The Daily Digest

Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the state has settled with Accretive, state party finance reports are starting to trickle in, and the state Supreme Court hears arguments about ballot question titles.

Around Minnesota

Accretive has agreed to a $2.5M fine, and the company will withdraw from Minnesota.

Yesterday was the deadline for the first state party finance reports of the year. So far, the House DFL caucus has raised $2 million this election cycle and has $1.2 million in the bank.

Expect more finance reports to be posted today on the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board website.

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments today in separate lawsuits over the ballot titles of the proposed constitutional amendments.

A state task force is recommending Minnesota scrap its current bullying law and replace it with a stronger anti-bullying statute.

The Hmong American Partnership opposes the marriage amendment, but the community is divided.

MPR profiles Sen. Julianne Ortman’s primary challenge.

A Democratic report blasting for-profit colleges includes three Minnesota institutions.

In Washington

Some Federal Reserve officials are encouraging pre-emptive stimulus, the New York Times reports.

All this debate over the “fiscal cliff” could lead to pre-Election Day layoffs.

The Race for Congress

Gov. Mark Dayton has endorsed Rick Nolan to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack.

A new Kurt Bills ad echos a Paul Wellstone ad from 1990.

Paul Wellstone’s son called the Bills ad “disrespectful.”

The Presidential Race

The AP reports that The Democratic Party is moving to include support for same-sex marriage in the official party platform for the first time.

Rep. Michele Bachmann is being sued by a former aide from her Iowa campaign.

AP has a primer on where Mitt Romney and Barack Obama stand on the major issues.

Romney’s comments on Palestinians drew criticism, the New York Times reports.

Romney continues his trip around Europe. Today, he will be in Poland.

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