Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday. It’s now two weeks until Election Day, and you have to wonder what can happen in that time. Let’s take a look at the Digest.

1. A new poll of 625 registered  Minnesota voters shows Hillary Clinton has increased her lead over Donald Trump here. The poll shows Clinton with 47 percent support compared to 39 percent for Trump. That’s a 2 point improvement for Clinton over a poll in mid-September. The poll was taken after last week’s debate. (Star Tribune)

2. Northern Minnesota has become fertile ground for traveling speakers who have built national careers on spreading fear and alarm about immigrants, specifically Muslims. At dozens of events in rural churches, schools and community events, speakers have warned crowds about refugees and called on them to be prepared to oppose Muslims. This comes at a time of mounting political tension over immigration ahead of the contentious presidential election. (MPR News)

3. Premiums will go up sharply next year under the federal health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the Obama administration said Monday. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less. And about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after some big insurance companies scaled back their roles. (AP)

4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said at a New Hampshire rally Monday that “nasty women vote,” turning around a remark Donald Trump used at last week’s debate. Warren and Hillary Clinton have formed an alliance on the campaign trail, but some liberal Democrats are hoping Warren will put pressure on Clinton if she wins should she is tempted to move too far to the right. (New York Times)

5. Trump called polls showing him training trailing Clinton “phony,” and said a number of major news organizations are rigged against him. Speaking at a rally in Florida Monday he once again promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington by imposing term limits, banning lobbying by former elected officials and a freezing federal government hiring except for the military and health and safety. (Politico)

House Republicans criticized the health insurance exchange known as MNsure on Monday over the way it distributed voter registration cards, arguing the entity should have a laser-focus on connecting people with health coverage during open enrollment.

“I want to be clear: I don’t oppose voter registration,” said Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville. She added, “I am concerned, however, about the staff time and taxpayer dollars at MNsure being dedicated to extracurriculars like voter registration. When we’ve spent over $400 million on MNsure for a website that is still not functioning the way it was promised and with the open enrollment period coming up in a couple of weeks, from my view it has to be all hands on deck.”

MNsure, for its part, said it was merely following state law and didn’t spend any resources on the effort. Mailings contained “MNsure Operations” on the return address, but MNsure spokeswoman Marie Harmon said it was a generic return address on applications processed by a separate agency.

“The Department of Human Services is responsible for doing the mailings, so MNsure does not contribute its resources to this process,” Harmon said.

The flap shed light on a little-known law that makes voter registration assistance a duty of state agencies. But it also comes as Republicans are using flaws with the insurance market and MNsure as part of their campaign for the Legislature. Peterson is in a tough campaign to hold her seat against DFLer Lindsey Port.

But even prominent Democrats, from Gov. Mark Dayton on down,  have voiced alarm that premiums on insurance plans purchased through the individual market have risen too fast and could require an emergency response from state lawmakers.

Last week, Dayton urged leaders of both parties to work toward a fix that could be considered in a special session. He set a Nov. 1 goal for doing that, but there have been no indications that serious discussions are underway.

Good morning. Welcome to Monday and the start of a new work week. Here’s the Digest.

1. A new poll in Minnesota’s 8th District shows a tight race between incumbent DFL Congressman Rick Nolan and his Republican challenger Stewart Mills. The KSTP/Survey USA poll shows Mills leading 45-41 with a 4.1 margin of error. The poll that was conducted early last week also shows Donald Trump with a healthy lead over Hillary Clinton in the district, 47-35 percent. The rematch between Mills and Nolan is one of the most expensive races for Congress in the country. (KSTP)

2. Republicans are pushing hard to unseat the chair of the state Senate Taxes Committee. Democrat Rod Skoe has represented Senate District 2 for four terms, but special interest groups are targeting the race. The parties have mobilized behind their candidates. Paul Utke, an insurance agent who serves on the Park Rapids City Council, is Skoe’s opponent. The state Republican Party is helping his get-out-the-vote efforts. Skoe is getting campaign help from Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, who also represents the area. (MPR News)

3. Health care is becoming a big issue in campaigns around the state. Candidates for the Legislature say they’re hearing a lot about it as they knock on doors. That explains the rush to do something and blame the other party for the problems with spiking premium costs. (Pioneer Press)

4. Hillary Clinton is hoping to run up a big lead in early voting states, but she’s also looking past Trump and campaigning for candidates down the ballot. In particular, she’s hoping to help bring Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate across the finish line with her. (New York Times)

5. Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman acknowledged that Trump is trailing Clinton, but said he still has time to come back. “We are behind. She has some advantages,” Kellyanne Conway said on NBC’s Meet the Press, adding that those advantages include that Clinton “has a former president, happens to be her husband, campaigning for her; the current president and first lady, vice president — all much more popular than she can hope to be. And she’s seen as the incumbent.” (CNN)