Posted at 6:29 AM on May 8, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest where the Vikings stadium plan passes the House, 73-58, the MN GOP details an internal finance investigation, and the U.S. thwarts a terror plot.
At the Capitol
After eight and a half hours of debate, the House approved the Vikings stadium bill.
Here's how House legislators voted.
An amendment to the bill decreased the state's contribution by $105 million and upped the Vikings' share.
The Senate could vote on the bill as early as today.
The House also passed a $496 million bonding bill on a 99-32 vote.
The Republican Party of Minnesota has released the findings of an internal investigation prompted by news that
Among other things, the party found that a fund set up to pay for a conference last fall still owes roughly $26,000 to outside vendors. Former party executive director Ryan Griffin isn't returning the party's calls to answer questions about a $1,000 mileage reimbursement, a contract to research medical marijuana and $14,000 he was paid for legal services in addition to his salary.
Common Cause Minnesota is asking the Ramsey County Attorney General to investigate Count Them All Properly, a fund set up to pay for GOP recount costs.
Critics of the war on invasive carp decry cost and the environmental impact.
Former state senator Tarryl Clark is out with a radio ad in the 8th congressional district, where she's running in the DFL primary to challenge Rep. Chip Cravaack.
The U.S. stopped a new Al Qaeda plot to take down a commercial plane, the New York Times reports.
The U.S. House committee voted on a budget that protects military spending and cuts social services spending.
The Secretary of Education has become another Obama administration official to publicly embrace same-sex marriage.
The Washington Post's "The Fix" looks at why President Obama's views on same-sex marriage are still evolving.
A Republican party elder is facing a tough primary battle today.
Wisconsin votes today on who will face Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett leads so far.
North Carolina votes today on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
On the Campaign Trail
Liberal billionaire George Soros is pledging $2 million to political groups supporting progressive causes and President Barack Obama's re-election, the Associated Press reports.
Rick Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney.
Obama's campaign is targeting middle-class voters with a new nine-state ad campaign.