The Daily Digest

Quiet day for Minnesota politics. Today is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. All eyes will turn to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration ceremonies for President Obama’s second term.

The action returns to St. Paul on Tuesday with Gov. Dayton expected to release his budget and tax proposals.


Pros and cons of raising state minimum wage (MPR News)

Bills in the Minnesota House and Senate would raise the state’s minimum wage and add in future increases tied to inflation. Cathy Wurzer leads a “Morning Edition” discussion with people on opposite sides of the issue.

Donors big and small headed to Washington for inauguration (MPR News)

Some of the president’s biggest campaign contributors and Minnesotans of modest means will be among the 800,000 expected in Washington today to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration.

Minnesota’s school start date spurs fights (Star Tribune)

“From local school boards to the State Capitol, the debate over kids starting school before Labor Day is divisive.”

DFL picks Clark Johnson in 19A (New Ulm Journal)

“Johnson, who has worked as a student-relations coordinator at MSU-Mankato for 28 years, defeated three other candidates in a close three-hour endorsement convention.”


Obama sworn in for 2nd term, this time quietly (New York Times)

Senate Democrats’ budget plan will reopen battle over taxes (Washington Post)

Obama looks to avoid the “second term curse” (CBS News)