Posted at 6:08 AM on November 13, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where MPR interviews Daudt, the Petraeus affair becomes even stranger, and the Obama meets with labor and business groups about the fiscal cliff.
Minnesota construction firms are hiring again.
MPR interviewed Dan McGrath, who helped run a campaign against the voter ID amendment.
The MPCA says the Minnesota River is becoming healthier.
MPR interviewed Rep. Kurt Daudt, who will take on the role of House Minority Leader next year.
Minnesota's Republican lawmakers are weighing whether to resist or cooperate with the DFL-controlled Legislature, the Associated Press reports.
Catholic bishops have vowed to continue their fight against same-sex marriage.
More details and a timeline are emerging about the resignation of former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus.
Petraeus reportedly told Paula Broadwell, his mistress, to stop harassing a family friend named Jill Kelley via email.
It was through those emails that the affair was first discovered. Kelley asked a friend at the FBI to investigate the emails, which turned out to be from Broadwell and was able to trace her back to Petraeus. That FBI agent was taken off the case after sending shirtless pictures of himself to Kelley.
The Petraeus situation became even stranger overnight.
A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for having "inappropriate communications" with Kelley.
The Petraeus affair is part of growing concern over the ethics and behavior of top military officials.
Sen. John Kerry is being considered for Secretary of State.
Here are five potential scenarios for the outcome of upcoming fiscal cliff debates via Politico.
Democrats are warming to a plan put forth by Mitt Romney that would limit income tax deductions on the very wealthy.
President Barack Obama is meeting today with labor leaders regarding the fiscal cliff.
Obama is meeting Wednesday with CEOs at the White House to discuss the fiscal cliff.
Liberal groups are gearing up to protect Medicare and Social Security during the fiscal cliff debate.
Congress has a lot of unfinished business.
MPR looks at how much each Minnesota congressional candidate spent per vote this election cycle.
Gov. Mark Dayton has told the Minnesota Vikings that he is "greatly distressed" that the team is considering a plan to charge season ticket holders a fee that would help pay the team's share of a new $975 million stadium.
In a harsh letter to owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf, Dayton stressed that the private contribution is the team's responsibility and not the responsibility of season ticket holders.
"I said this new stadium would be a 'People's Stadium,' not a 'Rich People's Stadium,'" Dayton wrote.
Dayton warned that it would better to not build a new stadium than have it betray the trust of the regular Minnesotans who supported the project. He also said he would urge the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority against authorizing the proposed "Stadium Builder's Licenses."
"If necessary, I will go to the Legislature next January and urge the the authorization be rescinded," he added.
A spokesman for the Vikings has not responded yet.
The license option Dayton is now objecting to is part of the stadium bill lawmakers passed and he signed into law back in May. It reads: "The NFL team/private contribution, including stadium builder license proceeds, for stadium costs must be made in cash in the amount of at least $477,000,000."
A later section says: "The authority shall own and retain the exclusive right to sell stadium builder's licenses in the stadium. The authority will retain the NFL team to act as the authority's agent in marketing and selling such licenses."
Here's the official news release reaction from the Vikings:
The Minnesota Vikings greatly appreciate Governor Mark Dayton's support for the new multi-purpose stadium for the Vikings and the State of Minnesota. However, we are disappointed by his recent letter to the team, which does not recognize a key component of the stadium agreement struck by the Vikings, State and Local leaders this past spring.2 Comments)
The stadium bill, and the prior term sheet, that was negotiated with the Vikings over the last two legislative sessions by the Governor's own representatives and legislative leaders, includes provisions that expressly authorize the sale of stadium builder's licenses and include the proceeds of any sale in the project budget. Stadium builder's licenses were vetted by the Legislature, testified to by Vikings and State of Minnesota negotiators, and most importantly, specifically reflected in the stadium legislation that was passed and signed by the Governor.
The Vikings look forward to discussing this issue and moving forward with the agreement that was completed after many long years of effort.
Posted at 2:00 PM on November 13, 2012
by Brett Neely
Filed under: U.S. House
Photo: Brett Neely
WASHINGTON - A week ago, Rick Nolan was waiting for the polls to close and the vote-counting to begin in what seemed like one of the tightest and most expensive congressional races in the country against first-term Republican Chip Cravaack.
Today, after a nine point victory, a week of celebrations, deer hunting and a flight to Washington, Nolan found himself standing on a stage in the basement of the U.S. Capitol with dozens of members of his incoming class of Democratic lawmakers.
While Democrats gained at best eight or nine House seats last week, fewer than the 25 they needed to recapture control of the lower chamber, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi confidently strode onto the stage and described the election as a victory for Democrats, calling Nolan and the other Democrats, "a picture of America" for their diversity.
Nolan is no stranger to Congress or political speeches, having served three terms in the House in the 1970s. But on Tuesday he was still settling in for a second time, introducing himself to fellow new members, fiddling with his new members badge, needed to bypass security checkpoints that are required of non-members, and learning how to navigate the cavernous, underground Capitol Visitors Center where most of the orientation activities are taking place.
"This is one of the few things that wasn't here when I was there and I am finding my way around it," said Nolan. "It's quite nice, actually."
The youngest member of Nolan's class of Democrats, Patrick Murphy of Florida, 29, had not been born when Nolan first retired from lawmaking in 1981. But Nolan, 68, spoke like someone decades younger when describing his eagerness to get to work.
"I'm sure I was excited when I served earlier in life in my youth, but I can't imagine I was as excited as I am now. I just feel so well-prepared and optimistic about the prospects."
Nolan and other new lawmakers will spend the time between now and their swearing-in on Jan. 3 setting up their offices.