The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where officials start to assess the damage in Duluth, political groups file their first finance reports, and the U.S. House votes to hold AG Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Around Minnesota

Flooding in Duluth dominated the news yesterday.

Officials will begin assessing the damage today.

The flood cut off rural areas.

Here’s a link to MPR’s photo gallery of the flood.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order to provide state assistance to the area. He will be in Duluth today to survey the damage.

At the Capitol

State Senators are concerned about legal costs associated with the Michael Brodkorb case.

Members of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved a payment of a nearly $85,000 in outside legal fees.

Money and Politics

Liberal groups looking to take back the Legislature have together raised $1.3 million this year.

Minnesota for Marriage reports raising $588,000 since the beginning of the year.

Groups opposing and supporting the Voter ID amendment released their first fundraising numbers of the year, too.

Tribal PACs haven’t given anything to the Senate GOP this year, Politics in Minnesota reports.

In Washington

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress because he would not turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious operation.

President Barack Obama asserted his executive privilege in the case.

The head of the Federal Reserve says he expects slow progress on unemployment.

The U.S. Senate voted to preserve the sugar support program.

U.S. Senate Race

Rep. Kurt Bills, who is the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, is asking Attorney General Eric Holder to resign because of Fast and Furious.

The Presidential Race

After Obama announced last week his administration will no longer deport young immigrants, immigration has suddenly become an issue in this race.

This weekend, Mitt Romney will be in Park City with wealthy donors and VP hopefuls.

The Daily Caller mentions that Tim Pawlenty will be there.

The Washington Post writes about the perils of VEEP speculation.

Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super PAC, raised $5 million in May.

GOP super PACs opposing Obama are increasing their finances.

The latest round of ads in the presidential campaign trade barbs over the economy.

The Washington Post reports that Obama’s campaign is burning through cash.

NOTE: There will be no Digest on Friday.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Members of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved a payment of a nearly $85,000 in outside legal fees.

    More accurately stated, Senate Republicans appropriated taxpayer dollars for a GOP bailout. This expense is the detritus of a Republican Party civil war. The bill should be paid by the Republican Party of Minnesota, which instigated this mess.

    But they’re $1+ million in the hole. So much for that “fiscal responsibility” stuff. Voting for a Republican for any MN office in November is prima facie evidence of not paying attention.