The Daily Digest (Politicos trade barbs over the economy, Bachmann raises money for Senate candidates, GOP wants voice in Voter ID case)

The economy and the politics surrounding the economy lead the Digest today.

On Friday, President Obama got grief for saying the private sector is “fine.’ He quickly walked back the comment.

Mitt Romney is targeting Obama’s comments with a new ad.

Mr. Obama made the comments as he was urging Congress and Europe to stem the economic crisis.

President Obama’s campaign says Romney doesn’t support fire fighters, teachers and police.

Meanwhile, Priorities USA is running another ad ripping Bain Capital.

Two GOP governors say Romney has to do more than be anti-Obama.

Conservatives rally across the U.S. for “religious freedom.”


Spain’s banks get a bailout. Is Spain’s government next?

Economic reports point to more mixed signals for Minnesota’s economy.

The stock market posts the best week of 2012.

Sappi breaks ground on a $170 million Cloquet paper plant.

Under the Dome

Gov. Dayton is in China for a trade mission this week.

An investigation shows the complexity of caring for the state’s most violent and mentally ill adults.

The Met Council may drop rates for Northstar Commuter Rail.

The Twin Cities face stricter air quality rules.

The PoliGraph says Gov. Dayton’s gets his tax numbers right.


John Bryson, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, is being investigated for a felony hit and run in California.

UnitedHealth Group says it plans to keep President Obama’s health care elements regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the law.

Attorney General Eric Holder appoints two prosecutors to lead leak probes.

GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen gave the GOP address to President Obama’s weekly address.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of lying.

The Star Tribune says Minnesota’s defense companies are retooling.

Voter ID

Republican legislative leaders want a voice in Voter ID case. A spokesman for GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers says taxpayers will pay for the Legislature’s involvement in the case.

Race for Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann pledges cash to U.S. Senate candidates.

There isn’t an Independence Party candidate in the 6th District race meaning Bachmann has a head to head match-up with Democrat Jim Graves.

Race for U.S. Senate

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is polling well ahead of her GOP rivals.

A marine veteran is challenging Kurt Bills in the GOP primary.

Bills says he’s confident he’ll win the primary.

Same-sex Marriage Amendment

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison says Minnesota will defeat the amendment.

Local races

The Star Tribune says Ron Paul backers are seeking local offices.

  • IMO, the Strib story on the Ron Paul supporters seeking local offices is a major story … especially considering the fact that Paul-supported Kurt Bills is facing a primary challenge from a conventional MN-GOP candidate.

    One person not mentioned in both stories is David Gerson who is running against John Kline in the primary. He has a website which defines his mission :

    I want to expose the last “elephant”-in -the-room in the Republican party. That the Republican Bush administration and the current Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives was and is complicit in enacting reckless fiscal policies which have mortgaged our future, disintegrated the middle class, promoted unnecessary wars and increased the size and power of the federal government.

    John Kline has been complicit in causing these problems with his blind devotion to voting with house Republican leadership. John Kline has had his chance to lead but has proven that he is a follower of Washington D.C. interests at the expense of the average person in his district and Minnesota. His voting record is unacceptable especially his vote for T.A.R.P., the Troubled Asset Relief Program, to bail out wealthy bankers from their poor decisions at the expense average citizen. He also voted for multiple failed stimulus bills such as Cash For Clunkers that further indebted this country and promoted certain businesses over the health and welfare of the people. This penchant for crony Capitalism in Washington D.C. is stealing opportunity from the common man. John Kline voted for $2.4 trillion of increases to the debt ceiling. He has voted for measures to cede our personal civil rights to the federal government including measures to limit our free speech, HR 347, and worse – our presumption of innocence by voting to allow the military arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil without a trial in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

    IMO, Mr. Gerson may have the appeal from the TaxEnoughAlready Movement as well as the Ron Paul supporters, combined with a low turnout in the primary could make John Kline vulnerable … it’s happened before.