The Daily Digest: 10-7-2008

A new MPR/Humphrey Institute poll shows that the race for president has changed dramatically in Minnesota in the past week. The poll found that Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain were in a dead heat before Thursday’s vice-presidential debate. Obama surged ahead after the debate.

The race, however, is far from over since 12% of those polled are still undecided and a fifth say they can change their mind before election day. That’s why Republican John McCain is making another trip to Minnesota. He’ll hold a Friday town hall at a Lakeville high school. He will also make a stop in La Crosse, WI on Friday.

The second debate is on for tonight.

As the Dow dropped below 10,000, the race turns nasty.

McCain ramps up the criticism of Obama, accusing him of lying. Obama shoots back that McCain is lying.

An attendee at a McCain rally called Obama a terrorist. The sheriff who introduced Sarah Palin in Florida called Obama “Barack Hussein Obama.” It’s going to get ugly especially if Obama keeps going up in poll after poll.

Obama goes after McCain for his relationship with a key figure in the Keating 5 scandal.

AP says McCain is linked on an Iran/Contra group.

AP says both candidates are slinging mud.

The New York Times fact checks McCain’s speech that rips Obama.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will campaign in rural Colorado Obama.

2008 Race for Senate

Harpers Magazine says a Coleman funder bought Coleman some clothes.

Coleman visited Bemidji, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Crookston.

I-P candidate Dean Barkley will speak at the U of M on Wednesday.

Roll Call (subscription required) says Barkley is slipping into the picture.

Stu Rothenberg says Democratic Senate candidates nationwide (including Al Franken) opposed the bailout bill.

The NFIB will spend $570k targeting DFLer Al Franken.

The Star Tribune fact checks the ads.

Norm Coleman’s campaign spokesman won’t say whether Coleman supports John McCain’s health care proposal.

WCCO Reality Checks Sunday’s debate.

2008 Race for Congress

The NRCC canceled a week of ad buys for Republican Erik Paulsen. They also reserve time for GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

DFL Rep. Tim Walz talks issues with seniors.

Walz also writes an op-ed on why he voted against the bailout bill.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann has a top ten list from the bailout bill.

2008 Race for Legislature

ECM and MPR say both parties are hoping to pick up seats in the Minnesota House.

2008 Other

52 school districts have levies on the ballot.

Campus registration drives are in full swing.


The Star Tribune says jockeying for the race for governor has begun.


DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad tout a bill that hopes to make it more difficult for copper thieves to sell their property.

Congress learns that Lehman sought federal money while arranging for millions in bonuses for executives. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum is one of those who grill the CEO.

The feds agree to customs staffing in Duluth after lawmakers object. Coleman and DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar are mentioned.

State Government

The state is weighing whether it should buy more avian flu medication.

The White Earth band plans a criminal code to replace state law.

  • Notice that Coleman started attacking Barkley?

    Coleman also jabbed at his Independence Party rival, Dean Barkley, who briefly filled out the term of Sen. Paul Wellstone, after the Democrat’s death in a plane crash. He said for all of Barkley’s talk about fiscal conservatism, he was awarded the “Porker of the Month” designation by the Citizens Against Government Waste.

    Coleman said, after his campaign stop, that he didn’t necessarily conclude that the tone of the Franken television ads and his own ads was the reason Barkley’s poll numbers had been rising. He said that people were frustrated with government and that support for Barkley might be “a safe place to park” until voters make a final decision. He also said when Barkley left office as Minnesota’s head of long-term planning the state was experiencing a large budget deficit.