The Daily Digest: 9-22-2008

In a sign that Minnesota is becoming even more competitive, Barack Obama’s staff is pulling out of North Dakota and are being sent to MN and WI.

Obama and John McCain sat down with 60 Minutes.

Obama said “no blank check” on the bail out.

McCain said he would not have a political office in the White House.

McCain also said he’d put New York’s Attorney General (a Democrat) as head of the SEC.

McCain and Obama differ on deregulation.

The New York Times says loan titans paid McCain’s campaign manager a bundle.

The candidates meet in their first debate on Friday.

Newsweek took a look at how many cars the candidates own. Obama – 1, McCain – 13

Will Obama now have to talk about race after polling suggests that some Democrats won’t vote for him because he’s black?

Gov. Pawlenty tries to rev up Iowa Republicans.

Minnesota voters nearing a voter registration mark.

A third of the electorate could vote by election day.

Bob Dylan will play at the U of M on election night.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar rallied women voters in West Virginia and spoke to students at Columbia University.

2008 Race for Senate

The three Senate candidate agree to 5 debates.

The Star Tribune fact checks where the candidates stand on Medicare.

The Wall Street Journal profiles I-P candidate Dean Barkley.

DFLer Al Franken helps SNL craft the latest McCain skit. GOP Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign rips him. Politico, the AP, the Star Tribune and the Pi Press have stories.

Franken will try to change the conversation today. He’s holding a statewide tour on Coleman’s decision to not hold an investigation in to fraud and waste in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2008 Race for Congress

RealClearPolitics places Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District as the 40th most competitive House race. Republican Erik Paulsen, DFLer Ashwin Madia and I-P candidate David Dillon are all vying to replace GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad.

The DCCC goes after Paulsen.

Indian Americans raise money for Paulsen.

The Pi Press profiles I-P candidate Bob Anderson, who is running in the 6th.

6th District DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg is criticizing GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann for not attending a forum in Elk River. He also talked health care at a stop in St. Cloud.

2008 Other

The campaign to pass a constitutional amendment heats up.

State Government

Minnesota’s courts are feeling a financial squeeze.

The economy could hammer the state’s pension fund.

Atrazine is found in lakes far from its source.

St. Paul’s Lafayette Bridge inspections begin today.

Congress

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann balks at the bailout on Wall Street. Question for Bachmann: What would she differently?

Other members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation also weigh in on the bailout.

The House Ag Committee suspends the 10 acre rule. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson is mentioned.

DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar says the state could lose Hwy. 169 funding.

Finally

Larry Craig starts a legal defense fund.

  • Bill Prendergast

    Daily Digest asks:

    “GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann balks at the bailout on Wall Street. Question for Bachmann: What would she do differently?”

    The answer is on her blog today. She would *drill in ANWR!* NO, I AM NOT kidding. That is her proposal to save the American free market–from a takeover by big government and regulators–orchestrated by this White House–which she’s always hailed as a great defender of liberty–against the forces of big government and more regulation.

    This is a Monty Python sketch, this person we’ve got for a Congresswoman in the Sixth District.