Welcome to the Daily Digest, where some local elections pick up endorsements, the St. Croix bridge sees some movement, and we listen yet again to the "oops" heard around the world.
A person with knowledge of the endorsements says that women*winning* will endorse Kari Dziedzic for Senate in district 59 and that Sen. Scott Dibble and OutFront will endorse Susan Allen's race for district 61B.
DFLer Tarryl Clark, who's hoping to run against Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012, was endorsed Wednesday by United Steelworkers District 11.
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon won't seek the DFL endorsement to run in the 8th District.
Ranked choice voting in St. Paul leads to a recount.
The Star Tribune reports that Dayton wants to discuss the Vikings stadium with lawmakers next week.
Andersen Corporation laid off 250 employees.
The state is poised to sell tobacco bonds to get cash to close the deficit.
Voters made careful choices in Tuesday's election.
Roughly 70 percent of district requests for money were approved.
Supercommittee deficit discussions may be looking up.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama isn't stepping into discussions, the New York Times reports.
The PoliGraph says that a Minnesota GOP claim about Sen. Amy Klobuchar is false.
Klobuchar says she's found a way to offset federal funding for the St. Croix bridge.
Meanwhile, lawmakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin sent a letter to Minnesota's D.C. delegation opposing the bridge.
The House will vote on a concealed weapons bill next week.
Money and Politics
Propublica reports that FEC data shows more spending by super PACs and outside groups.
White House e-mails reveal that a major Obama donor has ties to the Solyndra scandal.
On the Campaign Trail
The GOP presidential candidates debated economic policy in Michigan last night. Here's a recap.
A major theme: the United States needs to stay out of Europe's debt crisis.
You'll be hearing about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's gaffe. All. Day. Long.
Among the debate's winners? Herman Cain, says The Fix. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who also participated in the debate, isn't included on their list in either group.
Midday profiled Cain.
Bachmann wants Obama to apologize for statements he made about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will campaign for Mitt Romney in Iowa, who has slowly but surely ramped up his appearances there.
Onward and Upward!
Cullen Sheehan, Chief of Staff to GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, is taking a lobbying position with Lockridge, Grindal Nauen. Congrats!(1 Comments)
Ramsey County says it has struck a deal with the federal government to purchase the land for an Arden Hills Vikings stadium-- and that it'll be under budget and cleaned up when the deal gets done.
County officials delivered a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton's office this afternoon. It says the county has a formal Offer to Purchase from the General Services Administration for a 430 acre Arden Hills stadium site, and that it's "within the $30 million budgeted for the acquisition and clean up of the property."
The letter doesn't give a firm dollar figure, but says the county will be allowed to deduct the price of cleaning the place up from the purchase price.
There's a second clause as well: the county says it has a fixed price quote from "an experienced local contractor with substantial experience on the TCAAP property" that "caps the demolition, hazardous waste abatement and remediation costs at a dollar amount that is significantly less than the amount of credit available to the County against the GSA's proposed price."
And finally, the letter says that the offer commits the cleanup contractor to have the stadium footprint available within 9 months of signing a contract.
That's in stark contrast to the doubts raised in an October report from the Metropolitan Council that pegged the land acquisition and clean up costs between $23 million and $70 million. The upside of that range was described as a significant risk factor in calculating the cost of the deal.
"We believe the county has now addressed the primary cost concerns raised by your analysis," the letter concludes.
Read it for yourself here:10 Comments)
WASHINGTON - Michele Bachmann has been criticizing the Occupy Wall Street movement while out on the presidential campaign trail. On Thursday, the movement returned the favor by disrupting a Bachmann speech aboard the decommissioned USS Yorktown in South Carolina, according to NBC News.
A group of about 20 protesters stood up during the speech chanting, "This will only take a minute... You capitalize on dividing Americans / claiming people that disagree with you / are unpatriotic socialists / and you promote discrimination."
Video of the encounter shows some in the audience trying to shout the protesters down followed by police escorting Bachmann off stage. The protesters then left the ship chanting, "We are the 99 percent."
A few minutes later Bachmann returned to the stage, "visibly rattled" according to NBC, and telling the audience, "Don't you just love the First Amendment?"
You can watch the whole incident here:3 Comments)
The 2011 St. Cloud State University survey finds that President Obama would face the stiffest challenge from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. 45 percent of those polled say they would back Obama. 39 percent say they would back Romney. 7 percent of those polled said they would support "someone else." 9 percent of those polled are undecided. (Note: the pollster said they included a "someone else category in each question).
In a head to head with former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Obama received 47 percent support. Cain got 36 percent support. 8 percent said they would vote for "someone else." 9 percent said they "didn't know."
The poll also found that GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't getting any home state support. Just 25 percent of those polled support Bachmann in a head to head match-up with Obama. 53 percent of those polled back the president. 16 percent said they support "someone else." Six percent were undecided.
The survey found 41 percent of those polled rate President Obama's job as performance as excellent or pretty good while 59 percent rate it as only fair or poor.
The poll also found that the state is closely divided on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. It finds that 47 percent of those polled do not support amending the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. 44 percent support the proposal. 9 percent of those polled either refused to answer or were undecided.
The SCSU researchers also tried to measure how attitudes toward religion might affect answers to the marriage question. The survey found that 57 percent of those who said religion was important in their lives were in favor of the amendment, compared to 29 percent of the group who said religion was not important.
The survey also found that 55 percent think the state is on the wrong track and also found that unemployment and job opportunities are the top issue facing the state. The budget, the economy, education funding, politics/politicians and taxes are also top concerns.
A majority of those polled, or 55 percent, blame this summer's state government shutdown on the Minnesota Legislature. 18 percent blame Governor Dayton. 18 percent say they're both to blame.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.
You can read the news release on the poll here.
Here are the poll results released by SCSU Professor Steve Frank: