Posted at 6:30 AM on March 6, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where we've got the latest on who will run for the state Legislature this year, Dayton vetoed the deadly force bill and it's Super Tuesday.
There were lots of reelection decisions on Monday:
After 10 years in the Minnesota Senate, Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, says he's not seeking reelection.
House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, will run for re-election in House District 38B.
Sen. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, announced today that he's not running for re-election. The link also includes an up-to-date list of everyone who's in and everyone who's out.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kurt Bills, a Republican freshman from Rosemount, says he's weighing a run for U.S. Senate.
Lawmakers remembered Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, who passed away Friday.
A pair of Republican legislators introduced an alternative to the health exchange being developed by the administration, while two DFL lawmakers introduced legislation that would create a health care insurance exchange with stricter consumer protections, the Pioneer Press reports.
MPR looks at why the Minneapolis City Council's vote on the stadium matters.
The Star Tribune writes that Minneapolis residents are split on the stadium plan.
Dayton vetoed a bill that would have expanded the use of deadly force in Minnesota.
The Anoka-Hennepin school district settled bullying lawsuits.
The release of a sex offender drew hundreds to a Golden Valley meeting.
Lawmakers are touting highway bills as job creators. But they may be overstating their case.
Israel is considering a military strike against Iran, but President Barack Obama is signaling he wants to wait and see if economic sanctions against the country work, the New York Times reports.
Sen. Al Franken talked about his recent trip to Israel with TCJewfolk.com.
On the Campaign Trail
Today could be a game-changer in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. At 9 a.m., the Daily Circuit will be talking about how the day will affect the race.
Meanwhile, Politico looks at what's at stake for each candidate.
Going into the day, Mitt Romney has a 16 percentage point lead over Rick Santorum according to the latest Gallup poll.
A CNN poll shows that Santorum and Romney are tied in Ohio, a critical Super Tuesday state.
Rick Santorum spent Monday campaigning in Ohio.
The GOP candidates are criticizing Obama over his approach to Iran. But the New York Times writes that their policies about how to handle the country don't differ much from Obama's
Fans of "The Wire"
The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate is taking issue with a Republican plan to expand the state tax credit available to military veterans.
The proposed legislation would eliminate the current income parameters for the credit, and provide every eligible veteran with $750. The cost of the tax credit is estimated at $40 million over the next three years. During a Senate tax committee hearing today, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook said the bill will cut into education funding for the current biennium and add to the debt already projected for the next biennium.
"I just don't think it's responsible to just keep piling up debt like it doesn't matter," Bakk said. "I mean there's a new group of legislators going to show up here next year with a real problem on their hands. And we just keep hearing bills here that that make it worse, like it doesn't matter."
The bill's chief author is Sen. Jeremy Miller, R-Winona. Miller said he thinks the tax credit could pay for itself by attracting more veterans to Minnesota to live and retire.
"They'll be buying homes here," Miller said. "They'll be starting businesses, either starting families or maybe having grandchildren here in the state of Minnesota. So, let's encourage people to move to the state of Minnesota and not leave the state of Minnesota."
The tax committee laid over the measure for possible inclusion in a bigger tax bill.