Good morning. Here it is Thursday already and there’s a lot of news to consider. Congress actually passed a continuing resolution and overrode a presidential veto on Wednesday. But there is other ground to cover in the Digest.

1. Millions of dollars have already been spent on the campaign for control of the Minnesota Legislature, and millions more are coming. Reports released Wednesday showed the legislative caucuses and outside groups are spending and stockpiling lots of money, and aiming a lot of it at key races that are likely to determine which party has the majority in both the House and Senate. (Pioneer Press)

2. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished its investigation of the police shooting of Philando Castile. The agency handed its findings over to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who must now decide if he alone will choose whether to to prosecute St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Castile’s death or hand the case to a grand jury to determine whether Yanez should be charged. (MPR News)

3. A Democratic super PAC has cancelled more than half a million dollars in scheduled advertising on behalf of Democrat Terri Bonoff in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Bonoff is challenging Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen, and Republicans say the cancelled ads are a good sign that Paulsen is winning. (Roll Call)

4. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing that he believes Dahir Adan, the man who injured 10 people at a St. Cloud shopping mall stabbing earlier this month before he was shot and killed, appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by extremist ideology. Comey didn’t provide many details and said the FBI is “still working on it.” (AP)

5. Donald Trump and his surrogates have begun trying to use Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities against Hillary Clinton. They say the way she reacted to his affairs denigrated the women Bill Clinton was involved with. The strategy has obvious risks, especially since Trump’s own unfaithfulness was the stuff of tabloid headlines, but it’s not the first time it has come up. (Washington Post)

Personal care assistants and clients highlighted the need for better wages and benefits ahead of contract negotiations with the state. Tim Pugmire | MPR News

Minnesota’s unionized personal care assistants (PCAs) are making an early push for a new contract agreement with the state.

The PCAs, who work with the elderly and disabled in their homes, voted two years ago to form a union. They are represented by SEIU. Their first-ever contract went into effect in 2015 and won’t expire until next summer.

During a news conference Wednesday, PCA Corey Van Denburgh of Oak Grove said further improvements are needed to address a workforce shortage.

“We are hoping that during negotiations our elected leaders can recognize and feel the gravity of the crisis we are in,” Van Denburgh said. “Investing in the workforce is the only solution.”

Van Denburgh said PCAs will seek an increase in their minimum hourly wage, from $11 to $15. Other contract proposals address overtime pay and training.

Jasmine Laducer-Kitto, a PCA for 11 years, warned that too few people can afford the job’s low-wages and lack of benefits.

“If you want people to get quality care in their home, then you have to be able to respect not only the people receiving it but the people giving it,” Laducer-Kitto said.

PCAs also noted that they are backing legislative candidates who support their cause in next month’s election.

The push for a new contract comes at the same time that some anti-union PCAs are collecting signatures to force a new statewide vote and decertify the union.

Doug Seaton, a Minneapolis lawyer working on the decertification effort, said fewer than a quarter of the estimated 27,000 eligible PCAs voted in 2014.

“We’re finding very little support for the union when we go door-to-door,” Seaton said.

Seaton said he hopes to have the needed signatures filed with the state by  Dec. 2.

Union negotiators hope to reach a tentative agreement with the state for a second PCA contract by the end of the year.

Updated 10:40 a.m.

The battle for control of Minnesota’s Legislature has already consumed many millions and will be augmented by millions more, meaning voters in areas with targeted races will be exposed to no shortage of mail, radio and television ads.

New reports from political parties and outside groups active in Minnesota’s state House and Senate races were due to regulators on Tuesday. The disclosures, covering activity from Jan. 1 to Sept. 20, became public on Wednesday. They can provide a guidebook of where the critical contests are.

The reports showed majority Senate DFLers had a wide cash advantage over Republicans. The Senate DFL had $1.3 million banked as of last week after spending about $2.4 million already; Senate Republicans had spent about $806,000 since the beginning of the year and had only $293,000 in reserve. But $500,000 of its spending was in the form of a money transfer to an outside group — the Minnesota Action Network — that will do late advertising in key races.

In the House, where Republicans are in the majority, the cash chase was closer. Republicans narrowly trailed Democrats in available cash _  about $20,000 separated the two funds that had in excess of $1.1 million each in the bank. But Democrats had spent more already in their pursuit of a chamber flip.

That’s not the full story, though, because outside groups always loom large in the legislative campaigns.

The pro-Democratic Alliance for a Better Minnesota had spent a whopping $3.9 million through mid-September in targeted races and on a general TV campaign. In several House and Senate races, the predominantly labor union-funded group has already plowed more than $100,000 into promoting their candidate or criticizing a rival.

The business-backed Northstar Leadership Fund had $1.3 million available for the final push. Another business-oriented account, the Pro Jobs Majority fund, approached $550,000 in spending and had just shy of $300,000 left to deploy in its pro-Republican efforts. And the conservative Freedom Club State PAC had already spent $450,000, mostly against Democrats they’re targeting.

Candidates themselves typically get dwarfed in the campaign spending. Many agree to limit their fundraising in exchange for public subsidies, but that means they also have less control about the messages and negative ads run in their areas.

The entities will file one more report — on Oct. 24 — before the Nov. 8 election. After that, they must only report large donations within 24 hours of receiving them but can keep their spending figures private until early next year.

(This version corrects details on the Alliance for a Better Minnesota spending. A spokeswoman for the group says a typo made spending in one race appear larger than it was.)