The Daily Digest: 8-7-06

Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District leads the digest again today (the primary is just days away in a race that could be for all the marbles). Rochelle Olson with the Star Tribune says Mike Erlandson issued a lit piece criticizing DFL endorsed Keith Ellison and former state senator Ember Reichgott Junge.

Olson has a profile of Minneapolis City Council member Paul Ostrow, another DFLer running for the seat. Roll Call also has a story on the race (subscription required).

The West Central Tribune writes that Dean Johnson’s primary challenge is getting hot and heavy. The DFL Senate Majority Leader is facing a primary challenge from Michael Cruze.

The Star Tribune examines Mike Hatch’s first tv ad in the race for governor.

Kare-11 says the governor’s race is going to get very expensive.

The blog, Minnesota Republican Watch, says Pawlenty recut his tv ad to single out Hatch. You can see the ad on youtube here.

Pawlenty’s campaign spokesman Brian McClung just issued a news release saying the recut ad will air on tv now as well.

Pawlenty is proclaiming September 8th, Church Basement Ladies Day.

Hatch’s lieuntenant governor candidate, Judi Dutcher will be in St. Cloud State discussing college tuition. I wonder why.

Amy Klobuchar, the DFL endorsed candidate running for Minnesota’s open U.S. Senate seat, proposes an elder tax credit.

Republican Mark Kennedy’s campaign is sending out a fundraising request to potential donors. The e-mail highlights the campaign’s recent criticism of Klobuchar including being a prosecutor but not personally prosecuting a case, criticizing lobbyists but was a registered lobbyist in the past and has oil holdings in her mutual funds but criticizes big oil.

WCCO’s Pat Kessler reality checks oil money for both Kennedy and Klobuchar.

Finally, a group of Minnesota National Guard members are headed to Iraq.

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