Posted at 6:18 AM on July 9, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, back from vacation.
The Pioneer Press looks at what to expect if the voter ID amendment passes.
No one has used the state's new alternative teacher licensing option, the Star Tribune reports.
Gov. Mark Dayton will interview candidates for Minnesota's Fifth judicial District today.
Dayton is hinting at aid for the Verso Paper mill, the St. Cloud Times reports.
What You May Have Missed Last Week
Union policy is a tough issue for life-long union member and U.S. Senate hopeful Kurt Bills.
Here's a link to a union questionnaire Bills filled out in 2010 while seeking the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation's endorsement. It shows Bills has remained firm on some issues and changes his views on others.
Dayton won an award from the National Education Association.
Once again, House DFLers blamed the GOP for the shutdown.
Rep. Michele Bachmann asked governors to reject health care exchanges.
President Barack Obama is poised for another fight with Republicans over an extension of the Bush tax cuts. Expect an announcement from the Rose Garden today, the New York Times reports.
In the lead-up to the election, House Republicans have planned difficult votes over the next month to underscore the conservative agenda and put Democrats in a bind, Politico reports.
The House will consider the farm bill this week.
Money and Politics
The second quarter's fundraising deadline is still days away, but Rep. John Kline is already reporting raising $428,000 over the last three months.
Rep. Michele Bachmann will help 1st Congressional District hopeful Allen Quist raise money.
Businesses aren't giving much to super PACs. Instead, they're putting their dollars behind non-profits that are involved in this year's presidential race, but don't have to disclose their donors, the New York Times reports. Minnesota's redistricting process is mentioned.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spent $16 million on television ads during the state's recall election.
The Presidential Race
Tougher voter identification laws could block many votes this Election Day.
Wealthy donors were in the Hamptons Sunday for three Mitt Romney fundraisers.
The Washington Post reports that President Barack Obama - and his campaign tactics - have evolved since 2008.
The Post's Fact Checker writes that Obama's claim about Romney's taxes is misleading.