This is a key week to decide whether the state Legislature is called into a special session to finance a Vikings stadium. Gov. Dayton meets with legislative leaders today, NFL officials tomorrow and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday.
Dayton speaks tonight at the Minnesota Business Partnership's Annual Dinner.
Forum Communications says House Republicans are looking to fix the repeal of the Market Value Homestead Credit but said they are not ready to say what the changes will look like.
No birds for Gov. Dayton at the Pheasant Opener. GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers got one bird.
Officers removed tents from the Occupy MN site.
Occupy Wall St. protests went global over the weekend.
Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
The Star Tribune says the Bishops are beginning the fight over the constitutional amendment.
GOP Rep. John Kline suggests Pell Grant cuts to the Super Committee.
Race for Senate
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar reports raising $1 million in the 3rd Quarter. She has $4 million in the bank.
Tidbit: The FEC's site doesn't show a report from Republican Dan Severson.
DFL Sen. Al Franken spoke before the Oregon Democratic Party on Saturday.
Race for Congress
A supporter of Jeff Anderson says The International Association of Fire Fighters will announce today that they will back Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson's bid for Congress.
Rick Nolan won a straw poll at the 8th Congressional District fundraiser but only 36 of the 200 DFL activists who were present voted.
GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack raised $206k in the 3rd Quarter.
Race for Legislature
The Star Tribune says the race for the Legislature is heating up.
Race for President
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann raised $3.9 million in the 3rd Quarter. She has $1.3 million in the bank but also reported more than $500k in debts.
Tidbit: Bachmann spent $37,500 to have country music star Randy Travis perform at the Iowa Straw Poll. Bachmann won that event.
Bachmann says Donald Trump will take part in tonight's tele-town hall.
Tidbit: Bachmann is in Arizona today taking part in a border security round table.
MPR talks with a few of Bachmann supporters who insist the race is not over.
MPR takes a look at Bachmann's jobs plan.
Bachmann's House spokesman is leaving for another job in the U.S. House.
Herman Cain said some Americans would see a tax increase under his 9-9-9 plan.
He also said building an electric fence was a joke.
AP takes a look at Herman Cain's relationship to the Koch brothers.
Roll Call reports that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint may back Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney's rise challenges the clout of the Tea Party.
Rick Perry takes a military style tack to protect the border.
Tim Pawlenty has $453k in campaign debt.
WASHINGTON - The leaders of the agriculture committees from both parties in both the House and Senate are recommending the deficit-cutting "super committee" expect $23 billion in cuts to ag programs over the next decade.
Rep. Collin Peterson, who's the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, was one of the signatories to a letter to the super committee outlining the proposals.
The bipartisan agreement on an overall level of cuts among is significant because farm subsidies have been identified by both conservative Republicans and the Obama Administration as one potential area for agreement. The administration has already proposed making $33 billion in cuts to agriculture over the next decade.
The farm bill, which authorizes most agricultural spending, is also up for renewal in 2012, so this agreement maps out the new bill's likely contours. Direct payments to farmers will almost certainly be ended as a result of this deal and a greater emphasis will likely be placed on crop insurance.
The letter does not outline specific cuts but promises a complete legislative package by Nov. 1 and says the level of budget reductions being proposed is greater than the cuts to agriculture would be if the super committee deadlocks and automatic across the board cuts are made.
In other words, the House and Senate agriculture committees are telling the budget cutters, "We've got this under control. We're going to make deep cuts, but we'd like to make those cuts ourselves rather than have them imposed by the super committee."
From MPR's Matt Sepic...
Donald Trump dipped his toe back into presidential politics this evening, headlining a telephone town hall forum with GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Supporters of the Minnesota Republican's presidential campaign called in with questions. However Bachmann made it clear at the start that Trump was not endorsing her.
The two stuck to themes popular with conservatives: curbing illegal immigration from Mexico, repealing President Obama's health care overhaul and cutting taxes and regulation.
Trump reiterated his fear about China's growing economic and military might.
"We don't have the right leadership," Trump said. " We're really falling badly. By 2016 or sooner China will overtake us economically. Hard to believe. It would have been impossible to even say that ten years ago."
Trump was referring to an International Monetary Fund report that predicts China's share of the global economy will surpass the United States in five years.
Trump sidestepped a question as to whether he would be willing to be Bachmann's running mate.
Bachmann stuck to many of her key talking points on the call including building a fence along the southern U.S. border, repealing the federal health care law and expanding oil drilling in the U.S.
You can listen to a large part of the conference call here: Listen