The first fight in the plan to redraw Minnesota's political boundaries occurs tonight. The House Redistricting Committee holds a hearing on a plan to redraw the political maps in the Minnesota Legislature.
20 House districts and 6 senate districts have been paired together. Here's a list of the incumbents who would have to run against each other if the map becomes law and the lawmakers decide to run for reelection. Most of the open seats in the House are in fast growing exurbs and suburbs.
Tidbit: House Democrats will not present an alternative proposal tonight in Committee.
Several budget bill conference committees will meet today. Democrats in the Minnesota House failed in their attempts to require the Minnesota House to balance the state's budget before they take up any constitutional amendments.
Senate leaders say they're ready for work.
Tidbit: A bill that would create a casino at Block E in Minneapolis will be released later this week.
A controversial developer released a Vikings stadium plan.
An amendment to ban same sex marriage moves closer the ballot. A House committee approved the measure on Monday.
Republicans in the Minnesota Senate introduced a constitutional amendment that would cap state spending.
A senate panel will consider abortion related legislation today.
Gov. Dayton ordered increased vigilance after Osama Bin Laden was killed.
President Obama will visit Ground Zero on Thursday.
The New York Times has a great tick tock on what it took to get Osama Bin Laden.
Tweet of the day
"I won't listen to people criticizing President Obama today. He showed solid leadership in authorizing this mission. Well done Mr. President."- Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. Kriesel lost both of his legs from a roadside bomb while serving his country in Iraq.
Speaking of the current legislature's drive to pass legislation through constitutional amendments. They were elected to govern. Governing means making decisions in the best interest of the state. The best interest of the state is not always defined by the majority opinion. Turning decisions over to a popular vote is abdication of the role of legislator. The involved legislators hiding behind constitutional amendments rather than standing up for Minnesota should be removed from office for failure to perform their duties.