that they now wish to rewrite our Constitution, to insert government’s authority into private, employer-union contracts, in order to create the “right” of freeloaders to union wages and benefits, without the responsibility of paying union dues.

    The only principle in which Minnesota Republicans are consistent is the principle of hypocrisy.