Posted at 6:34 AM on June 12, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the Vikings stadium may help those hit hardest by joblessness, the state has a more money than expected and GOP insiders are increasingly confident that Romney can win.
The Vikings stadium could help those hit hardest by joblessness.
A DFL complaint against the Senate GOP regarding fliers some members handed out at precinct caucuses may continue.
Minnesota Management and Budget says the state has taken in $148 million more than it projected in February.
A Catholic school in Moorhead fired a teacher for her views on same-sex marriage.
Minnesota could benefit from North Dakota's property tax vote, the Star Tribune reports.
Money and Politics
Former Vikings Center Matt Birk will headline an event to raise money in support of the voter ID amendment.
Rep. Kurt Zellers is holding his first annual Golf Scramble at the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. It's $289 a head, with $200 going to Zellers' campaign and the rest going to play.
A few St. Paul campaigns have been fined for missing or inaccurate campaign finance paperwork, the Pioneer Press reports.
The Supreme Court's decision on the new health care law is expected this month; its decision will hinge on the Commerce Clause, reports NPR.
SCOTUS will also decide this week whether to take a second look at the 2010 Citizens United campaign finance decision.
Commerce Secretary John Bryson was hospitalized Saturday for suffering a seizure after he was involved in two hit-and-run accidents in California.
Bryson is taking an indefinite leave of absence.
The Washington Post reports that the recent recession wiped out nearly two decades of Americans' wealth.
Race for Congress
Mike Obermueller's campaign against Rep. John Kline has been upgraded to one of the DCCC's most important.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, state Rep. Kurt Bills and Anthony Hernandez (who is challenging DFL Rep. Betty McCollum) will appear at Thursday night's gathering of the North Metro TEA Party, according to Bachmann's Twitter feed.
Race for President
Republican insiders are increasingly confident that Mitt Romney can win the White House.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush questioned the GOP's step to the right, according to the New York Times.
Romney doesn't use the word "voucher" when he talks about his school reform plan - but that's what he's talking about, the New York Times reports.
Liberal advocacy groups and super PACs are increasingly joining forces to support President Barack Obama.
Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is being mentioned as Mitt Romney's running mate, has joined another corporate board.
Smart Sand, a company that houses its main facility in Oakdale, Wisconsin, produces a product used in oil and gas exploration.
"Having served as Minnesota governor for two terms, and with deep roots in the region, Tim is experienced in the oversight and development of our natural resources," said Andrew Speaker, chief executive officer of Smart Sand. "Tim's experience in the energy and transportation sectors combined with his respect for the environment and the communities in which we operate makes him a strategic addition to our board. We look forward to drawing on his expertise as CEO of the great state of Minnesota as we continue to build our company."
Pawlenty, who dropped his bid to become president after losing the Iowa straw poll last August, has been spending the bulk of his time campaigning for Mitt Romney's campaign for president.
Pawlenty said he'd be "honored" if asked to be Romney's running-mate, but added that he thinks he can serve Romney in "other ways."
Republican John McCain considered Pawlenty to be his running mate in 2008. McCain eventually picked Sarah Palin.