The Daily Digest (Walz could support limits on guns, MN gun laws unlikely to change, Sales tax changes considered)

The NRA is holding a Friday news conference to discuss last week’s shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

President Obama says he’ll support legislation that reinstates the assault weapons ban.

There are deep divisions on gun control legislation in Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz says he could support legislation that limits the sale of assault style weapons and large ammunition magazines.

Gun control is also an iffy proposal at the State Capitol.

The Star Tribune says Anoka County set a record for gun permit applications in one-day.

Fiscal Cliff

It’s all about having a backup plan, says GOP House Speaker John Boehner (who isn’t abandoning talks with President Obama). But the Washington Post says Senate Democrats and President Obama don’t like the backup plan.

Politico says Boehner’s move puts the Farm Bill in doubt. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

Meanwhile, President Obama reported proposed changing how inflation is factored into Social Security. Politico says the move upset some Democrats.

Under the Dome

It’s pretty quiet at the State Capitol. The House of Representatives is still moving offices in preparation of the new session.

Gov. Dayton will meet privately today with commissioners and staff to discuss his plans for the two-year budget. MPR says sales tax changes could be part of the discussion in the upcoming session.

Worth a read: Check out MPR’s series on the difficulties of teaching a growing number of international students in Minnesota’s schools.

The Star Tribune says the Met Council is set to yank a rail contract with URS.

Golden Valley approved a fourth light-rail route.

The Duluth News Tribune says the St. Louis Count Board approved a Boundary Waters land swap with the federal government.


GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wants the Cold Spring Post Office renamed for slain police officer Tommy Decker

The 911 transcripts of the shooting are released.


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak formed a new PAC. MPR ponders Rybak’s next move.