The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the Vikings stadium gets another chance, Social Security is drying up faster than initially thought, and Rubio campaigns with Romney.

Around Minnesota

The House Ways and Means committee has grafted a dead stadium bill from last week to a new plan to legalize electronic pull tabs and bingo, giving the Vikings stadium plan new life at the Legislature.

The Minnesota Republican Party has been served eviction papers for its St. Paul office.

State Republicans have asked the St. Cloud State College Republicans not to host Bradlee Dean, the Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota will give the federal government about $15 million in Medicaid money donated to the state by an HMO last year.

The accountability of Minnesota’s Medicaid program is latest dustup in long fight between states and the federal government over the program’s funding.

The Minnesota Senate agreed to raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

The Senate rejected a bill today that would have created an earlier primary date in Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota will be allowed to sell alcohol at its football stadium.

In Washington

The Obama administration has increasingly been looking for ways to act without Congress, writes the New York Times.

Social Security is drying up faster than expected, according to the Washington Post.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation of allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart in Mexico.

Common Cause has filed a whistleblower complaint with the Internal Revenue Service challenging the American Legislative Exchange Council’s tax-exempt status.

Money and Politics

Conservative groups are spending big on Senate races, according to the New York Times.

Rep. Chip Cravaack has been added to the NRCC’s Patriot List.

On the Presidential Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney said that a low student loan interest rate should be extended.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio campaigned with Romney on Monday, stoking buzz about Rubio’s veep cred.

Rubio is scheduled to make a foreign policy speech Wednesday.

  • Should there be an update to : PoliGraph: Cravaack Medicare claim misses on numbers ?

    CRAVAACK : Medicare will go bankrupt by 2022.

    The Medicare Trust fund will run out of money in 2024, the federal government told Congress on Monday. “Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have resources sufficient to cover benefits until 2024, the same year that was projected in last year’s report,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement.

    PoliGraph dinged Cravaack for “typos” before and when he made the projection of 2022, I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he may have had newer information, but now, the official data confirms that there has been no change.

    This is either sloppy work by Representative Cravaack or him promoting a fear agenda. Bankrupt is a scare tactic … in 2024, the payroll taxes and other revenue deposited in the trust fund will still be sufficient to pay 90 percent of Medicare hospital insurance costs. There are alternatives that should be discussed – like raising the contribution rate which is currently at 1.45% of wages. Considering the popularity of the program and the “peace-of-mind” it provides to senior citizens as well as their children and grandchildren, what’s wrong with increasing the tax rate from 1.45% ? If your wage was $20/hour, your payroll tax was about $600 a year … a very small increase would extend full funding for decades.

    Representative Cravaack has endorsed radical changes … without considering asking constituents to increase their contribution rates.