The Daily Digest: Fundraising, lawsuits

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Republican endorsed candidate for governor Jeff Johnson says he’s raised $170,000 since June while the House DFL Caucus has raised $779,000. (MPR News)

Johnson is also airing his first TV ad of the campaign two weeks before primary voters cast their ballots. (MPR News)

A peek inside the most contentious campaign so far: the DFL primary for state auditor. (MinnPost)

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will hold a high-end fundraiser in Minneapolis next month as House Republicans seek to take two of Minnesota’s U.S. House seats from their Democratic incumbents in the fall. (MPR News)

A group of state-subsidized personal care assistants filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a statewide unionization election that is scheduled to get underway later this week. (MPR News)

A lawsuit contends a Republican state representative doesn't live in the district he represents. (AP via Star Tribune)

National Politics

A federal appeals court struck down Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of “segregation” that the Constitution cannot abide. (Washington Post)

The fiscal outlook for Medicare has improved significantly, mainly because spending on hospital care was lower than expected last year, the Obama administration said. (New York Times)

The IRS-tea party scandal is claiming some collateral damage. House Republicans, who’ve pounded the agency for more than a year, are now scoffing at calls to crack down on tax cheats. (Politico)

Chew on this number over your breakfast: $2 billion will likely be spent on the 2014 elections, up 70 percent from four years ago. (New York Times)


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