The Daily Digest: 2-4-08

There’s at least one more presidential candidate who will visit Minnesota before Tuesday’s precinct caucuses. Republican Ron Paul will hold a campaign rally tonight at the University of Minnesota. They moved the event to a larger venue because of an expected higher turnout. Paul gave reporters a glimpse of his message at an earlier news conference.

On Sunday, Democrat Hillary Clinton campaigned in Minnesota. MPR, the Pi Press, the Star Tribune, AP and the New York Daily News have stories.

She then watched the Super Bowl at Dixies on Grand.

The Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll says the economy is the top concern for voters. Here’s a story. Here’s the poll.

GOP Sen. Norm Coleman backs John McCain for president.

The St. Cloud Times says Hillary Clinton leads in state money.

The Pi Press has a caucus primer.

AP says party leaders expect the highest caucus turnout in decades.

Reuters also has a fact sheet on Minnesota’s Caucuses.

Fox 9 has a story on a new Rasmussen poll. Obama is leading the poll.

State Government

The Pi Press says few are using the College Level Examination Program.

Cities are calling for a more stable aid formula.


The Pi Press says GOP Rep. John Kline’s “No Pork” stance rankles some local officials.

2008 Senate

The DFL Senate candidates met in a debate in Winona. The Winona Daily News and the La Crosse Tribune.

The Star Tribune says the DFL Senate candidates are trying to come out of the presidential shadows.

The Hill says Democratic Senate candidates nationally are outraising their GOP counterparts in the 4th quarter.

A few Iron Range legislators have concerns about Al Franken’s candidacy.

2008 Congress

The Hill says some House incumbents are falling behind in fundraising. The paper says the GOP has not recruited a well financed GOP candidate to run against DFL Rep. Tim Walz. The paper also says Madia’s total could mean tough sledding for Terri Bonoff in the DFL race to replace GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad.

Workday Minnesota writes about a debate involving the 3rd District DFL candidates.

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