Daily Digest: Capitol dispute to drag on

Good morning. and welcome to Monday. Here’s the Digest.

1. Friday’s Minnesota Supreme Court order in the case of the Legislature against Gov. Mark Dayton means the two sides must now prepare to enter mediation to try to resolve their dispute. Neither side was left with a clear victory. Dayton seized on language that the use of his line-item veto power to strip money from the House and Senate was constitutional, while Republican legislative leaders pointed to language in the order that said that constitutional powers can’t be used “to accomplish an unconstitutional result.” (MPR News)

2. Within hours of last week’s announcement that the Trump administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a diverse cast of Minnesotans with a stake in the program sprang to action. Members of the state’s congressional delegation geared up to tackle proposals that could open a path to citizenship for almost 800,000 recipients nationwide — the kind of immigration legislation that has bedeviled Congress for years. Supporters of the program, including recipients sometimes called Dreamers, arrived en masse in some Republicans’ offices to urge them to back such proposals. (Star Tribune)

3. A handful of Republican women considering major political bids in Minnesota in 2018 would be looking to buck a daunting historical trend: Their party has never chosen a woman to run for governor or U.S. senator. So far, the nine Republicans to join the open race for governor in 2018 are men. So is the one candidate so far for U.S. Senate, seeking to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Both of the party’s candidates for attorney general are men, as are the state’s three members of Congress and all the declared GOP contenders so far for the other five House seats. (Star Tribune)

4. Gov. Mark Dayton and other officials are working on a bid to land Amazon’s new headquarters, but the contents of the bid will be kept secret for now. “As Amazon has requested that all proposals be kept confidential, additional details on Minnesota’s proposal would be inappropriate at this time,” state economic development Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said in a statement after the meeting Friday with Dayton and Greater MSP CEO Michael Langley. If Minnesota goes forward with incentives for Amazon, the details may eventually be public. Major state aid packages would need legislative approval, as would city tax breaks or infrastructure deals. (Pioneer Press)

5. A proposal to lift a mining ban on land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness scrambled political allegiances among Minnesota’s members of Congress, dividing both Republicans and Democrats in a dispute over the state’s signature recreational asset. The House Thursday night approved an amendment sponsored by Reps. Tom Emmer, a Republican, and Rick Nolan, a Democrat who represents the area. It would reverse a two-year ban on mining leasing and exploration on about 234,000 federally owned acres near the BWCA. House passage of the amendment opens the door to circumventing the review process through legislative means, but would still require approval by the U.S. Senate. The amendment drew opposition from Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, who joined Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum in defending the moratorium that Emmer and Nolan want reversed. (Star Tribune)

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