Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Let’s go right to the Digest.

1. There are a lot of municipal offices on the ballot in Minnesota in November, and there’s a problem. There aren’t enough candidates to go around. A close look at the filings show more than 250 offices on the ballot around the state with no one running.  It’s not clear whether it’s a one-time problem or an ongoing trend. Some of the positions will be filled by write-in votes, and people may have to be appointed to fill others. (MPR News)

2. Take any partisan poll with a grain of salt, but here’s one that shows good news for Republican U.S. Rep Erik Paulsen. It shows him with a big lead over his opponent Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, but it also shows Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump in the 3rd District. The poll was paid for by American Action Network, which is former Sen. Norm Coleman’s group. (Star Tribune)

3. Does anybody else find this concerning? Hackers have breached election databases in Arizona and Illinois. Experts say they’re concerned because personal data about voters was likely stolen, but they don’t believe the hacks show that elections can be stolen. One reason is that voting machines aren’t hooked up the internet, which is where hackers can get in.  (CNN)

4. Hillary Clinton’s top aide is separating from her husband after he was once again found to be sending lewd texts. Huma Adbedin is dumping Anthony Weiner after standing by him before when he was caught texting other women. Abedin is someone Clinton relies on, and she’s been in the spotlight recently for a number of reasons. (Washington Post)

5. Clinton is looking for ways to rattle Trump when the two meet to debate for the first time on Sept. 26. She’s talking to the ghostwriter of his book and to psychology experts about ways to get under his skin. Trump doesn’t seem to be doing nearly as much prep work, and seems willing to rely on the same instincts he used during the primary season debates. (New York Times)

Good morning, and welcome to Monday. We’re a week out from Labor Day and the unofficial start to the campaign, but it seems like this has been going on forever, doesn’t it? I guess we’ll miss it when it’s gone, so let’s get on with the Digest.

1. We’ve seen this in Minnesota already this year, and Democrats nationally think that Donald Trump’s unpopularity in a number of congressional districts gives them a chance to gain House seats in November. At this point they don’t believe they can pick up the majority, but they think several seats are now competitive that were not four years ago. Republicans are hitting back by raising the notion of Nancy Pelosi as a Democratic House Speaker. She is also not very popular. (New York Times)

2. In one of those competitive races in Minnesota, south of the Twin Cities in the 2nd District, the Republican candidate has a long record of public statements for Democrats to sift through, and many of them are on tape. Republican Jason Lewis spent years as a radio talk show host. His opponent Democrat Angie Craig hopes to use some of what Lewis said against him. Lewis says he doesn’t think it will hurt him. (AP Via Pioneer Press)

3. The Republican candidate for Minnesota House in District 60B in Minneapolis says he has suspended his campaign for personal reasons. Abdimalik Askar is the GOP nominee on the ballot against DFL candidate Ilhan Omar, who defeated longtime Rep. Phyllis Kahn in the primary earlier this month. It was believed to be the first state office race in the country with two major party candidates who are both Somali-American. It looks as if Askar’s name will remain on the ballot even though he doesn’t intend to campaign. (MPR News)

4. A state House member may be out of a job because he allegedly does not live in the district where he’s seeking re-election. The Minnesota Supreme Court will have the final say in the case of Rep. Bob Barrett who represents District 32B north of the Twin Cities. State law requires candidates for the Legislature to live in the district they’re running in for at least six months before the election. Democrats filed a lawsuit against Barrett, and a judge agreed he doesn’t live in the district. Barrett says he looks forward to taking the case to the supreme court and that he expects to prevail. (Pioneer Press)

5. Donald Trump was back to a hard-line stance on immigration in Iowa over the weekend, and he’s scheduled to give a speech focused on the issue later this week. Still, stand-ins for Trump had a hard time on the Sunday shows explaining just where the Republican candidate stands on immigration, specifically on whether he wants to deport millions of people who are in the country illegally. When he was asked why it seems Trump is having trouble settling on an immigration policy  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “I just don’t speak for Donald Trump.” (AP)

Good morning, and welcome to the first Friday of the Minnesota State Fair. Whether or not you like the Fair, at least it’s Friday. Here’s the Digest:

1. Gov. Mark Dayton endorsed a plan to line up funding for a local share of the proposed Southwest Light Rail line. The stopgap plan calls for the Metropolitan Council to borrow more than $90 million and for Hennepin and other metro counties to kick in more money. One Republican lawmaker called the plan an “end-run” around the legislative process. (MPR News)

2. Donald Trump’s name will be on the Minnesota ballot in November. So will Mike Pence’s. Until Thursday they weren’t on the ballot, because the state Republican Party missed a step in the required process. But the party fixed  the problem Wednesday night, days before the deadline to get the Republican nominee on the ballot. (MPR News)

3. In an interview with CNN Trump walked back earlier comments that signaled he might be changing his mind on a path to citizenship for people in the country illegally. But he didn’t make it clear whether he still intends to deport the 11 million people who are here illegally. (CNN)

4. Trump’s earlier signal that he might soften his hard-line stance on immigration wasn’t pleasing anyone. During a taped appearance that was broadcast Wednesday night he seemed to suggest that he was open to a path to citizenship for otherwise law-abiding people who were in the country illegally. In fact, he sounded a bit like some of the other Republican candidates he vanquished during primary season, notably Jeb Bush. (New York Times)

5. Hillary Clinton says Trump is turning over the Republican Party to a “radical fringe.” In a speech that appeared aimed at moderate Republicans, Clinton again used Trump’s own words to try to disqualify him for the presidency. She accused Trump and some of his new campaign staff of being racists. It was an allegation that Trump disputed. (NPR)