The Daily Digest (State denies Brodkorb’s unemployment claim, Zellers suggests House will vote on stadium, McCollum raises $123k)

MPR News has learned that the state of Minnesota has rejected Michael Brokdorb’s request for unemployment benefits. Brodkorb, a former spokesman for the Senate Republican Caucus, is appealing the decision. Brodkorb was fired one day after Amy Koch stepped down as Senate Majority Leader. Brodkorb is preparing to sue the Senate for gender discrimination. He claims he was fired because he had an affair with Koch and that other female staffers who had affairs with male lawmakers were not dismissed.

Under the Dome

GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers suggests the House will vote on a Vikings stadium bill this session.

The Pi Press outlines some of the other priorities Zellers has for the end of session.

Democrats say Republicans are waging a “Do nothing session.”

Lawmakers and business groups are pushing to require all online outlets to pay Minnesota sales tax.

Gov. Dayton held a ceremonial signing of a bill that would allow prosecutors to carry guns.

The former head of the State Security Hospital is still getting paid.

WCCO takes a look at the per diem payments in the House and Senate.

Voter ID amendment

Foes of the Voter ID requirement kick off their campaign to defeat it.


The White House is condemning a North Korea rocket launch.

South Korea said the launch was a failure.

Several House committees are dusting off their plans to cut spending in the hopes of averting automatic spending cuts.

A $1 billion settlement with the federal government attempts a new direction with Native American tribes.

DFL Sen. Al Franken says the federal government can improve the approval process for medical devices without compromising safety.

Race for Congress

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum reported raising $123,000 in the 1st Quarter.

Race for President

MPR says Rick Santorum’s fans are showing a tepid support for Mitt Romney.

President Obama and his campaign have distanced themselves from a Democratic operative who criticized Ann Romney for “never worked a day in her life.” The operative later apologized.

Ann Romney chafed at the charge.

Mr. Obama said spouses should be left alone.

Mitt Romney is using the incident to help him close the gender gap.

The AFL-CIO has created a super PAC.

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