It appears as though Minnesota’s new governor will be Democrat Mark Dayton, and it only took a little bit more than a month to come to that conclusion. On Wednesday, Republican Tom Emmer finally conceded the Minnesota governor’s race to the Democrat, who held a 9,000 vote election night lead.Fox News explains, “He could have sued over the election outcome but decided against it after a key state Supreme Court decision went against him. He cited the court’s opinion in his concession, but also alluded to major issues facing the state.”

Today, the lame-duck session of Congress has four cloture votes scheduled: the DREAM Act, the 9/11 health bill, a piece of legislation providing a one-time payment of $250 to senior citizens, and collective bargaining legislation in regard to firefighters. Likewise, Senate leadership is expected to bring to the floor the military defense authorization bill that holds a provision which would repeal the military policy “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing the debate over an Arizona law that punishes employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens in the United States.

A bill which Rep. Leo Berman (R-Dist. 6) has introduced for consideration by Texas’ 82nd Legislature would give a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Don’t Mess With Texas.” If HB 297 becomes law, the Lone Star State will be on a direct collision course with the federal government over Obamacare because it would criminalize any attempt to implement it in Texas.

ObamaPresident Barack Obama held a live press conference Tuesday to announce the bipartisan compromise on the expiring Bush tax cuts. He also took the opportunity to target the Republican position on the tax cuts as detrimental to the middle class tax cuts, as well as accuse the Republicans of political maneuvering and obstructionism.