The Daily Digest (Voter ID resurfaces, Changes threatened to Senate rules, Kline reports record haul)

On Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Digest, we’ll look at how the divisive issue of voter ID could again emerge in the state.

In Washington, U.S. Rep. John Kline beats his own record for fundraising. And the U.S. Senate is heading towards a confrontation that Democrats warn could result in changes to filibuster rules.


Voter ID debate resurfaces with task force study (MPR News)
A state task force is studying electronic poll books, which will include research about using photo IDs to verify voters’ identity.

Kalin joins Minnesota secretary of state race
Former DFL state Rep. Jeremy Kalin will formally announce his candidacy for secretary of state this afternoon, according to a press release. Kalin represented House District 17B before retiring in 2010.

Latinos important to success of Obamacare in Minnesota (MPR News)
Latinos represent a decent chunk of the uninsured in Minnesota. But some fear that immigration policy in the health law could scare Latinos away.

Capitol renovation will be major disruption (MPR News)
The four-year renovation will displace legislators, staffers, the governor’s office and members of the press. Some question why the Capitol’s renovation planning isn’t being done in tandem with planning for the Senate’s new building.

Gov. Dayton back in public eye after injury (Pioneer Press)
Governor Mark Dayton, 66, was sidelined for a couple weeks after a tear in his hip muscle.


Sen. Baucus, Rep. Camp begin tax revamp ideas tour in Minn(MPR News)
Two of the top tax experts in Congress visited 3M and a St. Paul bakery, where they heard calls for lower and simplified taxes.

Democrats Plan Challenge to G.O.P.’s Filibuster Use (New York Times)
If Republicans block attempts to confirm Obama appointees this week, Democrats are threatening to take away the minority party’s right to filibuster cabinet and agency appointments.

Lawmakers still arguing student loan solution (MPR News)
Republicans took a shot at Democrats for Congress’ failure to pass a bill that keeps student loan rates from doubling.

Op-Ed: It’s time to hit reset on Iran: Engage Hassan Rouhani (Politico)
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison co-authored an op-ed in Politico yesterday that urged the Obama administration to “recalibrate” the country’s relationship with Iran following the recent election of President-elect Hassan Rouhani.

From once-underestimated to ‘oops,’ Perry reshaped Texas but faltered nationally — so far (Associated Press via Star Tribune)
Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, announced yesterday that he won’t run for another term. If he decides to again run for president, political analysts say it may be a challenge for him to rebuild his national image.

U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan (New York Times)
The president is considering a plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan after next year.


Kline campaign brings in record $482,000 (MPR News)
Second Congressional District Republican Rep. John Kline has about $1.1 million in the bank. His DFL opponent,  former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, has about $100,000.

Reunited: Romney Helps Ryan Raise $1.1 Million (Bloomberg)
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney contributed to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s campaign fund.