Posted at 6:17 AM on November 15, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where the change in power at the state Capitol raises questions about the Brodkorb case, stadium supporters try to understand Dayton's objections to seat license fees, and Obama gives his first press conference in months.
A change in leadership at the Capitol raises questions about how Michael Brodkorb's lawsuit against the state Senate will be handled.
Stadium supporters are trying to understand Gov. Mark Dayton's objections to the Vikings Stadium details.
Dayton will ask for a "fair and simple" tax plan in 2013, MinnPost reports.
DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden of Minneapolis was selected to be Deputy Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate.
The Senate DFL released their committee structure and assignments.
State Rep. Tom Rukavina will be roasted Monday night, the Duluth New Tribune reports.
Ben Golnik, GOP public relations professional and former Chip Cravaack campaign adviser, talked with the Daily Circuit about whether the party should get rid of endorsements.
President Barack Obama addressed the Petraeus scandal and the fiscal cliff in his first press conference in months.
He also laid out some of his priorities for the coming four years.
Obama continued to press for higher taxes on the wealthy to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will run again for Democratic leadership.
More and more senators say they are opposed to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Foreign Policy reports.
Obama defended Rice.
The FBI is looking into how Paula Broadwell obtained classified documents, the Washington Post reports.
States have until Friday to decide whether they will create their own new health care exchange.
The White House and Congress are looking into the FBI's scrutiny of Petraeus.
The New York Times profiled the FBI agent that started the Petraeus investigation.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar talked about an historic moment in the Senate's ladies room.
Posted at 5:36 PM on November 15, 2012
by Brett Neely
Filed under: Campaign 2012
WASHINGTON - After strongly supporting President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's name has been floating around Washington in recent days as a possible candidate to take over the Democratic National Committee.
But Rybak, who's visiting the capital to lobby Congress and the executive branch on the upcoming spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff, says there's nothing to the rumors.
"Nobody's talked to me about anything, and I haven't talked to anybody about anything, too," said Rybak, shortly after getting out of a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.
Rybak pointed out that there was similar speculation that he was angling for an administration job four years ago when he also campaigned hard for Obama.
In addition to meeting Biden, Rybak also met with top Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate to urge them to consider tax hikes for the wealthy along the lines that Obama has proposed.
Rybak currently serves as one of five vice chairs of the Democratic National Committee. Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz currently heads the DNC. Her term expires at the end of the year.
Posted at 11:27 PM on November 15, 2012
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
Democrats in the Minnesota House are expected to announce their committee chairs today.
MPR says DFLers face a pent up demand for spending requests.
Gov. Dayton says the seat license issue won't derail the Vikings stadium. Dayton, however, said the concept wasn't fully disclosed during negotiations. Critics say Dayton should have read the stadium bill more carefully.
Here's a closer look at the Vikings market research.
Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent.
A priest has denied confirmation to a student who posted a picture of himself holding a Vote No sign on his Facebook page.
MnSCU is aiming to link programs to job skills needs.
A General says he sees some U.S. forces staying in Afghanistan after international contingents leave by the end of 2014.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify on Bengazi today.
GOP Sen. John McCain gets testy when asked why he skipped a hearing on the assault on the Libyan Embassy to hold a news conference to call for a committee to investigate the attack.
House Speaker John Boehner is walking carefully along the fiscal cliff. He has to deal with President Obama and a tough GOP caucus.
BP will pay a record fine for the 2010 Gulf Oil spill.
President Obama visited storm damage in New York City.
Obama also wooed CEOs, the GOP wants them back.
Several Republican governors are loosening up on taxes on top earners.
Norm Coleman is urging the GOP to take on immigration.
House Republicans say IMF Global collapsed because of actions taken by former New Jersey Gov. (and former Sen.).
Israel and Hamas are stepping up their attacks.
Race for U.S. Senate
Kurt Bills reflects on his race. He's back teaching.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak swatted down rumors that he could head the DNC.
The Star Tribune says Republicans are taking stock after the rout.