Posted at 6:09 AM on December 4, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Minneapolis is figuring out what lead to long lines on Election Day, the House GOP offers their fiscal cliff proposal, and Dayton meets with Obama, Biden, Boehner and Reid.
A new report shows why Minneapolis voting was bogged down on Election Day.
A Minneapolis official apologized for all the glitches on Election Day.
The state is working to implement the new health care insurance exchange by October, Capitol Chatterreports.
The Midwest's economy remains sluggish because of weak ethanol and food production, the Associated Press reports.
A proposal to mine sand and gravel on the St. Croix River faces another vote this evening.
House Republicans offered their own plan on the fiscal cliff.
The White House was critical of the plan.
Initial deficit cuts appear to be a major sticking point in the negotiations.
President Barack Obama wants a big down payment that includes a tax increase. Republicans wants a smaller one that includes cuts to entitlement programs.
A Democratic group with ties to the Clinton administration is set to offer their own fiscal plan, which includes higher revenue targets than both Obama and the House GOP are after.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to meet with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden about the fiscal cliff's impact on the states.
Later in the day, Dayton will meet with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to his schedule.
Grover Norquist, author of the no-new-taxes pledge, is still a major player in the fiscal cliff debate, the Washington Post reports.
Politico reports that many conservative groups are rebelling against the House GOP.
Obama wants Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to remain chief of the Democratic National Committee. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been mentioned as a potential replacement.
Leah Solo and Kate Brickman, both formerly of Minnesotans United for All Families, have taken jobs at the Service Employees International Union Minnesota State Council.
WASHINGTON - As negotiations between the White House and congressional Republicans intensify over how to resolve the fiscal cliff, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is trying to turn up the pressure on Republicans.
He brought a discharge petition to the floor of the House Tuesday that would force a vote on a Senate bill that keeps tax rates lower for everyone making $250,000 or less while allowing the top tax brackets to revert to rates last seen in 2001.
"Let's focus on what we agree on, not what disagree on. Let's find common ground," said Walz in a speech, emphasizing that both parties agreed tax rates should stay lower on the middle class.
Republican leaders in the House have blocked the Senate bill until now, but with tax hikes for all Americans looming, Walz believed some Republicans might be tempted to sign on.
Such petitions are the only way for the minority party in the House to get their bills onto the floor without the consent of the majority party's leadership but require at least 218 signatures to work. Democrats currently hold 190 House seats.
Past discharge petitions have rarely succeeded, though Walz was able to use the threat of a petition earlier this year to get a floor vote on a congressional ethics measure he supported. That bill, the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act, was later signed into law by President Obama.(2 Comments)