The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the Vikings stadium moves through the Senate, lawmakers look for a path to finish the session, and shareholders of some Minnesota companies ask for more political spending disclosure.

Around Minnesota

Legislators are looking for a path to finish the session.

MPR looks at whether rank-and-file lawmakers will support the stadium bill.

The Senate finance committee approved the bill and added a plan to legalize slot machines at horse tracks as a backup financing mechanism.

The stadium bill will make make a stop in the Tax Committee.

A bill that would allow more powerful backyard fireworks is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton desk.

Money and Politics

This spring, shareholders of five Minnesota companies will weigh resolutions that require firms to say more about their political spending.

In Washington

The House will vote on a student loan interest rate extension Friday.

Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson was on Capitol Hill, defending the state’s Medicaid program.

Rep. Michele Bachmann testified, too.

The PoliGraph says Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod’s claim about a small business tax bill is nearly correct.

The Supreme Court justices don’t appear interested in striking down a controversial part of the Arizona immigration law.

The U.S. Senate approved major reforms to the U.S. Postal Service, which would permit the end of Saturday service, the Washington Post reports.

The bill includes an amendment by Sen. Al Franken that gives communities the opportunity to fight to prevent closure of their local post offices.

U.S. House Blue Dog Democrats – the more moderate branch of the party – are a dying breed.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said a scandal involving members of the Secret Service and Colombian prostitutes is “inexcusable.”

The Presidential Race

Newt Gingrich will end his campaign next week, and endorse Mitt Romney.

Here’s why Gingrich’s campaign fizzled, per the Washington Post.

The Washington Post also reports that Romney’s new adviser is getting heat for his tweets and his sexual orientation.

Politico profiles possible vice presidential candidate Rob Portman.

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