Welcome to the Daily Digest. Minnesota:  The Minnesota House approved $20 million in heating assistance on its first day back in session. (MPR News) A House committee reversed changes made last year that loosened the state’s long-standing ban on legislators taking gifts from lobbyists. (MPR News) Gov. Mark Dayton wants legislators to pass tax breaks Read more

Welcome to the Daily Digest. Here’s what you may have missed over the weekend. Minnesota: President Obama will speak at Union Depot Wednesday about encouraging investment in job creation. (AP via MPR News) GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons of Albertville ended his re-election campaign Saturday and party delegates endorsed Eric Lucero. Lucero was harshly critical of FitzSimmons’ 2013 Read more

A Republican state legislator has ended his campaign for the Minnesota House, after losing just before delegates decided the GOP endorsement Saturday. Rep. David FitzSimmons, R-Albertville, lost conceded the endorsement to Eric Lucero in the District 30B contest. Lucero was harshly critical of FitzSimmons’ 2013 vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. FitzSimmons has a long history Read more

Republicans are seizing on the Affordable Care Act and the troubled roll out of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange to fire up voters this election season. They’ll be highlighting the issues in races up and down the ballot this year, including the contest between incumbent Democratic Sen. Al Franken and his yet-to-be-determined GOP opponent. Here’s the Read more