DFL Sen. Al Franken’s campaign says Franken will take part in three debates before the November election.

Here’s the list of what Franken has agreed to:

Oct. 1: Duluth News Tribune/Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 26: WCCO TV
Nov. 2: Minnesota Public Radio News

Republican Mike McFadden campaign says he will take part in those three debates but that he will also continue calling for more debates.

The McFadden campaign notes that when Franken was first running for Senate in 2008,  incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman agreed to meet him five times on the debate stage.

The McFadden campaign says Minnesotans deserve to hear more debates  from the two Senate candidates.

The Franken campaign insists a Farm Fest forum at which McFadden, Franken and some other Senate candidates who will not be on the November ballot shared the stage in early August should be considered  a debate.

The McFadden campaign disagrees and today launched the first in what a spokesperson said will be a series of ads “calling out Al Franken for being an invisible senator.”

A Franken campaign spokesperson called the ad “absurd” and accused McFadden of “playing political games.”

Here’s the ad:

The Minnesota DFL launched a $1 million television ad buy with a spot that targets Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson for voting to cut education spending.

“I would hate to see Minnesota take a step backward on education,” says Melissa Olson, a woman featured in the ad who has a 4-year-old and “one on the way.”

The spot focus on votes Johnson cast during his time in the Legislature almost a decade ago.

If some of the talking points sound familiar, they are. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which backs Democratic candidates including Gov. Mark Dayton, already went after Johnson on his education record.

PoliGraph found some claims in that ad misleading.

Meanwhile, a Johnson campaign spokesman said education was a top priority for Johnson.

“Jeff repeatedly voted to increase education funding as a legislator,” said campaign spokesman Jeff Bakken. “Like most Minnesotans, Jeff also knows that there is a lot more to education than just spending.”

The spot is scheduled to run in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, and the Fargo/Moorhead area.

Here’s the DFL ad:

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In Minnesota

DFL Sen. Al Franken maintains a double digit advantage of his Republican opponent, Mike McFadden, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat, according to a Star Tribune poll. (Star Tribune)

In his most political speech of the election cycle, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton suggested Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson would roll back union rights, slash government spending and cut income taxes on the state’s top earners. (MPR News)

Dayton holds a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Jeff Johnson with less than two months to the election, but one in five voters have yet to make up their minds about the contest, also according to the Star Tribune poll. (Star Tribune)

Dayton is scheduled to spend $1.28 million on television ads in the Twin Cities market.  (MPR News)

Dayton is in Washington, DC today and tomorrow for fundraisers. (MPR News)

The PoliGraph weighs in on the NRCC’s latest ad against DFL Rep. Rick Nolan in the 8th District. (MPR News)

Meanwhile, 8th District Republican candidate Stewart Mills is standing by one of his an attack ads against Nolan that has drawn fire from a powerful Iron Range union. (Star Tribune)

No joke: A national comedian announced this weekend that he’s going to work to defeat Minnesota Republican Congressman John Kline in the November election. (MPR News)

National Politics

There’s a lot of uncertainty about just how big a threat ISIS poses. (Washington Post)

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on CNN the NFL should hold players accountable for their actions, especially on charges of domestic violence or child abuse. (Politico)

Hillary Clinton was in Iowa over the weekend so there are lots of fresh stories about whether she’s running for President. (AP via Pioneer Press)

And finally: a hike on the Appalachian Trail ends years later with a Facebook post. (Politico)